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

Spokane started the season 16-0 in games in which it finished in double figures for hits.

There were two times this season (June 22-28 and July 8-14) when Spokane had five games with double figures for hits during a span of one week.

Conversely, Spokane recently played six games (July 20-25) without reaching double figures for hits. Not surprisingly, this coincided with a 1-5 slide.

The Indians felt as if they returned to form on Friday.

“We have four or five guys who have been hitting over .330 and those are pretty tough outs,” manager Tim Hulett said. “They’ve been pretty good all year long, but that’s the way I like to see them swing the bat.”

Spokane's season high for hits was 19, set July 8. The Indians had 17 hits on July 13. Their other 15-hit games were June 23 and July 19.

The Indians sent Hillsboro starter Nick Baker's ERA from 2.61 to 3.30 in five innings. Baker hasn't walked a batter in 46 1/3 innings this season, so his pitches are bound to be in the strike zone.

“(Baker) went right after them,” Hulett said. “He was a fast worker, but we were ready, though. That’s what I like to see.”

Trevino said he didn't know about Baker's streak of no walks.

“We never really thought about it,” he said. “We just came together as a team. (Seth) Spivey hitting the triple, Luke (Tendler) getting that big hit in the first. That kind of stuff will get us rolling again.”

That and pitching, which checked the Hops on seven hits and one run after the team accounted for 14 runs the previous two nights combined.

“Everybody that came in had a pretty good idea,” Hulett said. “(Catcher) Trevino called a good game and the pitchers executed pitches really well tonight.”

“When pitchers come out and do their thing and do their job, it’s always good for the hitters,” Trevino said. “You don’t have too much pressure on you. Even if they give up a couple of runs, we’re going to answer for them. They know that and we know that.”


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