Minier Gem Hurls Saltdogs to Series Opening Victory
by Michael Dixon, Lincoln Saltdogs
INCOLN, Nebraska – Greg Minier tied a career high with 11 strikeouts over six scoreless innings, Jason Rogers hit his first Saltdogs homer, and Lincoln beat the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 6-1 in the series opener at Haymarket Park on Friday night.
Minier continued his brilliance this year, allowing just four hits and three walks with the 11 strikeouts, and the ‘Dogs hit their first three homers of the home stand to snap a two-game skid.
Lincoln (32-35) opened the scoring when Rogers drove in his fourth run in four games with a groundout in the 1st inning.
Garett Delano added to the lead with a two-run homer in the 4th before Rogers hit another two-run homer in the 5th.
Fargo-Moorhead (43-23) got on the board with Nick Novak’s solo homer in the 6th.
Randy Norris hit his second home run of the year – a solo shot to give Lincoln a 6-1 lead in the 8th inning.
The RedHawks loaded the bases in the 9th inning, and with the tying run on deck Steffon Moore entered the game in a save situation. Manny Boscan popped out to first before Evan Alexander grounded out, and Moore picked up his ninth save of the season.
The ‘Dogs and RedHawks continue the series with the second game on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., and pregame coverage will begin at 6:35 p.m. on ESPN Lincoln 101.5 FM/1480 AM.
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