While enjoying the luxury of a huge lead, Spokane left-hander Jordy Alexander came within two outs of a no-hitter Thursday night before defeating Eugene 13-0 in Northwest League baseball.
Alexander began the five-game series with a nearly flawless gem that snapped Spokane’s three-game losing streak and slowed a skid that had seen the Indians drop eight of their previous 12 games.
Spokane hammered four Eugene pitchers for 15 hits, including home runs by Dermal Brown, Rico Montas and Richard Petru. The Indians scored in each of the first seven innings and, after pushing across four runs in the fourth, led 8-0.
Alexander, a 6-foot 1996 draftee out of Olympic Community College in Bremerton, was on the verge of dealing the Emeralds their first no-hit defeat since July 11, 1965. But Collin Wissen singled to center field with one out in the ninth inning.
After Alexander issued a second walk, Donald Quigley replaced him. Mike Terhune singled, but Petru’s relay nailed Wissen, who tried to score, and Manuel Sanchez grounded out to end the game.
Until the ninth, Alexander had seen only two baserunners. He issued a walk in the third inning, and there was an infield error in the eighth.
Lefty Glenn Dishman pitched Spokane’s most recent no-hitter, stopping Yakima with a near-perfect game at Spokane on July 17, 1993.
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