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SPOKANE, Wash. –  On a day where Hans Crouse and Emmanuel Clase were both named NWL All-Stars, it was only appropriate that they led the Indians to another victory. Crouse picked up his fifth win, Clase converted his eighth save, and Spokane defeated the Hillsboro Hops 2-1

All the scoring in this one took place in the third inning. Hillsboro got a pair of two-out hits to take a 1-0 lead. Spokane responded in the bottom half. Isaias Quiroz led off the inning with an infield single. Two batters later, Starling Joseph stepped up and hit a bullet to left field that was just high enough to clear the 14-foot high wall. The two-run homer was the sixth of the season for Joseph and gave the Indians a 2-1 lead.

That was all the offense Spokane’s pitching staff needed. Hans Crouse wasn’t as dominant as his last two home starts, but he still was plenty effective to hold the Hops in check. Crouse (W, 5-1) scattered four hits over five innings and struck out six. It was the fourth consecutive win for Crouse and his five wins on the season rank at the top of the NWL.

Bobby Eveld and Austin Pettibone came on in relief and pitched three perfect innings, striking out four. Emmanuel Clase followed suit and pitched a perfect ninth on seven pitches. The trio of Eveld, Pettibone, and Clase retired all 12 batters they saw in order. Clase (SV, 8) leads the league in saves and now has eight straight scoreless appearances. He’s given up just one hit in nine innings across those eight appearances, converting seven saves.