Spokane Sweeps Aside Yakima, 6-1Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane Indians (8-5, 30-21) trumped the Yakima Bears (7-6, 25-26) 6-1 to sweep the three-game series in front of 3,525 fans at Avista Stadium Monday afternoon.
Yakima jumped out in front on a Zach Walters infield RBI single in the first inning but that would be all the Bears would muster offensively.
The Indians took a 2-1 lead on a Brett Nicholas sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth inning. Spokane then added four more over the next three innings thanks to a solo home run by Josh Richmond and three two-out RBIs off the bats off Jared Hoying and Andrew Clark.
Kevin Johnson (2-2) pitched 2 2/3 hitless innings of relief, striking out one and walking two to earn the victory. Andrew Berger (2-3) went five innings, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out four and walking three to take the loss.
Mike Freeman finished the afternoon with three hits, a stolen base, and a run scored.
The Bears were swept in a series for the first time in 2010, and have now lost five of the first six games played against the Indians.
Both clubs will be off Tuesday and will reconvene Wednesday night at 7:05 at County Stadium for game one of a three-game set. Miguel Pena (2-4, 3.51 ERA) is slated to start for the Bears against Ben Henry (2-2, 3.77 ERA) for the Tribe.