Canaries Win 4th Straight After 4-3 Walk-Off Win
SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Sioux Falls Canaries won their fourth straight game on Wednesday night after defeating the Gary SouthShore RailCats by the final score of 4-3 in 10 innings at Sioux Falls Stadium.
The Birds didn’t have a lead in the ball-game until the winning run scored in extra innings, but rallied around a solid performance from starting pitcher Miles Nordgren, and some clutch hitting from first baseman Aaron Gretz to sneak away with their second extra-innings win of the season.
Nordgren had a strong outing, but picked up a no-decision after allowing three runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings of work. The right-hander got off to a rocky start, allowing two runs on three hits in the top of the first inning, but settled in after that, retiring 13 of his next 15 batters faced. Nordgren came out to start the 7th inning, but gave up a lead-off double to Ryan Fitzgerald before leaving the game with one-out and the runner at 3rd base.
Relief pitcher Andrew Woeck came out of the bullpen, giving up the go-ahead run on an RBI single off the bat of Chase Harris to make it a 3-2 ball game. Woeck got out of the inning without any more damage done, and worked a scoreless 8th inning before turning the ball over to Jose Ortega. The Canaries closer wrapped up a scoreless 9th inning, to force extra innings.
Left-hander Josh Ferrell gave up a one-out walk and a two-out single to put runners on the corners in the top of the 10th inning, but got out of the jam with an inning ending fielder’s choice to help set up Gretz’s heroics in the bottom of the inning.
Burt Reynolds got the bottom of the 10th inning started with a lead-off walk, and later scored the game’s winning run on the Gretz RBI double off the wall in left field.
Gretz paced the Canaries offense throughout the ball-game, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Reynolds had another solid offensive night, going 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.
Ferrell (2-3, 7.94 ERA) picked up his second win of the season after working a scoreless top of the 10th, with RailCats closer Jorge De Leon (2-1, 2.70 ERA) suffering the loss after giving up the hit to Gretz in the bottom of the frame.
The Birds will go for the sweep on Thursday night with LHP Joe Bircher taking the mound in the series finale. The Birdcage gates open at 6:00 PM on Thirsty Thursday, with fans (21+) enjoying $2 beers until the end of the 7th inning. For more information about season tickets and corporate opportunities, call the Canaries ticket office at (605) 336-6060 or visit www.sfcanaries.com.