SPOKANE, Wash. — Saquan Johnson put together a solid week for the Spokane Indians, a Class A short-season affiliate for the Texas Rangers in the Northwest League.
Johnson, a 2011 graduate of East Bladen High and 28th-round draft pick by the Rangers, went on a five-game hitting streak during the past week that hardly surprises one of his former coaches.
“Saquan always seems to get hot near the end of the season,” said East Bladen’s Robby Priest.
Johnson opened the week on Monday, July 28, with a 3-for-4 night that included a fourth-inning double. Hitting out of the No. 8 hole, he also had a single in the first and a two-run single in the eighth to help lead Spokane to a 6-2 win.
The following day, Johnson was 1-for-3 and had an RBI double in the second inning while hitting out of the No. 9 hole. He also walked in the eighth inning of an 11-6 loss.
On Wednesday, Johnson was moved into the No. 7 hole of the batting order and produced a single in the fifth frame of a 1-for-4 night. The Indians lost a 9-1 verdict.
Johnson moved up a spot to the No. 6 spot in the order on Thursday, and he stroked a single in the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to four games — but Spokane lost its third straight game, 5-3. He also stole his fourth base of the season, and has yet to be caught.
On Friday, again hitting out of the No. 6 spot, Johnson was 1-for-5 as the Indians snapped the three-game skein with a 10-1 win. Johnson’s hit was a first-inning single.
Johnson did not play in either Saturday and Sunday’s games for Spokane, which is now 4-9 in the second half of the season and 29-22 overall.
For the season, Johnson is hitting .223 — up from .138 just a few weeks ago. He has four doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI.