Double Trouble: Two-Baggers Power Birds To Bounce-Back Win Over RedHawks
Photo courtesy Ry Tupper Photography
The Sioux Falls Canaries leveled the series with their Dakota rivals on Tuesday night, beating the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 5-3.
A pair of two-run doubles by Chris Jacobs and Chris Grayson in the seventh inning was the difference for the Birds, who moved to 4-7 with the win. Fargo-Moorhead dropped to 6-5 with the defeat.
Fargo-Moorhead got on the board first in the game, scoring two in the second. Charlie Valerio scored new signee Michael Almanzar on a sacrifice fly, followed by a Leo Piña RBI single to make it 2-0.
The Canaries responded right away in the top of the third when Michael Hart led off the inning with a double. It was the first hit as a Canary for Hart, who finished 3-for-4 on the day.
Blake Schmit drove Hart in later in the frame with an RBI single. But as Jabari Henry batted next, Schmit strayed too far off the first-base bag and was tagged out in a rundown.
The caught stealing loomed large when Henry and Chris Grayson hit back-to-back singles following the out. The Birds did not score again in the inning, and trailed 2-1 after three.
Both teams' bats stayed silent until the Canaries broke the game open in the seventh. Henry started the rally with a two-out double, part of a 3-for-5 day for him.
The next batter, Chris Grayson, singled to put runners on the corners for Chris Jacobs. Jacobs took advantage, hitting a two-run double to right off reliever Pete Perez to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 Canaries lead.
After Aaron Gretz worked a walk, Burt Reynolds hit a double of his own, scoring Jacobs and Gretz to extend the Birds' lead to 5-2.
Canaries starter Joe Bircher had a great outing for the Canaries, recording five 1-2-3 innings over eight innings of work. He gave up three runs on four hits, walking two and striking out five.
Bircher gave way to closer James Jones, who worked a clean ninth to earn his fourth save of the year.
The Birds and RedHawks have their rubber game on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. from Fargo. Dylan Thompson will get the start for the Birds against the RedHawks' D.J. Brown. Birds fans can tune in on Sioux Falls Sports Radio 98.1 FM and AM 1230 KWSN, or online at KWSN.com.