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This article was published 26/5/2013 (2337 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
THE hot Nebraska sun beat out a beautiful afternoon for a ballgame — so long as you weren’t wearing Goldeyes red on the field.
For the men that were, the afternoon must have seemed much less gracious. By the numbers, the matinee flop was easily the Fish’s worst game of the season. If nothing went right for them in Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Saltdogs, then everything flat-out went wrong on Sunday afternoon, as Lincoln ran wild all over the visiting team.
The ’Dogs scored six runs in the first inning alone, and every Saltdog batter notched at least one hit against starting pitcher Alex Capaul, who was relieved in the fourth inning by Aaron Correa. The relievers — Wes Alsup came in for the seventh — managed to stem the bleeding, but the first inning proved to be a fatal wound.
The Saltdogs were already leading 1-0 in the first and only had one out when infielder Ian Gac stepped up to the plate. With one runner on base, Gac walloped a home run to put the Dogs up 3-0. Things just went downhill for the Fish from there, as they ran through the entire Saltdogs batting corps before closing down the inning.
Gac burned the Fish with two RBI on Saturday night, but on Sunday he straight-up smoked the visitors: In his first three turns at the plate, the first baseman swung for two consecutive home runs and added a double for good measure, all scoring plays. He finished the afternoon with five RBI.
Saltdogs pitcher Joe Bisenius stymied the Goldeyes’ sluggers, striking out five and allowing only three hits in seven innings on the mound.
Though Capaul probably wishes he could have his second start over, manager Rick Forney was quick to give credit to the players facing the pitcher at the plate. "I don’t think Alex threw that bad, to be honest with you," Forney said. "He threw in the strike zone, but everything they hit seemed to find a hole... (the Saltdogs), that’s a good team out there. They just played fantastic baseball for the last two games."
On the hook
The Fish hopped on the bus Sunday afternoon for the 12-hour drive back to Winnipeg, where they’ll kick off their home season against the undefeated Laredo Lemurs tonight at Shaw Park. Game time is 7 p.m.