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Grand Prairie, TX – The Sioux Falls Canaries wrapped up a three-game sweep of the Texas AirHogs with a 5-2 win over Texas at AirHog Stadium, heading into the All-Star Break with a 29-32 record.
For the third-straight game, the Canaries took an early lead against Texas in the top of the first inning, this time on Jabari Henry’s solo home run. Henry’s homer, his 16th of the season, placed Henry in a tie for the American Association lead in home runs with Kansas City’s Kevin Keyes and Chris Jacobs.
The Birds added another run in the top of the second, and again in the top of the third.
Blake Schmit’s one-out triple in the top of the second put a runner at third for Aaron Gretz, who knocked Schmit home with a sacrifice fly.
And in the third, Brett Marr reached on an infield single to leadoff the frame, and with two outs, Ty Morrison extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a RBI double, scoring Marr from first to extend the Canaries lead to 3-1.
Joe Bircher gave up a run in the bottom of the second inning, but settled down after Trevor Sealey’s sacrifice fly, retiring nine of the next 10 batters, including two-straight 1-2-3 innings in the third and fourth.
The Canaries tacked on another run in the top of the fifth, taking advantage of two two-out walks with Morrison’s RBI single, scoring Dan Motl from second and extending the Birds’ lead to 4-1.
Michael Miller’s solo home run in the bottom of the seventh cut the Canaries lead to 4-2, but Bircher limited the damage to just one run, stranding a runner at first base.
But Trey Vavra gave the Canaries the run back in the top of the eighth, knocking in Jacobs from second on a pinch-hit RBI single.
Nicco Blank relieved Bircher in the eighth and allowed a leadoff walk to Casio Grider. But Blank stranded Grider at third with two strikeouts and a fly out to end the inning.
Bircher allowed two runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out two over seven innings pitched, bouncing back from a rough start against Fargo-Moorhead on July 18.
Bircher picks up the win for the Birds, and Jose Ortega the save, his 12th of the season, with a scoreless ninth. With the win, the Canaries move to 29-32 while the AirHogs fall to 25-36 with the loss.
The Canaries return home for the All-Star Break, and following the break, the Birds will be back at The Birdcage for a four-game homestand, starting Thursday at 7:05 PM with a three-game set against the Lincoln Saltdogs.
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.