July 18, 2011 in Sports

Spokane Indians rally, then lose

After blowing 5-0 lead, Everett gets walkoff win
Indians home for 6

The Boise Hawks visit Avista Stadium tonight as the Spokane Indians open a six-game homestand. After three games against Boise, the Tri-City Dust Devils come in for another three-game series. All six games begin at 6:30 p.m.

EVERETT – The Spokane Indians rallied from five runs down in the eighth inning, but Marcus Littlewood’s solo home run in the bottom of the ninth gave the Everett AquaSox a 6-5 win Sunday and a 3-2 Northwest League series victory.

After the AquaSox built a 5-0 lead to back starter Bennett Whitmore, the Indians (15-15) came roaring back in the eighth.

Ruben Sierra struck out to lead off the inning, but strike three was in the dirt and got to the backstop, allowing Sierra to reach on the wild pitch. Edwin Garcia and Hirotoshi Onaka followed with singles to load the bases.

Rougned Odor, in his first game back from a four-game suspension, launched a mammoth shot to right field for a grand slam off of Whitmore that narrowed the deficit to 5-4.

Odor’s home run ended Whitmore’s outing, but not Spokane’s rally. Against reliever Benjamin Versnik, Zachary Cone reached on a throwing error, moved to third on a pair of outs and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 5.

Indians reliever Andres Perez-Lobo (1-1) entered the game to start the bottom of the ninth, and Littlewood connected on his first pitch for the winning home run.

It was Littlewood’s first home run of the season and Everett’s first walkoff win.

Starter Nicholas McBride went 51/3 innings for Spokane, allowing five runs – all earned – on nine hits. He struck out four and walked three.

Juan Grullon followed with 12/3 innings of hitless relief, and Santo Perez allowed two hits in the eighth but held the AquaSox scoreless.

Onaka went 3 for 5 for the Indians.

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