CLEBURNE, TX – The Lincoln Saltdogs left nine runners on base and fell to the Cleburne Railroaders 2-1 on Sunday night.

The win gave the Railroaders a split of the four-game set.  It brought the season series to 4-4 after the two clubs split a series in Lincoln in May.

Carlos Pimentel was charged with the loss despite recording a quality start.  He allowed just two runs over six innings on 10 hits.  He struck out four and did not issue a walk.  It was Pimentel’s third straight loss after starting the season 5-0.

The Saltdogs jumped in front in the top of the first inning.  Cesar Valera notched a two-out single and moved to second base on a wild pitch.  He scored on a Curt Smith single to give the ‘Dogs the early lead.

Cleburne answered back in the bottom of the first.  Maikol Gonzalez started the frame with a double and moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt.  Then, Axel Johnson ripped a double to score Gonzalez and tie the game.

The Railroaders grabbed the lead in the bottom of the third inning.  KC Huth began the inning with a single and Gonzalez followed with another hit.  After a bunt, Johnson came through with another RBI on a base hit to make it 2-1.

The Saltdogs had runners on base in every inning except the fifth.  Brent Dean singled and got to second base in the ninth but Lincoln could not get a hit to send him in.  Winston Abreu shut down the ‘Dogs for his 11th save of the season.

The Saltdogs (27-21) return home to face the Salina Stockade (6-43) on Tuesday.  First pitch is at 6:45 PM with coverage beginning at 6:15 PM on ESPN 1480 and saltdogs.com.

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