Tri-City Takes Fifth Straight SeriesPosted: Updated:
Kennewick, WA--- The Tri-City Dust Devils got back to their winning ways Saturday night, defeating the Vancouver Canadians 7-0 in front of 2,740 at Gesa Stadium. The win gives the Dust Devils their fifth consecutive series win and keeps them atop the Northwest League East Division second half standings.
Tri-City (4-1 second half, 26-17 overall) starting pitcher Nelson Gonzalez (6-0) earned his league-leading sixth win of the season, throwing six shutout innings and striking out six and allowing six hits. Relievers Rafael Suarez, Craig Bennigson and Ken Roberts combined to shutout the Canadians over the final three innings. The shutout was the second of the series and fourth of the season for Tri-City.
Vancouver (1-4, 25-18) starting pitcher Jesse Hernandez (1-2) took his second loss of the season, struggling from the beginning. Hernandez went four innings, allowing at least one run each inning and allowing seven runs total on 11 Dust Devil hits.
The Dust Devils offense recouped from a lackluster performance Friday night, smashing 12 hits. Seven of the nine Dust Devils in the lineup got hits with four players tallying multiple hits. Designated hitter Tyler Massey had one of his best performances of the season, going 3-for-4 with two runs batted in and two runs scored.
The series finale between Vancouver and Tri-City is Sunday night, which will feature a pre-game Little League clinic thanks to Lourdes Health Network. The clinic begins at 3:00 p.m. and is free with a purchase of a game ticket. Attendees will be doing hitting, pitching and fielding drills with the coaches and players of the Dust Devils.Tri-City right-hander Tyler Gagnon will get his eighth start of the season for the Dust Devils with righty Kramer Champlin starting on the mound for the Canadians. First pitch is at 7:15 p.m.