Lincoln Saltdogs Week in Review, June 8-14, 2015
Week in Review
The Lincoln Saltdogs went 3-4 this week. They began by hosting the Winnipeg Goldeyes, who took the first two games of the series before falling to the Saltdogs in the closing game of the series. The Goldeyes won a pair of one-run games, 5-3 and 8-6. In the first game of the series the two teams remained tied through the first five innings before the Goldeyes plated single runs from the sixth through the eighth on their way to a 5-3 win. Game two saw Winnipeg and Lincoln both score in the first and in the sixth, with the visitors plating one more run in each of those innings. Both teams scored late as the Goldeyes won 8-6.
In the closing game of the series, the Saltdogs scored 14 runs. Six Lincoln players had at least two runs scored and Shairon Martis was the winner in his first start of the season. Jeremy Hamilton hit his first home run of the season.
Onto Wichita the Lincoln Saltdogs went, where they split a four-game series with the Wingnuts. In the first game of the series Luis Chirinos gave up eight runs in the second inning, too much for the club to overcome and they fell 10-4. Jon Gaston had three hits and drove in three.
The Saltdogs responded by taking the second game, scoring one in the seventh and two in the eighth to win 7-6. Conor Spink pitched 2.2 shutout innings to earn the victory and Zach Arneson earned his third save of the season. CJ Ziegler had four hits and two RBI in the win.
The final two games of the series were great pitchers’ duels. Jesse Smith was the hard luck loser in a 1-0 loss when the Wingnuts lone run scored on a passed ball. In the final game of the series, the two teams were scoreless for the first 10 innings, before the Lincoln Saltdogs scored four in top of the 11th to win 4-2. Kevin McGovern pitched eight shutout innings.
Winnipeg 5, Lincoln 3
Winnipeg 8, Lincoln 6
Lincoln 14, Winnipeg 5
Wichita 10, Lincoln 4
Lincoln 7, Wichita 6
Wichita 1, Lincoln 0
Lincoln 4, Wichita 2, 11 INN
Both Jon Gaston and Mitch Canham saw their hitting streaks reach 13 games. Gaston’s streak started on May 25 and ended on June 13 after going 0-2 in the 1-0 loss to the Wingnuts. The center fielder was 20-53 (.377) with 14 runs and 20 RBI during the run. He hit all six of his home runs during the streak to take over the American Association lead.
Canham took over the league lead in hitting during his 13-game hitting streak which began on May 28. During the streak he is 27-52 (.519) with 13 runs and 11 RBI.
On June 9 Lincoln made a series of moves. RHPs Sean Keeler and Dan Child signed with the club. Keeler began the season with Southern Maryland before joining the Saltdogs. He allowed 5 earned runs in 10.1 innings pitched there. The right-hander was 1-1. Keeler has been playing independent baseball since 2010 and has a career 7-11 mark with 11 saves and a 4.78 ERA.
Child was with the Philadelphia Phillies organization since being drafted in 2013. He has a 3-2 career mark with six saves. Child was the winner in Sunday’s 11-inning game.
Infielder Trevor Martin was reactivated from the disabled list, while Mike Gilmartin was sent onto the list retroactive to June 6. RHP Zach Staniewicz and LHP Jared Gaynor were released.
By Robert Pannier