SPOKANE, Wash. — East Bladen grad Saquan Johnson saw his five-game hitting streak snapped last week with the Spokane Indians of the Northwest League, a Class short-season affiliate of the Texas Rangers.
On the heels of his streak that saw his average rise above the .200 mark, Johnson had to endure a nearly week-long layoff. After not being in the lineup on Aug. 1 and Aug.2, the Indians went on a three-day break.
Johnson was back in the lineup on Thursday, hitting out of the No. 9 slot, but took the collar with a o-for-4 night. He flied out in the third inning, struck out in the fourth and sixth innings, and then popped out in the eighth. Spokane lost the game, 7-5.
On Friday, Johnson wasn’t in the starting lineup, but was brought in late in the game to play left field. He got one at-bat in the eighth inning and flied out. But the Indians won the game, 10-1.
On Saturday, Johnson got the start and hit out of the No. 7 hole in the lineup. He struck out in the second before stroking a single in the fourth frame. Johnson walked in the sixth and fanned in the eighth to complete his 1-for-3 night. Spokane won, 8-3.
Johnson did not play on Sunday, and the Indians took their third straight victory, 3-0, to improve to 7-10 in the second half and 32-23 overall.
Johnson is now batting .217 for the season.