Defense lets Indians down

WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010, 10:15 P.M.

EUGENE, Ore. – The Spokane Indians stumbled coming out of the blocks to open the second half of the Northwest League baseball season on Wednesday.

The Eugene Emeralds took advantage of three Indians errors to score three unearned runs – each in a different inning – en route to a 4-3 victory.

The Emeralds (1-0) scored the winner in the bottom of the eighth inning when Rocky Gale doubled with two outs, stole third base and scored on an error by Indians shortstop Kevin Rodland.

Eugene won despite being outhit 10-4.

Jacob Skole drove in all three runs for Spokane (0-1). He stroked a two-out, two-run double in the fourth to put the Indians up 2-0 and added a two-out, run-scoring single in the sixth to make it 3-1.

Spokane starter Ben Henry pitched six sharp innings allowing three hits and a walk. He gave up three runs – one earned. Justin Earls (1-1) took the loss. He gave up an unearned run in two innings.

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