Birds’ Pick Up Five Runs In the Top of the Seventh, Defeat RailCats 8-1
By: Jerrett Mills
GARY, INDIANA— Tyler Pearson (2-1, 4.45 ERA) showed why he is a veteran on Sunday afternoon, after making an emergency start against the Gary SouthShore RailCats (22-26). Pearson threw six innings, allowing two hits and no earned runs while picking up his second win for the Canaries. Sioux Falls (22-27) took game three from the RailCats by a final of 8-1 at the U.S. Steel Yard.
The nine year veteran made his first start for the Canaries in the 2015 season, after appearing in 19 games all in relief for Sioux Falls. Pearson was called upon after lefty Joe Bircher was put on the disabled list following an oblique strain earlier in the week. The 30-year-old righty was an American Association All-Star in 2014 after posting a 7-8 record in 101 innings for the Laredo Lemurs. Pearson was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 30th round of the 2006 MLB Draft out of the University of Northern Colorado.
Gary SouthShore put up the first run on the scoreboard in the afternoon contest when Michael Vaughn scored on a Roger Bernal ground out. The RailCats didn’t record another run as the Canaries offense prevailed, scoring runs in the top of the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings.
In the top of the sixth, RJ Perucki hit a sac-fly into deep center field that scored David Bergin. The Birds’ would tally five runs in the top of the seventh when Michael Wing hit an RBI double. Jerome Pena reached base shortly after on an error by the RailCats defense, allowing Michael Wing to score. Brian Humphries stepped up to the plate and laced a double to left field that allowed Chris Grayson and Jake Luce to score. Finally, RJ Perucki hit an RBI single and quickly advanced to third on two throwing errors by Gary SouthShore.
The final two runs of the game were recorded by Michael Wing as he hit a solo homerun in the top of the eighth. Finally, in the top of the ninth, Brian Humphries recorded another RBI double, allowing David Bergin to score from second base. In all, the Canaries tallied eight runs on twelve hits and recorded just one error in the field.
Sioux Falls turned to lefty Josh Ferrell to shut down the RailCats offense as he tossed two innings and two hits, while striking out three Gary SouthShore batters.
Gary SouthShore starting pitcher Dan Ludwig tossed 3 2/3 innings and allowed two hits and no earned runs while recording the no decision. The loss went to Shawn O’Neill after he threw 2/3 innings while allowing two earned runs.
The Canaries will send Shawn Blackwell (1-6, 4.23 ERA) in search of his second win in a Canaries uniform. Monday’s game will be the series finale against the RailCats, with first pitch slated for 12:10 PM. Fans can tune into AM 1230 and FM 98.1 Sioux Falls Sports Network KWSN as the “Voice of the Canaries” JJ Hartigan will bring you live play-by-play coverage beginning at 11:45 AM.
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