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Eugene pitching dominates Spokane Indians again

EUGENE – The Spokane Indians’ bats have faded as the Northwest League baseball season reaches its final days.

Ryan Kellogg and Adbert Alzolay (5-2) combined on a four-hitter and Tyler Alamo singled in the winning run with two outs in the eighth inning Thursday to give the Eugene Emeralds a 2-1 victory over Spokane at PK Park.

Alzolay, who had nine strikeouts in six innings, and Kellogg teamed to fan 11 one night after Emeralds pitchers struck out 15 Indians during a one-hitter.

Spokane has been held to eight hits during its last 25 innings.

The Indians are 11-17 during the Northwest League’s second half. Spokane has lost four consecutive games and seven of its last eight.

Eugene won the series 4-1 and the season series 7-3.

The South Division-leading Emeralds improved to 18-11 in the second half.

Spokane finished 20-20 against the South this season. The Indians dropped to 15-20 on the road.

Indians starter Joe Palumbo surrendered Adonis Paula’s homer to left field to lead off the bottom of the fifth.

Dylan Moore’s one-out solo homer to left tied the game at 1 in the seventh.

Jeffrey Springs (2-2) relieved in the bottom of the eighth and walked leadoff batter Andrew Ely. Ian Rice sacrificed Ely to second and Alamo delivered the winning single to center.

The Indians will begin their final homestand of the regular season at 5 p.m. today with a doubleheader against Vancouver. Both games are scheduled for seven innings.

Spokane also plays Vancouver on Saturday and Sunday before taking Monday off. The Indians will begin a three-game home series against Everett on Tuesday.

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