Three Home Runs Power Birds To Win In Winnipeg
Photo courtesy Winnipeg Goldeyes
The Sioux Falls Canaries got a bit win over the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Thursday night, hitting three home runs to win 12-8 and split the four-game series between the two teams.
Patrick Fiala, David Bergin and Jordan Dean all went yard for the Canaries. It was the second-most runs the Birds had scored all season.
The Birds jumped out to an early lead in the third on a solo home run from Pat Fiala, his third of the season. Winnipeg responded with a run in the bottom of the inning, making it 1-1 after three.
The Canaries added three runs each in the fourth and fifth innings. Mitch Glasser had an RBI single in the third, and Jordan Smith and Jordan Dean both drove in runs in the fifth, giving Sioux Falls a 7-1 lead.
The Goldeyes battled back in the bottom of the inning, making it 7-2 on an RBI single by Reggie Abercrombie. Two batters later, Josh Mazzola made it a one-run game with a grand slam, his ninth home run of the year.
Canaries starter John Straka was pulled a batter later, having failed to record an out in the fifth inning. Straka allowed six runs (five earned) over his four-plus innings of work.
That was as close as Winnipeg would get. The Canaries scored five more in the top of the eighth inning, highlighted by a two-run home run by David Bergin and a solo home run by Jordan Dean.
Miles Nordgren pitched the last two innings for Sioux Falls, allowing two eighth-inning runs. Winnipeg put runners at the corners in the ninth inning, but Josh Romanski grounded into a fielder's choice to end the game.
The Canaries head home for a four-game series with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Game one, set for Friday at 7pm, is Buffalo Wild Wings Night at the Birdcage, featuring a postgame fireworks display from All Star Fireworks presented by Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital. Birds fans can get tickets at the Sioux Falls Stadium box office or by calling 336-6060.