Esmil Rogers almost had a solid start slip away, but Ryan Speier came in relief with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh and got out of the jam without damage. Matt Murton doubled twice and drove in two runs
Daniel Mayora's seventh homerun of the season, a two run shot, provided most of the Drillers scoring. Keith Weiser allowed six runs in six innings to take a loss for the 15th time this year.
Warren Schaeffer led off Modesto's scoring with a home run in the third, and two batters later the opposing pitcher plunked Charlie Blackmon and got ejected. The Nuts scored twice more on the reliever that inning and went on to win. Nuts starter Cory Riordan wasn't ejected, but he did leave after just one inning pitched, which indicates an injury of some sort.
Alan DeRatt gave up all six runs in just four innings to take the loss. Mike Zuanich and Jordan Pacheco each collected two more hits for their impressive season tallies.
Tri-City gets a rematch with the Giants Salem-Keizer affiliate in the Northwest League Championship series that starts tonight. In 2007, the Volcanoes beat the Dust Devils in four games. The Giants have had three players from that 2007 Volcanoes team play for them in their Wild-card chase this season, infielder Matt Downs and pitchers Waldis Joaquin and Dan Runzler. None of the Dust Devils from that 2007 Tri-City squad have played for the Rockies yet, but the team did trade two pitchers from that team for relievers Rafael Betancourt (Connor Graham) and Joe Beimel (Robinson Fabian), and the best player from Tri-City that year, Everth Cabrera, is of course now San Diego's starting shortstop.
Nick Schnaitmann got roughed up Pioneer League style, but he did have a nice GB rate on his outs.