The Volcanoes finished off the sweep of the Eugene Emeralds, winning 5-1, 5-3 (9) on Monday at PK Park. The Volcanoes have now swept the Ems in all three series they have played this year and are 9-0 against their South Division foes in 2013.
Picking up in the top of the fourth with two outs and the bases loaded, Brian Ragira came to the plate with the bases loaded and a 1-1 tie in game one of the doubleheader. Play was suspended Sunday due to rain after two attempts to remove the tarps and resume play.
Ragira would strike out to end the inning to strand three on base. The Volcanoes would strand 18 on base in the contest and 29 total on the day.
The visitors would break the tie in the fifth with RBI singles from Ryan Tuntland and John Polonius and extended their lead with insurance runs in the seventh and eighth.
Cameron McVey (3-2) pitched four excellent innings in relief, giving up just one hit while striking out three.
Mike Connolly shut it down in the ninth for a 5-3 win, picking up a strikeout while finishing out the final frame.
The back end of the doubleheader would be a seven inning contest, but would require extras to decide a victor.
With the game tied 1-1 heading to the fourth, Shilo McCall blasted a two-run homerun off of Tony Rizzotti to give the Volcanoes a 3-1 lead. McCall was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
The Emeralds battled back, scoring in both the fourth and fifth to tie the game back up. With a 3-2 lead, Armando Paniagua entered the game to relieve Drew Leenhouts in the fifth. Paniagua would allow four of the five batters he saw to reach, which included hitting a batter and walking in the tying run. He would be pulled after just two thirds of an inning of work.
Leenhouts was vying for his ninth win of the year, but was denied despite leaving the game with the lead. He is two behind the franchise record for wins in a season with one start remaining.
The score remained tied through seven innings and pushed the finale to extras. After going scoreless in the eighth, Tyler Hollick broke the game open with a two-run homerun off of Jeffrey Enloe (2-3).
Salem-Keizer is now 19-13 in the second half of the Northwest League season and 42-28 overall.
The Volcanoes will have Tuesday off and then travel to Boise to take on the Hawks for a three-game series at Memorial Stadium. Game time Wednesday is set for 5:45 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.