SPOKANE -- The Spokane crowd welcomed two new members to the Indians family tonight in a 15-8 win over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.
One, Doris the Spokanasaurus, is sure to be a hit with fans as she joins OTTO, Recycle Man, and stadium host Jamie Patrick as part of the best mascot team in the Northwest League. The other, outfielder Zach Cone, shined in his first night as an Indian.
The hard-hitting outfielder from Georgia made quite an impression on the raucous Avista Stadium crowd, finishing 2-5 with three RBI’s, including a bases-loaded hit that propelled Spokane to their fourth straight win. Cone’s two-run single was part of an inning that saw the Indians score seven runs on six hits and turn a 2-2 tie into a 9-2 lead.
The offense wasn’t done there though. In the sixth inning, Spokane scored six more runs, with RBI’s from Cone, Brett Nicholas, Guillermo Pimentel, Trever Adams, and Rougned Odor. Every hitter in the lineup had at least one hit, and eight of the nine starters finished with an RBI.
Right-hander John Kukuruda, who was drafted out of high school in the 28th round of the 2010 draft, pitched four innings of three-hit baseball in his first start of the year. Juan Grullon (2-0) picked up the win in relief with two innings of scoreless work.
Doris the Spokanasaurus, whose name was selected by fans in the sixth inning, will be a fixture at Indians home games throughout the summer and can also be found visiting children at Shriners Hospitals for Children.
The Indians next homestand starts Tuesday, June 28th against the Yakima Bears.