PASCO – The Spokane Indians, the Northwest League’s top hitting team coming into Friday night’s game, were shut out 1-0 by the team with the worst ERA, the Tri-City Dust Devils.
The Indians, blanked for the first time in a nine-inning game this year, managed only a season-low three hits against four Tri-City pitchers, two by Diego Cedeno and one from Eduard Pinto. They didn’t have a baserunner after the sixth inning.
Reliever Nick Dignacco (2-2) took the loss, giving up the game’s only run in the seventh inning. Dignacco gave up a single to the first batter he faced, Ryan Garvey. Garvey advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and third on a ground out before scoring on Chris Rabago’s single to right field.
Indians starter Derek Thompson gave up five of the Dust Devils’ eight hits. He struck out eight and walked one. Dignacco had four strikeouts over the final two innings.
Tri-City won the series, 2-1, the first time the Indians have lost a series to a North Division team this season. Tri-City (11-11) took over sole possession of first place in the North. Spokane (9-13) is in last place, two games back.