LINCOLN–(News Release Aug. 24)–John Bezdicek allowed two runs over six relief innings, but the Lincoln Saltdogs were swept by the Kansas City Monarchs with a 7-3 loss at Haymarket Park on Thursday night.
Bezdicek took over in the 1st inning and pitched six full innings – the longest relief outing for a ‘Dog this year – but Lincoln was swept at home for the first time this season.
Kansas City (53-36) scored four runs in the 1st inning. Tanner Brown faced six batters in his start – and all six reached. Justin Wylie opened the scoring with an RBI double before Micker Adolfo doubled in two more to make it 3-0. Brian O’Grady later doubled in a fourth run before Brown was lifted for Bezdicek.
The Monarchs made it 6-0 on a two-run homer from Taylor Snyder in the 3rd inning. Lincoln (42-48) got one run back on a solo homer from Luis Roman in the 6th inning and Luke Roskam added a solo homer in the 7th to make it 6-2. The ‘Dogs got another run back when Connor Panas made it 6-3 with an RBI groundout in the 8th inning.
Walter Borkovich pitched two scoreless innings, while Matt Cronin allowed a solo homer to Adolfo in the 9th inning. The ‘Dogs are now one game behind Fargo-Moorhead for the final playoff spot in the West Division.
Lincoln hits the road for a three-game series in Sioux Falls beginning Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and pregame coverage begins at 6:35 on KFOR FM 101.5/1240 AM.