Rosemont, Ill.— Shawon Dunston Jr. collected his first hit as a Chicago Dog on a swinging bunt single to score Michael Baca and walk off the Sioux Falls Canaries 1-0 in eleven innings Tuesday night at Impact Field.
In a game littered with baserunners for both sides, Chicago finally plated the game’s lone run when Dunston Jr. hit a dribbler up the first base line. With Baca charging from third base on contact, Sioux Falls first baseman Chris Jacobs fielded the ball but made no attempt at a throw to any base as the Dogs picked up the first walk-off victory and first shutout in franchise history.
Baca led the inning off with a double—the fifth straight inning in which the Dogs boarded a lead-off baserunner—and then advanced to third base on a successful sacrifice from Wilfredo Rodriguez. Rodriguez dropped down a bunt in front of home plate, and Sioux Falls reliever Trevor Jaunich elected for the out at third, but was too late on the throw causing both runners to be safe. After a mound visit, Jaunich allowed the walk-off hit to Dunston Jr. three pitches later.
Despite the game seeing just one tally, only two of the 22 half-innings worked by the two staffs went in one-two-three fashion. Chicago left 13 men on base, while Sioux Falls left 11.
The closest Sioux Falls came to scoring in the game took place in the top of the tenth inning when center fielder Dan Motl led off the frame with a triple. With the infield playing in, Blake Schmit then lined out to a diving Chicago second baseman Edwin Arroyo, and Dogs right-hander Kaohi Downing struck out Burt Reynolds and Chris Jacobs swinging to escape the jam.
Both starting pitchers turned in six shutout innings. Scott Barnes became just the third Dogs starter to toss at least six frames this year, striking out five and allowing just two hits. Miles Nordgren allowed three hits and struck out two in his six shoutout frames.
Locked in a battle of the bullpens, Chicago received scoreless frames from Brandon Shimo, Downing, and Tyson Perez, and two shutout frames from Taylor Grover. Perez earned the win—his first of the season.
Sioux Falls relievers Cesilio Pimentel and Kyle Schepel combined for three scoreless frames before Jaunich allowed one run over two innings and took the loss.
The two teams will play the rubber match of their three-game set Wednesday at Impact Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast at www.thechicagodogs.com/broadcasts/ with the Crowne Plaza Pregame Show beginning at 6:45 p.m.