The Volcanoes blasted the Eugene Emeralds 7-1 Saturday at Volcanoes Stadium to take the opener of their three-game series and move to 10-0 on the year against the Ems.
Pat Young (3-1) was once again outstanding against the Emeralds, giving up just one run on two hits while striking out six in five innings of work.
The home team jumped on the board early, bringing in two runs in their first three batters of the game. Randy Ortiz led off with a triple to right and would score immediately after on a sacrifice grounder by Ryan Jones. Brian Ragira then hit a solo homerun to right off of Vladimir De La Cruz (0-3). De La Cruz pitched in just one inning, giving up two runs on two hits while walking three.
It only went downhill from there for the Ems with the Volcanoes posting a four-run inning in the fifth. Randy Ortiz had yet another triple to bring in John Polonius and Brandon Bednar. Ortiz went 3-for-5 with two triples, two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base, posting his best performance of the year. The Volcanoes have now had players with two triples in back-to-back nights as Polonius had two himself Friday in Boise.
The Volcanoes pitching staff had another stellar night as Young, Armando Paniagua, Juan Nova, Jake Shadle and Tyler Rogers combined for just four hits, one run, 10 strikeouts and no walks. Only five Emeralds batters would reach base in the contest.
Young has now pitched in 39 innings in the Northwest League and allowed just four earned runs, earning himself a 0.92 ERA.
The Volcanoes and Emeralds will face off in game two of their three-game series Sunday at Volcanoes Stadium. 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.