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Dog Dish: Through Devine intervention, Saltdogs walk off against Cleburne as playoff race heats up
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Dog Dish: Through Devine intervention, Saltdogs walk off against Cleburne as playoff race heats up

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Friday: Lincoln 8, Cleburne 7.

What went right: In just his second at-bat at Haymarket Park, rookie Drew Devine hit a two-out, bases-loaded single to help the Saltdogs rally past Cleburne with three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning at Haymarket Park. Curt Smith was hit by pitch to lead off the inning, Yanio Perez singled and David Vidal walked, giving the Saltdogs some life. Skyler Weber brought Lincoln within one run with a sacrifice fly to score Smith. Kyle Kinman, a pinch runner for Perez, tied the game by scoring on a wild pitch. After another out, Devine ended the game on the fourth pitch of the at-bat. Tyler Anderson picked up the win in one inning of relief.

What went wrong: Cleburne's D.J. Peterson hit the first grand slam the Saltdogs have allowed all season as the Railroaders jumped to an early 4-0 lead in the third inning. Lincoln starter Garett Delano was in a groove early before allowing three hits and a hit by pitch in the third to help set up Peterson's grand slam. The Railroaders led 7-3 after seven innings.

Dog bytes: The Saltdogs now trail Cleburne for second place by 1½ games in the American Association's South Division.

Up next: Lincoln and Cleburne play game three of a four-game series at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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