The Tri-City Dust Devils faced one of the best pitchers in the Northwest League on Friday at Gesa Stadium, going against Jared Miller.
The Dust Devils got the best of Miller, scoring three runs in five innings off the NWL All-Star Game starter en route to a 9-0 shutout win in front of 2,694 fans.
Tri-City recorded its first shutout of the season and handed the Hops, the defending NWL champions, their first shutout of the season. The Dust Devils also padded the best home record (14-8) in the league and now holds the best overall record (25-18) in either division.
Peter Van Gansen was one of four Dust Devils players to record multiple hits, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Ty France, Carlos Belen and Jose Carlos Urena had two hits apiece, combining for three runs and five RBIs.
Austin Allen started the scoring with a solo home run — his first as a professional — off Miller with one out in the second inning. Tri-City picked up single runs in the third, fifth and sixth before exploding for four more in the bottom of the seventh.
Dust Devils starter Angel Mejia (2-2) got the win, scattering six hits and three walks over six strong innings. Lou Distasio and Sam Holland combined for three scoreless frames to close out the game.
Miller (7-2) took the loss, giving up three runs — two earned — on five hits over five innings.
Around the league
The rest of the North Division teams lost, allowing Tri-City (3-2) to gain a game on Everett (2-3), Vancouver (2-3) and Spokane (1-4). Everett lost 8-7 at Salem-Keizer (4-1), which is tied for the South lead with Eugene (4-1), which topped Spokane 7-0. Boise (2-3) beat Vancouver 7-4 to remain tied in third with the Hops (2-3).
Hillsboro 2B Fernery Ozuna sprinted into foul territory to make a sliding catch on Rod Boykin’s first-inning pop-up. .... Tri-City 3B Carlos Belen snagged Nate Robertson’s smoking line drive in the top of the second and quickly threw to 2B to double off Nate Irving. ... Dust Devils SS Peter Van Gansen turned a pair of tough short hops into big plays. In the fifth, he picked a short hop throw from Mason Smith in right field to keep Luis Veras from taking an extra base. With no outs in the sixth, Van Gansen fielded another shorty and threw to third base to force the lead runner.
Streaks & stats
Tri-City: The Dust Devils lead the NWL in most walks (210) and fewest walks allowed (113), a remarkable +97 differential. ... Rod Boykin hit in his 10th game in a row. ... Ty France recorded multiple hits for the 10th time in the last 16 games.
Did you know?
Hillsboro 1B Trevor Mitsui was a three-time all-state player at Shorewood High School in Shoreline, leading the Thunderbirds to the Class 3A title game as a senior in 2011. He hit .712 with 13 HRs and one strikeout in 97 at-bats that year to earn Washington’s Gatorade Player of the Year honors before playing three seasons at the University of Washington.