By Tri-City Dust Devils
The Tri-City Dust Devils lost their first home series in the month of July, losing the series finale to the Spokane Indians 2-1 Thursday night at Gesa Stadium. Despite eight hits on the night, Tri-City was able to push just one run across the plate and dropped to 8-9 in one-run games this season.
After both teams scored early, with a run apiece in the first inning, the offenses struggled to turn base runners into runs. Four of the Dust Devils' (1-2 second half, 19-22 overall) eight hits came from the duo of first baseman Miguel De Leon and catcher Tom Murphy, each of whom went 2-for-4 on the night. De Leon drove in the lone Dust Devils run on the night in the first inning. The game-deciding run for the Indians (2-1, 14-27) came in the sixth inning, off of Dust Devils starting pitcher Peter Tago, when designated hitter Joe Maloney singled home third baseman Ryan Rua to give Spokane the 2-1 lead.
Tri-City starting pitcher Tago (2-5) had another quality outing, but failed to get the run support to prevent himself from taking the loss, his fifth of the season. Tago threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out two and walking none. Relievers Josh Slaats and Mike Wolford combined to work the final 2 1/3 innings, not allowing a run.
Spokane starting pitcher John Kukuruda allowed one run, unearned, on three hits over four innings on the mound. Righty Eric Brooks (2-1) earned his second win of the year, throwing four shutout innings of relief for the Indians.