The Spokane Indians (1-3) host the Boise Hawks (3-1) in the finale of a five-game Northwest League season-opening series at Avista Stadium at 6:30 p.m.
The Indians send RHP Ryan Dease against Boise LHP Alec Byrd.
Dease, 19, makes his first NWL appearance of the season. He made a spot start for Low-A Hickory last Tuesday and pitched five shutout innings, allowing five hits and no walks with three strikeouts, earning the win.
The Texas Rangers fourth-round pick out of high school in the 2017 MLB Draft pitched in 11 games with four starts for the Rangers Arizona League affiliate last season, going 3-1 with a 2.05 ERA and 0.909 WHIP over 22 innings with a 7.8 K/9.
Last night: Kennard McDowell went 2 for 3 with an RBI and the visiting Boise Hawks (3-1) edged the Spokane Indians (1-3).
Spokane starter Seth Nordlin went five innings and allowed one run on two hits and no walks with three strikeouts. Curtis Terry and Miguel Aparicio hit solo homers for Spokane.
Heating up: 1B/DH Curtis Terry has driven in a run in each of the team’s games this season with a pair of home runs, including a no-doubt solo shot in Monday’s 3-2 loss to Boise. His six RBIs are tied for the NWL lead with Boise’s Danny Edgeworth.
Injury update: According to Indians manager Kenny Holmberg and pitching coach Jono Armold, starter Hans Crouse should be able to make his scheduled start on Thursday against Tri-City, as long as everything goes well between now and then.
Crouse opened a cut on a finger on his pitching hand while warming up for his opening night start on Friday and was scratched.
Around the minors: Monday’s Northwest League and Texas Rangers affiliates results.
Promotion: Fields of Green Sweepstakes & Azteca Taco Tuesday. One fan will win a yard makeover. The winner will win the professional services of the Spokane Indians award winning grounds crew for a day plus yard tips. Get a taco & tots for $3.
Weather: Partly to mostly sunny. Game time temp 80 degrees, final out 69 degrees.
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