Photo Credit: The Northern Battery
Sioux Falls, SD – Behind a three-run sixth inning, the Sioux Falls Canaries defeated the Lincoln Saltdogs, 6-4, in front of a crowd of 2,643 at Sioux Falls Stadium to extend their winning streak to four games.
The Saltdogs struck first in the top of the first inning on Curt Smith’s broken-bat RBI single, but the Canaries fought right back to tie the game in the bottom of the frame.
Ty Morrison reached first with two outs on catcher’s interference, moved up to second on Chris Jacobs’ walk and came around to score on a double steal, tying the game at one run apiece.
The Saltdogs added a run in the top of the second off Bryce Morrow, once again coming with two outs, but the Canaries again tied things up in the bottom of the frame.
A walk and a hit-by-pitch followed by Brett Marr’s sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third before Dan Motl’s RBI groundout tied the game at two.
And after Morrow kept Lincoln off the board with in the top of the third, the Birds came back to take the lead against Robby Rowland in the bottom of the third.
Jacobs laced a double into deep left-center to put a runner in scoring position for Burt Reynolds, who gave Sioux Falls a 3-2 lead with his RBI single.
Morrow worked a 1-2-3 frame in the top of the fourth, but Saltdogs strung three hits together against the Canaries starter in the top of the fifth to tie the game at five.
Morrow finished with a no-decision, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits, walking one and striking out three over 5.0 innings of work.
James Jones relieved Morrow and worked a scoreless sixth, before the Birds plated three in the bottom of the inning, taking a 6-3 lead.
In his first game since being activated off the disabled list, Patrick Fiala’s one-out double gave the Birds a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the sixth. A batter later, Dan Motl tripled off the right field wall to score Fiala from second and give the Canaries a 4-3 lead.
Jabari Henry walked to put runners on the corners, and a passed ball with Morrison at the plate allowed Motl to score and moved Henry up to second. And Ty Morrison knocked in Henry with a RBI single to extend the Birds’ lead to 6-3.
With Morrison’s sixth inning single, the Canaries OF extended his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest active hitting streak in the American Association.
Jones continued his relief appearances with scoreless seventh and the Canaries’ lone All-Star, Dylan Thompson, worked a scoreless eighth to send the Birds to the ninth with a 6-3 lead.
Jose Ortega got into trouble in the top of the ninth, allowing one run on two hits, but with runners on first and second, Ortega got Brandon Jacobs to fly out to right field to end the threat and give the Birds a 6-4 victory.
Jones picks up the win for the Birds, his second of the year, while Ortega earns his 13th save of the season. With the win, the Canaries move to 30-32 on the season. For the Saltdogs, Fabio Martinez takes the loss, who drop to 39-23 on the season.
The Sioux Falls Canaries continue their three-game set against the Lincoln Saltdogs at 7:05 PM Friday night at The Birdcage. RHP Grady Wood (5-2, 2.79 ERA) will take the hill for the Birds, facing Saltdogs’ RHP Carlos Pimentel (6-4, 4.64 ERA).
Friday night is Faith & Family Night at the Birdcage! Restoration Generation will be on hand for a non-denominational night of "Faith Based Fun". There will be player testimonials, a post-game devotional from Tom Henderson and fans will also be able to receive a FREE copy of Tom Henderson's book, Heart Not Hype.
Be sure to save the date as well for the Birds’ three-game home stand against the Salina Stockade August 18-20, as Sunday’s matchup has been moved from a 12:05 PM to a 4:05 PM start. For information on single-game tickets, contact the Canaries Ticket Office at (605) 336-6060 or visit sfcanaries.com for more information.