Blackwell's No-Hit Bid Goes By The Wayside In Canaries 4-2 Loss
SIOUX FALLS,SD—Sioux Falls Canaries starting pitcher Shawn Blackwell took a no-hit bid into the top of the sixth inning on Tuesday Night, but allowed three runs in the inning, and suffered his third loss of the season as the Birds fell to the Grand Prairie AirHogs by the final score of 4-2 at Sioux Falls Stadium.
Blackwell (1-3, 2.74ERA) was just two batters over the minimum over his first five innings, but walked a batter and hit another, before Grand Prairie’s third baseman, Josh Eatherly slapped a single past Canaries shortstop, Jerome Pena to break up the no-hit bid. The second run of the inning scored on a passed ball to the backstop, before cleanup hitter Victor Diaz doubled in the eventual winning run on a shot off the center field wall.
Pena got the Birds’ back on the come-back trail with a leadoff walk in the bottom of the eight, and later scored on a Richard Stock RBI single into right, but Brian Humphries flew out to shallow left, leaving the tying run on base to end the inning.
The Canaries threatened again in the bottom of the ninth, with walks from Pena and catcher Tyler Shover, but left both runners in scoring position with second baseman Michael Wing popping out to end the game.
Stock extended his season best, 11-game hitting streak with a two-out single in the 4th inning, and finished the night 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Stock continues to pace the Canaries offense in 2015, leading the team in average (.338), doubles (7), homeruns (2), and RBI’s (14).
Grand Prairie’s starting pitcher T.J. Bozeman (1-1, 2.05 ERA) earned his first win of the 2015 season, after allowing one run on six hits over seven innings of work. Closer TyRelle Harris picked up his second save of the year after allowing one run, on two hits, over his two innings of work.
The Canaries will look to wrap up the series on Wednesday afternoon, in the first day game of the 2015 season, sponsored by Discovery Learning Center. LHP Joe Bircher (1-1, 1.77 ERA) toes the rubber for the Canaries against AirHogs LHP Bennett Whitmore (0-2, 6.88 ERA) in the series finale. Gates open at 11:00 AM on Wednesday morning, with first pitch schedule for 12:05 PM.
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