Tri-City Dust Devils

Dust Devils shut out for 3rd straight game, set up bizarre playoff scenario

Ben Sheckler dealt 8 strong innings, but the Tri-City Dust Devils were shut out by the Vancouver Canadians for the second straight night Saturday at Gesa Stadium, this time by a score of 2-0 in the penultimate game of the regular season.

Sheckler had a two-hit shutout going through five innings, but surrendered an RBI single to Logan Warmoth in the sixth and a solo homer to Brock Lundquist in the seventh to seal the victory for Vancouver (21-16 second half, 42-33 overall).

Tri-City (20-17, 40-35) recorded just four hits on the day, and the Vancouver pitching staff set down the final 15 batters they faced in order. The Dust Devils finished the game on a 33-inning scoreless streak, stretching back to their 5-2 win over the Hillsboro Hops on Tuesday.

Despite losing three in a row, Tri-City’s playoff hopes aren’t dead heading into Sunday’s finale, but they are ... weird.

The only way for the Dust Devils to make the playoffs for the second time in three years is if they lose to the Canadians on Sunday, and if the AquaSox beat the Indians.

The Dust Devils are eliminated from winning the second-half NWL North championship, as they trailed the Spokane Indians by two games after Saturday. However, the first-half champ Canadians could catch the Indians (22-15, 38-37) by completing the sweep of the Dust Devils, and would win the division over Spokane on head-to-head tiebreakers.

If a team wins both halves of the division race, overall record decides the second playoff berth, which Tri-City has already clinched over Spokane.

So, to recap, the only way for the Dust Devils to make the playoffs for the second time in three years is if they lose to the Canadians on Sunday, and if the AquaSox (19-18, 36-39) beat the Indians.

Now you’ve seen everything.

Canadians 2, Dust Devils 0

Vancouver

AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg

Pruitt cf

3

0

0

0

0

3

.229

Polizzi lf

4

0

0

0

0

1

.189

Warmoth ss

4

0

1

1

0

2

.314

Clemens 1b

4

0

0

0

0

0

.274

Adams c

4

0

0

0

0

1

.305

Taylor 2b

3

0

0

0

0

1

.308

Lundquist rf

3

1

3

1

0

0

.251

Barreto 3b

3

0

0

0

0

0

.243

O’Brien dh

3

1

1

0

0

2

.250

Totals

31

2

5

2

0

10

Dust Devils

AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg

Podorsky lf

4

0

1

0

0

0

.302

J.Lopez ss

4

0

1

0

0

2

.244

Melean 3b

4

0

0

0

0

0

.224

Asuncion dh

4

0

0

0

0

3

.268

Carter cf

3

0

0

0

0

2

.233

Batten 2b

2

0

1

0

1

0

.206

Mattison 1b

3

0

0

0

0

3

.225

Seagle c

3

0

1

0

0

0

.229

Burgos rf

2

0

0

0

0

1

.243

Totals

29

0

4

0

1

11

Vancouver

000

001

100

2

5

0

Dust Devils

000

000

000

0

4

0

LOB–Vancouver 3; Dust Devils 4. 2B–Lundquist (13). HR–Lundquist (2) off Sheckler. RBIs–Warmoth (19); Lundquist (18). SB–Carter (16) 2B. CS–Batten (1) 2B. S–Pruitt; Burgos. RISP–Vancouver 1-for-4; Dust Devils 1-for-4. Runners left in scoring position–Barreto; Clemens; Melean.

Vancouver

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Dillon

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.96

Logue

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.75

J.Espada W,1-3

6

2

0

0

1

7

5.14

Pascual S,6

1

0

0

0

0

2

2.18

Dust Devils

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Sheckler L,3-3

8

5

2

2

0

8

2.60

Zimmerman

1

0

0

0

0

2

0.69

GS–Dillon 45; Sheckler 74. Pitches-strikes–Dillon 17-9; Logue 15-10; J.Espada 78-57; Pascual 11-8; Sheckler 103-81; Zimmerman 11-10. WP–J.Espada; Sheckler.

T–2:29. A–3,386.

Dustin Brennan: 509-582-1413, @Tweet_By_Dustin

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