Birds' Battle Back For First Win In 2015
Written By: Jerrett Mills
SIOUX CITY, IA – It was a slow start to game two in Sioux City as the Canaries and Explorer’s went head-to-head at Lewis and Clark Park on a chilly and rainy Friday evening.
In the top of the first inning Bryan Humphries would hit a laser that would end up as a double, but the Canaries would strand three runners on base after a Michael Wing groundout to end the inning. RHP Jeremy Strawn, the reigning American Association Rookie-of-the-Year would toe the rubber in the bottom of the first inning and strikeout three Explorer’s and walking just one.
Going into the top of the second, R.J. Perucki would make his Canaries debut and reach on a single followed by another single from Richard Stock. Shortly after, the Canaries rookie Vickash Ramjit would reach on a walk. Harrison Kain would step up to the plate next and fly out to deep center which would score R.J. Perucki for the first run of the game.
In the bottom of the third, Strawn would through his first 1, 2 3 inning of the game. The Explorer’s would give up one hit to Vickash Ramjit in the top of the fourth. Ramjit would later get caught stealing to end the inning. Strawn would climb the hill in the bottom of the fourth to retire the Explorer’s in order.
The Explorer’s would make a pitching substitution as Jimmer Kennedy would head out to face to Canaries in the top of the fifth inning. Kain would hit a leadoff double for the Canaries and end up scoring later in the inning by a David Bergin single. Wing would come to the plate and rope a double for an RBI, making the score 3-0. Jeremy Strawn would finish off the Explorer’s in the bottom of the fifth inning by setting them down in order once again.
It was a quiet sixth inning as both teams were set down in order. The Explorer’s would make a pitching change in the top of the seventh by bringing in relief pitcher Wil White. White would give up a leadoff walk to Jerome Pena, but nothing else as he would quickly retire the side. Strawn would continue to cruise through the Explorer’s lineup as he would sit down Sioux City in order.
Heading into the top of the eighth, Sioux City would send another relief pitcher, Ryan Zimmerman to the mound to sit down the Canaries in order. Strawn would go back out to face the Explorer’s in the bottom of the eighth inning and get Ryan Court to strikeout, but not before two back-to-back hits by Sioux City. Strawn would exit the game with three hits and seven strikeouts to just one walk.
The Birds’ would go to the bullpen as LHP Josh Ferrell would climb the mound. A wild pitch would score Ino Patron, and a Matty Johnson single scored Matt Koch. The Canaries would make a call to the bullpen as Byron Minnich would try to stop the Explorer’s momentum. Sioux City would continue to pour on the runs as Tim Colwell and Matty Johnson scored on a wild pitch.
The Canaries would send up their nine, one and two batters to face a new Sioux City relief pitcher, Chris Bodishbaugh. Ramjit would draw a leadoff walk and Kain would laser a single back up the middle. Sioux City would make a call to the bullpen and bring in Rob Wort to try and retire the Canaries. Jerome Pena would send a sky high fly ball to score Ramjit for the tying run of the game. David Bergin would than go to the plate and hit a single to score Kain from third making the score 6-5.
Chase Johnson would head to the hill to close the game out for the Canaries and sit down Sioux City in order. The Sioux Falls Canaries are now 1-1 on the year.
The Canaries are back in action tomorrow evening as LHP Miguel Pena will take the mound. Tune into KWSN 1230 AM or 98.1 FM as “The Voice of the Canaries” JJ Hartigan will bring you all the action from Lewis and Clark Field in Sioux City.