Lincoln, Neb. – Five more two-out Saltdog runs and seven shutout innings from Lincoln starter Kyle Kinman conspired to hand the Dogs their third straight loss 7-2 Saturday night at Haymarket Park.
A brisk game saw 12 of its first 14 half innings pass by scoreless thanks to a stellar start from Kinman. The Lincoln southpaw limited Chicago to just five hits through their first seven innings, and allowed only three hits over his final six frames to earn the win and move to 2-0 on the year.
The Saltdogs cashed in the insurance runs that eluded the Dogs in Friday’s game, scoring four times in the bottom of the eighth to put the game out of reach at 7-1. All four Lincoln runs came with two outs in the frame off Chicago reliever Tyson Perez. Ten of the 12 Saltdog runs in the series have now come with two outs in an inning.
Chicago starter Connor Root did his best to hold a potent Lincoln lineup at bay, pitching five and two-thirds innings, scattering nine hits, and allowing three earned runs. Root took the loss, his second in a row, dropping him to 2-4 on the year.
The Dogs collected seven hits in the game, but only two extra base hits. Chicago now has 15 hits in the series, but only three have gone for extra bases. Chicago cashed in on a pair of triples in their final two innings at the plate to score their only two runs of Friday’s game.
Edwin Arroyo picked up a one-out three-bagger in the top of the eighth after Lincoln center fielder Angel Reyes dove for a sinking liner and came up empty. Treysen Vavra then drove Arroyo in with a sacrifice fly for his team-leading twentieth RBI of the year. In the ninth, with the Dogs down six runs, Tony Rosselli led off with a triple to left center and then scored on a Dalton Blaser RBI ground out.
The triples by Arroyo and Rosselli were just the fourth and fifth triples of the year for the Dogs.
Chicago falls to 9-23 on the year with the defeat, while Lincoln moves to 21-14. The Dogs will look to stave off the sweep Sunday afternoon. Chicago will send left-hander Kylin Turnbull to the mound for his first start in over a week after being activated from the disabled list earlier Saturday.
First pitch from Haymarket Park is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast at www.thechicagodogs.com/broadcasts/ with the Crowne Plaza Pregame Show beginning at 12:45 p.m.