Johnson’s home run sparks 4-run outburst
EVERETT, Wash. – Saquan Johnson ignited a seventh-inning rally with his first home run since the 2012 season and the Spokane Indians scored three more times in the frame to get back in the win column with a 5-2 Northwest League baseball victory over the host Everett AquaSox.
Adam Parks got out of a jam in the ninth after starting the inning by surrendering back-to-back singles, striking out Chris Marischal, inducing a groundout from Sheehan Planas-Arteaga and forcing a pop fly from Kyle Petty to earn his first save of the season.
Juremi Profar put the Indians (11-2) ahead in the fourth with an RBI single that plated Zach Cone before Spokane allowed single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to fall behind the AquaSox (4-10) 2-1.
After Johnson’s long ball tied it at 2-2, Eduard Pinto walked and Alberto Truinfel doubled with no one out before Jose Trevino knocked in the eventual winning run with a single.
Truinfel scored after Luke Tendler reached on an error by AquaSox second baseman Jordan Cowan and Marcus Green capped the scoring when his single plated Trevino.
Reed Garrett started for the Indians, allowing one earned run on three hits over 4 1/3 innings.
Jason Hoppe (1-0) earned the win out of the bullpen despite allowing the go-ahead homer to Everett’s Adam Martin in the sixth inning, the only hit he allowed over 1 2/3 innings.