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Birds Fall Short To Sioux City In Spring Opener
HURON, S.D. -- Strong pitching and a pair of homers weren't quite enough for the Sioux Falls Canaries. The Birds fell 4-3 to the Sioux City Explorers in the spring training opener for both teams.
Birds catcher Mike Hart briefly put his team ahead in the 6th with a two-run home run, but a two-run double from Dylan Kelly in the seventh would be the difference in the game.
"Offensively it can be tough this early in the year when you haven't seen live pitching, but I thought we had some really good quality at-bats," Canaries manager Mike Meyer said.
Sioux Falls starter Taylor Hill set the tone early with three scoreless innings. The former Washington National allowed two hits and two walks while striking out four
"I thought Taylor looked really good on the mound. I was really happy to see his stuff was there," Meyer said. "He didn't really throw his breaking ball, just fastball-changeup tonight, so I thought he did a really good job."
Sioux City opened the scoring in the top of the fifth on a solo home run by Eric Karch, but the Birds would soon respond.
In the bottom of the inning, Alay Lago knocked a round-tripper of his own, tying the score at 1.
A Nate Samson RBI single put the X's back on top in the 6th, but Hart's homer put the Birds up 3-2.
Spencer Herrmann pitched the middle three innings for the Canaries, allowing two runs. Chris Comito pitched the seventh and eighth, allowing two runs. Alex Ogren pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Birds and Explorers are back in action Monday night for another spring training game. First pitch is scheduled for 6pm from Yankton, South Dakota.