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WINNIPEG, MB – The Sioux Falls Canaries battled back from an early five-run deficit on Wednesday afternoon, but the comeback effort fell short for a second consecutive day with the Birds losing by the final score of 5-4 at Winnipeg's Shaw Park.
Canaries starting pitcher Bryce Morrow (0-1) labored through his third start of the season, allowing five runs on nine hits while striking out three batters over four innings of work. The right-hander allowed three runs on four hits in the bottom of the 1st inning, and never fully recovered, eventually suffering his first loss of the season.
The bullpen helped keep the Canaries in the ballgame, with Dylan Thompson and Jose Ortega combining to toss four shutout innings. Thompson entered the game in the bottom of the 5th inning, retiring nine of the eleven batters faces. Ortega gave up a soft infield single to Wes Darvill to lead off the bottom of the 8th inning before retiring the next three Goldeyes batters.
Winnipeg’s starting pitcher Zach Nuding (1-1) picked up his first victory of the season after holding the Canaries to three runs on four hits over six innings of work. The veteran right-hander cruised through his first five innings, holding the Sioux Falls offense scoreless while allowing just one hit.
The Birds got to Nuding in the top of the 6th inning after Dan Motl led off the frame with an double down the right-field line. Motl scored the first Canaries run two batters later when BJ Guinn dropped in an RBI single. Ty Morrison made it a 5-3 ball game two batters later when he blasted a two-run homer over the right field wall.
The Birds got a lead-off single from Aaron Gretz to start the top of the 7th inning, and a double from Mike Falsetti before Motl made it a one-run game with an RBI sac-fly to right.
The Birds went quietly in the 8th inning, but mounted one last comeback effort in the top of the 9th inning. Patrick Fiala led off the inning with a sharp single into left-field and Falsetti worked his way on base with a one-out walk, putting the potential tying run in scoring position. Burt Reynolds flew out to deep left-field in a pinch-hit at-bat before Motl struck out to end the ball game.
Morrison finished the afternoon 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. The first year Canary has now hit safely in five straight games, going 7-for-21 with three doubles, two homeruns and four RBI during that stretch.
Motl had his best day in a Canaries uniform, going 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in the loss.
The series wraps up on Thursday night with a 7:0 5 p.m. first pitch scheduled in Winnipeg. RHP Grady Wood (0-0, 4.90 ERA) will take the mound for the Birds in search of his first win of the season. Fans can listen to all of the action starting at 6:45 p.m. on Sioux Falls Sports Radio, AM-1230, FM-98.1 KWSN.
The Canaries return home on Friday, June 2nd when they open up a three-game series against the Kansas City T-Bones. Be sure to stick around after the game for the first Friday Night All-Star Fireworks Spectacular, presented by the Orthopedic Institute and Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital.
For more information about season tickets and corporate opportunities, call the Canaries ticket office at (605) 336-6060 or visit www.sfcanaries.com.