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Canaries fall one run short

May 26, 2006 - American Association (AA) - Sioux Falls Canaries News Release

Sioux Falls, SD - The Canaries fell one run short in a 9-8 loss to the St. Paul Saints on Thursday night at the Birdcage.

The Canaries (4-9) got on the board in the first when Edgard Clemente doubled and scored Chad Hermansen. Justin Schuda stepped up with two down and singled, to bring in Clemente and make it a 2-0 game.

The Saints (10-3) answered back in the top of the second. Rob Fischer hit his first home run of the season, a three run shot, bringing the Saints up 3-2.

The Saints gained more ground in the top of the third when Pat Scalabrini scored on a double by Brian Becker, and Becker scored on a double by Adam Olow.

The Canaries gained back momentum in the bottom of the third. Ralph Santana and Hermansen both got on with singles, Clemente got on base on balls to load the bases. Abner Arroyo singled to score Santana, and a throwing error by Saints shortstop Josh Renick allowed Hermansen to score making it 5-4. Schuda doubled and brought in Clemente and Arroyo, giving the Canaries back the lead 6-5. Schuda would later score on a single by Chris Hall for a 7-5 lead.

Fischer was hit by a pitch in the top of the fourth. He later scored off a single by Ivan Rodriguez, making the score 7-6 Canaries.

The Saints picked up the lead in the top of the fifth when Olow tripled and was singled home by Brian Sprout. With two on, Josh Renick tripled for a 9-7 Saints lead.

Aaron Garrison relieved starter Danny Valentin (0-1). Garrison kept it close throwing 4.2 shutout innings allowing two hits and one walk while striking out six.

The Canaries brought the game within a run in the eighth. Chris Hall got on via a wild pitch and was able to score on a second wild pitch, to close in on the Saints lead, 9-8.

The Canaries held the Saints in the ninth, but were not able to rally back for the win. Anthony Boughner (2-1) got the win for the Saints despite allowing seven runs. Valentin (0-1) took the loss. Matt Hammons recorded his second save of the year.

The Canaries hit on the road tomorrow for a three-game series at Lincoln. The team returns home next Wednesday night when they will host the Sioux City Explorers.

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