Birds Pitchers Strike Out Season-High 17 In Win Over Cleburne
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The Sioux Falls Canaries struck out 17 straight Cleburne batters -- including 11 in a row at one point -- on their way to a 5-0 win at the Birdcage on Tuesday night.
The win completed a two-game sweep of the Railroaders to kick off the Birds' last homestand of the season.
Canaries starter John Straka recorded 10 of the K's, his highest strikeout total in an American Association game since he was pitching with St. Paul in 2016. He threw six shutout innings to earn the win.
The Canaries gave him plenty of run support in the fourth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Birds catcher Maxx Garrett knocked a double to right-center, scoring two. Right fielder Hunter Clanin made a wild throw to second, scoring Jordan Dean on the play and moving Garrett to third. The throw to the plate from Cleburne starter Jesus Sanchez was off-line as well, bringing Garrett in on a little-league grand slam.
A solo home run by Jabari Henry in the fifth made it 5-0 Sioux Falls. It was Henry's 13th blast of the year, tied for the most on the Birds.
Cleburne's offense fell silent in the late innings. From Levi Scott's at-bat at the end of the fifth to Cameron Monger's at-bat to lead off the ninth, every Railroaders batter struck out. The streak spanned 11 hitters and four Canary pitchers.
Alex Polston grounded out to first to end the game, giving the Canaries their third shutout win of the season.
The Birds stay in Sioux Falls for their last home series of the year, a three-game set with the Gary SouthShore RailCats starting Wednesday at 7 p.m. Mark Seyler will start for the Birds; lefty Austin Wright will get the nod for the RailCats. Birds fans can tune in to the game on Sioux Falls Sports Radio 98.1 FM and AM 1230 KWSN and online at kwsn.com.