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Eight-Run 4th Inning Leads Indians To Win

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By Matt Johnson

SPOKANE, Wash. - Coming off their sixth loss in the past seven games, the Spokane Indians needed more than just an ounce of good fortune Friday night at Avista Stadium. Thanks to four errors by the Everett AquaSox, they certainly got it — and Indians' starting pitcher Andrew Barnett made sure Everett never had the chance to atone.

Barnett notched nine strikeouts and gave up only one run over five innings, while the Indians rode an eight-run fourth inning in a 10-1 drubbing of the AquaSox.

Spokane tallied only five hits in their big fourth inning, but Everett gifted the Indians with three errors, two wild pitches and one passed ball in the frame. After Luke Tendler grounded out to second to begin the half-inning, the Indians sent 12 batters to the plate, with 11 of them getting on base.

Friday marked the first Indians win since a week ago, when Spokane beat Hillsboro. The Indians lost their next three games, with the Northwest League All-Star Game — featuring eight Indians — sandwiched in between.

“We needed this,” Barnett said. “We'd kind of been on a little bit of a rough stretch, but coming out of the All-Star break, it's nice to get a win.”

The Indians opened the game with two runs in the first three innings. Jose Trevino hit an RBI ground out in the first, and Seth Spivey singled up the middle to score a run in the third.

In the fourth, with the Indians leading 2-1 and Jose Cardona on third base after a single, stolen base and passed ball, Isiah Kiner-Falefa grounded to AquaSox pitcher Luiz Gohara — who threw the ball away trying to cut down Cardona at home.

A wild pitch from Gohara sent Kiner-Falefa to third, before Josh Morgan singled up the middle to bring him home and give the Indians a 4-1 lead. After Leonicio Munoz replaced Gohara on the mound, Fernando Vivili and Diego Cedeno would then reach base before coming home on an error by Everett first baseman Kristian Brito. By that point, the Indians had broken the game open, taking a 6-1 lead.

Cardona, Kiner-Falefa, and Cedeno all had multi-hit games for the Indians, and the trio combined to score four Spokane runs. Seth Spivey led the Indians with two RBI's.

Barnett, who entered the game with a 5.79 ERA, surrendered a home run to the second batter of the game, Everett's Chris Mariscal. Barnett allowed just two hits over the next 4.2 innings.

“He kept the ball down, he got a lot of outs, he threw a lot of strikes, and that's what we need,” Cardona said. “If you have a pitcher like that, you can play more [comfortably] and make the team better.”

The only relatively ugly inning Barnett had was the fifth, when he took the mound after waiting 35-plus minutes for the Indians to complete their eight-run rally. Barnett gave up two walks and a hit to begin the inning, but responded by striking out the side to put the finishing touches on a stellar start.

“It always stinks having to wait that long, but at the same time, that means you're scoring runs,” Barnett said. “So I'll take that any day.”

Erik Swanson and Luis Pollorena combined for three scoreless innings in relief of Barnett.

The Indians will play their third game of the series against the AquaSox Saturday night at 6:30 p.m.
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