Lincoln Holds Off Birds In Series Opener
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LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Sioux Falls Canaries couldn't find the big swing Friday night in Lincoln, losing to the homestanding Saltdogs 3-0.
The Birds (33-44) recorded eight hits against Lincoln (33-43) pitchers John Brownell and Reese Gregory, but left eleven runners on base in the defeat.
Brett Vertigan extended his hitting streak to 12 games for Sioux Falls. Canaries starter Alex Boshers allowed three runs in 5.2 innings.
Brownell took the first six innings for Lincoln and Gregory pitched the last three. Gregory allowed just one hit to earn the save.
Boshers started off well, retiring the first eight hitters he faced -- half via strikeout. He ran into trouble in the third inning, but worked out of a first-and-third jam unscathed.
Lincoln broke through in the fifth on a squeeze bunt. With men on first and third and no one out, Ivan Marin laid down a bunt up the first-base line. Canaries first baseman Mitch Glasser fielded the ball and shoveled it home, but couldn't get Tyler Moore charging in from third.
A sacrifice fly two batters later from Forrest Allday made it 2-0 Lincoln.
The Saltdogs put men on first and second with two out in the sixth, prompting Canaries manager Mike Meyer to bring Will Solomon in to pitch. Solomon allowed an RBI single to Christian Ibarra to make it 3-0.
Solomon retired the next four hitters he faced, through the seventh inning. Harrison Cooney tossed a hitless eighth for the Birds.
Sioux Falls and Lincoln resume their series Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Mark Seyler will pitch for the Canaries; Jake Hohensee will get the ball for Lincoln.
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