The Saltdogs (7-7) battled back from an early six-run deficit but the Sioux Falls Pheasants (6-7) pulled away late in a 12-6 series-opening victory at The Birdcage Thursday night. Lincoln tied the game at 6-6 in the fifth, on John Alonso’s sixth home run of the year, a three-run double by Joe Spiers, and a run-scoring double by Brad Payne.
Mark Shorey launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth and Sioux Falls went on from there to score the last six runs to win convincingly. Matthew Sommo (1-1) went six innings, allowing six runs on 11 hits to pick up the win. Chandler Barnard (0-2) allowed six earned on nine hits in five innings to suffer the loss. The Saltdogs committed four errors.
The clubs meet again Friday night at 7:05 p.m. for game two of the four-game series. Justin Edwards (0-0, 12.66) is expected to pitch against Mark Michael (1-1, 5.40).