Three homers help Indians end loss streak
KEIZER, Ore. – The Spokane Indians slugged three home runs and took advantage of several Salem-Keizer mistakes to outlast the Volcanoes 11-8 on Sunday and break a four-game losing streak in Northwest League baseball.
Spokane broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of runs in the fifth inning and led the rest of the way, though it had to keep adding to its lead.
A three-run eighth provided an 11-6 cushion that would hold up. Ryan Strausborger hit his first homer of the season and Jared Hoying added a two-run shot, his eighth.
Salem-Keizer (6-12) came back with three singles and a walk against Tim Steggall, who opened the ninth, to score a run and, after a line-drive out, the Volcanoes added another run-scoring hit. That brought Colby Killian out of the bullpen. He got a strikeout and groundout to pick up his fourth save.
The Indians opened the scoring with two runs in the fourth on Clark Murphy’s RBI double and two consecutive wild pitches by Volcanoes starter Edward Concepcion (3-6) that scored Murphy.
Tied at 2 in the fifth, Spokane (9-9) added two runs on Kellin Deglan’s first homer and Michael Olt’s RBI double. Olt had three hits.
A passed ball and wild pitch scored two more Indians runs in the seventh and two more came in on Brett Nicholas’ single.
Tim Sanford (4-0) pitched six strong innings, giving up six hits and no walks to Salem-Keizer.