Saints walk off in season finale

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Courtesy: Lincoln Saltdogs

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Matt Shepherd turned in a strong performance on the hill but the St. Paul Saints (61-39) came back to walk off on the Saltdogs (52-48) 5-4 in the season finale in front of 7,570 fans at CHS Field Monday afternoon.The North champion Saints tied the game at 4-4 in the eighth and Tony Caldwell spanked a walk-off single following a Vinny DiFazio lead-off triple in the ninth.Shepherd pitched six innings, allowing just one earned run but took a no-decision.Ryan Wiggins went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.American Association Pitcher of the Year Lindsey Caughel threw a scoreless inning of relief, ending the year with a league-best 2.09 ERA.The Saltdogs improved their win total by 18 games from 2015 in the first season under Bobby Brown’s leadership.Sioux City clinched its second straight Central championship with a 10-4 win over Texas Sunday. Catch all the playoff action online at AmericanAssociationBaseball.TV.