The Sioux Falls Canaries returned from the 2016 American Association All-Star break, opening up a week long homestand at Sioux Falls Stadium. The Birds kicked off the fun filled week with a 6-4 come-back win against the Sioux City Explorers.

Canaries outfielder J.C. Linares returned from the disabled list after missing the last 17 games with a groin pull, and looked like he didn’t miss a step. Linares finished the night going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. His RBI single in the bottom of the 6th inning brought home the first of four runs to help the Birds battle back from a three run deficit to take their first lead of the night.

Rubi Silva and Cameron Monger also picked up RBI’s in the inning, with Monger driving in the game tying, and eventual go-ahead runs on a two-run single with one out in the 6th. The Canaries left-fielder finished the night at the plate going 2-for-4 with two RBI, while raising his batting average to .247 on the season.

Ozney Guillen also had a good offensive night for the Birds, going 3-for-5 with a double and pair of singles. Darwin Perez went hitless on the night, but walked three times, and scored three runs in the win.

Starting pitcher Kris Regas looked good for most of the night, but ran out of gas in the top of the 6th, giving up three runs in the inning, and allowed the first seven Explorers batters to reach. The Veteran left-hander left the game trailing 4-1, but picked up the no decision after giving up four runs (two earned) on seven hits.

Relief pitcher Shawn Blackwell picked up the victory after holding the X’s hitless over an 1 1/3 innings of work. Blackwell (6-6, 7.35 ERA) did not allow a run, or a hit while facing four batters. Madison Boer also tossed one shutout inning in relief, before Billy Waltrip closed the door in the 9th for his second save of the season.

The Canaries open up a four-game series against the Texas Airhogs on Thursday night, with RHP Dylan Thompson (1-1, 2.05 ERA) making his second start of the season against RHP Carlos Misell (2-4, 4.90 ERA).

Thursday night is also Thirsty Thursday at the Birdcage. Fans (21+) will enjoy $2 domestic beers until the end of the 7th inning. Contact the Canaries ticket office for information regarding single game or season ticket options by calling 605-336-6060 or visit the website at www.sfcanaries.com for more information.