Extra, Extra, Extra: Hops walk-off again in extras

Ryan Tufts game winning single gives Hops 21st Win

By Kyle Lussier / Hillsboro Hops | July 15, 2018 2:29 AM

The Hops extended their win streak to five games and their division lead to five games with a dramatic walk-ff victory over Tri-City in 11 innings.

In the fourth game of the five game set featuring the Hillsboro Hops and Tri-City Dust Devils, the Hops emerged as victors by a score of 7 to 6.

Hillsboro's 19-year-old right hander Adrian Del Moral took the mound, opposing Tri-City's Ramon Perez. Perez lasted just an out as Hillsboro ambushed him with three first inning runs. Tra Holmes scored on a Jose Caballero single to give the Hops 1-0 advantage. Ryan Dobson then reached on a walk, and Caballero scored on Joey Rose's Northwest League leading tenth double to take a 3-0 lead.

Del Moral hit his lone speed bump in the top of the second, when 2017 Northwest League All-Star Game MVP Luis Asuncion singled in Olivier Basabe.

Hillsboro extended the lead in the bottom of the second, when a Jonathan Guzman wild pitch allowed Dobson to score.

Brian Christian pitched in relief after Del Moral, firing a crisp 3.1 shut-out innings while scattering three hits.

The teams traded zeroes until the top of the 9th, but Tri-City did not lay down.

Tri-City's attack was spearheaded by Michael Curry and Tre Carter. Curry doubled in Basabe to bring the score to 4-2 Hops, then Blake Hunt scored on a wild pitch, and Carter knocked in the tying run with a bloop double to drive in Kelvin Alarcon. The Hops and Devils went to extras for the second consecutive night.

League Baseball's new extra innings rule was in effect again, and Tri-City took advantage of it. Owen Miller singled in Aldemar Burgos to give the Dust Devils their first lead of the night.

It came down to the tenth inning, with Hillsboro needing a run to extend the game. With Caballero starting the inning at second base, Ryan Tufts worked a walk to reach base.

Joey Rose stepped to the plate with an enormous opportunity and his family in attendance. On a 3-2 count, he cranked his 11th double of the season down the left-field line, driving in the tying run. The Hops had a golden opportunity to walk it off again with the bases loaded and none out, but Tri-City wriggled off the hook to send it to the 11th inning.

Trevor McKenna returned to the mound in the top of the 11th inning and quickly recorded two outs. He ran into some trouble with the third out and Chester Pimentel entered with two outs and the bases loaded to make his Hops debut. Tri-City's Kelvin Alarcon crossed the plate on a passed ball to give the Dust Devils a 6-5 advantage, forcing Hillsboro's hand in the bottom half of the inning.

For the fourth time this season, the Hops walked-off in dramatic fashion. This time, it was former Virginia Tech Hokie Ryan Tufts who delivered the victory for the Hillsboro Hops. With the bases loaded and Tri-City deploying a five-man infield, Tufts blasted a single into deep left field to give the Hops the victory.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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