Dust Devils looking to rebound after a tough 3-2 loss to Boise last night. They got close, scoring a run in the ninth but couldn't complete the comeback.
Tonight they'll have Ricardo Ferrer going on the mound. Ferrer is off to a pretty good start this year with a 3.60 ERA and a 0-0 record. He had a tough-luck no decision in his first start of the year after allowing just two runs on three hits in six innings in a 5-4 extra-inning loss.
Tonight he was a little shaky to start, falling behind the first two hitters and giving up three hits. But centerfielder Brian Humphries saved him with a strong throw to gun down Travis Garcia at home plate to end the first inning.
But Boise starter Jin-Young Kim is having an even tougher time finding the strike zone, giving up hits to the first two Tri-City batters and then walking the next three to fall behind 2-0. The second walk prompted a visit from Hawks pitching coach David Rosario, but Kim got a break after the third walk. He struck out Juan Crousset looking and then fought back a 3-0 count to Blake McDade to get a room service, double-play grounder to shortstop Kenny Socorro to end the inning.
Dust Devils lead 2-0 after one.
Kim's day is done for Boise, but Tri-City gets to reliever Hector Mayora with a two-out single by Humphries and then an RBI double to the wall in left center by Timothy Smalling for a 3-0 lead.
Boise gets a run back on a two-out double by Garcia and an RBI single from Rafael Lopez to cut the lead to 3-1.
McDade goes inside out for a leadoff double down the left field line and David Hernandez drives him in with a single over third base.
4-1 Tri-City after four innings.
Boise comes back with a run in the sixth to make it 4-2, but Jeff Squier bounces an RBI single between short and third to push the lead back up to 5-2.
The Hawks add another run in the eighth, but the Dust Devils close them out in the ninth. Isaiah Froneberger allows a leadoff single but bears down to get the next three hitters.
Dust Devils win it 5-3 to move within one game of first.