Birds Drop Game To Wichita Despite Straka’s Strong Start
By Tyler Smith
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls Canaries offense fell flat on Saturday in a 4-0 loss to Wichita. Birds starter John Straka allowed just one unearned run on three hits, throwing a season-high six innings.
Straka and Wichita starter Travis Banwart were ready to work on Saturday, with neither team recording a hit until the bottom of the third inning.
Wichita opened the scoring in the fourth. Zach Nehrir singled on a ground ball to the right side, moving to second on a throwing error. Abel Nieves singled him in one batter later to give the Wingnuts a 1-0 lead.
Wichita tagged Sioux Falls reliever Trevor Jaunich for three runs in the seventh. A two-run single by Logan Watkins made it 4-0, but Jaunich escaped further damage by inducing an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.
Banwart pitched eight innings, allowing three hits and three walks in his fifth win of the season.
ODDS AND ENDS
The Canaries fell to 13-11 in middle games of series this season … John Straka’s six innings pitched were the most he has pitched for Sioux Falls this season and was the most innings he has pitched without an earned run in 2018 … Saturday marked the fourth time this season that a Sioux Falls opponent has held the Birds to three or fewer hits … The two hour, 22 minute game was the second-shortest of the season for Sioux Falls … the Canaries fell to 1-3 with Straka on the mound this year.
Sioux Falls and Wichita wrap up their season series on Sunday afternoon. The game is slated to start at 1:05 p.m. The Canaries are off on Monday, returning to the Birdcage on Tuesday night with Kansas City in town. Birds fans can get tickets by visiting the Sioux Falls Stadium box office or by calling 336-6060.
PITCHERS OF RECORD
W – Banwart (5-2)
L – Straka (2-3)
Top 4th – Abel Nieves singles (Zach Nehrir scores) 1-0 Wichita
Top 7th – Leo Vargas singles (John Nester scores) 2-0 Wichita; Logan Watkins singles (Logan Trowbridge and Nick Rotola score) 4-0 Wichita.