The Lincoln Saltdogs rallied after a six run first inning by Sioux Falls to win 11-9 Sunday at Haymarket Park. Lincoln improves to 2-4 in the second half, winning their first game against the first half champion Pheasants.
Tied 9-9 in the bottom of the eighth, Rafael Alvarez homered after a leadoff single to complete the comeback.
Sioux Falls scored six runs in the top of the first inning, and they had 8-0 lefty Chris Salberg on the mound. The Saltdogs, started the comeback with four runs in the bottom of the second. Each team scored a run in the third inning, and Sioux Falls added a run in the fourth. Lincoln came back with two in the bottom half of the fourth. The Pheasants scored one more in the fifth to make it 9-7, but Juan Camacho hit his first home run as a Saltdog in the bottom of the fifth to close to 9-8.
Lincoln tied the game in the seventh after a strange call. Juan Camacho singled with one out, and appeared to steal second as Hawke struck out. Hawke was called for interfering with the catcher’s throw, and the umpires initially ruled Camacho out. After Sioux Falls had left the field, the umps ruled that Camacho only had to return to first. Two singles and a close play at the plate tied the game.