Wednesday: Lincoln 4, Cleburne 1.
What went right: After falling behind in the first inning, Lincoln responded with two runs each in the fifth and the seventh. Curt Smith hit an RBI single, Cesar Valera was walked in, and Smith hit a two-run home run to account for the runs. Valera and Smith each went 3-for-4, in addition to Smith's three RBIs. Derek Gordon tossed seven innings of one-run baseball and only gave up four hits. Lincoln outhit Cleburne 11-5.
What went wrong: Cleburne got out to the 1-0 lead in the first on an error on a pickoff attempt. Mitch Glasser came home to score on the play for the Railroaders. The Lincoln bats struggled to get going until the fifth inning.
Streaks: Lincoln is 5-5 in its last 10 games.
Dog bytes: The Saltdogs are making their 2017 team awards open for fan voting online at www.saltdogs.com/awards/. Every fan that votes will be entered in a drawing to win memorabilia autographed by the four award-winners. Voting closes on Aug. 24 and the winners will be announced during the Aug. 25 game at Haymarket Park.
Next: Lincoln is off Thursday before opening a series Friday at Sioux City at 7 p.m.