The Volcanoes avoided the sweep with an 11-3 blowout of the Boise Hawks in front of 4,607 at Volcanoes Stadium in the final day of the 6th Annual Patriotic Tribute.
Hawks starter Loiger Padron (0-2) surrendered seven runs on six hits to the Volcanoes in the second inning as the Volcanoes took the lead for good early. Sam Eberle led things off with a solo homerun to left and was followed up by consecutive walks. John Polonius then hit a two-RBI double to make the score 3-0. After three more hits and a walk, Shilo McCall finished off the inning's marathon of scoring with a two-RBI single.
The Volcanoes would continue the offensive outpouring, scoring in four consecutive innings.
The Hawks would score their only runs of the game in the third as David Bote hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Carlos Penalver. Justin Marra had a two-RBI double later in the inning to make it 7-3.
Starter Reyes Moronta (2-0) went five innings for the Volcanoes, allowing three runs on five hits and one walk and striking out five. Lorenzo Mendoza relieved Moronta, but only threw one inning despite pitching well. Mendoza allowed no runs and struck out one.
In the third Tyler Hollick picked up his second RBI on a double to right and scored on a Brandon Bednar single. Hollick was 4-for-5 on the night with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Eberle hit his second homerun of the night in the fourth, another solo shot to left. He was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
The scoring would end in the fifth when Randy Ortiz scored on a Jeremy Sy grounder into a fielder's choice.
The home team's bullpen was outstanding, pitching four innings and allowing only two hits and striking out four. The Hawks' relievers gave up four runs on seven hits.
The Volcanoes set a season high in runs scored in a game on Wednesday, the previous high being 10 on June 28th back at Hillsboro Ballpark.
The Volcanoes now travel to Everett to take on the Aquasox in a five-game series starting Thursday. Game time is set for 7:05 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.