VANCOUVER, B.C. – The road was kind to the Spokane Indians on Wednesday night in Northwest League action.
Fresh off a five-game sweep at home at the hands of the Eugene Emeralds, which according to manager Tim Hulett included sloppy play and a lack of effort, the Indians (9-11) rode the arm of Sal Mendez (5-3) and a spark from the bottom of the batting order to a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canadians (7-13).
Stephen Lohr’s two-out double and a run-scoring single by Brallan Perez staked Spokane to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning.
The Canadians bounced back to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third on J.B. Woodman’s leadoff home run and a two-out steal of home by Nash Knight. Those were the only runs allowed by Mendez in his six innings of work.
Spokane took the lead for good in the top of the sixth. Seth Spivey led off with a walk, Preston Scott and Alex Kowalczyk singled to load the bases and Darius Day singled to left with one out to tie the game. Jackson McClelland replaced Vancouver starter Evan Smith and promptly walked Lohr to give the Indians a 3-2 lead.
The Indians added an insurance run in the eighth when Kowalczyk and Day delivered back-to-back singles with one out. Perez walked with two outs to load the bases and Kowalczyk scored on a wild pitch.
Kowalczyk, Day, Lohr and Perez were Spokane’s 6-7-8-9 hitters, respectively, and combined for seven of the Indians’ nine hits and all three of their RBIs.
Indians relievers Scott Sebald and Steven Bruce closed out the game. Bruce earned his third save.
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