Every baseball team must endure an inning - or a game - similar to what the Spokane Indians encountered Tuesday.
Everett sent 14 runners to the plate in the third inning, scoring 10 runs on the way to a 14-8 Northwest League victory over Spokane.
The Indians (19-8) hadn’t allowed more than 10 runs in any previous game this year. Spokane entered the game 6-0 against the AquaSox (9-18), who had lost their last six.
By dropping its fourth game in five tries, Spokane fell two games behind Boise (21-7) in the North Division. Boise defeated Yakima 15-7 Tuesday.
The AquaSox trailed 5-2 when they battered three pitchers for seven hits in the third. Spokane starter Todd Meady departed after allowing a one-out, two-run double to Mike Marchiano, who also had a two-run homer in the first.
Reliever Jason Roeder (2-1) gave up RBI singles to Scott Maynard and Victor Martinez before getting yanked. Donald Quigley, although he pitched well in following innings, couldn’t stop the outburst. Keith Stewart reached him for a two-run double and Greg Connors followed with a three-run homer.
Enjoying his night, the Everett scoreboard operator put the Roman numeral X up in lights to celebrate the double-digit third.
Marchiano and Connors had four RBIs apiece.
The Everett slugfest ruined a good night for Spokane first baseman Doug Blosser, who had a two-run homer in the first, an RBI walk in the second and another two-run homer in the sixth. Blosser is 10 for 19 against the AquaSox, with 10 RBIs. He has five homers and 19 RBIs this year.
Tonight, in the middle game of the three-game series, left-hander Jason Gooding (2-0, 2.52 ERA) is scheduled to start for Spokane against Jose Gonzalez (1-2, 1.05).
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