LINCOLN, Nebraska – LHP Abdallah Aris struck out a season-high nine batters for the second consecutive start and the ‘Dogs beat the Chicago Dogs 5-3 at Haymarket Park on Wednesday night.
Aris is the only Saltdog with nine strikeouts in a game this year and he’s now allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last five outings.
Lincoln (35-35) opened the scoring on an RBI double from DH Yanio Perez – extending his hitting streak to nine – in the 2nd inning. After his double, Perez scored on an RBI single from 2B Nate Samson to make it 2-0.
The ‘Dogs extended the lead on an RBI single from 1B Jason Rogers in the 3rd inning. Chicago (37-33) got one back on a leadoff homer from 2B Josh Altmann in the 4th inning.
Lincoln responded with runs in the 5th and 6th innings. Perez added a second RBI on a sacrifice fly in the 5th and another run scored on when SS Drew Devine grounded into a double play in the 6th inning.
Chicago scored in the 7th after a leadoff tripled from LF Matt Bottcher set up 1B Luke Mangieri for an RBI groundout.
LHP Steffon Moore went 1-2-3 with a strikeout in the 8th and RHP Devin Conn came on for the 9th inning. After Altmann led off with a double and reached third on an error, Altmann scored on a two-out triple from Mangieri. Conn then responded to strike out 3B Cody Bohanek representing the tying run to end the game. Conn became the eighth ‘Dog with a save this season.
C Luke Roskam singled in the 5th inning and extended his on-base streak to 36 – the longest active in the league.
The series concludes on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and pregame coverage begins at 6:35 on KFOR FM 101.5/1240 AM.
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