The Spokane Indians won Saturday's Northwest League game in the 12th inning, but everything was in place for them to win it in the eighth. Read story
Spokane and Vancouver were tied at 2 in the bottom of the eighth Saturday when LeDarious Clark led off with an infield single and Dylan Moore, the next batter, sent him to third base with a broken-bat double to right field.
Indians manager Tim Hulett was hopeful because of the next batters coming up, cleanup hitter Sherman Lacrus and No. 5 hitter Diego Cedeno.
"We don't have a legitimate four-hole guy," Hulett said. "So our 4-5 guys are contact guys. Lacrus and Cedeno, if I had to hand-pick who would be the guys (in that situation), those would be the guys. And neither one of them got the job done tonight."
With the Vancouver infield playing in, hoping to choke off a run at the plate, Lacrus fouled out to Canadian first baseman Juan Kelly. The infield was still playing in when Cedeno fouled off the first two pitches from Sean Ratcliffe. Cedeno, going the other way, nearly dropped in a hit to left field, but the ball was just foul. He struck out swinging on the next pitch.
The next batter, Ti'Quan Forbes, took two called strikes before striking out swinging.
But it all worked out as Spokane's pitchers shut down Vancouver from the fifth inning on, allowing just four singles, and Darius Day drove home Yeyson Yrizarri with the winning run in the 12th.