Tri-City takes opener against YakimaPosted: Updated:
The Tri-City Dust Devils won their third consecutive game Sunday night, defeating the division rival Yakima Bears, 5-2. Bryce Massanari drove in his 13th run of the season in the sixth inning to give the Dust Devils (13-16) a 3-2 lead that they would not lose. Shortstop Jeremiah Sammy also drove in two runs and was three for four on the night, raising his batting average to .300 on the year.
The Dust Devils' two, three and four hitters, comprised of Sammy, Massanari and outfielder Chandler Laurent, combined to go six for 11 with four runs batted in on the night. Laurent's RBI pushed his season total to a team high 16.
Tri-City starter Josh Mueller, in his first professional start, lasted just one inning. Mueller, who threw 40 pitches in that one inning, allowed two runs on three hits en route to a no-decision.
Yakima (13-17) starting pitcher Miles Reagan also earned a no-decision, working five innings and allowing two runs. Both of those runs allowed were unearned by the Dust Devils.
Taking the loss for the Bears was reliever Robert Andrews (3-1). It was Andrews' first loss of the season as he went one inning, allowing three earned runs on four hits. Andrews' earned run average rose from 1.98 before the game to 3.68 afterwards.
Dust Devils reliever Ricky Testa (1-1) earned his first win of the 2010 campaign, going three shutout innings in which he allowed no hits and struck out four. Righty Clint Tilford, who came on for Mueller in the second inning, worked four innings, not allowing a run and striking out three. Left-hander Craig Bennigson earned his third save of the season, allowing no runs in the ninth.
Game two of the three game series between the Dust Devils and Bears is Monday night as Tri-City look to make it four wins in succession. Lefty Edwar Cabrera (0-2) takes the hill for the Dust Devils in search of his first win of the season, while right-hander Andrew Berger (0-1) of the Bears looks to do the same Monday night. It is also Coca-Cola Monday tomorrow night with all 22 ounce Coke products on sale for just one dollar.