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Wild Game Swings Indians' Way

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The Indians found themselves on the winning end of a 5-0 victory in front of 4,548 fans at Avista Stadium against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. The game included three errors, two misplayed outfield flies and one ejection.

The Indians and Volcanoes were scoreless through four innings, when designated hitter Brett Nicholas singled on a ground ball, and then advanced to second base on throwing error by Volcanoes second baseman Julio Izturis. Nicholas scored on the next pitch when Indians second baseman Santiago Chirino crushed a triple past the shallow Salem-Keizer outfield.

In the seventh inning, Chirino hit his fifth double of the season to right field, and then advanced to third on a bunt by catcher Kellin Deglan. Pitcher Jake Dunning choose to throw to third baseman Adam Duvall, who misfielded the throw allowing Chirino to score. Deglan would move to third on a wild pitch to first baseman Clark Murphy, and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by center fielder Jake Skole. The Indians scored two more runs in the seventh inning off a triple that flew over the heads of the shallow Volcaones outfield by left fielder Jared Hoying. The triple was Hoying's third of the season, and gives him the league lead with 33 runs batted in.

Starting pitcher Juan Grullon returned from the Disabled list after having a blister on his throwing hand. Grullon went four innings, allowing only two hits and struck out five batters. Relief pitcher Jimmy Reyes picked up the win after striking out the side in the fifth inning. The Indians pitching staff was able to secure their second consecutive shutout and fifth of the season, tying them for the league lead.

Tomorrow the Indians will be traveling to Sacred Heart Children's Hospital for the Premera Blue Cross Care-A-Van. Indians players will join staff members from Premera Blue Cross, visiting hospitalized children. After the Care-A-Van, a social will be held at Avista Stadium at 4pm for former Care-A-Van children that are no longer in the hospital.

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