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Season of high hopes reaches end

One more base hit in the ninth inning Thursday night and the Spokane Indians would still be playing baseball Friday at Avista Stadium. But the Indians' record-setting season reached an end in thrilling fashion when Spokane left the bases loaded in the ninth during a 5-4 setback to Vancouver that sent the Canadians to the Northwest League Championship series. Read story

Missed opportunities haunt Indians

The Vancouver Canadians had two legitimate scoring opportunities on Wednesday night at Nat Bailey Stadium. The Spokane Indians had five, including three during the first four innings. But Vancouver walked away with a 1-0 win in the opening game of the Northwest League North Division playoffs, leaving the Indians to agonize over their inability to get one crucial hit. Read story

Everyone gets in act for Indians

The Spokane Indians capped their regular-season home schedule Friday with a balanced offensive performance. All 11 Indians who came to bat, including late-game replacements Chuck Moorman and Pepe Cardona, collected hits during the 15-hit effort that buried Salem-Keizer 11-5. Read story

Destination: Vancouver and TBD

The Spokane Indians will wrap up their Northwest League regular-season home schedule Friday with the final game of a five-game set against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. The Indians will cap the regular season with three games at Vancouver, starting Saturday. Wasting no time, they'll play Game 1 of the NWL North's best-of-3 divisional series Tuesday on the road. WHERE on the road remains a mystery with four games left in the regular season. Read story

Pena turns attention to playoffs

Wednesday night served as a playoff tune-up for Spokane Indians starter Richelson Pena, who capped his regular season with a fine performance marred by basically one pitch — a 0-2 high fastball that Salem-Keizer's Austin Slater deposited over the left-field fence for a three-run homer in the third inning. The next batter, Skyler Ewing, doubled to left field before Pena closed his night by retiring the final 11 Volcanoes, including five by strikeouts. Read story

Indians will affect postseason races

The Spokane Indians don't have to worry about qualifying for the Northwest League playoffs, as they took care of that by winning the North Division first-half title. But the Indians will definitely have a say in what two teams join Spokane and South Division first-half champion Hillsboro in the best-of-3 divisional round, which begins Tuesday. Read story

Playoff picture remains scrambled

The Northwest League regular season is down to one week and seven games. First-half champions Spokane of the North Division and Hillsboro of the South know that they'll open best-of-3 divisional series on Sept. 2, but their opponents are still unclear. Read story

About as bad as it gets

Most people around these parts had a better night than the Spokane Indians. Yes, the Indians pounded out 17 hits and scored 12 runs against the Tri-City Dust Devils on Monday night. But the Dust Devils played their blackjack hand by collecting 19 hits and scoring 21 runs in a Northwest League game that played havoc with pitchers'  earned-run averages. Read story

Dust Devils make playoff push

The Spokane Indians had little trouble against the Tri-City Dust Devils during the first half of the Northwest League season. The Indians outscored Tri-City 49-17 in winning five of six games. But the second half of the season has a different feel, as the North Division first-half champion Indians are discovering. Tri-City routed Spokane 7-0 on Sunday, outhitting the Indians 16-6. The Dust Devils are 3-2 against the Indians during the last five days and are tied with Vancouver for the division's second-half lead with 14 games left in the regular season. Spokane leads the season series 7-4 heading in to Monday's regular-season finale between the teams at Avista Stadium. It may be the end of regular-season play between Spokane and Tri-City, but the Dust Devils have put themselves in position to win the second half and set up a Sept. 2 divisional playoff opener in Pasco. Read story

Rare 1-0 games come back to back

Several years ago the Spokane Indians' scorekeeper, an affable man with a wry sense of humor, announced that he had one big wish in his job: to witness a 1-0 Northwest League game. He never got his wish, but maybe he noticed what happened the last two nights between the Indians and Tri-City Dust Devils. Tri-City blanked Spokane 1-0 on Friday and the Indians turned the tables Saturday with a 1-0 shutout at Avista Stadium. Read story

Indians improve to 8-0 in series against North Division

By winning the final two games of a three-game series against Everett at Avista Stadium, the Spokane Indians made it 8 for 8 this season in series against Northwest League North Division foes. Read story

Just like that, close game becomes rout

The Spokane Indians were protecting a 2-1 lead when Pepe Cardona stepped to the plate with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning on Friday night. The final five innings of the Northwest League game unfolded in scoreless form, but what happened for the rest of the Indians' fourth was best described by manager Tim Hulett as “the floodgates opening.” Read story

North Division plays topsy-turvy

The Northwest League's second half has given the Everett AquaSox a second chance. Everett was the worst team in the league (11-27) during the first half, but the AquaSox (8-6 second half) lead the North Division by two games over Vancouver and Tri-City. The prize for winning the second half will be a best-of-3 divisional playoff matchup against the Spokane Indians, who are in last place (4-10) for the second half but won the first half with a record of 25-13. Read story

Indians need a break

The Spokane Indians boasted a winning percentage of .733 after their first 30 games of the Northwest League season. Their winning percentage in the 21 games since their 22-8 start is .333. Having dropped 14 of their last 21 games, the Indians approach this week's All-Star Break as a time to rest up and prepare for the final 25 regular-season games of the season. Read story

Indians lose first home series of season

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

Indians thrive with double-figure hits

When the Spokane Indians crank out double figures for hits in a Northwest League game, it usually means one thing: a win. The Indians pounded out 15 hits on Friday night, tied for their third-best effort of the season, to walk past Hillsboro 10-1. Spokane is 21-3 this season when it collects at least 10 hits in a game. Read story

Indians use second half to try new looks

Admittedly, some Spokane Indians fans are concerned about the way the team has played in the last 2 1/2 weeks. Spokane owns the worst record (3-7) in the Northwest League during the early stages of the second half. The Indians have also lost 12 of their last 18 games overall and won just enough games during the end of the first half to qualify for the playoffs as North Division first-half champions. Seen another way, however, and it's not that strange that the Indians' fortunes have taken a turn. Read story

Depth gives Indians an edge

Seth Spivey was joking Monday when he said that the entire Spokane Indians lineup could have been selected to the Northwest League All-Star Game. But Spivey, one of eight Indians named to the team last week, wasn't too far off. Just about every player on the Indians' roster would be a welcome addition on any other NWL roster. Read story

Indians improve to 5-2 against Vancouver

What separates the Spokane Indians from the Vancouver Canadians so far this season isn't their records. Both teams are 27-17 overall in the Northwest League, better than the league's other six teams. But Spokane is guaranteed a postseason berth because it defeated North Division rival Vancouver four out of six times during the first half of league season, when both teams finished 25-13. Make that five out of seven times after Spokane defeated Vancouver 4-2 on Sunday night to open a three-game series at Avista Stadium. Read story

Indians go wire-to-wire in first half

The Spokane Indians remained in first place in the Northwest League's North Division for the entire first half. Technically speaking, Vancouver sneaked ahead of Spokane by one-half game for 6 hours on Monday by defeating Tri-City in an afternoon game. But the Indians, knowing they had to beat Everett at night to keep Vancouver from winning the title, got the job done with great pitching by Derek Thompson and Shane McCain, solid defense and just enough timely hitting. Read story

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