OCONOMOWOC, Wisconsin – Josh Norwood allowed one run in five innings of a spot start, Jonathan Cheshire earned his first save, and the Saltdogs held on to beat the Lake Country DockHounds, 3-2, at Wisconsin Brewing Company Park on Friday night.
Norwood did not allow a hit through the first five innings and picked up his first win of the season. Steffon Moore pitched three relief innings and allowed one run, while Jonathan Cheshire struck out the side in the 9th to finish the game.
Lincoln (29-32) opened the scoring on Patrick Caulfield’s RBI double in the 2nd inning. On the next pitch, Bobby Barnard laid down a squeeze bunt to the right side that scored a second run.
The ‘Dogs added to the lead on Matt Goodheart’s RBI fielder’s choice in the 6th inning, before Lake Country (21-39) got a run back on T.J. Bennett’s sacrifice fly.
Daikon Yoh’s fourth homer of the year made it a 3-2 game in the 7th inning – only the third run allowed by Moore this year.
Moore remained in the game for the 8th inning and worked around Bennett’s leadoff single to keep the ‘Dogs in front.
Cheshire became the fourth Lincoln reliever with a save this year when he struck out all three hitters he faced in the 9th inning.
The ‘Dogs won their first-ever game at Wisconsin Brewing Company Park, and snapped a four-game losing streak in one-run games. Lincoln is now 7-5 in games decided by a single run this season.
The series continues Saturday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m., and pregame coverage will begin at 5:35 on ESPN Lincoln 101.5 FM/1480 AM.
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