Birds Stumble In Series Finale At T-Bones
Photo Courtesy Ry Tupper Photography
The Sioux Falls Canaries fell in a tight one to the Kansas City T-Bones on Wednesday, losing 3-2.
Nick Torres hit a home run in the sixth inning off of Canaries reliever Tyler Wolfe to provide the winning margin. The Birds finished their longest road trip of the season at 5-4 with the loss.
The Birds scored first in the contest in the second inning. Chris Grayson led off the frame with a double, and stole third a few pitches later. Maxx Garrett followed him with a double of his own, giving the Birds a 1-0 lead.
Canaries starter Kevin Folman cruised through his first four innings, allowing only one baserunner and throwing just 45 pitches.
He ran into trouble in the fifth, allowing a leadoff double to Taylor Featherston to start the frame. The next hitter, Keith Curcio, hit a ground ball to first. Birds first baseman Chris Grayson misplayed it, allowing Featherston to score from second on the error and tie the game at 1.
Two batters later, Tucker Pennell drove in Curcio with an RBI single, giving Kansas City a 2-1 lead.
The Birds got the run right back in the sixth on an RBI single from Mitch Glasser. Garrett scored the run for Sioux Falls. He reached base three times in for appearances on the game.
Canaries manager Mike Meyer decided to pull Folman from the game after five for reliever Tyler Wolfe. The first batter Wolfe faced was Torres, who homered to right to give the T-Bones the lead.
The Canaries only managed one baserunner over the final three innings. Carlos Diaz worked a 1-2-3 ninth for Kansas City to earn his eighth save of the year.
The Birds have Thursday off before returning home Friday to take on the division-leading Gary SouthShore RailCats from Sioux Falls Stadium. Friday is Marines Night at the Birdcage, and features postgame fireworks from All Star Fireworks presented by Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. Birds fans can get tickets at the stadium box office or by calling 336-6060.