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Feliz Cumpleaños, Jadiel: Sanchez Homers Twice in Dust Devils’ Win

Tri-City Dust Devils

May 11, 2024 – Northwest League (NWL)
Tri-City Dust Devils News Release

Tri-City Dust Devils' Jadiel Sanchez at bat
Tri-City Dust Devils’ Jadiel Sanchez at bat
(Tri-City Dust Devils)

RF Jadiel Sanchez of the Tri-City Dust Devils (12-18) celebrated his 23rd birthday in one of the best ways a ballplayer can, hitting two two-run home runs and driving in five in a 9-4 win over the Eugene Emeralds (19-11) Friday night at PK Park.

Sanchez wasted little time in the top of the 1st inning, taking a 2-2 pitch from Eugene starter Nick Sinacola over the right field fence and into netting protecting the Emeralds bullpen from round flying objects. The blast scored 3B Ben Gobbel, who singled ahead of Sanchez’s second homer of the season, for a 2-0 Tri-City lead. The Dust Devils added a third run in the frame on back-to-back doubles from SS Shane Matheny and DH Cam Williams, whose two-bagger scored Matheny for a 3-0 advantage.

The lead held to the bottom of the 3rd when Eugene 3B Justin Wishkoski sent a three-run home run over the left-center field wall to tie the game at 3-3. The Ems later took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 5th on a wild pitch with the bases loaded.

Tri-City would tie the game back up in the top of the 6th, taking advantage of two walks and a throwing error to bring the game square at 4-4. They then took the lead back for good an inning later, beginning with back-to-back-to-back singles from C Ronaldo Flores, 2B Caleb Ketchup and LF Jorge Ruiz. Ruiz’s flare to center off a pitch from Emeralds reliever Nick Morreale (1-2) parachuted safely down to the turf, scoring Flores for a 5-4 lead in the top of the 7th.

A bunt single from Ben Gobbel then loaded the bases for Sanchez, who hit a fly ball down the right field line far enough to score Ketchup on a sac fly to make it 6-4. The Dust Devils lead extended to three later in the inning on a fielder’s choice off the bat of 1B Matt Coutney that scored Ruiz to push the visitors’ edge to three at 7-4.

The bullpen duo of Willian Suarez (1-1) and Brady Choban kept Tri-City in the game and then preserved the lead, with each reliever throwing two scoreless innings to help the cause.

Sanchez then got one more gift on his birthday, an extra opportunity to come to the plate given him when Ben Gobbel finished a three-hit night with a two-out double in the top of the 9th. The switch-hitting outfielder from Arroyo, Puerto Rico showed his thanks by socking a ball over the right-center field wall and off the footing of a light standard behind it, a second…

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