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Indians defeat one of league’s best

Boise's Javier Palacios entered Monday night's game with the fourth-best earned-run average (1.47) in the Northwest League, but the Spokane Indians compiled enough runs to defeat him. Read game story

Palacios had allowed just three earned runs in 18 1/3 innings during his previous three starts this season, but the Indians struck early -- and not by piecing together cheap runs.

Dylan Moore started the output with an RBI double to right field in the first inning. In the second inning, Connor McKay and Yeyson Yrizarri had back-to-back doubles for a 2-1 Spokane lead and LeDarious Clark made it 3-1 with a sacrifice fly.

So in just two innings, the Indians equaled the number of earned runs that Palacios had allowed in 18-plus innings.

"We got (Palacios) early, but you could tell after that he settled in pretty good," Indians manager Tim Hulett said. "We had a couple of other real opportunities to break it open with guys on third base and less than two outs and we couldn't even put the ball in play, so it showed why his ERA is so low."

Palacios stranded McKay on third base with back-to-back strikeouts in the fourth.

"I think where he got us the most is he threw a couple of 3-2 changeups with a guy on third base," Hulett said. "If a guy can do that, you're going to get a lot of outs in this game."


Chris Derrick
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