Canaries Snap Seven Game Skid With Win in Fargo

Posted: 7/20/2014

Kyle Ruwe pitching

By J.J. Hartigan

FARGO,ND-After losing the first two games of the weekend series in Fargo, and extending their most recent losing streak to seven games,  the Canaries turned to veteran right-hander Kyle Ruwe in search of a win on Sunday afternoon at Newman Outdoor Field.

Ruwe made his first start since suffering the 13-5 loss at home against Laredo on Tuesday night, his worst outing of the season and first loss in over a month, allowing a season high 13 runs on 17 hits. 

Ruwe was masterful against the Fargo-Moorhead offense on sunday afternoon, inducing 13 groundball outs and walking one batter while striking out two over seven strong innings enroute to the 4-3 Canaries win. 

The Canaries extended their 2-1 lead in the top of the 6th inning after back-to-back singles from Mendez and Valencia when Matt Hitt drilled a two-run single into right field, giving the Birds a 4-1 lead.  Hitt continues to impress at the plate, going 1-for-3 with 2 RBI on Sunday afternoon, and has now hit safely in all 8 games withSioux Fallsthis season.

The RedHawks' offense was silent much of the afternoon, but mounted a small comeback in the 7th inning when center fielder Nick Jackson led off the fram with a double and later advanced to third on a wild pitch.  Petey Paramore drove in Jackson on an RBI single to center, Parmore's second RBI of the day.  The RedHawks' threat was short-lived though, with the Canaries defense turning one of three double plays to end the inning.

The Canaries victory didn't come without some late inning drama.  Fargo mounted one last attack in the bottom of the 9th against Canaries closer Alan DeRatt, who gave up a leadoff single to CJ Retherford, who later scored on a Paramore groundout to Mendez at third.  DeRatt wrapped up the win, and his 11th save of the season, after striking out slugger Brandon Tripp for the final out.

The Canaries continue their week-long roadtrip on Monday night in St. Paul with a 7:05 PM first pitch from Midway Stadium.  All-Star pitcher Kyle Vazquez (4-4, 3.66 ERA) takes the mound for Sioux Falls against St. Paul starting pitcher Jeff Shields (5-4, 2.95 ERA).

The Birds' return to Sioux Falls Stadium on July 25th, when they open up a three-game series against the Sioux City Explorers.  There will be Friday Night Fireworks presented by Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital, Orthopedic Institute, and All-Star Fireworks.  The Canaries will also be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame all weekend long.