Saltdogs Win, Patton Breaks Record
The Lincoln Saltdogs posted a 5-3 victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes at Haymarket Park Monday night, finishing off a series in which they took 3 of 4 games from the Goldeyes.
All 8 runs of the night were scored on home runs, with Winnipeg striking the first blow. The Goldeyes got the first two runners on in the first inning, then Blair Barbier emptied the bags with a 3-run home run off Lincoln starter Mike Zipser. Zipser calmed down from that point, retiring the next 15 batters in order before Pat Scalabrini ended the Goldeyes drought in the 6th innning.
By the 6th frame, Lincoln had tied up the score. Catcher Kevin Sullivan hit a 2-out 3-run home run in the 4th inning to tie up the score.
Lincoln's next home run would untie it, as Brad Bouras' 2-run shot to dead center in the 7th off Winnipeg reliever Travis Stanton would give Lincoln a lead they would not relinquish.
Lincoln's bullpen of Byron Embry and Chris Weidert pitched the final 2 innings in scoreless fashion to cement the victory.
Zipser gave up just 2 hits after the first inning, and receives the win. He allowed 3 earned runs on 5 hits while striking out 5. He earns the win, improving his record to 3-3 on the season. Winnipeg's Steve Murray started, and receives the loss. He allowed 4 earned runs on 6 hits and 1 walk over 6.1 innings. His record falls to 1-3 on the year. Weidert picks up his 6th save of 2004.
3rd baseman Josh Patton broke the Northern League record for most career hits (640) with a single in the bottom of the first inning.
The Saltdogs improve to 20-10 on the season. They are 1 game out of first place in the Northern League South Division, pending the outcome of the Kansas City-Schaumburg game. The Goldeyes fall to 17-13, and are now 3 games out of first place in the Northern League North Division.
The Goldeyes and Saltdogs will both take Tuesday off before beginning series' on Wednesday. The Goldeyes will take on the Joliet Jackhammers in Winnipeg, while the Saltdogs will take on the Northern League North Division-leading Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks in a 7:05 contest Wednesday night. Todd George (3-1, 0.55 ERA) is the probable starter for Fargo-Moorhead, and he is scheduled to face Adam Springston (4-0, 2.25).