Saltdogs Go Exploring

The Lincoln Saltdogs won their third straight home game, using great pitching and timely hitting to earn a 3-2 win over the Sioux City Explorers at Haymarket Park Monday night.

Travis Teeter won his 2nd straight start, this time holding the Explorers to 2 earned runs over 8 innings. He only allowed Sioux City to dent the scoreboard in the 5th frame, when a Ryan Ruiz 2-run homer scored Mikaella Dworken, making the score 2-1.

Lincoln had scored the first run of the night when a Darren Doskocil bunt single scored Jorge Moreno, who had singled and stole second and third base. Sioux City starter David Glick held the one-run lead until the 6th inning, when Charles Peterson gave Lincoln the lead with a longball. Bryan Warner had doubled with one out, then was followed by one of the longest home runs in Saltdogs history, an 0-1 Glick offering that Peterson drove well over the wall in left-center field.

Peterson's blast made the score 3-2, and that was how it would finish. Lincoln closer Byron Embry closed the door in the 9th inning, setting down the Explorers batters in order to preserve the win.

Teeter earnes the win, improving his record to 4-2 on the season. Embry picks up his 7th save of the season. He has now saved the last 6 Saltdogs wins. Glick pitched well (8 IP, 3 ER), but is credited with the loss, dropping his record to 9-6 on the year.

Lincoln improves to 11-20 in the second half (40-39 overall), while Sioux City falls to 12-18 in the second half (30-48 overall). The clubs will be back in action on Tuesday night at Haymarket Park. Hideki Nagasaka (6-6, 3.57) is the probable starter for the Saltdogs, and he is scheduled to face Chris Swiatkiewicz (5-7, 4.88) in a 7:05 game.