Dust Devils Lose Opener 2-1 to AquaSoxJune 16, 2012 - Northwest League (NWL) Tri-City Dust Devils
Dust Devils (0-1) starting pitcher Roberto Padilla (0-1) was fantastic in his first career professional start, allowing two runs, one earned, in 5 2/3 innings on the mound. Although he took the loss, Padilla allowed just one hit on the night, a leadoff double by Jamodrick McGruder to start the game. Afterward, Padilla settled down and struck out six while walking two. An error with two outs in the sixth inning by shortstop Zach Osborne allowed one of the walked runners home, eventually becoming the game-deciding run. The quality pitching didn't stop with Padilla, as relievers Josh Hungerman and Will Rankin combined for 3 1/3 innings of shutout baseball to end the game for the Dust Devils, allowing one hit and striking out three.
AquaSox (1-0) starter Victor Sanchez (1-0), 17-years-old, earned the win in his first career start as a professional, matching Padilla's efforts throughout the game. Sanchez worked six innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out four and walking two. The young Venezuelan pitched well when it mattered most, as well as the rest of the AquaSox pitching staff, holding the Dust Devils to 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Everett reliever Oliver Garcia earned his first save of the season, working a scoreless final 1 1/3 innings for the AquaSox.
Dust Devils shortstop Joey Wong drove home the lone run for Tri-City and finished his night 1-for-2 with a double. Outfielder Dillon Thomas and infielders Jordan Ribera, Yafistel Roja, and Osborne tallied the rest of the hits for the Dust Devils, who did well but couldn't string the hits together in front of 3,273 in attendance at Gesa Stadium.
Saturday night at Gesa Stadium will feature a post-game fireworks show presented by Back to Basics Chiropractic. It will be game two of five in the season opening series for the Dust Devils as they look to even the series against the AquaSox. Tri-City righty Josh Slaats will get the start on the mound against right-hander Mayekol Guiape for Everett, with first pitch at 7:15 p.m.
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