Spokane, WA- The Indians wrap up their five-game homestand against the Eugene Emeralds tonight at 6:30 PM at Avista Stadium. Spokane looks to sweep the Emeralds and go 5-0 for the first time since 1997 when they swept the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. During the game, fans will get the opportunity to test their arm and support the Boys & Girls Club at the same time! Purchase "taco balls" during the game and throw them at targets on the field after the game to win a new bike and other great prizes. It's all courtesy of Taco Bell, 103.9 BOB FM, 790 The Eagle.
Taking the hill for tonight's game for Spokane is 2014 free agent acquisition Andrew Barnett. Barnett appeared for 1.0 inning of relief work earlier in the series, and shut down the Emeralds allowing just one hit and striking out two. He impressed during his time at Gardner-Webb University, posting a 3.48 ERA his last season in 93.0 innings. Barnett fanned 94 batters while only walking 24. He is set to make his first professional start tonight and looks to lead the Indians to a 5-0 start.
The starting pitcher for the Eugene Emeralds tonight is the Padres' 2013 8th-round pick, Adrian De Horta. De Horta appeared in 12 games this season for the Fort Wayne TinCaps and worked 47.1 innings. He was saddled with an 0-2 record, mostly due to his lack of control. De Horta struck out 36 batters, but walked 38 and recorded three hit by pitches. His ERA at the end of his TinCaps tenure was 5.32. He will have to exhibit more command tonight or the Indians offense will run amok.
The Indians prevailed yet again last night by a score of 6-4. It was not without drama, as Eugene had the tying run on base in the ninth inning, only to have the door slammed shut by Indian's reliever Johnny Fasola, who notched a strikeout to end the game.
Spokane tallied nine hits on the evening. Marcus Greene had the biggest hit of the night as he pounded a two-run homer down the right field line into the Pepsi Porch. Starting pitcher Reed Garrett gets the win in his Indian's debut going 5.0 innings, while scattering five hits, giving up one earned run and striking out five.