Cabrera's Late Blast Spoils Canaries Big Offensive Day

Posted: 6/19/2016


JOPLIN, MO- The Sioux Falls Canaries scored seven runs over the first three innings, but the Joplin Blasters got the last laugh, scoring eight unanswered runs, to hand the Birds a 9-7 loss on Sunday night at Joe Becker Stadium.

Canaries starting pitcher Matt Bywater struggled again in his 4th start of the season, giving up five runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings. The left-hander battled thru his first four innings, giving up two runs on three hits. Bywater ran into trouble in the bottom of the fifth, giving up a lead-off double to Oscar Mesa, and a one-out single to Geraldo Vallentin before Willie Cabrera drove in both runners with a two-run double to the gap in left fielder.

Bywater has now walked 21 batters over 17 2/3 innings this season for the Canaries, leading the team in that category after four starts.

Relief pitcher Kris Regas was the first out of the bullpen, giving up a run in the fifth inning, but settled down after that, tossing two scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh. Regas went 2 2/3 innings, giving up one run on three hits, while walking two batters, striking out one.

LHP Billy Waltrip labored for a second straight outing, walking two of the first three batters in the bottom of the eighth before giving up a two-out, three-run homerun to Cabera, who gave the Blasters their first, and only lead of the night.

Cabrera finished the night going 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, a homerun, and five RBI. Cabrera now leads the American Association with 36 RBI this season.

The Canaries hit three homeruns in the loss, with David Bergin hitting a three-run homerun in the top of the first. Michael Pair also hit a solo home run in the first inning, and has now homered in four straight games. Ryan Lashley hit the third Canaries homerun on the night, a two-run shot with two outs in the top of the third inning.

Canaries first baseman Jake Taylor finished the night going 4-for-5 at the plate, with two runs scored. Bergin finished his night going 1-for-3 at the plate with the homerun and a walk.

The Canaries have an off-day on Monday, but return to action on Tuesday, June 21st when they open up a three-game series against the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks at 7:02 PM at Newman Outdoor Field. Canaries RHP Stephen Bougher (1-2, 2.93 ERA) makes his sixth start of season in the series opener.

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 for more information.