Curtis Terry delivered a two-run single in a five-run eighth and the Spokane Indians (1-1) handled the visiting Boise Hawks (1-1) 6-1 on Saturday.
Starter Jake Latz threw four shutout innings and allowed three hits and three walks with four strikeouts and Scott Engler (1-0) picked up the win with two shutout innings with five Ks.
The big play: In the eighth, with bases loaded and two outs, Jonah McReynolds laid out to his right to knock a sharply hit grounder down, then made a good throw from the ground to the pitcher covering to nab the runner and keep it 1-0. In the bottom half the bats broke out.
“In those types of situations you have to anticipate,” McReynolds said. “You have to make yourself the best available for your team.
“I kind of blacked out there, to tell the truth.”
The Good: A feel-good start for Latz, making his longest appearance since high school in 2014. Terry picked up his first hit of the season, and J.P. Martinez did as well, a bullet to right center that he legged out for a triple. His speed was as impressive as advertised in the scouting reports.
“It felt good to get my first hit out of the way,” Terry admitted. “It felt good knowing it helped the team to win.”
The Bad: On a night when the offense showed glimpses, catcher Francisco Ventura went 0 for 4 with two Ks and three left on base.
The Ugly: Kenny Mendoza, assigned to the club earlier in the day, walked a pair in 1 1/3 innings, but tried to barehand a nubber back to the mound and booted it when he had plenty of time to make the simple play. Nothing came of it, but it led to the bases loaded situation where McReynolds bailed everyone out.
The Takeaway: The Indians even their record and bang out a couple of timely hits. It’s only the second game, but when the team’s first RBI of the season doesn’t come until the 17th inning they’ve played, concern creeps in.
Next Game: Indians vs. Boise at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. RHP Tai Tiedemann is scheduled to make his first start of the season for the Indians against RHP Jeffri Ocando.
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