PASCO - Christian Bergman has been hot before.
As a junior at UC Irvine, the 6-foot-2 right-hander put together a stretch of 27-inning scoreless innings.
But after his performance in a 6-0 Northwest League win over the Vancouver Canadians on Thursday at Gesa Stadium, the Tri-City Dust Devils starter set a new standard for himself.
"Stupid good," Tri-City catcher Ryan Casteel said. "For him to go nine innings on 94 pitches. It's awesome."
Five days after holding Spokane to four hits in seven shutout innings in a much-needed 3-1 win that helped the Dust Devils clinch the first-half East Division championship, Bergman threw the first complete game by a Tri-City pitcher in nearly five seasons.
Andrew Kreidermacher allowed two runs on six hits for the Dust Devils in a 9-2 complete-game win on Sept. 5, 2006.
"Me and Casteel were working great together. We're just doing our job," said Bergman, who retired the first 10 hitters he faced before allowing a fourth-inning single to Jonathan Jones. After striking out Matt Newman for the second out, Jones was thrown out by Casteel trying to steal second base.
Bergman then set down the next seven hitters in order before Jones singled with one out in the seventh.
"It's rare for a pitcher in this league to throw a complete game, but he wasn't struggling, so we just kept running him out there," said Tri-City manager Fred Ocasio. "
Before it was over, the former All-Big West hurler scattered just four hits with no walks and six strikeouts. Only one Canadians batter made it to second base -- Nick Baligod on a two-out double in the eighth.
"He might have made one mistake the whole night," said Casteel, who drove in and scored a run during the Dust Devils' six-run sixth inning outburst. "He was hitting every spot. I wasn't even moving my mitt."
Tri-City got three straight singles from Brian Humphries, Tim Smalling and Tyler Massey off Vancouver starter Blake McFarland to lead off the sixth and set up their big inning. A wild pitch scored Humphries, and Casteel's RBI single closed the book on McFarland, who took the loss.
Jayson Langfels highlighted the inning with a two-run triple to deep center field. Smalling finished 3-for-4 to raise his average to .326, and Langfels tripled and drove in two runs for the second straight game.
Bergman was on a 90-pitch count and was up to 78 through eight innings. He was hoping to finish out the game. After a one-out single in the ninth by Bryan Kerving, Ocasio teetered on the top step of the dugout with reliever Ching-Lung Lo ready to come in if needed.
"I wasn't looking at (Ocasio). I didn't want to know what he was thinking," Bergman said, smiling. "I knew Vancouver was an aggressive team that swings early in the count. I had a chance."
Jones grounded to Langfels at third for a fielder's choice at second, and Bergman then struck out Newman to end the game.
The win also extended Tri-City's winning streak to seven games, snapping the previous mark of six games, last reached in July of 2009. The Dust Devils improved to 3-0 in the second half and remained tied for first place in the East with Spokane (3-0).
Notes: Today's pitching matchups: RHP Vianney Mayo (2-1, 2.29 ERA) for Tri-City against RHP Zack Breault (1-1, 4.58) for Vancouver. ... The Colorado Rockies promoted 3B Matt Argyropoulos, a 27th-round pick out of Washington State, from their rookie-league affiliate in Casper, Wyo. He batted .217 in 21 games for the Ghosts, hitting four home runs and scoring 12 runs. ... The Rockies also released INF Jordan Ballard, a 33rd-round pick in 2010 out of Virginia Military Institute. Ballard hit .128 in 13 games for the Dust Devils with one home run -- a memorable grand slam -- and seven RBIs.