Dermal Brown’s fielder’s choice broke an 11th-inning tie and lifted the Spokane Indians past the Southern Oregon Timberjacks 8-6 Sunday night at Miles Field.
Brown, who leads the team with a .407 batting average, finished with three RBIs and has 27 on the season. His double in the fourth inning scored two runs.
The win was the Indians 11th out of 12 and improved their record to 16-4.
They are 6-1 on the current road trip which concludes tonight against the Timberjacks.
After squandering leads of 5-0 and 6-1 in the middle innings, the Indians rallied beginning with Merrell Ligons’ leadoff walk. Goefrey Tomlinson reached first on a catcher’s error and with runners on the corner, Brown delivered the go-ahead run on a fielder’s choice.
Brown later scored on Juan LeBron’s single to centerfield to give the visitors a two-run lead.
Southern Oregon had its chances in the bottom of the 11th. But with the tying run on base and one out, Indians’ right-handed reliever Rich Boring got the final outs on a fly out and a foul out.
Boring (1-0) picked up the win and pitched the final 2-2/3 innings, giving up three hits and striking out two.
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