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LIVE BLOG: Dust Devils vs. Spokane Indians, Game 3

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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