It took an oasis in the desert but Geraldo Perdomo helped quench the Hillsboro Hops’ thirst for a win by going 4 for 5 and knocking in the winning run. Geraldo Perdomo singled in Jorge Perez as an insurance run. Facing a two run deficit, the Dust Devils managed to score Xavier Edwards on Tucupita Marcano’s RBI single. It wasn’t enough as they fell to the Hops, 3-2.
Temps Cool Down, Pitching Heats Up
The day’s temperature for the game cooled down to 88 degrees which seems like an arctic chill compared to the sweltering triple digits earlier in the series. But, the scoreboard remained a desert void of runs. Except for a small one run oasis in the first by the Hops and a late one run oasis by the Dust devils in the eighth. It was on to extra innings.
Most of the heat came from the pitching mound. Matt Tabor started for the Hops and went five scoreless innings allowing just one hit and a walk while striking out three batters. Tabor was equally matched in the Devils’ starter Cole Bellinger who went six innings and struck out five. But, Bellinger allowed the Hops run in the first and left the mound behind 1-0.
Endgame Decides Winner
But, as in times like this before, when a game is decided late, it belongs to the closers on the mound. In the Hops case, Justin Garcia (W, 1-1) came on in the ninth and started the tenth for his first win of the season. Trevor McKenna (S, 1) finished the tenth for his first save of the year. Overall, the Hops struck out eleven batters and walked five in a winning effort.
Dust Devil Korey Anderson (L, 0-1) took over in the last two innings and gave up the go ahead and winning runs for the loss. In total, the Tri-City pitching staff also struck out eleven batters and walked only two.
Geraldo Perdomo Strikes Hot
Despite the low scoring, the Hops bats did make some noise. Geraldo Perdomo smacked 3 for 4 at the plate while Jake McCarthy got two hits of his own. Andy Yerzy and McCarthy both doubled for the team’s only extra base hits. Jorge Perez had the most balanced line with one hit and one score with one RBI in one plate appearance.
Dust Devil bats almost matched the Hops eight hits with six of their own. Most of them were by two batters: Tucupita Marcano and Grant Little. Marcano went 3 for 5 but only generated one RBI. Little went 2 for 5, one a double, and produced no runs or RBIs. The only other hit was Tre Carter’s single.
The win increased the Hillsboro Hops (11-7) lead in the Southern Division to two games. The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (9-9) are tied with the Eugene Emeralds (9-9) in second place. The loss dropped the Tri-City Dust Devils (6-12) to another game behind the Northern Division leading Vancouver Canadians (12-6) at six games. The Hops take the series 4-1.
The Hops will travel to Eugene for a three games series against the Emeralds. No starting pitchers are announced for either team. It doesn’t get any easier for the Dust Devils as they will travel to the division leading Vancouver Canadians for another three game series of their own.
Geraldo Perdomo Breaks Out
Perdomo has been making a difference throughout the series. Check out how the team did against the Dust Devils in the opening game of this series. There is also an excellent article about Geraldo Perdomo along with a past game recap of the Missoula Osprey in the Missoulian by Bill Speltz. Check it out.