Indians push Volcanoes to brink

Take advantage of 14 walks, overcome eight-run deficit

(Texas Lutheran Univ.)

By | September 6, 2008 10:39 PM ET

Jacob Kaase singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning Saturday as the Spokane Indians overcame an eight-run deficit and beat the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, 11-10, in Game 3 of the Northwest League Championship Series.

Spokane totaled only five hits but took advantage of 14 walks and four errors to grab a 2-1 lead in the best-of-5 series. The Indians can dethrone the two-time defending champions and claim their fourth title in 10 years with a victory on Sunday.

With two outs in the ninth, Jared Bolden reached on an infield hit and continued to second on third baseman Jose Flores' throwing error. Kaase followed with his only hit in six at-bats to snap a 10-10 deadlock.

Spokane trailed, 10-2, but turned six walks, a balk, a throwing error and a wild pitch into five runs in the sixth. Game 2 hero Doug Hogan delivered an RBI double in the seventh, and the Indians tied it an inning later as Eric Fry lifted a sacrifice fly and Dennis Guinn hit an RBI single.

Trevor Hurley (1-0) struck out one and walked one in two hitless innings for the win.

Volcanoes reliever Edwin Quirarte (0-1), who was second in the league in saves during the regular season, was charged with an unearned run on three hits in 1 1/3 frames.

Mike Loberg and Vladimir Frias each drove in three runs, while Ryan Lormand went 3-for-6 with two RBIs and two runs scored for Salem-Keizer, which hosts Game 4. Box score

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