EVERETT – Four Spokane pitchers combined on an 11-inning no-hitter with the Indians winning on Luke Tendler’s towering three-run home run for a 3-0 victory over the Everett AquaSox on Sunday afternoon.
Derek Thompson, Shane McCain, Adam Parks and Luis Pollorena combined on the no-hitter, the club’s first since 2002. Thompson went five innings, McCain three, Parks two and Pollorena one. Parks (2-1) got the win with Pollorena picking up his third save. Only three AquaSox batters reached base, two on walks with the other hit by a pitch.
Seth Spivey hit a one-out double in the 11th before Jose Trevino was intentionally walked. Tendler followed with his long homer to right. It was his ninth of the year, putting him in a three-way tie – which includes Trevino – for the Northwest League lead. Tendler is also tied for the league lead in RBIs with 47.
In the bottom of the 11th, Tendler recorded the first two outs in the outfield, making a difficult catch of a line drive while looking into the sun and grabbing another fly ball on the warning track in front of the scoreboard. Pollorena struck out the final Everett batter.
The victory in the first game of the three-game series was the third straight over the AquaSox after two wins in Spokane.
The win also lifted the Indians (7-10) to within one game of first-place Everett and Tri-City, both 8-9, in the North Division.
Eduard Pinto had three hits and Spivey and Tendler two each in a 10-hit attack. Spivey, Pinto and Tendler are 1-2-3 in NWL hitting.
The last time the Indians threw a no-hitter was on Sept. 3, 2002, when Greg Atencio went eight innings and Justin Taylor one in a 14-0 victory over Yakima at Avista Stadium.