Bergin’s Five-Hit Night Powers Canaries To Win Over Goldeyes
Photo courtesy Ry Tupper Photography
By Tyler Smith
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls Canaries caught fire offensively on a damp Tuesday evening, taking the middle game of three against Winnipeg 7-4. The Canaries put up a season-high 17 hits on Tuesday, including a pair of perfect nights from David Bergin and Jordan Smith.
The Canaries offense finally found some consistency, scoring in five of the first six innings. David Bergin doubled in the second, extending his hitting streak to 15 games. Bergin came around to score on a Jabari Henry single. Mitch Glasser scored Henry on a sacrifice fly to give the Canaries an early 2-0 lead.
The Canaries scored a run in each of the next three innings, all on RBI singles. Bergin drove in Chris Grayson in the third, Jordan Smith singled home Jordan Dean in the fourth and Glasser earned his second RBI of the night with a single that scored Bergin. That gave Sioux Falls a 5-0 lead after five innings of play. Smith finished the game 4-for-4.
While the Sioux Falls offense put some runs up on the board, Jake Esch was preventing any Goldeye batter from reaching base. He was perfect through 3.2, when Reggie Abercrombie broke the perfect game bid with a single. It was the only baserunner Esch would allow in the first five innings.
Esch ran into trouble in the sixth, allowing three unearned runs. A walk and an error put two men on for the first time in the game for the visitors. A sacrifice fly from Matt McCann brought in Tyler Baker, then Reggie Abercrombie put two more on the board with his sixth home run of the season, cutting the deficit to two.
Bergin continued his excellent night at the dish in the bottom of the sixth, knocking a two-run single to extending the Canaries’ lead to 7-3. Bergin finished 5-for-5, the first five-hit game recorded by a Sioux Falls Canary this year.
Winnipeg got one run back with a solo home run from Grant Heyman in the ninth, but Sioux Falls held on to win.
ODDS AND ENDS
David Bergin’s five-hit night is the most hits by a Sioux Falls player this season, also improving his hitting streak to 15 games … the Canaries’ 17 hits was the most they have put up this season, 16 of which came on singles, another season-best statistic … Sioux Falls scored in five innings on Tuesday, the fifth time this season they have accomplished that feat, now 4-1 in those games … Tuesday marked the first night that two Sioux Falls players have had four or more hits in the same game … Sioux Falls is 12-9 when playing in middle games of series.
Tonight’s victory sets up a rubber game for Thursday evening between Sioux Falls and Winnipeg. First pitch is set 7:05 p.m. Birds fans can get ticket information at the Sioux Falls Stadium box office or by calling 336-6060.
PITCHERS OF RECORD
W – Esch (5-4)
L – Harmon (4-7)
Bot 2nd – Jabari Henry singles (David Bergin scores) 1-0 Sioux Falls; Mitch Glasser sacrifice fly (Jabari Henry scores) 2-0 Sioux Falls.
Bot 3rd – David Bergin singles (Chris Grayson scores) 3-0 Sioux Falls.
Bot 4th – Jordan Smith singles (Jordan Dean scores) 4-0 Sioux Falls.
Bot 5th – Mitch Glasser singles (David Bergin scores) 5-0 Sioux Falls.
Top 6th – Matt McCann sacrifice fly (Tyler Baker scores) 5-1 Sioux Falls; Reggie Abercrombie two-run home run (Tucker Nathans scores) 5-3 Sioux Falls.
Bot 6th – David Bergin singles (Dan Motl and Jordan Smith score) 7-3 Sioux Falls.
Top 9th – Grant Heyman solo home run, 7-4 Sioux Falls.