Canaries Drop Series Opener To RedHawks

Posted: 7/13/2018

esch_pitching_crooked.jpgPhoto courtesy Ry Tupper Photography

By Tyler Smith

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls lost the series opener to Fargo-Moorhead on Friday night by a score of 11-3.

Fargo-Moorhead took an early three-run lead in the first inning, in part to a two-run home run by Charlie Valerio. Former Sioux Falls player Chris Jacobs also struck for a RBI double in his first inning back at the Birdcage.

Jordan Dean got the Sioux Falls offense started in the bottom of the first, earning a RBI on a fielder’s choice to cut Fargo-Moorhead’s lead to 3-1

The RedHawks scored three more in the third with a pair of doubles, taking a 6-1 lead.

The Canaries loaded the bases in the bottom of the third, and Maxx Garrett brought in Jordan Smith and David Bergin with a two-run double to cut the deficit to 6-3. After a walk by Jabari Henry loaded the bases again, Jordan Dean grounded out to end the inning.

The RedHawks added a seventh run in the sixth on a Devan Ahart sacrifice fly.

Newly signed Canary Chad Martin allowed four runs in the eighth inning to bring the game to its eventual final score.

ODDS AND ENDS

The Canaries are 1-2 in games started by Jake Esch … Jabari Henry recorded a hit for his sixth-straight game, back for his first since July 1, having an extra-base hit in three of the six games … David Bergin extended his hitting streak to 10 games, having his second multi-hit game of the 10 in the loss … this was the fifth time this season Sioux Falls has surrendered 10 or more hits in a game … Sioux Falls drops to 7-10 in series’ opening games in 2018.

ON DECK

Sioux Falls and Fargo-Moorhead meet in game two of the four-game set on Saturday. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. Birds fans can get ticket information by visiting the Sioux Falls Stadium box office or by calling 336-6060.

PITCHERS OF RECORD

W – Brown (6-0)

L – Esch (4-4)

SCORING RECAP

Top 1st – Charlie Valerio two-run home run (Brennan Metzger scores) 2-0 Fargo; Chris Jacobs doubles (Leobaldo Pina scores) 3-0 Fargo.

Bot 2nd – Jordan Dean grounds into fielder’s choice (David Bergin scores) 3-1 Fargo.

Top 3rd – Chris Jacobs doubles (Charile Valerio and Leobaldo Pina score) 5-1 Fargo; Tim Colwell doubles (Chris Jacobs scores) 6-1 Fargo.

Bot 3rd – Maxx Garrett singles (Chris Grayson and David Bergin scores) 6-3 Fargo.

Top 6th – Devan Ahart sacrifice fly (Yhoxian Medina scores) 7-3 Fargo.

Top 8th – Maikol Gonzalez walks (Chris Jacobs scores) 8-3 Fargo; Brennan Metzger doubles (Devan Ahart and Tim Colwell score) 10-3 Fargo; Charlie Valerio groundout to first (Maikol Gonzalez scores) 11-3 Fargo.