VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Steven Marquardt’s sixth-inning home run was not in vain.
It wasn’t the game-winning shot, but it was Marquardt’s first long ball of the season.
Marquardt’s solo shot added to the Indians’ run count, and was one of Spokane’s 11 hits, as four Indians pitchers scattered four hits and led Spokane to a 6-2 victory over the Vancouver Canadians in Northwest League action on Thursday night in front of 3,165 fans.
A night after Brad Hertzler pitched five perfect innings for Vancouver (15-15) in the Canadians’ 1-0 rain-shortened victory, it was Spokane that dominated on the mound.
Left-hander Derek Holland got things started for Spokane (12-18), striking out seven batters, walking two and allowing two hits in five innings of work. Hector Nelo tossed two hitless innings of relief and Anton Maxwell gave up two more hits pitching the eighth. Evan Reed struggled to close things out – hitting two batters, walking one and allowing two unearned runs on wild pitches before striking out the final batter.
Spokane’s Matt Lawson was 3 for 5 from the plate, including a triple and two RBIs, and Kenneth Smith and Marquardt were both 2 for 4.
The five-game series between Vancouver and Spokane continues today at 1:05 p.m.
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