Gary Southshore Railcats
Photo Credit: The Northern Battery
Sioux Falls, SD – The Sioux Falls Canaries fell, 6-5, in 10 innings to the Gary SouthShore RailCats, Thursday night at Sioux Falls Stadium, splitting the four-game series.
Coming off his shortest start of the season, Troy Marks again struggled, this time against the RailCats, allowing four runs on 10 hits over just 3.1 innings pitched.
Gary SouthShore sent nine batters to the plate against Marks in the first, scoring three runs on four hits and an error to take a 3-0 lead.
Patrick Fiala’s RBI single scored Blake Schmit from third and cut the RailCats’ lead to 3-1, but Marks again struggled over the next few frames.
Marks allowed another six hits over the top of the second, third and fourth, but just one run as Neal Kunik relieved Marks in the top of the fourth and escaped a first and third jam only allowing one run.
The RailCats though, tacked on another run off Kunik in the top of the fifth on Andy De Jesus’ sacrifice fly, taking a 5-1 lead into the seventh inning.
And though the Birds tallied ten hits against RailCats’ starter Alex Gunn, they only managed two runs, adding one more in the bottom of the seventh on Fiala’s second RBI single of the day.
In total, the Canaries left 10 runners on base against Gunn over his 7.0 innings pitched.
Bryce Morrow and Dylan Thompson out of the Canaries’ bullpen held the lead at just three for the RailCats over the final five innings and Sioux Falls’ bats finally got going in the bottom of the ninth.
Brett Marr and Burt Reynolds led off the inning with back-to-back singles against Drasen Johnson, scoring on an error and Jabari Henry’s RBI single to cut Gary’s lead to just one run.
A throwing error, the second of the inning for the RailCats, allowed Fiala to reach with Henry advancing to third, before Chris Jacobs, pinch hitting for Tyler Wolfe, brought the game-tying run home with a sacrifice fly.
But the RailCats came right back to retake the lead against Jose Ortega in the top of the tenth inning.
And though Dan Motl did reach and move into scoring position for the Canaries in the bottom of the tenth, Reynolds struck out to end the threat and give the RailCats a 6-5 victory
The RailCats totaled 18 hits against the Canaries Thursday night, tying the season-high against the Sioux Falls’ pitching staff, while the Sioux Falls tallied five runs on 14 hits and four errors.
Ortega (4-8) takes the loss for the Canaries, who fall to 43-53 on the season, while Johnson (4-4) picks up the win for the RailCats, who move to 54-42 on the year.
The Sioux Falls Canaries open their final series of the 2017 American Association season against the Sioux City Explorers on Friday night at 7:05 PM. RHP Miles Nordgren (5-7, 4.65 ERA) will take the hill for the Canaries in game one against Sioux City.
Friday night will be the final All-Star Fireworks Friday of the season. Gates open at 6:00 PM with a 7:05 PM First Pitch scheduled at the Birdcage. You don’t want to miss the final post-game fireworks show of the year!
Fan voting for the Canaries’ End of Season Awards is OPEN and will run through the final out of the Canaries final regular season game on Sept. 4. Check out sfcanaries.com for more info on how to cast your vote!
For information on single-game tickets, contact the Canaries Ticket Office at (605) 336-6060 or visit sfcanaries.com for more information.