Sloppy play plagues Volcanoes

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Jesus Galindo and Brett Krill watch as Kaohi Downing takes a spill going for a pop fly during the Volcanoes game Sunday, Aug. 7. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

The Volcanoes tied a club record with six errors Sunday on their way to a 9-5 home loss to the Eugene Emeralds.

It was the first of a three-game home series with the Emeralds, and the crowd of 2,645 saw Salem-Keizer ahead 2-0 after two innings, with starting pitcher Reiner Roibal holding Eugene hitless to that point with three strikeouts. Then, however, the Volcanoes largely fell apart.

In the Volcanoes’ second, Mike Murray singled to left field and went to third when Kaohi Downing doubled off the center field wall. Dan Burkhart hit a sacrifice fly to right, driving in Murray. Downing went to third on the play and scored when Garrett Buechele singled to center.

Eugene answered with four runs in the third. Jace Peterson singled to right with two out. Justin Miller doubled to right, and a throwing error by Downing at second base let Peterson score and Peterson reach third. Travis Whitmore doubled to center, driving in Miller. Lee Orr hit a blooper double to shallow right that got Whitmore home. Matthew Colantonio singled to left, scoring Orr.

The Volcanoes fourth looked promising with Murray having walked, when Downing hit a blooper in about the same place as Orr’s, but second baseman Miller made a sliding catch and fired to Cole Tyrell at first base to double off Murray. Burkhart grounded out to end the inning.

Starting the bottom of the fifth, Simon Berroa came in to pitch, relieving starter Will Scott. After he retired two men, Chuckie Jones hit his first home run of the season, over the left field wall. The speedy Jesus Galindo then grounded out, barely beaten by the throw.

Brian Maloney replaced Roibal on the mound after five innings. In the top of the sixth, with the bases loaded, Peterson hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Tyrell.

Luis De La Cruz came in to pitch the bottom of the sixth. Joe Panik and Murray singled, and Panik went to third on a fly to right from Downing for the second out, but Burkhart grounded out.

Whitmore started the Eugene seventh with a triple to right. He scored on a wild pitch as Orr walked. Brennan Flick came in to pitch, Orr stole second and scored on Colantonio’s single to right.

In the Salem-Keizer seventh, Jones was hit by a pitch with two out and went to second on a wild pitch. Galindo walked, and Matthew Stites came in to relieve De La Cruz. He struck Panik out to end the inning.

In the eighth, Miller singled to left, stole second and scored when Whitmore singled to left.

Phil McCormick, the left-handed submariner, came in to pitch to Eugene in the ninth. Clint Moore got from the batter’s box to third on an error by right fielder Brett Krill. A wild pitch sent him home.

Kyle Brule pitched the ninth for Eugene. Burkhart and Buechele singled to center and Ben Thomas to right to load the bases. Jones forced Thomas out at second, driving in Burkhart. Galindo hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Buechele. Panik grounded out to end the game. Stites was the winning pitcher and Roibal the loser.

“That game spoke for itself,”  Volcanoes manager Tom Trebelhorn said.

Jones, whose homer raised his batting average to .240 and may have been the brightest spot for Salem-Keizer, missed three early-season weeks because of an appendectomy but said he was “at 100 percent now.”

Aug. 3: Boise 3, Volcanoes 2

The Hawks outpitched the Volcanoes by scattering more hits (nine) than they made (six).

Boise, a big winner at home this year and a big loser on the road, was ahead all the way. Two of the Hawks’ runs came in the first inning, when Paul Hoilman hit a home run with Rafael Lopez on base.

Salem-Keizer scored its first run in the fifth inning. Dan Burkhart doubled, Garrett Buechele singled, and an error by right fielder Reggie Golden sent Burkhart home.

The Hawks added a run in the eighth. Pin-Chieh Chen walked, stole second base and scored on a single by Rafael Lopez.

In the Volcanoes’ ninth, Brett Krill and Mike Murray singled, and Jesus Galindo pinch-ran for Murray. Kaohi Downing singled to load the bases, and a passed ball allowed Krill to score.

Both starting pitchers, Lorenzo Mendoza for the Volcanoes and Benjamin Wells, were the pitchers of record. Bryce Shafer earned a save.

Aug. 4: Boise 9, Volcanoes 5

A blown lead made Boise the winner of the series with two games to go.

The Volcanoes scored once in the second inning, when Dan Burkhart doubled Chuckie Jones home, and once in the third, when Mike Murray drove in John Eshleman with a single. Also in the third, Murray stole the first base of his professional career.

The Hawks went ahead by a run in the fourth. Reggie Golden tripled to score Brad Zapenas and Paul Hoilman, and Yaniel Cabezas doubled Golden home.

Salem-Keizer tied the score in the top of the sixth, with Garrett Buechele’s sacrifice fly scoring Jones. In the bottom of the sixth, Raffy Martinez relieved starting pitcher Cameron Lamb. He became the losing pitcher in his zero-plus innings, loading the bases and walking Cabezas to force Rafael Lopez home. Jack Snodgrass took the mound, and Wilson Contreras hit a two-run single before Snodgrass retired the side.

Boise added a run in the seventh and two in the eighth, and the Volcanoes scored once in the eighth and once in the ninth. Jean Sandoval won the game in relief.

Aug. 5: Volcanoes 6, Boise 0

The Volcanoes got their first shutout win of 2011, with Brandon Allen pitching the best start of his career.

Going six innings, the right-hander held the Hawks to three hits, struck out four and walked none. He had more than enough offensive help with a four-run fifth inning, but Salem-Keizer added two runs in the eighth.

In the fifth, Joe Staley and Garrett Buechele walked, and Ben Thomas drove them in with a triple. Ryan Honeycutt walked, and Dustin Fitzgerald replaced Cameron Greathouse on the mound. Jesus Galindo reached first base on a fielder’s choice with Thomas thrown out at home. Honeycutt went to third and Galindo to second on the throw. Leonardo Ochoa singled both baserunners home.

Staley doubled to lead off the eighth. Buechele singled, with Staley going to third. An infield single by Thomas loaded the bases. Galindo hit into a force out, scoring Staley and sending Buechele to third. A wild pitch from Su-Min Jung scored Buechele.

Chris Gloor pitched the seventh and eighth innings for the Volcanoes and Cody Hall the ninth. Greathouse, who relieved starter Jose Rosario, took the loss.

Aug. 6: Boise 10, Volcanoes 5

A few outstanding performances by the Volcanoes were drowned out by three-run Hawk rallies in the fifth and seventh innings.

Salem-Keizer’s Joe Staley ran his string of reaching base to 11 plate appearances. He had three hits, as did Joe Panik, and drove in two runs, as did Ben Thomas. Also, the Volcanoes outhit Boise 13-12 and made no errors, with Boise committing two. Jesus Galindo stole his league-leading 24th base.

Why wasn’t that enough? The Hawks made four double plays to one for the Volcanoes. Salem-Keizer pitchers issued five walks to none for Boise.

Boise’s big blows were a first-inning double by Zeke DeVoss, who then scored; a two-run double by Blair Springfield in the fifth; and a two-run triple by Reggie Golden in the seventh. The starting pitchers, the Hawks’ Austin Reed and the Volcanoes’ Stephen Shackleford, were the pitchers of record.

Aug. 8: Volcanoes 6, Eugene 0

A seven-game losing streak to Eugene ended with Salem-Keizer’s second shutout win of the season.

Lorenzo Mendoza, the starting and winning pitcher, allowed four hits in his six innings but struck out four and walked only one. Jack Snodgrass pitched the seventh and eighth innings and Cody Hall the ninth. John Barbato, the Emeralds’ starter, was the loser.

The Volcanoes’ first run came in the first inning, when Joe Staley walked with the bases loaded to score Joe Panik.

Two more runs came in the third inning. Shawn Payne singled, went to second on an outfield error and third on a grounder, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mike Murray. Kaohi Downing reached base on an infield error that put him on second. A single by Staley brought him home. That hit ran Staley’s string of successful plate appearances to 13; the streak ended when he struck out in the fifth.

In the sixth inning, two more runs scored on bases-loaded walks. With Simon Berroa on the mound, Joe Panik walked with Ben Thomas on third, and Murray walked to score Chuckie Jones.

Aug. 9: Eugene 13, Volcanoes 7

Another sloppy Volcanoes game gave the Emeralds the series win. Eugene outhit Salem-Keizer only 13-11, but the Volcanoes made four errors to their visitors’ two and gave up six walks to their two.

Eugene was ahead 9-0 after 3-1/2 innings. In the second inning, Lee Orr was hit by a pitch from starting and losing pitcher Cameron Lamb, and Zach Kometani hit a home run. Four singles and an error gave the Ems four runs in the third, and three singles, an error and a sacrifice fly added three runs in the fourth.

In the Volcanoes’ fourth, Shawn Payne doubled and scored on a single by Joe Panik. Panik went to third on a single by Mike Murray and scored when Chuckie Jones grounded into a double play.

Eugene scored twice in the fifth and twice in the sixth. The Volcanoes answered with four runs in the seventh. Danny Brock walked, and Ben Thomas and John Eshleman singled. Payne drove in all three with a double, moved to third when catcher Jeremy Rodriguez missed a throw, and scored on a single by Kaohi Downing. In the eighth, Jones scored on a sacrifice fly by Brock.

Wilber Bucardo and Aaron King pitched well in relief for the Volcanoes. Matthew Andriese was the winning pitcher in relief.

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