07/29/2012 10:50 PM
Lincoln, NE-----Lincoln scored ten runs in the seventh inning to dump the Explorers 11-4 in the final game of the series here Sunday. The Saltdogs sent 14 batters to the plate in the ten-run seventh inning, the most runs scored on the Explorers in one inning this season. Lincoln scored the ten runs on just six hits, but the Explorers committed one error while four pitchers combined on two walks and one hit batter to make matters worse.
Sioux City had taken a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Ray Serrano led off the inning with a double, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch by Lincoln starter Justin Edwards. The Explorers then extended that lead to 4-0 in the fourth inning on a three-run home run by Ryan Priddy, his second home run of the series and his seventh of the season. Explorers starter Alain Quijano had a no-hitter through four inning before giving up one hit in the fifth to David Espinosa. The Saltdogs scored their first run in the sixth, but the Explorers still led 4-1 through six innings. However, in the seventh inning, disaster struck as 14 batters later Lincoln had scored ten runs and led 11-4. The big hit in that inning was a two-run home run by Mike Provencher. After Eddie Delacruz and Chuck Lukanen came in relief and couldn't get anyone out, Jon Plefka finally was able to get the Saltdogs out, but by the time the smoke had cleared, Lincoln was in control.
It was the final game of the series between the two teams that ended up splitting the ten contest for the season. The Explorers will have Monday off and then start a six-game home stand Tuesday with a three-game series with Gary SouthShore followed by three more games against Winnipeg over the weekend at Lewis and Clark Park.