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Birds Offense Stymied In Loss To Sioux City
PHOTO: Ry Tupper Photography
Even the league's best offense can have an off night. That's what happened for the Sioux Falls Canaries (18-15) in a 4-0 loss to the Sioux City Explorers Friday at Mercy Field.
Taylor Jordan pitched a complete-game three-hit shutout for Sioux City (18-17), his second shutout of the year.
It was just the second time the Canaries (18-15) offense has been shut out this season, and the first time they'd been held scoreless over a nine-inning game.
The Canaries managed just one hit over Jordan's six innings. It came via a fourth-inning single from Alay Lago, extending his hitting streak to a league-best 19 games.
Canaries starter Keaton Steele matched Jordan's scoreless effort for the first four innings, but the Explorers broke through in the fifth. Sioux City knocked five hits in six batters, scoring four runs in the inning.
Steele went six innings for Sioux Falls, allowing four runs on eight hits. He struck out four without walking a batter.
The Canaries threatened in the eighth, putting two on with no one out. But an Andrew Ely double-play ball deflated the Birds' momentum, and they didn't score.
Spencer Herrmann and Reilly Hovis pitched the seventh and eighth innings respectively for Sioux Falls. Neither allowed a run; Hovis struck out two.
Game two of the I-29 rivalry series is set for Saturday at 6:05 p.m. Lefty Will Solomon will start in his Canaries debut; the Explorers will counter with righty Jason Garcia. Birds fans can listen to the game on Sioux Falls Sports Radio 98.1 FM and AM 1230 KWSN and kwsn.com.