Sioux Falls, SD – The Sioux Falls Canaries gave up six unanswered runs over the final three frames, falling to the Lincoln Saltdogs, 8-4, in front of 4,137, the largest crowd of the season at Sioux Falls Stadium.
With three runs in the bottom of the first, the Canaries took an early lead against Carlos Pimentel and the Lincoln Saltdogs.
Dan Motl led off the bottom of the first with a single, stole second and advanced to third on an errant throw and scored on Jabari Henry’s RBI double. Ty Morrison followed Henry’s double with a walk, Chris Jacobs knocked in Henry from second with a RBI single and Burt Reynolds knocked in Morrison on a groundout to give the Birds a 3-0 lead.
Pimentel, though, settled down after a rough first inning against the Birds, retiring the next 14 batters, including eight via the strikeout.
On the hill for Sioux Falls, Grady Wood put together a quality start, allowing runs in the top of the second and fourth, but kept the Canaries in the lead.
Wood allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits over six innings pitched, walking two and striking out five.
In the bottom of the sixth, Ty Morrison extended the Birds’ lead to 4-2 with a solo home run off Pimentel, extending his hitting streak to 17 games, the longest active hitting streak in the American Association.
Jabari Henry and Chris Jacobs also extended their hitting streaks, Henry's now at 12 games with his first inning RBI double, and Jacobs to 9 with his first inning RBI single.
Morrison finished the day 1-for-2 with a home run, two walks and two runs scored. In total, the Canaries eked on just four runs on four hits, and eight total base runners against Saltdog pitching.
But the Saltdogs struck back with six unanswered runs against the Canaries bullpen in the top of the seventh and eighth to take a 7-4 lead.
Andrew Woeck retired the first two batters he faced in the top of the seventh, but a single and a double cut the Birds’ lead to 4-3.
In the top of the eighth, the first five batters reached against Dylan Thompson as the Saltdogs scored four runs in the inning on four hits and a walk to take a 7-4 lead.
And in the top of the ninth, the Saltdogs twice loaded the bases with nobody out against Nicco Blank and Bo Hellquist, tacking on one more to extend their lead to 8-4.
Thompson takes the loss for the Birds, who fall to 30-33 on the season. Shairon Martis picks up the win, his first of the season, for Lincoln, who move to an American Association-best, 40-23 on the year.
The Sioux Falls Canaries wrap up their three-game set against the Lincoln Saltdogs with the rubber match at 6:05 PM Saturday night at The Birdcage. RHP Troy Marks (3-5, 5.01 ERA) will take the hill for the Birds, facing Saltdogs’ RHP Brian McAfee (4-1, 1.54 ERA).
Saturday at The Birdcage is Christmas In July, presented by The Salvation Army Sioux Falls and 12th Street Auto Care Center. Players will wear special Christmas In July jersey's that will be raffled off during the game!
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.