Vinny Capra collected his first professional home run in Spokane Sunday.
The Spokane Indians have set up a rubber match with the Vancouver Canadians after a 4-3 victory at Avista Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The C’s broke the goose egg first in the second inning. Bryan Lizardo earned a one-out walk and Freddy Rodriguez singled to right off Spokane righthander Seth Nordlin before a wild pitch moved them up 90 feet away. Owen Spiwak plated Lizardo with a sacrifice fly to center and Rodriguez moved to third on the play but Brandon Polizzi went down swinging for the third out.
Josh Winckowski had two strikeouts and retired the first four hitters but Starling Joseph ended the string with a single to left. Winckowski’s errant pickoff throw short-hopped Jake Brodt at first and allowed Joseph to scamper to second. Francisco Ventura would double home Joseph to even things up at 1-1. A Juan Ventura grounder to second advanced Francisco Ventura to third. Winckowksi had a chance to get out of the inning but he threw a one-out hopper again to Brodt on a Hasuan Viera comebacker that scored Francisco Ventura with the go-ahead run. Viera was given a base hit on the play. A single by Tyler Depreta-Johnson and a walk to Julio Pablo Martinez would load the bases but Jonah McReynolds lined out to C’s shortstop Vinny Capra to end the inning.
Capra would begin the top of the third with his first professional home run down the left field line. There was some question as to whether it was fair or foul but it was ruled a home run.
Spokane would grab their first lead of the game with three runs in the home half of the third. After striking out Miguel Aparicio, Winckowski plunked Disobel Arias and Joseph and threw a wild pitch before walking Francisco Ventura to load the bases again. Juan Ventura struck out but Viera cleared on a wild pitch but was caught trying to steal third to end the inning.
That was all the scoring as Nordlin pitched 5-2/3 innings before David Lebron finished up with 2-1/3 innings of relief of Nordlin before Emmanuel Clase got the save with a 1-2-3 ninth. Dalton Rodriguez put up a zero in the sixth after coming on for Winckowski, who took the loss. Lefty Nick Allgeyer kept Spokane off the board in the seventh and eighth.
Nick Allgeyer lowered his earned run average to 1.80 with two shutout innings Sunday.
Griffin Conine picked up his first Northwest League hit with a two-out ground rule double in the first. He went to third on a Nordlin wild pitch but was left there on a Jake Brodt struck out.
Conine also singled to start the sixth and Lizardo drew a walk but Lebron ended the inning by getting Freddy Rodriguez on a ground out.
The seventh inning saw Conine step up to the plate with two outs after Capra and Tanner Kirwer got aboard on infield singes but Conine grounded out to second. The C’s went down in order over the two last innings.
Conine, Capra and Rodriguez all had two hits apiece while Lizardo reached base three times with a hit and two walks. Vancouver was 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position with six men stranded.
Spiwak threw out Viera trying to steal second to help Rodriguez get out of the sixth inning unscathed. Winckowski struck out seven in a losing cause after allowing four runs on five hits and two walks over five innings. Allgeyer struck out two to offset a double and a single over two frames.
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