Spokane starter Miguel De Los Santos (1-0) was up for the challenge, striking out five and allowing two singles in five innings. De Los Santos hasn’t allowed an earned run in two starts and nine innings.
“I was working inside to hitters with my fastball,” said the fifth-year pro from the Dominican Republic. “I’m excited … just trying to do my job.”
“We had to find a way to win a game,” said Spokane shortstop Jurickson Profar, who reached in the two-run seventh with a bunt single. “In the other games, we had the bases loaded but we can’t get them around, but today was different, this was the way to win a ballgame.”
Profar, who was 2 for 4, also came up with the stop of the night in the top of the eighth. Rivers brought Everett within one with a leadoff blast off Indians reliever Colby Killian. Everett then loaded the bases Terry Serrano hit a hot shot up the middle of the infield. Profar stabbed it with a diving catch, stepping on second base before turning the inning-ending double play.
Holding a one-run lead in the ninth, the Indians handed the ball to Ovispo De Los Santos, who struck out the side to earn the save. “I think just that last inning right there can give us momentum,” Bell said. “(De Los Santos) comes in and he strikes out three in a row, that’s momentum in itself. Profar making that play – that picked us up. We’re just trying to carry over the energy.”
Scott is 4 for 6 in the series, with two walks, and would be 5 for 6 if Indians shortstop Jurickson Profar hadn’t robbed him of a hit in the eighth. Scott’s grounder glanced off third baseman Daniel Lima’s glove to Profar, who made a strong throw from deep in the hole.
“The third baseman tipped it and gave (Profar) a little bit of extra help, or I would have been safe,” Scott joked.