LINCOLN — The Saltdogs (12-17) squandered two late-inning leads to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (11-17) and dropped both games of a double header (4-3 and 8-7) in front of 3,618 fans at Haymarket Park Friday night.
In game one, the ‘Dogs led 3-2 going into the top of the seventh (of a seven-inning contest), but the RedHawks scored two off of P.J. Zocchi. Sergio Pedroza drove in the winning run and finished with three RBI for the game.
Zocchi (0-1) allowed two runs in an inning for his first blown save and first loss of the season. Mike Zenko (1-0) worked a perfect sixth inning to earn the win. Tom Boleska struck out two in the seventh to book his sixth save.
In game two, Fargo-Moorhead scored four runs in the sixth – on three hits, four walks and a wild pitch – to take a 7-6 lead and went on to win 8-7.
Tony Butler (1-2) allowed a run in 0+ innings on four walks to take the loss. Tyler Herron (1-2) worked five innings, allowing six runs on seven hits while walking four and fanning three to pick up the win.
John Alonso went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in game two, his seventh. A.J. Miller also launched his first home run of the season, a two-run shot to extend Lincoln’s lead early on in game two. Tommy Collaro dinged the foul pole in left for his second home run of the season in game one.
Aharon Eggleston belted a solo shot, his second, in game two. Nic Jackson went 5-for-7 in the double header.
The ‘Dogs had been 8-0 on the campaign when leading with two innings left, but went 0-2 on the day.
The teams meet again for the finale Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. Justin Edwards (2-1, 6.67) will pitch against Alex Caldera (3-1, 3.23). Radio coverage begins at 6:35 p.m. on KFOR 1240.
Come on out to Haymarket Park Saturday for the series finale and get a Saltdogs Welcome Mat courtesy of US Bank! For ticket information please call 402-474-2255 or visit www.saltdogs.com.