SPOKANE -- It took some late-game heroics from Kevin Torres and Ryan Cordell, but the Spokane Indians escaped with a 2-1 win over the Tri-City Dust Devils in front of 5,190 fans.
Cordell added three hits to push his average up to .267, including a long double to centerfield field to score Torres from second in the bottom of the eighth inning. Just one batter before, Torres - who's hitting .342 in his past ten games - hit home Janluis Castro to tie the ballgame.
Right hander Kelvin Vasquez shined in the start, throwing a season-high 84 pitches in six innings of work. He gave up one run after catcher Joe Jackson dropped a ball at home plate, which resulted in the earned run. Vasquez gave up four hits and struck out eight. He now leads Spokane with 32 strikeouts on the season. John Straka relieved Vasquez in the seventh and pitched two innings of one-hit ball earning the win. Keone Kela, making his Indians debut, pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save.
The Indians now head to Hillsboro for five straight against the Hops, then will return home next Tuesday, July 23rd, for a quick three-game homestand against the Vancouver Canadians to start the second half of the Northwest League season.