From Tri-City Dust Devils
The Tri-City Dust Devils continued their hot streak, defeating the Hillsboro Hops 4-1 in just two hours and nine minutes at Gesa Stadium Wednesday night. The Dust Devils pitching trio of Sam Moll, Shane Broyles, and Trent Daniel were stellar in the win.
Tri-City (11-15) starting pitcher Moll (1-1) pitched 5 complete innings while only surrendering two hits and three walks. He also struck out five Hops hitters while getting his first win of the season.
The Dust Devils' bullpen took over in the sixth inning and shut down the Hops (7-19). Broyles struck out five and didn't allow a base runner over three innings.
Manager Drew Saylor then passed the ball to Daniel, who pitched a perfect final inning to secure his fourth save of the season, tying him with Trent Blank for the league lead. Blank started the season with the Dust Devils, but was promoted to the Asheville Tourists just a couple of weeks into the season.
Hops outfielder Zach Esquerra scored the game's first run when Randy McCurry grounded into a fielder's choice to Sean Dwyer in the top of the second inning.
Dust Devils catcher Chris O'Dowd got the team's first hit when he ripped a game-tying RBI triple to the right field corner in the bottom of the fourth inning. He would come in to score and give the Dust Devils a 2-1 lead on a fielder's choice by Mike Tauchman.
The Dust Devils tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 4-1 lead.
Jonathan Pulley (0-4) allowed two runs and two hits as the Hillsboro starter. He retired the first nine batters he faced before walking Kyle Von Tungeln in the top of the fourth. Pulley finished his night with a walk and two strikeouts.
The second game of the series is Thursday night at Gesa Stadium.