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Home Cooking, Warm Weather, and Rooster Tails Baseball not Enough to Take Series vs Emeralds



Game Recap: Game 1 - Dust Devils Get SHA-LACK-ED by Eugene Emeralds

What Happened: The Dust Devils suffered a heavy defeat in their homecoming game against the Eugene Emeralds, losing 20-5. Despite some bright spots in the lineup, the pitching staff struggled to contain the Emeralds' offense, resulting in a one-sided loss.

When It Happened:

  • Bottom of the 1st Inning:

  • Key Moment: Matt Coutney grounded out, driving in Werner Blakely for the first run.

  • Stat Highlight: Coutney's RBI increased his season total to 21.

  • Bottom of the 2nd Inning:

  • Key Moment: Caleb Pendleton doubled, driving in Joe Stewart to narrow the gap.

  • Stat Highlight: Pendleton’s 5th double of the season.

  • Bottom of the 8th Inning:

  • Key Moment: Chad Stevens doubled, driving in Kevin Bruggeman and Matt Coutney.

  • Stat Highlight: Stevens’ second double of the game and the season.

  • Bottom of the 9th Inning:

  • Key Moment: Jorge Ruiz singled, driving in Cam Williams and advancing Joe Stewart to second.

  • Stat Highlight: Ruiz's RBI raised his season total to 15.

Pitching Recap:

  • Urena (L, 1-5):

  • Performance: Pitched 2.2 innings, allowing 8 runs on 7 hits, with 5 walks and 3 strikeouts.

  • Key Moment: Urena struggled with control, leading to an early deficit.

  • Stat Highlight: Urena’s ERA increased to 4.78.

  • Langford:

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

  • Stat Highlight: Langford’s ERA now stands at 4.60.

  • Smith, J:

  • Performance: Pitched 1.0 inning, allowing 4 runs on 1 hit, with 3 walks and 1 strikeout.

  • Key Moment: Smith’s outing allowed the Emeralds to extend their lead significantly.

  • Stat Highlight: Smith's ERA rose to 9.77.

  • Garcia, L:

  • Performance: Pitched 2.1 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, with 3 walks and 1 strikeout.

  • Stat Highlight: Garcia’s ERA is now 2.82.

  • Martinez, Q:

  • Performance: Pitched 0.2 innings, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits, with 2 walks and 1 strikeout.

  • Key Moment: Martinez struggled to stop the bleeding in the late innings.

  • Stat Highlight: Martinez’s ERA stands at 2.53.

  • Blake:

  • Performance: Pitched 0.1 inning, allowing no runs or hits.

  • Stat Highlight: Blake maintained a 0.00 ERA in his brief appearance.

Hitting Performances:

  • Standout Performances:

  • Chad Stevens: Went 2-for-4 with two doubles and 2 RBIs, maintaining a .500 average.

  • Caleb Pendleton: Went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI, keeping his average at .333.

  • Werner Blakely: Went 1-for-4 with a run scored, slightly raising his average to .187.

  • Joe Stewart: Managed to draw two walks and score a run, increasing his contributions despite not recording a hit.

  • Struggles:

  • Mason Martin: Went 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts, lowering his average to .216.

  • Andy Blake: Continued to struggle, going 0-for-4 and dropping his average to .113.

  • Cam Williams: Managed one hit but struck out once, keeping his average at .211.

Team Highlight:

  • Offensive Resilience: Despite the heavy loss, the Dust Devils scored in multiple innings, showcasing their potential to rally even when behind.

  • Baserunning and Defense: The Dust Devils left 6 runners on base and went 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position, indicating room for improvement in clutch situations.

Conclusion: The Dust Devils had a rough start to their series against the Eugene Emeralds, suffering a 20-5 loss. Despite a few solid individual performances, the team’s pitching and defense could not contain the Emeralds' potent offense. The Dust Devils must regroup and find a way to bounce back in the upcoming games to salvage the series.


Game Recap: Game 2 - Dust Devils Even the Series with a Strong Win

What Happened: The Dust Devils bounced back from a tough loss in Game 1 to secure a 7-2 victory over the Eugene Emeralds, evening the series at 1-1. The team capitalized on timely hitting and solid pitching to regain some much-needed momentum.

When It Happened:

  • Bottom of the 2nd Inning:

  • Key Moment: Jorge Ruiz was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Cam Williams and advancing Andy Blake to third and Joe Stewart to second.

  • Stat Highlight: Werner Blakely grounded out, allowing Blake to score and Ruiz to advance to second, making it 2-0.

  • Bottom of the 4th Inning:

  • Key Moment: Kevin Bruggeman singled, driving in Jorge Ruiz and moving Blakely to third. Matt Coutney followed with a single, scoring Blakely and advancing Bruggeman to third.

  • Stat Highlight: A wild pitch by Daniel Blair allowed Bruggeman to score, extending the lead to 5-2.

  • Bottom of the 5th Inning:

  • Key Moment: Jorge Ruiz singled, driving in Joe Stewart. Ruiz was later thrown out trying to stretch the hit, but the run counted.

  • Stat Highlight: This run increased the lead to 6-2.

  • Bottom of the 6th Inning:

  • Key Moment: Matt Coutney hit a sacrifice fly, allowing Bruggeman to score the final run.

  • Stat Highlight: The score remained 7-2 until the end of the game.

Pitching Recap:

  • Clark (W, 1-5):

  • Performance: Pitched 6.0 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, with 1 walk and 7 strikeouts.

  • Key Moment: Clark delivered a strong start, keeping the Emeralds' offense in check.

  • Stat Highlight: Clark’s ERA dropped to 5.23.

  • Southard:

  • Performance: Pitched 1.0 inning, allowing no hits or runs, with 2 strikeouts.

  • Stat Highlight: Southard's ERA improved to 3.42.

  • Choban:

  • Performance: Pitched 1.0 inning, allowing no hits or runs, with 1 strikeout.

  • Stat Highlight: Choban’s ERA is now 2.53.

  • Minacci:

  • Performance: Pitched 1.0 inning, allowing 1 hit and striking out 3.

  • Key Moment: Minacci closed out the game in dominant fashion.

  • Stat Highlight: Minacci’s ERA remains solid at 2.79.

Hitting Performances:

  • Standout Performances:

  • Kevin Bruggeman: Went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and 2 runs scored, raising his average to .260.

  • Matt Coutney: Went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and a sacrifice fly, maintaining a .297 average and .818 OPS.

  • Jorge Ruiz: Went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs, increasing his average to .178.

  • Cam Williams: Went 1-for-4 with a double, raising his average to .213.

  • Werner Blakely: Despite going hitless, he contributed with a run and an RBI groundout.

Team Highlight:

  • Offensive Resurgence: The Dust Devils managed 8 hits and capitalized on opportunities, going 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

  • Baserunning and Defense: The Dust Devils stole a base (Stewart) and limited mistakes, committing only one error.

Conclusion: The Dust Devils showed resilience by rebounding with a 7-2 win over the Emeralds. Strong pitching performances and timely hitting were key to their success. With the series now tied, the Dust Devils will look to build on this momentum in the next game.


Game Recap: Game 3 - Dust Devils Take a Tough Loss in Extras

What Happened: The Dust Devils faced a heartbreaking loss in extra innings, falling to the Eugene Emeralds 4-2. This defeat gave the Emeralds a 2-1 series lead. Despite a solid effort from the pitching staff and some clutch moments, the Dust Devils were unable to secure the win.

When It Happened:

  • Bottom of the 5th Inning:

  • Key Moment: Andy Blake laid down a sacrifice bunt, and a throwing error by pitcher Jack Choate allowed Chad Stevens to score, tying the game.

  • Stat Highlight: Kevin Bruggeman singled, driving in Andy Blake to give the Dust Devils a 2-1 lead.

  • Top of the 10th Inning:

  • Key Moment: The Emeralds scored two runs off Espinosa, taking a decisive 4-2 lead.

Pitching Recap:

  • Costeiu:

  • Performance: Pitched 2.2 innings, allowing 1 run on 1 hit, with 5 walks.

  • Key Moment: Despite control issues, Costeiu minimized damage and kept the game close.

  • Stat Highlight: Costeiu's ERA stands at 2.77.

  • Suarez, W:

  • Performance: Pitched 1.1 innings, allowing no runs on 1 hit, with 1 walk and 1 strikeout.

  • Key Moment: Suarez provided a stable bridge, maintaining the tie.

  • Stat Highlight: Suarez’s ERA improved to 4.29.

  • Rivera, E:

  • Performance: Pitched 5.0 innings, allowing 1 unearned run on 2 hits, with 3 walks and 7 strikeouts.

  • Key Moment: Rivera’s long relief effort kept the Dust Devils in the game.

  • Stat Highlight: Rivera's ERA decreased to 3.31.

  • Espinosa, C (L, 4-2):

  • Performance: Pitched 0.2 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, with 2 walks.

  • Key Moment: Espinosa gave up the game-winning runs in the 10th inning.

  • Stat Highlight: Espinosa’s ERA rose to 4.15.

  • Phillips, D:

  • Performance: Pitched 0.1 inning, allowing no hits or runs.

  • Stat Highlight: Phillips’ ERA remains solid at 3.31.

Hitting Performances:

  • Standout Performances:

  • Kevin Bruggeman: Went 2-for-4 with an RBI, raising his average to .270.

  • Chad Stevens: Went 1-for-4 and scored a run, maintaining a .313 average.

  • Joe Stewart: Went 1-for-2 with 2 walks and a stolen base, increasing his average to .228.

  • Matt Coutney: Went 1-for-5, slightly lowering his average to .294.

  • Struggles:

  • Caleb Ketchup and Werner Blakely: Both went hitless, with Ketchup going 0-for-5 and Blakely 0-for-5 with 2 strikeouts.

  • Jorge Ruiz: Went 0-for-4, lowering his average to .174.

Team Highlight:

  • Clutch Hitting: The Dust Devils managed 5 hits and left 8 runners on base, showing moments of offensive potential but failing to capitalize in key situations.

  • Defense and Baserunning: The Dust Devils committed two errors (Costeiu and Pendleton) but also executed a sacrifice bunt that led to a scoring opportunity.

Conclusion: The Dust Devils fought hard but ultimately fell short in extra innings, losing 4-2 to the Emeralds. The series now stands at 2-1 in favor of the Emeralds. The Dust Devils must find their offensive rhythm and tighten up defensively to bounce back in the next game.


Game Recap: Game 4 - Friday Night Wins for the Rooster Tails

What Happened: The Rooster Tails secured a solid 5-2 victory over the Eugene Emeralds, bringing excitement to their Friday night game and evening the series at 2-2. Key hits and strong pitching performances led to a well-deserved win.

When It Happened:

  • Bottom of the 3rd Inning:

  • Key Moment: Matt Coutney singled, driving in Caleb Ketchup and advancing Jadiel Sanchez to third.

  • Stat Highlight: Chad Stevens doubled, driving in both Sanchez and Coutney, giving the Dust Devils a 3-1 lead.

  • Bottom of the 4th Inning:

  • Key Moment: Werner Blakely hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Cam Williams.

  • Stat Highlight: This extended the Dust Devils' lead to 4-1.

  • Bottom of the 6th Inning:

  • Key Moment: Cam Williams hit a solo home run to left field.

  • Stat Highlight: This home run increased the lead to 5-1.

Pitching Recap:

  • Hurtado (W, 5-4):

  • Performance: Pitched 5.0 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits, with 4 walks and 7 strikeouts.

  • Key Moment: Hurtado's solid outing kept the Emeralds' offense in check.

  • Stat Highlight: Hurtado’s ERA decreased to 5.20.

  • Southard (H, 2):

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