Canadians shut out Indians to even series
SPOKANE, Wash. — For the second time in three weeks, Adam Kloffenstein threw five shutout innings at Avista Stadium to lead the Vancouver Canadians to a victory over Spokane Indians. Kloffenstein and three relievers combined for a two-hit shutout in a 1-0 Canadians victory on Comic Book Hero Night with Pre-Game LEO’s Photography Baseball Clinic presented by Gerber Collision & Glass, 105.7 Now FM, 103.5 The Game, and The Liberty Lake Splash Newsmagazine.
Josh Javier bounced back from a couple rough outings and twirled four strong innings for the Indians. He gave up just one unearned run on one hit while striking out three.
Nic Laio , Daniel Robert , and Werner Leal combined for five shutout innings out of the bullpen. The trio gave up just one hit and struck out four.
Francisco Ventura worked two walks, the second multi-walk game in his last four starts.
BY THE NUMBERS
After giving up a run in his first outing of the season, Daniel Robert has thrown 27 consecutive scoreless innings. He has given up just one hit in his last 14 innings and has 37 strikeouts to just five walks on the season. His ERA is a microscopic 0.33.
Werner Leal isn’t too far behind Robert in the dominance category. Leal’s ERA is now 0.76 after two more scoreless innings. He has 46 strikeouts to seven walks in 35.2 innings and opponents are hitting just .171 against him.
Spokane has had five separate four-game winning streaks this season. They have lost the fifth game all five times. The Indians have been shut out four times this season, three by Vancouver.
Spokane’s best chance offensively came in the bottom of the sixth. Two walks and a wild pitch set up second and third with one out for Cristian Inoa. His bat shattered on a pop up to third base for the second out. David Garcia worked a walk to load the bases for Jonah McReynolds. East Valley High School alum Gage Burland came in from the bullpen and got McReynolds to swing through a 3-2 fastball to end the inning.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Tri-City scored four times in the ninth to upend Everett and even up the second half standings with Spokane. Both teams are 12-9 with the AquaSox lurking two games behind. Vancouver’s win puts them four games out of first with 17 games to play.
NEXT GAME AT AVISTA STADIUM
The Indians conclude their three-game series with the Vancouver Canadians on Friday for Harry Potter Night presented by Edward Jones Investments, HOT 96.9, 92.9 ZZU, and The Greater Spokane Valley Current Newsmagazine. On this night, Avista Stadium will transform into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Come dressed up as your favorite Harry Potter character, cross through platform 9 ¾ to enter the stadium, grab a mug of ButterBeer, and meet Dumbledore and Hagrid! Enjoy Harry Potter music and many other magical surprises throughout the night. Get your BINGO card as you enter the stadium to participate in Coeur d’Alene Casino Baseball B-I-N-G-O! 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.