PASCO, WA - The Tri-City Dust Devils jumped out to an early lead Thursday night, but the Vancouver Canadians' bats came alive as they would take game one of this series 8-6 at Gesa Stadium. Tri-City (6-8 2nd Half, 20-32 overall) had the tying run on base in the 8th inning, but they weren't able to score.
Dust Devils outfielders Marcos Derkes, Drew Weeks and Ryan Garvey led the way offensively. Derkes went 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk and three runs and was also hit by a pitch in the game. Weeks went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a triple, a stolen base, two runs scored and two RBIs on the night. Garvey went 2-for-4 with a walk and a double. Third baseman Shane Hoelscher continued his hot streak at the plate, going 2-for-4 on the night with a run, an RBI and a walk. Hoelscher is in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak for Tri-City.
Dust Devils starter Ryan Castellani retired the first eight batters he faced before a walk in the third inning. Castellani finished the night after 3 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and a pair of walks with two strikeouts. Dust Devils reliever Billy Waltrip threw a perfect ninth inning. Waltrip has only allowed one earned run in his last nine appearances dating back to July 11th. Right-handed reliever Logan Sawyer (1-2) took the loss for Tri-City. Sawyer pitched 3 1/3 innings. He gave up three runs on six hits with two strikeouts.
Vancouver (6-8 2nd Half, 31-21 Overall) starting pitcher Zak Wasilewski went five innings and allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks. Wasilewski (3-1) got the win for the Canadians, his third of the season.
The Dust Devils and Canadians will play game two of this three game series at 7:15 p.m. on Friday night at Gesa Stadium. Tri-City will hand the ball to right hander Blake Shouse (1-6) to take on right hander Chase Mallard (3-1) for Vancouver.