The Volcanoes lost a heartbreaker Tuesday, falling to the Vancouver Canadians 2-1 in 11 innings in front of 5,157 at Nat Bailey Stadium. The win gave the C's the series win and a season record of 6-4 against the Volcanoes.
Chris Johnson got the start for the visitors, pitching five quality innings, giving up just one run on four hits, striking out three and walking two. It was just the second time this season that Johnson has walked more than one batter.
Both teams picked up a run in the fifth, the Volcanoes striking first on two hits. Sam Eberle was hit by Kyle Anderson to lead off the inning and advanced on the next at-bat on a Brandon Bednar single. He would then score with two outs when John Polonius drove an RBI-single to left field. Anderson threw seven complete innings of one-run baseball for the Canadians, giving up four hits while striking out six.
The home team responded immediately after falling behind 1-0 with a run of their own in the fifth. Ian Parmley reached on a single and promptly stole second base. Dawel Lugo then hit a two-out single to score Parmley and knot up the rubber match.
The scoring would then halt, forcing extra innings in the deciding game of the series.
Armando Paniagua threw three shutout relief innings for the Volcanoes and Tyler Rogers (1-1) was solid through the ninth and tenth innings. Heading into the eleventh, Rogers allowed a leadoff walk to Andy Fermin who was then replaced on the basepath by Dan Arcila. Arcila was advanced by the sacrifice bunt of Justin Atkinson. With one out, Mike Reeves drove a deep fly ball to left field which snuck over the head of Shilo McCall to bring in Arcila and end the game with a walkoff single.
The Canadians took both series in the 2013 season with the Volcanoes and will be the only team of the year that did not drop a series to the boys from Keizer.
The Volcanoes now return to Keizer to host the Boise Hawks in a three-game series. Game one will take place Wednesday with a game time set 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.