The Lincoln Saltdogs lose for the third time in four games last night, losing to the St. Paul Saints, 5-4. Despite the loss, the Saltdogs continue to have a one game lead in the wildcard race in the American Association Standings.
The game turned in the bottom of the sixth inning just minutes after Lincoln had tied the game at three in the top of the sixth.
A one-out error prolonged the frame, and Saltdogs starter Angel Castro found himself facing Brandon Carter with two on and two out. Carter hit a double to right, scoring a pair of unearned runs for a 5-3 lead.
The Saltdogs scored a run in the top of the eighth on an RBI double by Brandon Jones to get within a run, but Jones was left stranded and Lincoln could get no closer.
Lincoln started the game well when Gavin Dickey hit the first pitch of the night over the right-field fence for his fourth leadoff home run of the season.
St. Paul struck back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second, however, and added another run in the third for a 3-1 lead.
Lincoln would get within 3-2 in the fifth inning when Albenis Machado scored on a Pat Trettel single and an error. Lincoln then tied the game in the top of the sixth on a long home run to right by Jones.
Jones ended the night 2-for-4 with his 12th home run and two RBI. Rafael Alvarez had the only other multi-hit night for Lincoln, going 2-for-3 with a pair of walks.
The Saltdogs out-hit St. Paul 10 to 7, but left eight men on base, five of them in scoring position.
The two teams play game two of their three-game series tonight. Left-hander Cody Walden is scheduled to take the mound for the Saltdogs.
Game time is 7:05.