SPOKANE, Wash. - Not since the destruction of the Death Star has there been such a power explosion, but that's exactly what happened on Friday night at Avista Stadium. Three home runs led the way as the Spokane Indians cruised to a 9-2 victory on Star Wars Night presented by KHQ, 93.7 The Mountain, and Nspire Magazine.
- The force was strong with Derwin Barreto, who entered the night with just four hits in 27 at-bats with the Indians. The shortstop nearly doubled his hit total, going 3-for-4, which included a three-run home run in the fifth inning. Barreto finished with a career-high four RBI.
- Alexander Ovalles had his first multi-hit performance for Spokane, going 2-for-4 and scoring two runs.
- Billy Layne, Jr. was impressive, most impressive. The right-hander picked up his first win as a member of the Spokane Indians, throwing four shutout innings with a trio of strikeouts. Layne has allowed just one earned run in his last five outings.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Spokane pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts tonight, compared to just six by Tri-City. On the season, the Dust Devils lead the league with 546 Ks, while the Indians are just three behind with 543.
- The Indians went 4-for-8 with runs in scoring position while the Dust Devils finished just 1-for-10.
- The 9-2 win clinches the series victory for Spokane. Spokane has now won three-straight series against Tri-City, and their season-series record is tied 7-7.
Jonah McReynolds got the offense going in the second inning. On the first pitch of his at-bat, the third baseman blasted a ball to right field for his fifth home run of the season, which ties him with David Garcia and Obie Ricumstrict for the team-high. The "Han" solo shot tied the game at one and sparked a five run inning from Spokane.
AROUND THE NWL NORTH DIVISION
With the win, the Indians now have a one game lead on the Dust Devils in the NWL North Division. Earlier in the day the Everett AquaSox topped the Vancouver Canadians, 8-2. The AquaSox are two games back in the division, while the Canadians have fallen to three games behind.
NEXT GAME AT AVISTA STADIUM
The Indians conclude their three-game series with the Tri-City Dust Devils on Saturday for Star Wars Night presented by Tire-Rama & Cooper Tires, KEY 101, and The Spokesman-Review. The saga continues! Join us as we once again transform Avista Stadium into a galaxy far, far away. The night will include Star Wars trivia, character appearances, and a special Star Wars jersey auction benefiting the Community Cancer Fund! Get to the stadium early for drink specials during Happy Hour presented by The Inlander from 5:30-6:30! Stick around after the game for Dairy Queen Circle the Bases! 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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