A big promotion tonight at Gesa Stadium. A fan's name will be drawn before each inning, and if the Dust Devils hit a grand slam in that inning, the fan will win $10,000 courtest of Gesa Credit Union.
This isn't known for being a home run park. You can count on one or two at best for each series held here in Pasco. But there's always that chance.
Rockies' video technician Matt Pignataro, my compadre up here in the press box, was in Spokane when they held a similar promotion earlier this month, and it paid off!
On Aug. 9, the Indians were set to give away a brand-new Ford F-150 if a Spokane player hit a grand slam that night, and it happened when outfielder Ruben Sierra Jr. hit a walk-off granny to beat Everett 6-5.
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I'm not saying the Dust Devils won't hit a grand slam here — after all, Miguel DeLeon did it here earlier this season — but given the team's propensity for hitting home runs (they've got just 16 through 68 games before tonight — an average of one every xxx games) there are three chances of someone winning tonight: slim, fat and none.
Well, there's a home run, but it doesn't belong to Tri-City. Felix Cabrera comes up for Eugene with no outs and a man on in the top of the second and smokes a ball off the scoreboard in left field for a 2-0 lead.
There's almost no such thing in this place, but that one was a no-doubter.
I was hoping Broyles might capture his fifth win tonight, but he doesn't appear to have his best stuff. He had a 1-2-3 first inning but then got touched up for the two runs in the second and seems to be fighting some command issues.
He's got a few more innings to settle down, though. I've got him at 46 pitches through four innings.
The Dust Devils are focing Broyles' counterpart — Tayron Guerrero, a 19-year-old, 6-foot-7 right-hander out of Columbia — to throw a lot of pitches. They're doing a good job of extending at-bats and being patient at the plate. As a result, the fastball-throwing giant has reached 55 pitches after just three innings. At this rate, he'll be out of here by the fifth inning comes around.
Richard Pirkle singles to lead off the bottom of the third, and — thanks to some heads up baserunning and a pair of wild pitches — scores on a 55-foot fastball by Guerrero to make it 1-0.
The next inning, Zach Osborne reached on a fielding error by shortstop Stephen Carmon to lead off the third. Guerrero then uncorked a wild pitch to send Osborne to second. Matt Argyropoulos advances him to third with a grounder to second, and then Guerrero throws ANOTHER wild pitch with two outs to bring Osborne home.
Score tied at 2 after four innings.
Eugene scores single runs in the fifth and sixth innings on an RBI double from Corey Adamson and then a sac fly by Dane Phillips to take a 4-2 lead.
But Tom Murphy ties it up with one swing in the bottom of the sixth, hammering the first pitch from reliever Matthew Shepherd over the left field wall for a two-run home run. That's his fifth of the year, and he got all of it.
We're tied at 4 after six.