Dust Devils eliminated from first-half NWL division race

By the Tri-City HeraldJuly 17, 2013 

The Tri-City Dust Devils’ bullpen owes one to Johendi Jiminian.

The Dust Devils’ starter pitched six shutout innings Wednesday against the Spokane Indians at Avista Stadium, leaving the game with a 1-0 lead.

But the Indians found a way to get to Tri-City reliever Jerad McCrummen (2-1), tapping him for three hits and two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Spokane a 2-1 Northwest League win. It was the first loss of the season for McCrummen, a 23rd-round draft pick out of Texas Tech.

The loss officially eliminated the Dust Devils (15-18) from the first-half North Division playoff race. The first-place Everett AquaSox (22-11) are seven games ahead of Tri-City with five left to play in the first half.

John Straka (1-0) picked up the win for Spokane with two scoreless innings, and Keone Kela earned his first save despite putting the go-ahead runs on base in the top of the ninth.

Chris O’Dowd went 2-for-4 with a two-out, third-inning double, scoring on Sean Dwyer’s RBI single to left.

The Indians tied it up in the eighth as Janluis Castro singled with one out, advanced to second on a balk and took third on a single by Chris Garia. Castro scored on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Torres.

Ryan Cordell then doubled to bring in Garia.

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