SPOKANE, Wash. - A new hope of sweeping the Tri-City Dust Devils for the first time this season was short-lived Saturday night. Instead the Tri-City Dust Devils struck back in a big way, scoring six runs in the second inning on the way to an 8-3 defeat of Spokane on Star Wars Night presented by Tire-Rama & Cooper Tires, KEY 101, and The Spokesman-Review.
- "Obie-Wan" Ricumstrict had Spokane's lone RBI of the game, scoring Alexander Ovalles in the fifth inning. It sparked a three-run inning, for the Indians' only runs of the game. He finished 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
- The force was strong once again for Daniel Robert out of the bullpen. With three scoreless innings tonight, tying his longest outing of the season, he extends his streak to 24.2 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. His ERA continues to drop and is now an unreal 0.34.
- Triston Polley struck out four of the six batters he faced over 1.2 innings of relief. The right-hander has 26 Ks this season while walking just one batter over 16.1 total innings.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Spokane pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts tonight, while Tri-City had 10. The Dust Devils still lead the league with 556 Ks but the Indians are now just one punch out behind for the lead.
- Blaine Crim went 2-for-4 on the night for his fourth multi-hit game in his last five. He's had multiple hits in 12 of his last 21 games. His .344 batting average still ranks second in the Northwest League.
- Spokane managed just one hit in the first four innings against Tri-City starter Ethan Elliott. The left-hander has only allowed three hits with no runs in six total innings against the Indians this season.
Already trailing Tri-City 3-0 in the second inning, Spokane had two outs and was hoping to get out of the inning with minimal damage. Tri-City's Reinaldo Ilarraza hit a grounder to shortstop Derwin Barreto that looked to be the much-needed third out. Instead, Barreto was charged with a fielding error that extended the inning. The Dust Devils would score three more runs and ended the top half with a 6-0 lead. It was a path to the dark side that proved too much to overcome.
AROUND THE NWL NORTH DIVISION
Spokane's loss moves the Indians back into a tie with the Dust Devils for first place in the NWL North Division at 8-8. An 11-1 win by the Everett AquaSox over the Vancouver Canadians on Saturday moves the AquaSox to just a game back of the division lead.
NEXT GAME AT AVISTA STADIUM
Next up, the Indians head to Boise for three games at Memorial Stadium to face the Hawks. Spokane returns to Avista Stadium on Wednesday, August 14th for the start of a six-game homestand and a stretch of 13 home games in 17 days. Wednesday's game is Family Feast Night presented by Yoke's Fresh Market and 92.9 ZZU. Hot dogs, Pepsi products, ice cream sandwiches, popcorn, candy and chips are $1.50 for Family Feast Night! Stick around after the game to participate in the Taco Bell Ball Toss benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Spokane and Kootenai County. 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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