Spokane Meets up with Neighboring Tri-City

Indians and Dust Devils square off in three-game series

Andrew Barnett, who pitched one inning in the season opener, gets the start tonight. (Janna Juday)

By Trevor Stewart / Spokane Indians | July 8, 2014 1:08 PM ET

Spokane, WA- The Indians are fresh off a series win over the second-place Vancouver Canadians to extend their North Division lead back to 3.0 games. Spokane turns its attention to the Tri-City Dust Devils, who come to town for a three-game series. The first pitch tonight is set for 6:35 PM at Avista Stadium on Baseball Hat Giveaway night presented by Pepsi, Arby's and The Inlander. The first 1,000 fans and all Banner Bank Diamond Club Members will receive a FREE Spokane Indians Baseball Hat.

Taking the mound for Spokane tonight will be Andrew Barnett, who has appeared in five games this season, but has not received a decision in any game. In 16.0 innings of work, he has allowed six runs on 15 hits. His command has been stellar, as he has struck out 18 batters and walked only three. He was fantastic in his last start, throwing 5.0 innings and yielding only one run, while fanning eight against the Eugene Emeralds.

Pitching for the visiting Dust Devils will be Ryan Warner, who holds a 1-1 record and a 3.98 ERA on the season. In 20.1 innings pitched, he has surrendered nine runs, but has struggled with control, issuing 13 walks while striking out 14 batters.

On Sunday afternoon, The Spokane offense came back with a vengeance - after being held to just one run and five hits the night prior - to bash 13 hits, three first-inning home runs and plate nine against the Canadians. Seth Spivey hit his first professional home run on his birthday, to go along with yard shots by Luke Tendler and Fernando Vivili as the Indians cruise to a win.

Indians starter Reed Garrett pitched a solid game, going 6.0 innings and giving up three earned runs. The bullpen combination of Ryan Ledbetter and Erik Swanson would pitch a scoreless 3.0 innings of relief to seal the victory 9-3.

About the Indians

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