Canaries Comeback Effort Falls Short In Home Opener
Written by: Jerrett Mills
SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Canaries opened up the home portion of their schedule on Sunday afternoon in search of their first series win of the season, but Mother Nature and the Sioux City Explorers had other plans, as the Birds’ fell to their I-29 rivals by the final score of 5-4 at Sioux Falls Stadium.
In the top of the first inning, Canaries RHP Shawn Blackwell would give up two singles to Explorer’s hitters and one run, but that would be the end of the damage in the top half of the frame. In the bottom half of the inning, the Canaries would leave the bases loaded as Explorer’s pitcher Dustin Loggins would give up four walks. Loggins would get out of the jam unscathed as he would get Canaries second baseman Michael Wing to fly out.
Heading into the top of the second, Sioux City would get another run from a Noah Perio Jr. base hit. Blackwell would settle in and retire the next two batters. In the bottom half of the frame, Loggins would record his first one, two, three inning of the contest.
It was a quiet third inning as both teams would fail to get a base hit. The fourth inning would be a different story in favor of Sioux City. Tim Colwell would hit a leadoff double and later in the inning Matty Johnson would lay down a bunt that would score Colwell from third.
Blackwell would head back to the mound in the top of fifth inning and give up two singles to Explorer’s hitters. Blackwell would later get a double play from his infielders to retire the side. Loggins would climb the mound in the bottom of the fifth inning with a no hitter still intact. Harrison Kain would step to the plate for the Canaries and break up Loggins no hit bid with a two out single.
In the top of the sixth inning the Canaries would make a call to the bullpen as LHP Jordan Sechler would face the Explorer’s two, three and four hitters. Sechler would record his first one, two, three inning of the contest. Sioux City would respond to the pitching change as Rob Wort would take the bottom in the bottom half of the inning and set down the Canaries in order.
Early into the seventh inning, Sechler would give up an RBI double off the left field wall to Rene Tosoni. Canaries would than turn to the bullpen as RHP Byron Minnich would record the final two outs of the inning. Sioux City reliever Rob Wort would continue to cruise through the Canaries lineup as he would pitch another one, two, three inning in the bottom of the seventh inning.
In the top of the eighth, Minnich would give up a double to Perio Jr., but that would be the least of the damage. In the bottom half of the inning the Canaries would start to figure out Explorer’s reliever Rob Wort. Sioux Falls native Tony Viger would lead things off with a single and later score on a Brian Humphries single as well as Vikash Ramjit who reached base on a single. With two outs, Michael Wing would hit an RBI double to score Humphries and Pena.
The Canaries would turn to Cameron McVey to shut things down on defense in the top portion of the ninth inning. McVey would give up a lone single to Michael Lang, and get Brock Kjeldgaard to ground out for the third out of the inning. In the bottom of the ninth, the Explorer’s would bring in their closer Jose Flores and he would get Tony Viger to ground in to a double play to end the game.
The Canaries are back in action Tuesday evening as LHP Joe Bircher will take the mound as the Birds’ host the Quebec Capitales at 7:05 p.m. Tune into KWSN 1230 AM or 98.1 FM as “The Voice of the Canaries” JJ Hartigan will bring you all the action from the Birdcage in Sioux Falls.