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Indians Streak Hits Six Lamber Strikes Out Final Two To Preserve 6-5 Win In Everett

Two bases-loaded situations. Two dramatically different results.

The key word here, “drama.”

The Spokane Indians, who capitalized on a bases-loaded situation in the seventh inning, squelched an Everett comeback attempt in the bottom of the ninth to pull out a 6-5 Northwest League baseball win at Memorial Stadium.

Left-hander Justin Lamber came on to pitch after the Indians had walked Patrick Williams to load the bases in the bottom of the ninth and set up a force-out situation. They could have avoided the strategy.

Lamber proceeded to strike out Keith Stewart and Scott Maynard to record his first professional save.

The Indians, who have won six in a row, have come from behind for nine of their wins in compiling a North Division-leading 11-3 record.

Everett, which twice led by two runs, was saddled with an eighth straight loss.

Spokane trailed 5-3 going into the seventh thanks mainly to the efforts of Williams, who had unloaded a two-run homer over the right-center field fence in the fifth inning for the AquaSox.

That had answered a three-run Spokane fifth, in which Goefrey Tomlinson delivered a two-run single to center.

Jeremy Hill, who had extended a hitting streak to seven games in the fifth, got aboard on an error to trigger the Indians’ decisive seventh.

After loading the bases, the Indians scored a run on a passed ball, then Joe Caruso drilled a 3-2 pitch to left to tie it.

Doug Blosser followed with a grounder to second for what proved the winning run. It was his 11th RBI and eighth in the last six games.

All the Indians’ seventh-inning runs were unearned.

Notes

Spokane’s Dermal Brown, who saw a five-game hitting streak come to an end when he took an 0-for-5 collar, was named the NWL batter of the week for the first two weeks of the season. During that stretch he hit .471 with 24 hits, three home runs and 21 runs scored and led the league in five offensive categories. … During his five-game hitting streak, Brown went 15 for 27… . Brown’s streak ended on a close play at first base in the ninth inning.

Blosser went 3 for 5 and Merrell Ligons had a 3-for-4 game for the Indians, scoring twice. … Mike Marchiano, who was 3 for 5, and Fernando Espino, 2 for 5, combined for more than half the AquaSox hits. … Game two of the Indians’ eight-game road trip, and second of three here, comes tonight against the AquaSox with Kris Wilson (0-0) pitching for Spokane against Everett’s Brandon Nogowski (0-1).

Indians 6, AquaSox 5 Spokane Everett

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Tomlinson cf 3 1 1 2 Stwrt cf-pr 1 0 0 0

Caruso 2b 4 0 1 1 Clark 2b 2 0 0 0

DBrown lf 5 0 0 0 Connors 1b 0 0 0 0

Blosser dh 5 0 3 1 Espino rf 5 1 2 0

Willis 1b 4 0 0 0 Kokinda ph 0 0 0 0

LeBron rf 5 0 0 0 Soverel dh 3 0 0 0

Bautista pr 0 0 0 0 Johnson 3b 0 0 0 0

Montas 3b 4 1 1 0 Smith 2b 2 0 0 0

Hill c 3 2 1 0 Marchiano lf 5 1 3 1

Ligons ss 4 2 3 0 Hargrove 3b 3 0 1 0

Maynard c 4 0 1 0

Eady cf 4 1 1 1

Martinez ss 3 1 0 0

Williams 1b 2 1 1 3

Totals 37 6 10 4 Totals 34 5 9 5

Spokane 000 030 300 6

Everett 101 021 000 5

EMartinez, Eady. LOBSpokane 8, Everett 11. 2BTomlinson, Marchiano, Espino, Hargrove. HR Marchiano, Williams, Eady. SHMaynard. SBCaruso, Espino. CSEspino.

Spokane IP H R ER BB SO

Gooding 4 5 2 2 2 6

Roedr W,2-0 3 3 3 3 0 4

Carter 1-1/3 1 0 0 4 3

Lamber S,1 1/3 0 0 0 0 2 Everett IP H R ER BB SO

Gnzlez L,1-1 6 7 6 2 3 6

Noe 2/3 1 0 0 0 0

Pineiro 2-1/3 2 0 0 1 3 T-3:09. A-2,719.

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