1-2 punch knocks Indians out of playoff chase

Spokane will finish its season today at Everett

EVERETT – The Spokane Indians’ quest to reach the postseason ended Sunday with a loss at Everett and a Vancouver victory over Tri-City at Pasco.

A three-run eighth inning, which included a two-run homer, lifted the AquaSox to a 3-2 win over Spokane Sunday afternoon. That clinched the second-half Northwest League North Division title for Everett, which also won the first half.

The Indians still had a chance to stay in the playoff race until the Canadians beat the Dust Devils 2-1 Sunday night. That result ensured the Canadians the playoff berth opposite the AquaSox since Spokane could do no better than tie the Canadians in the overall standings, which ended up determining the second playoff berth. The Canadians held the tiebreaker.

The Indians finish their season today at Everett.

The Indians had a 2-0 lead on Sunday before Everett rallied.

Spokane starter Eric Brooks pitched six no-hit innings, walking two while striking out 11.

With a 1-0 lead, Abel De Los Santos relieved and gave up two hits but escaped without giving up any runs.

That wasn’t the case the next inning.

Trailing 2-0, Phillips Castillo doubled to open the Everett eighth and went to third on a one-out wild pitch. A ground out then scored Castillo. Following a walk, John Straka (2-2) came into relieve and pinch-hitter Chantz Mack slugged a two-run homer to center field.

Evan Van Hoosier had three hits and Jordan Akins a homer for Spokane.

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