Lincoln came back from a 3-0 first inning deficit to defeat Shreveport
Thursday night and win the series 2-1. The Saltdogs are now 6-1 to start
The Sports, who shut out the Saltdogs on Wednesday, jumped out to a quick
3-0 lead scoring three times on four hits in the bottom of the first off
Lincoln starter Ben Fox. The Dogs began climbing back in their half of the
second when Josh Patton hit the first pitch of the inning over the wall in
right field for his first home run of the season.
Lincoln tied the score with two runs in the fourth. Patton and Kevin
Sullivan started things off with back-to-back singles to right to lead off
the inning then with one out Paul Powell delivered a base hit to left
scoring Patton. Sullivan scored on Michael Pierres sacrifice fly to center
which tied the game at three.
In the fifth, the Saltdogs doubled up the score on the Sports scoring three
runs on two hits and two walks. The big blow a two-run double by Sullivan,
his sixth extra-base hit of the year, brought in Pichi Balet and Patton.
Brett Cooley followed with his league-leading 12th RBI of the season on a
base hit to left that scored Sullivan.
Lincoln broke the game open in the sixth inning by adding three more runs.
Pierre, in just his second game of the season, led off with a walk and then
immediately stole second on the first pitch to the next batter, Cory Harris.
On the 1-0 pitch, Pierre scored from second when Harris laid down a bunt
to the third baseman Neb Brown, whose throw to first was wide enabling
Harris to take second. Jose Torres brought Harris in with an RBI single and
then scored when Balet grounded out to short. Lincoln capped its scoring
when Jose Torres doubled and then scored on Bryan Warners single to center
for the final margin.
Ben Fox picked up the win for the Saltdogs improving his record to 2-0.
Next up for Lincoln is a three-game series at Fort Worth that begins Friday
night at 7 p.m. LHP Lindsay Gulin will start for the Saltdogs, while the
Cats will counter with RHP Luke Hochever, the 2005 Roger Clemens Award
winner as the NCAA Pitcher of the Year. Hochever was a first round draft
pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers last summer but he has not signed and is
instead pitching for Fort Worth.