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Spokane Indians’ regular-season finale canceled by lightning

The Spokane Indians (11-22) were three outs away from taking four games in a five-game Northwest League series with the Hillsboro Hops (20-13).

The Indians’ final home game was canceled on Friday at Avista Stadium because of a lightning storm in the area.

The delay stopped play with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning with Spokane leading 7-0. The game would have been official if Hillsboro had batted in the top of the fifth without tying the score or taking the lead.

Play was delayed for more than an hour, but after much deliberation, home-plate umpire Codey Davis called the game.

In the final at-bat before the game was canceled, Spokane’s Anderson Tejeda belted a grand slam to right field. It would have been his team-leading seventh home run of the season and his first career grand slam if the game counted.

Indians starting pitcher Kyle Cody breezed through four scoreless innings, striking out two and giving up one hit.

The Indians travel for a three-game series with Everett, starting on Saturday, to conclude the regular season.

Spokane also faces Everett for a three-game divisional series to start the NWL playoffs. Everett will host Game 1 on Wednesday. Spokane hosts Game 2 on Thursday and Game 3 (if necessary) on Friday.

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