-Catcher Jorge Alfaro
broke out of his slump in a big way, smashing a go-ahead two-run home run in the 5th inning, and sending a sellout crowd of 6,857 home happy from 4th of July Fireworks
presented by Xfinity
, as Spokane defeated Tri-City 6-4.
Alfaro, who hadn't hit a home run since Opening Day, turned on a fastball from Dust Devils reliever Rafael Suarez (0-1) and deposited it over the left field wall, scoring Trever Adams and breaking up a 4-4 tie. Indians starter Santo Perez (3-0) picked up the win after pitching five effective innings, and lefty Chris Hanna locked up his first save of the season, pitching four innings of one-hit baseball.
It was another great night for the Spokane offense, as all but one of the Indians starters had a base hit. Guillermo Pimentel and Braxton Lane each had two hits, and Zach Cone, Drew Robinson, and Alfaro tallied RBI's in the win.
The comeback victory pulled Spokane into a tie with Tri-City and Boise for first place in the Northwest League Eastern Division, with the Indians and Dust Devils set to play two more at Avista Stadium this week.
The game was followed by a phenomenal fireworks display courtesy of Xfinity.
Tomorrow is game two of a three game series against Tri-City and is Fish and Wildlife Night presented by the Regional Council of Carpenters and KIX 96.1 FM. Join us at the ballpark and explore various Fish and Wildlife exhibits located on the outer concourse of Avista Stadium. All fans with a valid fishing license will receive a special ticket price of only $5 for our Reserved Bench seats. Reserve your seat today by calling (509) 343-6886 or TicketsWest at 1-800-325-SEAT. Fans can also purchase tickets at the Ticket Office at Avista Stadium or anytime by visiting spokaneindians.com or ticketswest.com.
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