July 3, 2011 in Sports

Spokane loses to Tri-City on homer in 11th inning

 

PASCO – Jayson Langfels had trouble with his glove in the 10th inning but created trouble with his bat in the 11th.

Langfels led off the 11th with a home run to left field off closer Matt West (0-1) Saturday night to give the Tri-City Dust Devils a 6-5 win over the Spokane Indians in Northwest League play at Gesa Stadium.

Langfels’ error in the 10th had allowed Spokane to take a short-lived 5-4 lead.

T-C (10-6) won its fourth consecutive game to lead the East Division by one game over Boise and two over Spokane (8-8).

Spokane struck first on Trever Adams’ RBI single to right in the first.

T-C answered with single runs in the second and fourth, then took a 4-1 lead in the fifth. Zach Cone’s two-out, two-run double to right in Spokane’s seventh tied the score at 4.

The Indians then manufactured a 10th-inning run without a hit. Leadoff batter Hirotoshi Onaka was hit by a pitch, stole second base, moved to third on a strikeout/wild pitch and scored when third baseman Langfels couldn’t glove a pickoff attempt.

The Dust Devils tied it at 5 in their 10th on Leonardo Reyes’ two-out RBI double to left.

Spokane manager Tim Hulett and hitting coach Josue Perez were ejected in the 11th for arguing an inning-ending called strikeout.

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