Pena Tosses Seven Shutout Innings In 3-0 Victory
Written by: Jerrett Mills
SIOUX CITY, IA – It was a pitcher’s duel tonight in Sioux City as Explorer’s pitcher John Straka and Canaries pitcher Miguel Pena would battle back and forth, but it would be the Canaries to cross the finish line first.
Canaries outfielder Bryan Humphries would get the first base hit of the game in the top of the first inning, but that would be all for Sioux Falls. In the top of the second, Michael Wing would step up to the plate and hit a one out double for the Birds’. Shortly after, former Nebraska Cornhusker Richard Stock would hit a shallow single to score Wing from second.
Sioux Falls pitcher Miguel Pena would settle in and throw his first one, two, three inning of the game in the bottom of the second inning. In the top of the third, Explorer’s pitcher John Straka would answer back with his first one, two, three inning of the contest.
In the top of the fourth inning, Tony Viger a native of Sioux Falls would single for his first career hit in a Canaries uniform. Pena would continue to cruise as he would retire eight straight Sioux City hitters. The Explorer’s would get two singles from Brock Kjeldgaard and Ryan Court in the bottom of the fourth inning, but Pena would get Tim Colwell to ground out for the third out of the inning.
Going into the top of the fifth, Canaries speedster Harrison Kain would single and later score on a wild pitch from Straka. Sioux Falls would continue to strike as Jerome Pena would draw a walk and Bryan Humphries would crush an RBI single. Pena would come back out to the mound and throw another one, two, three inning.
Heading into the top of the sixth, Sioux City would make a pitching substitution as relief pitcher Ryan Zimmerman would come into face the Canaries. Zimmerman would give up a single to R.J. Perucki, but that would be it for the Canaries. In the bottom half of the inning, Pena would get in a little bit of trouble as he would give up a leadoff single to Michael Lang and a walk to Rene Tosoni. Pena would get a strikeout and groundout to end the Sioux City threat.
Pena would continue to cruise through the seventh inning as he would get another one, two, three inning for the Canaries. After a David Bergin single, the Canaries would be set down in order. The Canaries would than turn to the bullpen as RHP Cameron McVey would make his first appearance in a Birds’ uniform. McVey would pitch his first one, two, three inning of the contest.
In the top of ninth inning, the Canaries would be set down in order. Chase Johnson would come in and close the door in the bottom half of the inning and record his second save of the year. The Canaries are now 2-1 on the year.
The Canaries are back in action tomorrow afternoon as RHP Shawn Blackwell will take the mound. It will be the series finale, but the Canaries first home game of the year. Tune into KWSN 1230 AM or 98.1 FM as “The Voice of the Canaries” JJ Hartigan will bring you all the action from the Birdcage in Sioux Falls.