Canaries Power Their Way To 7-5 Road Win Over Railroaders
CLEBURNE, TX – The Sioux Falls Canaries erased an early 4-0 deficit to defeat the Cleburne Railroaders by the final score of 7-5 on Friday night at the Depot at Cleburne Station.
Canaries starting pitcher Bryce Morrow labored through the first two innings, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits, but the right-hander settled down the rest of the way, holding the Railroaders scoreless over his final 4 2/3 innings of work.
The Birds trailed 4-0 going into the top of the 3rd inning before Burt Reynolds and Aaron Gretz led off the frame with back-to-back singles. Both runners scored a batter later when Chris Jacobs blasted a three-run homer (8) over the left-field wall. The offensive threat continued with Blake Schmit and Ty Morrison reaching base on back-to-back errors before Schmit scored from third base on a Patrick Fiala ground out.
The game remained tied at 4-4 until the top of the 8th inning when Fiala reached base on a one out walk, and later scored on a B.J. Guinn RBI double to give the Birds their first lead of the night. Jabari Henry brought home Guinn two batters later, when he sent a two-out blast over the left-field wall to make it a 7-4 Sioux Falls lead.
The Railroaders mounted a late comeback attempt in the bottom of the 8th inning when Miakol Gonzalez reached base on a lead-off double and Geraldo Valentin followed that up with a single against Canaries relief pitcher Andrew Woeck to put runners at first and third with nobody out. Woeck struck out the next batter before being replaced by fellow relief pitcher Dylan Thompson. The right-hander allowed one run to score on a Brandon Tierney ground out before allowing Oscar Mesa to reach base on an infield single to again put runners at first and third, but Mesa was thrown out trying to steal second base, ending the inning and the Railroaders threat.
Canaries closer Jose Ortega wrapped up the game in the bottom of the 9th inning with a pair of strikeouts in a quick 1-2-3 inning for his third save of the season. Woeck (2-0, 1.08 ERA) earned the win after allowing one run on two hits over 2/3 innings of work.
Every Canaries batter had a hit in the win on Friday night, with Jacobs and Henry combing to drive in five of the six runs in the win. Henry has been red-hot over the four games, going 9-for-18 (.500 AVG) with two home runs, a double and five RBI.
The series continues on Saturday night with RHP Grady Wood (1-1) making his 6th start of the season for the Birds. 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 home on Monday, June 19th when they open up a three-game series against their North Division rivals, the St. Paul Saints. For information on single game tickets, contact the Canaries Ticket office at (605).336.606 or visit sfcanaries.com for more information.