Sioux City Ends Saltdogs Winning Streak
Sioux City, Iowa — Marcel Longmire connected on a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Sioux City Explorers (6-8) a crucial insurance run and help guide them to a 5-3 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs (9-5) Thursday night in front of 1,718 fans at Lewis and Clark Park. Longmire went 2-for-4 in the game; his other hit being a bloop single in the fifth inning.
The home run was Longmire's 500th professional hit. The Explorers scored the games first run in the bottom of the first inning as center fielder Ryan Ruiz doubled to right center. Ruiz went 1-for-4 on the evening, and extending his on base streak to 16 games. After moving to third on a groundball, Ruiz later scored as shortstop Todd Brock reached on an infield single.
The Saltdogs answered with a run in the top of the second as catcher Kevin Sullivan singled to center field, a groundball and fly ball later, Sullivan stood on third before center fielder Ian Church plated his first RBI of the season with a single to left. Left fielder Casey Baker singled to right to open the bottom of the third inning for the X's. Brock drew a walk, and Longmire advanced Baker to third on a fly ball, before right fielder Bobby Brown singled to right to give the X's the go ahead run. Baker went 3-for-4 in the contest with two runs scored.
Sioux City plated a run in the fifth and seventh innings, before Lincoln made the game interesting in the top half of the eighth by scoring two runs, to cut the Explorer lead to 4-3. Chris Swiatkiewicz went 7 1/3 innings in the start to pick up his first win of the season for the Explorers. He allowed two runs on eight hits, while only issuing one walk in the outing. Nate Miller, Chad Giannetti and Jonathan Wiebe pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief work for Swiatkiewicz to preserve the victory.
The Explorers will continue their four-game series with Lincoln tomorrow evening, as they will send Mel Spivey (0-1) to the mound. Lincoln will send former Explorer Adam Springston (2-0) to the mound.