3,107 fans braved thunderous conditions on Faith Night, but they couldn't push the Tri-City Dust Devils to victory as the Boise Hawks took game one of this five game series by a score of 6-2 Friday night at Gesa Stadium.
The Dust Devils (7-15 Second Half, 26-34 Overall) were led offensively by catcher Ashley Graeter. Graeter had a double, a walk, and scored both of the team's runs. First baseman Sean Dwyer, designated hitter Wilfredo Rodriguez, and third baseman Alec Mehrten were the only other Tri-City batters to get hits.
Ryan Warner (3-3) produced another quality start for the Dust Devils. Warner pitched six innings and give up three runs on six hits. He also struck out three Hawks hitters while walking one.
Kennewick High School grad Tony Bryant gave up his first run since joining the Dust Devils last week. He walked the bases loaded. The Hawks shortstop Carlos Penalver scored on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Yasiel Balaguert. Bryant left the game after just 2/3 of an inning. He would finish the night with one earned run, no hits, and four walks.
Boise (14-8, 35-25) starter Jose Rosario (1-0) pitched well and got some help from his defense. Rosario only allowed one run on just three hits, a walk, and three strikeouts over five innings in his second start for the Hawks.
The second game of this five game series will be Saturday night at Gesa Stadium. It's going to be Fireworks Night presented by McCurley Integrity Dealerships. Righty Konner Wade will toe the rubber for the Dust Devils while the Hawks send right-hander Paul Blackburn to the mound, with first pitch at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are available by visiting www.dustdevilsbaseball.com or calling the front office at (509) 544-8789.
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