Roberto Padilla makes his return to the mound tonight for Tri-City after spending the last month in Class-A (advanced) Modesto. He made two starts with the Dust Devils, going 1-1 with a 0.77 ERA, but he was used only in relief with the Nuts.
Padilla will face RHP Connor Sadzeck, who had one previous start against Tri-City, giving up four runs on three hits over five innings in a 5-4 Indians' loss.
Padilla not looking very sharp early on. He fell behind three of the five hitters he faced in the first inning, and allowed a two-out RBI double to former Gonzaga standout Royce Bolinger to fall behind 1-0.
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In the second, Barrett Serrato hit a leadoff single and scored on a one-out double by Joe Maloney as Spokane took a 2-0 lead.
Tri-City ties the game in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Sadzeck hit Miguel De Leon and walked Derek Jones. Sadzeck then left a 1-0 fastball up a litttle too high for Francisco Sosa, who missed a home run to left center by about two feet.
Still, his long double off the wall drove home De Leon and Jones to tie the score at 2.
Padilla and Sadzeck both long gone. The Dust Devils did a good job forcing Sadzeck into deep counts. He left after throwing 74 pitches in three innings.
Padilla threw 62 pitches over four innings but he finished strong, retiring six in a row to finish his day.
Score still tied after 6 1/2, but Yafistel Roja leads off bottom of the sixth with a walk. Then he steals second to put a man in scoring position with nobody out.
Let's see what happens.
Uhhhh, nothing. Rosell Herrera flied out to short, and Jarod Berggren bounced a single into left field to send Roja to third. But Murphy struck out and De Leon hit into a fielder's choice.
But Tri-City isn't the only team to miss a big opportunity. Cam Schiller, the Indians' No. 3 hitter, led off the eighth with a triple, but Dust Devils reliever Ryan Arrowood did a nice job stranding him there to keep the score tied at 2.
Arrowood flashed some leather, too. Actually, it might have been more self-defense than anything when he stuck his glove out to knock down a line drive back up the middle by Royce Bolinger then calmly threw to first for out No. 1. Arrowood then struck out Ryan Rua for the second out and got Serrato to fly out to left to end the inning.
Spokane loads the bases against Tri-City reliever Seth Willoughby with one out in the top of the ninth. Willoughby got Gabriel Roa to hit a nice, playable grounder to Herrera at short, setting up a possible double play. But Herrera couldn't get the ball out of his glove as Patrick Cantwell scored from third.
Willoughby fought his way out of the rest of it, but the damage was done.
Roja gets the bottom of the ninth off to a promising start with a leadoff single, but, after Herrera flies out to center, he commits the Cardinal sin of getting picked off first base.
Spokane closer Josh McElwee strikes out Berggren to end it.
Indians win it 2-1. An ugly night for the Dust Devils, who had better hope to be a little sharper if they want to earn a playoff berth this season.