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Spokane Indians pregame: Justin Slaten takes the hill hoping to halt slide

The Spokane Indians host the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in the finale of a three-game Northwest League series at Avista Stadium at 6:35 p.m.

The Indians (10-9, T-first in North) will send RHP Justin Slaten (0-0, 13.50) against Alex Dubord (0-1, 14.29 in 5.2 IP) for the Volcanoes (12-7, second in South).

Slaten, the Texas Rangers’ third-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft out of New Mexico, has made one appearance for the Indians on June 26 and allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks.

Lineup: 1) Strahm-LF; 2) Ricumstrict-CF; 3) Asuncion-1B; 4) Anderson-DH; 5) McReynolds-3B; 6) Joseph-RF; 7) Inoa 2B; 8) Kapers-C; 9) Hoover-SS.

Weather: First pitch – mostly sunny, 74. Final out – partly cloudy, 65.

Player to watch: here.

Last night: Franklin Labour added two home runs to his Northwest League-leading total – giving him four in two days and nine overall – and the Indians lost to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 9-3 in the second of a three-game series at Avista Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Indians (10-9) lost their fourth game in a row and seventh out of eight while the Volcanoes moved to 12-7.

Starter Florencio Serrano, 19, allowed eight runs on eight hits – including three home runs – over three innings.

“It’s a learning process,” Hook said of Serrano. “He’s such a young kid. When you’re facing a lineup like that, I think early on you have to show something to make them feel a little bit uncomfortable. He didn’t really do that. They got super comfortable and took some really good swings off of him.”

Joe Corbett struck out five in two innings of hitless relief for the Indians. Daniel Robert allowed a hit and a walk with a K in two scoreless frames.

Prospect watch: The Texas Rangers signed top draft picks Josh Jung (No. 8 overall) and Davis Wendzel (No. 41). Per media reports, Jung signed for $4.4 million versus a slot value of $5.176, and Wendzel agreed to $1.6 million, about $200,000 under slot.

The Rangers may try to use the savings on other high school picks that are committed to a college program. Both Jung and Wendzel play third base by trade. Jung played some shortstop for Texas Tech this season but isn’t supposed to stick there as a pro.

Ex-Indians news: Tyree Thompson allowed one earned run on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts in Hickory’s 1-0 loss to West Virginia. He’s 3-4 with a 2.85 in nine starts at Low-A with 32 strikeouts over 47.1 innings.

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