Canaries Complete Sweep After 6-2 Win On Sunday Afternoon

Posted: 5/22/2016


Photo Courtesy: Ryan Alexander Photography

SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Sioux Falls Canaries (4-0) battled back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Sioux City Explorers (0-4) by the final score of 6-2 on Sunday afternoon in front of 2,487 fans. 

Sioux City’s starting pitcher Eric Wordekemper (0-0, 3.60 ERA) did his best to snap the Explorers early season slump, holding the Canaries hitless over the first four innings. The right-hander retired the first seven batters of the game, and carried his no-hit bid into the bottom of the fifth before Frank Martinez doubled into the right-field gap, later scoring on a Cameron Garfield RBI sacrifice-fly. 

The Birds’ tied the game up at 2-2 in the fifth, and took the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh when Garfield scored on a wild pitch.   Martinez capped off the come-back effort an inning later with a mammoth three-run home run that reached the parking lot beyond the right-field wall. 

Martinez finished the night going 2-for-4 at the plate with four RBI’s and two runs scored. 

Canaries starting pitcher Joe Bircher (0-0, 3.00 ERA) looked good in his first start of the season, allowing two runs on four hits over six innings.  The southpaw registered five strikeouts while walking one batter. 

Reliever Josh Ferrell (1-0, 0.00 ERA) picked up the win in his second appearance of the season. 

The undefeated Canaries continue their seven-game home stand on Monday night, opening up a three-game series against the defending North Division Champion, St. Paul Saints.  

Monday night is also College Night at the Birdcage. Bring your active College ID to the Birdcage on Monday night's and admission will be just $5! Fans will enjoy $1 Hot Dogs, $1 Coca-Cola products, and discounted Beer all game long! For more information about season tickets and corporate opportunities, call the Canaries ticket office at (605) 336-6060 or