SPOKANE – Texas Rangers first round draft pick Jake Skole hit his first professional home run in a 5-1 Indians victory over the Tri-City Dust Devils on Monday. The victory wrapped up the first half of the season for the Spokane Indians.
Skole, the 15th overall selection in this year’s draft, went 2-for-4 with the game-winning three-run home run in the seventh inning. Kevin Rodland and Jason Kudlock both drove in runs in the victory.
Spokane's starting pitcher Nick McBride pitched six strong innings, allowing just one unearned run on two hits while striking out nine. He was perfect through the first four innings until Tri-City designated hitter Bryce Massanari drove a slow moving single into center field. Relief pitcher Kevin Johnson threw two scoreless innings to pick up the win.
The Indians won the first half division championship with a 22-16 record. They will play in the Northwest League postseason in September.
Spokane is off on Tuesday, but they open the second half of the season on Wednesday at Eugene.