Spokane, WASH. - Avista Stadium has been full of exciting finishes this summer, and on Monday night 4,118 Spokane Indians fans saw the team's fourth walk-off of the season. Tyler Ratliff's pinch-hit walk-off drive off the wall in right field gave Spokane a 6-5 victory for Augtoberfest presented by Samuel Adams and 103.1 KCDA.
Eugene led the game multiple times on Monday night but Spokane always had an answer. Early in the game, the Indians erased a 1-0 deficit thanks to one swing from Curtis Terry. In the second inning, Terry smashed his 8th home run of the season to tie the game, 1-1.
The Emeralds would retake the lead in the third inning. Three doubles in the inning put Eugene up 3-1, and the Ems tacked on another run in the fourth to take a three-run lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Spokane answered back. Clay Middleton got the offense going with a double to left-center to bring home Chris Seise. Terry, the next batter, continued to wreak havoc at the plate. His single that just stayed fair down the first base line brought both Chad Smith and Middleton home to tie the game. Terry finished the night 2-4 with a home run and 3 RBI.
The game remained tied going into the seventh inning. Eugene took the lead off a sacrifice fly in the top half of the inning, but once again Spokane responded. This time it was a bases loaded walk that brought home Isaias Quiroz for the tying run.
Deadlocked at five, Spokane was once again poised for a dramatic finish in the ninth inning. After two hard hits that led to outs earlier in the game, Nick Kaye finally got on base with a single to right. Miguel Aparicio's sacrifice bunt then moved Kaye into scoring position. Three batters later, Tyler Ratliff was put into the game to pinch-hit for Jonah McReynolds. With two outs and a 1-0 count, Ratliff hammered a fast ball to right that was just out of the reach of Eugene's right fielder Brandon Hughes. The ball hit off the wall and Kaye came home for the Indians' 11th win in the last 14 games.
It's also Spokane's fifth-straight series victory, and seventh in the last nine series. Now at 9-3 during the second half of the season, the Indians hold a two game lead on Tri-City for first place in NWL North Division.
The Indians now hit the road for their longest road trip of the season. The eight-game stretch starts on Tuesday with three games in Everett, followed by five games in Eugene.
The Spokane Indian's next home game will be Wednesday, August 16th for the Outdoor Expo brought to you by The General Store, KISS 98.1, and 590 KQNT. It's the start of a four-game series with the Vancouver Canadians. Game one starts at 6:30 PM with gates opening at 5:30 PM. Tickets for all Spokane Indians home games are available to purchase at the Avista Stadium Ticket Office or at spokaneindians.com. Reserve your seats today by calling (509) 343-OTTO (6886) or TicketsWest at 1-800-325-SEAT.
The Spokane Indians are the Short Season Class 'A' Affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Ticket Packages and Hospitality Areas for the 2017 Spokane Indians are available now. Click here to view the 2017 schedule. For more information, please visit SpokaneIndians.com or call (509) 343-OTTO (6886). Parking at all Spokane Indians games is FREE!
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