SIOUX CITY, IA – Brandon Jacobs launched two three-run home runs and the Lincoln Saltdogs (53-30) dismissed the Sioux City Explorers (39-47) 13-7 to complete a sweep at Lewis and Clark Park.
The Saltdogs blasted three total homers in the game, bringing their series total to an incredible 10 long balls. Jacobs’ two blasts were his first since July 31st while Randolph Oduber’s homer was his second of the series. The six-RBI performance by Jacobs was the most knocked in by a Saltdogs player this season.
The runs started coming in the first inning. Oduber hit his homer in the first to put the Saltdogs in front. Then, Tony Campana started the bottom half of the first with a triple. He scored after Tyler Ogle worked a sacrifice fly out of a 13-pitch at bat.
Sioux City grabbed briefly grabbed the lead in the bottom of the second. They scored two runs on a two-out two-RBI single by Nate Samson.
The Saltdogs reclaimed the lead with three runs in the third. Tommy Mendonca hit a bases-loaded single off the wall to plate the first two runs. Brent Dean walked in another bases loaded situation to send in the third run and make it 5-3.
Sioux City tied it back up in the bottom of the third inning. Ogle pounded a two-run homer to even the score.
The Saltdogs grabbed the lead for the third and final time in the top of the fourth. Curt Smith doubled in the first run and Jacobs hit his first three-run homer to make it 9-5.
Lincoln tacked on another run on an Oduber double in the fifth inning. The Saltdogs scored in four the first five innings.
Sioux City got another home run from Ogle in the fifth to cut it to 10-6.
The second Jacobs homer came in the top of the seventh. The left fielder pulled both bombs over the left field wall.
Sioux City scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to finish out the game. Levon Washington singled in Samson for the score.
Seth Webster earned the win for lasting five inning in his second start back from the Disabled List.
The game took three hours and 50 minutes to complete, the longest nine inning Saltdogs game that didn’t feature a rain delay this season.
After losing the first five games of the season to the Explorers, the Saltdogs have won five straight to even the series. They completed the sweep of the X’s, their seventh sweep of the season and their first since taking down Wichita on July 21-23.
The Saltdogs return to Lincoln to face the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Monday. First pitch is at 12:00 PM with coverage beginning at 11:30 AM on ESPN 1480 and saltdogs.com.
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