Spokane, WASH. - A walk-off struck again at Avista Stadium on Thursday night for Back to School Night presented by Coordinated Care, KXLY 4 News, HOT 96.9 and 700 ESPN. Cristian Inoa was the hero for the second time this season, as the 18-year-old's RBI single in the ninth gave Spokane a 4-3 victory in front of 4,806 fans.
With the game scoreless two innings in, the Indians struck first with two runs in the third inning. Tyler Ratliff got the scoring started with an RBI double to bring home Chris Seise. The next batter, Matt Whatley, drove in Ratliff with a single for the second run of the game. The Indians added another run in the 4th inning off the bat of Cristian Inoa. His single to left scored Austin O'Banion to give Spokane a 3-0 lead through four.
The Dust Devils chipped away at the Indians' lead and eventually tied the game 3-3 with two runs in the seventh. The score remained tied going into the bottom of the ninth, setting the stage for another dramatic finish. Curtis Terry led off the bottom half with a thunderous smash off the wall in centerfield. Terry easily had a double but a throwing error allowed him to get to third. With the winning run just 90 feet away, Cristian Inoa stepped up to the plate and delivered his second walk-off of the season. He smacked a single through the left side of the infield to bring home a Spokane victory.
Cole Ragans was strong once again on the mound for the Indians. 2017 first round pick allowed just one earned run in 4.2 innings while striking out eight Dust Devils. The Spokane pitching staff combined for 16 strikeouts for the second-straight night. Alex Eubanks picked up his third win of the season after no-hitting the Dust Devils and striking out three over the final two innings.
The Indians continue to find themselves in one-run games. 33 of Spokane's 67 games have been decided by just a run, including 16 of the last 23 contests.
Vancouver defeated Everett on Thursday night, so the Indians still remain a game back of first place in the NWL North Division. Spokane and Tri-City are tied for second in the division with a record of 16-13 in the second half of the season.
Spokane concludes its three-game series with Tri-City on Friday for Fireworks & Military Appreciation Night & Lawton Team Photo presented by Gus Johnson Ford, KHQ, Rock 94 1/2, The Big 99.9 Coyote Country, and The Current. 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.
Friday night is also Scout Night at Avista Stadium where $1 from each ticket will be donated to the Inland Northwest Council Boy Scouts. 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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