Canaries Handed First Loss in Sioux City
Sioux City, IA - The road didn't prove to be as friendly to the Canaries as the friendly confines of The Birdcage as the Canaries fell to the Sioux City Explorers by a score of 10-2. The trouble started in the bottom of the 1st as Kyle Ruwe walked the leadoff batter and allowed three hits, leading to two runs. Peter Barrows hit homeruns in the 2nd and 3rd innings for the Explorers who built a 6-0 lead after three innings and never looked back. Ruwe lasted 4 2/3 innings allowing nine runs and suffered the loss.
Lefthander Matt Wickswat was a bright spot for the Canaries as he allowed just one run in 3 1/3 innings of relief. More importantly, his ability to eat innings ensured that the Canaries will have a fresh bullpen for tomorrow's series finale at The Birdcage.
Offensively, Chris Valencia had two hits and Kevin Dultz and Carlos Mendez each drove in a run. The loss drops the Canaries to 2-1 while the Explorers improve to 1-2.
Sunday is Bark in the Park day at The Birdcage as all fans are invited to bring their dogs to the ballpark. Ticket's for the 4:05 PM contest can be purchased at the box office, by calling 605-336-6060 or by visiting Ticketmaster.