Tri-City Dust Devils

S-K batters Dust Devils 14-2

KEIZER, Ore. -- The Tri-City Dust Devils pitching staff took a beating for the second straight day, allowing 14 runs and 18 hits in a 14-2 loss to Salem-Keizer on Sunday.

The Volcanoes built a 10-0 lead off Dust Devils starter Tyler Gagnon, who lasted just 32/3 innings. Five of S-K's seven extra-base hits came of Gagnon (0-1), who had only given up three earned runs in four previous starts, as his ERA ballooned from 1.50 to 5.40.

It was the second straight game a Tri-City starter allowed 10 runs. Ricardo Ferrer gave up 10 runs -- seven unearned -- in a 14-7 loss Saturday.

The Dust Devils scored their only two runs in the top of the sixth inning, as Tim Smalling lined an RBI triple to center field and later scored on a single by Tyler Massey, who finished 2-for-3.

Volcanoes catcher Mike Murray had three hits for the second straight day to improve his league-leading batting average to .440, and Brice Cutspec homered for the second consecutive day to lift S-K (8-16) to its sixth straight victory.

Volcanoes starter Kendry Flores (2-2) got the win, allowing two runs on three hits through 5 1/3 innings.

Meanwhile, Tri-City (11-13) continued to spiral, suffering its fourth consecutive loss and seventh in eight games to drop three games behind Boise (14-10) in the NWL East Division.

  Comments