Dust Devils lose season opener to Boise

Tri-City HeraldJune 13, 2014 

The Tri-City Dust Devils showed some scrap in their 2014 Northwest League opener, showing some bullpen scrap and erasing an early deficit.

But Kyle Schwarber, the Chicago Cubs’ first-round draft selection in last week’s Major League Baseball draft, showed he wasn’t messing around either in the Boise Hawks’ 4-2 Opening Day win at Memorial Stadium.

Schwarber, the fourth overall pick, teed off on a 3-0 fastball from Dust Devils reliever Marc Magliaro in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Hawks the lead for good.

“He put a great swing on the ball,” Tri-City manager Drew Saylor said.

When asked if he was surprised Schwarber swung on a 3-0 count, usually one in which a batter will take the next pitch, Saylor said he wasn’t surprised at all, especially with a talent like Schwarber.

“We need to take that as a learning lesson for all our pitchers,” Saylor said. “We don’t have to throw a strike to continue the at bat. We can use the open base to put him on and attack the next guy.”

The loss, Tri-City’s fourth in a row on Opening Day, didn’t dampen other positive aspects of the Dust Devils’ play, including a solid start from pitcher Helmis Rodriguez.

The 5-foot-11 left-hander allowed just one run on six hits over 5 1/3 innings before Magliaro came in to extinguish a bases-loaded threat in the sixth.

Boise led 1-0 through six before Tri-City scored twice in the top of the seventh to take a 2-1 lead.

Trevor Story, a Colorado Rockies’ No. 1 pick from 2011, led off with a double to center and took third on Francisco Sosa’s sacrifice fly.

Miguel Dilone walked, and David Bergen drove in Story with a long flyball to right.

Dillon Thomas then doubled to right, scoring Dilone.

Greyfer Eregua (1-0) got the win for Boise despite allowing two runs on three hits in two innings.

David Garner escaped a jam in the ninth.

Hawks 4, Dust Devils 2

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Derkes dh 4 0 1 0 Baez rf 4 0 1 0

Tauchmn rf 3 0 1 0 Malave 1b 3 1 1 0

Grvy ph-rf 1 0 1 0 Schwrbr c 4 2 3 3

Story ss 4 1 1 0 Bote 2b 4 0 3 0

Sosa cf 4 0 0 0 Hodges 3b 3 0 0 0

Dilone 2b 3 1 1 0 Cuevas dh 4 0 0 0

Bergin 1b 3 0 1 1 Brown lf 4 0 0 0

Thomas lf 4 0 1 1 Papaccio ss 4 1 1 0

Rosario c 4 0 0 0 Crawford cf 3 0 0 0

Galvez 3b 3 0 0 0

Totals 33 2 7 2 Totals 33 4 9 4

Tri-City 000 000 200 — 2

Boise 000 100 30x — 4

E—Thomas (1), Rodriguez (1), Schwarber (1). LOB—Tri-City 6, Boise 7. 2B—Story (1), Thomas (1), Bote (1). HR—Schwarber (1). SF—Bergin. SB—Tauchman (1), Baez (1). CS—Baez (1).

IP H R ER BB K

Tri-City

Rodriguez 5 1-3 6 1 1 1 1

Magliaro L, 0-1 1 2-3 3 3 3 1 2

Mueller 1 0 0 0 0 2

Boise

Ihrig 5 1 0 0 0 5

Eregua BS, 1; W 1-0 2 3 2 2 1 2

Garner S, 1 2 3 0 0 0 4

Umpires—H: Matt Snodgrass; 1B: Arturo Gonzalez. T—2:29. A—3,061.

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