Henry Home Run Seals Comeback Win For Birds
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls Canaries came from behind to take the rubber game against Winnipeg with a 10-8 win. Key home runs from Maxx Garrett to tie the game then Jabari Henry to reclaim the lead, both in the seventh, earned Sioux Falls win number 24 of 2018.
Sioux Falls struck early for the second-straight night, taking a three-run lead into the second. David Bergin singled to extend his hitting streak to 16, bringing in Chris Grayson in the process. An error by the shortstop scored Bergin and Jabari Henry, giving the Canaries their highest-scoring first inning of the season. In the second, Dan Motl scored on a wild pitch to give Sioux Falls a 4-0 lead.
Trouble brewed for Sioux Falls and starter Tyler Wolfe in the third, with six runs plated by Winnipeg. Matt McCann and Josh McAdams hit RBI doubles, while Tucker Nathans earned an RBI with a sac fly. The Goldeyes led 6-4 after three. The trio of Trevor Jaunich, Kyle Schepel and Nicco Blank finished out the game for Sioux Falls, allowing four hits and two runs over 6.1 innings.
In an attempt to give Maxx Garrett a night off, Patrick Fiala played catcher for the first three innings of the game. When Motl left the game in the fourth, Fiala went back to a more natural domain at third base, with Garrett entering the game at catcher. After a Winnipeg run in the fourth, Fiala got that run back with a solo home run to put the score at 7-5.
The big inning for Sioux Falls came in the sixth. With Fiala aboard, Garrett hit a home run to tie the game at seven. With a pair of outs, Bergin was hit with a pitch, then driven in on Henry’s fifth homer of the season.
Each team would scrape across a run in the remainder of the game, but Sioux Falls completed their fifth comeback of three or more runs this season, taking the finale 10-8.
ODDS AND ENDS
David Bergin continued his hitting streak, now sitting at 16 games, trailing only Blake Schmit’s team-high 18 games set earlier this year … Bergin reached base in 10-straight plate appearances prior to a flyout in the eighth … Sioux Falls put up their best first inning of the season, scoring three runs in the opening frame … the win puts the Canaries at 5-25 when trailing after the fifth inning … Sioux Falls is well above the .500 mark when scoring four or more runs, improving to 21-10 with the win … the Canaries now have seven wins when hitting multiple home runs to only three losses … Thursday marked the longest outing for Kyle Schepel this season, throwing three hitless innings.
The Canaries hit the road for a trip to Illinois and Indiana, squaring off with Chicago this weekend and Gary SouthShore during the week. Sioux Falls returns to the Birdcage on July 27 with Wichita in town. Birds fans can get ticket information by visiting the Sioux Falls Stadium box office or by calling 336-6060.
PITCHERS OF RECORD
W – Schepel (1-4)
L – Charleston (1-2)
SV – Blank (1)
Bot 1st – David Bergin singles (Chris Grayson scores) 1-0 Sioux Falls; Jordan Dean advances on an error (David Bergin and Jabari Henry score) 3-0 Sioux Falls.
Bot 2nd – Dan Motl scores on a wild pitch, 4-0 Sioux Falls
Top 3rd – Matt McCann doubles (Josh Mazzola and Tyler Baker score) 4-2 Sioux Fall; Tucker Nathans sacrifice fly (Matt McCann scores) 4-3 Sioux Falls; Jordan Ebert scores on a wild pitch, 4-4 tied; Josh McAdams doubles (Josh Romanski and Reggie Abercrombie score) 6-4 Winnipeg.
Top 4th – Josh Romanski advances on an error (Jordan Ebert scores) 7-4 Winnipeg.
Bot 4th – Patrick Fiala solo home run, 7-5 Winnipeg.
Bot 6th – Maxx Garrett two-run home run (Patrick Fiala scores) 7-7 tied; Jabari Henry two-run home run (David Bergin scores) 9-7 Sioux Falls.
Bot 7th – Patrick Fiala advances on an error (Jordan Smith scores) 10-7 Sioux Falls.
Top 9th – Josh McAdams solo home run, 10-8 Sioux Falls.