Canaries Rally in Ninth Falls Short in Loss to Explorers
SIOUX CITY – The Sioux Falls Canaries scored twice in the ninth but fell 7-6 in the second game of their four-game set at Lewis and Clark Park Tuesday. The Birds and Explorers continue the series Wednesday at 7:05 pm.
Jabari Henry hit a two-run home run, and Cade Gotta finished with three hits in the loss. Gotta stole home on a daring play in the fifth to even the contest at 4-4. The X’s tagged starter Tyler Garkow and relief man Jackson Maynard for three runs in the seventh to reassume the lead.
The Canaries scored twice in the ninth on an RBI base hit by Cade Gotta and a sacrifice fly from Nick Gotta. Cade was stranded on second to end the contest.
Garkow (2-5) matched a season-high with ten strikeouts. He allowed four runs in the first but held the X’s scoreless in the second through the sixth to give the Birds a chance to get back in the game.
Matt Quintana (3-0) earned the win for Sioux City by firing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief in support of starter Patrick Ledet. Nate Gercken earned his first save of the season despite allowing the two ninth inning runs.
The Canaries (20-30) and Explorers (28-23) meet again tomorrow at 7:05 pm. RHP Angel Ventura (3-5, 6.75 ERA) will get the start for the Birds vs. RHP Joe Riley (2-2, 6.75 ERA) for the Explorers. A live stream of the game will be available on Fox Sports 98.1 FM and via American Association Baseball TV.
The Canaries return to The Birdcage for Space Jam Night at 7:05 July 16th vs. Lincoln. For more information on the Canaries, follow the team on Twitter @canaries. To purchase tickets and for all other team information, visit sfcanaries.com. Media contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Joey Zanaboni, Sioux Falls Canaries