July 18, 2010

Indians sweep Canadians

Let's hope that the Oakland Athletics aren't looking to their farm system for some bullpen pitchers. The short-season Single A affiliate Vancouver Canadians have been terrible in their series against the Spokane Indians. Oh yeah, and they got swept.

SPOKANE, WA - It's rare that a five-game series is swept by one team, but the Indians accomplished that feat tonight in front of 6,111 faithful fans by beating the Vancouver Canadians 8-1. The victory also gave the Indians the season head-to-head win against the Canadians six games to four.

Indians starting pitcher Juan Grullon left the game with a undisclosed injury after just 1.1 innings, making way for relief pitcher Tim Stanford to pick up his first win of the season. Stanford pitched four innings, allowing only one run on four hits. Pitchers Jimmy Reyes and Justin Earls finished off the five hit pitching gem. Indians pitcher held Vancouver to just nine runs for the entire series.

Indians hitters did what they have done all series, beating up the Canadians starting pitcher early and built a big lead against the bullpen afterwards. The Indians new second baseman Santiago Chirino provided an early run, hitting a line drive single in the first, and later scored on a single by designated hitter Andrew Clark. In the second, catcher Brett Nicholas and right fielder Josh Richmond scored and by the third inning the Indians had knocked out Vancouver starting pitcher Nathan Long. The Indians then scored four runs in the fourth inning, giving them 25 runs against the Canadians bullpen in the series. 

At 16-12, the Spokane Indians are a half game up on the Boise Hawks for the lead of the Northwest League East Division. 

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