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Series Recap 5/7-12: Dust Devils vs Eugene Emeralds, Dust Devils take 5-6 behind Gobbels bat.

Player of the Week- Literally, 3B Ben Gobbel had a fantastic week at the plate, earning NW Player of the Week honors! Truly leading the Dust Devils to take 5/6 from the Emeralds on the Road Trip, stay tuned for the Who the heck is Ben Gobbel, and how is he so good!? Gobbel helped Tri-City take five of six games on the road from the league-leading Eugene Emeralds with the following stats:

.320 BA (8-25), 3 HR (tied for most in all of High-A ball), 4 RBI, 4 BB,8 runs scored (most in NWL), 1.156 OPS ROSTER MOVES!

05/09/24 C Caleb Pendleton assigned to Tri-City Dust Devils from ACL Angels.

05/08/24 Tri-City Dust Devils activated RHP Carlos Espinosa.

05/07/24 3B Cam Williams assigned to Tri-City Dust Devils from ACL Angels.

05/07/24 SS Denzer Guzman was assigned to Rocket City Trash Pandas from Tri-City Dust Devils.


05/07/24 3B Shane Matheny assigned to Tri-City Dust Devils from ACL Angels.

05/06/24 Tri-City Dust Devils sent RHP Ryan Costeiu on a rehab assignment to ACL Angels.

Game 1 Recap: Dust Devils vs. Emeralds

Game Overview: The game unfolded clearly with pitching mastery and timely hitting, making it a thrilling encounter. The Dust Devils took control as the innings progressed through solid pitching and critical at-bats.

Key Moments:

  1. Matt Coutney's Home Run - In the top of the 4th inning, Matt Coutney delivered a significant blow with a solo home run, his first of the season, which evened the score at 1-1. This moment was a turning point, boosting the Dust Devil's momentum.

  2. Caleb Ketchup's Two-Run Single - Still in the 4th inning, Caleb Ketchup came through with a two-out single that drove in Mason Martin and Werner Blakely, propelling the Dust Devils to a 3-1 lead. This hit proved decisive in shaping the game's outcome, pushing the team's win probability to 73.4%.

Pitching Performance:

  • Marcheco's Dominance: Starting pitcher Marcheco was exceptional, hurling six innings of shutout ball, allowing just three hits and striking out 3. His performance earned him a well-deserved win, improving his season record to 2-2.

  • Relief Efforts: Garcia and Minacci from the bullpen continued the dominance, combining for three scoreless innings, allowing no hits, and adding four strikeouts, securing the game efficiently.

Hitting Highlights:

  • Standout Hitters:

  • Matt Coutney shined with his home run and doubled and walked twice, making him a crucial part of the Dust Devils' offense.

  • Caleb Ketchup and Mason Martin also provided essential contributions. Ketchup’s timely hitting drove in two crucial runs, while Martin doubled twice, underscoring the team's effective hitting.

Team Highlights:

  • Team Batting: Despite a cumulative average that might not impress, the Dust Devils' ability to hit when it mattered most led them to victory. The team was 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position, demonstrating clutch performance in critical moments.

  • Team Pitching: The pitchers collectively held the Emeralds to just one run on three hits, showcasing a dominant performance that kept the opponents at bay throughout the game.

In summary, the Dust Devils capitalized on powerful pitching and key hitting moments to secure a win over the Emeralds. This game highlighted the importance of timely hitting and solid pitching, setting the tone for future matchups.

Game 2 Recap: Dust Devils vs. Emeralds

Game Overview: In the second game of the series, the Dust Devils demonstrated their dominance, mainly through solid pitching and aggressive base running. The early innings saw the Dust Devils establishing a significant lead that the Emeralds struggled to overcome.

Key Moments:

  1. Ben Gobbel's Early Impact - Ben Gobbel set the tone for the game right from the start with a solo home run in the top of the 1st inning, giving the Dust Devils an early lead. His contribution didn't stop there; he added another RBI in the 2nd inning with a single, driving in Werner Blakely and further solidifying the lead.

  2. Kevin Bruggeman's Key Double - Also in the 1st inning, Kevin Bruggeman hit a crucial double that drove in Jadiel Sanchez and Shane Matheny, pushing the score to 3-0. This hit was pivotal in establishing the Dust Devils' control over the game.

Pitching Performance:

  • Urena's Stellar Outing: Urena was formidable on the mound, pitching six shutout innings while allowing just four hits and striking out 5, claiming his first win. His ability to suppress the Emeralds' hitters was vital in the game's outcome.

  • Bullpen Support: Southard, Espinosa, and Phillips contributed to preserving the lead, combining for three innings and allowing only one run. Despite Espinosa giving up a home run, the relief efforts were enough to secure the victory.

Hitting Highlights:

  • Top Hitters:

  • Ben Gobbel not only showcased power with his home run but also continued to pressure the Emeralds with two hits and two RBIs.

  • Kevin Bruggeman excelled with his timely double and consistent on-base performance, including two walks, proving crucial in the team’s offensive strategy.