The Volcanoes won in thrilling fashion against the Tri-City Dust Devils, mounting a comeback and topping their hosts 10-7 in front of 2,354 at Gesa Stadium on Friday.
After trailing 7-1 after the second inning, the Volcanoes came back with nine unanswered runs, including five in the top of the ninth inning for their first come-from-behind win of 2013.
The Volcanoes started the game off with back-to-back singles off the bats of Tyler Hollick and Brandon Bednar. Hollick would score later in the inning on a Tyler Horan single to make it a 1-0 Volcanoes lead.
The Dust Devils responded quickly with seven runs in the first two innings. All seven runs came with two outs.
In the first, Tri-City posted four runs on three hits while the Volcanoes committed two errors in the inning, both being committed by Jeremy Sy. He would commit a total of three errors on the game.
After striking out the first two batters, Lorenzo Mendoza would allow the next four batters to reach on three hits including a Julian Yan two-RBI triple. Yan now has two triples in the series.
Going into the second with a 4-1 lead, the Dust Devils continued to get a hold of Mendoza, recording three more runs on three hits. The scoring in the second would end on a Pat Valaika RBI single. The Dust Devils would not score again in the game.
Mendoza turned in four complete innings of work, allowing seven runs on seven hits, striking out one and walking none. Only one of the seven runs would be earned.
Reliever Jake Smith was dominant for the Volcanoes, throwing three innings of no-hit baseball, striking out five and walking two in his spectacular performance that would allow the Volcanoes comeback.
The comeback started slowly as the Volcanoes collected four runs over five innings, but it took off in their final frame as they scored five runs on four hits.
Going into the ninth trailing 7-5, Shilo McCall hit a one-out double to get the rally started. He would score on a Geno Escalante double. Bednar tied the game at seven with an RBI single scoring pinch runner Randy Ortiz, who replaced Escalante at second base. The winning run came on a right-field liner by Sy to complete the comeback and lead. Two more would score on a throwing error from Dust Devil shortstop Valaika.
Tyler Rogers (1-0) closed things out, going two innings, allowing two hits, striking out three and walking three on his way to picking up his first professional win.
The Volcanoes and Dust Devils will face off in game three of their five-game series Saturday at Gesa Stadium in Pasco. Game time is set for 7:15 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.