Tri-City Dust Devils

Dust Devils lose pitchers’ duel to Canadians, still a game back in NWL North

Nick Margevicius and Blake Rogers combined to throw seven innings of four-hit, shutout ball, but the Vancouver Canadians scratched across a late run to top the Tri-City Dust Devils 1-0 on Friday night at Gesa Stadium in the opener of the final series of the regular season.

The win pulled the first-half NWL North champion Canadians (20-16 second half, 41-33 overall) into a tie with the Dust Devils (20-16, 40-34) for second place in the second-half standings, a game behind the Spokane Indians (21-15, 37-37), who lost to the Everett AquaSox (19-17, 36-38) on Friday. Because of head-to-head tiebreakers and the Canadians already having a postseason berth, Spokane needs to win the second half outright to keep Tri-City out of the playoffs.

Margevicius — the San Diego Padres seventh-round pick in this year’s MLB Draft — who dealt five scoreless innings in his second consecutive start, dropped his ERA to 1.24 in six tilts for the Dust Devils. But the Canadians were able to do damage against one of Tri-City’s most dynamic relievers, Evan Miller.

Miller (2-3, 1.33 ERA) came on in the eighth and, after getting a groundout to lead off the inning, surrendered three consecutive singles, including an RBI knock to Logan Warmoth, to give up the game’s only run, which was unearned.

Robbie Podorsky (25th round, McNeese St.) continued his stellar summer by going 2-for-4 to raise his batting average to a team-high .303.

The middle game of the three-game set was Saturday, with the season finale starting at 7:15 p.m. Sunday.

Canadians 1, Dust Devils 0

Vancouver

AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg

Pruitt cf

4

1

1

0

0

1

.232

Obeso lf

4

0

2

0

0

1

.251

Warmoth ss

4

0

2

1

0

0

.316

Adams dh

4

0

0

0

0

2

.312

Clemens 1b

4

0

2

0

0

1

.279

Taylor 2b

2

0

0

0

1

1

.323

Romanin 3b

3

0

0

0

0

3

.206

Morgan c

3

0

0

0

1

2

.141

Polizzi rf

4

0

1

0

0

1

.196

Totals

32

1

8

1

2

12

Dust Devils

AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg

Podorsky lf

4

0

2

0

0

0

.303

J.Lopez ss

4

0

1

0

0

1

.244

Melean 2b

3

0

1

0

1

1

.228

Asuncion rf

3

0

1

0

0

0

.272

Carter cf

4

0

1

0

0

0

.236

Almanzar 3b

4

0

1

0

0

3

.233

Mattison 1b

3

0

0

0

1

1

.231

-47-Magee pr

0

0

0

0

0

0

.213

Washington c

3

0

0

0

1

2

.182

Benson dh

4

0

0

0

0

3

.288

Totals

32

0

7

0

3

11

Vancouver

000

000

010

1

8

0

Dust Devils

000

000

000

0

7

1

-47-Ran for Mattison in the 9th.

E–Almanzar (23). LOB–Vancouver 8; Dust Devils 9. 2B–Clemens (14). RBIs–Warmoth (18). SB–Almanzar (10) 2B. CS–Taylor (2) 2B. S–Taylor. RISP–Vancouver 1-for-5; Dust Devils 1-for-5. Runners left in scoring position–Warmoth; Polizzi; Benson 2; Carter. GIDP–Adams; Melean; Asuncion. DP–Vancouver 2; Dust Devils 1.

Vancouver

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Rodning

5

6

0

0

1

4

4.64

D.Jimenez W,2-3

2

0

0

0

0

4

5.30

Reyes H,2

1

1

0

0

1

0

1.80

Ouellette S,13

1

0

0

0

1

3

3.00

Dust Devils

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Margevicius

5

3

0

0

1

10

1.24

Rogers

2

1

0

0

0

1

3.00

Miller L,2-3

2

4

1

0

1

1

1.33

GS–Rodning 60; Margevicius 72. HBP–Romanin (Rogers); Asuncion (D.Jimenez). Pitches-strikes–Rodning 73-48; D.Jimenez 22-15; Reyes 13-9; Ouellette 19-12; Margevicius 79-56; Rogers 21-11; Miller 31-23.

T–2:39. A–2,684.

Dustin Brennan: 509-582-1413, @Tweet_By_Dustin

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