Canaries Fall To Wingnuts In Nail-Biter, Head Home Friday

Posted: 6/21/2018

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Photo courtesy Wichita Wingnuts

The Sioux Falls Canaries brought the tying and go-ahead runs to scoring position in the ninth inning on Thursday at the Wichita Wingnuts, but fell just short. The Birds dropped the series finale 3-2, ensuring a Wingnuts sweep.

For the third straight game, the Canaries jumped out to an early lead before Wichita had a chance to bat. An RBI single from David Bergin scored Jordan Smith to give the Canaries a 1-0 lead in the first.

Wichita responded right away in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases with one out. Tony Thomas hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 1. It was Thomas' team-leading 23rd RBI of the season.

Wichita took the lead in the second on an infield single from leadoff hitter Logan Watkins. The former Chicago Cub drove in Logan Trowbridge, who had reached on an error.

The game turned into a pitchers' duel from there. Wichita starter Casey Harman threw six innings of one-run ball, walking one and striking out two. He retired the last 12 Canaries in order.

Birds starter Dylan Thompson allowed another run in the sixth on an RBI double from John Nester. The double put Wichita up 3-1 at the end of six.

Thompson allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits over six innings in the loss. He walked three and struck out three.

The Canaries cut the lead in half in the eighth on a Blake Schmit RBI single, making it 3-2.

Burt Reynolds led off the ninth with an infield hit off of Wingnuts closer Daniel Tillman. Chris Grayson doubled two batters later, making it second-and-third with one out for Jabari Henry.

Henry struck out looking, and Maxx Garrett hit a deep fly ball to left that Thomas tracked down for the final out.

The Canaries head back home on Friday for a matchup with the Texas AirHogs at the Birdcage. It's AARP Night for the Birds on Friday, with AARP members receiving $15 party deck tickets and a buffet meal. Plus, fans can enjoy a postgame All Star Fireworks display presented by Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Birds fans can get their tickets at the Sioux Falls Stadium box office or by calling 336-6060.