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Indians’ troubles began in Hillsboro

The Spokane Indians were 12-9, with seven wins in nine games, when they began a five-game series at Hillsboro on July 9. Now they're 13-14. Read game story

Spokane lost four of five games at Hillsboro, getting outscored 27-8 overall and 22-2 in the games it lost.


Indians manager Tim Hulett said the Hops threw three starting pitchers who were as good as anyone in the Northwest League.


"Actually, we hit the ball pretty well the first day or two," Hulett said. "But that park's different. It's a big park and the wind was blowing in and we hit line drives that just hung up.


"It seemed like everything we hit just got caught and I think the guys just got frustrated. They tried to do a little bit more and just fell into a funk."


Spokane will attempt to turn it around Thursday and Friday at home against Tri-City. Spokane is 2-5 against North Division teams such as the Dust Devils this year.


The Indians' schedule doesn't get any easier as the first half winds down. Spokane will play 11 consecutive games on the road, starting Saturday at Boise. The long road swing will also take the Indians to Everett and Tri-City.


Chris Derrick
Chris Derrick joined The Spokesman-Review in 1990. He currently is a copy editor for the Sports Desk.

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