SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane dropped their fourth-straight home game on Monday, falling in the series opener to Salem Keizer, 7-5 on 90s Night & Field of Green Sweepstakes presented by Wittkopf Landscapes Supplies, KISS 98.1, and 590 KQNT.
- Catcher David Garcia hit his second homer of the season. He's hitting .313 at the friendly confines of Avista Stadium this season.
- Tanner Gardner got back on track with a 2-for-4 night, including an RBI triple. Gardner struggled in Vancouver, but is hitting .357 at home in five rehab games.
- Nick Starr continues to excel out of the bullpen. He has given up no hits in seven innings this season, striking out 10.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Garcia's homer broke the Indians' six-game Avista Stadium long ball drought.
- Nic Laio has 18 strikeouts in 12 innings this season, with opponents hitting just .186 against him.
- Salem-Keizer extends their league-leading offensive output to 108 runs and became the first team to hit 20 homers this year.
In the top of the eighth, a missed catch error at second base allowed the Volcanoes to score an important insurance run. Spokane put two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the eighth, trailing 7-5, but Salem-Keizer reliever Yoel Veras struck out Jonah McReynolds and Starling Joseph to end the inning.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
With the win, Salem-Keizer remains a game behind Hillsboro in the South Division. Spokane's lead in the North has evaporated, as Tri-City has evened up the standings at identical 10-8 records with 20 games remaining in the first half. Everett is lurking just a game behind.
NEXT HOME GAME AT AVISTA STADIUM
The Indians continue their three-game series with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes on Tuesday for Jersey Off The Back & Azteca Taco Tuesday presented by The General Store and Hot 96.9. Fans can get a taco for just $2 and will have the chance to enter to win jerseys straight off the players' backs! Each inning one lucky fan will receive a player's autographed jersey! Stick around after the game for Circle the Bases courtesy of Dairy Queen! Also, help us celebrate the life of Andrew Vathis, an Indians fan who is recognized this year on the Rim of Honor. Special Olympians will be honored on the field prior to the game. We will make special tributes to Andrew throughout the night. Gates open at 5:30 PM with first pitch at 6:30 PM. Tickets for all Spokane Indians home game 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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