The Spokane Indians are the lone Texas Rangers affiliate still playing during this 2018 MiLB campaign and they got off to a good start in last night’s Northwest League playoffs. After claiming the NWL North Divison second half crown, the Indians were slated to take on the first half division champion Everett AquaSox (Seattle).
Everett sent Major League rehabber Hisashi Iwakuma to the mound, but it didn’t phase this explosive Indians lineup one bit. Iwakuma was struggling with his control as he issued three walks in just two innings, but the real damage was done when he was missing his spots over the plate.
Julio Pablo Martinez, who is certainly an advanced hitter for Short Season ball in his own right, collected two hits, a single and a double, and stole a base against the MLB pitcher. The always on fire Curtis Terry did damage of his own to the right-hander as he drew a walk and doubled. Iwakuma’s final line read: 2 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 1 K, 3 BB.
The third inning was the nail in the game one coffin for Everett as the Indians tagged Michael Plassmeyer for 4 earned runs in just 0.2 IP. The big offensive frame was highlighted by a two run homer from Francisco Ventura and a two RBI single from, you guessed it, Curtis Terry. After hanging up seven runs and nine hits in the first three innings, the Indians mustered just four hits and zero runs the rest of the way. Maybe they were just saving some offense for game two…
After taking game one on the road, the Indians now have a chance to finish off the three game series at home on Thursday night. If a game three is necessary, that one will also be played in Spokane.