Canadians owners Jake Kerr (left) and Jeff Mooney unveil the 2013 Northwest League championship banner with help from the Amherst Little League baseball club prior to the home opener against Spokane.
Alberto Tirado throws an 83 mile per hour breaking ball to strike out Spokane's Marcus Greene swinging in the first inning. Tirado gave up three hits and walked five batters in 3.2 innings but only surrendered one run.
Roemon Fields got the crowd going early with a broken-bat single off Spokane starter Nick Gardewine on the first pitch and then proceeded to steal second and third base in the first inning.
Fields is greeted by Tim Locastro after crossing the plate with the tying run. Fields was able to score after a throwing error by Indians second baseman Fernando Vivili.
Tim Mayza stranded a runner for Tirado but was chased in the sixth after surrendering a two-run double to Eduardo Pinto in the sixth. That was among three hits and two walks for the lefty, who also plunked a hitter.
Jose Fernandez walked a pair but pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and stranded a runner.
Clean-up hitter Boomer Collins singled home a run in the sixth to make it a 3-2 ball game.
That hit scored Jonathan Davis, who walked and stole second base before stepping on home plate.
Brett Barber coughed up two runs (one earned) in the eighth but worked a scoreless ninth. He allowed two hits and hit a batter.
Franklin Barreto heads back to the dugout after one of three strikeouts on the evening. He went 0-for-4 as the C's fell to Spokane 5-2.