Fiala Hits One Out In Loss To Wichita
PHOTO COURTESY RY TUPPER PHOTOGRAPHY
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls Canaries squandered an early lead to Wichita and could not retake the lead. The Wingnuts swept the Canaries this weekend, taking the finale 5-3 on Sunday afternoon.
For the first time in their last seven games, the Canaries struck first. Jabari Henry singled home Blake Schmit to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Patrick Fiala added to the lead with a solo home run in the second, his fifth of the season.
John Nester gave Wichita a lead in the third, clearing the bases with a three-run double. Nester advanced to third base on a wild pitch but was left stranded keeping the score at 3-2 in favor of Wichita.
Sioux Falls tied the game up thanks to an errant throw by Wichita catcher Logan Trowbridge. Schmit attempted to steal third and the throw sailed into left field, allowing Schmit to score.
Wichita reclaimed the lead thanks to Nester’s fourth RBI of the day, this time a sacrifice fly scoring Nick Rotola. The Wingnuts tacked on a run in the eighth with a groundout to second base, extending their lead to 5-3.
Sioux Falls had a pair on in the eighth, but were unable to score, losing the final game of the series 5-3.
ODDS AND ENDS
The Canaries had won their last six games when scoring the first run, their record dropped to 6-12 in those games with the loss on Sunday … Patrick Fiala became one of five Sioux Falls batters to hit five or more home runs in 2018 with his fifth of the season, matching his total from 2017 in 70 fewer at bats … Sioux Falls in 3-3 when Jake Esch is their starter.
PITCHERS OF RECORD
W – Harman (8-2)
L – Esch (5-5)
SV – Tillman (18)
Bot 1st – Jabari Henry singles (Blake Schmit scores) 1-0 Sioux Falls.
Bot 2nd – Patrick Fiala solo home run, 2-0 Sioux Falls.
Top 3rd – John Nester doubles (Nick Rotola, Abel Nieves and Tony Thomas score) 3-2 Wichita.
Bot 3rd – Blake Schmit scores on an error by Logan Trowbridge, 3-3 tied.
Top 5th – John Nester sacrifice fly (Nick Rotola scores) 4-3 Wichita.
Top 8th – Hunter Clanin grounds out to second (John Nester scores) 5-3 Wichita.