Sellout Crowd on Hand as Indians' Ninth Inning Rally Falls Short
Spokane, WA -After laying dormant for seven innings against Yakima's potent pitching, the Indians scored in the eighth and threatened again in the ninth, but ultimately fell short in their 4-1 loss to the Bears in front of a sellout crowd of 6,934 fans at Avista Stadium for a Yoke's $1 Family Feast Night presented by Yoke's Fresh Market and 92.9 ZZU.
The Indians trailed 4-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning before scoring on an RBI single from centerfielder Chris Garia. With runners at the corners and two out, shortstop Gabriel Roa worked a long at-bat against Bears reliever Frank Santana before striking out to end the threat.
Spokane tried to mount a comeback again in the ninth, as back-to-back walks from Barrett Serrato and Royce Bolinger brought the tying run to the plate, but Yakima's Victor Acosta induced a groundout from Cam Schiller to end the game.
Starter Shawn Blackwell (1-1) kept the game close for five innings, allowing just two runs while striking out a pair of Bears. After new arrival Jon Edwards yielded two runs in 1.2 innings, crafty southpaw Joseph Burns pitched 2.1 scoreless frames to lower his ERA to a microscopic 0.71.
Garia, Roa, Serrato, Schiller, and Patrick Cantwell all picked up hits in the loss.
The Indians head off to Pasco for a three game series against the Tri-City Dust Devils (Colorado Rockies) before returning to Spokane on Wednesday, July 11th for $100 Strikeout Night presented by Banner Bank & Rock 94 1/2. For every batter that the Indians strikeout, one lucky fan will win a crisp $100 bill. Sign up at the game for your chance to win! The game starts at 6:30 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Catch all games home and away live on SportsRadio 1510 KGA with "Voice of the Indians" Mike Boyle or streaming online at 1510kga.com. Tickets for all Spokane Indians home games are available for purchase at the Indians 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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