SPOKANE -- The Spokane Indians couldn’t hold onto an early lead and fell 11-6 to the Vancouver Canadians in front of 4,349 fans at Avista Stadium on Tuesday night.
After Spokane jumped to an early 4-0 lead, Vancouver gained ground on a Franklin Barreto two-run home run in the third. But it was the fifth inning that allowed the Canadians to regain momentum. Indians reliever Ryan Ledbetter gave up three runs on five hits to allow Vancouver to take a 5-4 lead.
Spokane would fight back and regain a 6-5 lead in the sixth inning after Jose Trevino drilled a double to left field to score Seth Spivey after a single of his own. Trevino advanced to third on the throw to home and then scored on a wild pitch. Ledbetter would give up two more runs in the sixth, however, before being relieved by David Perez with the Indians trailing 7-6.
Perez would give up a single, scoring Ledbetter’s baserunner. He would also give up his first run of the season after Trevino lost track of a wild pitch. Perez pitched 11 innings this season before allowing a single run, though he has given up eight walks. Darrell Hunter collected the final two outs in the ninth after surrendering two more runs.
In the first inning, Isiah Kiner-Falefa reached on an infield single between free passes issued to Eduard Pinto and Marcus Greene. Spivey grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Pinto. In the second, Saquan Johnson doubled home Juremi Profar and advanced Chuck Moorman to third. Kiner-Falefa lined one out to right field to bring home Johnson and Moorman for an early 4-0 cushion.
Jason Hoppe, making his first start of the season, allowed the homer and four hits in four innings of work. Hoppe tossed 54 pitches, 35 of which were strikes, while punching out four Canadians.