A second straight three-hit performance for Robbie Podorsky wasn’t enough as the Tri-City Dust Devils fell to the host Hillsboro Hops 7-3 on Sunday to even their five-game series at one game each.
The Dust Devils (18-14 second-half, 39-31 overall) were trying to take an outright lead in the NWL North Division second-half standings with the first-half champion Vancouver Canadians losing to the Boise Hawks earlier Sunday, but they couldn’t take advantage. Tri-City and Vancouver remained a game ahead of the Spokane Indians with six games to go in the regular season.
Starter Aaron Leasher (0-1) struggled a bit in his third Dust Devils start, surrendering three runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks before exiting after three innings, giving Hillsboro an early lead that would never be relinquished.
Podorsky led off the bottom of the eighth with a single and later scored Tri-City’s second run of the game when Tre Carter walked with the bases loaded. He also hit his sixth double of the season in the ninth.
The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Monday.