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Jon Gaston went deep and five Lincoln pitchers posted scoreless outings, but the Saltdogs fell to the Sioux City Explorers 8-2 in a 10-inning exhibition game at Haymarket Park Tuesday night.

Sioux City tallied four runs on five hits in the top of the first inning of starter Moises Melendez, highlighted by a Brock Kjelgaard two-run single.

Knuckleballer Zach Staniewicz may have been the man of the night for Lincoln. The right-hander’s specialty pitched baffled Explorer bats to the tune of two shutout innings, with just a single allowed.

Matt Forgatch led off the fourth inning with a double to right center for the first Lincoln hit, and later scored on a Brian Joynt ground out to make it 4-1.

The Explorers plated three in the sixth, two earned, off LHP Kevin McGovern to extend their lead to 7-1.

Gaston launched a solo homer into the Sioux City bullpen beyond the right field wall to begin the seventh, trimming the deficit to 7-2.

Noah Perio singled in Tommy Mendonca in the top of the 10th, notching the game’s final run for the X’s.

Sioux City pitchers struck out 14 batters in the 10-inning contest.

Lincoln will play its second pre-season game Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. against the T-Bones at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan. Follow the action @saltdogsball on twitter.


Moises Melendez: 2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, HB, WP, Loss

Zach Staniewicz: 2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Jared Gaynor: IP, 0 H, 0 R, O BB, K, HB

Kevin McGovern: IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, K

Lars Liguori: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K

Zach Arneson: IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K

Conor Spink: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K

Kaohi Downing: IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, K, WP


Matt Forgatch, LF: 2-4, 2B, R

Jon Gaston, CF: 1-4, HR, 2 K

Brian Joynt, RF: 1-4, RBI

Curt Smith, 1B: 0-3, BB, 2 K

Mitch Canham, DH: 0-4

Mike Gilmartin, SS: 0-2
Ryan Lashley, SS: 1-2

Trevor Martin, 2B: 0-4, 2 K

Jeremy Hamilton, DH: 0-3, 2 K

Eddie Young, 3B: 0-2, BB

Tyler Smith, C: 0-1
Ryan Wiggins, C: 1-2, 2B