Hillsboro's 12-9 victory over the Spokane Indians on Saturday night allowed the Hops to clinch the five-game Northwest League series. The Hops lead the series 3-1 heading in to Sunday afternoon's finale. Hillsboro became the first team to take a series from the Indians at Avista Stadium this summer. Spokane had won its previous six home series. Read story
The Indians had won home series from, in order, Eugene, Boise, Vancouver, Tri-City, Everett and Vancouver again. Spokane's remaining home series are Thursday through Saturday vs. Everett; July 16-18 vs. Tri-City; and July 25-29 vs. Salem-Keizer. The Indians are 5-1 against Tri-City and Everett this season and 1-4 against Salem-Keizer.
Spokane won 16 of its first 20 games at Avista this season but has dropped four of its last five. The Indians also won 22 of their first 30 games overall this season but have lost 13 of their last 20.
Saturday was a rarity as the Indians banged out 14 hits and didn't win. Spokane had been 21-3 this season when it had at least 10 hits in a game.
But Hillsboro also had 14 hits, including four homers, four doubles and a triple.
Steve Nyisztor's two-run homer to center field on the Hops' second at-bat of the game was his first with Hillsboro.
"It was exciting," Nyisztor said. "It’s not something I try to go for every game, but I got the barrel to it and it gave us the early lead, which was really all I was worried about."
The Hops and Indians counterpunched all game. In the first inning, Hillsboro scored six runs and Spokane four. In the fourth, both teams scored once. In the sixth, the Hops scored three runs and the Indians one. Finally, in a long ninth inning, Hillsboro added two runs and Spokane responded with three.
"Every time they scored, we scored," Indians manager Tim Hulett said. "The problem was, they were scoring crooked numbers and we were scoring ones."