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Fish dump Saltdogs in first playoff game

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Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press

Lincoln Saltdogs' catcher Tyler Smith corrals a foul ball in the bottom of the third inning while keeping an eye on Goldeyes runners.

The Winnipeg Goldeyes recovered from a rocky first inning on Wednesday night, roaring back to a 6-4 win over the Lincoln Saltdogs in the team's first game of the playoffs. 

Outfielder Reggie Abercrombie provided a key spark in the win, going three for four with three stolen bases, an RBI and three runs of his own.

The tying hit belonged to outfielder Donnie Webb, who blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the third.

That came after a rough start for the Fish, as starting pitcher Chris Salamida fell into a hole in the first. The Saltdogs hit him around then, combining for four runs on five hits and a walk.

But after a shaky second, Salamida recovered and regained control of the game. After that first, he hurled seven more scoreless innings — even as his pitch count soared — and struck out 10 Lincoln hitters along the way.

Twice, Salamida struck out dangerous Lincoln slugger Ian Gac, who had cracked the scoreboard with an RBI-double on his lone hit of the game.

The Fish now lead 1-0 in the best of five series, with game two slated for Thursday at Shaw Park. Then the team will finish out the series in Lincoln on the weekend.

If they win this series, the Goldeyes will move on to face either the Wichita Wingnuts or the Laredo Lemurs in the championship series. The Goldeyes last won the league title in 2012. Four players remain from that squad.

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