VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Vancouver Canadians quickly turned a 4-0 second-inning deficit into a 9-4 lead en route to a 12-7 Northwest League victory over the Spokane Indians on Monday night.
Spokane (12-26), which dropped four of five games in the series, got a short start from Jose Valdespina (1-5), who allowed eight runs on eight hits over 1 2/3 innings. He struck out two, walked three and unleashed two wild pitches.
Richard Alvarez relieved Valdespina and limited the damage, allowing a run over 4 1/3 innings. Ryan Harvey pitched the final two innings, allowing three runs.
The Indians scored four runs with two out in the second inning to take an early lead. Gabriel Roa singled with the bases loaded to give the Indians a 2-0 lead, and Cam Schiller followed with a two-run double to make it 4-0.
The Canadians answered in the bottom of the second, using nine hits – seven singles, a double and a triple – a walk, two wild pitches and an error to score nine runs. Vancouver sent 14 batters to the plate.
Spokane scored three runs in the sixth inning to close the gap but could get no closer. Two runs scored on Schiller’s bases-loaded groundout, and Royce Bolinger followed with an RBI single.
The Indians open a three-game set against the Tri-City Dust Devils in Pasco tonight at 7:15.