From Tri-City Dust Devils
Four first-inning runs were all the Tri-City Dust Devils needed Thursday night at Gesa Stadium, as they defeated the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 5-3. Tri-City would add another run in the second to push the lead to 5-0 while the Dust Devils' pitching staff fended off the Volcanoes' offense to secure the victory in the series opener.
Dust Devils centerfielder Kyle Von Tungeln got things going by recording a walk to lead off the game and later scoring after shortstop Pat Valaika doubled him home to put Tri-City up 1-0. Third baseman Alec Mehrten kept the rally alive, delivering a two-out run-scoring single, and right fielder Julian Yan followed Mehrten with a two-run triple to make it 4-0. Since Mehrten recorded a hit everyone can head to papajohns.com and type in promo code "dustdevils" where you can buy any pizza and receive a second pizza of equal or lesser value for free. This promo code is valid tomorrow only, Friday, July 19th, at all Tri-City locations.
Tri-City (16-18) starter Ryan Warner (2-1) pitched well again, allowing two runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings on the mound. Coming into the game Warner had a streak of 14 consecutive scoreless innings before a Brandon Bednar solo home run from the Volcanoes in the fourth inning halted the streak at 17. Reliever Marc Magliaro came in and finished the 7th inning for Warner, not allowing a run. Lefty Trent Daniel (Sv, 6) came in for the 9th inning and earned his Northwest League leading sixth save of the season.
Salem-Keizer (22-12) starting pitcher Joe Kurrasch (2-3) struggled in his one inning on the mound, allowing four runs on four hits.
The second game of the five-game series between the Dust Devils and Volcanoes is Friday night at Gesa Stadium.