In front of 3,838 fans at Ron Tonkin Field on Saturday night, the Hops came up short against Salem-Keizer by a final score of 9-5.
The home team began a three-game set against the first-place Salem-Keizer Volcanoes on Youth Sports Night at Ron Tonkin Field. Hillsboro sent 19-year-old Adrian Del Moral against Salem-Keizer's Keaton Winn, a 6'4" righty out of Iowa in the 2018 Draft.
The Hops drew first blood on a wild pitch by Winn, scoring Tra Holmes from third. Holmes put himself into scoring position after stealing his fifth base in nine games.
Salem-Keizer would answer right back as designated hitter Wander Franco put the Volcanoes on the board with a double, scoring Trevor Abrams. Diego Rincones began his big night by launching a three-run home run to give the Volcanoes a 4-2 advantage.
Holmes struck back in the bottom of the third inning with a solo homer of his own, cutting into the Salem-Keizer lead. Infielder Joey Rose doubled in outfielder Ryan Dobson to tie the game at 4.
In the top of the fourth, the Volcanoes responded with three in the top of the fourth, powered by a Kevin Rivera triple and a Rincones double. The outfielder from Venezuela notched four hits in five at bats, with five runs batted in.
Brian Christian made his Ron Tonkin Field debut throwing two shutout innings and striking out three batters, keeping the game close.
A Dan Swain RBI single cut into the Volcano lead, putting the Hops in a 7-5 hole. However, the Volcanoes answered in the top of the eighth inning, when Kevin Rivera scored on a Hops throwing error and Rincones singled to right, scoring Chris Corbett.
Hillsboro looks to end a short two game skid tomorrow at 4:05 pm. Catch the game on MiLB.tv or back on 620 AM.
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