SPOKANE, Wash. - The Indians started their three-game homestand in the win column, coming up with timely scores against division rival Yakima en route to a 6-3 victory. The win boosts Spokane into a three-way tie for first place in the Northwest League East Division with a 10-15 record.
The Indians were quiet at the plate for the first four innings of the game, but it only took one gigantic swat by catcher Chris Gradoville in the fifth to make it 3-2. The three-run homer was the first time that the 24th round draft pick from Creighton University has gone yard this season.
Later that inning with runners at the corners, the throwback from catcher Edward Easley to pitcher Chase Christianson went astray and allowed Indians' shortstop Andres James to give Spokane a 4-2 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Indians notched a run off of a wild pitch and another by an RBI single off the bat of Timothy Smith for the 6-2 lead.
Also in that inning, Yakima Bears Manager Mike Bell was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Phil Henry.
Yakima would narrow the score to 6-3 in the top of the eighth with a run off of a balk called on reliever Jose Jaimes.
Spokane as a staff struck out 13 batters, with Hector Nelo (1-1) picking up the win and Evan Reed tallied his first save of the season.
The Spokane Indians continue their three game series against Yakima tomorrow with Fiesta Night presented by Azteca Mexican Restaurants and KQUP RTN24. For tickets, please contact the Spokane Indians Ticket Office at 509-535-2922 or order online at www.spokaneindiansbaseball.com.