Duran Wins Fourth Straight As Hops Even Series
The Hops opening day starter Jhoan Duran was considered one of the top pitching prospects entering the 2017 season. The 19-year-old hurler has found his groove in the month of August.Duran tossed six strong innings and picked up his fourth straight win as the Hops defeated the Tri-City Dust Devils
The Hops opening day starter
Duran tossed six strong innings and picked up his fourth straight win as the Hops defeated the Tri-City Dust Devils 7-3 Sunday afternoon at Ron Tonkin Field.
The Hops extended their Northwest League South Division lead to two games over the Eugene Emeralds, improving to 17-15 in the second half, 39-31 overall. With Vancouver's 9-1 loss to Boise, the Hops are tied with the Canadians for the best overall record in the NWL. Both teams have already secured playoff berths.
The Hops broke a 1-1 tie with two unearned runs in the bottom of the third inning. With
Duran gave up three sharp singles in the first inning, but escaped harm when the Hops turned a double play. In the fourth inninng, the 6-4 righthander loaded the bases on two hits and a walk before fanning Bryan Aragon on a backdoor breaking ball.
The Hops plated an insurance run in the seventh when Bryan Araiza tripled and scored on a
The Hops got three key insurance runs in the ninth, two scoring on a two-out throwing error by Almanzar. Tri-City got two hits and a run in the ninth against Peacock before he closed out the game for his first pro save.
Duran improved to 6-2 on the season, matching the since-promoted
Araiza reached base three times, scoring two runs with an RBI on a sacrifice fly. Red-hot
Game three of the five-game series is at 7:05 p.m. Monday night with pregame airtime at 6:35 p.m. on Rip City Radio 620 AM.