Saturday: Sioux City 6, Lincoln 4.
What went wrong: After spotting the Saltdogs three runs in the first inning, Sioux City responded with six runs on seven hits in the second to gain control at Haymarket Park. The Explorers pieced together seven hits in a row, including Tyler Ogle's home run that began the inning against Lincoln starter Parker Frazier.
What went right: Lincoln started the game red hot at the plate as the first three batters each got a hit and scored to take a 3-0 lead. Curt Smith hit a two-run home run after Cesar Valera tripled. Joe Robbins started off the inning with a single. Lincoln's bullpen limited the damage, shutting out the Explorers after the second inning and allowing just two hits.
Dog bytes: Lincoln acquired right-handed pitcher Brad Orosey for a player to be named later in a trade with Sioux City at the roster deadline Friday night. The Saltdogs also traded right-hander Carlos Pimentel, who was on the inactive list, to Fargo-Moorhead and placed infielder Tommy Mendonca on the IL.
Orosey pitched for the Saltdogs last season and was 4-3 with a 4.15 ERA over 40 appearances in 2016. Orosey has pitched in 31 games for the Explorers this season with a 3-4 record and 4.34 ERA over 49.2 innings. He has 57 strikeouts to 20 walks.
Next: Lincoln closes the series with Sioux City at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Saltdogs' home finale.