The Tri-City Dust Devils didn’t need a base hit to beat host Spokane 3-1 on Friday night.
The Indians beat themselves in the top of the 11th inning with three walks, two wild pitches and a run-scoring balk as Tri-City pulled within one game of first-place Everett in the Northwest League North Division standings.
Spokane reliever Jason Richman retired the first two batters in the top of the 11th but was relieved by John Kukuruda after giving up a two-out walk to Peter Van Gansen. Kukuruda then self destructed, walking Jose Carlos Urena and then throwing a wild pitch to put runners on second and third. A balk scored Van Gansen and another wild pitch scored Urena to put Tri-City up 3-1.
An impressive battle between two starting pitchers took center stage for five innings as Tri-City’s Travis Radke and Spokane’s Cody Palmquist kept things quiet in front of a sold-out crowd of 7,043 at Avista Stadium.
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Palmquist struck out 11 batters and surrendered just three hits over seven innings. Radke allowed five hits without a walk and struck out six. Sam Holland (1-0) got the win for Tri-City with two scoreless frames, and Luis Hernandez picked up his first save of the year.
The teams battled scoreless through 7 1/2 innings before Spokane’s took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth. The Dust Devils tied it up in the top of the ninth, as Mitch Morales drew a leadoff walk and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Ty Prince.
Dust Devils 3, Indians 1 (11)
|Bykn cf||5||0||1||0||Clark cf||5||0||2||0|
|VGnsn ss||4||1||1||0||Yrzri ss||5||0||0||0|
|Urena lf||4||1||1||0||More 2b||5||0||2||1|
|France 1b||3||0||1||1||Potts rf||5||0||0||0|
|Belen 3b||4||0||0||0||Lcrus c||3||0||1||0|
|Tdwll 3b||1||0||0||0||Garay 1b||5||0||0||0|
|Kndy c||4||0||0||0||McDnld dh||4||0||1||0|
|Smith rf||4||0||1||0||McKay pr||0||0||0||0|
|Vilter dh||4||0||0||0||Frbes 3b||4||0||1||0|
|Mrles 2b||3||1||0||0||Vtlto lf||3||1||2||0|
E—Belen 2 (8), Radke (1). DP—Tri-City 5. LOB—Tri-City 5, Spokane 7. 2B—Lacrus (5), Urena (7), Votolato (2). SF—France. CS—Potts (1).
|Holland W, 1-0||2||1||0||0||1||0|
|Hernandez S, 1||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|Richman L, 0-2||2-3||0||1||1||1||1|
WP—Kukuruda 2. Balk—Kukuruda. HBP—Lacrus (by Holland). Umpires—H, Tom West; 1B, Joe Schwartz. T—3:33. A—7,043