Saints Hand Canaries First Loss of 2016 Season
Sioux Falls, SD – The Sioux Falls Canaries (5-1) suffered their first loss of the season, falling to the St. Paul Saints (5-1) by the final score of 5-3 on Tuesday night at Sioux Falls Stadium.
First baseman David Bergin helped get the Canaries out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning, blasting a two-out, two-run homerun over the wall in left-center. The Birds’ extended their lead to 3-0 in the second inning when Ethan Chapman scored on a wild pitch from Saints starting pitcher Mark Hamburger.
Hamburger (2-0, 2.45 ERA) was lights out after the second inning, retiring 10 of his next 11 batters faced. The right-hander finished the night allowing three runs on six hits, walking three batters while striking out six.
Canaries starting pitcher Misael Siverio allowed one run over the first five innings, but did not factor in the final decision. The Cuban left-hander was forced out of the game with one-out in the sixth after giving up back to back singles to Nate Hanson and Tony Thomas.
RHP Shane Street (0-1, 3.37 ERA) replaced Siverio, but suffered the loss after giving up the tying run on a Tony Caldwell RBI triple, and allowing the eventual winning run on a Tanner Vavra RBI single.
Bergin finished the night 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. The 26-year-old power hitter is currently tied for the league lead in homeruns, and leads the American Association with 10 RBI.
The Canaries will send RHP Shawn Blackwell (1-0, 3.37 ERA) to battle Saints RHP Robert Coe (1-0, 3.17 ERA) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Gates open at 6:00 PM, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05. For more information about season tickets and corporate opportunities, call the Canaries ticket office at (605) 336-6060 or visit www.sfcanaries.com.