SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane rallied back from a two-run deficit and defeated the Everett AquaSox 3-2 on Superhero Night & Lawton Team Photo Giveaway presented by US Linen & Uniform and KISS 98.1. The win moves the Indians to within one game of Vancouver atop the North Division Standings. After another series win, Spokane is a league-best 19-11 at home this season.
For the second-straight night, Everett struck in the first inning. After hitting the game-winning homer Wednesday night, Ryne Ogren laced an RBI single to left to score the lead runner. The trail runner tried to score as well, but Jonah McReynolds gunned him down at home to end the rally. In a game where runs were at a premium, it proved to be a huge play.
The AquaSox added on in the fourth with another RBI single off Ryan Dease. Dease scattered seven hits over four innings on the night, giving up two runs and striking out a pair.
Spokane rallied back, like they often do at Avista Stadium. Down 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Curtis Terry launched a first pitch fastball 424 feet over the NAPA sign in left-center field to tie the game. Terry now has 15 long balls on the season, the first player to reach 15 homers in the NWL since Paul Hoilman (BOI) in 2011. Terry went 5-for-7 with four walks, two homers, and five RBI in the three-game series.
Spokane took the lead with a free rally in the bottom of the sixth. Jonah McReynolds reached on a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and then scampered over to third on a grounder. With McReynolds on third and two outs, Ulises Perez bounced one in the dirt, and it scooted far enough away from the catcher for McReynolds to race home and give Spokane a 3-2 lead.
The bullpen took care of business from there. Francisco Villegas, Brett Eibner, Wes Robertson, and Emmanuel Clase combined to throw five scoreless innings. Eibner (W, 1-0), a converted outfielder, made his Avista Stadium debut and tossed two scoreless with a strikeout. Clase (SV, 9) has still not allowed an earned run at home this season. He owns a 13:1 K/BB ratio and has only given up five hits in 12.1 innings.
Next up, the Indians hit the road for the next six days before returning home on Thursday, August 23rd for the start of a five-game series with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. Thursday night's game is Halloween Night presented Great Clips, Hot 96.9, 700 ESPN, and Family Guide. Celebrate Halloween a little early as Avista Stadium becomes haunted with ghosts, goblins, and jack-o-lanterns. Wear your favorite costume to join the fun. After the game, lucky kids will be selected to participate in the first ever "Raining Candy" promotion, where we'll drop candy from a helicopter onto the field at Avista Stadium. 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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