The Spokane Indians were without the services of starting pitcher Nick Green for about a month. Now that he's back, they need top-notch innings from him. Read game story
After Green made his second start of the season -- a loss to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes on June 27 -- he missed almost a month with a hand injury.
Green returned to pitch a scoreless inning on July 25. Three days later, he started and pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings. On Aug. 1, he accounted for three scoreless innings in relief of Emerson Martinez.
Green drew the start Sunday and began with two hitless innings before allowing earned runs in the third and fourth. He allowed three hits in four innings, striking out one and walking none.
Although Green exited with a 3-2 lead, he wasn't eligible for a decision.
"He was OK," Indians manager Tim Hulett said. "He just didn't seem to have the command he had the last time out. He struggled with some pitches. He had trouble getting the first pitch over, but then he competed OK. Didn't have that big inning, but it wasn't as good as we were hoping. He had a pretty good outing last time."