Valerio, Alexander Each Notch Two Hits In Season Opener

Posted: 5/18/2021


SIOUX FALLS - Charlie Valerio and Troy Alexander each racked up a pair of hits, but the Canaries dropped their 2021 American Association regular season opener 9-0 to the Winnipeg Goldeyes Tuesday at The Birdcage. The teams meet for the second game of the three-game series Wednesday at 7:05 pm.

Valerio, who will represent the Dominican Republic in Olympic baseball qualifying trials, posted a single and a triple. Alexander, a former St. Paul Saint in his first year with the Canaries, posted a pair of singles.

The Birds boarded men on second and third with one out in the first but could not break through. Winnipeg tagged Sioux Falls starter Angel Ventura (0-1) for five runs in a laborious third to build a 5-0 advantage they would not relinquish. Kyle Martin, Logan Hill, and Tyler Hill all recorded two RBI for the Goldeyes. Eduard Reyes (1-0) earned the win for Winnipeg with five scoreless innings. 

The Canaries will start RHP Carlos Pimentel (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Christian James (0-0, 0.00 ERA) for Winnipeg Wednesday. A live feed of the game will be available via Fox Sports 98.1 FM/1230 AM KWSN. 

Wednesday will be Space Balls Night at Sioux Falls Stadium. It will also be the first Awesome 80s Wednesday of the year. Buy $8 tickets online, order one hot dog and get the second for just 80 cents thru the end of the fifth inning, and all pro shop merchandise will be 8% off all night.  

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