Dust Devils win home opener

June 18, 2014 

One thing Tri-City Dust Devils manager Drew Saylor loves most about baseball is the team aspect and how it translates to winning.

The Dust Devils laid out a textbook example of a team win during their home opener Wednesday night in front of 2,483 fans at Gesa Stadium.

All nine Tri-City players scored at least one run in the team’s 10-1 victory over the Everett AquaSox, giving the Dust Devils a home-opening win for the first time since 2010.

“It feels really good. I’m not going to lie,” said Tri-City second baseman Sam Bumpers, who knocked in the team’s first two runs with a two-run double during a seven-run second inning. “We were seeing balls up and finding bills. We hit some balls hard and they fond holes. That’s how baseball goes.

“It was a great team effort. I can’t be any more proud of the team.”

Dillon Thomas also drove in two runs, and Cesar Galvez scored two for the Dust Devils.

Tri-City starter Helmis Rodriguez (1-0) picked up his first win, tossing six scoreless innings. He allowed just four hits and walked just two.

Two Colorado Rockies’ draft picks — Josh Michalec, a 24th-rounder out of Baylor, and Jerry Vasto, a 24th-rounder out of Felician College (N.J.) — made their professional debuts, each tossing a scoreless inning of relief.

The Dust Devils (2-4)also stole seven bases, including five in the second inning.

“I think everybody pulled in one direction together. There were so many moments tonight: Helmis’ great start, the seven-run second, so many baserunning plays,” Saylor said. “That’s the type of baseball we expect from our guys day in and day out.”

Tri-City third baseman Shane Hoelscher, a 17th-rounder out of Rice, and catcher Jordan Parris, a 20th-rounder out of Tennessee Tech, each picked up their first professional hit.

Rigoberto Garcia (0-1) took the loss for Everett (1-5), allowing four runs on seven hits over two innings.

Dust Devils 10, AquaSox 1

EVERETT TRI-CITY

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Cousino cf 4 0 1 0 Galvez ss 5 2 1 1

Caballero ss 3 0 0 0 Weeks cf 5 1 2 0

Plns-Artga dh 3 0 1 0 Tauchman lf 2 1 0 1

Petty c 3 0 0 0 Bergin 1b 5 1 1 1

Guarnaccia c 1 0 0 0 Sosa rf 2 1 2 0

Castillo lf 4 1 2 0 Thomas dh 3 1 1 2

Mariscal 3b 4 0 1 0 Bumpers 2b 4 1 1 2

Martinez rf 3 0 0 1 Hoelscher 3b 4 1 1 1

Brito 1b 3 0 0 0 Parris c 3 1 1 0

Smart 2b 3 0 1 0

Totals 31 1 6 1 Totals 33 10 10 8

Everett 000 000 100 — 1

Tri-City 070 101 01x — 10

E—Caballero 2 (3), Mariscal (3). DP—Everett 1, Tri-City 1. LOB—Everett 5, Tri-City 6. 2B—Castillo (2), Bumpers (2), Sosa (1). SB—Tauchman 2 (4), Sosa (2), Hoelscher 2 (2), Galvez (4), Weeks (2). CS—Planas-Arteaga (1). SF—Tauchman.

Everett

IP H R ER BB SO

R. Garcia L,0-1 2 4 7 4 4 2

Pereira 4 4 2 1 1 0

Kerski 1 1 0 0 0 2

O. Garcia 1 1 1 0 0 1

Tri-City

Rodriguez W,1-0 6 4 0 0 2 3

McCrummen 1 2 1 1 0 1

Michalec 1 0 0 0 0 1

Vasto 1 0 0 0 0 1

WP—Pereira, O. Garcia. HBP—by Garcia (Sosa). Umpires—H, Ryan Bealo; F, Kale Rodrigues. T—2.46. A—2,483.

w Jack Millikin; 582-1406; jmillikin@tricityherald.com

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