Friday: Lincoln 5, Sioux City 4.
What went right: Two runs in the eighth inning broke a 3-3 tie and Lincoln held on for the win to snap a three-game losing streak. The Saltdogs took a 3-1 lead in the third on a Cesar Valera RBI single, followed by a Curt Smith RBI double, and after Randolph Oduber was intentionally walked, Juan Martinez's sacrifice fly brought Valera home. Brent Dean broke the 3-3 tie with a one-out, two-run home run in the eighth. Seth Webster held Sioux City to one run over five innings before being touched up for two more runs in the sixth, but struck out six over seven innings. Dean was 2-for-4 with the two RBIs.
What went wrong: Webster gave up a double to open the sixth and then LeVon Washington tied the game at 3-3 with a two-run home run. After Fabio Martinez set the Musketeers down in order in the eighth, Michael Wagner entered in the ninth and allowed a leadoff double to Nate Samson. Two flyouts sandwiched a walk before Joel Davis' RBI single pulled Sioux City within one run. But a 6-4 fielder's choice secured Wagner's 20th save of the season.
Streaks: Lincoln snapped a three-game losing streak.
Dog bytes: The Saltdogs maintained their five-game lead over Gary SouthShore for first in the Central Divison.
Next: The series with Sioux City continues at 6:45 p.m. Saturday.