David Bergin hit his third homer in two games for the Sioux Falls Canaries on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough in a 9-3 Birds loss to the Chicago Dogs at Impact Field.
Bergin’s fifth-inning homer was his eighth of the season, bringing him into a tie with Chris Grayson and Maxx Garrett for the team lead.
The Canaries fell behind 9-1 after four innings of play, including a six-run inning for the Dogs. Canaries starter John Straka allowed nine runs on 12 hits over four innings of work.
The Canaries bullpen was shorthanded on Sunday, with right-handers Trevor Jaunich and Kyle Schepel both away from the team for personal reasons. Needing to eat up innings, Chad Martin and Bo Hellquist were excellent for Sioux Falls.
Martin allowed one hit in two shutout innings, and Hellquist worked out of a jam in the eighth to complete two scorless innings of his own.
Jeff Malm, a utility player signed just before the game, went 0-for-4 in his Canaries debut. He struck out against Taylor Grover in the ninth inning to end the game.
The Canaries make the short trip to Gary, Ind. to take on the Gary SouthShore RailCats in a three-game series starting Monday at 7 p.m. Jake Esch will get the start for the Canaries. Birds fans can tune in on Sioux Falls Sports Radio 98.1 FM and AM 1230 KWSN and online at kwsn.com.
Courtesy: Sioux Falls Canaries