Gary Southshore Railcats
Photo Credit: Ed Bailey
Sioux Falls, SD – The Sioux Falls Canaries fell, 5-4 in 11 innings to the Gary SouthShore RailCats Wednesday night at Sioux Falls Stadium in front of a crowd of 2,861.
Jabari Henry’s RBI single scored Blake Schmit from third to give the Canaries a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but the RailCats came right back to take the lead in the top of the second on Andy De Jesus’ two-run home run off Grady Wood.
The RailCats’ 2-1 lead wouldn’t last long either, as Burt Reynolds solo home run, his 16th of the season, off Jeff McKenzie in the bottom of the third tied the game at three.
Both Wood and McKenzie settled down over the next two frames before the RailCats took the lead in the top of the sixth.
Reggie Wilson reached on a leadoff single, moved to second on Joey Havrilak’s groundout and third on a controversial balk call on Wood before coming home on Colin Willis’ RBI single to once again give the RailCats a one-run lead.
Just an inning later though, Jabari Henry tied things up at three with a solo home run off Sam Myers in the bottom of the seventh. With his seventh inning home run, his 25th of the season, Henry is now the American Association league-leader in home runs, surpassing Kansas City’s Kevin Keyes.
Gary SouthShore came right back to take the lead on Alex Crosby’s one-out solo home run against Wood in the top of the eighth, making it a 4-3 ball game.
Wood finished his outing in-line for the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits over 8.0 innings pitched, walking one and striking out five.
But after Jose Ortega worked a scoreless ninth, the Canaries tied things up in the bottom of the ninth against Jorge De Leon, giving Wood a no-decision.
Back-to-back singles from Schmit and Henry to lead off the ninth put two on for Chris Jacobs, who’s fly out advanced Schmit to third. Patrick Fiala’s sacrifice fly tied the game at four, but the Birds couldn’t bring Henry home as well and Gary and Sioux Falls headed to extras, tied at four.
James Jones relieved Ortega to start the tenth, and a leadoff walk came back to haunt him, as Kris Goodman’s double brought Ryan Fitzgerald home to give Gary a 5-4 lead.
And the Birds put two on against De Leon in the bottom of the tenth, but Henry struck out to end the threat and give the RailCats a 5-4 victory in 10 innings.
Jones takes the loss for the Canaries, who fall to 43-52 on the season, while De Leon picks up the win for the RailCats, who move to 53-42 on the year.
The Sioux Falls Canaries wrap up their four-game series against the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Thursday night at 7:05 PM. RHP Troy Marks (3-8, 5.66 ERA) will take the hill for the Canaries facing RailCats’ LHP Alex Gunn (8-5, 3.58 ERA).
Thursday night is Sioux Falls Stampede Night at The Birdcage. Fans will have the opportunity to meet Jaxon Nelson and Corson Green of the Stampede. Team mascot Stomp and head coach Scott Owens will also be on hand for a meet and greet at the game and fans will have a chance to win Stampede prizes, including ice seats to opening night!
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.