Photo Credit: Dennis Hubbard
SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Sioux Falls Canaries came from behind to defeat the Winnipeg Goldeyes (41-30) by a score of 8-6 at Sioux Falls Stadium Thursday afternoon.
The Goldeyes took a 1-0 lead just three batters into the ballgame when Raul Navarro singled down the right field line to drive in Eric Rivera. Navarro has now hit safely in 24 consecutive games.
Winnipeg increased their lead to 4-0 in the top of the fourth inning. First Kevin Lachance doubled to right-centre field to bring in Reggie Pruitt Jr. One pitch later Deon Stafford Jr. crushed a two-run home run to left field.
Sioux Falls (27-42) evened the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth. Zane Gurwitz hit a two-run double to left field that plated Shamoy Christopher and Nick Gotta. Angelo Altavilla then came home on a fielder’s choice before Trey Michalczewski doubled in Gurwitz to tie the game.
The Goldeyes re-took the lead in their next at-bat. Lachance hit a solo home run to left field – his seventh extra-base hit in four games – to make it 5-4, then Stafford scored on a throwing error to give Winnipeg a two-run advantage.
The Canaries however, scored four more in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double off the wall in left field by Altavilla that brought Kona Quiggle around and a three-run home run down the right field line off the bat of Gavin LaValley that gave the hosts an 8-6 lead.
Neither starter figured in the decision. Sioux Falls reliever Nate Garkow (1-0) was awarded the win, allowing one hit in one inning of work, while Mitchell Walters pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his fourth save of the season.
Jhon Vargas (3-1) was charged with the loss. He surrendered four runs on five hits over two innings.
Winnipeg now travels to Franklin, Wisconsin to meet the Milwaukee Milkmen for the first time this season. Friday’s game gets underway at 6:35 p.m. from Franklin Field. Landen Bourassa (3-3, 4.14) will start for Winnipeg. Milwaukee has not announced their rotation. All the action can be heard locally on CJNU 93.7 FM and worldwide at cjnu.ca.
The Goldeyes return home to Shaw Park on Monday at 6:30 p.m. when Milwaukee visits Winnipeg to continue what will be six straight games between the two clubs.
For information on Winnipeg Goldeyes’ 2022 season tickets, group outings, and 10-game mini packs, visit the Goldeyes’ official website at Goldeyes.com.