Good to be back at Gesa Stadium after a long, eight-day road trip!! Hard to believe there's only
As I arrived in the press box, I was pleased to see a ceviche tostada waiting for me in my usual spot, courtesy of Dust Devils play-by-play man Jason Schwartz. God bless America, I thought. And thank God for Hacienda del Sol out in the stadium concourse for offering a $1 special on ceviche today. I liked the first one so much I rushed down to get two more. Screw hamburgers!
If I had to live on one food for the rest of my life, I just might have to go with sushi. But I've decided a good whitefish ceviche would be a close second. (as I write this, Tony Wise — the Dust Devils official scorer — is peering over my shoulder, wondering what I'm writing about. I did offer him one of my ceviche tostadas earlier, but he turned it down.)
So if you like ceviche and you like baseball, there's still plenty of time to come out and get a nice, affordable handful of both.
I'm getting to enjoy following Twitter more and more these days. Today I read a tweet from Dust Devils pitcher Kyle Hancock about team trading cards being released today. Kyle was pretty psyched about his card, which features him a profile shot of him in the bullpen looking in towards the mound. It's a nice, clear photo with good lighting and the mullet in all its glory.
More on the baseball cards later. I could talk about cards all day. I could also sort them all day, since I've been collecting since I was a kid. I can't afford to buy much lately, since most low-end packs these days will run you anywhere from $3-$10. There's a few packs that could go as high as $50-$100, but sometimes it can be worth it.
Fortunately, the Dust Devils team sets will only set you back $8.
Yakima took a 1-0 lead in the first after Westley Moss led off the game with a single to left, took second on a single to Danny Pulfer, stole third and then scored on a grounder to third by Garrett Weber.
That lead held until the bottom of the sixth, when Jayson Langfels led off the frame with a single to right and took second on an infield single by David Hernandez. They were sacrificed 90 feet ahead on a good bunt by Leonardo Reyes, and then Langfels scored on an RBI grounder by Tim Smalling.
Score tied at 1 after six innings.
I've been very impressed by Bears pitcher John Pedrotty, a 13th-round draft pick out of Holy Cross. He's as close to a power lefty as the Dust Devils have faced this year with a fastball that registered 94 on the stadium gun. He's locating it well, but he's also done a great job getting Tri-City to chase some pitches out of the zone.
Tri-City aiming to misbehave here in the bottom of the seventh. Tyler Massey and Jared Simon both singled to lead off the inning, and it looked like the Dust Devils might take advantage after Pedrotty was replaced by Willy Paredes to start the frame.
Then it looked like the Bears might get out of it after Ryan Casteel struck out and Jordan Ribera popped up to shortstop with Simon and Massey still hanging at first and second.
But Taylor Featherston saved the day (or at least the inning), grounding a 1-2 pitch from Paredes back up the middle to score Langfels from second.
Dust Devils lead for the first time tonight, 2-1.
Tri-City gets an insurance run in the eighth on an RBI triple from Smalling — his second RBI of the night — to make it 3-1.
William Rankin has done well in relief for Chris Jensen tonight, tossing 3 1/3 innings before facing some trouble in the ninth. He walked Danny Pulfer to open the inning but got a big break on the next play.
Jimmy Comerota bounced a grounder to Smalling at second base, who threw to Featherston to force Pulfer at second. But the umpire, Lee Meyers, called Pulfer safe. Nearly the entire Dust Devils infield and manager Freddie Ocasio converged on Meyers to argue the call. Meanwhile, Pulfer tried to sneak over to third, but Featherston — still holding the ball — threw to Langfels in time to start a rundown and tag out Pulfer.
Rankin wasn't out of it yet, though. With Comerota still at first, he allowed a single to Garrett Weber and then hit Carter Bell to load the bases. The pitch that hit Bell bounced off his helmet, but fortunately didn't do any damage. Bell popped up after a moment with the trainers and trotted to first.
Chris Dennis came in to relieve Rankin and immediately induced a game-ending double-play grounder from Zabala.
Dust Devils win 3-1.