Volcanoes win ‘I-5 Rivalry’ series

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Volcano hurler Jose Reyes winds up a pitch in Salem-Keizer’s game with the Eugene Emeralds. The Volcanoes won 6-5. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Volcano hurler Jose Reyes winds up a pitch in Salem-Keizer’s game with the Eugene Emeralds. The Volcanoes won 6-5. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

July 9: Eugene 8, Volcanoes 6

The Emeralds almost blew this one after leading 8-0 at the end of 6-1/2 innings.

Home runs by Trea Turner and Marcus Davis led the way to the big lead, and then Salem-Keizer got hot.

Singles by Jonathan Jones, Leonardo Fuentes, Fernando Pujadas, Tyler Hollick and Skyler Ewing contributed to four runs in the Volcano seventh inning. In the bottom of the eighth, two more runs came after Jones walked, Fuentes singled, Pujadas hit into a force out and Johneshwy Fargas singled.

Travis Radke was the winning pitcher in relief, and Bryan Verbitsky got a save. Drew Leenhouts took the loss.

July 10: Volcanoes 6, Eugene 5

Salem-Keizer took the rubber game of the home series by taking its first lead in the sixth inning and holding it.

The Volcanoes scored four runs in the sixth.  Travious Relaford was hit by a pitch, stole second base, went to third Shilo McCall grounded out, and scored on a single by Jared Deacon. Brett Kay singled, Johneshwy Fargas was hit by a pitch and the bases were loaded. Tyler Hollick doubled Deacon and Kay home. Christian Arroyo singled Fargas home.

Starter Jose Reyes got his second win, with seven strikeouts, and Eury Sanchez his second save. Cory Bostjancic was the losing pitcher in relief.

July 11: Hillsboro 7, Volcanoes 4

A blown lead started a three-game series with the Hops that moved to Volcanoes Stadium on Sunday.

Salem-Keizer was ahead 3-0 in the middle of the third inning, the biggest hit being a leadoff triple by  Relaford in the second. Hillsboro scored one run each in the third, fifth and sixth innings to tie the score.

The Volcanoes went ahead by one in the seventh, with Relaford leading off with a single and scoring on a double by Jonathan Jones.

With two out in the eighth, the Hops scored four runs on four singles, a stolen base and a wild pitch.

Nick Baker was the winning pitcher in relief, and Zac Curtis recorded a save. Ian Gardeck, also in relief, took the loss.

July 12: Volcanoes 6, Hillsboro 5

The Volcanoes evened the series but not without a struggle.

After a 4-2 Salem-Keizer lead through 5-1/2 innings, the Hops scored twice in the sixth to even the score. The Volcanoes came back with two runs in the seventh, and Hillsboro scored its last run in the ninth on what the umpires ruled a home run even though the Volcanoes argued that the ball bounced into the stands.

Skyler Ewing homered with Sam Mende on base in the third to give Salem-Keizer a 4-0 lead. Ewing continues to average more than a run batted in per game.

The disputed home run in the ninth was hit by Justin Gonzalez, his fifth of the season, with the bases empty.

Steven Neff was the winning pitcher in relief, and Eury Sanchez had his third save. John Pedrotty was the losing pitcher, also in relief.

July 14: Volcanoes 6, Everett 4
(10 innings)

Salem-Keizer opened a series at Everett with a 10-inning win that featured Sam Mende’s first home run in the San Francisco Giants organization.

The Volcanoes’ biggest inning was the three-run third. The AquaSox scored twice in the first and twice in the fourth before the Volcanoes scored one in the sixth.

Everett’s first two runs came on a two-run homer by Corey Simpson. In the Salem-Keizer third, Johneshwy Fargas walked, reached third base on a single by newcomer Seth Harrison and scored on a single by Relaford. An outfield error moved Relaford to second, and Skyler Ewing singled him home.

Everett outhit Salem-Keizer 11-7 but made four errors to the Volcanoes’ one.

Volcanoes starter Drew Leenhouts continued his string of no walks since opening day, but Ian Gardeck was the winner in relief. AquaSox reliever Leoncio Munoz took the loss.

July 15: Everett 7, 

Volcanoes 4

A four-run Everett rally in the eighth inning turned the game around.

Salem-Keizer was ahead 5-3 after 7-1/2 innings, but AquaSox bats got hot, and the Volcanoes did not quite catch up.

In the ninth, Skyler Ewing walked with one out, Sam Mende was hit by a pitch and lifted for  pinch-runner Tyler Hollick, and Fernando Pujadas came to the plate after another out. Pujadas has been rough on Everett this season, but the long drive he hit was caught by Corey Simpson in right field.

There were four home runs in the game, all by the AquaSox. Nelson Ward, Luke Guarnaccia, Austin Cousino and Kyle Petty cleared the fences.

Hawtin Buchanan was the winning pitcher and Steven Neff the loser, both in relief.

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