Canaries Lose In Extra-Innings On Saturday
Photo Courtesy: Dan LeMoal
SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Sioux Falls Canaries battled back from a four-run deficit to force extra innings on Saturday night, but the Kansas City T-Bones out lasted the Birds, winning by the final score of 8-7 at Sioux Falls Stadium.
The Canaries held a 3-1 lead going into the top of the 5th inning before the T-Bones exploded for five runs. Starting pitcher Miles Nordgren gave up a pair of singles before loading the bases with a one-out walk, setting up a Zach Walters grand-slam. Chase McDonald followed that up with a solo home run to give K.C. a 7-3 lead.
Burt Reynold lead off the bottom of the 5th inning with his second home run of the night to help get the Birds back into the ball-game.
The Canaries struck again in the bottom of the 8th inning when Blake Schmit roped a one-out single and later scored on a Aaron Gretz RBI triple to make it 7-5. The Birds trailed by two runs going into the bottom of the 9th inning, but tied the game up after working their way on base with five walks, including a pair of bases-loaded walks from Schmit and Gretz to force extra innings.
The game would stay tied at 7-7 until the top of the 11th inning, when The T-Bones brought home the eventual game winning run on a bases-loaded infield single from Marcus Lemon.
Relief pitcher Josh Ferrell (1-2) suffered the loss after allowing one run on three hits over one inning of work. Kansas City’s relief pitcher, Rich Mascheri (2-0) earned the victory after holding the Canaries offense scoreless on one hit over the final 2 1/3 innings in relief.
Reynolds broke through with his best offensive game of the season for the Birds. He finished the night going 3-for-5 with two home runs, two RBI and three runs scored. Gretz also had his best night of the season, finishing 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI.
The Canaries will send out left-hander Joe Bircher to pitch in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at 4:05 PM. Bircher (1-2) will make his fourth start of the year, and his second at home this season.
Bring your student ID out to the Birdcage on Sunday afternoon and receive $5 general admission tickets. Fans will also have a chance to play catch out on the field from 3- 3:30 PM before first pitch at 4:05 PM on Sunday. Be sure to stick around after the ball game for an autograph session with your favorite Canaries players and coaches. Kids will also be able to run the bases after the game.
For more information about season tickets and corporate opportunities, call the Canaries ticket office at (605) 336-6060 or visit www.sfcanaries.com.