The bullpen proved to show their weakness tonight as the Devils gave up 8 runs in the 7th inning and would end up losing 14-11. After leading 8-1 through 3 innings, it looked as if the Devils had the game in the bag, but that was not the case.
Robbie McClellan got the start and would give up 4 runs in 6 innings of work. But after he left the game, the damage began. The next 3 pitchers, Mark Sopko, Bryce Kartler, and J.J. Jackson would not record an out while giving up 8 runs combined. Aaron Klusman came in relief for Jackson, and would settle down the Husky bats, giving up just 1 run. Kartler earned the loss for his work in the game dropping to 2-3.
The Devils got off to a quick start, scoring 5 runs in the 1st inning. Jeremy West hit a 3 run homerun that sailed right over the fence in left center. The homerun was his 7th on the year. West would go 3 for 6 on the game with 4 RBI's. Dustin Pedroia and Jon Sheaffer would also record 3 hits in the game.
Mike Esposito showed Friday night the reason why he was a Pre-Season All-American. He struck out a career high 17 batters in the complete game victory. The win improved him to 6-3 on the year as the Devils won 8-3.
The Devils had to play catch up as they were trailing 3-0 before scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the 4th. Nick Cadena came up huge with a 2 RBI at bat, scoring Andre Ethier and Dennis Wyrick. Then, Joel Bocchi singled to left center field, scoring Cadena and Sheaffer. ASU would score 3 runs in the 6th inning to put the game away. Dustin Pedroia had the key hit when he doubled to left field, scoring Cadena and Sheaffer.
Carlos Arguello got the start on Saturday and would give up 2 runs in 3 1/3 innings pitched. Mark Sopko would bounce back from his pitching performance on Thursday, allowing 2 runs in 2 2/3 innings pitched. J.J. Jackson and Ryan Schroyer would also come in relief, with Schroyer providing the needed spark, pitching 2 innings with no runs allowed. ASU won the game 13-6.
The Devils got on the board in the 1st inning once again when Andre Ethier singled to left field scoring Pedroia and Doug Schutt. In the 3rd inning, Jeff Larish and Jeremy West had consecutive doubles, which would lead to 2 runs scored in the inning. In the 5th inning, Jeremy West would hit his 8th homerun of the year, with the shot to left field. In the Devil half of the 7th inning, Andre Ethier lead off with a double down the right field line and would later score on a wild pitch. After the bases were loaded, Jeff Larish singled to center field, scoring Schutt and Sheaffer.
The Devils will play UNLV in Las Vegas on Monday, before heading to Pullman to play Washington State next weekend.
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