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Birds Jump Back To First Place With Doubleheader Sweep at Lincoln

Lincoln, NE – The Sioux Falls Canaries swept a doubleheader at Lincoln on Saturday to once again claim the top record in the American Association. 

The Birds opened the day with a 1-0 victory behind six shutout innings from Ty Culbreth. The left-hander struck out six and earned his league-leading fourth win. Tate Meiners laced a two-out double in the seventh inning and scored on a single from Scott Combs that proved to be the difference. Charlie Hasty tossed a scoreless frame in the bottom half to collect his fourth save.

Sioux Falls scored five first inning runs en route to an 8-5 victory in the nightcap. Wyatt Ulrich was hit by a pitch to open the game before Jordan Barth blasted a two-run homerun. Liam Spence drew a walk and scored on an RBI double from Josh Rehwaldt. Trevor Achenbach drove in Rehwaldt with a single and Spencer Sarringar came in to score on a fielder’s choice. 

Lincoln got a run back in the bottom half on a sacrifice fly but Rehwaldt belted a solo homerun in the top of the second inning and Hunter Clanin raced home on a passed ball in the third. The Saltdogs, however, scored four unanswered runs and brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh before a double play ended the game.

The Canaries (16-9) will look to sweep the three-game series when the two teams meet on Sunday at 1:05pm.

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