LINCOLN | Lincoln snapped a 4-all tie by scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on the way to an 8-6 win over the Sioux City Explorers in an American Association exhibition baseball game Thursday night at Haymarket Park.
Manager Stan Cliburn’s Explorers rallied from a 4-1 deficit to knot the game in the top of the fifth. Bryan Pounds and Yusuke Inoguchi each contributed RBI singles while Leugim Barroso drove in a run on a sacrifice fly.
The eventual winning runs for the SaltDogs came against relief pitcher Dan Jurik, who yielded four earned runs and three hits while pitching the fifth and sixth innings.
Jon Plefka pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the Explorers while fellow relievers Cody Satterwhite and Chris Bodishbaugh threw shutout baseball in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively. Satterwhite struck out one while Bodishbaugh fanned two.
Now 0-2 in exhibition games, Sioux City took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Wally Backman, Jr., singled with two outs, Peter Barrows walked and Palmer Karr drilled an RBI single to right field.
Starting pitcher Jason Jarvis yielded four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Jarvis gave up three earned runs, three hits and one walk while striking out two in two innings.
Reliever Josh Rainwater pitched two scoreless innings and struck out the side in the third inning.
Inoguchi was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Karr went 2-for-5 while Eliezer Mesa was 2-for-3 with a run and a stolen base.
The Explorers will continue exhibition play tonight with a 7:05 start at Huron, S.D., against the Sioux Falls Canaries. The exhibition season concludes with a 2:05 game at Lewis and Clark Park Saturday against Lincoln.
Article courtesy of Sioux City Journal Staff