Sioux City, IA-The Explorers had their season-high six-game winning streak put to bed by first-place Lincoln as the Saltdogs claimed a 3-0 victory Thursday night at Lewis & Clark Park.
In its first game against Lincoln this season, Sioux City (39-46) only mustered a couple of hits and placed just two runners past second all night. The Saltdogs (45-37) pushed across a single tally in the second to open the scoring. Mike Gilmartin led off the inning with a double up the right-field line. The next batter, Matt Forgatch, singled to center for a 1-0 lead.
Lincoln extended the lead just two innings later. Chris Anderson started the fourth with a walk. Fresh off the disabled list, Chad Mozingo followed with a two-run blast to deep right that gave the Saltdogs a three-run advantage. It was Mozingo’s fifth home run of the season.
The Explorers had two prime opportunities to score in the fifth and seventh innings. They left runners stranded at second and third in the fifth, and loaded the bases to no avail in the seventh.
On the mound, Justin Kuks notched the victory for Lincoln. Kuks (5-4) lasted six-and-a-third and gave up just two hits with five strikeouts and four walks. For the Explorers, Alex Caldera suffered the loss. Caldera (1-2) went six and yielded three earned runs on four hits with two strikeouts and a season-high eight walks. Saltdogs closer Marshall Schuler made history with his American Association record-setting 31st save. Schuler set a new single-season saves record as he pitched the ninth and struck out two with two walks.
At the plate, Michael Lang and Tim Colwell accounted for the only Explorers hits. For the Saltdogs, Chad Mozingo went 1-for-3 with the homer and two RBIs.
Sioux City faces Central Division leader Lincoln in game two Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05. For ticket information and promotion specials at Lewis & Clark Park, call 712-277-WINS or visit the Explorers website at www.xsbaseball.com.