Miles Nordgren Blanks Saints as Canaries Win 7-0

Miles Nordgren Blanks Saints, as Canaries Win 7-0It isn’t often that you see someone outduel St. Paul Saints ace Mark Hamburger, but that is exactly what Sioux Falls Canaries starter Mile Nordgren did on this night. The right-hander dominated this game, allowing a hit in the first and third, and then setting down all but one of the last 22 batters he faced as the Canaries won 7-0. Burt Reynolds had a grand slam to pace the offense, and Patrick Fiala added his fourth homer of the year.

Following a scoreless first, the Sioux Falls Canaries were able to take a commanding lead in the second. Brandon Jacobs singled into left field to start the inning. Two batters later, Patrick Fiala lined a double down the line in left that moved Jacobs into third. Aaron Gretz worked the count full, fouling off two pitches to stay alive, before drawing a walk. Hamburger struck out Blake Schmit, but walked Dan Motl on a 3-2 pitch to drive home a run to give the Canaries the 1-0 lead. Ty Morrison was then hit by a pitch to drive home another run. That brought Burt Reynolds to the plate, who crushed a 1-1 offering over the wall in left-center for a grand slam. His 11th homer of the year made it 6-0.

Miles Nordgren: W (5-5), CG Shutout, 2-H, 2-BB, 3-K

It would stay that way until the fifth when Sioux Falls extended their lead to seven. With one down, Fiala hit his fourth homer of the year to make it 7-0.

That was way more than enough support for Miles (5-5) Nordgren on this night. The right-hander went the distance for his second complete game of the year and his first shutout. He gave up a leadoff single to Tim Colwell in the first and leadoff hit in the third to Maxx Garrett. He then set down 21 of the next 22 batters he faced, walking 2 in the game while striking out 3.

Burt Reynolds had the big hit in the contest, going 1-4 with a run and 4-RBI. Patrick Fiala was 2-4, scored 2-runs and had an RBI.

Game 2 of this four-game series is set for tomorrow evening. Joe Bircher (4-5, 4.37) will go for Sioux Falls. St. Paul has not named their starter. First pitch is 7:05.

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By Robert Pannier

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