EVERETT -- Christian Bergman, the Tri-City Dust Devils ace pitcher, got hit hard Sunday in his pursuit of the Northwest League scoreless innings record, allowing five first-inning runs in a 6-3 loss to the Everett AquaSox.
Bergman, a second-year right-hander out of Altadena, Calif., came into the game with a streak of 30 2/3 shutout innings, just 1 1/3 shy of the NWL record of 32 held by Larry Loughlin (in 1965) and Joseph Carboni (in 1966), both of the Eugene Emeralds.
He struck out Everett leadoff man Marcus Littlewood to start the game and come within one inning of the mark. With one out, Bergman then allowed three consecutive hits, the last of which was an RBI single by Jharmidy De Jesus, to end the scoreless streak at 31 innings.
The next batter -- No. 5 hitter Jabari Blash -- jumped on a high fastball and hit it over the right field fence for a three-run home run, giving the AquaSox a 5-0 lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Bergman (6-4) took the loss, but he gave up just one run over the next five innings. Bennett Whitmore (4-5) got the win for Everett, allowing three runs on four hits in six innings.
Dust Devils outfielder Tyler Massey hit a two-run homer -- his sixth of the season -- with one out in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 6-3.