The Tri-City Dust Devils brought out the lumber Tuesday night, pounding the visiting Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 15-8 in a Northwest League game at Gesa Stadium.
The Dust Devils collected 19 hits in the slugfest and took advantage of four Volcanoes errors.
Salem-Keizer wasn’t bad at the plate either, pounding out 12 hits.
But the star of Tuesday’s game had to be Dust Devils third baseman Carlos Belen, who ripped two long home runs — a two-run bomb in the first inning, and a solo shot in the seventh. Both were to left field, and his second homer gave the Dust Devils the lead for good.
More importantly, Belen is starting to see the ball better at the plate. A home run on Monday night snapped an 0-for-15 slump at the plate. He now has three homers for the season.
Mason Smith also cracked a home run in the sixth for Tri-City.
Rod Boykin had a strong night as the leadoff hitter for the Dust Devils, going 3-for-6 with a triple and three RBIs.
The two teams meet again at 7:15 p.m. today at Gesa Stadium.
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Logan Taylor had three hits and drove in two runs as visiting Everett beat Hillsboro 4-1, meaning the standings stay the same. Everett is still a game ahead of Tri-City in the first-half standings. And because Salem-Keizer lost, the Volcanoes stayed 1 game behind Hillsboro in the South standings.
Urena made a diving catch headfirst in left field in the sixth inning. ... A fan, standing on one leg, reached out in the third base grandstands and made a one-handed, off-balance catch of Peter Van Gansen’s foul line drive. He earned a rousing round of applause from the fans, and Dust Devils radio man Chris King said it was the best catch by a fan he’s seen in his years here.
Salem-Keizer’s Jose Vizcaino Jr., is the son of the former Major Leaguer with the same name, who played for the St. Louis Cardinals. The Volcanoes’ version was 2-for-4 on Tuesday and is one of the NWL’s top hitters with a .346 batting average. ... Left-handed pitcher Brandon Fry was assigned to the Dust Devils on Monday from Midwest League Fort Wayne. ... Attendance for Tuesday’s game was 1,713.