HILLSBORO, OR -- The Hillsboro Hops are finally off the schneid. With the threat of setting the longest losing streak in franchise history, the Hops (9-25) took game one of the five-game series against the Spokane Indians (18-16) 5-3.
The Hops started off quick by taking the lead in the bottom of the first as Ryan Kinsella doubled home Zach Esquerra. The Hops would tack on one more in the bottom of the fourth to take a 2-0 lead, which would quickly be erased by the Indians.
Braden Shipley threw his designated two innings to start the game in which he allowed no runs, three hits and two walks. He loaded the bases in the top of the first, but worked out of trouble nicely on two lineouts and a strikeout to keep the Indians scoreless. After Shipley's two innings, long relief pitcher Austin Platt took the mound in the third.
Platt, who would get his first winning decision of the year, threw 5.1 innings and allowed seven hits, three runs (two earned) and two walks while striking out two. Platt would give up one run in the fifth and sixth, which tied the game at two.
However, the Hops would answer back in the bottom of the seventh, as they poured on three runs off of one Indians error, a Ryan Gebhardt RBI single and a deep sac fly from Brian Billigen.
Going into the eighth, the Hops were up 5-2 with Platt still on the mound. In the eighth, Platt recorded one out before he allowed runners to reach first and third. He was relieved by Daniel Gibson, who nearly caught a ball lined back up the middle at him, which scored Janluis Castro to score from third. Platt was responsible for the run that scored, but Gibson would strike out the next two batters he faced to end the inning.
After a scoreless Hops' half of the eighth, closer Jimmie Sherfy came in for his first ever professional save appearance of his career. He allowed a one out infield single, but did not allow the runner past first as he retired the last two Indians' batters of the game.
Kinsella finished the game 2-for-4 with a double and one run batted in, and Zach Esquerra found his stroke again going 3-for-4 with one double and two runs scored.
The Hops take on the Spokane Indians again tomorrow night in game two of the five-game set, and look to win two games in a row for the first time this year.
The second game of the series begins Friday at 7:05.