The RailCats and Saltdogs continued their trend of playing drama-filled baseball, as Adam Klein reached on a bases-loaded error in the ninth to push across the winning run in the RailCats 6-5 win over Lincoln on Sunday at U. S. Steel Yard. The RailCats split their season-opening four-game series with the Saltdogs.
The ‘Cats loaded the bases with nobody out in the ninth and the game tied at five. Saltdogs reliever Conor Spink walked Steve Liddle and Danny Pulfer, then hit Drew Martinez with a pitch. Spink recovered to strikeout Zac Mitchell and got Chase Tucker to ground into a fielder’s choice, in which Spink threw home to force out Liddle. With two out, Klein sent a routine grounder to shortstop Brad Payne. Payne bobbled it, then tried to flip to second base for the force but threw it away as Pulfer crossed the plate with the winning run.