Canaries Fall To RailCats 4-1 In Extra-Innings On Wednesday Night
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SIOUX FALLS, SD- The Sioux Falls Canaries received a fantastic start from RHP Stephen Bougher, but the Birds offense lacked the big hit, falling to the Gary-Southshore Railcats by the final score of 4-1 in 10 innings on Wednesday night.
Bougher held the Gary-Southshore Railcats offense in check for much of the night, allowing one run on three hits over seven innings of work. The right-hander’s only blemish of the night came in the top of the third inning when Jarred Mederos launched a one out homerun over the wall in left to tie the game at 1-1. Bougher settled right back in though, recording back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.
The Papillion, NE native retired 14 of his final 16 batters faced, wrapping up his day with a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the 7th. Bougher matched a season-high with six strikeouts, forcing 10 groundball outs in his sixth start of the season.
Relief pitcher Billy Waltrip and James Jones combined for two shutout innings in the 9th, forcing extra innings. Jones (0-1, 4.84 ERA) suffered the hard-luck loss after giving up a lead-off homerun in the top of the 10th inning to former Canaries infielder Frank Martinez. The Railcats added two more runs in the inning on a Matt Petrone two-run double, but the damage had been done.
Railcats starting pitcher Ricard Castillo also had a good night on the mound, but suffered the no decision after leaving the game in a 1-1 tie after seven innings. The Right-hander allowed one run on seven hits, striking out five Canaries batters in his sixth start of the season. Relief pitcher Taylor Black picked up the win after holding the Canaries scoreless for 1 2/3 innings.
Blake Schmit extended his hitting streak to 10 games after going 2-for-5 at the plate, including a lead-off double in the bottom of the first inning. Schmit scored the Birds’ only run of the night in the bottom of the first on a David Bergin two-out single. Bergin finished the night 1-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and a walk.
The three-game series wraps up on Thursday afternoon with Canaries LHP Misael Siverio (1-3, 6.90 ERA) taking the mound against Railcats RHP Karl Triana (2-2, 4.50 ERA). Thursday will be the first Daycare Day Game of the 2016, sponsored by Discovery Learning Center. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 PM. 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.