Masterful Performance From Pena Falls Short in Loss

Indians lose lead in ninth, still one win from clinching playoff berth

Marcus Greene collected two hits in the loss. (Janna Juday)

By Dustin Toms / Spokane Indians | July 20, 2014 9:41 PM ET

Spokane, WA - With a 2-1 lead with two outs in the top of the ninth, Spokane reliever Johnny Fasola gave up a two-run homer to Everett's Corey Simpson which would ultimately decide the game, 3-2, as the AquaSox stopped the Indians from clinching a playoff berth in front of 4,448 fans at Avista Stadium. Today's game was Create-Your-Own-Cheer-Sign Day Game, presented by Rockwood Health System, KISS 98.1, 590 KQNT and The Family Guide.

Indians starter Richelson Pena (4-1) was dominant in his performance, tossing seven one-run innings. His only miscue came in the second inning when he gave up an RBI single to Kristian Brito. Pena struck out four batters but left with a no-decision with the game tied 1-1.

After Saquan Johnson launched his second home run of the year to the Pepsi Porch to tie the ballgame, the Indians put pressure on in the bottom half of the eighth. With runners on the corner, Luke Tendler singled on a line drive to right field to bring home Isiah Kiner-Falefa for the 2-1 lead.

Missed opportunities were the story for Spokane, as they were only 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. Marcus Greene and Tendler were the only Indians with multiple hits in the game.

The Indians look for the series win tomorrow, Monday, July 21st, against the Everett AquaSox on Hit & Win Night presented by Longhorn BBQ and 103.1 KCDA. All fans will receive a Spokane Indians Baseball card as they enter the stadium. If the player on the front of the card gets a hit during the game, then the coupon on the back becomes valid at any Longhorn BBQ restaurant location! Stick around after the game and Circle the Bases courtesy of Supercuts! 

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