Spokane Indians Beat Hillsboro 3-2 On Drew Romo's Late Homer
Spokane Indians Beat Hillsboro 3-2 On Drew Romo's Late Homer

Spokane Indians Beat Hillsboro 3-2 On Drew Romo’s Late Homer

With the changes in minor league baseball, like the Spokane Indians shifting to full-season ball and moving the MLB draught later in the summer, there’s less player mobility during the season. But there are still guys moving up (and down) the ladder.

Sam Weatherly, a third-round choice of the Colorado Rockies in the 2020 MLB Draft out of Clemson, went 4-6 with a 4.83 ERA in just 15 starts for Low-A Fresno last season with 96 strikeouts over 69 innings pitched. He was shut down at the end of July last season with a shoulder ailment and made his High-A debut on Sunday. Though he didn’t factor in the decision, it was a solid debut.

And he got a little help from his new catcher. Drew Romo hit a go-ahead single homer in the eighth inning and the Indians upset the Hillsboro Hops 3-2 in a High-A Northwest League series-concluding game at Avista Stadium.

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The Indians (32-29) claimed four of six from the Hops (28-33). β€œIt was great,” Romo said of the homer. β€œJust trying to help my team. Get some excellent momentum coming into next week.” Weatherly, a 23-year-old lefty, entered play with one appearance this season, a 2 1/3 inning stint with the Rockies Arizona Complex League team on June 7.

β€œIt felt fantastic to have the first start out of the way,” Weatherly said. β€œIt’s been a long time coming.” The youthful hurler didn’t have his best stuff but was able to wiggle his way out of a couple of jams and keep his club in the game. With six hits and five strikeouts in four innings, Weatherly earned the win. A total of 49 of his 75 pitches were strikes.

Indians pitching coach Ryan Kibler said, “He wasn’t sharp, but that was expected coming off the rehab stay in Arizona.” The details aren’t great, but I can see something. He had glimpses of a solid breaking ball and change-up, but they were brief. Fastball can be deceptive as well; the problem was that the right spot wasn’t available. As expected, there is some rust. Weatherly observed, “There’s nothing like growing your workload.” You have to find out what you’re made of and make pitches in tough situations like that, you know.

In the second inning, the short porch in the right field proved to be a trap for Weatherly. As right fielder Zac Veen, who had positioned himself for a carom, watched, Tristin English hit a line drive that barely cleared the fence and was collected by a fan in the front row. In the third inning, the Indians had two runners on base and two outs. An error by the first baseman allowed Veen’s strong grounder to first base to bounce off him and land in the right field. In the bottom of the inning, Cristopher Navarro came around to score, but English came up big and caught Eddy Diaz at the plate.

The Hops went up 2-1 in the fourth inning on a run scored on a single up the middle by Lyle Lin. Weatherly sent a fastball past Tim Tawa on his final pitch of the day to end the inning with two outs and no further damage. Kibler remarked, “He got a terrific workout today to reach his maximum pitch count.” “The most important thing as he continues his recovery is that he emerged unscathed.”

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In the sixth inning, Spokane drew even. It was Diaz’s third at-bat with Luke Albright and he was granted second on the basis of a single. When Julio Carreras hit a line drive single with two outs, Diaz was able to score after stealing third base. Austin Kitchen earned his first career save with a scoreless ninth inning after allowing just one run on three hits while striking out two.

Eugene Emeralds (35-24) earned the first-half title and a place in the Northwest League championship series with a 13-0 win over Vancouver on Saturday.

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