WINNIPEG, Man. — Joe Bisenius dazzled, and Ian Gac led a relentless power parade as the Saltdogs (7-9) trounced the Winnipeg Goldeyes (10-6) 8-1 in front of 5,665 fans at Shaw Park Saturday night.
Bisenius (1-0) twirled eight shutout innings, allowing just three hits and three walks while striking out seven with his low-to-mid-90's fastball to earn the win. The Omaha native gave up just one hit, a 10-foot tapper, over the first seven frames.
Gac hit a solo home run to right center in the fifth and a two-run shot to virtually the same spot in the seventh, which made the score 6-0. Gac finished the night 4-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI. It was Gac's second multi-homer game of the year, with both coming against Winnipeg.
Brian Joynt opened the game's scoring a two-out, towering solo home run to left center in the top of the 1st. Matt Forgatch also belted a solo shot to left center, as the Saltdogs scored in seven of the nine innings to snap a five-game skid against the Fish.
Jason Jarvis (1-3) surrendered six runs on 12 hits in six-plus innings to take the loss.
Forgatch went 3-for-5 with a home run and a stolen base, and Mike Gilmartin and Joynt each posted multi-hit efforts in a 15-hit (with seven for extra-bases) evening for Lincoln.
The Saltdogs look to salvage the series split Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. RHP Marquis Fleming (1-2, 1.40) will take the mound for the 'Dogs against LHP Kyle Anderson (2-0, 2.12) for the Goldeyes. Radio coverage begins at 1 p.m. on KFOR 1240.
Lincoln returns to Haymarket Park Tuesday evening for a double-header with Fargo-Moorhead beginning at 5:05 p.m. Get your tickets now at www.saltdogs.com.