Canaries Power Surge Spoiled in 10-9 Loss To Kansas City

Posted: 7/30/2015


July 30, 2015

Written By: J.J. Hartigan 

Sioux Falls, SD- The Sioux Falls Canaries (25-38) continued their three-game series against the Kansas City T-Bones (34-25) on Thursday night in front of 2,816 fans, but for the second straight night found themselves a run short, losing by the final score of 10-9. 

Canaries starting pitcher Tyler Pearson struggled with his command most of the night, walking a season high eight batters in five innings of work.   The right-hander gave up his first runs of the night in the top of the third, after walking the first three batters of the inning.  Kansas City capped off their four-run inning with a pair of hits, including a two-run double from Ernie Banks, Jr. 

Sioux Falls responded in the bottom half of the inning, getting back-to-back singles from Brett Balkan and Chris Grayson before Jerome Pena walked to load the bases.  David Bergin brought in everyone with a lazer-shot grand slam over the left-field wall to tie the game at 4-4. 

The Birds took their first lead of the night in the bottom of the fifth inning, after Brian Humphries and Steve Sulkowski hitting a pair of two-run homeruns. 

Kansas City took the lead for good in the top of the sixth inning, after Pearson gave up a single, and allowed back-to-back walks to the first three batters of the inning.  Mike Watt (1-1, 6.33 ERA) entered in relief, but immediately gave up a three-run double to Sergio Leon, who later scored the go-ahead run in the inning. 

Pearson was charged with the game-tying run, but ultimately did not factor in the decision.  In all, the right-hander allowed eight runs, on four hits, while walking a season high eight batters. 

Watt suffered the loss after allowing one run on three hits in 2/3 of an inning. 

Former Canaries closer, now Kansas City starter, Kris Regas (3-1, 5.03 ERA) picked up the win after allowing eight runs on nine hits over his five innings of work. 

The Series wraps up on Friday night with Girl Scouts Night at The Birdcage and another All-Star Fireworks show presented by Orthopedic Institute and Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital! It's the second to last fireworks show of the season, so make plans now to be here!  

Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to watch a movie after the game, and camp out overnight on the field!  Interested Girl Scout members can still get tickets by calling the Canaries office at 336-6060 by 12PM Tuesday. 

Tickets for the final half of the season are still available and can be purchased through the Canaries Box Office at (605) 336-6060 or visit No matter your schedule, the Canaries have a ticket package for you. Ask a Canaries representative about partial plan or E-Z Game Tickets. 

Fans can catch all the action home and away on AM-1230, FM-98.1, Sioux Falls Sports Radio KWSN. Pre-game coverage will begin at 6:45 PM as the “Voice of the Canaries” JJ Hartigan will bring all the latest news related to Canaries baseball.