Indians pull away late to end 3-game slide
BOISE – Zach Cone drove in four runs, including a go-ahead, two-run home run in the sixth inning, and the Spokane Indians broke a three-game skid with a 12-5 victory over the Boise Hawks in Northwest League action Thursday night.
The Indians (23-11) had dropped the first three of a five-game series with Boise. The win, combined with Vancouver’s 11-9 win over Eugene, kept Spokane’s North Division lead at two games. Its magic number to clinch the division is three.
Spokane broke a 5-5 tie in the sixth when Jose Trevino singled and Cone homered to left off of reliever Ryan McNeil, his sixth of the season. Juremi Profar followed with a double and later scored on a wild pitch.
Seth Spivey increased the Indian’s lead with a solo shot to lead off the seventh. He also walked to open the ninth and scored his fourth run of the game on a Luke Tendler double. Trevino and Cone each added sacrifice flies in the ninth to score Marcus Greene and Tendler, putting Spokane ahead comfortably.
Shane McCain (1-0) got the win for the Indians in relief of Reed Garrett, giving up two hits and striking out three in 21/3 innings. After giving up a single to Jason Volser to tie the game at 5-5, he induced a groundout from Calvin Graves to end a three-run fifth inning for the Hawks and strand two runners.
Spokane had taken a 5-2 lead in the third after a Greene RBI single, a fielder’s choice that scored Spivey, and a Cone two-out double to bring home Trevino.
The Indians also took an early 2-0 lead in the first as an error by Volser with two outs allowed Spivey and Greene to score.