KEIZER, Ore. - The Spokane Indians picked the perfect time for their first five-game sweep of the season. A career-high 5 RBI night by Matt Whatley led the Indians to a 10-5 victory on Wednesday night in their series finale with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. The win puts Spokane alone atop the NWL North Division with just three games to play.
The Indians found themselves down 4-2 after the Volcanoes erupted for four runs in the second inning. However, it didn't take Spokane long to respond. In the next half inning, the Indians drove in five runs including a two-run home run by designated hitter Melvin Novoa. A 7-4 lead would prove to be more than enough, but Matt Whatley added three more runs for Spokane in the sixth innings. His three-run bomb was his fourth hit of the game, pushing his RBI total to a career-best of five.
Relief pitcher Josh Advocate picked up his first win of the season. Ismel Lopez, Alex Speas, Noah Bremer, and Alex Eubanks combined to shut out the Volcanoes over the final 5.1 innings of the game.
With a five-game sweep over the Volcanoes, the Indians have now won eight of their last 11 games. Tri-City lost to Hillsboro 2-0 on Wednesday, so Spokane now holds a one game lead in the NWL North Division.
The Spokane Indians return to Avista Stadium for the final three games of the regular season. The Indians are looking to lock up the Second Half North Division Title with the Everett AquaSox coming to town. Labor Day Weekend is a great time to come out to the ballpark to see Spokane's most important baseball games of the regular season and to take part in some of the best promotions of the year.
Friday night is Raining Money Night presented by Banner Bank, 105.7 FM, and Family Guide. Immediately after the game a helicopter will drop 2,000 $1 bills and lucky fans will race to see who can collect the most money! Fans can sign up by listening to 105.7 NOW FM or at the game that night for a chance to be one of the 30 contestants.
Saturday night is Halloween Night brought to you by HOT 96.9, 92.9 ZZU, and Coeur d'Alene Press. Celebrate Halloween a little early as Avista Stadium becomes haunted with ghosts, goblins, and Jack-O-Lanterns. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best costumes, so wear your favorite costume to join the fun. Plus, Princesses Snow White, Aurora, and Moana will be on hand for pictures throughtou the night. Stick around after the game to Circle the Bases presented by Dairy Queen.
Sunday night is the Season Finale Fireworks presented by AAA, KREM 2-TV, and 98.9 KKZX. Join us as we celebrate the close of the 2017 regular season with a spectacular post-game fireworks show courtesy of AAA.
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.
About the Indians
The Spokane Indians are the Short Season Class 'A' Affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Ticket Packages and Hospitality Areas for the 2017 Spokane Indians season 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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