Three innings in, and we're still scoreless.
The Dust Devils blew a good opportunity in the bottom of the third, however, putting Jayson Langfels and Jeff Squier on to lead off the frame. But Boise pitcher Yao-Lin Wang made a heads up play on Brian Humphries' bunt attempt, throwing to third just in time to get Langfels. With David Hernandez, the NWL's leading hitter, at the plate, Hawks catcher Yaniel Cabezas threw out Squier at third on a missed hit-and-run.
Hernandez still had a chance to drive in a run, though, with Humphries on second. He lined a 3-2 pitch right back up the middle, but Wang stuck his glove out and snagged it for the third out.
Vianney Mayo looking good for Tri-City on the mound. He's allowed just four hits through 4 1/3 innings before being relieved by Ching-Lung Lo. He was up around 75 pitches, but he was still showing good velocity on his fastball.
Lo gets the final two outs of the fifth on just three pitches. In the bottom half of the fifth, Tri-City shortstop Jeff Squier lines a home run over the left field wall for a 1-0 Dust Devils lead.
Lo fighting some control issues in the sixth. He walks the leadoff batter on eight pitches and then goes 3-1 to Paul Hoilman before getting the popup. But Reggie Golden, a second-round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs in 2010, turned on a first-pitch fastball by Lo and drove it off the groundskeeper's shack in left for a 2-1 Boise lead.
And Lo isn't out of the inning just yet.
Wilson Contreras continues the Boise hit parade with a double just under the glove of third baseman Jayson Langfels. Lo's night ends with a two-out walk to Yaniel Cabezas.
Reliever Craig Bennigson was greeted with a first-pitch single to right by Kyung-Min Na, making it 3-1 Boise.
And that's the way it ends. The Dust Devils made it exciting at the end, putting runners on second and third with nobody out to start the ninth. Jayson Langfels drove in Jared Simon to cut the lead to 3-2, but Ryan Casteel committed a baserunning error when he tried to advance from second on a grounder to third. He was thrown out easily, which left the tying run over at first.
It's a tough enough season without making things harder on yourself. Tri-City has done a little too much of that lately.
Still, not a bad game. But a 3-2 loss all the same.
Chat at you tomorrow.