The Volcanoes beat the Everett AquaSox 4-1 in front of 2,216 at Everett Memorial Stadium to move to 16-6 on the season. They now stand alone with the best record in the Northwest League as the AquaSox fall one game behind with a record of 15-7.
Volcanoes starter Andrew Leenhouts (3-0) gave up a solo homerun to the first batter he saw, the second basemen Jamodrick McGruder. He would not allow another run in the game.
Leenhouts pitched five innings striking out four and walking none. The Volcanoes pitching staff has combined for 24 strikeouts and only one walk after two games in the series.
All four of the Volcanoes runs came in the sixth inning off of Thyago Vieira (2-1). Brandon Bednar hit a one-out double and scored on the next at-bat when Sam Eberle hit a two-run homerun, his fourth of the season. Vieira then walked Shilo McCall and Ryan Jones consecutively with two outs and gave up a two-RBI double to Geno Escalante to make it a 4-1 game.
Vieira went five and two-thirds innings giving up six hits, walking two and striking out four.
Reliever Cameron McVey loaded the bases in the seventh, but escaped without allowing a run by striking out his second batter of the game, Reggie Lawson.
On the game, the Volcanoes struck out 11 batters and walked one.
With the road victory, the Volcanoes have now won eight straight games on the road, setting a franchise record. The previous high at seven games was set three separate times, most recently coming in 2008.
The Volcanoes and AquaSox play again Saturday in game three of their five-game series. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. With a win, the Volcanoes could move to 4-0 in road series.
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.