RedHawks Pull Away Late Defeating Canaries 11-5 In Series Opener
Written By: JJ Hartigan
SIOUX FALLS, SD- The Sioux Falls Canaries (32-55) returned home on Monday night to open up a three-game series against their North Division rivals, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Jason Repko had his third Multi-hit night in his last five games, but the bullpen allowed six runs in the final two innings with the Canaries falling by the final score of 11-5 in front of 2,913 fans at Sioux Falls Stadium.
Starting pitcher Stephen Bougher (4-5, 4.20 ERA) returned to the mound for the first time since tossing a one-hitter over six-shutout innings against Laredo on August 19th. The right-hander extended his scoreless streak to nine after holding the RedHawks scoreless over the first three innings. Bougher retired the first two batters in the fourth inning designated hitter, Luke Bailey reached base on an error and then scored on a Charlie Valerio triple to deep center field. Former Canaries infielder, Michael Wing extended the RedHawks with an RBI single, plating home Valerio to make it 2-0.
Fargo-Moorhead (36-51) added three more runs in the top of the 5th to make it 5-0, but the Birds’ battled back with a three-run inning in the bottom of the 6th after Repko roped a double to left-center, and later scored on a Brian Humphries RBI single to make it 5-3.
Canaries relief pitcher, Josh Ferrell kept it a two-run game after tossing 2 1/3 scoreless innings, but the RedHawks broke the game open in the top of the 8th inning with right-handers James Jones and Benny Suarez allowing four runs on two hits while walking three batters. New reliever, Joe VanMeter also struggled in the loss, allowing two runs on two hits in the 9th. Bougher suffered the loss after allowing five runs, three earned on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander allowed two walks while recording five strikeouts.
Repko finished the night extended his hitting streak to five games after going 2-for-4 with two RBI’s and Two runs scored in the loss. The veteran outfielder collected his 12th double of the season, and is now holding a season-best .288 batting average. Outfielder Cody Bishop also had a going night going 2-for-4 with a triple. Bishop has now hit safely in four straight games, and has pieced together a multi-hit night in three straight games.
LHP Miguel Pena (6-7, 3.57 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Canaries in the second game of the series on Tuesday night. Tuesday night will be another “Give Back Tuesday” at the Birdcage presented by Feeding South Dakota. Fans will have the opportunity to donate a canned good or non-perishable food item at Sioux Falls Stadium and receive BOGO tickets to Tuesday night’s game.
The Sioux Falls Canaries along with the Sioux Falls Stampede will hold a benefit raffle for Sioux Falls radio personality Ben “Cade” Anderson this Tuesday, August 25th during the Canaries game versus Fargo-Moorhead at 7PM. The benefit is to support Cade who will undergo brain surgery to remove a mass inside his brain on Wednesday, August 26th. The surgery’s purpose is to identify what the mass is and to take out as much as they safely can while determining treatment and recovery to follow. Cade has been a huge supporter of the Canaries and Stampede for many years.
The raffle is to help with medical costs that Cade is encountering with his surgery and treatment. 100% of the money raised during the raffle on Tuesday night will go directly to Cade’s Emergency Fund at First PREMIER Bank. Raffle tickets will sell 1-for-$5, 3-for-$10 and 10-for-$20. Visit www.sfcanaries.com for more information.
Fans can catch all the action home and away on AM-1230, FM-98.1, Sioux Falls Sports Radio KWSN. Pre-game coverage will begin at 6:45 PM as the “Voice of the Canaries” JJ Hartigan will bring all the latest news related to Canaries baseball.