Canaries Fall In Extra-Innings For Second Straight Night
Written By: Ari Ross
LINCOLN, NE – Grady Wood dominated on the hill for the Canaries, but for the second straight night, the Sioux Falls Canaries fell in extra innings to the Lincoln Saltdogs, 1-0 in 11 innings.
Wood and Carlos Pimentel went toe-to-toe in a pitchers’ duel for much of the night in Lincoln, combining for 11 strikeouts over the first three innings, and 25 total strikeouts over their 16-combined innings pitched. In total, Sioux Falls and Lincoln pitching totaled 32 Ks.
Wood got in a jam in the bottom of the second, after back-to-back singles and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases, but with the help of Mike Falsetti, who picked off Tommy Mendonca from second base, he escaped and kept the game scoreless.
From there, Wood entered cruise control, retiring 19 of the next 22 batters, totaling a season-high 13 strikeouts. Wood allowed just four hits in his eight-innings pitched, leaving five Saltdogs on the base paths.
Wood threw 104 total pitches, 78 percent (81) of which were strikes.
But Pimentel was just as dominant, holding the Canaries to just one hit, a double by David Popkins, and just five total base runners. Pimentel totaled 12 strikeouts over 8.0 innings pitched, allowing just one hit while walking two.
However, neither Wood nor Pimentel factored into the decision.
After eight innings of work, Andrew Woeck relieved Wood in the bottom of the ninth, facing a Saltdogs’ team that had walked-off their last four home games. But Woeck worked out of a jam, striking out Trever Adams with runners at first and second to end the threat.
Michael Wagner and J.R. Bunda combined for three perfect innings of relief for the Saltdogs, while James Jones pitched a scoreless 10th, before things got dicey for Sioux Falls in the bottom of the twelfth.
In his second inning of relief, Jones allowed each of the first three batters to reach, loading the bases, before being relieved by Dylan Thompson. Thompson struck out the first batter he faced, but a sacrifice-fly from Mendonca would be the difference as the Saltdogs’ walked-off their fifth straight home game.
Jones takes the loss for Sioux Falls, falling to 0-1 on the year, while Bunda picked up the win for Lincoln. With the loss, the Canaries fall to 5-13, while Lincoln moves to 10-8.
The series continues at 6:45 PM on Thursday night when RHP Troy Marks takes the mound for the Sioux Falls Canaries against Lincoln’s RHP Seth Webster. Fans can listen to all the action, starting at 6:30 PM on AM-1230, FM-98.1 Sioux Falls Sports Radio, KWSN.
The Canaries return home on Friday night for a three-game series against the Cleburne Railroaders. Gates will open at 5 PM and kids of all ages can bring their glove to the Birdcage and play catch in the outfield until 6:30 PM. Those looking to relax can bring a blanket for the outfield grass and watch the movie, The Sandlot, on the video board. In addition, fans of age can enjoy $1 beers and all fans can take advantage of $1 hot dogs from 5 PM to 6:30 PM.
Bouncy houses will be available starting at 5:30 PM and a wristband purchase allow kids to bounce for the entire game. First pitch will take place just after 7 PM and the ever-famous All-Star Fireworks show, presented by Orthopedic Institute and Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital, will take place following the last pitch.
Tickets for all games are available through the Canaries Box Office inside the Birdcage or by calling 605-336-6060.