Indians suffer doubleheader sweep
Emeralds use big innings for pair of victories
EUGENE, Ore. – The Eugene Emeralds sent eight men to the plate in a five-run second inning and held on for a 7-5 victory over the Spokane Indians in the opening game of a Northwest League doubleheader Monday.
The Emeralds won the nightcap 5-0 to sweep the twinbill. The Emeralds and Indians played a pair of seven-inning games Monday after their scheduled game Sunday was rained out.
Spokane starter Ben Henry (0-2) lasted three innings in Game 1, allowing six runs – all earned – on eight hits. He struck out four and walked none. Relievers Johnny Gunter and Andrew Doyle limited Eugene to one run on one hit the rest of the way.
Vinnie DiFazio went 2 for 3 with a double and a home run for Spokane in the first game, driving in three runs.
In the fourth inning of the nightcap, Eugene’s Vincent Belnome led off the inning against Spokane starter Trevor Hurley (1-1) with a walk. The next batter, Nathan Freiman, doubled to drive in Belnome.
The score stood at 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth, when the Emeralds scored four times off reliever Geuris Grullon.
Hurley went five innings, allowing one run on three hits. He struck out six and walked two.
Spokane was limited to four hits in the nightcap.
After wrapping up a five-game series with Eugene on Monday, the Indians have today off before beginning an eight-game homestand Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Tri-City will visit Avista Stadium for three games, followed by Everett for five games.