The Lincoln Saltdogs and Saint Paul Saints combined for 63 runs in their three game series this weekend with the Saltdogs losing a heartbreaker on Sunday, 15-14 after the Saints rallied for two runs in the ninth.
The Saltdogs set not only a team record, but an American Association record by walking 18 batters in the game. Lincoln scored six runs in the third, but surrended the lead in the fourth. Both teams scored twice in the fifth, and the Saltdogs then seemed to take control with a four-run sixth inning. The Saints got one back in the bottom of the sixth, Lincoln added two runs in the top of the seventh, and St. Paul answered with three in the bottom of the seventh to get to 14-13.
Lincoln outhit St. Paul 22 to 10, but those 18 walks were the difference. It was walks and a crazy finish that cost Lincoln the game. Two free passes to lead off the inning followed by a sac bunt and an intentional walk loaded the bases with one out. A hit batsmen and a wild pitch allowed the tying and winning runs to score as St. Paul won for the first time this season after trailing after seven innings.