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Stellar Sadzeck Flirts with No-Hitter as Indians Fall in Extras to Emeralds 3-1

July 15, 2012 - Northwest League (NWL) - Spokane Indians News Release

Spokane, WA -If Connor Sadzeck never wanted to pitch anywhere besides Avista Stadium again, no one would fault him. The towering right-hander from Crystal Lake, Illinois had his best start of the season and second consecutive dominant outing at home, carrying a no-hitter through five and two-thirds innings and finishing with six scoreless frames. Sadzeck's superlative start went for not though, as the Indians offense faltered again in a 3-1 loss to Eugene in front of 5,504 fans for Fireworks Night presented by Valley Glass, The Big 99.9 Coyote, and The Current.

The former Howard College star held the league's third best offense hitless until the sixth inning when Ronnie Richardson doubled off the leftfield wall. Sadzeck barred down though, inducing a groundout from Corey Adamson to strand runners at second and third. In his two starts totaling ten innings at Avista Stadium, Sadzeck has now allowed just one earned run on two hits while striking out eight.

Designated hitter Brandon Garcia got the Indians on the board in the fifth inning with a mammoth home run over the Xfinity sign in rightfield, but the lead only lasted until the seventh, as a wild pitch from John Kukuruda allowed the tying run to score.

Alec Asher allowed no hits in the ninth and tenth while striking out two but Ryan Harvey (0-1) was touched up for two runs in the eleventh that proved to be the difference in the game.

Catcher Patrick Cantwell went 4-5 with a double to raise his average to .306, and Garcia, Gabriel Roa, Ryan Rua, and Cam Schiller all picked up hits in the loss.

Tomorrow's game is the series finale against the Eugene Emeralds and is Future Texas Rangers Night presented by City Auto Body, ESPN 700, and ESPN 1080. Flash-forward to the future of the Texas Rangers! In a sign of things to come, Indians players will be wearing special edition Texas Rangers jerseys that will be up for bids in a week-long online auction with proceeds benefiting the Special Olympics of Eastern Washington. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for all Spokane Indians home games are available for purchase at the Indians Ticket Office or at Reserve your seats today by calling (509) 343-OTTO (6886) or TicketsWest at 1-800-325-SEAT.

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