William Gorman went 4 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs and the visiting Hops (5-2) topped the Indians (4-3).
Spokane committed four errors, three in a six-run fifth.
Curtis Terry went 2 for 3 with his league-leading 12th home run, J.P. Martinez went 3 for 4 with two doubles and Diosbel Arias went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and upped his average to .362, second in the league.
All three committed errors.
The Big Play: Tied in the ninth no outs and a runner at second, Hillsboro’s Keshawn Lynch dumped a single into left and William Gorman went to third on the play.
The throw was cut off by Arias at third, and he inexplicably threw behind the runner at first, who had taken a wide turn.
The throw was in the dirt, Hasuan Viera couldn’t handle it, and the runner walked home with the go-ahead run.
The Good: Lots of hitting, with Martinez, Terry and Arias all registering multi-hit games.
The Bad: Jax Biggers went 0 for 5, stranded six and made the last out of the inning to kill rallies twice.
The Ugly: The defense. If it was incredibly frustrating for fans and media to watch, it had to be doubly so for manger Kenny Holmberg.
“Nothing to be proud of on the defensive side,” he said after the game before praising the team’s resiliency tocome back and tie the game after the six-run fifth.
The Takeaway: This team could very well contend in the second half of the season. They have enough hitting and three very good starters. But the defense needs to be shored up before anything else.
Next Game: Indians vs. Hillsboro on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Avista Stadium.
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