Tri-City Dust Devils trying to snap a six-game losing streak against Salem-Keizer at Gesa Stadium.
Josh Hungerman (1-2, 3.72) is pitching for Tri-City. He'll go up against Volcanoes righty Edward Concepcion (2-2, 6.89), who picked up one of his two victories this season against the Dust Devils.
Tri-City will also work another shortstop into the rotation tonight as Jeremiah Sammy will make his first start. Sammy, a free-agent signee by the Colorado Rockies in 2009, was one of the Dust Devils' biggest surprises last season, hitting .316 with three homers and 20 RBIs. He also stole nine bases.
First inning in the books with no score.
Speaking of no score, there was a game between Cincinnati and Philadelphia today that went scoreless for nine innings before the Reds won it with a run in the 11th inning. But the story was the battle between Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay and Reds lefty Travis Wood, who had a perfect game through eight innings.
The perfect game was broken up by Philadelphia's Carlos Ruiz with a leadoff double in the ninth — the only hit he allowed — but Wood retired the next three batters in order to escape the jam. Halladay, who has seven complete games and three shutouts already this season, only allowed five hits through nine innings himself.
Back to the Dust Devils. Still no score through two innings.
Bottom of the third, and Tri-City takes a 1-0 lead. Really, the Dust Devils should have scored at least two runs during a four-hit inning in which they loaded the bases with one out. But it looked like Nathan Hines tripped coming into third on Bryce Massanari's ground ball between first and second base, a play on which he should have scored. Then, with the bases juiced, Jared Simon grounded into a 5-4-3 double play.