Tri-City Drops 2nd Straight Game, 8-1 to SpokanePosted: Updated:
PASCO, Wash. -- The Tri-City Dust Devils fell to the Spokane Indians, 8-1, in front of 1,623 fans at Gesa Stadium Monday night. Tri-City has now lost the first two games of the three-game series, making it the first series loss at home this season. After being shut out last night, the Dust Devils offense could only muster seven hits and the defense committed two errors leading to two unearned runs, including the Indians' first run.
Tri-City had their best scoring chance of the night in the sixth inning when Jordan Ribera came to the plate with the bases loaded, one out, and the score only 2-1. Ribera's line-drive to right field was caught by Guillermo Pimentel, who then threw out Jaron Shepherd at home after he tried to tag up from third. Earlier in the inning, Tyler Massey increased his hitting streak to eleven games with an RBI-single that scored Brian Humphries for the Dust Devils' only run. Ribera went 0-for-4 in the game and is now 0-for-30 at the plate since coming off the disabled list.
Dust Devils starting pitcher Ben Alsup (3-2) took the loss, allowing just two runs – one earned – over 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander out of LSU struck out six, walked two, and allowed just four hits. Alsup got outfielder Ruben Sierra to hit what looked like a tailor-made double play ball with a runner on first and no outs in the top of the second, but second baseman David Hernandez threw the ball away, allowing the game's first run to score.
Spokane's big inning came in the top of the eighth when they scored four runs off of Tri-City reliever Rafael Suarez. Suarez, who had only given up six earned runs all season coming into the inning, gave up four consecutive hits, the final one a three-run home run by Jorge Alfaro. It was Alfaro's sixth home run of the season and capped a big night for the Indians' catcher, who went 2-for-4 with five RBIs. Will Rankin finished the game on the mound for the Dust Devils and allowed two runs – one earned – over 1 2/3 innings.
Indians starter Nick McBride (2-2) got the win, allowing just one run over 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander from North Carolina was pulled just before Ribera's at-bat in the sixth. Relievers Jerad Eikhoff and Arlett Mavare finished the game without allowing another run.
The Dust Devils will try to salvage the final game of the three game series tomorrow night as they send Chris Jensen (1-1, 3.48) to the mound against Nick Martinez (1-2, 3.46). It will be Beach Night at Gesa Stadium. All fans are encouraged to come dressed in beach attire. First pitch is at 7:15 pm.