Jake Latz Strikes, Indians Blank Hops, 2-0

Jake Latz Strikes, Indians Blank Hops, 2-0Jake Latz started it and the Spokane Indians finished by beating the Hillsboro Hops 2-0.  The Indians scored first when Curtis Terry doubled in the first inning and came home on Diosbel Arias’ RBI single.  The game remained 1-0 until Spokane scored again in the sixth after Arias doubled and came home on Francisco Ventura’s RBI single.

This was only the Hops second shutout of the season.  The previous shutout came earlier this month on the 19th when the Vancouver Canadians shut down the Hops 5-0.  While the first one appeared in the middle of a 3-7 slump, this one felt more like a “You can’t win them all.”  The Hops just finished a four game winning streak before this and are in the middle of a five game series with the Northern Division co-leading Spokane Indians.  The last two wins came against those same Indians.

Hops Bats

Jake Latz Strikes, Indians Blank Hops, 2-0
Diosbel Arias, double, score, RBI

The Hops struggled to create five hits, all singles, spread out over the game.  William Gorman’s single in the third started the hit parade for the Hops but before that, the Hops went three up/three down in both previous innings.  Ryan Tufts started the fourth with his first single of the night but three outs followed.

The sixth held the most promise with three back to back to back singles.  One problem got in the way however.  Jorge Perez started the inning off with his single and got caught trying to steal second base before Geraldo Perdomo could come up with the inning’s second single.  Ryan Tufts did swat his second single of the night but two more outs diffused the threat.

No more hits for the Hops.  There was a little flare here and there with a walk or a hit batter.  In all, the Hops had nine base runners reach base.  Getting there was not the problem.  Getting them home was the difficult part.

Hops Pitching

Luis Frias (L, 0-1) started for the Hops and controlled the Indians bats enough for a win on most other nights.  In 4.1 innings Frias allowed only one run on four hits.  It turned out to be a loss.  The strong effort continued with Luis Castillo who finished the fifth inning for Frias and held his own in the sixth.  Castillo did allow one run on two hits but, again, it should have been enough on a normal night to win.

Kai-Wei Lin closed out the last two innings and shut down the Indians in part by striking out three batters.  Lin has developed into a competent end game hurler with a 1.71 ERA.  His 17 strikeout in 14.2 innings puts him among the team leaders with a 0.86 WHIP.

Jake Latz Leads Home Team

Jake Latz Strikes, Indians Blank Hops, 2-0
Jake Latz, starting and winning pitcher

Jake Latz threw the first six innings of the game for Spokane Indians (4-2)  and allowed only one walk and five hits to the visiting team.  However, Latz also offered seven strike outs to frustrate the Hillsboro Hops (4-2) into a shut out that was finished off by the rest of the crew.  Cole Uvila held the Hops for most of three innings.  Emmanuel Clase (S, 7) came on for one batter, striking out William Gorman to end the game.

Both teams will appear at Avista Stadium Monday night for game four of the series.  The Hops have a chance to take the series they still hold at 2-1.  Jackson Goddard (0-2) is scheduled to start for the Hillsboro Hops.  On his last appearance on the 25th, Goddard held Boise scoreless and struck out four of six batters.  Tai Tiedemann is the scheduled starter for the Spokane Indians.  His last appearance on the 24th was a mixed bag over five plus innings.  Tai struck out five Tri-City batters but also allowed five hits and five earned runs.

Follow former Hops on their way up the ladder.  This week’s installment talks about those Hops who are now on the AAA Reno Aces roster.



Greg Stoker