Dust Devils denied sweep of AquaSox

June 20, 2014 

Almost two years have passed since the Tri-City Dust Devils last swept a Northwest League series.

After Friday night’s 11-5 loss to the Everett AquaSox prevented a three-game Tri-City sweep, the Dust Devils will just have to wait a little bit longer.

Phillips Castillo, a fourth-year outfielder in the Seattle Mariners system, continued his impressive offensive tear at Gesa Stadium, going 2-for-5 with four RBIs. Castillo blasted a two-run home run in the second inning to tie the score at 2 and added a two-run double in the third to give the AquaSox a 5-2 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Castillo finished the series 7-for-13 with three doubles, two home runs and five RBIs. He raised his average 231 points over the last three games, from .077 to .308.

Tri-City put two runs on the board in the first inning, as Marcos Derkes hit a leadoff single, took third on a single by Sam Bumpers and scored on Mike Tauchman’s RBI grounder. Bumpers then scored on a double by Josh Fuentes.

But Boise found success against Tri-City starter Blake Shouse, who gave up eight runs — six earned — in 31⁄3 innings. Dust Devils relievers Jerad McCrummen and Huascar Brazoban combined to keep the AquaSox scoreless for the next 32⁄3 innings, but Tri-City couldn’t catch up to Everett’s fast start.

Shouse (0-2), a fifth-round pick in 2013, is still looking for his first professional win. He went 0-3 at Grand Junction as a rookie last season.

Derkes did all he could to boost the offense, going 3-for-5 with three runs scored to raise his average to .400. He leads the team with six runs scored.

Taaylor Smart added a pair of hits, two RBIs and three runs scored for the Sox.

Everett starter Ramire Cleto (1-1) got the win despite allowing five runs on 10 hits over six innings.

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

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