Saltdogs Fall to St. Paul

The Lincoln Saltdogs and St. Paul Saints combined to commit seven errors, but it was the Saints who took advantage and pounded out 13 hits for a 9-5 victory on Thursday night at Midway Stadium. 

In the fourth the Saltdogs got three unearned runs off of Saints starter Tanner Scheppers as he also struggled with his control. Matt Maloney reached on a throwing error, The Saltdogs loaded the bases when Scheppers plunked Shea McFeely and walked Deacon Burns. One out later Scheppers walked in a run and two wild pitches gave the Saltdogs a 5-2 lead.
With the Saints trailing 5-2 in the fifth Ole Sheldon led off with a single to center and Craig Brazell singled him to second. One out later Todd self singled to left, scoring Sheldon and Brazell headed to third because nobody was covering the bag. First baseman Phil Hawke sprinted across the diamond and the throw to him went off his glove and allowed Brazell to score making it 5-4. Jacob Butler tied the game with a single to left scoring Self.
            The Saints took their first lead of the game in the sixth as they loaded the bases on a single from Andrew Schmiesing, a sacrifice bunt by Ron Fenwick who reached when first baseman Hawke’s throw was a little behind the pitcher covering, and a walk to Sheldon. Brazell gave the Saints a 6-5 lead on an RBI ground out and Self’s two run single made it 8-5.
Lincoln won the series despite committing 10 errors during the three-game series.
The Saltdogs host Fort Worth on Friday in their home opener at Haymarket Park.