The Vancouver Canadians had two legitimate scoring opportunities on Wednesday night at Nat Bailey Stadium. The Spokane Indians had five, including three during the first four innings. But Vancouver walked away with a 1-0 win in the opening game of the Northwest League North Division playoffs, leaving the Indians to agonize over their inability to get one crucial hit. Read story
The Indians shook up their lineup, moving Jose Trevino to the No. 2 spot in the batting order. He's often hit No. 3, 4 or 5 this year.
"I just wanted to break up our lefties a little bit," Indians manager Tim Hulett said. "I didn’t want (Vancouver) to bring one lefty in without him having to face any righties. Trevino was the best guy to move up there."
Trevino singled in his first at-bat and was robbed of extra bases in the third on the play of the game by Vancouver left fielder Jonathan Davis.
Hulett also put left-hander Diego Cedeno into the No. 6 spot to break up all the right-handers hitting around him. Cedeno tripled to lead off the second and singled in the fourth.
Hulett said he didn't believe the Indians suffered from being swept by Vancouver in a three-game series that ended the regular season, or in having to wait an extra day to play because of Tuesday's heavy rain.
"We played well those three games," Hulett said. "We weren’t really playing for anything, just trying to get through it and get to the playoffs, and they were more motivated to get things done."
Vancouver didn't clinch the North Division's second-half title until Sunday's win over Spokane.
Tonight's pitching matchup is Spokane Richelson Pena against Vancouver's Jairo Labourt, who led the league in earned-run average at 1.77. Pena finished sixth at 3.36. Spokane knocked around Labourt for two earned runs in one inning on June 20. Labourt also just worked five innings against Spokane on Saturday, allowing four hits and no earned runs. Pena defeated the Canadians on July 4, allowing three earned runs in five innings.