Tuesday: Lincoln 3, Sioux City 2.

What went right: John Sansone's tiebreaking solo home run in the fourth inning proved to be the difference in a series-evening win for the Saltdogs in Sioux City, Iowa.

Helping Lincoln keep its edge was Ricky Knapp, who pitched five shutout innings in relief. Knapp scattered three hits, struck out one and retired the final seven batters in order.

Lincoln manufactured a run in the top of the first inning when Christian Ibarra singled, advanced to second on a Curt Smith single, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly.

Ibarra gave Lincoln a 2-1 lead in the third inning on his RBI double to left field.

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Sioux City tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the third before Sansone answered with his fifth homer of the season in the fourth.

Ibarra and Smith each finished with two hits.

What went wrong:  Very little went wrong for Lincoln, which dropped Monday's game to Sioux City. Shairon Martis started for the Dogs, pitching four innings. He gave up two runs on five hits.

Dog bytes: Sioux City defeated Lincoln 2-1 in 12 innings on Monday. The Saltdogs struck out a franchise-record 20 times in the loss. The two teams 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: Game three of the four-game set is set for 7:12 p.m. Wednesday.


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