The shutout is also the tenth of the season for the Dust Devils (37-25 overall, 15-9 second half), tying a NWL record set by the Boise Hawks in 1990 and matched by the Vancouver Canadians in 2002. In Tri-City's last eleven wins, six have come by a shutout. Bergman, the NWL's leader in innings pitched, bounced back after his streak of 31 consecutive scoreless innings was snapped just one inning shy of tying the league record set back in 1966. Bergman's new streak is now at 13.
Offensively, Dust Devils' outfielder Tyler Massey provided Bergman with all the offense he needed. Massey hit his seventh home run of the season in the sixth inning, a solo shot to make it 2-0. The home run to right field was Massey's first of the season at Gesa Stadium and came just two innings after he hit a scoring fly ball to bring home Tim Smalling for the game's first run. Smalling had tripled to lead off the inning, his second triple of the series. Smalling and third baseman Jayson Langfels each went 2-for-3 and were the only players in the game with multiple hits.
Bears' starter Teo Gutierrez (3-3) pitched well enough to win but couldn't match Bergman's record-setting night. The Colombian right-hander tossed seven innings, struck out four, did not allow a walk, and gave up only six hits.
The game lasted only one hour and 57 minutes, the second time this week the Dust Devils have played a game in under two hours. Tri-City is now 9-2 against Yakima this season and improved their league-best home record to 22-7.
The Dust Devils will look to sweep the Bears tomorrow night in the series finale and the final game of the season between the geographical rivals. Ricardo Ferrer (2-4, 4.13) will take the mound for Tri-City and will go up against Bears' starter Yiomar Camacho (1-0, 4.67). Fans will be treated to postgame fireworks presented by State Farm. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:15 pm.
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