The Volcanoes won in style on Saturday, taking game one of their three-game series against the Eugene Emeralds 3-0 in front of 3,886 at PK Park.
Pat Young (2-1) was lights out in the start, pitching six innings of one-hit baseball, striking out six and walking none.
The only batter to reach in Young's six innings on the hill was Edwin Moreno, who doubled to lead off the third. After that, Young retired 12 consecutive batters. He came into the game with an ERA of 0.95 and has dropped that even further to 0.79. Young has given up just three earned runs in 34.1 innings pitched.
All three Volcanoes runs came in the third inning on five hits off of Emeralds' starter Coby Cowgill (2-2). Ty Ross led off the inning with a double and was advanced by a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Hollick and a Jeremy Sy grounder. He would then score with two outs on an RBI-double by Brian Ragira. Ragira then came in when Tyler Horan blasted a single to right. Ragira went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
Young, Tyler Rogers and Raymundo Montero combined for 10 strikeouts and no walks in the win, marking the best performance by the Volcanoes pitching staff on the year.
Montero picked up his 13th save, moving to just one save behind Trent Daniel of the Tri-City Dust Devils for the Northwest League lead.
The Volcanoes are now 7-0 against the Ems on the year after sweeping them in both series in the first half of the season. They will face them five more times before the end of the regular season; twice more at PK Park and then again at Volcanoes Stadium for the final three-game series before the Volcanoes head to the post-season.
In four games played at PK Park for the Volcanoes in 2013, they have allowed just six runs on 21 hits in 36 innings.
The Volcanoes and Emeralds will face off in game two of their three-game series Sunday at PK Park. Game time is set for 5:05 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.