Photo Credit: Betsy Bissen
Sioux Falls, SD – The Sioux Falls Canaries late rally fell just short against the Winnipeg Goldeyes and the Birds fell to the North Divison-leader, 9-7 at Sioux Falls Stadium.
A rough second half of the season continued for Bryce Morrow against the Goldeyes, as he exited after just four innings with the Birds trailing 9-0.
Andrew Sohn led off the top of the first with a single off Morrow and scored on Josh Romanski’s RBI double. Romaski came home on Shawn Pleffner’s two-run blast, giving the Goldeyes a 3-0 lead before the Birds even came to bat.
Morrow set Winnipeg down in order in the top of the second and looked to get out of the third unscathed after a 9-5-4 double play, but a run came home on a wild pitch to extend the Goldeyes’ lead to 4-0.
And a rough fourth inning did Morrow in, as all nine Goldeyes came to the plate and Winnipeg extended the lead with five runs on four hits to 9-0. Morrow allowed nine runs (seven earned) on nine hits while striking out six
Kevin McGovern faced the minimum against the Canaries through three innings of work, but the Canaries got on the board the second time through the order in the bottom of the fourth.
Trey Vavra, who subbed in for Dan Motl in the third, led off the inning with a triple and came around to score on Burt Reynolds’ RBI single. Ty Morrison followed with a single of his own to put runners on first and second, before a double-steal and a walk drawn by Jabari Henry loaded the bases for Tyler Wolfe.
Wolfe doubled, scoring two, and Patrick Fiala followed with a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to five.
An inning later, the Canaries loaded the bases again, but Henry popped out to leave all three runners on base. The Birds left six runners on base over the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings, though they did score another run in the bottom of the seventh.
Brett Marr walked to lead off the seventh before Reynolds knocked him home with another single, his fourth of the game.
Reynolds went 5-for-5 for the second straight nine, this time with a run scored and a RBI for the Birds. Dating back to Sunday’s matchup against the AirHogs, Reynolds is 10-for-10 with two doubles, a home run, four runs scored and two RBI.
On the mound, the Birds’ bullpen was impeccable in relief of Morrow, putting together five shutout innings against Winnipeg to keep their run total at 9.
Nicco Blank pitched a scoreless fifth, Andrew Woeck kept the Goldeyes off the board with a scoreless sixth, Bo Hellquist worked a scoreless seventh, James Jones struck out the side and didn’t allow a run in the eighth and Jose Ortega worked around two singles in a scoreless ninth.
And in the ninth, the Birds rallied against Mitchell Lambson for two runs on three hits, but left the game-tying run at first, falling to the Goldeyes, 9-7.
Morrow takes the loss for the Canaries, who fall to 33-40 on the season, while McGovern earns the win for the Goldeyes, who move to 44-30 on the year.
The Canaries continue their three-game series against the North Division-leading Winnipeg Goldeyes at Sioux Falls Stadium Tuesday night at 7:05 PM. RHP Grady Wood (5-2, 3.01 ERA) will take the mound for Sioux Falls, facing Winnipeg’s LHP Zack Dodson (5-4, 5.06 ERA)
Wednesday afternoon’s series finale will be a Discovery Learning Center Daycare Day Game. Gates open at 11:00 AM with first pitch scheduled for 12:05 PM at The Birdcage.
Be sure to save the date as well for the Birds' three-game homestand 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.