Colorado Rockies farm system: Spokane Indians clinch postseason berth
By Kevin Henry
The Spokane Indians, the High-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, clinched a postseason berth on Wednesday night with a 6-3 win over the Everett (Wash.) AquaSox.
With the win, the Indians will face the Eugene Emeralds, the High-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, in the High-A West playoffs. The best-of-5 series will begin on September 21, with Spokane hosting Game 1 at Avista Stadium.
In the playoff-clinching win on Wednesday, Chris McMahon recorded his 10th victory over the season by scattering seven hits over five innings and allowing just one run. Shelby Lackey navigated the ninth to earn his sixth save of the season and officially put Spokane in the playoffs.
McMahon was one of the Spokane players highlighted in our recent roundup of all levels of the Colorado farm system.
At the plate on Wednesday night, Brenton Doyle, ranked seventh among Colorado’s top prospects, went 4-for-5 and drove in a run while leadoff hitter Isaac Collins belted a pair of homers in a 2-for-5, 3-RBI night.
The Spokane Indians, the High-A affiliate for the Colorado Rockies, had quite the comeback to make this year’s postseason.
The win capped what has been an amazing comeback story for Spokane, which started the season 2-10 and trailed Everett by 15.5 games on August 2. However, the Indians went 4-1 and 5-2 in two separate August series in Everett to make up considerable ground in the postseason chase.
This is the first year for Spokane to be a part of the Colorado farm system, and they will join Fresno, the Low-A affiliate that is also in their inaugural season in the Rockies organization, in the postseason.
While this may be the first year for Spokane to be part of the Colorado minor league system, the postseason berth continues quite the run for the Indians. This marks the fifth consecutive year that Spokane has been a part of the playoffs.
Spokane still has five regular-season games left on the schedule, all against Everett, before an off day on Monday and the start of the postseason.