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Rough Start Dooms Dust Devils

September 5, 2010 - Northwest League (NWL) - Tri-City Dust Devils News Release

The Spokane Indians scored two first inning runs and held off the Tri-City Dust Devils for a 5-3 win Saturday night at Gesa Stadium. Edwar Cabrera was a tough-luck losing pitcher again for the Dust Devils, falling to 1-8 on the season despite adding seven to his league-high strikeout total, which now stands at 87.

Ryan Strausborger got things going early for the Indians, leading off the game with a single, advancing to second on a balk by Cabrera, stealing third, and scoring on an infield ground ball hit by Andrew Clark. The next batter, Josh Richmond, would drive in Mike Olt to put the Indians ahead 2-0 after half an inning.

Tri-City would get on the board in the third when Dominic Altobelli drove in Nathan Hines with a double down the left-field line, but Spokane would answer right away in the fourth with an RBI double of their own, off the bat of Northwest League MVP Jared Hoying, who was 3 for 5 on the night. Hoying would score a run in the sixth, as Olt hit a two-run home run to put the Indians ahead 5-1.

The Dust Devils would score runs in the sixth and seventh to cut the deficit to 5-3, but were unable to add on more in the later innings.

Carlos Melo (1-0) earned the win with five innings of one-hit, one-run ball in his first start for the Indians.

The 2010 Tri-City Dust Devils season will conclude Sunday night at Gesa Stadium. Tickets are going fast but are still available at the Dust Devils box office or at (509) 544-8789. Season ticket holders will want to stick around for the entire game, as they will have a chance to win $200 thanks to Cline Computers' Show Me the Money. There will be a post-game fireworks display courtesy of U.S. Cellular.

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