SPOKANE, Wash. - The Tri-City Dust Devils avoided the sweep and defeated the Spokane Indians, 7-2, in front of 5,541 witches and wizards at Avista Stadium on Harry Potter Night presented by Pizza Factory, The Big 99.9 Coyote Country, KXLY 920/100.7 FM and Northwest Sizzle.
Friday night's game started almost identically to Thursday's game. After the Dust Devils scored in the first, the Indians responded with a run in the third. Scott Kapers was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Tyler Depreta-Johnson walked and Julio Pablo Martinez dropped down a beautiful bunt for an infield single to load the bases. Diosbel Arias drove in Kapers with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at one.
Seth Nordlin (L, 1-1) looked to be settling in after giving up an early run, but he ran into trouble in the fourth. Nordlin surrendered a double and a walk to start the inning. The Indians had an opportunity to limit the damage with a double play chance, but couldn't convert. The missed opportunity left the bases loaded with nobody out. It unraveled from there. When the dust settled, Tri-City pushed across five runs on just two hits in the inning. Nordlin finished the night giving up six runs, three walks and a hit batter in 3.1 innings.
The Indians got a Redband Rally going in the sixth. Diosbel Arias worked a walk and advanced to third on an errant pick-off attempt. He scored on a wild pitch, making it 7-2 Dust Devils. Spokane got two more runners aboard in the inning, but Diomar Lopez came in from the Tri-City bullpen and killed the rally. Spokane would not threaten the rest of the night.
The Indians now hit the road to take on Vancouver in a three-game series. They will be back at Avista Stadium on Wednesday, July 11 for Raining Money Night & $100 Strikeout presented by Banner Bank and 105.7 Now FM. For every batter that the Indians strikeout, one lucky fan will win a crisp $100 bill courtesy of Banner Bank. Sign-up at the game for your chance to win! Immediately after the game a helicopter will drop 2,000 $1 bills and lucky fans will race to see who can collect the most money! Fans can sign up by listening to 105.7 NOW FM or at the game that night for a chance to be one of the 30 contestants. Sign-up at the game for your chance to win! 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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