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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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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

Indians kick off second half with shutout loss

Wipe the slate clean, the second half of the Northwest League baseball season has arrived. The Spokane Indians and Vancouver Canadians are in the same boat, trying to join North Division first-half champion Everett in the postseason. To do so, Spokane, Vancouver (or Tri-City) would either have to win the second-half crown or have the best overall record for the season if Everett also takes the second-half title. The challenge began Tuesday at Avista Stadium, and Vancouver took the first small step with a 2-0 win over Spokane. The Canadians are 5-2 against the Indians this season. The teams will also meet Wednesday and Thursday. Read story

Hops stop Indians for second time

The Hillsboro Hops, a first-year franchise, are 8-25 against the rest of the Northwest League but 2-0 against the Spokane Indians. Spokane has outhit Hillsboro 17-14 during the first two games of the five-game series while being outscored 12-5, including Friday night's 7-2 setback. Four Indians pitchers combined to hold Hillsboro to five hits, but the Hops scored six runs in the second inning with the help of three walks, a wild pitch and a hit batter. All of this came after Spokane doubled twice in its second without scoring. It was reminiscent of Thursday's game, when the Indians loaded the bases with no out in the first inning but didn't score. Spokane has scored two runs of less in seven of its last nine games. The Indians are 10-7 against teams from the South Division after starting the season 9-2. Spokane has also dropped five of its last six road games. Read story

Hops’ big seventh inning sinks Spokane

The first meeting between the Spokane Indians and Hillsboro Hops went in the Hops' winning column, but Spokane definitely had its chances. The Indians rapped out 12 hits, tying their best effort in the last 10 games, but couldn't get the big hit when they had runners in scoring position during the first three innings. The tone was set in the first inning, when Spokane loaded the bases with nobody out and didn't score. The defeat also ended Spokane's slim hopes of earning a first-half postseason berth in the North Division. Luckily for the Indians, they can make the playoffs with a good second-half run. The second half begins Tuesday at Avista Stadium against two-time defending Northwest League champion Vancouver. The Canadians are 4-2 against Spokane this year and still have a slight shot at catching Everett for the North's first-half title. Read story

Indians come through in eighth inning

Until the eighth inning Wednesday, it looked as if the game between the Spokane Indians and Tri-City Dust Devils would be decided by three throws from the outfield, all three of which worked to T-C's benefit. But the Indians came up with three hits and two runs in the eighth to edge the Dust Devils 2-1 as Spokane's home schedule reached its halfway point. The Indians are 11-8 at home and won't  play at Avista Stadium again until the Northwest League's second half begins Tuesday. Read story

Indians pitchers allow just 2 hits in victory

Spokane Indians pitchers David Ledbetter (3-0),  Abel De Los Santos, Ryne Slack and Mike Zouzalik (third save) combined on a two-hitter Tuesday night to end the Tri-City Dust Devils' four-game winning streak  with a 2-1 decision at Avista Stadium. The quartet combined to strike out 11 as the Indians boosted their league-leading total to 294. Spokane Indians manager Tim Hulett, ejected during Monday's game, returned to his old spot sitting on a chair next to Spokane's dugout. Umpires Adrian Gonzalez and Kyle McCrady made Spokane remove the chairs on Monday, and Hulett was ejected when the umpiring crew further upset him in the third inning by telling Janluis Castro that he couldn't warm up near the bullpen in preparation to replace injured Evan Van Hoosier. But everything was back to order Tuesday when the Indians contacted the Northwest League and found out that they could make the on-field chairs legal by inserting a provision in the ground rules that the chairs would be placed inside a chalked-off box. Read story

Dust Devils post first win over Spokane

The Tri-City Dust Devils have pulled off a quick turnaround since playing the Spokane Indians in Pasco on July 1-3. Spokane swept that series with scores of 3-1, 6-4 and 11-0 as the last-place Dust Devils fell to 6-14 overall and nine games behind Everett in the Northwest League's North Division. In the days since, including Monday's 4-1 win over the Indians, Tri-City is 9-2 and has  pulled within five games of Everett and one game of third-place Spokane (16-15). Everett (20-11) and Vancouver (19-12) are likely going to battle it out for the North's first-half title because the halfway point is seven games away, but Spokane and T-C want to build momentum for the second half. Read story

Ledbetter twins at home with Rangers

Spokane Indians pitcher David Ledbetter and his identical twin Ryan were both drafted the Texas Rangers last month. David starts for  the Indians and is expected to pitch Tuesday at home against Tri-City. Ryan is a reliever with the Rangers' team in the Arizona Rookie League. Read story

Indians ends three-game losing skid

The Spokane Indians ended a three-game losing streak Sunday night with an 8-4 win at Salem-Keizer. The Volcanoes won the five-game Northwest League series 3-2. Spokane returns home Monday for the first of three games against the Tri-City Dust Devils before taking to the road again. Read story

Indians suffer second shutout of season

Until the past three days, the Spokane Indians had played well on the road and extremely well against Northwest League South Division team. That has changed with three consecutive losses against Salem-Keizer at Volcanoes Stadium, including Saturday's 6-0 setback. Spokane has been outscored 21-3 in the last three games to see its road record go from 6-4 to 6-7 and its record against the South drop from 9-2 to 9-5. Spokane's bats had been hot since a 10-9 win over Everett on June 30, just five days after the Indians' other shutout of the season (4-0 against Vancouver). The Volcanoes lead the five-game series 3-1 heading in to Sunday's finale. Spokane will begin a three-game home series against the Tri-City Dust Devils on Monday. Read story