There's almost a feel in the air at Avista Stadium that the Spokane Indians are going to find a way to win. After Tuesday night's 7-3 win over Boise, the Indians are 8-0 at home and 10-1 overall to start the Northwest League season. Five of Spokane's home wins have been by three runs or more. Boise is 0-4 against Spokane after entering the series with a 4-4 overall record. Eugene, which went 0-4 at Spokane to start the season, is 5-2 since leaving Spokane. Read story
The Indians still haven't lost a nine-inning game. Their lone loss came in a second game of a doubleheader at Vancouver, a seven-inning affair.
Spokane has outscored Boise 28-13 in the series. The Hawks entered the series averaging nearly seven runs per game.
Spokane's bullpen had gone four consecutive games without allowing an earned run until Luis Pollorena served up Jesse Hodges' two-run homer in the seventh. Pollorena responded by retiring the next seven batters, and eight of nine, to earn a save.
"He’s going to have guys like (Hodges) where he’ll get underneath the fastball and it will just stay up in the zone," Indians manager Tim Hulett said of Pollorena.
The Indians had Ryan Ledbetter warming up before the ninth, but Pollorena's pitch count was low.
Spokane's bullpen has an earned-run average of 1.77. The Indians opened the night with the league's top team ERA (2.48), but that number rose to 2.53 and allowed South Division-leading Hillsboro to sneak ahead at 2.52.
But Spokane is way ahead of the field with a team batting average of .291.
Indians cleanup hitter Luke Tendler is leading the charge, taking over the league lead in hitting .471 from teammate Seth Spivey (.500), who has missed three games with an injured neck and doesn't have enough at-bats to qualify. Tendler also leads the league in slugging percentage (.794), is second in on-base percentage (.538) to teammate Marcus Greene (.545), is second in runs scored (11), and is tied for third in RBIs with 10.
Spokane outfielder and leadoff hitter Eduard Pinto leads the league with 12 RBIs, is fourth in hitting (.390), is tied for third in runs with nine and fourth in on-base percentage at .447.
Indians infielders Juremi Profar and Alberto Triunfel are tied for sixth in league RBIs with nine apiece.