Spokane, WASH. - A crowd of 4,466 humans and 64 dogs saw the Spokane Indians come back from a 4-0 deficit to defeat the Tri-City Dust Devils 8-7 on Bark in the Park #3 presented by New Belgium Brewery, KAYU FOX 28, 103.9 BOB FM, 94.1 The Bear, and Nspire Spokane. The win moves Spokane to just a game back of Tri-City and Vancouver for first place in the Northwest League North Division.
After a rocky first inning, the Indians found themselves trailing 4-0. Although they were down, the home team found new life in the second innings thanks to one swing by Curtis Terry. With two aboard, Terry went the opposite way for his tenth home run of the season to make it a 4-3 ballgame.
The long ball continued to spark the Spokane offense as the game moved to the fourth inning. Austin O'Banion smacked a deep fly to left field for his fifth home run of the year. The solo shot tied the game, 4-4. Four batters later, team RBI leader Miguel Aparicio drove in Curtis Terry to give the Indians their first lead of the game. The next batter, Chris Seise, brought in Kole Enright on an RBI single. Another three-run inning put Spokane ahead, 6-4.
Later in the fifth inning, O'Banion picked up his second RBI of the game and finished the night 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Spokane brought home another run in the sixth inning, thanks to Clay Middleton drawing a walk with the bases loaded. That run made the game 8-6 in favor of Spokane and proved to be the game-winner with an 8-7 final score.
2017 first round pick Chris Seise had his first four-hit night as an Indian. The shortstop finished 4-5 with an RBI. Aparicio and Terry also finished with multi-hit nights.
Alex Speas picked up his first professional win of his career tonight. The 2016 2nd round pick struck out five batters in just two innings of work. The Spokane bullpen combined to allow just one earned run in the final 8.2 innings of the game. Josh Advocate earned his fourth save of the season.
Spokane continues its three-game series with Tri-City on Thursday for Back to School Night presented by Coordinated Care, KXLY 4 News, HOT 96.9 and 700 ESPN. Stick around after the game for Postgame Fireworks presented by ABC Office Equipment. The game 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.
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