LINCOLN, Nebraska – Zach Keenan allowed one earned run over seven innings, but the Lincoln Saltdogs lost 3-2 to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in 10 innings at Haymarket Park on Saturday night.
Keenan tied a season high with seven innings pitched, but Evan Alexander’s one-out RBI single in the 10th inning was the difference Fargo-Moorhead series-tying win.
The RedHawks (43-24) took a 1-0 lead on Peter Maris’s sacrifice fly in the 1st, an unearned run scored by Alexander after he led off the game with a bunt single and advanced to third on a two-base throwing error from catcher Bobby Barnard.
Fargo-Moorhead added to the lead on Sam Dexter’s RBI single in the 4th, but the Saltdogs (32-36) tied the game with two runs in the bottom-half. Jason Rogers drove in his seventh run in five games with an RBI single before Josh Altmann tied the game with an RBI groundout.
The game remained tied through nine innings. In the 10th, after a sacrifice bunt from Christian Correa advanced ghost runner Sam Dexter, Alexander broke the tie with a single to right-center off Matt Cronin, pitching his second inning in relief.
Lincoln had a chance to tie the game in the bottom-half. With Randy Norris on second as the international tiebreaker, Patrick Caulfield laid down a bunt to the right side. Fielded by 1B Manual Boscan, the throw to third was wide of Leo Pina and escaped down the left-field line. Norris – after getting tangled up with Pina – tried to score on the play and was thrown out at home by LF Rymer Liriano.
The ‘Dogs ended up loading the bases with one out, but Rayder Ascanio struck out and Ryan Long bounced into a fielder’s choice to end the game.
Lincoln and Fargo-Moorhead wrap up the three-game series on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m., and pregame coverage begins at 12:35 on ESPN Lincoln 101.5 FM/1480 AM.
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