Birds Suffer Close Loss In Opener vs. Lincoln
SIOUX FALLS - The Sioux Falls Canaries (21-32) fell to the Lincoln Saltdogs (26-27) by a final score of 7-6 Friday at The Birdcage. The game was the sixth straight for the Canaries that has been determined by either one or two runs.
The Birds fell behind 4-0 out of the gate but rallied to take a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the fourth. The team tied the game on an RBI base hit by Angelo Altavilla in the eighth before allowing a run in the ninth to put Lincoln ahead for a final time.
Caleb Frare (0-4) was credited with the loss for the Canaries. Frare pitched the final inning, allowing two hits and a run. Canaries starter Ty Culbreth allowed five runs on 12 hits. Logan Lombana (1-2) was credited with the win for the Saltdogs. Lombana pitched for one inning in relief, allowing a hit and a run. James Pugliese picked up his American Association-best 14th save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Canaries totaled nine hits in the loss. Altavilla picked up two hits and an RBI. Wyatt Ulrich also went off for two hits and an RBI. He has now reached in 38 straight games. Zane Gurwitz recorded one hit, an RBI and scored. Nick Gotta piled up a hit, an RBI and a run scored. Cade Gotta, Trey Michalczewski and Shamoy Christopher each finished with one hit.
The Canaries and Saltdogs will meet in the second game of the three-game set Saturday at 6:05 pm. Saturday night will feature RHP John Richy (2-4, 6.49 ERA) for the Lincoln Saltdogs. The pitcher for the Canaries is TBA.
Saturday night is Jackrabbit Night at The Birdcage! Highlights of recent Jackrabbit sports glory will play throughout the game on our brand new Daktronics video board, you'll hear the fight songs all night, and the Canaries will honor the 2020-21 national championship game-qualifying football team! For just $16, you get a lower bowl seat and an adjustable blue Canaries cap!
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