The Dust Devils have won 7 of 8, and they're looking for their second series sweep tonight against the Spokane Indians.
RHP Shane Broyles (1-0, 2.25 ERA) will go for Tri-City, and RHP Abel De Los Santos (3-1, 0.86) gets the nod for Spokane.
Broyles sets the Indians down 1-2-3 on just seven pitches in the top of the first.
Kyle Von Tungeln, who has hit in each of his 6 games since making his professional debut on July 2, is hit by De Los Santos' to lead off the game. Miguel De Leon makes him pay for it, smashing a two-out, two-run home run over the Cascade Natural Gas sign in left field.
Tri-City leads 2-0 after one inning.
Broyles not quite as efficient in the second, walking the leadoff batter and throwing a total of 16 pitches. Still, he strikes out two batters, and catcher Michael Ramirez makes a pinpoint throw to second base to catch Royce Bolinger trying to steal.
Yakima gets one back in the top of the third after Guy Edmonds — the Indians No. 8 hitter — hits a one-out double, moves to second on a sac bunt and scores on a hot comebacker up the middle that Broyles knocked down but couldn't recover.
Dust Devils still lead 2-1 after 2 1/2.
How about Von Tungeln? He comes up with one out in the third and rifles a single between first and second to extend his hitting streak to seven games. I can't imagine starting out your career much better than that.
Spokane ties the game at 2 in top of fourth after Royce Bolinger hit a one-out double and then scored on an RBI single up the middle by Barrett Serrato.
We're tied at 2 after 3 1/2.
Scary moment in the fourth inning, when a foul ball sizzled through the field box along the third base line and hit a young boy. I didn't see where it hit him, but Spokane play-by-play man Mike Boyle thought it hit him in the chest.
The medical staff attended to him quickly, and, aside from a few tears, it looked like no major damage was done. A very close call and another cautionary reminder for fans to always be aware of stray foul balls.
Dust Devils have had just one hit in the last 3 1/3 innings since De Leon's first-inning home run. De Los Santos settling into a nice rhythm with just 48 pitches in four innings.
But Tri-City touches De Los Santos up in the bottom of the fifth.
Ramirez starts things off with a one-out double down the line in left. Yafistel Roja then singles over second baseman Cam Schiller to set up a first-and-third situation.
Then it's Von Tungeln again, doubling down the right-field line to drive in Ramirez and send Roja to third. Roja then scores on a sacrifice fly to left by Rosell Herrera.
Tri-City leads 4-2.
Broyles has seen his last inning after throwing 75 pitches through five frames. It looks like Tyler Gagnon, who had a breakout season with Tri-City last year, will come on in relief. Gagnon is here on a rehab assignment and hopefully will get a chance to move up quickly.
But it's never a bad thing to see Gagnon, who earned the NWL pitcher of the week award twice in 2011, ready to come in the game.
Some pretty spectacular storm action to the southeast of the stadium, and we've got a perfect view. It's a tempest of black and blue over toward the Blue Mountains, and every minute or so there's a flash of lightning from within the formation.
It's far enough away that nobody's in real danger, but it's close enough to admire the power of nature.
Speaking of the power of nature, check out this clip this clip of the Texas Rangers game against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday night.
In the top of the eighth inning now, and the storm is getting close enough to warrant some concern. Not any strikes within 50 miles yet, but the lightning is sure brightening up the sky. Sometimes it's better to be safe than sorry.
I wouldn't be surprised if this is our last inning.
Dust Devils still lead it 4-2.
Rolinger drives in Chris Garia with two-out RBI single in top of the eighth to cut Tri-City lead to 4-3.
Gagnon hangs on amid a crazy lightning storm that's getting worse by the minute.
But it looks like the umpires are going to let them play it through.
Brook Hart, who was the NWL pitcher of the week for June 27-July 2, will get a chance to close things out for the Dust Devils.
He'll face the Indians' Nos. 6-7-8 hitters Maloney, Garcia and Edmonds, who have combined to go 1-for-7 tonight.
Hart sets them down 1-2-3, and the Dust Devils win their fourth in a row, 4-3. Unfortunately, Yakima also won to keep their two-game lead.
Next stop, a five-game series against West Division leader Everett, which took 3-of-5 at Gesa Stadium to open the season.