Blasters Even Series with 7-2 Final on Saturday Night

Posted: 6/18/2016

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Joplin, MO- The Sioux Falls Canaries dropped the second game of their weekend series against the Joplin Blasters, losing by the final score of 7-2 on Saturday night at Joe Becker Stadium.

Former Canaries infielder Corey Morales put the Blasters out in front 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning, hitting a two-run homerun over the wall in left. Morales finished the night going 1-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored.

Michael Pair tied the game in the top of the 7th inning with a solo homerun that cleared the scoreboard in right-center field. The blast was the third homerun in as many days for Pair, who is now hitting .318 on the season after going 1-for-3 at the plate in the loss.

Canaries starting pitcher Joe Bircher suffered his fourth loss of the season after giving up three runs (two earned) on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings. Bircher (0-4, 2.62 ERA) walked two batters, striking out four in his sixth start of the year.

The Canaries bullpen labored again on Saturday night, with Jimmer Kennedy and Josh Ferrell combining to walk three batters over the final 1 1/3 innings. Kennedy walked one batter, but gave up four runs on four hits in 2/3 of an inning. The Bullpen has allowed seven walks in the first two games of the series in Joplin.

Blasters starting pitcher Frank Del Valle pitched well in his second start of the season, allowing one unearned run on three hits while striking out 10 batters in six innings. Relief pitcher Jose Ortega earned the win after allowing one run on two hits in one inning of work.

The Birds go for the series win on Sunday evening with LHP Matt Bywater (0-2, 6.75 ERA) taking the mound against Blasters RHP Patrick Mincey (1-0, 3.92 ERA). Fans can listen to all the action, with first pitch scheduled for 5:05 PM on Sioux Falls Sports Radio, KWSN.

The Birds’ return home on Friday, June 25th for a two-game series against the Laredo Lemurs. Contact the Canaries ticket office for information regarding single game or season ticket options by calling 605-336-6060 or visit the website at www.sfcanaries.com for more information.