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Tracking Spokane’s Northwest League (short-season A) baseball team. The Indians, a Texas Rangers farm club, won the NWL title in 2008.

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Indians enjoy near-perfect evening, tighten race

Friday was about as good as it gets for the Spokane Indians. They improved their postseason chances with a 7-2 win over Everett while Vancouver was losing to Tri-City. They set a club attendance record, boosted by a Avista Stadium sold-out crowd of 6,840. They won the award for field of the year for the 15th time in 17 seasons. They almost assuredly produced the Northwest League's earned-run average champion in Kelvin Vasquez, who baffled Everett for six innings. Then they set off fireworks for delighted fans on a warm evening, wondering if they'll be back home Tuesday for the NWL divisional playoffs. Read story

Indians’ offense comes alive at right time

Spokane Indians manager Tim Hulett called Thursday night's game his team's top offensive performance of the Northwest League season. Spokane, averaging 3.7 runs through its first 71 games, cobbled together a season-best 16 hits and also reached a season high for runs during a 12-3 win over Everett in the next-to-last regular-season game at Avista Stadium before the season ends at Everett. The outburst was unexpected because the Indians had scored three or less runs in eight of their last 10 games; Everett had won six of seven meeting between the teams this season; and Everett started Lars Huijer, who entered 8-1 with a 2.20 ERA. Spokane kept its slim playoff hopes alive with four games left in the regular season. Read story

Indians suffer blow to playoff hopes

The Spokane Indians had an opportunity to improve their fading playoff chances on Wednesday, but their 4-2 loss to Everett at Avista Stadium made their mission tougher. The Indians' shot at winning the Northwest League North Division's second-half title is all but gone, as Everett (19-14) leads the Indians (15-18) by four games with five games remaining in the regular season. All five of those games are against Everett, however, so the Indians could conceivably finish 5-0 to pull the shocker. Their better chance at making the playoffs is to finish with the division's second-best overall record. Spokane (35-36) lost a chance to tie Vancouver (36-35), which forced extra innings Wednesday with a two-run ninth but lost to Tri-City 4-3 in 14 innings. Spokane needs to finish with a better overall record than Vancouver because the Canadians own the tiebreaker if the teams notch identical records. Read story

Indians can reach playoffs with solid finish

The final six regular-season games of the Northwest League season begin Wednesday, and the 35-35 Spokane Indians can make the playoffs by getting hot against the Everett AquaSox. Spokane could possibly win the North Division title, but its best chance could be finishing with a better overall record than Vancouver, provided Everett adds the second-half title to the one it captured during the first half of the season. Read story

Indians rally with runs in ninth, 10th

The Spokane Indians improved their playoff chances Friday night by breaking through in the ninth and 10th innings for a 6-5 win over  the Tri-City Dust Devils to complete a three-game Northwest League series at Avista Stadium. Spokane, in danger of falling two games off the pace in the North Division with nine games to go, started the comeback with a run against league saves leader Trent Daniel in the ninth. Marcus Greene's big leadoff double in the 10th led to Joe Jackson's winning single in a game that damaged the postseason chances of the Dust Devils, who fell three games off the pace. Read story

Indians drop out of first place

There must be better ways to make a playoff run than the Spokane Indians have shown during the last week. Thursday night's 7-2 loss to the Tri-City Dust Devils gave the Indians a 2-5 record for their current homestand, which ends Friday night at Avista Stadium. The setback, coupled with Everett's victory over Vancouver, knocked the Indians out of first place in the Northwest League's North Division for the first time since Aug. 11. Read story

Indians break out of slump with big innings

When the dust settled on Wednesday night and the Spokane Indians had won for the first time since Friday, it marked the 10th consecutive day that the Indians have led or been tied for first place in the Northwest League's North Division. Wednesday's 10-4 win over Tri-City snapped the Indians' four-game losing streak and the Dust Devils' four-game winning streak. Spokane received boosts with a five-run first inning and a four-run second. Read story

Indians’ fourth straight loss creates logjam at top

The Northwest League's North Division second-half title is up for grabs after the Spokane Indians dropped their fourth consecutive game to the Hillsboro Hops on Tuesday night. The 4-1, 11-inning defeat left Spokane, Everett and Vancouver tied for first place at 12-14, with Tri-City one game back. T-C starts a three-game series at Avista Stadium on Wednesday night. Spokane had control of its destiny after six consecutive wins gave the Indians a two-game lead on Friday, but now anything could happen with 12 games left in the regular season. Read story

Hops pitching sends Indians to third straight setback

Hillsboro Hops pitchers have held the Spokane Indians to seven runs in the last three Northwest League games at Avista Stadium. The Hops' starters have worked deep into the three games: 7 2/3 innings from Ross Gerdeman on Saturday, eight innings from Ryan Doran on Sunday and 8 1/3 innings from Ben Eckels on Monday. The Indians have one more game with Hillsboro in the series, Tuesday with new Spokane pitcher John Niggli (1-0, 1.80) on the mound. Read story

Hops stop Indians again

If the Spokane Indians come up short in their bid to qualify for the Northwest League playoffs, two factors might stand out: their record against the Hillsboro Hops and their record on their home field, Avista Stadium. Spokane's 5-1 loss to the Hops on Sunday left them 3-5 against Hillsboro this season and 15-15 at home. The Hops are 19-35 against the rest of the league. Spokane (32-30) has played better on the road (17-15) than at home. The Indians, clinging to a one-game lead in the North Division, can change their home fortunes in the next five nights, with games Monday and Tuesday against Hillsboro and Wednesday through Friday against Tri-City. Read story

Extra-inning setback ends Indians’ streak

The last time the Spokane Indians won seven consecutive games was 16 years ago. The Indians made a late-game move to try to match that streak on Saturday night, but they instead lost for the first time since Aug. 10. The Hillsboro Hops stopped the Indians' six-game streak with a 7-5 decision in 10 innings. Spokane scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, but the Hops wasted no time getting back their advantage. The third game of the five-game series is Sunday afternoon. Read story

Indians run winning streak to six

The Spokane Indians have caught fire at the right time, fashioning a six-game winning streak that puts them in strong position to qualify for the Northwest League's postseason. The most direct route for Spokane would be to win the North Division's second-half title. After Friday night's 5-1 win over the Hillsboro Hops at Avista Stadium, the Indians (12-10 second half) lead first-half champion Everett by two games and Vancouver by three with 16 games remaining. Spokane could also qualify for the playoffs if Everett also wins the second-half title. The North team with the second-best overall record would advance to postseason against Everett. In that category, Spokane (32-28) leads Vancouver (31-29) by one game. Read story

Indians head to All-Star break with win

The Spokane Indians were in jeopardy Sunday of notching a fourth consecutive loss with the Northwest League's All-Star break on the horizon. One of three Indians named to the all-star team took care of that. Infielder Janluis Castro hit a solo home run to right field in the eighth inning to give the Indians a 2-1 victory over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes at Avista Stadium. Salem-Keizer won the five-game series 3-2, as it did last month at Keizer. The Indians have completed regular-season play against two teams, the Volcanoes and Boise. Next will be their final five games with the Eugene Emeralds, at Eugene, but that will wait until Thursday, after the All-Star Break. Spokane is 4-1 against Eugene this season and is beginning a streak of eight consecutive road games against teams that have a losing record vs. the Indians. Spokane's next homestand begins Aug. 16 with the first of five games against first-year franchise Hillsboro. Read story

Horan’s homer caps Volcanoes’ rally over Indians

Saturday night's 6-5 loss to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes may have been the most demoralizing for the Spokane Indians this season. The Indians have struggled to find their offense this season, but they gave a sold-out crowd at Avista Stadium a big lift in the seventh inning by scoring five runs to take a 5-2 advantage over the Volcanoes. Minutes later, S-K was torching Spokane's stellar bullpen for four runs and a 6-5 lead that held up. Spokane outhit the Volcanoes for a second consecutive night but was handed a third consecutive setback. Read story

Sigh! Sy’s 2-run homer sinks Indians

The Spokane Indians outhit the Northwest League's top-hitting team, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (.264) by a count of 9-7 on Friday night, but Spokane mistakes and a big two-run homer by S-K's Jeremy Sy led to a 5-2 Indians defeat. Since Spokane's series-opening win on Wednesday, a 6-4 decision in 11 innings, the Volcanoes have outscored the Indians 14-5 while posting two victories. Read story

Indians take lumps on rainy night

Most Spokane Indians fans left Avista Stadium long before Thursday night's 9-3 loss to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes was official. Rain started falling in the sixth inning, around the time the Volcanoes turned a 4-1 lead into a 9-1 edge with a five-run sixth that included five hits, two walks and an infield error. Anyone who stayed for the final three innings got soaked but watched Spokane score the final two runs. Travis Dean threw a scoreless eighth and ninth to give a tiny lift after a frustrating night for the Indians' usually reliable bullpen. Read story

Serrato’s 11th-inning homer lifts Spokane

The Spokane Indians were one strike away from heading to the 12th inning on Wednesday when Barrett Serrato ended the long night. Serrato's second home run of the season, on a 2-2 count with two out in the 11th inning, also scored Janluis Castro and gave the Indians a 6-4 win over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes to open a five-game Northwest League series at Avista Stadium. Spokane led 4-1 after two innings and the Volcanoes tied the game with a three-run fifth. The Volcanoes had three hits the Indians five after the fifth. Read story

Spokane’s Castro, two relievers control Canadians

The Spokane Indians managed just two runs and 14 hits during a three-game home series against the Vancouver Canadians this week, but they avoided disaster by winning Thursday's series finale 2-1 at Avista Stadium. Starter Kyle Castro and relievers Ryne Slack and Mike Zouzalik held Vancouver to five hits, including two infield singles. The victory allowed the Indians to avoid a 0-3 start to the second half of the Northwest League season. As it is, Spokane only trails Vancouver and Everett by one game in the North Division as it travels to Boise for a five-game series that begins Friday. Spokane has won four consecutive games against Boise and is 4-1 against the Hawks this season. Read story

Indians endure second consecutive shutout

True Spokane Indians fans may remember that their team lost its first two (eventually three) games of the Northwest League baseball season. Spokane is also 0-2 to start the second half of the season, but this beginning is a bit more concerning. The Indians began their 2013 campaign with back-to-back 6-4 losses to Everett, which ultimately won the first-half title. Spokane has started the second half with consecutive 2-0 losses to Vancouver. The Canadians have allowed just eight hits in the 18 innings and just one Indians base runner has reached third base. Read story