LINCOLN — Alex Caldera threw eight masterful innings as the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (12-17) blanked the Saltdogs (12-18) 5-0 to complete the series sweep in front of 2,951 fans at Haymarket Park Saturday night.
Caldera (4-1) pitched eight frames, allowing just five hits and a walk while striking out a season-high nine batters to earn the victory.
RedHawks opened the scoring in the top of the fifth on a Zach Penprase sacrifice fly and an unearned run on a throwing error to make it 2-0.
Fargo added another to lead off the sixth with a solo home run down the right field line by Sergio Pedroza, his first of the year. The Birds then tallied two more over the next two innings to take their 5-0 advantage.
Justin Edwards (2-2) pitched well in defeat, going six innings while allowing two earned and fanning a season-high eight.
The Saltdogs were swept in a series for the first time this season, and shutout for the fifth time.
Lincoln will enjoy its first scheduled off day Sunday before returning to action Monday night at Haymarket Park to host the St. Paul Saints. Ryan Sheldon (3-1, 2.41) is expected to pitch for the ‘Dogs. Radio coverage begins at 6:35 p.m. on KFOR 1240.
Come on out to Haymarket Park on Monday for Saltdogs Fan Feast! For just $1 you can sample great foods from Dickey’s BBQ, Raising Cane’s, Olive Garden and many other great restaurants, with all proceeds benefitting the Food Bank of Lincoln. For ticket information please call 402-474-2255 or visit www.saltdogs.com.