Spokane pitching cools off Volcanoes
KEIZER, Ore. – Joey Brigham pitched five innings of three-hit ball and Ryan Falcon and Christopher Dennis followed with four hitless innings Tuesday as the Spokane Indians defeated the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 4-2 in Northwest League play.
Brigham (2-0) allowed Sean Van Elderen’s two-run homer in the fifth inning.
Falcon retired the side in the sixth and seventh. Dennis, who earned his third save, escaped trouble in the eighth after two walks and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
East Division-leading Spokane (4-4) leads the five-game series 2-1. S-K is 6-2.
Spokane led 1-0 after Victor Barrios’ RBI single in the first. Kenneth Smith added an RBI double in the third, and the lead grew to 3-0 on Jonathan Greene’s solo homer in the fifth, his second of the season.
Timothy Rodriguez doubled to open Spokane’s sixth. Billy Killian followed with a single, and Rodriguez scored when right fielder Van Elderen bobbled the ball.
Spokane outhit the Volcanoes 12-3. Greene, Ian Gac and Smith had two hits apiece for Spokane.