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Rain, Big Bats, and Series Split with the Aquasox. Dust Devils Series recap 5/21-26.

The Dust Devils kicked off the first part of the road trip in Everett, WA, against the Seattle Mariners' high-A affiliate, the Everett Aquasox. This was the first leg of a road trip that will take the Dust Devils from Evertt to Vancouver next week to face the Blue Jays High-A affiliate, the Vancouver Canadians. Transactions

05/22/24 Tri-City Dust Devils placed C Alberto Rios on the 7-day injured list.


Game 1- Rained out!

Starting off the series strong with a clean draw.


Game 1- Dust Devils fall 7-1

What Happened: In Game 1, our team had a challenging outing as they fell to the Aquasox 7-1. The game's momentum was mainly against them, with several key players unable to produce offensively. Despite the tough loss, some notable moments and efforts were worth highlighting.

When It Happened: The action started early, with the opposing team scoring runs in the initial innings. Our team struggled to respond until the ninth inning when they scored their lone run.

Who Did What:

  1. Top of the 9th Inning:

  • Key Moment: Matt Coutney doubled on a sharp line drive to right fielder Jared Sundstrom, driving in Jadiel Sanchez for the team's only run.

  • Stat Highlight: Coutney’s double was his 11th of the season, and he also secured his 11th RBI.

Pitching Recap:

  • Clark (L, 0-5):

  • Performance: Clark had a tough start, pitching 4.1 innings, giving up 7 runs on 6 hits, including 5 walks and 3 strikeouts. His ERA now stands at 5.75.

  • Pivotal Moment: Clark struggled particularly in the early innings, leading to a significant deficit.

  • Martinez, Q:

  • Performance: Martinez provided stability, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings and allowing just one walk.

  • Stat Highlight: His ERA remains an impressive 0.55.

  • Espinosa, C:

  • Performance: Espinosa delivered 2.0 innings, giving up 1 hit and no runs, with a notable 6 strikeouts.

  • Key Moment: Espinosa’s strikeouts were a bright spot, showcasing his ability to dominate hitters.

Hitting Performances:

  • Standout:

  • Jadiel Sanchez: Sanchez went 2-for-4, raising his average to .214 and his OPS to .614.

  • Key Stat: Sanchez scored the team's only run.

  • Struggles:

  • Julio Ruiz: Ruiz had a tough day at the plate, going 0-for-4 with 3 strikeouts, dropping his average to .169.

  • Martin, M: Martin also struggled, striking out 4 times in his 4 at-bats, maintaining a .220 average.

Team Highlight:

  • Baserunning: Ketchup stole his 14th base of the season, showcasing his speed and ability to create opportunities despite the team's struggles.

  • Fielding: The defense turned a double play (Blake to Coutney), a positive aspect in an otherwise challenging game.

Overall, the game highlighted some critical individual efforts and areas for improvement, particularly in clutch hitting and early-inning pitching.


Game Recap: Game 2 - The Bats Come Alive

What Happened: In the first game of the doubleheader, our team's bats came alive, leading to a convincing 9-6 victory over the AquaSox. The offense was relentless, scoring early and often, with standout performances from multiple players.

When It Happened:

  • Top of the 1st Inning:

  • Key Moment: Matt Coutney singled, driving in Caleb Ketchup for the first run.

  • Stat Highlight: Coutney’s single set the tone for the inning.

  • Top of the 2nd Inning:

  • Key Moment: Matt Coutney hit a three-run home run to right-center, scoring Jorge Ruiz and Caleb Ketchup.

  • Stat Highlight: This was Coutney’s second home run of the season, extending the lead to 6-0.

  • Top of the 6th Inning:

  • Key Moment: Cam Williams hit a solo home run, his first of the season.

  • Stat Highlight: This home run increased the lead to 7-4.

  • Top of the 6th Inning:

  • Key Moment: Ronaldo Flores singled, driving in Caleb Pendleton and Werner Blakely, making it 9-4.

Pitching Recap:

  • Costeiu:

  • Performance: Pitched 3.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 1 hit, with 4 walks and 2 strikeouts.

  • Key Moment: Limited the damage despite control issues, keeping the team in the game.

  • Suarez, W (W, 2-1):

  • Performance: Earned the win with 1.1 innings of work, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits, including a home run.

  • Stat Highlight: Suarez’s ERA now stands at 3.18.

  • Phillips, D:

  • Performance: Pitched 2.0 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.

  • Key Moment: Managed to close out the game without allowing the AquaSox to mount a comeback.

Hitting Performances:

  • Standout Performances:

  • Caleb Ketchup: Went 3-for-4, with a walk, 2 runs, and 2 stolen bases, raising his average to .227.

  • Matt Coutney: Went 2-for-5, with a home run, 4 RBIs, and 2 runs. His average now stands at .277 with a .779 OPS.

  • Caleb Pendleton: Went 3-for-4, with a double, 2 RBIs, and a run, boosting his average to .375.

  • Struggles:

  • Jorge Ruiz: Despite scoring a run and stealing a base, Ruiz went hitless in 3 at-bats, lowering his average to .165.

Team Highlight:

  • Offensive Explosion: The team collected 15 hits and scored 9 runs, showcasing its offensive depth. It went 6-for-18 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base, a testament to its persistent pressure on the AquaSox pitchers.

  • Fielding: Turned a key double play (Pendleton-Blake) which helped in maintaining the lead despite some defensive errors.

Overall, the team's dynamic offense and effective, though not flawless, pitching led to a solid victory in the first game of the doubleheader. Game Recap: Game 3 - Bats Stay Hot for the Dust Devils

What Happened: In the second game of the doubleheader, the Dust Devils continued their offensive surge, defeating the AquaSox 4-2. Key performances from Mason Martin, Matt Coutney, and Joe Stewart powered the team to victory.

When It Happened:

  • Top of the 2nd Inning:

  • Key Moment: Mason Martin hit a solo home run to right center, giving the Dust Devils an early lead.

  • Stat Highlight: This was Martin’s third home run of the season.

  • Top of the 3rd Inning:

  • Key Moment: Matt Coutney doubled to center, driving in Kevin Bruggeman.

  • Stat Highlight: Coutney's 12th double of the season increased the lead to 2-0.

  • Top of the 4th Inning:

  • Key Moment: Mason Martin hit his second home run of the game, a solo shot to right field.

  • Stat Highlight: This marked Martin’s fourth home run of the season.

  • Top of the 7th Inning:

  • Key Moment: Joe Stewart homered to left field, adding an insurance run.

  • Stat Highlight: Stewart's first home run of the season solidified the lead.

Pitching Recap:

  • Rivera, E:

  • Performance: Started the game, pitching 3.2 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts.

  • Key Moment: Despite some control issues, Rivera managed to limit the damage and kept the team in the game.

  • Southard (W, 2-0):

  • Performance: Earned the win with 2.0 innings of work, giving up 1 hit and no runs, with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts.

  • Stat Highlight: Southard's ERA is now 2.66, showcasing his reliability out of the bullpen.

  • Minacci (S, 8):

  • Performance: Closed out the game with 1.1 perfect innings, striking out one and securing his eighth save.

  • Key Moment: Minacci's performance ensured there was no chance for an AquaSox comeback.

Hitting Performances:

  • Standout Performances:

  • Mason Martin: Went 2-for-3 with 2 home runs, 2 RBIs, and 2 runs scored, raising his average to .245 with an OPS of .867.

  • Matt Coutney: Went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, bringing his average up to .286 with a .798 OPS.

  • Joe Stewart: Hit a crucial home run, his first of the season, in the 7th inning.

  • Struggles:

  • Kevin Bruggeman: Despite getting on base with a walk, Bruggeman was caught stealing and did not record a hit, maintaining a .278 average.

Team Highlight:

  • Power Surge: The Dust Devils hit three home runs in the game, showcasing their power at the plate. The team's ability to hit for extra bases was a key factor in their victory.

  • Fielding: The team committed three errors, indicating a need for improvement in defensive play, but their offensive output compensated for these mistakes.

Overall, the Dust Devils' consistent hitting and solid pitching performances led to a well-earned win in the second game of the doubleheader, highlighting their potential as a strong offensive team.


Game Recap: Game 4 - Bats Keep Rolling in the Win

What Happened: In Game 4, the Dust Devils' offense continued its hot streak, securing a dominant 9-4 victory over the AquaSox. This win brings the Dust Devils back to .500 on the season, showcasing their resilience and offensive firepower.

When It Happened:

  • Top of the 2nd Inning:

  • Key Moment: Mason Martin hit a solo home run to right field, giving the Dust Devils the lead.

  • Stat Highlight: Martin's fifth home run of the season.

  • Key Moment: Andy Blake hit a two-run home run to center field, scoring Caleb Pendleton.

  • Stat Highlight: Blake's first home run of the season.

  • Top of the 3rd Inning:

  • Key Moment: Mason Martin singled to center, driving in Matt Coutney, followed by Caleb Pendleton's double, scoring Cam Williams and moving Martin to third.

  • Stat Highlight: Pendleton's fourth double of the season.

  • Key Moment: Joe Stewart singled to center, driving in Mason Martin and Caleb Pendleton.

  • Stat Highlight: Stewart's two RBIs extended the lead to 7-0.

  • Top of the 6th Inning:

  • Key Moment: Matt Coutney hit a solo home run to left field.

  • Stat Highlight: Coutney's third home run of the season.

  • Top of the 9th Inning:

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

  • Stat Highlight: Williams' second home run of the season.

Pitching Recap:

  • Hurtado (W, 4-3):

  • Performance: Pitched 5.0 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits, with 4 walks and 5 strikeouts.

  • Key Moment: Hurtado effectively managed the game despite control issues, keeping the AquaSox from mounting a serious challenge.

  • Garcia, L:

  • Performance: Delivered 2.0 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out one.

  • Stat Highlight: Garcia's ERA now stands at 2.08.

  • Smith, J:

  • Performance: Pitched 1.0 scoreless inning, allowing 1 hit.

  • Key Moment: Smith provided a solid bridge to the final inning.

  • Choban:

  • Performance: Closed out the game with 1.0 inning, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits.

  • Key Moment: Despite the runs, Choban ensured the Dust Devils' lead was never in jeopardy.

Hitting Performances:

  • Standout Performances:

  • Mason Martin: Went 2-for-4 with a home run and a single, driving in 2 runs and scoring twice, raising his average to .263 with an OPS of .937.

  • Matt Coutney: Went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double, driving in 1 run and scoring twice, lifting his average to .285 with an OPS of .814.