The Volcanoes survived a late rally from the Hillsboro Hops to win 4-3 in front of 3,721 at Hillsboro Ballpark. With the win, the Volcanoes have won eight consecutive games and have swept both series with the Hops in 2013.
Jeremy Sy was the first base runner for the Volcanoes, reaching in the second when he was walked by Hops starter Ross Gerdeman (0-1). Sy then stole second, advanced to third on a Sam Eberle groundout and scored when John Polonius grounded out to shortstop Ryan Gebhardt. It was only the second earned run of the year allowed by Gerdeman. All of the earned runs allowed by Gerdeman this year, which now totals four, have been to the Volcanoes.
Volcanoes starter Drew Leenhouts (2-0) threw five complete innings striking out one and allowing one run on five hits to secure the win.
Each team scored a run in both the fifth and six, keeping the ballgame tight down the stretch.
The four consecutive half-innings of scoring started when Kentrell Hill walked to lead off the fifth, advanced to third on a Randy Ortiz double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Jones to center. The Volcanoes scored their third run of the game in the sixth when Eberle doubled in Sy. Eberle was 2-for-4 on the day with a double and an RBI.
The Hops responded when Ty Linton hit a solo homerun in the fifth and Elvin Soto had an RBI triple in the sixth, making the score 3-2 going into the seventh. Soto's RBI was the first earned run allowed by reliever Chris Marlowe who is on rehab assignment from the San Jose Giants.
Ryan Jones added an insurance run for the Volcanoes in the ninth, when he singled in Hill off of reliever Johnny Shuttlesworth. Hill doubled earlier in the inning and advanced to third on an Ortiz sacrifice bunt.
Jones' RBI proved to be crucial as Jordan Parr hit a solo shot off of closer Raymundo Montero to close the gap to just one run. Montero responded by retiring the next three batters in order to earn his third save of the year.
The Volcanoes are now 13-4 and in first place in the Northwest League South Division. The Hops are nine games out of first in the South with a 4-13 mark.
The Volcanoes now return to Keizer for a three-game series with the Boise Hawks and will host their 6th Annual Patriotic Tribute from July 1-3. They will face off with the Hawks in game one on Monday. Game time is for 6:35 p.m.
About the Volcanoes: The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes are a minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Home games are played at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer from mid-June through early-September. Tickets start at just $7. For more information call the Volcanoes at (503) 390-2225.