The Lincoln Saltdogs split a doubleheader in Sioux City on Wednesday, losing game one 3-0 but winning game two 3-2 in extra innings.
Both games were scheduled to go seven innings, but the Saltdogs needed nine innings in the second game. Lincoln grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Argelis Nunez, and doubled the lead in the fourth on an RBI hit by Shawn McGill. Sioux City tied it in the fifth on a two-run double by Derek Schermerhorn, and made history against Lincoln away in the top of sixth. With two on and nobody out, McGill lifted a shallow fly to left and both runners took off. Left fielder Jon Owings made a diving catch, threw to second to double off Rafael Alvarez, and the relay throw beat Juan Richardson back to first to end the inning. That marked the first time ever that the Saltdogs had hit into a triple play.
The game stayed tied at two until the top of the ninth, when Lincoln put three hits together against Sioux City reliever Julian Arballo (0-1). Jake Jadlowski provided the RBI single to score the go-ahead run and making a winner out of Lincoln pitcher Adam Daniels (1-0). Chris Thompson pitched a perfect ninth inning for his ninth save in as many opportunities.
In game one, the Saltdogs were shutdown by Sioux City starter Jae Jung (1-2), who allowed just three hits in 6.2 innings of work. Lincoln got a hit in the first inning, but didn’t record another one until the seventh and last inning. Sioux City score two runs on four hits in the second inning against ‘Dogs starter Jim Paduch (1-2), and added an insurance run in the fifth.
Lincoln’s record stands at 12-6 after the doubleheader split. The two teams play the rubber match of their three-game series Thursday night at 7:05. Right-hander Tim Brown will take the mound for the Saltdogs.
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