The Spokane Indians capped their regular-season home schedule Friday with a balanced offensive performance. All 11 Indians who came to bat, including late-game replacements Chuck Moorman and Pepe Cardona, collected hits during the 15-hit effort that buried Salem-Keizer 11-5. Read story
The Indians' hit parade started during their three-run first inning, as they seized the lead for good with four hits. Indians manager Tim Hulett said the biggest hit of the night might have been Jose Trevino's RBI double down the left-field line for Spokane's first run. Trevino, the Northwest League All-Star Most Valuable Player, is batting .265 after reaching a peak of .333 on July 4. He was still hitting .301 as of Aug. 7 but has dipped in the last three weeks.
"We need to get him going and you can see him starting to come out of it a little bit," Hulett said.
Hulett also pointed to Moorman’s long solo home run to left field in the eighth inning after replacing Trevino at catcher in the seventh. Moorman had never homered with Spokane and had three pro homers, all at the Arizona Rookie League.
NWL batting leader Seth Spivey went 2 for 4 to boost his average to .343. Luke Tendler, Josh Morgan and Fernando Vivili also had two hits on the night. Vivili, who won Monday's game with a ninth-inning homer, hit a two-run shot to right during a four-run third.
Tendler and Juremi Profar also had two RBIs on the night. Spivey and Trevino scored twice apiece.
The Indians welcomed back outfielder Cardona, who entered in the seventh and singled in the eighth. Cardona suffered a concussion Aug. 13 at Tri-City and has battled shoulder pain.
All of the offense boosted starting pitcher David Perez, who nearly imploded in the first inning when he threw 31 pitches, including 24 for balls.
The Indians have won five of their last six games after coming off a streak of six consecutive losses and nine of 11.
Spokane finished 5-5 against Salem-Keizer and is .500 or better against every NWL team except Hillsboro (2-8).
The Indians are 6-3 against Vancouver, their rival for their final three-game series of the regular season. Vancouver leads the North Division's second half by one game over Tri-City and owns the tiebreaker if the teams end the second half with the same record. Spokane can benefit Tri-City by winning at least two of the three games while T-C defeats Everett at least twice (if Vancouver goes 0-3) or three times (if Vancouver goes 1-2).
"Whoever we end up playing, we play," Hulett said. "But we have a couple of good (starting pitchers) going the first and second games (at Vancouver), so it’s going to be important for us. We don’t want to give games away and lose momentum."