Canaries Fall To Saints 6-3 On Friday Night
Photo Courtesy: Ryan Alexander Photography
ST. PAUL, MN- The Sioux Falls Canaries survived a 1 hour and 20 minute rain delay, but couldn’t outlast the Saints offense, falling by the final score of 6-3 on Friday night at CHS Field.
Canaries starting pitcher Ray Hanson made his 6th start of the season for the Canaries on Saturday night. The right-hander battled over his five innings of work, but ultimately suffered his 5th loss of the season after giving up four runs (three earned) on seven hits over five innings of work.
Hanson (0-5, 8.02 ERA) racked up five strikeouts on the night, but also walked five batters, including a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 1st inning against Brady Burzynski. The Long Beach, CA native would load the bases in the first inning after a hit and an error before giving up a three-run double to Saints third baseman Nate Hanson.
Nate Hanson would strike again in the bottom of the 3rd inning, hitting a leadoff solo home run over the left field wall to make it a 4-0 ball game. Hanson finished the night going 4-for-4 at the plate with five RBI and a run scored, and has now collected 10 RBI and two runs scored over the first two games of the weekend series against Sioux Falls.
The Canaries got back into the game in the top of the 4th inning when Darwin Perez led off the inning with a single and advanced to third base on a Blake Schmit double. Saints starting pitcher Robert Coe walked J.C. Linares to load the bases, but picked up a pair of strikeouts before giving up a two-out, two-run single to B.J. Guinn to make it a 4-2 ball game.
Robert Coe (9-2, 4.79 ERA) left the game after 5 1/3 innings, but left with the lead in hand. The right-hander finished his night allowing two runs on five hits while walking five batters and striking out six along the way. With the win, Coe earned his ninth win of the season and his 41st as a member of the Saints, becoming the winningest pitcher in franchise history.
The Birds were once again led offensively by shortstop Blake Schmit, who finished the night 3-for-5 at the plate with a double and a run scored. Canaries third baseman B.J. Guinn also had a good night, going 1-for-3 at the plate with two RBI in the loss.
The four-game series continues on Saturday night at 7:05 PM with Canaries LHP Kris Regas (4-5, 5.56 ERA) taking the mound in game 3 of the weekend series. Fans can listen to all of the action starting at 6:45 PM on Sioux Falls Sports Radio, AM-1230, FM-98.1 KWSN.
The Canaries return to the Birdcage on August 19th to battle the Lincoln Saldogs in the opening game of a three-game weekend series. It will be Girl Scouts night, and the final Friday Night Fireworks display of the 2016 season. 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.