LIVE BLOG: Dust Devils, Game 71 vs. Eugene Emeralds

Jack Millikin, Herald staff writerAugust 26, 2012 

Here it is, the last home game of the season. Tri-City can set the attendance record at Gesa Stadium for the seventh consecutive season with a sellout. There was a terrific walk-up crowd with people walking all over the parking lot, but the crowd may not be big enough to sell the place out. There are some empty seats, but that doesn't always mean bad news. Could be one of those nights where all the seats are paid for, but some folks decided to go to the fair.

Either way, it looks like it will be a fun night at Gesa.

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The Dust Devils' only left-handed starter, Roberto Padilla (2-4, 5.82 ERA), will take the hill against Eugene RHP Will Scott (2-4, 5.36).

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Eugene gets on the board first, turning a leadoff triple by Stephen Carmon into a 1-0 lead on an RBI grounder from Jeremy Baltz.

Ems lead 1-0.

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Dust Devils tie it up in the bottom of the second, as Francisco Sosa reaches on a fielding error by third baseman Gabriel Quintana and goes to second when Baltz, the left fielder, doesn't get to the ball fast enough. Sosa then advances to third on a grounder by Matt Argyropoulos and comes home on a sacrifice fly to center field by Derek Jones.

Score tied at 1 after two innings.

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Just heard that Russell Wilson, the former Tri-City Dust Devils' second baseman, was named the Seattle Seahawks' starting quarterback.

I'd be lying if I said I predicted that, but I do know one thing: Russell was as secure in his vision of success as any player I've ever seen come through here. When he played here in 2010, his dream was to become a major league baseball player and an NFL football player.

He had to change that dream on the fly, stepping away from the Rockies' organization during the 2011 season to lead the Wisconsin Badgers' football team to the Rose Bowl. But now it sure looks like he made the right choice.

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By the way, Wilson isn't the first Dust Devil to play in the NFL.

Any guesses?

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It's Vernand Morency, who played as an outfielder for Tri-City in 2001 before playing running back at Oklahoma State in 2002-04. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in 2005 and played in the NFL for four seasons, playing for Houston and the Green Bay Packers.

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Dust Devils take a 2-1 lead after a one-out double by Sosa and a sac fly by Matt Argyropoulos.

But Eugene explodes for three runs in the top of the eighth off reliever Ryan Arrowood. Jeremy Baltz highlights the outburst with a two-run double and then comes home on a bloop single by Maxx Tissenbaum to make it 4-2.

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Dust Devils lose 4-2 in their home finale.

But GM/VP Derrel Ebert reported that Tri-City snapped its single-season and single-game attendance record in the same night. With a record crowd of 3,871 (breaking the mark of 3,826 set on July 3), Tri-City breaks its season attendance record for the sixth consecutive season.

The new mark of 86,095 eclipses the old mark of 85,953 by 142 fans.

That's quite an accomplishment if you ask me.

More good news for Tri-City is the Rockies extending their player development contract for another two years. That means Dust Devils baseball through 2014.

So we'll see you out here for (at least) another two seasons.

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