Dust Devils lose to Spokane
The Tri-City Dust Devils might want a re-do of Monday night’s 1-0 Northwest League loss to Spokane at Gesa Stadium.
A night after clinching the first-half North Division title, the Dust Devils wasted an inspired pitching effort by starter Adrian De Horta, who allowed just one hit through six shutout innings.
Spokane scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth. Darius Day drew a leadoff walk off Tri-City reliever Sam Holland and then stole second. After Holland struck out LeDarious Clark, the NWL’s leading hitter, Yeyson Yrizarri reached on a fielding error by Holland.
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Holland looked like he might get out of trouble after striking out Dylan Moore for the second out. But he walked Jamie Potts to load the bases and then threw a wild pitch to score Day.
Tri-City had plenty of chances to score, putting runners in scoring position in four of the first five innings and leaving 10 runners on base. The Dust Devils got their best chance to score in the bottom of the fifth, when Peter Van Gansen hit a leadoff single and came around third on Ty France’s double to left.
But a strong throw from left fielder Day, and an even better relay by second baseman Dylan Moore, was enough to catch Van Gansen at home.
Holland (1-1) took the loss for Tri-City. Jeffrey Springs (1-1) got the win for Spokane, tossing two perfect innings to close out the game.