SPOKANE, Wash. — One day after the Spokane Indians put an end to their 10-game losing streak, Saquan Johnson helped the Indians to their second straight win Tuesday with a solid night at the plate.
The following night, Johnson had another big night, going 2-for-3 with a triple, home run and three RBI to help lead Spokane to its third straight win, 7-5 over Tri-City.
Johnson, a 2011 East Bladen High grad and drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 28th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft, had been mired in an early season slump — going just 2-for-29 to open the season.
But on Tuesday, Johnson, playing left field and batting out of the No. 9 hole, went 2-for-3 with a walk and doubled his batting average to .125 on the season in a 4-1 win over Tri-City’s Dust Devils.
On Wednesday — again hitting out of the No. 9 hole and playing left field — Johnson showed off his speed in the bottom of the second with an RBI triple and then scored on a sacrifice fly. His speed wasn’t necessary in the bottom of the third when he belted a two-run home run to left, his second of the season.
Johnson walked in the sixth and then grounded out in the eighth.
Johnson is now batting .171 (6-for-35) with two home runs, six RBI and four runs scored.
The Spokane Indians are now 11-22 in the Class A Northwest League. They opened an eight-game road trip Thursday with a five-game series in Vancouver, Canada, before a three-game series at Tri-City.