WINNIPEG, Man. — The Saltdogs (0-1) exploded out of the gate with four runs in the top of the first but the Winnipeg Goldeyes (1-0) scored six unanswered to take game one of the best-of-five American Association Division Series 6-4 in front of 4,013 fans at Shaw Park Wednesday night.
Lincoln produced the four runs on RBI hits from Ian Gac, Brian Joynt, Jeremy Hamilton and Mike Gilmartin (with two outs), to get out to a dream start.
Winnipeg chipped away with a run in the second and three two-out runs in the bottom of the third, with rain falling steadily. Reggie Abercrombie ripped a RBI triple before Donnie Webb walloped the equalizer, a two-run shot to right center to make it 4-4.
Chris Salamida (1-0) was brilliant after the rocky first inning, going eight while striking out a season-high 10 and walking two to earn the win. The southpaw needed 133 pitches.
Joe Bisenius (0-1) pitched six innings, yielding six runs on 11 hits while fanning seven and walking four to suffer the loss.
The game ended with two runners on after Brendan Lafferty induced a soft grounder to shortstop by Brian Joynt to earn the save.
Chad Mozingo, Matt Forgatch, Joynt, Hamilton, and Gilmartin each had multi-hit games in the series opener for the ‘Dogs.
Game two of the best-of-five series is Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. at Shaw Park. RHP Marquis Fleming is expected to pitch against RHP Ethan Hollingsworth. Radio coverage begins at 6:35 p.m. with “At the Ballpark” and “The Obie Show.”