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Canaries Magic Number 1

Sioux Falls, SD – Canaries looked to clinch a playoff spot for the first time since 2020 as right-hander Seth Miller took the mound against the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Miller was coming off pitching a complete game shutout against Sioux City and was facing Landen Bourassa who was on a 6-start win streak, including shutting out the Canaries over eight innings back in Winnipeg his last start.

It was an offensive explosion on both sides as Winnipeg jumped out to an early 4-1 lead after the second, however Sioux Falls answered back as Jabari Henry and Darnell Sweeney hit a pair of two-run home runs in the bottom of the third to retake the lead 5-4. 

The Goldeyes had five straight reach in the fifth inning, and Miller was pulled in favor of lefty Beaux Bonvilliain. Bonvillain allowed two runners to score off a bases loaded hit by pitch followed by a sacrifice fly.

Sioux Falls tried to regain momentum as Henry and Hart reached base in the bottom of the fifth. Trevor Achenbach singled in Henry but Hart was thrown out from centerfield trying to score. Hunter Clanin drove in Achenbach but he was thrown out at second trying to steal, ending the rally at a 7-7 tie.

Winnipeg proceeded to score four more times in the top of the sixth, capped off by first baseman Tommy McCarthy hitting his first professional home run, and his first home run since 2019 in his senior year at the College of New Jersey.

Mike Hart hit his own two run blast in the bottom of the seventh, but the bullpen sealed the deal for the Goldeyes from then on as Josh Vincent collected the two-inning save as Winnipeg ultimately won 11-9.

The Canaries magic number is at one after Cleburne and Lincoln split a doubleheader on Tuesday. The Canaries can clinch a playoff spot for the first time in a full 100 game season since 2010 and their first postseason birth since 2020.

Mitchell Walters gets the ball for the Canaries in the final home game of the season on Wednesday and he’ll face Luis Ramirez for Winnipeg. Game starts at 6:35pm.

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