Redband Rally Falls Just Short in 10-9 Defeat

Whatley hits first homer, Indians nearly come back from 10-2 deficit

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By Spokane Indians | July 26, 2017 2:54 AM ET

Spokane, WASH. - 4,341 fans saw the Spokane Indians nearly overcome a 10-2 deficit to come just a run short of a miraculous comeback. The Indians fell to the Everett AquaSox 10-9 Tuesday night for Christmas in July brought to you by Dutch Bros. Coffee, 93.7 The Mountain, and 1510 KGA NW Sports Talk.

Spokane dug itself a huge hole early in the game, surrendering ten runs in the first four innings. The Indians trailed Everett 10-2, with Spokane's only runs coming from a two-run single in the third from Austin O'Banion.

The deficit remained until the sixth inning when the Indian bats sparked a Redband Rally. Kobie Taylor got the offense going with his team leading fourth triple of the season. The next batter, Yonny Hernandez, brought Taylor home with an RBI single to make it a 10-3 game. A couple batters later, Matt Whatley connected for his first professional home run. The catcher smacked a three-run bomb down the line in left to make it a 10-6 game. Just four pitches later, Clayton Middleton made it back-to-back jacks with a solo shot to left. Once all the dust settled in the sixth, Spokane had turned an eight-run deficit into a 10-7 game.

The Indians kept the rally going in the eighth inning with two more runs. Middleton drove in his second run of the game with sacrifice fly, while Whatley scored on a wild pitch to make it just a one-run game.

Trailing 10-9 in the ninth, Spokane looked primed for its fourth walk-off win of the season. The Indians even got the tying run to second but the comeback came just a run short. Spokane went down swinging on back-to-back strikeouts from Everett pitcher David Gerbner to end the game. Gerbner's third save of the season handed the Indians a 10-9 defeat, and a sixth-straight victory for the AquaSox.

The Spokane Indians continue their three-game series with Everett on Wednesday night for Future Texas Rangers Night & Pre-Game LEO's Youth Clinic #2 presented by Viking Builders and 94.1 The Bear. 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.

The Spokane Indians are the Short Season Class 'A' Affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Ticket Packages and Hospitality Areas for the 2017 Spokane Indians 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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