Sioux City, IA-The Explorers allowed just one base runner past second all night in a 3-0 victory over first-place Lincoln Friday at Lewis & Clark Park.
Sioux City (40-46) dropped the series opener to the Saltdogs (45-38) by the same score here Thursday. With the loss, Lincoln had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Explorers opened the scoring in the second inning. In his first game since being acquired via trade from Lancaster (Atlantic League), designated hitter Brock Kjeldgaard sent the first pitch he saw high and deep over the left-field wall for a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, Tom Mendonca doubled into the gap in right-center. Dillon Usiak made it 2-0 with a two-out line-drive single to right that scored Mendonca.
Peter Barrows would add the only other run of the game on a solo home run of his own to deep left-center field. With the dinger, Barrows tied his career high for homers in a season with 13 (set last season). Lincoln’s best threat came in the sixth when they put the first two on with walks. A 4-6-3 double play left a runner at third and Ian Gac struck out to end the inning.
John Straka (pictured) picked up the win for Sioux City. Straka (7-5) worked six innings and scattered four hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Nick Green suffered the loss for the Saltdogs. Green (3-5) went all eight innings and allowed three earned runs on seven hits (two home runs) with five strikeouts and three walks. Chris Bodishbaugh pitched the ninth and earned his 14th save of the season. With the save, Bodishbaugh moved into a tie for second on the Explorers all-time saves list with 44.
The X’s outhit Lincoln 7-5. Peter Barrows went 2-for-2 with the homer, a run scored, and an RBI. Oscar Mesa had a single and walked twice. For the Saltdogs, Chris Anderson went 1-for-3 with a double. Chad Mozingo and Eddie Young both reached twice with a single and a walk.
Sioux City faces Central Division leader Lincoln in game three Saturday 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.