Six-run Seventh Leads Tri-City to WinPosted: Updated:
A six-run seventh inning, in which the Tri-City Dust Devils batted through the lineup, gave Tri-City a lead they would not relinquish as they went on to win 10-6. It was the Everett AquaSox's third series loss this season and the Dust Devils' fifth series win.
Dust Devils (3-2) starter Erik Stavert put together a quality outing and put the team in a good position to win later in the game. Stavert went five innings, allowing three runs on just two AquaSox hits. His command was a little off on the night though as he walked five batters and struck out three. His season earned run average is still one of the best in the Northwest League at 2.79.
Getting the win for Tri-City was reliever Ricky Testa (2-2). Testa went two innings and allowed two runs, both unearned, on two hits. The right-hander was unlucky in giving up the two runs as back-to-back errors by first baseman Mark Tracy and second baseman David Hernandez put him in a bad spot early. But he recovered to limit the harm and earn his second win of the year.
On the hill for Everett (2-3) was starter Anthony Fernandez. The lefty had some damage control to do, especially early, but recovered to have a good showing. Over five innings he scattered seven hits and allowed two runs.
In his debut for the club, AquaSox reliever Jarrett Attard (0-1) did not make a very good first impression. In just 1 2/3 innings he allowed six runs on six hits en route to his first loss of the season.
Outfielder Leo Reyes singled to right field with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh to bring two runs home and it would be the decisive hit in the game. As a team the Dust Devils smashed 17 hits total, including three apiece from Hector Gomez and Jeremiah Sammy.
The Dust Devils welcome the East Division rival Boise Hawks Monday night for a three game series. Tri-City took two of three against the Hawks earlier this season during a three game stand in Boise. Monday is also Coca-Cola Monday at Gesa Stadium with Coke products on sale for just one dollar thanks to Coca-Cola.