Indians rock Timberjacks with first-inning onslaught
The Southern Oregon Timberjacks got rocked early by the Spokane Indians Tuesday at Miles Field.
And the Timberjacks never recovered in suffering a 15-2 loss during a battle of Northwest League division-leading teams.
It was Southern Oregon's second straight loss to Spokane and gave the Indians their third win in the five-game series.
The Southern Division-leading T'jacks (25-20) are off today, then begin a three-game series at Eugene Thursday.
Southern Oregon starter Scott Chiasson (1-2) lasted only of an inning Tuesday night, surrendering eight runs on seven hits before giving way to Jason Pomar.
The Indians sent 15 batters to the plate in the opening inning.
Pomar allowed 10 hits and seven runs -- only four earned -- during a 4-inning relief stint.
Spokane first baseman Jake Baker went 5-for-6, with three runs scored and two RBIs, to spark the Indians' 20-hit attack. Baker had a two-run double during the first-inning outburst.
Spokane added two more in the second, then scored five runs on three hits and an error in the fifth to take a commanding 15-1 lead.
While the Indians were tearing up the home pitching, the Timberjacks only managed four hits off a trio of Spokane hurlers.
Spokane starter Juan Madrano (3-1) allowed all four hits and both runs in a seven-inning performance.
Jason Gilfillan and Jesse Kurtz-Nichol each followed with a one inning, hitless effort.
Southern Oregon answered with one run in the bottom of the first on a double by Matt Forbes, a single by Gerald Laird and Mike Lockwood's sacrifice fly.
Jeremy Schied's leadoff homer in the seventh, his third of the season, accounted for the Timberjacks other run.