Spokane Indians Opening Day 2016

 

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Spokane Indians third baseman Xavier Turner (9) throws the ball the Spokane Indians first baseman Todd McDonald (20) to force an out on a Vancouver Canadians batter during the fifth inning of a Class A Short Season Northwest League baseball game at Avista Stadium in Spokane, Wash., Friday, June 17, 2016. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

Here are photos for the Inlander from the Spokane Indians season opener last night. The Indians fell 5-3 against the Vancouver Canadians after both teams rallied late in the game. There is a slideshow with more photos at http://m.inlander.com/spokane/spokane-indians-opening-day-2016/Slideshow/2800580/2800683

Much of the home opener for the Spokane Indians opener against the Vancouver Canadians was a 2-1 game. Indians starter Michael Matuella threw for over three innings before being relieved, giving up a two-RBI double to Canadians second baseman Deiferson Barreto in the fourth inning. A two run RBI double by Indians outfielder Chad Smith in the bottom of the eight inning to score catcher Alex Kowalczyk and outfielder Darius Day, to take the lead at 3-2, wasn’t enough as the Canadians rallied in the ninth inning to win 5-3. It started with an RBI double by Canadians first baseman Christian Williams scoring outfielder DJ McKnight to tie the game at 3-3. Then, first baseman Gabe Clark hit a two-RBI double scoring shortstop Yeltsin Gudino and first baseman Christian Williams, to take the lead for the Canadians at 5-3, which ended up being the final score.

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Fans watch the seventh inning of a Class A Short Season Northwest League baseball game between the Spokane Indians and the Vancouver Canadians at Avista Stadium in Spokane, Wash., Friday, June 17, 2016. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

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Spokane Indians catcher Alex Kowalczyk (38) and outfielder Darius Day (1) celebrate as both score to take the lead at 3-2 as part of a two-RBI double hit by teammate Chad Smith during the eighth inning of a Class A Short Season Northwest League baseball game against the Vancouver Canadians at Avista Stadium in Spokane, Wash., Friday, June 17, 2016. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

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Spokane Indians catcher Seth Spivey (6) loses control of the bat during the eighth inning of a Class A Short Season Northwest League baseball game against the Vancouver Canadians at Avista Stadium in Spokane, Wash., Friday, June 17, 2016. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

 

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