One run not enough for Hops
The Hillsboro Hops are averaging 13 1/2 hits over their past two games.
However, they tied their franchise low with two hits Thursday night at Spokane and lost the opener of a five-game series to the Indians, 2-1.
Spokane had five hits.
The Hops had banged out 25 hits, also a club record (by five), the night before in a win at Salem-Keizer.
Hillsboro's first hit was a single by Pavin Smith with two out in the fourth inning.
The Hops took a 1-0 lead in the fifth, which began with a walk to Tim Susnara. The next Hops batter, Ta'mayne Holmes, hit a single, and the next man up, Luke Lowery, walked. After a strikeout and line out to left field, Bryan Araiza walked to score Susnara.
The Indians tied the score in the sixth with back-to-back hits, a double and a single.
Spokane went ahead in the seventh on an unearned run. The first batter was hit by a pitch. Hops third baseman Eudy Ramos made a throwing error on the ensuing sacrifice bunt attempt, and the run scored ona grounder to short.
Hillsboro went down in order in the eighth and ninth innings.
Spokane's four pitchers allowed five walks and struck out 12.
Hops stdarter Riley Smith fell to 2-2, working seven innings and allowing five hits and no walks, with three strikeouts.
Before the crowd of 6,327 at Avista Stadium, the Hops fell to 12-10 in the Class A Northwest League, while Spokane improved to 8-14.
Hillsboro remained alone in first place in the South Division, though. The Hops have a one-game lead over the Boise Hawks and Eugene Emeralds, both 11-11. Salem-Keizer is 9-13.
The Vancouver Canadians won 4-1 at Boise on Thursday, and the Tri-City Dust Devils won 4-3 at Eugene.
Hillsboro will play at Spokane at 7 p.m. Friday.