Canaries Fall To Goldeyes 8-1 On Canada Day
Photo Credit: Dan LeMoal
WINNIPEG, MB- The Sioux Falls Canaries continued their week-long road trip on Friday afternoon, opening up a three-game series against the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Canada Day at Shaw Park. David Bergin went 3-for-4 at the plate, but the Canaries dropped the opening game of the series by the final score of 8-1.
Canaries starting pitcher Joe Bircher had his worst start of the season, allowing a season-high eight runs (five earned runs) on nine hits while walking five batters, also a season high. Bircher (0-5, 3.14 ERA) faced the minimum in the bottom of the 1st inning, but gave up his first run of the day in the bottom of the 2nd after giving up a two-out RBI single to Casio Grider.
The Goldeyes extended their lead in the bottom of the 3rd inning after the first seven batters of the inning reached base safely, including Jacob Rogers, who walked with the bases loaded before Ridge Hoopii-Haslam made it a 3-0 lead with a two-out RBI single.
Bircher’s tough day continued in the bottom of the 4th inning, giving up five runs while facing 10 batters. Goldeyes catcher Carlton Tanabe hit the first of three straight singles to start the inning before scoring on a David Rohm RBI sac-fly. Josh Romanski also picked up an RBI sac-fly to bring home Maikol Gonzalez before Hoopii-Haslam capped off the big inning with an RBI double to center field to make it 8-1.
The Canaries only run of the afternoon came in the top of the 4th inning on a David Bergin RBI single. Blake Schmit led off the inning with a walk, advancing into scoring position on a Jake Taylor one-out single before Bergin picked up the RBI.
Goldeyes starting pitcher Mikey O’Brien (5-2, 3.63 ERA) earned the win after holding the Canaries offense to one run on eight hits in his first complete game victory of the season. The right-hander recorded a season high eight strikeouts while throwing 133 pitched over nine innings.
Schmit finished the day going 2-for-3 with a walk a run scored. The Canaries shortstop is now hitting .363 on the season, the second best batting average in the American Association this season. Bergin bumped his batting average back up to .300 on the season after his 3-for-4 day at the plate, and has now hit safely in four of his last five ball games.
Canaries relief pitcher Josh Ferrell was fantastic in his 17th appearance of the season. The left-hander held the dangerous Goldeyes offense scoreless on two hits, while striking out six batters over four shutout innings.
The series continues on Saturday night with LHP Kris Regas (3-2, 6.55 ERA) making his second start of the season against Goldeyes LHP Kevin McGovern (2-1, 4.20 ERA). First pitch on Saturday night is scheduled for 6:05 PM from Winnipeg’s Shaw Park.
The Canaries return to Sioux Falls Stadium on July 4th to open up a three-game series against the Kansas City T-Bones. Come out to the Birdcage on Monday night for a special Independence Day game with lots of excitement going on at the ballpark all game long. Contact the Canaries ticket office for information regarding single game or season ticket options by calling 605-336-6060 or visit the website at www.sfcanaries.com for more information.