SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Indians took the field at the friendly confines of Avista Stadium for the first time in two weeks on Future Texas Rangers & Azteca Taco Tuesday presented by Freedom RV and 94.1 The Bear. The home cooking treated them well. Curtis Terry got on base four times, including his league-leading 14th home run, as Spokane defeated the Everett AquaSox 7-3 in game one of a three-game series.
The Indians got on the board early with a couple unconventional runs. After loading the bases with nobody out in the second inning, Jax Biggers came in to score the first run of the game on a wild pitch. After another walk loaded the bases again, Francisco Ventura touched home on a double-play ground ball, giving Spokane a 2-0 lead.
There was nothing unconventional about the bottom of the third inning. In fact, it's become pretty standard. Curtis Terry stepped up and launched his 14th homer of the season over the 395-foot sign in dead center field. Terry finished the night going 2-for-2 with a walk, a hit-by-pitch, and three runs scored. His OPS on the season is an astounding 1.065, leading the league by a large margin. No Northwest League batter has finished with an OPS higher than 1.000 since 2012 when Mike Zunino (Everett) and Dan Vogelbach (Boise) both accomplished the feat.
Everett fought back with a couple runs in the sixth and another in the seventh to cut the deficit to 5-3. Tai Tiedemann (W, 2-2) threw five scoreless innings before running into a little trouble in the sixth. He finished the night tossing 5.2 innings, giving up two runs on two hits while striking out five.
Cole Uvila pitched 1.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen, including two huge strikeouts with the bases loaded to get out of a jam in the seventh.
Jax Biggers put the AquaSox away for good in the bottom half of the seventh. He hit a moonshot down the right field line that hooked just inside the right field foul pole to extend the Indians lead, 7-3. It was the first professional homer for Biggers.
Xavier Moore came in and pitched a scoreless ninth inning with some help from Diosbel Arias. With two on and nobody out, Arias snared a one-hop liner and started a double play from the seat of his pants.
The Indians and AquaSox continue their three-game series on Wednesday for Fireworks Night & Nurse Appreciation presented by WGU - Washington, KXLY 4 News, Rock 94 ½, The Big 99.9 Coyote Country, and The Liberty Lake Splash Newsmagazine and a Pre-Game Leo's Youth Clinic. Calling all Youth Baseball Players! Join the Spokane Indians at Avista Stadium for a pre-game Youth Clinic courtesy of LEO's Photography (3:30-5:30pm). Join us at Avista Stadium for another great Fireworks show following the game! Plus, the Storybook princesses are back at Avista Stadium. Wear your prince or princess costume and take pictures with all the storybook characters such as Belle, Anna, Elsa & more! Gates open at 5:30 PM with first pitch at 6:30 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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