It was time for the Hillsboro Hops bats to wake up. Same for the home team Tri-City Dust Devils. Its just that while the Devils explosion was too little too late, the Hillsboro Hops’ effort, led by Will Gorman, ripped the seams apart to win 8-5.
Hops Wake Up
The magic inning was in the sixth when the Hops batters treated every one of themselves to a trip to the plate. The highlight was essentially the almost back to back two run homers by Joey Rose and Will Gorman. First, after Geraldo Perdomo’s single and a strike out by Andy Yerzy, Rose stepped up with a two run blast to left center. Shortly after that, LT Tolbert bunted to first and Will Gorman launched his two run blast to right center. Just like that, the Hops were up 4-1.
Hillsboro added two more runs when Ryan January and Jorge Perez scored on Jake McCarthy’s two run single. The next inning, the seventh, saw Andy Yerzy and LT Tolbert score on Will Gorman’s two run single. Quickly, the score was comfortably 8-1. The large lead barely held on for the win.
Dust Devils Last Chance
The bottom of the ninth arrived and the home team had three more outs to try and catch up. Hillsboro should have remembered the last three outs are always the hardest in any game. The Dust Devils managed to send their complete line up to the plate. Tre Carter and Tucupita Marcano tripled with a Xavier Edwards walk sandwiched in between for two runs.
The Dust Devils loaded the bases for a Blake Hunt single to score Marcano. With the last gap final score, Grant Little scored on a Justin Paulsen RBI ground out. With two outs and still three runs behind, last night’s hero Michael Curry struck out swinging with the winning run on deck. The gap was too large for the Dust Devils to overcome.
Will Gorman Feeds Power Surge
The game was ruled by the lumber. Both teams swung and connected for a hit 23 times. The Dust Devils also had two triples while the Hops connected on a double and two home runs. Pitching from both sides tried to keep up with 17 strike outs combined. In the end, the batter’s swing conquered the pitcher’s fastball.
The Hops’ box score was filled with multi-hit games. Both LT Tolbert and Will Gorman had three hit games. McCarthy and Jorge Perez had two hit games of their own. Tolbert score twice. McCarthy and Joey Rose smacked two teammates across home plate. All bats were led by Will Gorman’s four RBI on the night that included his own two run shot.
Hops Pitching Amass Eleven K’s
Ryan Weiss started for the Hops but was lifted late in the third with two outs and runners at second and first. Kenny Hernandez (W, 4-3) came on and faced one batter to end the inning. Hernandez stayed for over four innings for the win. Chester Pimentel (S, 2) made a ninth inning appearance for a save.
Adrian Martinez started for the Dust Devils and left after six shut out innings and a 1-0 lead. Wen-Hua Sung took the mound for less than an inning. Two outs later, the Hops scored their six runs in the sixth and Sung (L, 0-3) was saddled with the loss.
As a result, the win lifted the Hillsboro Hops (10-7) into sole possession of first in the Southern Division, one game over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (9-8). The loss dropped the Tri-City Dust Devils (6-11) to five games behind the Northern Division leading Vancouver Canadians (11-6).
The win also clinched the series for the Hops who lead 3-1 with the final game still left to play. Both teams return to GESA Stadium for the final game. The Hops will send Matt Tabor (1-1) to the mound. On 8/1, Tabor pitched the first five innings allowing only one run and striking out seven batters for a no decision. Tabor will face the Dust Devils’ Cole Bellinger (1-5). On 8/5, Bellinger lasted less than five innings giving up three runs on eight hits for the loss.
Furthermore, Hops’ All-Stars Andy Yerzy and Josh Green showed they belong with the best. Check out how they got there.