Six Run Fourth Pushes Dogs to Series Victory
Rosemont, Ill. - A six run bottom of the fourth, and a single-game franchise record nine extra-base hits propelled the Dogs to a series victory as they defeated the Sioux Falls Canaries 9-3 Sunday at Impact Field.
Chicago scored early and often Sunday pounding out nine runs and 12 hits in their first four innings at the plate.
Before Chicago's offensive outburst, Sioux Falls opened the door with missed opportunities of their own in their first two innings at the plate. Dogs starter Trevor Simms, making his first start for Chicago, allowed a walk and hit a batter to begin the top of the first. Simms induced a pop out and struck out a pair to escape the jam.
In the top of the second, the Canaries again put the first two men on base via a walk and a hit batsmen, but again failed to score.
In the bottom of the second Chicago broke the seal, plating two runs on consecutive RBI doubles from Stephen Perez and Matt Dean.
Sioux Falls answered with a run in the top of the third, but ran themselves out of the inning, as all three outs in the frame were recorded via a caught stealing.
The Dogs made the score 3-1 on a Joe Benson home run in the bottom of the third, and then erupted for their best offensive inning of the year in the bottom of the fourth. The Dogs sent 11 men to the plate in the frame, scoring six runs on six hits and a pair of walks.
The first five batters in the inning reached for Chicago, and Matt Dean popped a two-run home run to highlight the frame. The homer was Dean's sixth of the year, and the Dogs are now 6-0 in games that Dean goes deep. Kenny Wilson, Dalton Blaser, and Benson also chipped in with run-producing hits in the inning.
With the Dogs in front 9-1, David Bergin hit a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning to cut the deficit to 9-3. The scoring for both sides would halt there though, as Tommy Thorpe and Taylor Grover combined to pitch the final four innings scoreless for Chicago.
Thorpe earned the win, his second of the year. Meanwhile, Canaries starter John Straka took the loss, allowing nine runs on 12 hits over four innings.
With the victory, Chicago moves to 24-36 on the season, while Sioux Falls drops to 25-35 with the loss.
The Dogs will next play host to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks for three games beginning Monday night at Impact Field.
Tickets for all three games are on sale now in line at the Impact Field Ticket Office and online at www.thechicagodogs.com/tickets/
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