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Dust Devils Bats go Cold up North, Time for some 'Home Cookin'

And we are so back with another week of Dust Devil's baseball, as the boys went up north over the border to take on the Vancouver Canadians for 6 games in 5 days as, once again, the Tuesday game was rained out.


Your Dust Devils return home for a series against the Eugene Emeralds, I hope to see you at the ballpark! Transactions

05/31/24 SS Chad Stevens was assigned to Tri-City Dust Devils from ACL Angels.

05/30/24 Tri-City Dust Devils placed 3B Shane Matheny on the 60-day injured list.

05/30/24 Tri-City Dust Devils transferred C Alberto Rios from the 7-day injured list to the 60-day injured list.

05/29/24 RHP Ryan Langford was assigned to Tri-City Dust Devils from Rocket City Trash Pandas.


Game 1 Wednesday 5/29

Game Recap: Game 1 - Dust Devils Win on a Go-Ahead Wild Pitch

What Happened: The Dust Devils secured a thrilling 6-5 victory over the Canadians, capitalizing on a go-ahead wild pitch in the 8th inning. The game was marked by key hits and a solid performance from the pitching staff.

When It Happened:

  • Top of the 3rd Inning:

  • Key Moment: Werner Blakely singled, driving in Mason Martin and advancing Jorge Ruiz to third.

  • Stat Highlight: This RBI single was Blakely’s 11th RBI of the season.

  • Top of the 5th Inning:

  • Key Moment: Caleb Ketchup singled to left, driving in Jorge Ruiz.

  • Stat Highlight: Ketchup later scored on a wild pitch by Pat Gallagher, extending the lead to 3-0.

  • Top of the 7th Inning:

  • Key Moment: Caleb Ketchup doubled, driving in Werner Blakely. Matt Coutney followed with a single, scoring Ketchup to tie the game at 5-5.

  • Stat Highlight: Ketchup’s 9th double of the season.

  • Top of the 8th Inning:

  • Key Moment: Andy Blake scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Grayson Thurman, giving the Dust Devils a 6-5 lead.

  • Stat Highlight: This run proved to be the game-winner.

Pitching Recap:

  • Clark:

  • Performance: Pitched 5.0 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, with 3 walks and 8 strikeouts.

  • Key Moment: Clark’s strong start kept the Canadians at bay early in the game.

  • Stat Highlight: Clark lowered his ERA to 5.52 with this performance.

  • Suarez, W (BS, 1):

  • Performance: Pitched 1.0 inning, giving up 3 runs on 2 hits, with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.

  • Key Moment: Suarez struggled, allowing the Canadians to take the lead temporarily.

  • Espinosa, C (W, 4-1):

  • Performance: Delivered a crucial inning of relief, allowing no runs and striking out one.

  • Key Moment: Espinosa’s shutdown inning kept the game tied, setting up the eventual win.

  • Choban (H, 6):

  • Performance: Pitched 1.0 inning, allowing 1 hit and no runs.

  • Stat Highlight: Choban’s ERA remains a solid 2.66.

  • Minacci (S, 9):

  • Performance: Closed the game with 1.0 scoreless inning, striking out three.

  • Key Moment: Minacci’s save sealed the victory for the Dust Devils.

Hitting Performances:

  • Standout Performances:

  • Caleb Ketchup: Went 2-for-5 with a double, 2 RBIs, and 2 runs scored, raising his average to .221.

  • Matt Coutney: Went 3-for-5 with an RBI, boosting his average to .295 with an OPS of .818.

  • Werner Blakely: Went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

  • Struggles:

  • Kevin Bruggeman: Went 0-for-5 with 3 strikeouts, dropping his average to .247.

Team Highlight:

  • Offensive Persistence: The Dust Devils managed 9 hits and took advantage of the Canadians’ mistakes, including two wild pitches that led to crucial runs. They were 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position and left 8 on base, demonstrating their ability to apply consistent pressure.

Conclusion: The Dust Devils' resilience and timely hitting, combined with a go-ahead wild pitch in the 8th inning, led to a hard-fought 6-5 victory over the Canadians. This win sets a positive tone as they continue their series in Vancouver.


Game Recap: Game 2 - Dust Devils Shut Out by Canadians

What Happened: The Dust Devils were unable to generate any offense in Game 2, falling 3-0 to the Canadians. The series is now tied 1-1 after a strong pitching performance by the Canadians and a lack of timely hitting from the Dust Devils.

When It Happened:

  • Bottom of the 1st Inning:

  • Key Moment: The Canadians took an early lead, which the Dust Devils were unable to overcome.

  • Bottom of the 4th Inning:

  • Key Moment: Costeiu allowed a run, putting the Dust Devils in a 1-0 hole.

  • Bottom of the 6th and 7th Innings:

  • Key Moments: Additional runs scored against Martinez and Smith, extending the Canadians' lead to 3-0.

Pitching Recap:

  • Costeiu (L, 0-1):

  • Performance: Pitched 4.0 innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits, with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.

  • Key Moment: Costeiu kept the game close, but the offense couldn't back him up.

  • Stat Highlight: Maintained a solid ERA of 2.61.

  • Martinez, Q:

  • Performance: Pitched 2.0 innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits, with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts.

  • Key Moment: Allowed a crucial insurance run.

  • Stat Highlight: Martinez’s ERA remains impressive at 1.31.

  • Smith, J:

  • Performance: Pitched 2.0 innings, allowing 1 run on 2 hits, with 4 walks and 1 strikeout.

  • Key Moment: Struggled with control, giving up another run and extending the deficit.

  • Stat Highlight: Smith's ERA rose to 7.98.

Hitting Performances:

  • Standout Performances:

  • Caleb Ketchup: Went 1-for-4 with a double, maintaining a .222 average.

  • Matt Coutney: Went 1-for-4 with a double, keeping his average at .294 with an OPS of .818.

  • Caleb Pendleton: Went 1-for-4, keeping his average at .345.

  • Struggles:

  • Blakely, Sanchez, Flores, Blake: Combined for 0-for-14 with 6 strikeouts, contributing to the team’s offensive woes.

  • Team Performance: The Dust Devils managed only 4 hits and were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, leaving 6 runners on base.

Team Highlight:

  • Defense: The Dust Devils turned two double plays (Blake-Ketchup-Coutney), showcasing their defensive abilities despite the loss.

Conclusion: The Dust Devils struggled offensively in Game 2, resulting in a 3-0 shutout by the Canadians. Despite a decent pitching performance, the lack of timely hitting and overall offensive production led to the defeat. The series is now tied, and the Dust Devils will need to find their bats again to regain the lead.


Game Recap: Game 3 (Part 1 of Doubleheader) - Dust Devils Shut Out Again, Lose on Walk-Off

What Happened: The Dust Devils were shut out for the second consecutive game, losing 1-0 to the Canadians in a heartbreaking walk-off. Despite a strong pitching performance, the offense couldn’t find its rhythm, resulting in a tough loss.

When It Happened:

  • Bottom of the 7th Inning:

  • Key Moment: The Canadians managed to score the game's only run, walking off with a 1-0 victory.

Pitching Recap:

  • Rivera, E:

  • Performance: Pitched 5.0 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5.

  • Key Moment: Rivera kept the game tied and gave the Dust Devils a chance to win.

  • Stat Highlight: Rivera lowered his ERA to 3.86 with this strong outing.

  • Southard (L, 2-1):

  • Performance: Pitched 1.1 innings, giving up 1 run on 3 hits and 1 walk.

  • Key Moment: Southard allowed the walk-off hit in the bottom of the 7th inning.

  • Stat Highlight: Southard's ERA now stands at 3.57.

Hitting Performances:

  • Standout Performances:

  • Matt Coutney: Went 1-for-2 with a walk, maintaining his impressive .296 average and .822 OPS.

  • Werner Blakely: Went 1-for-4, slightly raising his average to .179.

  • Jorge Ruiz: Went 1-for-2 with a walk, lifting his average to .167.

  • Struggles:

  • Andy Blake: Continued his struggles, going 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts, keeping his average at .101.

  • Caleb Ketchup and Jadiel Sanchez: Both went hitless, with Ketchup striking out once and Sanchez leaving 3 runners in scoring position.

Team Highlight:

  • Defense and Baserunning:

  • The Dust Devils managed to steal two bases: Mason Martin (2nd base) and Jorge Ruiz (7th base).

  • The defense committed two errors, one by Williams (throw) and one by Ruiz (throw), which unfortunately contributed to the game's outcome.

Conclusion: The Dust Devils' bats were quiet once again, resulting in a 1-0 loss in the first game of the doubleheader. Despite a strong performance by Rivera, the lack of offensive production and timely hitting was their downfall. The series is now tilted in favor of the Canadians, and the Dust Devils will need to regroup quickly for the second game of the doubleheader.


Game Recap: Game 4 - Dust Devils Lose Another Close One, 7th Inning Rally Falls Short

What Happened: The Dust Devils dropped the second game of the doubleheader and the series lead to the Canadians, losing 4-3. Despite a valiant 7th inning rally, the Dust Devils fell just short, giving the Canadians a 3-1 series lead.

When It Happened:

  • Top of the 7th Inning:

  • Key Moment: Werner Blakely singled, driving in Andy Blake and advancing Caleb Ketchup to third.

  • Stat Highlight: This RBI single was Blakely’s 12th RBI of the season.

  • Key Moment: Matt Coutney doubled, scoring Caleb Ketchup and Werner Blakely to bring the Dust Devils within one run.

  • Stat Highlight: This was Coutney's 14th double of the season and brought his RBI total to 20.

Pitching Recap:

  • Garcia, L (L, 2-2):

  • Performance: Pitched 2.2 innings, allowing 1 unearned run on 0 hits, with 2 walks and 1 strikeout.

  • Key Moment: Garcia kept the game close despite control issues.

  • Stat Highlight: Maintained an impressive ERA of 1.80.

  • Langford:

  • Performance: Pitched 1.1 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, with 1 walk and 1 strikeout.

  • Key Moment: Langford struggled, giving up crucial runs that extended the Canadians' lead.

  • Stat Highlight: Langford's ERA rose to 3.95.

  • Phillips, D:

  • Performance: Delivered a solid relief performance with 2.0 scoreless innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out 1.

  • Key Moment: Phillips prevented further damage, giving the Dust Devils a chance to rally.

  • Stat Highlight: Phillips’ ERA is now 3.38.

Hitting Performances:

  • Standout Performances:

  • Werner Blakely: Went 1-for-2 with a single, an RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base, raising his average to .183.

  • Matt Coutney: Went 1-for-3 with a double, 2 RBIs, and a walk, maintaining his .297 average and .829 OPS.

  • Andy Blake: Went 2-for-3, raising his average to .125 with a .344 OPS.

  • Kevin Bruggeman: Went 2-for-4, lifting his average to .259.

  • Struggles:

  • Jorge Ruiz: Went 0-for-3, leaving 2 runners in scoring position, lowering his average to .163.

  • Mason Martin: Went 0-for-3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts, dropping his average to .225.

Team Highlight: