Thursday: Fargo-Moorhead 3, Lincoln 2.
What went wrong: Back-to-back stolen bases by Chris Grayson in the bottom of the eighth inning set the deck for Josh Mazzola's sacrifice fly and what proved to be the winning run. After Michael Wagner got a leadoff flyout to start the inning, Grayson reached on a single, then stole second on a 2-1 count, waited two more pitches and then stole third. Devan Ahart gave the RedHawks a 2-0 lead in the third with a two-run home run off Saltdogs starter Will Solomon. Lincoln pitchers issued seven walks to just four strikeouts and the Saltdogs also hit into an American Association record two triple plays. Both were around the horn, 5-5-4-3 triple plays, with the first coming in the first inning and the second in the fifth.
What went right: Lincoln battled back to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the eighth on Christian Ibarra's RBI single, but couldn't keep the rally going with two on and one out. The Saltdogs stranded eight baserunners on the day, despite outhitting the RedHawks 7-4.
Streaks: Lincoln dropped back-to-back games for the fifth time to close out the month of August.
Magic number: 1. Following Sioux City 9-1 win over Kansas City on Thursday evening, all the Saltdogs need to do to clinch the Central Division is win one game or have the T-Bones lose one game (Kansas City finishes the season hosting St. Paul). Gary SouthShore won in extra innings Thursday to stay in division contention.
Next: Lincoln heads to Gary to close the season with a four-game series starting at 7 p.m. Friday.