Saints Power over Sioux Falls on Friday Evening
By: Jerrett Mills
Sioux Falls, SD-- The Sioux Falls Canaries (22-31) found themselves digging out of a deep hole early in game three on Friday evening. St. Paul (41-12) led 4-1 throughout much of the contest as Saints’ starting pitcher Dustin Crenshaw threw eight innings, allowing an earned run on seven hits. Sioux Falls struggled to find momentum as St. Paul defeated the Birds’ by a final of 8-1 in front of 3,314 fans at Sioux Falls Stadium.
The league leading Saints’ answered first in the top half of the first inning when Vinny DiFazio found an opening on the right side for an RBI single that scored Alonzo Harris. Sioux Falls put their only run on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first when David Bergin drove in a run on a single to left field. The Canaries offense was paced by Brian Humphries as he pieced together a 2-for-4 night at the plate.
In the top of the fifth, St. Paul put their first three spot on the board when Angelo Songco homered over the right field wall. Sioux Falls starting pitcher Jeremy Strawn (2-7, 4.59 ERA) was knocked out of the game after tossing six innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits.
Sioux Falls made a call to the bullpen in the top of the seventh, lefty Josh Ferrell toed the rubber for the final three innings for the Canaries. The Saints ultimately picked up four more runs, three earned off of Ferrell. In the top of the eighth, Willie Argo picked up an RBI single that scored Harris. Finally, in the top of the ninth, Saints newcomer Ryan Lashley hit a grounder to RJ Perucki that scored Mike Kvasnicka. Shortly after, Alonzo Harris picked up an RBI single for the Saints. The final run was unearned as first baseman David Bergin misplaced a ground ball, allowing Dan Kaczrowski to score from third. Sioux Falls committed three errors in the field, bringing their season total to 67.
The Canaries will turn to RHP Tyler Pearson (2-1, 4.45 ERA) on Saturday night as they try to snap their current four-game losing streak.
Come out to the Birdcage on Saturday night as the Birds’ host South Dakota Army National Guard Military Appreciation Night. Be sure to be early for pre-game ceremonies as we honor current and former military members. The Canaries will be raffling their military themed jerseys and winners will receive a certificate and 2 tickets to the last home game of the season. Gates will open at 5:00 PM with first pitch slated for 6:05 PM.