07/27/2005 12:46 AM - Click here to view the box score.
In a contest that lasted three hours and 46 minutes, the T-Bones wound up on the losing end of a hard-fought game, falling to Lincoln, 8-7, Tuesday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
Two relievers started the game with Joe Goodmann taking the hill for the T-Bones and Brian Nendza for the Saltdogs. Neither would last more than three innings in a game in which the two teams combined to use eleven pitchers.
For most of the ballgame, the teams battled back and forth. Ray Browns solo shot in the fourth inning gave the T-Bones a 4-2 advantage, but the team struggled to hold the lead against the resurgent Saltdogs and was unable to put the game away.
After Jake Whitesides RBI single tied the game in the fourth, Rick Prieto answered back with his RBI single that drove in two in the bottom of the frame. Carrying the momentum, reliever J.C. Ortiz pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth and the T-Bones appeared to be on their way to their third consecutive victory.
However, in the sixth, the leagues leading hitter, Lincolns Cory Harris, led the comeback for the Saltdogs. Harris cranked his17th home run of the year and Pichi Balets RBI double completed the charge and gave Lincoln their first lead since the first inning.
After the T-Bones tied the game in the seventh, Kevin Sullivans RBI single in the eighth sealed the deal for the Saltdogs to close out the game which started an hour and 14 minutes late due to a rain delay.
Fernando De Aza (W,4-3) picked up the victory for Lincoln working one inning of scoreless relief and the T-Bones Caleb Balbuena (L, 2-2) received the loss allowing only the go-ahead run in his 2 2/3 innings of work. Jared Hoerman (S, 9) earned his ninth save of the season in the victory.
Notes: Prieto tied the franchise record for games played the league record for longest nine-inning game is 3:57, which is just eleven minutes longer than tonights game.