Sioux Falls S.D. – The Dogs stranded nine men on base, including five in the final three innings, and fell to the Sioux Falls Canaries 3-1 Wednesday afternoon at Sioux Falls Stadium.
Chicago received a quality start from Michael Wagner, who went seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, but was out-dueled by Sioux Falls southpaw Cesilio Pimentel. Pimentel pitched six and one-third innings in his second start of the season, allowing just one run on seven hits. Pimentel earned the win in his first decision of the year, while Wagner took the loss, dropping him to 0-3.
Chicago struck first in the game thanks to a Jonathan Moroney lead-off triple in the top of the second inning. The hit was just the second three-bagger of the season for the Dogs. Matt Dean then drove Moroney in with a sacrifice fly for his tenth RBI of the year.
Once again, the fifth inning proved to be the trouble spot for Chicago pitching. Patrick Fiala blooped a two-run double down the right field line to score two Sioux Falls runs in the bottom of the fifth frame and push Sioux Falls in front 3-1. The hit was just the second of the extra-base variety on the year for Fiala.
Chicago has now been outscored 33-6 in the fifth inning of games this year.
Wagner would then work scoreless seventh and eighth frames, to keep the deficit at two runs for Chicago.
The Dogs placed a man a second base with nobody out in both the seventh and eighth innings, but could not score in either frame. James Jones worked the ninth for Sioux Falls, stranding two more men on base after a two-out Burt Reynolds error prolonged the frame. Jones earned the save, his fifth of the season.
The loss drops Chicago to 6-18 while Sioux Falls moves to 9-15. The two teams will conclude their four game set Thursday night at Sioux Falls Stadium. Left-hander Kylin Turnbull will start for the Dogs, while Joe Bircher gets the nod for the Canaries.
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.