Lincoln vs. Gary Southshore - 8.23.2017

Lincoln's Cesar Valera (16) slides safe into second base for a double during the fifth inning of the game against Gary Southshore at Haymarket Park on Wednesday.

GWYNETH ROBERTS, Journal Star

Wednesday: Gary SouthShore 5, Lincoln 4.

What went wrong: The RailCats scored four runs over the final two innings for the come-from-behind win. Lincoln setup man Cameron McVey relieved starter Sharon Martis in the eighth inning and surrendered a walk and a base hit to put runners at second and third with two outs. An error on a ground ball by second baseman Juan Martinez allowed both runners to score and tie the game at 3-3. Saltdogs closer Michael Wagner entered in the ninth and gave up a leadoff home run to Colin Willis to give Gary a 4-3. Then, after two walks, Alex Crosby knocked in what proved to be the game-winning run with a two-out single. Lincoln center fielder Joe Robbins hit a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the ninth to close the scoring.

What went right: The Saltdogs wasted a quality start by Martis, who went seven innings and allowed one run on four hits and one walk while striking out six. Martinez went from potential hero to goat with his two-run home run in the sixth giving Lincoln a 3-1 lead at the time. The Drama Dogs tried to make another appearance with Robbins' home run and Cesar Valera following with a two-out single, but Curt Smith's fly out to right ended the game. Valera was 3-for-5 and Jacobs finished 3-for-4, while Martinez had two hits and two RBIs.

Streaks: The Saltdogs have hit at least two home runs in six straight games, and Robbins has homers in three straight games, with five in the last two weeks.

Dog bytes: Lincoln lost back-to-back one-run games for the first time all season. Gary SouthShore trails the Saltdogs by five games for the Central Division lead with 12 games left in the season. The crowd at the game included about 3,000 fifth-graders for the Lincoln Public Schools Day.

Next: Lincoln tries to salvage a series split Thursday at 6:45 p.m.

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