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Great Moments In Wolves Draft History

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on June 27, 2013 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

On the eve of the NBA Draft, I would like to take a moment to reflect on some the great moments in Wolves draft history. Sure, I guess the words "great" and "draft" are hardly ever used when referencing a Wolves draft, but I thought it would be fun to go back and look at the good, but mostly not so good moments in Wolves draft history.


If a six-overtime game performance and a smile were needs to fill on an NBA roster, the Wolves hit the jackpot in 2008 when they decided to pass on current Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and take Syracuse guard Jonny Flynn. Flynn played only two seasons with the Wolves before being dealt to the Houston Rockets. Two years later, Flynn was out of the NBA and now currently playing NBL in Australia. During his NBA career, Flynn averaged 9.2 points and 3.9 assists to go along with his 40% field goal percentage. Arguably, one of the most frustrating and mind-boggling selections in recent Wolves draft history. Thanks, Kahn!


The next great moment in Wolves draft history transpired 10 years ago today when the Wolves selected a forward out of Westbury Christian High School out of Houston, Texas. Take it away Mr. Stern.


What makes the Doody -err, I mean Ndudi Ebi pick so memorable is just that. Watching David Stern butcher his name is a classic.


The pick that put Wolves basketball on the map and made them relevant in the league for a decade came with the fifth overall pick in the 1995 draft. With the No. 5 pick, the Wolves took something called Kevin Garnett, a high school player out of the Chicago area. As we all know, "the big ticket" is the best player to ever put on a Wolves uniform and was arguably one of the best players of his time. KG was a 10-time All-Star with the Wolves and was the league MVP in 2004, a year in which he lead the Wolves to the Western Conference Finals -- their deepest playoff run in franchise history. Garnett was eventually traded to Boston in 2007. One can't argue that Garnett is the greatest draft selection in Wolves history.


Tomorrow, Flip will try to change the fortunes in the Wolves torturous draft history. Lets hope he takes Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Wolves Notes: Love, Williams, Brooks, Mexico City

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on June 25, 2013 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

With only a few more days before Thursday's NBA Draft, rumors have been swirling about potential trades that could go down involving the Wolves leading up to the draft. Here are some of those rumors, along with some other tidbits.

  • According to Andy Katz of ESPN.com, the Cleveland Cavaliers have offered a trade package centered around the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, along with forward Tristan Thompson and guard Dion Waiters for Wolves power forward Kevin Love. The Cavs like three players in this draft, but aren't crazy about any of them so it makes sense that they would try to shop the pick around to see what they could get for it. President of basketball operations Flip Saunders refuses to move Love.
  • I wrote yesterday about the possibility of the Wolves dealing forward Derrick Williams to move up in the draft. It appears those rumors could be true as they presumably have offered teams in the top-five of the draft a trade package that includes Williams, the No. 9 and No. 26 picks, per ESPN.com. The article went on to mention that Saunders is "enamored" with Indiana guard Victor Oladipo.
  • Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports the Wolves have had discussions with the Brooklyn Nets about guard MarShon Brooks. Nothing is imminent, but Bondy went on to mention that an offer had been made to the Wolves and was waiting for their approval. Bondy believes that the Wolves would need to part ways with either point guards Luke Ridnour or J.J. Barea.
  • The Wolves are headed south of the border on December 4th as they will play a regular-season game against the San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City. This will be the Wolves second regular-season trip out of the country as they played the Sacramento Kings in Japan in 1999. The Wolves will be the "home" team in Mexico City.

Jake Watroba
Twitter: @JakeWatroba

Wolves Dangling Derrick Williams

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on June 24, 2013 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

According to sources, in an attempt to get something for him, the Wolves are offering third year forward Derrick Williams around to multiple teams, per Jerry Zgoda.


"No surprise, but I'm hearing again fresh tonight that the Wolves continue to offer DWilliams around to see what they can get for him" — Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) June 25, 2013


Like Zgoda states, it's not surprising that the Wolves are trying to move Williams as he might have the most value of anyone on the roster that they're willing to move. While Williams hasn't been consistent in his first two seasons in the NBA, the former Arizona University power forward is only 22 years old, extremely athletic, and still has the potential to develop into a very serviceable power forward if he is able to consistently knock down open shots.


Two weeks ago it seemed the Wolves had a keen interest in Indiana Guard Victor Oladipo as president of basketball operations Flip Saunders flew out to Washington D.C. to talk with Oladipo's camp and have a private workout with him. In many draft experts estimations, Oladipo is projected to be a top-five pick, so you would assume in order for the Wolves to get that high they would need to move Williams.


However, over the past few days it appears as though Saunders has changed his stance on draft -- most recently saying he doesn't believe there is an impact player selected Thursday -- so it's not clear if the team plans to use Williams to move up in the draft or to acquire a veteran player -- most likely a shot blocking big man or shooting guard.


One would have to think the Wolves would opt to keep Williams if an impact player couldn't be had at the top of the draft.

Jake Watroba

Twitter: @JakeWatroba

this week in Canaries Baseball

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on June 17, 2013 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Saltdogs at Canaries

On Monday the Canaries opened a three game homes stand vs. the Lincoln Saltdogs. It was a classic pitchers duel with Ben Moore going nine strong innings. It was all for not as the game went into extra innings thanks to a passed ball in the top of the ninth that tied the game. The Canaries only run came on Steve Domecus homer I the seventh. The Saltdogs plated two in the top of tenth of off closer Alan DeRatt. That was all that was needed and Lincoln won the series opener 3-1.

The Tuesday night game pitted two pitchers making their first professional starts. Austin Brough was starting in place of Jordan Whatcott who left to be with his expecting wife. Brough’s last appearance saw him toss five innings of two hit, one run ball against Winninpeg in 12-1 loss. That was obviously mop-up duty but it was encouraging. Starting is different animal however and the Saltdogs scored two in the first, one in the second and six in the third off of Brough.

Lincoln eventually won 13-4. Nate Baumann was the Bird offense as he hit two homers late. Jake Taylor added an RBI and two hits. VanStratten was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Lefty Adam Champion took the bump for an overcast noon game on Wednesday. He was solid as he held the Saltdogs to just one run through 6.2 innings while striking out four. Jake Taylor made his first start of the season behind the plate. He had two passed balls early but settled in nicely after that. He also contributed big with his bat. He cranked an opposite field homer in the eighth to solidify the win. He was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two runs and stolen base. He also threw out a Lincoln base runner.

Lincoln starter Joe Bisenius was devastating as he routinely hit 93-94 MPH on he the gun. Nate Baumann and Nick VanStratten each struck out three times. Bisenius did not get much hustle out his defense. They officially only committed one error. However there was about three plays that ultimately helped the Canaries because of lack of miscommunication or sluggish jumps.

The birds avoided the sweep with 4-1 win. Alan DeRatt dispatched Lincoln in he ninth on 12 pitches and the defense turned a beautiful double play to end the game.

Canaries at Amarillo Sox

On Friday the Canaries started a big Texas road trip with three games at Amarillo, three games at Laredo and four games at El Paso.

The Friday night game started out harsh as Amarillo plated two in the first and four in the second. The Canaries attempted to claw back with a run in fifth and another in sixth but the Sox equaled that feat and they plated another in the seventh. The Canaries squeaked one more run by in the eight and trailed 3-9 going into the ninth. John Alonso led off the inning with a single. Then after two Canary strikeouts Kevin Dultz smashed a double to centerfield scoring Alonso. Following an Anthony Trajano walk, VanStratten hit a ground ball to short that was misplayed and VanStratten reached while Dultz scored. After a Taylor single and pitching substitution, JP Ramirez pushed a single to center scoring two and the Birds trailed by just two with two runners on. Jared Clark then flew out to deep left to end the game. Sox 9, Canaries 7.

Saturday saw Canary starter Mitch Clegg toss his best start of the season. He went six innings allowing just two earned on four hits. He saw his ERA fall from 7.41 to 6.26 and he also throw just 77 pitches compared to the 97 that he threw in five innings in his last start.

As has been the running theme this season the opponent scored first. The Sox plated one in first and one in the fourth both runs were charged to Clegg. The Birds counter with three in fifth on a pair on RBI singles by Taylor and Ramirez and a sac flay by Clark. Ramirez added another RBI single in the seventh. The Sox then got to the bullpen in the eighth. Matt Daly walked the first two batters of the inning. Following an in-field single the Sox plated one on a double play. A RBI single off Van Leur and an RBI double off Kirk Clark gave the Sox the lead for good. Sox 5, Canaries 4.

VanStratten was brilliant again as he went 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. His .339 average is eighth best in the League. Ramirez and Taylor each had two hits. Clark and Pahuta were a combined 0-for-7 with seven strikeouts, a walk and a sac fly.

The Sunday night affair saw the Birds finally score first thanks to a VanStratten lead off single. Cory Morales followed with a single that scored VanStratten. Then all was quiet until the Sox scored two in the fifth and two more in the sixth off starter Ben Moore. He tossed six innings giving up four earned on eight hits while striking out five. VanStratten was at it again as he led off the six with a double he later scored on a Ramirez single. After that the Sox battered the Birds ‘pen once again and sweep the series with a 9-3 win.

The Canaries will stay in Texas for seven games in seven days. They start by taking on the Laredo Lemurs (18-12) Monday-Wednesday and finish with El Paso Diablos (7-22) Thursday-Sunday. The Canaries are now 12-18 on the season.  

Josh Johnson

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Preview: White Sox at Twins

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on June 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

White Sox at Twins

Mike Pelfrey vs. Dylan Axelrod

-Pelfrey was charged with five runs in four innings in his only career start vs. the ChiSox. He is 0-1 with a 4.34 ERA in last three starts. He is 3-6 with a 6.12 ERA on the season.

-Adam Dunn is 8-for-28 with two homers, five RBIs, seven walks and three strikeouts vs. Pelfrey.

-Dayan Viciedo is 1-for-2 with a homer.

-Axelrod is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in three career appearances vs. the Twins. He is 0-1 with 4.41 ERA in his last starts. The 27-year old is 3-4 on the season with 4.26 ERA in 13 starts. He will be making just his twenty-fourth career MLB start.

-Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau are both 3-for-4 against Axelrod in their careers.

-Eduardo Escobar is 1-for-4 with a homer.

Kevin Correia vs. Chris Sale

-Correia gave up four earned over seven innings in his only career start vs. Chicago. He is 0-0 4.00 ERA in his last three starts. He is 5-4 with a 3.98 ERA in 13 starts this season.

-Dunn is 4-for-12 with two homers and four strikeouts against Correia.

-Jeff Keppinger is 5-for-14 with a homer.

-Viciedo is 1-for-2 with a homer.

-Sale is 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA in 11 career appearances vs. the Twins. He is 1-2 with a 2.14 ERA in his last three starts. The 24-year old is 5-4 with a 2.68 ERA on the season.

-Mauer is 3-for-11 against Sale in his career.

-Brian Dozier is 1-for-4 with a homer.

-Morneau is 2-for-9.

-Josh Willingham is 1-for-12 with seven strikeouts.

Scott Diamond vs. John Danks

-Diamond is 3-4 with a 4.65 ERA in seven career appearances vs. Pale Hose. He is 1-1 with 5.87 ERA in his last three starts and he is 4-5 with a 5.19 ERA in 11 starts on the season.

-Alejandro De Aza is 7-for-14 against Diamond with three strikeouts.

-Dunn 3-for-12 with a homer and six strikeouts.

-Keppinger is 2-for-5 with a homer.

-Viciedo is 7-for-16 with a homer and four RBIs.

-Alex Rios is 7-for-19 with a homer.

-Danks is 6-9 with a 5.00 ERA in 21 starts against Minnesota.The six-year veteran is 1-2 with a 4.13 ERA in four starts on the season.

-Mauer is 18-for-48 with three doubles, six RBIs, four walks, and seven strikeouts vs. Danks.

-Morneau is 11-for-35 with three homers, ten RBIs, ten walks and eight strikeouts.

Josh Johnson

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Preview: Tigers at Twins

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on June 13, 2013 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Tigers at Twins

Scott Diamond vs. Rick Porcello

-Diamond is 2-2 with a 2.98 ERA in seven career appearances vs. the Tigers. He is 1-1 with a 5.87 ERA in his last three starts.

-Miguel Cabrera is 10-for-19 with three doubles, a homer and six RBIs against Diamond in his career.

-Prince Fielder is 1-for-14.

-Torii Hunter is 2-for-8 -Omar Infante is 3-for-10 with a homer.

-Victor Martinez is 2-for-11.

-Jhonny Peralta is 4-for-18.

-Porcello is 6-5 with a 3.65 in 17 career appearances vs. Minnesota. He is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 20 innings in his last three starts.

-Joe Mauer is 9-for-30 with four RBIs and three walks against Porcello in his career.

-Justin Morneau is 7-for-29 with a homer, four RBIs and three strikeouts.

-Josh Willingham is 7-for-13 with two homers, seven RBIs and four walks.

-Jamey Carroll is 9-for-22 -Brian Dozier is 3-for-8 with a homer and five RBIs.

-Ryan Doumit is 4-for-13.

Samuel Deduno vs. Anibal Sanchez

-Deduno is 1-2 with a 9.82 ERA in three career starts vs. Detroit. He is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his last three starts.

-Andy Dirks is 6-for-10 vs. Deduno in his career.

-Peralta is 3-for-6.

-Cabrera is 2-for-8 with a three RBIs.

-Sanchez nearly threw a no-hitter last time he faced the Twins. A Joe Mauer ninth inning single spoiled Sanchez's bid. Sanchez is 1-2 with 2.56 ERA in his five career starts vs. the Twins. He was scratched from his last start due to shoulder stiffness. Sanchez is 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA in his last three starts. -Mauer is 5-for-12 against Sanchez in career with three strikeouts.


-Oswaldo Arcia is already 0-for-6 vs. Sanchez in brief career.


-Mauer is 5-for-12 with three strikeouts.


-Brian Dozier is 0-for-7.


-Morneau is 3-for-14 with a pair of RBIs and pair of strikeouts.


-Willingham is 2-for-16 with eight walks and seven strikeouts.


-Chris Parmelee is 1-for-10 with three strikeouts.

P.J. Walters vs. Doug Fister

-Walters is 2-1 with a 3.16 ERA in six career appearance vs. Detroit. He is 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA in his last three starts.

-Fielder is 5-for-11 with two homers and three walks vs. Walters in his career.

-Cabrera is 4-for-16 with a homer three RBIs and four strikeouts.

-Peralta is 4-for-12 with a homer and three strikeouts.

-Dirks is 4-for-10 with a homer.

-Fister is 3-7 with a 3.21 ERA in ten career appearances vs. Minnesota. He is 0-2 with 2.31 ERA in his last three starts.

-Mauer is just 7-for-27 against Fister with a homer three walks and five strikeouts.

-Morneau is 8-for-22 with a homer, four RBIs and five strikeouts.

-Willingham is 6-for-20 with two homers, five RBIs, three walks and four strikeouts.

Thanks to a big skid by the Indians, the Tigers have taken command of the AL Central. This could a horrible development for whomever emerges has as the second place team. Detroit is too good and their roster is too deep. It's hard to imagine them having an extended period losing.

Starting pitchers Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander are the top of leader board in wins. Miguel Cabrera is leading the league in batting average, walks, OBP and RBIs. He has a very realistic chance to win a second straight Triple Crown. Veterans Torii Hunter and Omar Infante are having solid years at the dish. Both are hovering .300.

Josh Johnson

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Wolves Nuggets: Pekovic, Kirilenko, Zeller, McCollum, Montreal

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on June 13, 2013 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

A few Wolves notes as today begins a busy stretch for the front office as they have six workouts scheduled over the course of the next eight days.

  • President of basketball operations Flip Saunders was in Europe this week to be in attendance for the Eurocamp. On top of scouting European NBA draft prospects, Saunders had hoped to meed with restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic in hopes to get the ball rolling on a new deal for the center from Montenegro. However, Flip never had time to meet with Pekovic and the two sides probably won't meet before July 1st, per Jerry Zgoda. The two had planned to meet last week.
  • Andrei Kirilenko has until July 1st to decide if he will opt-in to his $10 million player option for the 2013-14 season. It sounds as though there is the possibility that Kirilenko could elect to become a free agent come July as he would like a contract that guarantees his stay in Minnesota past 2014, per Darren Wolfson.
  • Indiana University big man Cody Zeller had a private workout with the Wolves Wednesday. However, unless the team retools the roster, don't expect them to take Zeller with the No. 9 overall pick in the draft. Saunders considers Zeller to be a "stretch 4"  and with stretch 4 power forwards Kevin Love, Derrick Williams, and Dante Cunningham on the team, selecting Zeller seems unlikely, via Zgoda.
  • Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum is scheduled to workout for the Wolves June 18th. McCollum, whom I'd like to see team at nine, averaged 23.9 points, five rounds, and 2.9 assists in his senior year, which was shortened by a broken foot.
  • The Wolves will play an Oct. 20th preseason game against the Boston Celtics at the Bell Centre in Montreal. This will be the second consecutive year the team will play in the NBA's "Canadian Series." Last preseason the Wolves played the Detroit Pistons in Winnipeg.

Jake Watroba
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Could the Wolves Trade Up in the Draft?

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on June 12, 2013 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

While president of basketball operations Flip Saunders is in Italy for the next few days scouting the Eurocamp, it shouldn't slow the team down from looking to make a trade to move up in the NBA Draft later this month.

Now, it's obvious just by watching the Wolves for the last, oh say, decade-plus, that they've lacked competent play from the shooting guard position. Flip and company could be trying to change that come June 27th.

According to sources, the Wolves have shown a "strong interest" in Indiana guard Victor Oladipo. The Wolves have had talks with Oladipo and his representatives, however, the IU guard's camp has been reluctant to schedule a workout with the team until the Wolves are able provide enough evidence that they are capable of moving up to one of the top four picks, per Darren Wolfson.

If the Wolves are indeed willing to move up in the draft, the Magic, who hold the No .2 overall pick, may be the most probable suitor as they are interested in trading down, via Brian K. Schmitz.

It's unknown what the asking price would be to trade up from No. 9, but you would assume the Wolves would need to include in addition to the No. 9 overall pick, the No. 26 pick in the draft, which they received from Memphis, as well as forward Derrick Williams. With all that being said, the question we need to ask ourselves is, could the Wolves get more production out a player with the No. 2 pick -- most likely Oladipo -- then they could at No. 9, No. 26, and a still developing Derrick Williams? It's an interesting question, but difficult question to answer as we simply won't know until a few a years down the road once we are able to accurately grade this draft. Right now, it would appear they would as Williams looks to be a player that is destined to be a career bench player and players picked towards the end of the first round typically don't become all stars.

Now, it's no guarantee that Oladipo will develop into the next stud shooting guard, but HoopsHype.com compares him to that of Grizzlies guard Tony Allen and they believe he can become an upper echelon role player.

"While he may lack superstar potential, he appears to be the ultimate glue type player as an overachiever who brings boundless energy. His explosiveness is off the charts (42-inch vertical at the combine), particularly off of two feet and his shooting and ball handling have shown surprising improvement. At 6-foot-4 in shoes, he's undersized, taking his long-term potential down a notch. Some wild comparisons such as Dwyane Wade and even Michael Jordan have been thrown out for Oladipo. But those are unfair for a player who projects as a high level role player, but not a star at the next level."

Other reviews of Oladipo aren't as optimistic about his shooting and ball handling skills. Trading a top-10 pick and a former No. 2 overall pick for a player like Oladipo is a risk, especially with the need for an improvement with his jump shot. Even more so, when you take into consideration the type of player Ricky Rubio is and how that would effect the way he is able to run the offense, one must take a moment and think if Oladipo is a good fit in the Wolves backcourt.

With all that being said, at this point, this is purely speculation. Flip doesn't have a track record as the president of basketball operations so we have no idea how much he values the two first round draft picks or where he thinks Williams fits into the Wolves future plans.

If a move were to transpire, don't expect it to happen until after the NBA Finals.

Jake Watroba

Twitter: @JakeWatroba

Preview: Phillies at Twins

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on June 10, 2013 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Phillies at Twins

P.J. Walters vs. Cole Hamels

-Walter has made one appearance vs. Philadelphia. He is 0-1 with an infinite ERA since allowed four runs on four hits and did record an out. Walters is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in his only three starts of the season.

-Delmon Young is 0-for-8 against Walters in his career.

-Jimmy Rollins 1-for-1.

-Hamels is 1-0 with a 6.23 ERA in two career starts vs. our Twins. He has struck out a Twin per inning. Hamels has had his struggles this season but he is still a very good pitcher. He is 1-2 with a 4.91 ERA in his last three starts and he is 2-9 with a 4.56 ERA on the season.

-Justin Morneau is 2-for-5 with a home and three RBIs vs. the fellow lefty Hamels.

-Joe Mauer is 0-for-6

-Josh Willingham is 9-for-31 with three homers, seven RBIs and twelve strikeouts.

-Ryan Doumit is 3-for-12.

Mike Pelfrey vs. Tyler Cloyd

-Pelfrey is 7-7 with a 5.16 ERA against the Phillies in his career. He is 0-2 with a 5.71 ERA in his last three starts.

-Chase Utley (currently on DL) is 13-for-39 with four homers, ten RBIs, five walks and four strikeouts against Pelfrey in his career.

-Ryan Howard is 16-for-43 with three homers, seven RBIs, seven walks and four strikeouts.

-Rollins is 13-for-44 with a homer, five RBIs, four strikeouts and five stolen bases.

-Cloyd has never faced the Twins. He will be making just his twelfth MLB start ever and sixth of the season. He is 2-2 with a respectable 3.68 ERA on the season.

Kevin Correia vs. Cliff Lee

-Correia is 1-3 with an 8.64 ERA in 11 appearances against Philadelphia. He is 1-0 with a 4.74 ERA in his last three starts.

-Howard is 3-for-11 with a homer, five RBIs and three strikeouts against Correia in his career.

-Rollins is 3-for-14.

-Lee is 8-4 with a 3.64 ERA in 19 career starts vs. the Twins. He is 2-0 with a 2.78 ERA in his last three starts and 7-2 with a 2.55 ERA on the season.

-Mauer is 9-for-30 against Lee.

-Morneau is 8-for-35 with three RBIs and five strikeouts.

-Jamey Carroll is 5-for-8.

-Willingham is 2-for-10.

The Phillies have been led by outfielder Dominic Brown. He was supposed to be their breakout player the last two seasons but he never quite found his footing. This year he has already smashed 19 homers, driving in 47 runs and has an OPS of .937.

Philadelphia features a pair of ex-Twins in Ben Revere and Delmon Young. Both have struggled but they are now slowly heating up. You can bet they be ready to face their former mates.

The Philly pen bolsters some gritty tested arms in Antonio Bastardo (team leader in appearances with 26), the devastating Mike Adams and the always intense stopper Jonathan Papelbon.

Josh Johnson


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this week in Canaries Baseball

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on June 10, 2013 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Winnipeg at the Canaries

On Monday the Canaries opened a series with the defending American Association and division leading Winnipeg. The peaking Kyle Ruwe took the mound for Sioux Falls. He went the distance giving up five runs (all earned) on nine hits while walking three and strikeout none.

The Canary bats were somewhat successful with nine hits but the could push one run across the plate. The RBI took place in the third, when Jake Taylor singled home Nick Van Stratten. Nick had reached on a fielder’s choice, then he stole second and took third on a error by the catcher. Cory Morales and Van Stratten each had two hits. Left fielder and 3-hole hitter JP Ramirez failed to get a hit for just the fourth time this year. Final score Winnipeg 5, Sioux Falls 1.

On Tuesday the Birds battled hard. Jake Taylor, Jared Clark and Nate Baumann all collected two hits. Taylor and Clark along Pahuta all homered.

Starter Mitchell Clegg gutted his way through five innings giving up five runs (three earned). Kyle Vazquez tossed two innings of one hit ball. Matt Daly slashed through a perfect eight and closer DeRatt dispatched the Goldeneyes on 14 pitches in the ninth. Final score Winnipeg 5, Sioux Falls 6.

The Wednesday night game a run scoring frenzy with both team having an inning that saw them score at least three runs. The big blow by the Canaries was dealt in the third when DH Tim Pahuta hit the first Canary Grand Slam of the season. Pahuta who also homered on Tuesday added a solo shot later on. John Alonso hit a solo jack as well and Taylor, Ramirez and Kevin Dultz all had RBIs. Taylor had three hits total and stolen base. Morales chipped in with swipe of his own and pair of hits. Nate Baumann also had two hits both were doubles.

Starter Ben Moore gave up seven earned through 6.2 innings. The bullpen backed him up by finishing the game allowing just two hits the rest of the way. Closer DeRatt struckout the side in the ninth.

On Thursday the Goldeneyes exploded for eight runs in the first inning off Canary starter Jordan Whatcott. The Bird bats mustered a measly one run in the bottom of the first when JP Ramirez plated Nick Van Stratten with a RBI single. That was it though and the Birds ultimately fell 12-1. There were some positives in the blowout though, right fielder Nate Baumann collected two hits for the third straight game, giving hi a modest six game hitting streak. Reliever Austin Brough who has had some struggles early on tossed five solid innings allowing just one run.

Sioux Falls at Gary Southshore

On Friday the Canaries headed east to face the Railcats. Gary as a team had hit just one homer on season going into the series. Former Canary Cristain Guerrero who had the team’s only homer, homered again giving the Railcats a short lived 3-2 lead in the fifth. Then birds got hot by plating three in the sixth, one more in seventh and a pair in the ninth. Tim Pahuta hit his sixth homer in seven days and Nate Baumann hit his first homer in Sioux Falls uniform. Both also had doubles and four hit nights. Van Stratten, Taylor, Ramirez, Clark and Morales all had two hits en route to a 19 hit performance by our Birds.

Starter Adam Champion was a bit wild as he issued six walks but he gave up just two hits and his defense committed no errors. The Canaries won 8-3.

Saturday night saw Canaries score in six of the first seven innings, which gave them a comfortable 8-3 going into the ninth. Then Railcats scored three unearned runs off reliever Kirk Clark then closer Alan DeRatt was brought in to close it out. After giving two hits he did just that as Canaries won 8-6. Starter Kyle Ruwe continued his solid season by giving the Birds seven strong innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits.

Leadoff Nick Van Stratten was the callus to the victory. He went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, a walk and three runs scored. Baumann and Taylor each contributed two RBIs. Pahuta and Taylor both collected two hits.

Sunday brought along another Canary win spearheaded leadoff maestro Nick Van Stratten. Nick went 3-for-4 with a homer, a stolen base and four RBIs in the 9-5 Canaries win. Jared Clark added a homer and a double. Cory Morales chipped in with a pair of runs batted in and two hits as well. Nate Baumann doubled to keep his nine game hitting streak alive.

Starter Mitch Clegg went five innings, giving up five earned. Van Leur, Vazquez and Daly combine to toss four scoreless innings to solidify the win.

The Canaries are now 11-13 and just two games out of first. They now return home to host the Lincoln Saltdogs for a three set at the Birdcage.


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