Murphy leads Tri-City past Spokane in NWL baseball

August 21, 2012 

— The Tri-City Dust Devils scored three runs in the top of the ninth to rally for an 8-6 victory against the host Spokane Indians on Tuesday in Northwest League action.

Tom Murphy hit a solo home run in the eighth and a two-run double in the ninth to help the Dust Devils rally.

Trailing 6-4 after seven, Murphy homered leading off the eighth to pull Tri-City within 6-5. The next three Dust Devils struck out, but Murphy wasn’t done.

With one out in the ninth, Richard Pirkle was hit by a pitch. He stole second base and Kyle Von Tungeln walked, sandwiching a fly out for the second out.

Rosell Herrera then hit a run-scoring single to tie the game at 6. Murphy followed with a two-run double to put Tri-City ahead in a driving downpour.

Trent Blank (1-0) earned the victory in relief of Roberto Padilla.

Seth Willoughby struck out two in the ninth to earn the save.

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