Tri-City Dust Devils

See the Dust Devils for $1 in winner-take-all Game 5 playoff matchup against Hillsboro

It all comes down to one game.

The Tri-City Dust Devils and the Hillsboro Hops will play the fifth and final game of the Northwest League Championship series at 7:15 p.m. today at Gesa Stadium in Pasco.

Winner-take-all style.

The Dust Devils won Game 4 on Tuesday night, 6-0, to even the series 2-2.

In honor of the victims of 9-11, and to celebrate Game 5, the Dust Devils are selling all general admission tickets for tonight’s contest for $1 each. All proceeds from those sales will be donated to the VFW 5785.

To purchase your $1 general admission seats, visit the team’s box office at 6200 Burden Blvd., in Pasco; or call the team office at 509-544-8789.

The Dust Devils have had to pull even twice now in this series.

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Dust Devils’ Jason Blanchard (26) pitches during game four of the Northwest League Finals against the Hillsboro Hops at Gesa Stadium on Tuesday. Dust Devil defeated Hops 6-0. Noelle Haro-Gomez Tri-City Herald

On Tuesday night, pitchers Jason Blanchard, Wen-Hua Sung and Ethan Elliott combined for the shutout, scattering seven hits.

Tri-City got on the board in the second inning when Matthew Acosta took a Marcus Tineo pitch over the right centerfield wall for a two-run home run.

Acosta had missed Monday’s Game 3 after getting hit in the head with a pitch in Sunday’s Game 2 in Hillsboro. But he recovered well enough to give the Dust Devils the lead for good on Tuesday.

Tri-City took advantage of some wild pitching to score three more runs in the fifth inning, as Jack Stronach – and then Luke Becker – each walked with the bases loaded to force in runs.

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Tri-City Dust Devils outfielder Matthew Acosta (6) throws the ball during Game 4 of the Northwest League playoff finals against the Hillsboro Hops at Gesa Stadium on Tuesday. The Dust Devil defeated the Hops 6-0. Noelle Haro-Gomez Tri-City Herald

Nick Gatewood added another run in the same inning as he hit a sacrifice fly.

The Dust Devils added another run in the sixth, when Logan Driscoll hit another sacrifice fly.

Tri-City manager Mike McCoy has named Nick Thwaits the starter for tonight’s game. Thwaits opened the 2019 regular season as the team’s starter. Hillsboro is expected to counter with right-hander Conor Grammes.

Jeff Morrow is the former sports editor of the Herald.

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