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From Tri-City Dust Devils
A sacrifice-fly from first baseman Sean Dwyer to score catcher Chris O'Dowd put the Tri-City Dust Devils up for good Wednesday Night, as they defeated the Eugene Emeralds 3-2 in front of 1,648 at Gesa Stadium.
The Dust Devils (23-24) took the lead in the seventh inning after O'Dowd led off the inning with a roped single to left. He then advanced to third after a perfectly executed hit-and-run from left fielder Mike Tauchman. Dwyer followed Tauchman with a deep fly ball to right-center which allowed O'Dowd to score with ease. O'Dowd, Tauchman, and right fielder Julian Yan each went two-for-four on the night, accounting for six of the eight Tri-City hits in the game.
Senzatela had his best start as a Dust Devil, throwing six innings and allowing two runs, both unearned, on two hits while striking out four and walking none. The righty was unlucky to not earn a decision, with the go-ahead run for Tri-City being scored in the seventh. The bullpen picked up where Senzatela left off, with Shane Broyles (4-0) earning his fourth win of the season by working two shutout innings and striking out five of the seven batters he faced. Closer Trent Daniel (Sv, 11) earned his Northwest League leading 11th save of the season, working a shutout ninth inning.
Emeralds (18-29) starter Jimmy Brasoban had a solid outing, allowing two unearned runs over four innings on four hits. Reliever Tyler Hale (0-1) took his first loss of the season, working 1 1/3 innings and allowing the game-deciding run on two hits.
The second game of the five game series between the Dust Devils and Emeralds is Thursday night at Gesa Stadium as Tri-City tries to make it back-to-back victories.