Spokane, WASH. - 5,220 fans saw the Redband Rally strike again in the 9th inning with two runs to force extra innings, but it wasn't enough on Friday night. The Spokane Indians dropped their series opener to the Everett AquaSox, 5-4 in 12 innings on Raining Money Night presented by Banner Bank, 105.7 NOW FM, and Family Guide.
The Indians seemed to have an answer every time the AquaSox scored tonight. Everett scored two runs in the third inning but Spokane answered back with two runs in the bottom half. Tyler Ratliff got the scoring started with an RBI single to score Kole Enright. The next batter, Matt Whatley, brought home the tying run on a sacrifice fly.
The score remained tied until the ninth inning when the AquaSox brought home two more runs to take a 4-2 lead. The Indians responded once again, starting with a double by Enright to plate Pedro Gonzalez. Two batters later, Miguel Aparicio drove in Enright with a single past the second baseman Manny Pazos, tying the game 4-4. Spokane had a chance to win the game in the ninth with runners on the corners, but Matt Whatley grounded out for the final out of the inning.
It took until the 12th inning before another run was scored. With two on, Ronald Rosario lined one past Kole Enright to score Greifer Andrade for the go-ahead run. Spokane had a chance to answer in the bottom half, but Curtis Terry popped out to end the game with the tying run on second. The Indians' loss snaps their five-game winning streak.
Demarcus Evans had one of his best starts of the season. The Mississippi-native didn't allow an earned run while striking out six batters over eight innings. Joe Kuzia struck out seven batters over his three innings of relief.
With the Tri-City Dust Devils losing 1-0 to the Vancouver Canadians on Friday night, the Indians still hold a one game lead in the NWL North Division. Vancouver and Tri-City are both a game back of Spokane meaning the Indians still control their playoff destiny and can take the division if they win their final two games.
Game two of Spokane's final series of the regular season is Saturday for 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 throughout the night. Stick around after the game to Circle the Bases presented by Dairy Queen. 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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