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Kansas City clip the birds 9-6 in Sioux Falls

08/02/2018 10:25 PM -

SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Kansas City T-Bones started slow, but storm back to take out the Sioux Falls Canaries 9-6 to sweep the three game series. After trailing by three runs in the first, the T-Bones offence erupted for 15 hits and nine runs.  Noah Perio Jr. was the catalyst for Kansas City, going three for four with four RBI’s on the night.

The T-Bones Sioux Falls jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. With one out, Mason Davis advanced to first on a single and later reached second due to a pitching error. Todd Cunningham hit a fly out to center field that helped advance Davis to third. With two outs, John Straka sailed a pitcher to the backstop allowing Davis to charge home from third to score the first run of the game. Kansas City took a one run lead to the bottom half of the first.

The Canaries bounced back in a big way scoring four first inning runs of their own. Mike Hart and Jabari Henry started the four-run inning with a pair of singles to put runners at first and second with one out. Chris Grayson put Sioux Falls on the board slicing an RBI single scoring Hart and advancing Henry to second. A wild pitch to Jordan Dean send Henry to third and Grayson to second, putting both runners in scoring position. Dean kept the line moving for the Canaries, hitting another single, allowing Henry and Grayson to touch home plate. Dean would later go on to score on a 6-3 put out, putting the Canaries up 4-1 after an exciting first inning.

Back-to-back walks by Cunningham and Colin Walsh started the scoring threat for Kansas City in the third inning. Noah Perio Jr. knocked a single to load the bases for Alay Lago with no outs. Lago sliced a single that scored Cunningham from third, cutting into the Canaries lead at 4-2.

In the top of the fifth, Cunningham hit a single to start an explosive inning. Colin Walsh hit a double to put runners on second and third to put Kansas City in scoring position. Perio Jr. hits single for the third consecutive hit, scoring Cunningham and sending Walsh to third. With two runners on, Keith Curcio crushes a bases clearing homerun to take the lead from the Canaries, 6-4.

Sioux Falls was able to manufacture a run in the bottom of the fifth. Jordan Smith hit a single to advance to first. He stole second and reached third on an error by the catcher. Smith scored on a sacrifice fly by Mitch Glasser to put the Canaries within a run of Kansas City.

Crucial walks by Sioux Falls in the eighth helped the T-Bones run away with the game. Dylan Tice reached first on a walk, but was later put out after Davis hit into a 4-6-3 double play. Back-to-back walks to Cunningham and Walsh set up Perio Jr for a three-run homerun to extend the lead to 9-4 heading into the ninth.

The Canaries fought hard, scoring a late inning run, but were taken out by the T-Bones by a final score of 9-6.

Despite a rough first inning by Barret Astin (8-3) would settle down and is credited with his team best eighth win on the season. Astin pitched six innings allowing five runs on seven hits. John Straka (1-4) pitched four and two thirds innings allowing six runs, five earned on 12 hits. Straka is credited as the losing pitcher.

After the win, Kansas City wins their third straight game improving to 46-23 on the season. The T-Bones sit firmly in second place in the South Division 6.5 games behind the league’s best Sioux City Explorers (53-17). The Canaries lose their eighth straight game and fall to 26-43 on the season. Sioux Falls sits in last place in the North Division 14.5 games back of the first place Gary SouthShore RailCats (40-28). The T-Bones complete the series sweep of the Canaries and head to St. Paul for a three-game series with the third place Saints at 7:05 p.m. at CHS Field. The game can be heard on the T-Bones Broadcast Network. 

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