Pitching Struggles to Find Zone in 6-3 LossPosted: Updated:
In a game that combined to have 19 walked batters, it was the Spokane Indians (7-8) who capitalized on the free passes in a 6-3 victory over the Tri-City Dust Devils. Neither team took great advantage of the runners they were given, combining to go 7 for 29 with runners in scoring position and leaving a staggering 25 runners on base.
Tri-City starter Josh Hungerman (1-2) took the loss and struggled to consistently hit the strike zone, walking three and allowing three earned runs over 2 1/3 innings. Hungerman, in his second start and third appearance of 2010, also struck out three and allowed two hits.
Spokane starter Miguel De Los Santos (1-0) struggled in much the same way, walking six over just three innings. But, De Los Santos managed to strike out six batters as well and escaped the outing while giving up just one earned run, his first of the season. Reliever Francisco Mendoza (1-0) earned his first win of the season for the Indians while closer Ovispo De Los Santos earned his third save of 2010.
The Dust Devils' (8-7) bats seemed to have holes in them at the worst times. Overall the team struck out 16 times, compared to getting just six hits. No Dust Devil managed more than one hit in the game.
The bullpen kept it close in the final innings for the Dust Devils. Relievers Brad McAtee, Ricky Testa and Casey Weathers combined for 4 1/3 shutout innings to end the game.
The Dust Devils travel to Yakima Sunday for a three game series with the Bears. This will be the first meeting of the season between the teams. Starting for the Dust Devils will be rookie righty Chad Bettis. The Texas Tech alumnus has a 2.84 earned run average this season in 6 1/3 innings on the mound. Start time for tomorrow's game is 5:35pm.