The Lincoln Saltdogs matched team records in runs scored and home runs as they belted six long balls in a 20-5 rout over the Sioux Falls Fighting Pheasants at The Birdcage Tuesday night. Trailing 4-1 through three innings, the ‘Dogs exploded for five runs in the fourth – highlighted by a Joe Ramos grand slam.
Lincoln then tacked on six more runs in the fifth inning, thanks in large part to a Robby Alcombrack three-run home run and a Blake Gailen two-run double. The Saltdogs struck for six more runs in the top of the ninth inning on three doubles and two home runs – a solo shot by Alcombrack to lead off the frame and a three-run blast by Phil Hawke.
Vance Albitz smashed his first career home run, a solo blast to left field, in the seventh inning. Gailen led off the game with his second home run in as many starts. The 20 runs scored tied a team record which was set in a game also played at Sioux Falls Stadium, back on July 31, 2006. The Saltdogs had hit six home runs in a game on two different occasions prior to tonight: August 27 of last year at home against Sioux City and August 20, 2008 in St. Paul.
John James (3-1) pitched eight inning, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits while striking out three and walking zero to earn the win. Brad Stone (1-3) lasted 4 2/3 inning, giving up 11 runs on 10 hits to suffer the loss. Four different players – Gailen, Maikel Jova, Ramos and Albitz – had three-hit nights for the Saltdogs. Lincoln had a season-high 20 hits, five shy of the club record.