SPOKANE -- For the final regular season home game of the 2013 season, the Spokane Indians - behind another dominant performance from Kelvin Vasquez - kept its playoff hopes alive in front of 6,840 fans by topping the Everett AquaSox 7-2.
Vasquez tossed six innings and struck out eight AquaSox. His eight punch outs pushed his season total to 72, one behind the league lead. However his ERA of 2.13 still leads all Northwest League pitchers.
The Indians got on the board first in the second inning as Jordan Akins grounded into a fielder's choice to score Joe Jackson for the second night in a row. One inning later, Jackson had a fielder's choice of his own to score Gabe Roa. Roa had three RBI on the night thanks to two sac flies and a squeeze bunt.
During the game, it was announced that the Spokane Indians won Northwest League Field of the Year. Avista Stadium's field has won the honor in 15 of the past 17 seasons. The Indians also broke their home attendance record by averaging 5,064 fans at each home game this season, breaking a record of 5,053 set in 2008.
The Vancouver Canadians lost 5-3 to the Tri-City Dust Devils earlier in the day, allowing the Indians to move one game closer to a possible playoff berth. If Spokane makes the playoffs, they will host the Everett AquaSox on Tuesday, September 3rd for the opening game of a three-game playoff series.