Gurwitz, Culbreth Push Canaries To Series Win vs. Apollos

Posted: 6/24/2021


SIOUX FALLS - The Sioux Falls Canaries (17-16) picked up another victory over the Houston Apollos (5-28) Thursday night. Zane Gurwitz hit two home runs, including a grand slam, to power a 12-7 series clincher at The Birdcage. The Birds are now 7-2 against the Apollos this season. 

Ty Culbreth (6-0) was credited with the win for the Canaries. Culbreth pitched five innings and allowed three hits and one run (one earned) while striking out eight Apollos. Culbreth shut out Houston the first four innings and left the bases loaded in a 1-1 game in the fifth. Yosmel Naranjo (0-6) was credited with the loss for the Apollos. Naranjo pitched 4.2 innings. He allowed eight hits and five runs (five earned).

The Canaries offense blew up for 16 hits and 12 runs. Gurwitz exploded for a solo home run in the fourth inning and a grand slam in the fifth inning. Gurwitz recorded four hits, six RBIs and two runs. Jabari Henry hit one out of the park for a two-run blast as part of a four-run Canaries sixth. Henry had four hits, three RBIs and two runs. Wyatt Ulrich, Cade Gotta and Nick Gotta each recorded two hits. 

The Canaries will start a weekend series vs. Gary SoutShore Friday night at The Birdcage. Game one will feature RHP Tyler Garkow (1-3, 6.95 ERA) on the mound for the Sioux Falls Canaries and LHP Trevor Lubking (1-3, 6.23 ERA) on the mound for the Railcats. 

Friday night is Sioux Falls Pride Night at the Birdcage! We are proud to follow suit of many major professional sports teams around the world by embracing it the night before the Sioux Falls Pride Parade and Festival! Last year's Pride Night was the first such event in the history of South Dakota sports at any level, and one of our biggest and most electric crowds. 

You'll get the same family fun entertainment of every Canaries game, plus two speakers with powerful stories -- former Husker football player Eric Lueshen and United Congregational Church Rev. Martell Spagnola, and a live, family-friendly drag performance from the 2020 Entertainer of the Year Persephone Shakers. FREE FIREWORKS after the game! Get there early because entertainment starts at 6:45!

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