Volcanoes snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

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The Volcanoes’ Jesus Galindo swats back a hit during a game with Vancouver last week. (KEIZERTIMES/Brian Rennick)

By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

What began as a promising end to the regular home season for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes turned out to be a sloppy defeat.

After leading 2-0 at the end of one inning, the Volcanoes fell to the Boise Hawks 9-2 before a crowd of 2,765, leaving 12 men on base and taking advantage of only two of four Boise errors.

Leonardo Ochoa, who had ended the top of the first inning with a sliding catch outside the left field foul line by Ryan Cuneo, led off the Volcanoes first inning with a single to left field. Kaohi Downing reached first base on an errant throw from third baseman Willson Contreras, with Ochoa going to second. Joe Panik grounded out, moving Ochoa to third. Brett Krill was safe at first on error by shortstop Wes Darvill, with Ochoa and Downing scoring. Downing beat a rundown.

Reiner Roibal, Salem-Keizer’s starting pitcher, let one Hawk reach third base in the first inning and one get to first in the second, but in the Boise third, No. 9 hitter Oliver Zapata, coming into the game batting .194, hit his second home run of the year over the right field fence. Pin-Chieh Chen walked and went to second on a sacrifice bunt and third on a single by Rafael Lopez. A wild pitch sent Lopez to second, Paul Hoilman was intentionally walked, and another wild pitch got Chen home.

Leading off the Volcanoes third, Downing was hit by a pitch. Panik hit a grounder to second baseman Brad Zapenas, who stepped on the bag and threw to first, doubling Panik according to the umpire, but much of the crowd disagreed, as did manager Tom Trebelhorn, who argued a long time.  Mike Murray reached first on an error by Zapenas, but Krill hit into a force out to retire the side.

In the top of the fourth, Wes Darvill singled to left, and Stephen Shackleford came in to relieve Roibal. Darvill went to second on a grounder and third after tagging on a fly. Chen scored Darvill with a sacrifice fly to center.

Darvill led off the top of the sixth with a double to right. Reggie Golden then homered over the left field fence, and Oliver Zapata singled to center.  Chris Gloor came in to pitch, and Chen tripled to right, driving in Zapata and making the score 6-2.

In the bottom of the sixth, Garrett Buechele and Chuckie Jones singled, and Kyler Burke was brought  in to pitch. He struck out Ochoa to end the inning.

Brennan Flick took the mound for the Volcanoes in the sixth and retired the Hawks in order.

In the Boise eighth, Zapata led off with a base on balls. Zeke DeVoss, pinch hitting for Chen, doubled to left center, with Zapata going to third. Zapenas scored Zapata with a sacrifice fly to center that became a double play. DeVoss tried to score from second, but the umpire ruled on an appeal that DeVoss had tagged the base too soon. He was ruled out, center fielder Jones to Flick to shortstop Panik.

Cody Hall came in to pitch for Salem-Keizer in the ninth and was not at his best. Cuneo singled to right, and Hoilman, the home run leader of the Northwest League, hit his 15th, over the left field fence.

“We just didn’t do it very well,” Trebelhorn said. “Just a long day at the office without sales.”

Ben Wells, Boise’s starting pitcher, went 5-2/3 innings and got the win; he is now 4-4. Burke pitched the rest of the way and earned his first save. Roibal, the losing pitcher, is 1-4.

The Volcanoes took Monday off and Tuesday started a five-game series in the Tri-Cities to wrap up regular season play.

Aug. 24:
Boise 7, Volcanoes 4

Salem-Keizer outhit Boise 13-8 in this first of a five-game home series but never caught up with the Hawks where runs were concerned.

Five of Boise’s hits came in the first three innings, with starter Lorenzo Mendoza and the first reliever, Raffy Martinez, giving up five runs between them. One of the hits was a third-inning home run by Rafael Lopez.

The Volcanoes’ first run came in the fourth. Mike Murray, who had singled and advanced to third base on a single by Brett Krill, got home on a wild pitch from starter and winner Yao-Lin Wang.

Two more Volcanoes runs came in the seventh. Joe Staley hit a solo homer. Ben Thomas singled, went to second on a single by Kaohi Downing and scored on a single by Jesus Galindo.

In the ninth, Thomas singled, reached second on a wild pitch and was lifted for a pinch runner, Danny Brock. Shawn Payne drove in Brock with a single.

Brennan Flick pitched three scoreless innings and Cody Hall one for the Volcanoes. Mendoza was the loser and is now 5-5.

Aug. 25:
Boise 7, Volcanoes 4

This time, the Volcanoes had a 4-0 lead after two innings – until the Hawks answered with four runs in the third.

In the Salem-Keizer second, Mike Murray doubled and scored on a double by Brett Krill. Krill went to third base on a single by Dan Burkhart and scored on an outfield error. Ben Thomas doubled Burkhart home, reached third as Kaohi Downing grounded out, and scored on a single by Jesus Galindo.

Wes Darvill led off the Boise third with a double and scored as Oliver Zapata singled. Zeke DeVoss singled, both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Wilson Contreras, and Ryan Cuneo singled them home.

Jose Rosario, Boise’s starting and winning pitcher, and two relief pitchers held the Volcanoes scoreless the rest of the way even though they loaded the bases in the seventh and eighth innings.

The Hawks scored once in the fifth, when Rafael Lopez drove in DeVoss with a single, and twice in the sixth, when Darvill scored on a ground out and DeVoss singled Zapata home.

Cameron Lamb, the Volcanoes’ starter and loser, is now 3-6. Rosario is 5-3, and Bryce Shafer got his 11th save.

Aug. 26:
Volcanoes 7, Boise 3

Salem-Keizer kept the lead all the way in this one, with new pitcher Paul Davis the starter and winner.

In the second, Joe Staley walked, reached third base on a double by Kaohi Downing and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ben Thomas. Downing went to third on a wild pitch by starter and loser Austin Reed and scored on an error.

The Volcanoes added two runs in the third. Leonardo Ochoa led off with a home run. Joe Panik doubled, went to third on one ground out and scored on another.

The Hawks’ first run came in the fourth. Pin Chieh-Chen walked, stole second, went to third on a single and scored on a force out. In the Boise sixth, Zeke DeVoss doubled, reached third on a grounder and scored as Ryan Cuneo singled.

Three Volcanoes runs followed in the sixth. Brett Krill walked and went to third when Staley hit into a force out. Both scored on a triple by Downing. A second sacrifice fly by Thomas brought Downing home.

Boise scored the final run of the game in the seventh. Wes Darvill singled, went to third on an error and scored when Mario Mercedes doubled.

Davis, 1-0 in the Northwest League with a 1.80 earned run average, struck out four in his five innings. Chris Gloor got his first save.

Aug. 27:
Volcanoes 6, Boise 1

Brett Krill’s first home run for August helped starter Jack Snodgrass win his fourth game.

Each club scored once in the second inning, and in the sixth, Joe Panik doubled and was on base when Krill hit the ball out of the park.

Three insurance runs came in the seventh. Ben Thomas walked, and Shawn Payne ran for him. Chuckie Jones grounded out, with each runner advancing one base. Kaohi Downing singled to score Payne. Panik grounded out but drove Jones home, with Downing reaching second. Mike Murray singled Downing home.

Snodgrass struck out six, giving up a run on four hits and no walks. Hector Mayora, the first of three relievers for the Hawks, was the losing pitcher.

Aug. 30:
Tri-City 2, Volcanoes 1

The Volcanoes loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning with the score 1-1, but the Dust Devils’ Rafael Suarez retired the next two hitters. In the bottom of the ninth, Tri-City’s Ryan Casteel singled Jaron Shepherd home.

Salem-Keizer scored the first run of the game in the fourth. Jesus Galindo doubled and scored on a single by Kaohi Downing. Tri-City tied the score in the sixth, when a sacrifice fly by Jordan Ribera scored Tyler Massey.

In the Volcanoes’ ninth, Galindo singled, stole second base and went to third as Downing bunted a single. Downing stole second, and Joe Panik walked. Mike Murray struck out, and Brett Krill grounded into a force out.

Suarez was the winning pitcher in relief. Phil McCormick was the loser, also in relief.

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