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The Spokane Indians shook off what seemed like five innings of complete offensive indifference Saturday night at Avista Stadium and powered their way past the Eugene Emeralds 10-7 in the finale of a five-game series between the Northwest League rivals. A standing-room-only crowd of 7,088 braved the midsummer heat to watch the Indians rough up Eugene’s bullpen for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase 4-1 deficit and spoil a remarkable performance by Emerald starter Jerry Sullivan, who struck out 12 batters and allowed only two hits and a run in his five innings.
The Spokane Indians might eventually end up wishing they had saved their early offensive outburst for a different night and a different pitcher, because Robbie Ross certainly didn’t need that much support. Ross, a second-round choice of the parent Texas Rangers in the 2008 major league draft, was masterful again Friday evening, scattering five hits and allowing only two runs in six innings of work as the Indians treated a sellout Avista Stadium crowd of 6,842 to a 9-5 Northwest League win over the Eugene Emeralds.
It’s a step in the right direction. Winless in 19 games when trailing after six innings, the Spokane Indians finally broke through, rallying in 11 innings to top the Eugene Emeralds 7-6 in an entertaining Northwest League game before 4,888 at Avista Stadium.
Ten thousand dollars may have eased the pain for one of the 3,937 fans at Avista Stadium on Wednesday, but it wouldn’t have done a thing in the Spokane Indians’ clubhouse. On a night when a fan would take home $10,000 if the Indians had 10 strikeouts, they came up one K short.
What’s the cure to breaking what had become a bad habit of losing close games, especially late? The Spokane Indians offered their answer early and often Tuesday, and they never let the game be in doubt in a 10-3 Northwest League win over the Eugene Emeralds before a crowd of 3,285 at Avista Stadium.
Miguel Velazquez is trying to make the most of a second chance to fulfill his father’s dream for him. The Spokane Indians right fielder was a highly touted prospect going into his senior year of high school in San Juan, Puerto Rico, when stupidity trumped common sense. He made a rash decision that cost him much money, too.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Kent Walton’s two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Vancouver Canadians a 6-5 win over the Spokane Indians on Monday night in Northwest League action. Trailing 5-4 going into the bottom of the inning, Vancouver’s Tyreace House and Conner Crumbliss singled off Spokane reliever Geuris Grullon (0-1). Justin King replaced Grullon and walked his first batter, Michael Gilmartin, to load the bases.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The Spokane Indians are struggling to maintain late leads. Despite finishing with a 15-7 advantage in hits Friday, the Indians dropped a 7-6 Northwest League decision to the Vancouver Canadians in a game that was similar to Thursday’s loss to open a five-game set at Nat Bailey Stadium.
It’s nice to have a pitcher who can put the brakes on a losing streak. Whether he likes it or not, maybe Spokane Indians pitcher Robbie Ross is in the process of earning a reputation as someone who begins winning streaks.
By the end of the Spokane Indians’ latest loss, a 4-1 lead was a distant memory. It was a combination of a Spokane implosion and Everett, the Northwest League’s top-hitting club, doing little wrong.
A winning streak often lasts only long enough for a team to run into a hot pitcher. For the Spokane Indians, that was two games.
The Spokane Indians recently seem bent on proving an old baseball cliché wrong. Maybe pitching and defense aren’t the keys to championship teams. Despite a healthy dose of both, the Indians lost their fifth consecutive game Thursday night, a 3-2 decision to Tri-City before 3,801 at Avista Stadium.
They first met as Tee Ball players in Japan more than 15 years ago. Spokane Indians relief pitcher Johnny Gunter and Tri-City Dust Devils infielder Joe Sanders have been linked together through baseball ever since. They meet – for the second time this season – when the second-place Indians (9-15) host Northwest League-leading Tri-City (16-8) tonight in the first of three games at Avista Stadium. It is the latest meeting in their long-standing relationship.
EUGENE, Ore. – It was a stroll in the ballpark for the Eugene Emeralds on Saturday night. Eugene used eight walks – six in the fourth inning – and cruised to an 8-2 victory over the Spokane Indians in Northwest League baseball play at Civic Stadium.
EUGENE, Ore. – The Eugene Emeralds walked away with a 3-2 win during Thursday’s opener of a five-game series with Spokane. Indians reliever Chris Matlock (0-3) issued three walks in the ninth inning, including a one-out RBI walk to Christopher Tremblay, as the Emeralds took the Northwest League baseball game at Civic Stadium.
Aja Barto punished the outfield fence in more than one way doing his a part in a Spokane Indians power display that punished Vancouver in the final game of their five-game Northwest League baseball series Wednesday at Avista Stadium. The Indians hit for the cycle during a six-run fourth inning in their 11-2 victory in the rubber game of the series. They finished with two home runs, four doubles and a triple during the 16-hit night.
One inning made all the difference as the Vancouver Canadians scored six times early and weathered a comeback bid by Spokane Tuesday night at Avista Stadium. Despite back-to-back home runs by Aja Barto and Vincent DiFazio in the sixth inning, the visitors prevailed 6-4 to even their series at two games apiece.
Playing just his third game for the Spokane Indians, right fielder Miguel Velazquez made a favorable impression. Velazquez coupled bat with speed, hitting safely in his first three at bats, two of them doubles, and scored twice in the Indians’ 6-3 Monday night victory over Vancouver.
The hit and run can be an extremely effective weapon in the latter stages of a close baseball game like the one the Spokane Indians and Vancouver Canadians were locked up in Sunday night. It becomes ultra effective, however, when the “run” part of the equation happens to be a two-run home run like the one Cody Podraza launched off Vancouver reliever Pedro Vidal in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a scoreless tie and catapult the Indians to a 4-0 Northwest League victory in front of an Avista Stadium crowd of 3,195.
The Spokane Indians came into Saturday night’s short-season Class A baseball matchup against the Vancouver Canadians hitting .232 – the lowest average of any team in the Northwest League. It’s unlikely the Indians will dress up that number any time soon if they don’t start swinging the bats any better than they did during their 5-3 loss to the Canadians at Avista Stadium.