Fiala Has A Big Night In First Pro Start, But Birds Fall 3-1
ST. PAUL, MN- The Canaries got a big night from rookie infielder Patrick Fiala, but the Birds once again lacked the big inning, falling to the St. Paul Saints by the final score of 3-1 on Saturday night at CHS Field.
Canaries starting pitcher Kris Regas looked good in his 10th start of the season. The veteran left-hander finished the night giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits while striking out six Saints batters. Regas put together a quick 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the 1st, but gave up two runs in the 2nd inning, including a solo home run to Nate Hanson.
Hanson has been nearly unstoppable over the first three games of the weekend series against the Canaries. The Saints third baseman finished his night going 2-for-4 at the plate with the home run and a single. He has now gone 9-for-12 in this series, with a three doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI and four runs scored.
The Saints sent out knuckleballer Dan Johnson to face the Canaries on Saturday night. Johnson, a former Major League first baseman is testing his skills as a pitcher at the independent level, and looked good in his sixth start with the Saints this season. Johnson gave up five hits on the night, but worked six shutout innings, leaving nine Canaries runners on base.
The Canaries best threat of the night against Johnson came in the top of the 4th inning, when former Augustana University standout, Patrick Fiala collected his first professional hit on a one-out single to left-center. Cameron Monger backed that up with a single of his own, before Aaron Owen reached base on a two-out walk. The Canaries threat ended with Mike Falsetti striking out to end the inning, leaving all three runners on base.
The Birds got on the board in the top of the 7th inning when Darwin Perez hit a one-out double off the base of the wall in centerfield against lefty relief pitcher Corey Williams. Perez advanced to third base on a Blake Schmit fly-out to center field, and later scored on a Fiala RBI single into center.
The Canaries had plenty of opportunities in this one, but left 12 men on base as they dropped their third straight in St. Paul. It was a big night for rookie infielder Patrick Fiala, who finished the night going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and an RBI in the loss. Darwin Perez also had a good night at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two walks, a double and a run scored.
The series wraps up on Sunday evening at CHS Field with first pitch scheduled for 5:05 PM. Canaries RHP Dylan Thompson (2-1, 2.36 ERA) will take the mound in game 4 of the weekend series. 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 to the Birdcage on August 19th to battle the Lincoln Saldogs in the opening game of a three-game weekend series. It will be Girl Scouts night, and the final Friday Night All-Star Fireworks display of the 2016 season. Contact the Canaries ticket office for information regarding single game or season ticket options by calling 605-336-6060 or visit the website at www.sfcanaries.com for more information.