Volcanoes erupt: Seven-win surge

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By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

Everett’s response to five successive losses to the Volcanoes Saturday was, “We’re erupting, and you’re not.”

In the last of a three-game series in Everett, the AquaSox won 14-2 and were ahead 10-0 after four innings before Salem-Keizer scored its first run.

The AquaSox scored eight runs, only four earned, before manager Tom Trebelhorn pulled starting and losing pitcher Cameron Lamb after 2-2/3 innings. Everett had made eight of its 17 hits and taken advantage of two errors. The new pitcher, Rafael Martinez, got the next batter to ground out but was soon to get roughed up himself.

The first two Everett runs came in the first inning. Jarrett Burgess doubled and scored on a double by Marcus Littlewood. Littlewood went to third base when Mario Yepez grounded out and scored when James Wood grounded out.

In the second, the AquaSox scored four times. Ramon Morla reached first on an error by shortstop Joe Panik and second when Michael Dowd grounded out, and Burgess tripled to bring him home. Littlewood drove in Burgess with a single and went to third when an error by second baseman John Eshleman put Yepez on first. Wood singled Littlewood home, and Jharmidy De Jesus singled Yepez home.

In the third, Jorge Agudelo hit into a force out and went to second when Burgess walked. Yepez doubled to score both runners.

Two more AquaSox runs came in the fourth. De Jesus walked, and Jabari Blash hit the first of his two home runs of the game.

In the Volcanoes’ fifth, Dan Burkhart hit a bases-empty home run.

Stephen Landazuri, Everett’s starting and winning pitcher, was replaced by Cody Weiss at the start of the sixth. Joe Panik singled, moved to second and third on successive wild pitches, and scored on a single by Garrett Buechele.

Blash led off the Everett sixth with his second homer. Morla singled, Agudelo walked, and Burgess hit a home run with them aboard. Wilber Bucardo came in to pitch with one out and gave up a double to Littlewood but retired the next two batters.

The Volcanoes’ last run of the game came in the seventh, when Ryan Honeycutt, who last year was a slugger for the University of New Mexico, hit his first professional home run.

Bucardo gave up three singles in the eighth but no runs, largely because of a third-to-second-to-first double play, Garrett Buechele to Eshleman to Brice Cutspec.

Jordan Pries, who had replaced Weiss on the mound in the eighth, retired the Volcanoes one-two-three in the ninth.

July 20: Volcanoes 2, Everett 1

A wild Everett pitch gave the Volcanoes a sweep of their three-day home series with the AquaSox.

Everett was ahead 1-0 after 4-1/2 innings, with one of the Northwest League’s best pitchers, Jose Campos, on the mound.  In the bottom of the fifth, Brice Cutspec walked, went to third on a single by John Eshleman, and scored on a shortstop error.

The score remained 1-1 until the bottom of the ninth. Campos had been relieved by Cameron Hobson, who was replaced by Tim Griffin in the ninth when Salem-Keizer had Ryan Honeycutt on third base and Dan Burkhart on first with one out. Garrett Buechele walked to load the bases, and with Cutspec at bat, Griffin’s wild pitch scored Honeycutt.

Reiner Roibal, the Volcanoes’ starting pitcher, gave up the only Everett run. Jack Snodgrass relieved him in the sixth inning, Brennan Flick came on in the eighth, and Cody Hall pitched the ninth to get the win.

July 21: Volcanoes 7, Everett 4

The Volcanoes made it four in a row over the AquaSox, taking the first of a three-game series in Everett. Five of the Volcanoes’ runs came in the sixth inning.

Danny Brock, making a rare start for Salem-Keizer, hit two triples, first two since joining the club last year and his first extra-base hits of this season. He drove in Chuckie Jones and Garrett Buechele with a three-bagger in the sixth and scored Buechele again with a triple in the eighth.

Brock had three runs batted in for the game, and Buechele had four hits and scored two runs. Jesus Galindo hit a home run for the Volcanoes in the sixth with John Eshleman on base, and Jarrett Burgess hit a leadoff homer for Everett in the third.

Kendry Flores, now 4-2, was the starting and winning pitcher. Stephen Shackleford got a hold and Phil McCormick a save. Nolan Diaz was the loser in relief.

July 22: Volcanoes 5, Everett 3

Salem-Keizer led all the way and outhit Everett 14-7. The Volcanoes would have had a few more runs were it not for a few outstanding AquaSox fielding plays.

Lorenzo Mendoza, the starting and winning pitcher, did not allow a baserunner until Everett had one out in the fifth inning, when Ramon Morla tripled. Jorge Agudelo singled Morla home to make the score 3-1. Mendoza, now 3-2, had eight strikeouts before being relieved by Jack Snodgrass in the seventh. Cody Hall pitched the ninth and earned a save.

Joe Staley hit the first of two home runs in the game leading off the fifth. Everett also had a bases-empty homer, by Agudelo, the weakest hitter in the lineup, in the seventh.

For the Volcanoes, Jesus Galindo had four hits, Brett Krill three and Kaohi Downing two. Galindo and Downing each scored two runs and stole a base.

July 24: Vancouver 5, Volcanoes 2

The Volcanoes started a three-game series at Vancouver by blowing a lead.

In the first inning, Jesus Galindo singled, stole second base, went to third on a wild pitch by David Rollins and scored as Joe Panik grounded out.  The Canadians tied the score in the bottom of the second, and Salem-Keizer went back ahead by a run in the third. Galindo doubled, went to third on a fly from Kaohi Downing and scored when Panik grounded out again.

Philip Brua replaced Rollins in the top of the sixth and became the winning pitcher, Vancouver going ahead by a run in that inning. Matthew Graham replaced starter and loser Brandon Allen with the bases loaded and one out. A force out scored one run, and an error by second baseman Kaohi Downing scored another.

The Canadians scored twice more in the seventh. Jonathon Berti singled, stole second and reached third on a wild pitch. Jonathan Jones walked, and a double steal got Berti home.

Fuenmayor singled to drive in Jones.

July 25: Volcanoes 10, Vancouver 6

A 4-1 deficit ended when the Volcanoes scored four runs in the sixth inning.

That rally was followed by a five-run bottom of the seventh, and Salem-Keizer stayed on top for good, depriving Vancouver of the first-half title for the Western Division.

In the sixth, Mike Murray and Brett Krill singled, and Dan Burkhart walked to load the bases. Brian Longpre, who was to be the losing pitcher, relieved starter Jesse Hernandez. Garrett Buechele scored Murray with a sacrifice fly. Brice Cutspec singled Krill home, and John Eshleman doubled to drive in Burkhart and Cutspec.

Two Canadian errors and a walk loaded the bases in the seventh, and Burkhart walked to force in Joe Panik. Travis Garrett replaced Longpre on the mound and gave up a grand slam to Cutspec.

Vancouver scored once in the seventh and once in the eighth. With the bases loaded and two out in the ninth, Cody Hall struck out Randy Schwartz to end the Canadians’ last threat.

July 26: Volcanoes 7, Vancouver 5

The Volcanoes broke a tie in the top of the ninth inning to win the series 2-1.

John Eshleman doubled and scored on a single by Jesus Galindo. A throwing error by right fielder Matt Newman got Galindo to third base on that play, and second baseman Jonathon Berti tried to nail Galindo at home after Joe Panik hit a grounder. Galindo was too quick for him.

Phil McCormick, who had come in to pitch with one out in the eighth, retired two Canadians on grounders before Newman singled. A wild pitch moved Newman to second, but McCormick retired the next batter to win the game in relief.

The Volcanoes’ biggest inning was the second, when they scored three runs. Joe Staley doubled, Brice Cutspec walked, and a double by Eshleman drove in both. Galindo singled Eshleman home.

Kendry Flores, Salem-Keizer’s starting pitcher, struck out seven in his six innings. Alesone Escalante lost the game in relief.

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