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About as bad as it gets

Most people around these parts had a better night than the Spokane Indians. Yes, the Indians pounded out 17 hits and scored 12 runs against the Tri-City Dust Devils on Monday night. But the Dust Devils played their blackjack hand by collecting 19 hits and scoring 21 runs in a Northwest League game that played havoc with pitchers'  earned-run averages. Read story

Dust Devils make playoff push

The Spokane Indians had little trouble against the Tri-City Dust Devils during the first half of the Northwest League season. The Indians outscored Tri-City 49-17 in winning five of six games. But the second half of the season has a different feel, as the North Division first-half champion Indians are discovering. Tri-City routed Spokane 7-0 on Sunday, outhitting the Indians 16-6. The Dust Devils are 3-2 against the Indians during the last five days and are tied with Vancouver for the division's second-half lead with 14 games left in the regular season. Spokane leads the season series 7-4 heading in to Monday's regular-season finale between the teams at Avista Stadium. It may be the end of regular-season play between Spokane and Tri-City, but the Dust Devils have put themselves in position to win the second half and set up a Sept. 2 divisional playoff opener in Pasco. Read story

Rare 1-0 games come back to back

Several years ago the Spokane Indians' scorekeeper, an affable man with a wry sense of humor, announced that he had one big wish in his job: to witness a 1-0 Northwest League game. He never got his wish, but maybe he noticed what happened the last two nights between the Indians and Tri-City Dust Devils. Tri-City blanked Spokane 1-0 on Friday and the Indians turned the tables Saturday with a 1-0 shutout at Avista Stadium. Read story

Indians improve to 8-0 in series against North Division

By winning the final two games of a three-game series against Everett at Avista Stadium, the Spokane Indians made it 8 for 8 this season in series against Northwest League North Division foes. Read story

Just like that, close game becomes rout

The Spokane Indians were protecting a 2-1 lead when Pepe Cardona stepped to the plate with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning on Friday night. The final five innings of the Northwest League game unfolded in scoreless form, but what happened for the rest of the Indians' fourth was best described by manager Tim Hulett as “the floodgates opening.” Read story

North Division plays topsy-turvy

The Northwest League's second half has given the Everett AquaSox a second chance. Everett was the worst team in the league (11-27) during the first half, but the AquaSox (8-6 second half) lead the North Division by two games over Vancouver and Tri-City. The prize for winning the second half will be a best-of-3 divisional playoff matchup against the Spokane Indians, who are in last place (4-10) for the second half but won the first half with a record of 25-13. Read story

Indians need a break

The Spokane Indians boasted a winning percentage of .733 after their first 30 games of the Northwest League season. Their winning percentage in the 21 games since their 22-8 start is .333. Having dropped 14 of their last 21 games, the Indians approach this week's All-Star Break as a time to rest up and prepare for the final 25 regular-season games of the season. Read story

Indians lose first home series of season

Hillsboro's 12-9 victory over the Spokane Indians on Saturday night allowed the Hops to clinch the five-game Northwest League series. The Hops lead the series 3-1 heading in to Sunday afternoon's finale. Hillsboro became the first team to take a series from the Indians at Avista Stadium this summer. Spokane had won its previous six home series. Read story

Indians thrive with double-figure hits

When the Spokane Indians crank out double figures for hits in a Northwest League game, it usually means one thing: a win. The Indians pounded out 15 hits on Friday night, tied for their third-best effort of the season, to walk past Hillsboro 10-1. Spokane is 21-3 this season when it collects at least 10 hits in a game. Read story

Indians use second half to try new looks

Admittedly, some Spokane Indians fans are concerned about the way the team has played in the last 2 1/2 weeks. Spokane owns the worst record (3-7) in the Northwest League during the early stages of the second half. The Indians have also lost 12 of their last 18 games overall and won just enough games during the end of the first half to qualify for the playoffs as North Division first-half champions. Seen another way, however, and it's not that strange that the Indians' fortunes have taken a turn. Read story

Depth gives Indians an edge

Seth Spivey was joking Monday when he said that the entire Spokane Indians lineup could have been selected to the Northwest League All-Star Game. But Spivey, one of eight Indians named to the team last week, wasn't too far off. Just about every player on the Indians' roster would be a welcome addition on any other NWL roster. Read story

Indians improve to 5-2 against Vancouver

What separates the Spokane Indians from the Vancouver Canadians so far this season isn't their records. Both teams are 27-17 overall in the Northwest League, better than the league's other six teams. But Spokane is guaranteed a postseason berth because it defeated North Division rival Vancouver four out of six times during the first half of league season, when both teams finished 25-13. Make that five out of seven times after Spokane defeated Vancouver 4-2 on Sunday night to open a three-game series at Avista Stadium. Read story

Indians go wire-to-wire in first half

The Spokane Indians remained in first place in the Northwest League's North Division for the entire first half. Technically speaking, Vancouver sneaked ahead of Spokane by one-half game for 6 hours on Monday by defeating Tri-City in an afternoon game. But the Indians, knowing they had to beat Everett at night to keep Vancouver from winning the title, got the job done with great pitching by Derek Thompson and Shane McCain, solid defense and just enough timely hitting. Read story

Final strike eludes playoff-seeking Indians

There may be a more cruel way to have a sure-fire playoff berth yanked away, but it's hard to fathom. The Spokane Indians were one strike away from wrapping up the Northwest League's North Division first-half title on Sunday when Everett's Corey Simpson hit a two-out, two-run homer on a 0-2 pitch in the top of the ninth inning. Everett's 3-2 win left Spokane and Vancouver tied for first place at 24-13 with one game left in the season's first half. If there's any consolation for Spokane, the only combination Monday that could stop the Indians from making the playoffs is a Spokane loss and Vancouver win. Anything else — both win, both lose, Spokane wins and Vancouver loses — and the Indians advance. Read story

One win and Indians are in

After Saturday's 12-3 shellacking of Everett, the Spokane Indians need one victory — or one defeat by the Vancouver Canadians — in the next two games to qualify for postseason as the Northwest League's North Division first-half champion. The league's 38-game first half ends Monday and Spokane (24-12) holds a one-game lead over Vancouver (23-13). The only way Vancouver could take the automatic berth away from the Indians is if Spokane loses to Everett on Sunday and Monday while the Canadians win at Tri-City those two days. A tie doesn't do Vancouver any good because Spokane holds the first tiebreaker, its 4-2 edge over Vancouver so far this year. Read story

Indians capture another NWL series

The Spokane Indians made it 6 for 7 in winning series this Northwest League season by turning back the Tri-City Dust Devils 5-2 at Avista Stadium. The Indians won the series 2-1 and are 4-0 in home series this year. Their lone series loss came at Eugene. Read story

Indians’ bats go from wild to mild

The good news for the Spokane Indians is that they've averaged 8.5 runs per game during their Northwest League series with the Tri-City Dust Devils at Avista Stadium. The bad news is that includes 16 runs during Tuesday's easy win and one run during Wednesday's agonizing loss. Read story

Indians hit one-third mark as dominant team

The 76-game Northwest League season reached its one-third point (minus one game, to be fair) Tuesday night with the Spokane Indians (18-7) flexing their muscles during a 16-4 win over the Tri-City Dust Devils at Avista Stadium. The Indians as a whole and their players as individuals are dominating league statistics. Read story

Indians-Canadians rubber game looms as vital

The Northwest League will take its first day off on Monday after 24 consecutive days of baseball. When play picks up on Tuesday, there will be 14 games left in the first half of the season. Following Sunday's afternoon game with the Vancouver Canadians — the finale of a three-game series at Avista Stadium — the Spokane Indians will hold either a three-game lead over Vancouver in the North Division or a one-game lead. Vancouver (14-9) put the pressure on the Indians (16-7) by winning Saturday's middle game 5-1. Read story

Indians open crucial series with a bang

It was put-up-or-shut-up time for the Spokane Indians on Friday. The Indians put up 10 runs and 11 hits on the scoreboard to overwhelm the Vancouver Canadians 10-3 to start a key Northwest League series at Avista Stadium. Read story

Boise cools off sizzling Spokane

Until Wednesday night, every Spokane Indians game at Avista Stadium this Northwest League season had the same outcome: an Indians victory. Eight games, eight wins. The last four wins came against the Boise Hawks, whose losing streak had reached seven after Tuesday's setback. But Boise had the upper hand Wednesday with its pitching and hitting, ruining the Indians' shot at moving closer to the franchise-record 13-1 start set by the 1911 Indians. So Spokane had to “settle” for a 10-1 start and 10-2 current record heading in to a nine-game road trip over the next eight days. Read story

Indians show no signs of slowing down

There's almost a feel in the air at Avista Stadium that the Spokane Indians are going to find a way to win. After Tuesday night's 7-3 win over Boise, the Indians are 8-0 at home and 10-1 overall to start the Northwest League season. Five of Spokane's home wins have been by three runs or more. Boise is 0-4 against Spokane after entering the series with a 4-4 overall record. Eugene, which went 0-4 at Spokane to start the season, is 5-2 since leaving Spokane. Read story

Potent offense keeps Indians rolling

The hits started in the first inning and kept piling up. The Spokane Indians accounted for a season-high 15 hits Monday while improving their record to 9-1 with a 12-6 win over Boise in Northwest League play at Avista Stadium. Spokane had four hits, all after two outs, during a three-run third, and another four hits during a four-run sixth. The Indians' previous high for hits in a game was 12, accomplished four times. Read story

Indians’ start one for record books

You can tell these are heady days for the Spokane Indians when stories written about them contain references to events that occurred before World War II. By defeating Boise 6-2 on Sunday, the Indians (8-1) matched the 1937 Hawks for the best nine-game start in Spokane professional baseball history. This team's next goal is the 1911 Indians, who started the season 13-1 and are the only Spokane club with a start better than 8-1. Read story

Indians improve to 7-1 with comeback

The Spokane Indians have been in control of many of their games during the early stages of the Northwest League season. Saturday night's game at Avista Stadium was different, as the Indians had to score twice in the bottom of the eight inning to dispatch Boise 3-2. The Indians have trailed some games this year during their other wins, but never so far along in the contest. Read story

Indians pitching coach veteran before 30

Tuesday was a fine day for ducks but not for baseball players. Steady, heavy rain postponed the Spokane Indians' game at Avista Stadium against the Eugene Emeralds. The contest was supposed to cap a five-game, Northwest League season-opening series. Instead, Spokane (4-0) and Eugene (0-4) will make up the game as part of a doubleheader at Eugene on June 30. The change was necessary because Eugene doesn't play in Spokane again this regular season. The rainy weather allowed for time to talk to first-year Indians pitching coach Jose Jaimes, who is in his sixth year overall as a coach in the Texas Rangers' organization despite being a few days short of his 30th birthday. Read story

Wins keep coming for Indians

The Spokane Indians have established patterns while starting the Northwest League season 4-0. In each game, the Indians' starting pitcher has worked at least five innings and earned the win. In each game, Spokane relievers have been (mostly) stingy. To top it off, the Indians are not only piling up good hit numbers — Monday's game was their third with nine or more hits — but the hits are coming at crucial times and often resulting in runs. Spokane goes for a five-game sweep of Eugene on Tuesday night, a feat last accomplished during a season-opening, five-game series in 1997. Read story

Indians off to best start in 17 years

The Spokane Indians have had four Northwest League championship teams since 1997, but they hadn't had a team start the season 3-0 in 17 years until they accomplished the feat Sunday with a 5-2 win over Eugene at Avista Stadium. The I997 Indians started 5-0 after a season-opening sweep of Salem-Keizer. Stellar pitching was again on display Sunday, but the Indians had to make the most of their hits to pull off the trick. After collecting 12 hits on Friday and 11 on Saturday, Spokane was limited to three singles, one double and one home run. Zach Cone's solo homer in the sixth was Spokane's only hit after the third inning. Read more

Indians make it 2 for 2

There's not much to criticize about the Spokane Indians after the first two games of the Northwest League season. Not only are the Indians 2-0, but they've collected 23 hits while five of their seven pitchers who have seen action haven't allowed earned runs. The Indians have made just two errors, and one was a throw home that hit a Eugene player in the back. Last year it took Spokane more than a week to pick up its second win. This season, their second win came less than 24 hours after their first. Read story

Indians begin NWL season with triumph

The Spokane Indians combined a lively offense, sound defense, solid starting pitching and excellent relief pitching Friday night and came up with a 7-3 win over the Eugene Emeralds to open the Northwest League season at Avista Stadium. Spokane and Eugene will play four more games in the series, starting Saturday night. Read story