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Sioux Falls, SD – Wyatt Ulrich extended his league-leading hitting streak to 18 games and Ozzie Martinez recorded another three-hit game but it wasn’t enough as the Canaries dropped a 9-5 decision to Lincoln.


The Birds struck for a run in the first inning as Gavin LaValley doubled to plate Martinez. Sioux Falls would load the bases with nobody in the third and Angelo Altavilla crossed home plate on a groundball double play.


But Lincoln scored three times with two outs in the top of the fourth, capturing a lead they wouldn’t give up. The Saltdogs then struck for two runs in the sixth inning, two in the seventh and two more in the ninth to build a seven-run cushion.


The Birds put together a rally in the final frame, scoring three runs on a pair of infield singles and a throwing error but could get no closer.


Martinez finished the game 3-5 with an RBI while Ulrich finished 2-5 to lead six Canaries in the hit column. Sioux Falls is now 10-26 and will look to salvage a game in the series Thursday night at 7:05pm.

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