Canaries can't complete comeback
SIOUX FALLS - The Sioux Falls Canaries belted two home runs, but five Sioux City Explorers runs in the first five innings proved to be too much to overcome in a 5-4 loss before 3,329 fans Saturday night at The Birdcage.
Sioux City (3-0) has won the first three games of the season-opening, four-game series.
Trailing 5-0 with just two hits on the board, the Canaries finally got to Sioux City starter Andy Noga (1-0) in the bottom of the sixth inning. Nick Van Stratten walked to lead off the inning, and J.P. Ramirez followed with a two-run home run to right field, making it 5-2. John Alonso reached on an error, and Jared Clark followed with a homer of his own, cutting the Sioux City lead to 5-4. The round-trippers were the first two of the year for the Canaries.
But Sioux Falls (0-3) would get no closer as the Explorers bullpen gave up nothing more. Chris Bodishbaugh notched his third save in as many days with a perfect ninth inning.
Noga earned the win in his professional debut. He surrendered four runs, three earned, in 5 1/3 innings. He also walked a batter and fanned three.
The Explorers got out of the gate in a hurry with two runs in the top of the first. Eliezer Mesa led off with a double and scored on an RBI single by Yusuke Inoguchi. Inoguchi scored the second run on an RBI double off the bat of Peter Barrows.
Sioux City (3-0) plated another run in the second when Anthony Kaskadden scored on Mesa’s RBI base hit. The Explorers extended the lead to 3-0 in the third when Leugim Barosso tripled and scored on Alberto Espinosa’s hit.
Sioux City tallied its final run in the fifth when Inoguchi led off with a single, advanced to second on a fielder’s choice and scored on Barrows’s single. After five innings the Explorers led 5-0.
Sioux Falls starter Adam Champion (0-1) made his Canaries debut and pitched six innings, giving up ten hits and five runs while striking out two.
Mesa went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, and Barrows had a single, an RBI double, and a triple for Sioux City. Mesa is 5-for-12 in the series. Ramirez and Clark were the offensive leaders for the Canaries with two RBI each.
The series finale is at 1:05 on Sunday, May 19, at The Birdcage. It’s a Sunday Family Funday. Kids can run the bases after the game, meet Canaries’ players and get autographs as well. The game will be broadcast on Sioux Falls Sports Radio KWSN 1230-AM, 98.1-FM and www.kwsn.com.