Dust Devils have one day game of the season, and here it is. If you have a couple of hours to spare, it's not too late to come out and join the crowd.
Two players for Tri-City making their professional debut today. Ryan Arrowood, a 28th-round draft pick by the Colorado Rockies, is the Dust Devils starter, and Tom Murphy, a third-round pick out of Buffalo University, is the catcher.
If you get a chance, there's a video online of Murphy hitting one over the Green Monster at Fenway Park in Boston off one of the top college pitchers in the land — Kevin Gausman.
A seagull just made a little dive down toward the diamond while Everett was at the plate. Flew right over Patrick Kivlehan in the middle of his at-bat and then headed around toward Dust Devils shortstop Joey Wong, who stuck his glove up to try to divert.
Then it banked around the inside of the dirt and flew up the third-base line before heading
No score after three innings. Arrowood pitching pretty well. He's dropped in a couple of first-pitch curves for strike one. That can really help set things up for you later in the count.
Dust Devils load the bases in the bottom of the fourth inning, but they only manage one run out of it.
Everett starter Jose Valdivia gave up a single to Jordan Ribera and then hit the next two batters — Francisco Sosa and Tom Murphy. But Matt Argyropoulos hit into a double play, which drove in Ribera but basically killed the rally.
Tri-City leads it 1-0.
Dust Devils get another run in the fifth after Joey Wong reaches on an error by second baseman Jamodrick McGruder and then takes second on a throwing error by AquaSox reliever Marcos Reyna. After a sacrifice bunt from Derek Jones, Jordan Ribera brought Wong home with an RBI single to right.
Tri-City adds another insurance run in the seventh. Francisco Sosa hits a one-out single between short and third, steals second and advances to third on a single by Anthony Aguilera. Matt Argyropoulos then drove Sosa in with a flyball to right field to make it 3-0.
In the bottom half of the eighth, Tri-City doubles its score, picking up three runs on a two-run double from Ribera and an RBI single from Aguilera. That made it 6-0, and it was Taco Bell for all. (If the Dust Devils score 6 runs, everybody gets a coupon for a free Doritos Locos taco)
Dust Devils pitched well all night. First it was Arrowood, who tossed four strong innings. Then Chris Dennis and Brook Hart came on to combine for five scoreless innings of relief.
Overall, an impressive all-around good effort for Tri-City and some momentum heading into Vancouver for a five-game road series.