No-hit games are rare enough in the Northwest League that only eight had been recorded in the last 24 years coming into this season.
The Spokane Indians did something on Aug. 10 that no NWL team had ever done before, pitching an 11-inning no-hitter in a 3-0 road win over the Everett AquaSox. It was the first extra-inning no-hitter in NWL history and the 41st overall.
Indians pitchers Derek Thompson (five innings) and Shane McCain (three innings) kept the AquaSox hitless through eight scoreless frames. The only problem? Spokane couldn’t put any runs on the board, either.
Adam Parks kept the no-no alive for two more innings through the 10th before the Indians erupted for three runs in the top half of the 11th. Then Luis Pollorena came in with quite a bit of pressure to close out not only the win, but keep the no-hitter alive.
Pollorena gave up a one-out walk — just one of four Everett batters to reach base — before retiring the side with a flyout and a called strikeout, completing the masterpiece.
“We finally get the last one and the guys poured out of the dugout and out of the bullpen and celebrated on the field,” Spokane manager Tim Hulett told MiLB.com. “It’s so much fun. It doesn’t matter how many times you celebrate. When you do something spectacular in the game of baseball, it’s so much fun to watch guys celebrate their hard work.”
With a little more run support, the Hillsboro Hops would have recorded the 42nd no-hitter in NWL history two days later but settled for a 10-inning, one-hit home victory over the Boise Hawks.
Hillsboro pitchers Jared Miller (four innings), Nick Baker (two innings), Dustin Loggins (one inning) and Luis Ramirez (one inning) got the Hops through eight frames without giving up a hit. Zac Curtis tossed a hitless ninth, but the game went into extra innings when the Hops — who had just one hit themselves through nine innings — couldn’t provide any offense.
Curtis got one out in the 10th before allowing a double to give up the no-hitter. He retired the next two, however, to set up the Hillsboro win in the 10th.
Notes: Eugene Emeralds 1B Marcus Davis was named the NWL player of the month, topping the NWL in batting average (.402), extra-base hits (19), doubles (15), on-base percentage (.465) and slugging percentage (.667) at the end of July. Davis, a 24th-round pick by the San Diego Padres in 2013, hit just .176 in his first season in Eugene, but he found his rhythm. He’s now among the NWL leaders in hits (59) and total bases (101), and tied for fifth in home runs with seven.
Christian Arroyo of Salem-Keizer was named the NWL offensive player of the week, going 8-for-18 (.444) in four games with eight RBIs and five runs.
Nick Gardewine of Spokane was named the NWL pitcher of the week. He set a career high with eight strikeouts in six scoreless innings in an 8-3 win over Everett on Aug. 9.
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