Bears halt Volcanoes eruption

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For the Keizertimes

Yakima ended the Volcanoes’ four-game winning streak Saturday with a 9-2 pounding.

The Bears, who have been one of the weaker-hitting Northwest League clubs this season, had 16 hits including four doubles and were ahead 7-0 until Salem-Keizer scored its two runs in the fourth inning. The Volcanoes had only five hits.

Starting and losing pitcher Brandon Allen gave up 11 hits and seven runs, six earned, in his three innings. The standout Volcanoes player was shortstop Joe Panik, who went 2 for 4 including a triple, drove in a run and scored one, and started two double plays.

Yakima’s attack started in the second inning. Henry Zabala doubled to left field. Tyson Van Winkle singled to center, driving in Zabala, and went to second base on Jesus Galindo’s throw home. Danny Pulfer doubled to center and scored Van Winkle. Westley Moss singled to left and drove in Pulfer.

In the Bears’ third, singles by Garrett Weber, Marc Bourgeois and David Narodowski, the last on a bunt, loaded the bases. Zabala singled to right, and Weber scored. An errant throw from right field by Ryan Honeycutt allowed Bourgeois to score. Van Winkle grounded out but scored Narodowski. Pulfer sent Zabala home with a single to center.

The first Salem-Keizer hit came in the third inning, and it was an infield single by Garrett Buechele. Danny Brock then reached first base by forcing him out, and Honeycutt hit into a double play. Yiomar Camacho, Yakima’s starting and winning pitcher, did not issue a walk or let a batted ball out of the infield in the first three innings.

Newcomer Chris Gloor, a 6-6, 255-pound lefthander up from the Arizona League, came in to pitch the top of the fourth inning. He walked Moss, got Carter Bell to hit into a double play, and struck out Weber.

In the Volcanoes’ fourth, Leonardo Ochoa walked and scored on Panik’s triple to center. Mike Murray grounded out but batted in Panik.

Yakima added a run in the fifth. Bourgeois singled to center, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored as Zabala grounded out.

Aaron King took the mound for the Volcanoes at the start of the  sixth. He walked one player and retired two on outfield flies before second baseman Kaohi Downing made a running catch of a blooper by Weber to retire the side.

In the seventh, Bourgeois doubled to right, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Zabala.

Mike Blake, pitching the seventh for Yakima, hit Downing but retired the other three batters.

Matt Graham pitched the eighth and ninth innings for the Volcanoes, allowing two infield singles and striking out one. Sent down from AA Augusta to work on his mechanics, he made his best Volcanoes’ pitching performance of the season and said after the game that he was “trying to piece it together.”

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