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PASCO, Wash. - For the first time this series, the Tri-City Dust Devils offense showed that it was still one of the best in the Northwest League. The Dust Devils combined for 15 hits en route to their 6-2 win over Eugene. Both teams looked sharp through three innings, but the Tri-City bats were persistent all night and led to a series tie against the Emeralds.
Tri-City starting pitcher, Sheng-An Kuo went 5.2 innings for the Dust Devils and picked up his first win of the season. Kuo only allowed two hits and struck out five batters. Kyle Walker pitched 2.1 innings and only allowed one hit and struck out two batters. Rod Scurry finished the game for Tri-City and allowed two hits and two unearned runs scored.
Jeremiah Sammy had a strong night at the plate going 3-5 with a run. Tim Wheeler had one of the biggest hits of the night when he drilled a two-run triple to center field for his second hit of the night. Wheeler finished 2-5 with two RBI. Dallas Tarleton delivered another big blow to the Emeralds with a two RBI single in the eighth inning.
The runs started when Jeremiah Sammy doubled on a line drive to left field to start the fourth inning. Sammy advanced to third on a wild pitch and Ben Paulsen drove him home with a line drive single.
The Dust Devils scored two more runs in the seventh inning when Wheeler tripled giving Tri-City a 3-0 lead. The next inning, the Dust Devils exploded for three more runs to put the game nearly out of reach for Eugene. The runs were driven in by Joseph Sanders and Tarleton giving the Dust Devils a 6-0 lead.
Tomorrow will be the only day game of the year at Gesa Stadium as the Dust Devils finish the series against Eugene before playing Everett.