Explorers Sneak By Canaries Late
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Photo: Erin Bormett / Sioux Falls Canaries
SIOUX CITY, IOWA -- The Sioux Falls Canaries lost another chapter of the I-29 rivalry on Saturday night in Sioux City.
The Birds (28-32) led at the seventh-inning stretch, but two late runs gave the Sioux City Explorers (31-29) a 4-3 win.
The defeat marks the Canaries' fifth one-run loss in the last nine days. The Birds will look to salvage the last game of the series on Sunday afternoon.
Sioux Falls took an early lead, scoring two in the second on RBI singles from Mitch Glasser and Brett Vertigan. Five scoreless innings from Birds ace of staff Taylor Hill kept the 2-0 lead intact.
Sioux City responded in the sixth. Kyle Wren led off the inning with a double, and Nate Samson drove him in with an RBI single two batters later. Samson stole second, moved to third on a flyout, and scored the tying run on a wild pitch from Hill.
The Canaries retook the lead in the seventh on an RBI single from Mitch Glasser. Sioux City tied the game up again in the seventh with back-to-back doubles, the second from Adam Sasser.
Hill allowed three runs in 6.1 innings of work, walking one and striking out five. It was the first time Hill had allowed more than two earned runs in a start since opening night at Cleburne on May 26.
Sioux City scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning off Birds reliever Sam Bragg. Nate Samson doubled to lead off the inning, and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Drew Stankiewicz.
The Canaries went down in order in the ninth.
The final game of the rivals' series is set for Sunday afternoon at 4:02 p.m. Mark Seyler will start for the Canaires; Taylor Jordan will get the ball for Sioux City. Birds fans can listen to the game on Sioux Falls Sports Radio 98.1 FM and AM 1230 KWSN.