EUGENE -- Nearly a month after giving up a whopping 10 earned runs in a single start in a 14-2 loss at Salem-Keizer, it's clear Tri-City starter Tyler Gagnon has put the memory completely behind him.
In another dominating performance by a Dust Devils pitcher, Gagnon held the Eugene Emeralds to just three hits over seven shutout innings in a 1-0 Tri-City win at PK Park. He struck out seven and walked one.
It was the seventh shutout of the season for Tri-City, and fifth in its last nine games, lowering the team ERA to a Northwest League-low 3.18. The Dust Devils also maintained a one-game lead in the NWL East over Boise, which beat Salem-Keizer 10-5.
Gagnon, a 6-foot-2 right-hander, extended his scoreless innings streak to 20. The third-year pro out of Brentwood, Calif., has allowed just one earned run over his last 312/3 innings since July 10 and won his last two decisions.
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Tri-City got the game's only run with two outs in the fourth inning, when Taylor Featherston hit his first professional home run, a solo shot to left field to make it 1-0.
That's all Gagnon would need. He retired the first 11 hitters he faced before Travis Whitmore laid down a bunt single with two outs in the fourth. Gagnon allowed a leadoff walk to Whitmore in the seventh and then a double to left by Lee Orr to set up runners at second and third with no outs.
But he struck out Matt Colantinio for the first out, then got Kyle Gaedele to ground to Featherston at shortstop. Featherston threw to catcher Richard Pirkle to get Whitmore for the second out. Gagnon then got Cole Tyrell to fly out to left field to end the inning.
Ken Roberts pitched the final two innings for Tri-City, notching his team-high sixth save.