PASCO, Wash. — After being pounded 15-4 Tuesday night, the Dust Devils bounced back with a 6-1 victory over Spokane on Wednesday night. The Dust Devils only had two hits on the night, but took advantage of four errors by the Indians and got stellar pitching.
Tri-City opened the scoring in the second inning when Jason Pineda‘s RBI double chased Sean Guilbe home from first. After a sacrifice fly by shortstop Kelvin Melean in the third, designated hitter Logan Driscoll came through with big blow of the game, a two-out, two-RBI double.
Since being drafted in the Competitive Balance B round of this year’s draft, Driscoll has fought a variety of nagging injuries that have limited him to eight games. Sunday, on the road in Vancouver, was his first game in nearly a month.
“I tried to take advantage of the time off and worked with Pat [O’Sullivan, the Dust Devils hitting coach] on my swing, mainly simplifying it,” said Driscoll, who hit .339/.462/.600 with George Mason University.
“Today, I was able to hit the ball hard in three out of four of my at-bats, so I was pretty happy about that too.
“Also, my girlfriend came out, and she has been taking video of all my at-bats, so its a team effort,” laughed Driscoll.
Meanwhile, five Tri-City pitchers allowed only one earned run. Two holdovers from last year’s team, RHP Wen-Hua Sung and LHP Dan Dallas stood out. Sung, 20, who signed in 2016 from Taiwan, struggled last year with Tri-City with a 10.88 ERA. This year, he’s been much better with a 2.66 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 22 innings against only seven walks.
Dallas, 21, was a seventh-round draft pick in 2016 and a Northwest League All-Star in 2018. Command issues in Fort Wayne this year sent him back to extended spring training to await a return to Tri-City. Tonight he had six punchouts in 2.2 innings and at times looked dominating, working with a four-seam fastball, slider, and changeup.
He nearly got out of the ninth inning, but the command of his pitches wasn’t as sharp as it was in the first two innings. Still, Dallas has a 1.29 ERA on the season in 36 innings and he, along with Sung, are candidates for promotion to Fort Wayne by the NWL All-Star break.