Birds Win Third In A Row Behind Big Fifth Inning
The Sioux Falls Canaries knocked off the Texas AirHogs for their third win in a row on Friday night, winning 6-3 in Grand Prairie.
The win puts the Birds at 15-23, five games out in the loss column from the top of the North Division.
The game was scoreless after four innings, with the Canaries failing to register a hit off of Texas starter Tyler Matzek.
That changed in the fifth, when the Birds put up four runs without registering an extra-base hit. Dan Motl and Blake Schmit each had RBI singles in the inning, and Jabari Henry made it 4-0 Birds with a two-run knock of his own.
Texas responded quickly in the bottom of the fifth. Casio Grider hit a three-run home run to cut the Canaries' lead to one. It was as close as the AirHogs would get in the game.
Folman left the game after six innings, allowing three runs on nine hits. He walked two and struck out five, earning the win.
The Birds netted two insurance runs in the ninth inning on RBI singles from Motl and Schmit. Schmit has now driven in a run in each of his last five games, the longest such streak by a current Canary this year.
Trevor Jaunich picked up the save for the Canaries, working the final three innings of the game. He turned a 1-2-3 double play to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh before working perfect eighth and ninth innings for his first save of the year.
The Canaries and AirHogs square off again tomorrow for game two of their series. First pitch is scheduled for 7pm with Birds ERA leader Cesilio Pimentel set to make the start against Texas' Gan Quan. Birds fans can hear the game on Sioux Falls Sports Radio 98.1 FM and AM 1230 KWSN or online at kwsn.com.