PASCO, Wash. -- The Tri-City Dust Devils' pitching staff was in a giving mood on Sunday Night at Gesa Stadium, issuing ten bases on balls to the Spokane Indians (34-12) on their way to losing 10-5 in the first game of a three game series.
Thomas Field put the Dust Devils (22-24) up 1-0 by leading off the bottom of the first with a solo homerun (Field added another solo shot, his fourth of the year, to lead off the ninth inning). The Tri-City offense would stay hot in the first inning, with Johnny Bowden and Scott Robinson RBI singles to stake the home team to a 3-0 lead.
However, heading to the fourth inning with a 4-0 lead, the Dust Devils fortunes would change for the worse. Spokane posted three runs in the fourth, fifth and eighth innings and would end the night with one more in the ninth to cap their victory.
Dust Devils starter Bradley McAtee (3-4) took the loss after allowing three runs on three hits and six walks through three innings.
Indians hurler Matt Nevarez (4-1) relieved starter Neil Ramirez and picked up the win after throwing four innings and only allowing one run on two hits and striking out eight.