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Spokane Indians pregame: Josh Javier on the hill for third of four-game set with Boise

The Spokane Indians face the Boise Hawks in the third of a four-game Northwest League series at Avista Stadium at 5:09 p.m.

The Indians (7-2, first in North) send left-hander Josh Javier (0-0, 0.00) for his second start of the season against RHP Jordan Spicer for the Hawks (3-6, fourth in South).

In his first outing on the road at Vancouver, Javier struck out six over four innings and allowed just one hit and no walks. In 39 games (26 starts) over four minor league seasons, the 20-year old is 12-7 with a 3.11 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP.

Spicer, the Colorado Rockies 24th round pick out of Central Florida in the 2019 MLB Draft, is scheduled to make his professional debut.

Lineup: 1) Gardner-RF; 2) Inoa-SS; 3) Anderson-LF; 4) Strahm-CF; 5) Joesph-DH; 6) Crim-1B; 7) Hoover-2B; 8) Ventura-C; 9) Irizzary-3B.

Weather: First pitch – partly cloudy and breezy, 73. Final out – cloudy, 65.

Player to watch: Kellen Strahm, the Texas Rangers fifth-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, made his Indians debut on Saturday and went 1 for 4. As a senior at San Jose State, Strahm was a first-team all-Mountain West selection and led the conference with a .382 average.

Pounding: Obie Ricumstrict picked up three more RBIs in Saturday’s win over Boise to increase his NWL lead to 12. His .324 average is seventh in the circuit and his .419 on-base percentage is 10th.

Last night: Obie Ricumstrict went 2 for 5 with three RBIs, starter Teodoro Ortega pitched four scoreless innings and the Spokane Indians beat the Boise Hawks 5-0 in the second of a four-game set at Avista Stadium.

The Indians (7-2) were the beneficiary of two balks, one of which scored a run.

Ortega went four innings and allowed one hit and two walks with five strikeouts. Scott Williams, Luis Rosario and Juan Mejia combined for five innings of shutout relief and allowed one hit and no walks with four strikeouts.

Ex-Indians news: Starter Jake Latz struck out four over four innings for High-A Down East in a 4-2 loss to Salem. He allowed one run – a solo homer – on two hits and walk. He’s 5-1 with a 1.76 ERA in 51 innings this season – just 10 innings shy of last year’s total with Spokane with than two months remaining.

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