The Spokane Indians’ assault on the Northwest League record book fizzled Friday like a soggy firecracker.
Eric DuBose, Tim Manwiller (1-0) and Elvin Nina combined on a five-hit shutout as the Southern Oregon Timberjacks defeated Spokane 8-0 to snap the Indians’ nine-game winning streak.
The NWL record for most consecutive wins is 13, set by Rogue Valley in 1969 and matched by Walla Walla in 1973.
Spokane (14-4) also had its six-game road winning streak snapped. The Indians’ lead in the North Division shrank to one game as Boise (13-5) defeated Portland 4-2.
Southern Oregon (10-7) tied Portland for first place in the South Division.
Spokane had yet to score less than two runs in a game this season. The Indians had averaged 7.3 runs per game during their streak.
DuBose, a No. 1 draft selection by the Oakland Athletics last month, pitched four innings of one-hit ball. DuBose was rated by Baseball America as having the best breaking pitch in the draft pool.
Manwiller checked the Indians on two hits in four innings. Nina pitched out of a two-out, bases-loaded situation in the ninth.
Spokane starter Eric Yanz (0-2) set the tone for the night when he walked Brad Gorrie with the bases loaded in the first. Gorrie fouled off 10 pitches before walking.
Mike Koerner and Eddie Lara had RBI singles in the second, when Yanz was replaced by Todd Meady. The Timberjacks’ lead grew to 4-0 in the fifth when Ron Tegland lined a shot off Meady’s leg.
Tegland added an RBI single and Nicolas Sosa an RBI double in the seventh, off Jason Roeder. Javier Flores’ two-run triple in the eighth ended the scoring.
Spokane catcher Jeremy Hill saw his nine-game hitting streak come to an end.
Spokane can match its best start in 10 years by winning the next two games.
The third game of the five-game series is tonight. Spokane’s Jason Gooding will face Southern Oregon’s Jason Anderson in a matchup of left-handers.
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