The last time the Spokane Indians won seven consecutive games was 16 years ago. The Indians made a late-game move to try to match that streak on Saturday night, but they instead lost for the first time since Aug. 10. The Hillsboro Hops stopped the Indians' six-game streak with a 7-5 decision in 10 innings. Spokane scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, but the Hops wasted no time getting back their advantage. The third game of the five-game series is Sunday afternoon. Read story
This has been quite a season for extra-inning games for the Indians. Saturday's 10-inning game was Spokane's ninth extra-inning contest of the season (out of 61 games). The Indians are 6-3 in extended games.
Saturday marked the first time Indians pitchers have allowed 16 hits since July 21, also a loss, also in extra innings, and also against Hillsboro.
The Hops had 12 hits through five innings Saturday against Indians starter Ryne Slack and just four in the final five innings against Richard Alvarez, John Straka and Ricardo Rodriguez.
Hops reliever Will Locante (3-1) picked up the win despite being charged with a blown save and allowing three hits and three earned runs during Spokane's ninth-inning rally. The final two runs in the inning scored on wild pitches with Barrett Serrato at the plate. Earlier in the inning, the Hops gathered on the mound to examine Locante, who appeared to be favoring his arm. Locante gave up consecutive two-out hits to Joe Jackson, Cam Schiller and Janluis Castro.
"We had three lefties put hits together and get us going, so that was good to see," Indians manager Tim Hulett said.
The Indians remained in first place and have been in that position, alone or tied, for six consecutive days.