Dust Devils pull away for victory.
PASCO, Wash. - Tri-City roughed up the Eugene bullpen for five late runs to break open a close game as the East Division-leading Dust Devils defeated the Ems 6-2 in a Northwest League baseball game Tuesday night.
The Ems were held scoreless through eight innings and had just three hits entering the ninth, when Jason Codiroli hit a two-run single with the bases loaded and two outs.
But Dean Anna grounded out for the final out as Tri-City evened the series at two games apiece.
The series finale begins at 11:15 a.m. today.
Tri-City starter Sheng-An Kuo (1-0), a right-hander from Taiwan, allowed just two hits - both singles to Vincent Belnome - with one walk and five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
It was the second straight scoreless start for Kuo, who held Spokane to two hits over five innings in his last start.
Tri-City out-hit the Ems 15-5.
Despite taking the loss, Ems starter Miles Mikolas (0-3) had his best outing of the season. The 6-foot-5 right-hander scattered eight hits over six innings, allowing only one run and striking out four.
The Dust Devils' Jeremiah Sammy doubled off Mikolas to start the fourth and scored on a Ben Paulsen single to give Tri-City a 1-0 lead.
It would remain a one-run game until the seventh.
Alessio Angelucci entered the game in relief of Mikolas and surrendered two runs in the seventh.
Leonardo Reyes singled off Angelucci with one out, stole second and moved to third on a ground out.
Former Oregon State standout Joey Wong, the Dust Devils' starting shortstop, followed with a walk.
Tim Wheeler then hit a triple to center field, scoring both Reyes and Wong to extend the Dust Devils' lead to 3-0.
After the Ems were shut down in the top of the eighth, Tyler Mead entered in relief in the bottom of the eighth - and didn't record an out.
Paulsen, Bo Bowman and Joseph Sanders opened the inning with consecutive singles to give the Dust Devils a 4-0 lead.
Tyson Bagley came in for Mead and surrendered a two-run single to Dallas Tarleton to make it 6-0.
Combined, the three Eugene relievers gave up seven hits and four earned runs in two innings.
Mead's ERA rose to 15.00.
Six Tri-City starters finished with at least two hits.
Jeremiah Sammy went 3-for-5 with a double and a run for the Dust Devils.
Wheeler and Tarleton added two hits and two RBIs each for Tri-City (20-11), which extended its division lead to seven games over Boise.
Wong was 0-for-3 with a walk, a run and two strikeouts for Tri-City. He's now hitting .235 in 28 games.
Eugene's 3 through 6 hitters were a combined 0-for-15 with four strikeouts and one walk.
Belnome finished 2-for-2 with two walks for the Emeralds, raising his average to .324.
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|Title Annotation:||Wire Sports; Tri-City starter Kuo shuts down Ems, who surrender five late runs|
|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Jul 22, 2009|
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