ROSEMONT, Illinois – After the Lincoln Saltdogs (47-42) and Chicago Dogs (57-32) were postponed due to inclement weather Tuesday, the teams played a split, seven-inning doubleheader Wednesday. Chicago took the first game, 7-1, and the Dogs took Game 2, 4-3.
Game 1: Drew Devine picked up his first hit as a professional, but Chicago scored four times in the 3rd inning and the Saltdogs lost Game 1, 7-1, on Wednesday afternoon.
Devine, signed out of Western Michigan University ahead of first pitch, came in as a defensive replacement in the 6th before singling in his first professional at-bat in the 7th.
Forrestt Allday had Lincoln’s only multi-hit game, while Ben Wereski allowed five runs – four earned – on seven hits across 2.2 innings. Walter Borkovich allowed two runs in 1.1 innings, while Josh Norwood had two scoreless frames.
The Saltdogs fell behind 1-0 on a throwing error in the 2nd inning, but Justin Byrd hit into a double play with runners on the corners to tie the game in the 3rd.
Chicago score three times on back-to-back homers in the bottom of the 3rd – a two-run shot from K.C. Hobson and a solo homer from Anfernee Grier – and Chicago later added a run on Grant Kay’s RBI double. The ‘Dogs scored two more in the 5th and held on for their sixth consecutive win.
Game 2: Josh Altmann hit his 23rd homer of the year, but the ‘Dogs couldn’t overcome an early deficit in a 4-3 loss in the second game of the doubleheader.
Altmann’s two-run homer came in the three-run 4th inning, and David Vidal later added a solo homer to make it a one-run game.
Chicago took a 4-0 lead in the 2nd. T.J. Bennett opened the scoring with an RBI single before Michael Crouse made it 2-0 with a two-out RBI single and Anfernee Grier doubled the lead with a two-out, two-run single.
John Richy allowed four runs on six hits over four innings, while Carter Hope tossed a scoreless 5th inning and Jesse Stallings worked around trouble in a scoreless 6th.
The ‘Dogs now return home to open an 11-game homestand to close the regular season. First pitch of a four-game series against Cleburne is scheduled for 6:05 p.m., and coverage will begin at the conclusion of Hail Varsity radio on ESPN Lincoln 101.5 FM/1480 AM.
The Saltdogs are celebrating their 20th season at Haymarket Park this season! All ticket and promotional information can be viewed at saltdogs.com.