Dust Devils faint NWL playoff hopes end with loss

By Jack Millikin, Tri-City HeraldAugust 24, 2012 

PASCO, Wash. -- The Tri-City Dust Devils' 2-1 loss to the Eugene Emeralds on Thursday at Gesa Stadium wasn't the end of their season.

It was, however, the end of their Northwest League playoff dreams for 2012.

The Dust Devils were eliminated from the second-half hunt for the East Division title when their loss was paired with Boise's 11-3 win over Vancouver.

"You can't win every year, but there's eight games left. Hopefully, we can finish strong," Tri-City manager Fred Ocasio said.

Dust Devils right-hander Peter Tago and Emeralds righty Joe Ross were locked in a scoreless battle for the first 4 1/2 innings before Kyle Von Tungeln drove in Alec Mehrten from third with a sacrifice fly to left to make it 1-0.

Eugene tied it 1-1 in the top of the seventh when a leadoff walk by Tago later scored on a bases-loaded walk by reliever Chris Dennis.

Ryan Arrowood (3-2) took the loss after a leadoff walk to Maxx Tissenbaum in the eighth came back to haunt him. With one out and the bases loaded, Goose Kalunki hit a grounder to shortstop Rosell Herrera, who overthrew catcher Tom Murphy trying to get the force at home.

"He was trying to do too much with it and just threw it away," Ocasio said.

Tissenbaum came home with the eventual winning run.

Brandon Alger (4-1) got the win with three scoreless innings for Eugene (18-13). Roman Madrid picked up his league-leading 13th save with a perfect ninth.

Notes: Today's starters for Game 3 will be RHP Shane Broyles (4-3, 3.00 ERA) for Tri-City and RHP Tayron Guerrero (0-1, 6.75) for Eugene. ... Spokane OF Royce Bolinger was named the NWL offensive player of the week. The former Gonzaga standout batted .500 (14-for-28) with six RBIs in six games.

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