Beautiful night for a game at Gesa Stadium. Not a cloud in the sky and there's a panoramic view of the Nine Canyon hills to the south.
You can see the makings of a pretty big fireworks show in the works just beyond the center field wall.
And, oh yeah, there's a pretty good baseball team on the field, too.
The first place Tri-City Dust Devils are looking for their fifth consecutive victory and a three-game sweep of the Spokane Indians.
Dust Devils starter Vianney Mayo was in some hot water early, giving up a pair of singles to start the game. But then he settled down and got the next three batters in order. Mayo also allowed a leadoff single in the second, but got out of that inning without a hitch.
Spokane caught up to him in the third, as Hirotoshi Onaka drew a one-out walk, went to third on Rougned Odor's double to left center and scored on a groundout by Zach Cone to make it 1-0 Indians.
Spokane starter Victor Payano cruising through the first five innings. He hasn't allowed a hit yet, and only one runner — Jared Simon on a first-inning walk — has reached base. Payano using mostly a fastball and locating it extremely well. The lanky Dominican left-hander has nine strikeouts so far, whiffing everybody in the Dust Devils' lineup except Jayson Langfels, who hit that dramatic walk-off home run to win it last night.
Fortunately, the Indians aren't doing much on offense, either. A couple of baserunning errors have kept them from adding some insurance runs. Guillermo Pimentel was nailed by right fielder Jared Simon trying to stretch a single into a double in the fourth. The next inning, Edwin Garcia got picked off second base with one out, which seemed to take some wind out of their sails.
1-0 Spokane after five.
Couple of Colorado Rockies draft picks making their professional debuts tonight. Shortstop Taylor Featherston, a fifth-round pick out of TCU, is batting fifth behind Jordan Ribera, while center fielder Jaron Shepherd, a 33rd-round selection out of Mississippi State, is hitting ninth.
Tri-City finally gets its first hit of the game off Payano. Catcher Richard Pirkle leads off the sixth with a single to center on a 3-2 pitch. Shepherd sacrificed him to second to put him in scoring position, but Payano got David Hernandez and Leonardo Reyes to fly out to end the inning.
Now Spokane threatening in the top of the seventh. Dust Devils reliever Ching-Lung Lo walked Carson Vitale, gave up a single to Garcia and then walked Onaka to load the bases with nobody out.
Lo just gave up a hard single up the middle to Odor to make it 2-0, and he's done for the night. Rhett Ballard will come in to see if he can stop the bleeding, but the bases are still loaded with nobody out.
Ballard does a fine job putting the fire out. He did allow a walk to bring in another run, but otherwise kept Spokane from inflicting more damage. The Indians lead 3-0 after seven.
Dust Devils now starting to make a run against Spokane reliever Sam Robinson, as Pirkle blasts a two-run home run to left field with one out in the eighth to cut the lead to 3-2. This team has shown a lot of fight this season, and they continue to do so.
And a great night for Pirkle, a 35th-round draft pick out of Georgia College and State University, who did not have a hit coming into the game. But now he's got two, and one of them was a serious clutch hit.