Linares' Big Bat Powers Birds' To 18-9 Win Over Winnipeg

Posted: 7/8/2016

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SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Sioux Falls Canaries put together their biggest offensive night of the season, defeating their North Division rivals, the Winnipeg Goldeyes by the final score of 18-9 in front of a sellout crowd of 4,556 fans at Sioux Falls Stadium on Friday night.

Canaries starting pitcher Shawn Blackwell left the game in the first inning after taking a line drive off his head. Blackwell gave up four runs on three hits, including a Willie Cabrera three-run homer. Cabrera has five hits in his first two games with the Goldeyes this season.

Left-handed relief pitcher, Dylan Badura picked up his first win of the season, after allowing three runs on four hits over 3 1/3 innings. Billy Waltrip also pitched in relief, holding the Goldeyes offense to one run on two hits while striking out a season-high five batters.

The Birds’ trailed 4-0 going into the bottom of the 2nd inning before Darwin Perez and Jake Taylor hit back-to-back RBI singles to bring the Birds within two runs. David Bergin walked to load the bases for J.C. Linares, who hit a grand-slam into the party deck in right field to give his team a 6-4 lead.

The Canaries added five more runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning to make it an 11-4 ball game, before Winnipeg’s second baseman Casio Grider hit a three-run homer to left-Center in the top of the 4th to make it a four-run ball game.

Linares struck again in the bottom of the 5th inning, sending his second blast of the night over the center field wall, a two-run homer, to make it a 13-7 lead.

The Canaries hit five long-balls in the win, with David Bergin, Ryan Lashley, and Jake Taylor joining in the hit parade. Linares had his best night in Canaries uniform, extending his eight-game hitting streak, going 3-for-4 with six RBI in the win.

The four-game series continues on Saturday night with Canaries LHP Misael Siverio (3-5, 6.49 ERA) making his 10th start of the season against Goldeyes RHP Duke Von Schamann (3-4, 4.08 ERA).

Be the first Canaries fans in line to grab our special Saturday night giveaways all summer long! The first 500 kids (12 and under) at the Birdcage on Saturday evening will receive a free Mini Bat, sponsored by Schoeneman's!

Join us for Cagey's Pre-Game Tailgate Party From 4-6 p.m. and enjoy yard games, discounted beer prices, and a whole lot more! Contact the Canaries ticket office for information regarding single game or season ticket options by calling 605-336-6060 or visit the website at for more information.