Friday: Sioux Falls 4, Lincoln 3
What wrong: The Saltdogs' DonAndre Clark rounded third as the potential tying run in the ninth inning and was thrown out at home plate to end the game in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Clark pinch ran for Daniel Herrera after Herrera hit a two-out single in the top of the inning. Christian Ibarra followed with a single to put runners on first and second, and Ivan Marin laced a single to left field before Michael Hart threw out Clark at the plate. After Lincoln gained a 3-1 lead in the first two innings, Sioux Falls scored three unanswered runs and took the go-ahead run in the fifth with a sacrifice fly. Saltdogs starter Tyson Cronin went 4 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits and four runs.
What went right: Marin went 5-for-5, including the single that Clark tried to score on. Curt Smith had a two-RBI double in the top of the first that gave Lincoln an early 2-0 lead, and Tyler Moore added a solo home run in the second that gave Lincoln another two-run advantage at 3-1. Evan Korson and Jake Hohensee were solid in relief of Cronin, tossing a combined 3 2/3 innings and striking out five. Hohensee recorded three strikeouts in his two innings of work and retired all six batters he faced.
Dog bytes: Lincoln finished with 10 hits among three different players. Marin had his first five-hit performance with Lincoln, while Smith and Moore each recorded two hits apiece.
What's next: Sioux Falls and Lincoln meet again Saturday at 6 p.m.