PASCO – Trevor Hurley pitched six innings of one-hit ball and the Indians manufactured all the offense they needed for a 2-0 victory over Tri-City on Monday night, Spokane’s second consecutive shutout of the Dust Devils.
With the victory, the Indians (23-27) moved to six games behind first-place Tri-City (29-21) in the Northwest League’s East Division.
Hurley (3-2) struck out five batters and walked only one in six shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 3.81.
Geuris Grullon earned his second save of the season with three shutout innings. He allowed three hits and struck out four Dust Devils.
Spokane scored its first run in the fourth inning. Batting against Rob Scahill (0-3), Joseph Bonadonna led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a passed ball by catcher Dallas Tarleton. Vinnie DiFazio’s single to right field pushed Bonadonna to third, and Jason Ogata drove him home with a sacrifice fly as the Indians took a 1-0 lead.
In the seventh inning Spokane put together another run for a 2-0 lead. With two out and Rex Brothers on the mound, Clark Murphy walked and Denny Duron followed with a single. Another passed ball by Tarleton put runners at second and third. Kyle Rhoad’s bunt single drove home Murphy.
The Indians return home tonight for a five-game series against Salem-Keizer.