SPOKANE, Wash. -- Derek Thompson struck out five in his 2014 debut, Zach Cone belted a homer to deep left field and the Indians extended their season-opening win streak to three, as Spokane topped the Eugene Emeralds 5-2 at Avista Stadium.
Spokane has not started 3-0 since 1997, when the team won five straight games at Avista Stadium to open the season against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. As a team, the Indians are sporting a slash line of .296/.346/.449. Seth Spivey leads the team with a .600 batting average, and leadoff hitter Eduard Pinto has knocked in a league-high seven RBIs including two in today's win.
Cone, the Texas Rangers' 2011 first-round draft pick, was assigned to Spokane on Sunday morning and slotted into the lineup instantly. The Georgia native originally debuted for Spokane in 2011. He finished the day 1-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored. He began the season with the High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
Thompson impressed in his first start of the year, showing his control after he allowed the bases to load in the first. The 2013 12th-round pick allowed one run and just two hits in five innings of work. He holds a 1.80 ERA. Nick Dignacco allowed one run on two hits in two innings of relief and Jason Hoppe allowed only one hit in two innings as he picked up the save in his first professional outing.
Spokane will go for a fourth win in a row tomorrow, as the Indians play host to Eugene.