Canaries Are Swept After 4-1 Loss In Lincoln

Posted: 6/8/2017


Photo Credit- Ryan Alexander Photography (RHP Troy Marks pictured)

Written By: Ari Ross

LINCOLN, NE – For the second straight night, the Canaries struggled at the plate, and their late rally fell short in Lincoln, falling by the final score of 4-1.

The Canaries couldn’t get much going early, as Seth Webster retired the first 11 batters he faced before Aaron Gretz broke up his perfect game with a fourth-inning single.

Gretz finished the night 2 for 3 with a single, double and a run scored for the Canaries, but Sioux Falls totaled just five hits for the game.

The Saltdogs got on the board in the second inning, taking a 2-0 lead on Trever Adams’ two-run homer. Tommy Mendonca’s one-out single put a runner on before Adams’ two-out home run off Troy Marks gave Lincoln the early lead.

Lincoln looked to add to their lead in the third, but Marks worked out of the jam, striking out Mendonca looking with runners on first and second.

But the Saltdogs got to Marks again in the fifth. With one out in the bottom of the fifth, Adams doubled, and after Dashenko Ricardo flew out to left, Randolph Oduber knocked in Adams with a double of his own.

Lincoln again put runners in scoring position in the fifth and sixth, but Marks was able to work around the Saltdogs’ baserunners. The Saltdogs’ tallied eight extra base hits, including seven doubles.

Marks finished his outing with a quality start, allowing just three runs on eight hits over 7.0 innings pitched. Marks struck out five and walked one, but took the loss, his fourth of the season.

The Birds’ bats finally came alive in the top of the seventh with back-to-back doubles from Aaron Gretz and Chris Jacobs to put the Canaries on the board. Blake Schmit followed with an infield single and the Canaries loaded the bases after Ty Morrison reached on catchers’ interference.

Webster, though, retired the next three batters to end the threat, keeping the Saltdogs’ lead at 3-1.

Webster finished his outing allowing just one run on five hits, striking out eight and walking just one. Along with Fabio Martinez and Cameron McVey out of the bullpen, the Saltdogs’ struck out 12 Canaries.

Lincoln added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, and the Canaries’ couldn’t muster a late rally against the Saltdogs’ bullpen, which retired the final six Birds’ batters.

Webster picked up the win for Lincoln, while Cameron McVey got the save, his first of the season. Lincoln sweeps the three-game series, moving to 11-8 with the win, while Sioux Falls drops to 5-14 with the loss.

The Canaries return home Friday night for a seven-game homestand, starting with a three-game series against the Cleburne Railroaders. RHP Miles Nordgren will take the hill for the Canaries, facing Railroaders’ RHP Harrison Lee.

Friday night, gates will open at 5 PM and kids of all ages can bring their glove to the Birdcage and play catch in the outfield until 6:30 PM. Those looking to relax can bring a blanket for the outfield grass and watch the movie, The Sandlot, on the video board. In addition, fans of age can enjoy $1 beers and all fans can take advantage of $1 hot dogs from 5 PM to 6:30 PM.

Bouncy houses will be available starting at 5:30 PM and a wristband purchase allow kids to bounce for the entire game. First pitch will take place just after 7 PM and the ever-famous All-Star Fireworks show, presented by Orthopedic Institute and Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital, will take place following the last pitch.

Tickets for all games are available through the Canaries Box Office inside the Birdcage or by calling 605-336-6060.