Tri-City Dust Devils

Early lead not enough as Dust Devils fall to Indians 8-7

Four runs in the first inning wasn’t enough to start the road trip off right for the Tri-City Dust Devils on Wednesday night, as they fell to the Spokane Indians 8-7 at Avista Stadium to begin a three-game series.

The Dust Devils (16-12 second half, 36-30 overall) opened the week at home against the Indians, winning two out of three before the teams headed north. Heading into Thursday’s slate of games, Tri-City was tied with the first-half NWL North champion Vancouver Canadians at the top of the second-half standings, with Spokane (15-13, 31-35) trailing by a game.

Justin Lopez had an RBI single in the first inning and a solo homer to lead off the sixth, Jose Lezama had two hits and two RBIs, and Kelvin Melean reached base four times (2-for-3 with two walks) and scored twice to lead the Dust Devils’ attack.

Spokane rallied back with a three-run home run by Curtis Terry (10th of the season) to open its scoring in the second, and a three-run fourth highlighted by an Austin O’Banion solo shot to give the Indians’ a lead they would never relinquish.

Ten games remain in the NWL regular season, with Tri-City heading to Hillsboro for five games against the Hops after the Spokane series, then wrapping up the season with three games at Gesa Stadium against the Canadians, Sept. 1-3.

Indians 8, Dust Devils 7

Dust Devils

AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg

Podorsky lf

4

1

0

0

0

1

.303

J.Lopez 2b

4

2

2

2

1

2

.251

Melean 3b

3

2

2

0

2

0

.240

Asuncion dh

3

1

1

1

0

1

.273

a-F.Blanco ph-dh

2

1

0

0

0

1

.167

Carter cf

4

0

0

0

1

2

.227

Almanzar ss

3

0

0

0

2

2

.239

Mattison 1b

5

0

0

0

0

4

.214

Lezama c

4

0

2

2

1

1

.250

Burgos rf

4

0

0

0

0

2

.245

Totals

36

7

7

5

7

16

Spokane

AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg

Aparicio cf

4

1

2

1

1

0

.292

Seise ss

5

0

4

1

0

0

.200

Ratliff rf

4

0

1

0

1

2

.247

Middleton c

3

1

0

1

2

2

.255

Whatley dh

4

1

1

0

1

2

.259

O’Banion lf

4

2

3

2

0

1

.269

Terry 1b

4

2

2

3

0

0

.251

Enright 3b

4

1

1

0

0

1

.233

Inoa 2b

4

0

0

0

0

3

.217

Totals

36

8

14

8

5

11

Dust Devils

400

002

010

7

7

0

Spokane

030

311

00x

8

14

3

a-Grounded into a forceout for Asuncion in the 6th.

E–Enright (12). LOB–Dust Devils 10; Spokane 9. HR–J.Lopez (2) off Kuzia; Terry (10) off Stillman. RBIs–J.Lopez 2 (21); Asuncion (28); Lezama 2 (3); Terry 3 (26); O’Banion 2 (20); Aparicio (28); Seise (6); Middleton (17). SB–Podorsky (11) 2B. CS–Aparicio (8) hB. RISP–Dust Devils 5-for-17; Spokane 5-for-11. Runners left in scoring position–Burgos 2; Carter; Podorsky 2; Almanzar; Mattison; Enright; Whatley 2. GIDP–Whatley. DP–Dust Devils 1.

Dust Devils

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Stillman L,1-4

4

8

6

6

1

5

6.26

Erb

1 1/3

4

2

2

2

2

2.05

Miller

1 2/3

0

0

0

1

2

1.76

Munoz

1

2

0

0

1

2

4.15

Spokane

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Bueno

 1/3

3

4

4

1

1

5.29

A.Rodriguez

2 2/3

2

0

0

3

4

6.15

Speas W,1-6

2

0

0

0

3

5

6.75

Kuzia H,3

3

2

3

1

0

5

2.59

Advocate S,4

1

0

0

0

0

1

3.52

B–Speas. GS–Stillman 21; Bueno 23. HBP–Podorsky (Bueno). Pitches-strikes–Stillman 67-44; Erb 37-23; Miller 20-11; Munoz 24-13; Bueno 29-17; A.Rodriguez 53-33; Speas 48-24; Kuzia 44-36; Advocate 11-8. WP–Bueno; Speas; Kuzia. Inherited runners-scored–Miller 3-1; A.Rodriguez 3-2.

T–3:27. A–4,466.

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