Here we go, Dust Devils trying to build some momentum after losing 3 of 5 at Salem-Keizer. With a three-game homestand, they just might be able to.
What's more, they looked like the vastly superior team against Spokane up at Avista Stadium, outscoring the Indians 15-6 in a rain-shortened two-game series.
Left-hander Edwar Cabrera (0-1, 5.63 ERA) will start for Tri-City, and he'll go against 6-foot-5 righty Zack Osborne (0-2, 7.11) of Spokane.
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No score through two innings. Cabrera looks good, mixing in a good curve and off-speed stuff to offset his fastball. Osborne walked Russell Wilson to lead off the bottom of the first but his defense bailed him out with a double play.
Neither teasm has a hit through the first two innings, and Cabrera has allowed just one baserunner — he hit Jared Hoying with a pitch in the second.
Spokane's Mike Olt records the game's first hit with one out in the top of the fourth. Indians couldn't do anything with it, though. Cabrera got Andrew Clark to line out to centerfield and struck out Daniel Lima to end the inning.
Still no score.
Dust Devils play-by-play man Mike Boyle brought his 5-month-old son Patrick up to the press box. What a cutie. He didn't last past the third inning, though. Right now, he's napping away in Shelly's arms.
I'm hoping we'll get to see a lot more of the little tyke this season.
Tri-City gets its first hit to lead off the fourth, a double off the wall by Chandler Laurent. Dust Devils can't bring him home, though, as Osborne works out of the jam.
Now it's Cabrera's turn to work out of a jam. He hit Brett Nicholas with one out, and then Yefry Castillo singled to center. But Cabrera took care of business against the next two batters, striking out Alejandro Selen and Ryan Strausborger to end the inning.
Still no score heading into the bottom of five.
Tri-City breaks out in the fifth. Josh Rutledge, the Dust Devils' newest addition out of the University of Alabama, drew a leadoff walk off Indians reliever Ben Henry. Nathan Hines then bunted up the first base line, but there was nobody there to cover the bag. Then Jared Clark, the first baseman, threw the ball away and both runners advanced.
Wilson then hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Rutledge, and then Laurent hit his second double of the night to score Hines.
2-0 Dust Devils after five.
Spokane comes back with four runs in the top of the eighth to take a 4-2 lead. Tri-City reliever Ricky Testa relieved Clint Tilford and immediately gave up a two-run double to Mike Olt to even the score at 2. Then Daniel Lima hit a two-out double to left to make it 3-2. Jared Hoying then looped an RBI single to right off Craig Bennigson to make it 4-2.
But it's not over yet.