Missed Opportunities Hurt Canaries In Game Two Loss To Explorers

Posted: 5/23/2018


Photo courtesy Ry Tupper Photography

The Birds were so close, and yet so very far.

The Sioux Falls Canaries reached their highest hit total of the season in the second game of their series with their I-29 rivals, the Sioux City Explorers. But the Canaries left nine runners on base and lost the game 7-3.

Sioux City opened the scoring in the second inning, when a Daniel Jackson RBI single and a Dexture McCall sacrifice fly gave the Explorers a 2-0 lead.

The Canaries rallied to tie the score over the next two innings, starting when Dan Motl scored a run on a Burt Reynolds double-play ball in the third.

In the fourth, Jabari Henry tied the score with a line-drive home run off the left field foul pole. Henry's second blast of the season tied the game at two.

As they have all series, Sioux City responded quickly. The X's scored two more runs in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Jay Austin and a fielder's choice off the bat of Jay Baum. The Explorers led 4-2 after the inning, a lead they wouldn't give up.

Chris Grayson cut the lead to one in the fifth with a solo home run of his own. Like Henry's, Grayson's longball was his second of the year.

Austin struck again in the seventh for the Explorers, scoring Michael Lang on an RBI single in the seventh. The hit chased Canaries starter Grady Wood from the game.

Wood gave up five runs over 6.1 innings Wednesday, allowing nine hits and two walks while striking out one. He was charged with the loss.

From there the Birds had opportunities to score but failed to cash in. The Canaries left a runner stranded in scoring position five times over their nine innings, including the fifth, sixth and seventh.

An RBI double in the ninth from Michael Lang brought the game to its eventual final score.

Sioux Falls drops to 2-3 with the defeat, while Sioux City moves to 5-1, good for first place in the South Division.

The two rivals meet one more time in the series tomorrow at 7 p.m. Canaries fans can snag their tickets at the Sioux Falls Stadium box office or by calling 336-6060.