On the brink of celebration or heartbreak, the Saltdogs suffered a 2-0 loss against Houston, ending the 2021 season.
Lincoln can clinch a playoff berth with a win in the second game Sunday and an Explorers' loss.
Chicago's Anfernee Grier homered in the first game and had a two-out, two-run single in the second to lead the Dogs to a sweep of the Saltdogs.
Greg Minier tossed 5⅔ scoreless innings to lead the Saltdogs. He struck out three and gave up five hits and three walks.
Lincoln lined into three double plays to lose opener of three-game set against Chicago.
The Saltdogs pitcher says his parents have been in the stands for his baseball games since he was 5 years old. Now, they get to see him as a pro.
Kansas City scored eight runs in the first two innings Tuesday in a 10-6 win over Lincoln at Haymarket Park.
Keenan Bartlett didn't give up a run in his first three starts for the Saltdogs.
Jose Sermo hits two of Sioux City's three homers in Tuesday's win at Haymarket Park.
Curt Smith will be joined by former Saltdogs Shairon Martis, Randolph Oduber and Dashenko Ricardo at the qualifier in Puebla, Mexico, later this month.
“We keep competing, keep battling, keep picking each other up and that's what a good team does,” manager Brett Jodie said.
Gunnar Buhner had just one hit this season before his RBI single in the eighth inning put the Saltdogs in front to stay.
Edgar Corcino leads the league with four sacrifice flies and is tied for the team lead in RBIs entering Tuesday's game: “Especially when the winning run or tying run is on. I'm just trying to get a fly ball and get us that run.”
How the Lincoln Saltdogs fared in Friday's game.
How the Lincoln Saltdogs fared in Thursday's game.
A look at how the Saltdogs fared Tuesday.
A look at how the Lincoln Saltdogs fared Saturday.
"That (the delay) would just be an excuse. I don't think that had anything to do with that. Their guy came out and struck out the side after that.”
Curt Smith hit his 87th homer as a Saltdog, and Edgar Corcino's sacrifice fly in the eighth put Lincoln ahead to stay.