Monday: Sioux City 2, Lincoln 1, 12 inn.
What went wrong: Despite scoring in the top of the first inning, Lincoln batters were stymied, striking out a franchise-record 20 times to the Explorers' pitching staff in Sioux City, Iowa. Colton Burns recorded the team-high with four, while Christian Ibarra, John Sansone and Daniel Herrera each struck out three times. The Saltdogs' struggling offense allowed Sioux City to finally push through in the bottom of the 12th after Drew Stankiewicz hit a one-out, walk-off single to left field. Sioux City recorded three hits in the third that tied the game 1-1. Lincoln had the go-ahead run reach second in both the seventh and eighth innings but were unable to score. DonAndre Clark singled in the seventh and reached second after a Daniel Herrera base hit, but was stranded by two Lincoln strikeouts. In the eighth, Randolph Oduber led off with a double before Sioux City pitcher Nate Gercken retired the next three Saltdogs in order.
What went right: Despite the loss, the Lincoln bullpen came through clutch in multiple occasions. Austin Pettibone, who suffered the eventual loss, worked out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the bottom of the 11th. In the ninth, Cameron McVey allowed the winning run to third before the Saltdog hurler shut the door after striking out Explorers' leadoff hitter Kyle Wren for the third time Monday to send the game into extra innings. The Saltdogs took an early 1-0 advantage in the top of the first after Cody Regis grounded into a fielder's choice that allowed Randolph Oduber to score. Kyle Kinman would keep the damage to a minimum, tossing 7 1/3 innings and allowing just one run in the third that knotted the score 1-1. The former Bellevue product allowed just four hits and issued three walks while striking out five. Austin Boyle and Evan Korson each tossed 1/3 of an inning in relief.
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Dog Bytes: Lincoln and Sioux City combined for 31 strikeouts. The Saltdogs previous mark for striking out in a game was 18 times on June 11, 2017, against Sioux Falls.
What's next: The two teams continue the series Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.