Canaries Lose 2-0 In Series Opener On Friday Night

Posted: 6/2/2017


Photo Courtesy: Ryan Alexander Photography

SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Sioux Falls Canaries opened up a three-game series against the Kansas City T-Bones on Friday night, but dropped the series opener by the final score of 2-0 at Sioux Falls Stadium.

Canaries starting pitcher Troy Marks suffered his third loss of the season after giving up two runs on six hits while striking out four batters.

Andrew Woeck worked another scoreless inning in relief for the Birds after striking out one batter in the top of the 7th inning.  Woeck has now worked 9 1/3 scoreless innings in relief while striking out 13 batters in 6 relief appearances this season.

James Jones also had a solid outing in relief. The right-hander tossed two shutout innings while striking out two batters.

Kansas City’s Jeff Walters picked up his first win of the season after holding the Canaries scoreless over 5 2/3 innings of work. The right-hander had a no-hit bid going into the 5th inning before giving up a one-out single to Mike Falsetti.  Dan Motl backed that up with an infield single and advanced up a base on a throwing error before Blake Schmit walked to load the bases with only one out.  The Canaries threat would come up empty though, with Ty Morrison grounding into an inning ending double play.

The Birds would mount a bases loaded threat again in the 6th inning, but came up empty again after David Popkins and Falsetti recorded back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.

Sioux Falls had one last come-back effort in the 9th inning, with Popkins collecting his first hit in a Canaries uniform, sending a one-out single back up the middle. Falsetting reached base on a T-bones defensive error, putting the potential tying run on base before Motl struck out, and Schmit popped up to end the ball game.

The Canaries continue their weekend homestand on Saturday night with RHP Miles Nordgren taking the mound in his third start of the season.  Bring your student ID out to the Birdcage on Saturday night and receive $5 general admission tickets. Fans will also have a chance to play catch out on the field from 5- 5:30 PM before the game. For more information about season tickets and corporate opportunities, call the Canaries ticket office at (605) 336-6060 or visit