July 12, 2014 in Sports

Five-run sixth inning ignites Indians to triumph

 

PASCO – The Spokane Indians had a wild time at the expense of Evan DeLuca on Friday.

Spokane (20-8) batted around during a five-run sixth inning and dispatched the Tri-City Dust Devils 6-4 to open a three-game Northwest League series at Gesa Stadium.

DeLuca relieved starter Blake Shouse (1-3) with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth, with Tri-City holding a 2-1 lead.

DeLuca walked Luke Tendler to tie the game at 2. With Marcus Greene batting next, DeLuca threw two wild pitches to score Seth Spivey and Jose Trevino for a 4-2 Indians lead.

A walk to Greene ended DeLuca’s night and brought on Jerad McCrummen. After Greene stole second base, Zach Cone lined a double to left field to score Tendler and Greene for a 6-2 edge.

Derek Thompson (2-4) struck out six in five innings to earn the win. Erik Swanson followed with one-hit ball over three innings, striking out four.

NWL batting leader Spivey went 2 for 3 to increase his average to .395. Indians leadoff hitter Eduard Pinto was 3 for 4 to boost his average to .345, just behind second-place Tendler (.347).

Spokane is 3-1 against the Dust Devils (11-17), 8-4 on the road and 10-3 against North Division teams such as Tri-City.

The Indians maintained their three-game divisional lead on Vancouver (17-11) with 10 games left in the season’s first half.

Get stories like this in a free daily email


Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus