SIOUX CITY, IA – The Lincoln Saltdogs and Sioux City Explorers game was suspended in the top of the fifth inning due to inclement weather. The Saltdogs were ahead of the Explorers 2-1.
The game will be resumed on Friday, July 27th in Sioux City. The game will be played for the full nine innings and the following game will be a seven-inning game.
Sioux City (40-13) took the first lead of the game. Nate Samson reached on a dropped third strike to start the second inning. Then, Jay Baum looped a ball to right field. Randolph Oduber dove and the ball scooted past him, allowing Samson to score and giving Baum a triple. Saltdogs (27-26) starter Eric Wooten retired the next three batters to keep it a one-run game.
Explorers starter Justin Vernia retired the first 11 batters he saw before Oduber doubled in the fourth. They kept the hits rolling in the fifth as the rain started to fall. Dan Johnson recorded his first Saltdogs hit with a line drive to start the frame. Angel Reyes followed with a double to put runners at second and third. Next, Brandon Jacobs drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly. Dashenko Ricardo sent Reyes home with a double over the center fielder’s head to make it 2-1. Vernia walked Ivan Marin on four pitches in the final at bat of the contest.
The Saltdogs begin a six-game homestand with a series against the Wichita Wingnuts. First pitch on Monday is at 6:45 PM with coverage beginning at 6:35 PM on ESPN 101.5 FM 1480 AM and saltdogs.com/stream.