Dust Devils Come Up Short, 4-3, to EugenePosted: Updated:
PASCO, Wash. -- The Tri-City Dust Devils had their winning streak ended at three games Friday night, losing 4-3 to the Eugene Emeralds in front of 3,174 fans at Gesa Stadium. Despite the loss the Dust Devils still lead the series 2-1 over Eugene, but now trail the Boise Hawks by one game for first place in the Northwest League East Division race.
Dust Devils' (14-14) starting pitcher Ricardo Ferrer (0-3) was tagged with his third loss of the season, despite having his longest outing. Ferrer went seven innings, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out four and walking one. Tri-City reliever Jesse Meaux made his professional debut, working two shutout innings in which he didn't allow a hit.
Eugene (22-6) starter Juan Herrera (2-0) earned his second victory of the season, going five innings and allowing one Dust Devil run on three hits. He also struck out five while walking three and lowered his earned run average to 2.05.
Tri-City first baseman Jordan Ribera once again added to his impressive runs batted in total, driving in two and going 3-for-4 with a double. He was the only Dust Devil with multiple hits in the game and has a team-high 29 runs batted in this season. Infielder Tim Smalling went 1-for-5 on the night, extending his hitting streak to eight games.
Saturday night at Gesa Stadium is game four of five between the Dust Devils and Emeralds and will feature a post game fireworks show. Tri-City righty Tyler Gagnon will get his sixth start of the season and right-hander Colin Rea will start for Eugene, with first pitch at 7:15 p.m.