The Lincoln Saltdogs took two games out of three at Sioux Falls winning 11-8 on Wednesday cutting the Pheasants lead to two games with four to play in the first half of American Association play.
The Saltdogs trailed 1-0 after four innings, but broke through for six runs in the top of the fifth after two outs. Pheasants starter Ben Moore gave up a double to Chris Brown who scored on Gavin Dickey’s single, with Dickey advancing to second on a throwing error. Albenis Machado reached on an error that allowed Dickey to score, and Juan Richardson brought Machado home with an RBI double. Argelis Nunez followed with a double, and Rafael Alvarez capped the scoring with a two run homer, his second of the season. The Saltdogs added two more in the sixth on three in the seventh on RBI hits by Roberto Alvarez, Brandon Jones and Dickey.
Lincoln starter Jim Paduch (4-3),allowed just one run on six hits, walking just one and striking out five. He departed after seven innings with an 11-1 lead, but Sioux Falls battled, scoring six runs in the bottom of the eighth to pull within 11-7. They tacked on an unearned run in the ninth, and had the tying run at the plate with two out, but Chris Thompson got Trevor Lawhorn to fly out and end the game.
Lincoln is home for a four-game series against Pensacola that begins Thursday night at 7:05pm.