Alex Call lifts Clippers to another 12-inning victory over Saints

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The St. Paul Saints and Columbus Clippers liked the way Tuesday’s 12-inning game went so much that the two Triple-A teams put on a repeat performance Wednesday night.

One night after Alex Call doubled in the winning run for the Clippers in the bottom of the 12th, Call did it again, this time producing a line-drive single to center field to score Bryan Lavastida from second base to pull out a 6-5 victory over the Saints before a crowd of 5,449 at Huntington Park.

Columbus won 7-6 on Tuesday.

The game was every bit a pitchers’ duel until the very end, with the Saints clinging to a 1-0 lead through eight innings.

That’s when things took a turn for the dramatic. St. Paul (15-15) scored three more runs in the top of the ninth to take a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the inning, just three outs away from an impressive victory. But Columbus (20-12) was having none of it, scratching out four runs to tie the score 4-4 and send the game into extra innings.

The teams added one run each in the 10th inning. After a scoreless 11th, the Saints failed to score in the top of the 12th and then the Clippers scored in the bottom of the 12th to earn another walk-off win.

Curtis Terry paced the Saints’ nine-hit attack, finishing 3-for-4 at the plate. Teammate Cole Sturgeon was 2-for-5.

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