SPOKANE -- Christopher Garia belted the ball over the left-field fence in the bottom half of the 11th inning to help the Indians defeat the Boise Hawks in walk-off fashion, closing out the five-game series with a 5-3 victory.
Spokane won the series 4-1.
The Indians nearly won the game before extra innings, as Alberto Truinfel knocked in Jamie Jarmon to take a 3-2 lead over the Hawks in the bottom half of the eighth. But in the ninth inning, a miscommunication on the field allowed Boise SS Carlos Penalver to score on a ground out by OF Shawon Dunston, tying the game at 3 to force extra frames.
In the bottom of the 11th, Marcus Greene reached first base on a ground ball with one out. After Saquan Johnson grounded out to first, Garia stepped up to the plate with rain pouring down. Garia, who hit two home runs last night, knocked Matthew Iannazzo's pitch well over the wall for the final score. Garia now has 10 RBI this season.
Cam Schiller had two more hits, one his fifth double of the season, as he collected two more RBI bringing his season total to six - third best on the team.
Kelvin Vasquez got his second start this season, pitching four innings, allowing one run and striking out four batters. Abel De Los Santos (1-0) earned the win after pitching the final three innings, striking out three more batters.
The Indians will host the Vancouver Canadians, the reigning Northwest League champions, for a quick three-game series at Avista Stadium. Tomorrow's game will begin at 6:30 PM.