The Tri-City Dust Devils won the longest game in the Northwest League this season, beating the Spokane Indians 7-6 in 14 innings in a Northwest League game that ended early Thursday morning after five hours and 41 minutes at Gesa Stadium.
Miguel Dilone bounced a two-run single to right field with one out in the bottom of the 14th, scoring Shane Hoelscher and pinch-runner Drew Weeks as the Dust Devils overcame a one-run deficit for the third time of the night.
Spokane had taken a 6-5 lead in the top of the 14th when Hoelscher made and aggressive charge of a ground ball at third base with two outs but threw wide of first, allowing Diego Cedeno to score from second.
Tri-City (10-10 second half, 24-34 overall) took sole possession of first place in the North Division, while Everett (9-11, 20-38) dropped into a second-place tie with Spokane (9-11, 33-25) and Vancouver (9-11, 34-24).
But the day was marred by three scary incidents involving Spokane Indians players, each ending with a trip to the hospital.
Indians center fielder Jose Cardona was hospitalized after colliding with right fielder Luke Tendler as both pursued Chris Rabago’s fourth-inning line drive to right center field.
Cardona, a 20-year-old switch hitter out of San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico, was conscious when he was taken away on a stretcher and put into an ambulance at the beginning of the third inning.
Rabago’s liner was high enough that both outfielders had a shot at making the play. Incredibly, Cardona made the catch but was clipped at full speed by Tendler, who tried to dive out of the way at the last second.
Both players stayed on the ground for several minutes as both Spokane and Tri-City trainers, as well as both managers, sprinted out to attend to the players.
After roughly 10 minutes, Tendler, a rookie out of North Carolina A&T, was able to get up and later remained in the game. Cardona, however, stayed down while an ambulance was called.
The game was delayed close to 30 minutes, and the teams were still playing as the Tri-City Herald went to press. Tri-City led 6-5 after seven innings.
Cardona was later reported to be in stable condition.
Another delay occurred after the end of the seventh inning, when Spokane pitcher Darrell Hunter had a seizure in the Indians dugout, prompting immediate attention from both trainers. The ambulance was called, and Hunter walked with the EMTs under his own power.
After the game, Hunter — who returned to Gesa Stadium to watch the remainder of the game — reportedly had another seizure in Spokane's clubhouse. He was again taken by ambulance to the hospital.
The Indians took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Cardona scored Spokane’s first run, scoring on Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s infield grounder. The Indians got another on Eduard Pinto’s RBI single.
Tri-City cut it to 2-1 after Richard Prigatano hit a one-out double and scored on Miguel Dilone’s single to left.
Spokane took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth when Pinto scored on a fielding error by Rabago.
The Dust Devils got two more in the bottom of the fourth to tie the score at 3, as Shane Hoelscher and Sean Dwyer hit back-to-back doubles to tie the score. Ryan Garvey then drove in Dwyer with a two-out single 3.
Dwyer hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to give Tri-City a 5-3 lead, but Spokane tied the score again in the top of the seventh on back-to-back RBI singles by Saquan Johnson and Diego Cedeno.
A sacrifice fly by Sam Bumpers put Tri-City ahead 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Juremi Profar tied it at 6 in the ninth with an RBI single to right.