Big Early Deficit Too Much For Canaries In Loss To Kansas City
PHOTO COURTESY RY TUPPER PHOTOGRAPHY
By Tyler Smith
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – An early lead, missed opportunities loomed large as Sioux Falls lost the series opener to Kansas City 8-4. After falling behind by as many as five runs in the first two innings, the game-tying run came to the plate twice in the eighth, but each time ended in a strikeout.
Sioux Falls fell behind 3-0 early after allowing three hits and an error in the first inning.
The Canaries responded in their half of the inning when Mike Hart scored on Jabari Henry’s RBI single.
Three more runs came across for the T-Bones in the second, all on home runs. Two scored via a Mason Davis homer, the third thanks to a solo shot from Colin Walsh. Sioux Falls again responded with a run in the bottom half when Hart drove in Mitch Glasser with an infield hit to put the score at 6-2.
A sacrifice fly in third gave Kansas City a 7-2 advantage, but Sioux Falls inched closer with a pair of runs in the sixth. Patrick Fiala and Mitch Glasser each singled home a run in the inning.
Alay Lago got a run back for Kansas City in the seventh, giving the T-Bones an 8-4 lead with a solo home run.
The Canaries loaded the bases with one out in the eighth, bringing up Hart as the tying run. But the Birds failed to score in the inning after Hart and David Bergin struck out.
ODDS AND ENDS
Sioux Falls struck out just two batters in Tuesday’s game, the fourth time this season with two or fewer punchouts in a game … Sioux Falls dropped to 2-9 when opponents hit multiple home runs, and 1-2 when the opponent hits three or more … Sioux Falls is 3-5 with Miles Nordgren on the mound this year … the Canaries moved to 8-10 when they score in three separate innings.
Sioux Falls and Kansas City return to the Birdcage Wednesday night at 7:05. Birds fans can get tickets at the Sioux Falls Stadium box office or by calling 336-6060.
PITCHERS OF RECORD
W – Irvine (5-2)
L – Nordgren (0-4)
Top 1st – Colin Walsh advances on a fielder’s choice (Dylan Tice scores) 1-0 Kansas City; Adrian Nieto advances on a fielder’s choice (Mason Davis scores) 2-0 Kansas City; Alay Lago singles (Colin Walsh scores) 3-0 Kansas City.
Bot 1st – Jabari Henry singles (Mike Hart scores) 3-1 Kansas City.
Top 2nd – Mason Davis two-run home run (Dylan Tice scores) 5-1 Kansas City; Colin Walsh solo home run, 6-1 Kansas City.
Bot 2nd – Mike Hart singles (Mitch Glasser scores) 6-2 Kansas City.
Top 3rd – Mason Davis sacrifice fly (Logan Moon scores) 7-2 Kansas City.
Bot 6th – Patrick Fiala singles (Maxx Garrett scores) 7-3 Kansas City; Mitch Glasser singles (Patrick Fiala scores) 7-4 Kansas City.
Top 7th – Alay Lago solo home run, 8-4 Kansas City.