Canaries Blow Early Lead, Lose To Kansas City 7-6

Posted: 7/30/2015


July 29th, 2015

Written By: JJ Hartigan 

Sioux Falls, SD- The Sioux Falls Canaries (25-38) returned to the Birdcage on Wednesday to battle the wild-card leading Kansas City T-Bones (33-25) in front of a crowd of 3,133 fans.  The Canaries scored six runs in the first three innings, but the T-Bones scored four unanswered runs in the final five to beat the Birds 7-4. 

The Birds’ returned to action after a much-needed two day break, and looked like a team ready to strike early on in the series opener against K.C.  Sioux Falls erupted for four runs in the first two innings, including a two-spot in the bottom of the first on a Jerome Pena, two-run homer (3) to deep right-center. 

T-Bones first-baseman, Jake Blackwood hit a three-run homerun in the top of the third inning to make it 4-3, but the Canaries answered right back with two more runs in the bottom of the inning. Outfielder Cody Bishop drove in the first run on a one-out, bases loaded single.  Chris Grayson also picked up an RBI on a bases loaded walk to make it a 6-3 Canaries lead. 

Sioux Falls starting pitcher Jeremy Strawn (2-9, 4.95 ERA) looked good over his first four innings, allowing three runs on three hits.  The right-hander ran into trouble in the top of the fifth inning, walking T-Bones leadoff batter Robbie Kuzdale before giving up three straight hits and a pair of runs.  Strawn worked his way out of the jam, and retired the next six Kansas City batters, taking a 6-5 lead into the seventh. 

Kansas City took their first lead of the night in the top of the seventh after Brian Erie and James Boddicker drove in back-to-back runs. Strawn exited the game in the inning, and suffered his ninth loss of the season. 

T-Bones relief pitcher Joe VanMeter (2-3, 3.54) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in the six and seventh for Kansas City to earn the win.  

Outfielder Brian Humphries finished the night 2-for-5 with a pair of singles. Humphries has now hit safely in 9 of his last 10 games, and is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak.  Humphries has six straight multi-hit games, going 14-for-30 (.467) with a double, a homerun, and seven RBI during that six game stretch. 

Pena has also hit safely in 9 of his last 10 games.  The Birds’ shortstop is 16-for-45 (.356) with three doubles, two homeruns, and eight RBI. 

The series continues on Thursday night, with RHP Tyler Pearson (3-2, 4.92 ERA) taking the mound against T-bones LHP Kris Regas (5-3, 3.94 ERA).  Thursday Night will be Progressive Insurance night at the Birdcage! The First 50 fans will receive a free Progressive Insurance Apron and Flo Bobble head!  

It will also be Military Appreciation night, sponsored by Mid-States Audio and Video.  Canaries players and coaches will be wearing Military themed jersey's during the game. Veterans and current members of the military can show their ID at the gate and receive special priced tickets.  Be sure to come out to the Birdcage early on Thursday night for Cagey's Pre-Game Tailgate Party with live Music from the Cartwright Brothers and $1 beers from 5-7 PM!!! 

Tickets for the final half of the season are still available and can be purchased through the Canaries Box Office at (605) 336-6060 or visit No matter your schedule, the Canaries have a ticket package for you. Ask a Canaries representative about partial plan or E-Z Game Tickets. 

Fans can catch all the action home and away on AM-1230, FM-98.1, Sioux Falls Sports Radio KWSN. Pre-game coverage will begin at 6:45 PM as the “Voice of the Canaries” JJ Hartigan will bring all the latest news related to Canaries baseball.