The Volcanoes finished off the 2013 regular season with a 6-4 Monday over the Eugene Emeralds in front of 2,230 at Volcanoes Stadium. The win gives the Volcanoes a 12-0 record against the Ems in 2013, the most wins against an opponent in a season in franchise history.
Jake Smith (2-2) was dominant in his start for Salem-Keizer, pitching six innings of shutout baseball, striking out eight while giving up just four hits in his best performance of the year.
Henry Charles led off the game with a single, but Smith responded by striking out the next four batters he saw.
The Volcanoes built their lead early, scoring in both the first and second. Tyler Hollick led off the bottom of the first with a walk, stole second and would score on two consecutive groundouts. They would not get their first hit until the bottom of the second with two outs when the back half of the lineup hit three consecutive extra-base hits. Brandon Bednar doubled and scored on a Shilo McCall triple followed up by an RBI double off the bat of Gabriel Cornier. Bednar went 2-for-4 with a double, homerun, RBI and two runs scored in the regular season finale. Cornier's double was the first extra-base hit he has had since June 26th.
Mike Connolly came in in relief for Salem-Keizer pitching the seventh into the ninth. He wouldn't be able to close out the game, however, giving up four hits in the final frame including a two-run homerun to Miguel Del Castillo and a double to Anthony Torres.
Armando Paniagua was brought in for the final out and threw just three pitches to record his second career save.
In the series, the Volcanoes pitching staff combined for 33 strikeouts and just one walk, posting one of their best defensive series of the season.
The Volcanoes now travel to Boise to take on the Hawks in game one of the divisional playoffs. Game time from Memorial Stadium on Tuesday 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.