It wasn't a comedy of errors, but the Lincoln Saltdogs' victory Tuesday was a comedy in itself with the help of Nebraska native Dan Whitney, also known as Larry the Cable Guy.
The Saltdogs routed the Texas AirHogs 13-4 at Haymarket Park after knocking out 17 hits.
With Whitney coaching 1st base over the course of the first two innings, the Saltdogs posted seven runs, including a first-inning three-run home run from T.J. Bennett.
“What a cool opportunity. You don't get that very often,” Bennett said. “I couldn't miss that opportunity to get a high five from him rounding first and we had a lot of fun with him. He had a great time on the field and in the dugout.
“I've had the opportunity to see him a couple times at a few games and events. It's been a lot of fun.”
The Saltdogs put aside the jokes and laughter and went into business mode with the three-game series tied 1-1 with the AirHogs, looking for the series victory with the playoffs out of reach for both teams.
“At this point in this season it's about doing the best we can each and every night,” Bennett said, who finished 1-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored. “Our goal every day is to be the best we can be, play the best baseball that we can and do it in our control. When we have the chance to put up some big runs early in the game, I think we just took advantage of it and it showed on the scoreboard.
Lincoln scored four more runs in the second, provided by a Curt Smith two-RBI triple, who later scored on Randolph Oduber's two-run blast to left field.
With the game in control and a 7-1 lead after Texas scraped across a run in the third, Lincoln tacked on five more runs on six hits including a two-RBI double by former Husker Dan Johnson.
Nine different Saltdogs recorded hits, including Daniel Herrarra who replaced Dashenko Ricardo in the bottom of the eight inning. Ricardo was 0-for-4 with an RBI.
“It's the rubber match, the third game of a tied series and our guys don't want that to slip away,” Lincoln manager Bobby Brown said. “Our guys did a good job of not pumping the brakes offensively and they kept at it and stretched that lead to make it a comfortable lead for us.
“Everybody chipped in a little bit.”
Austin Robichaux followed his near no-hit bid outing last Thursday against Cleburne with four runs on seven hits while recording eight strikeouts.
Lincoln continues the home stand with a three-game series against the Cleburne beginning Wednesday at 6:45 p.m.