The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes returned home to face the Eugene Emeralds Tuesday night and came away with an exciting victory. The win came after two tough losses for the Volcanoes up in Hillsboro and puts the team in sole possession of first place in the South division of the Northwest League. Gregory Santos started for the Volcanoes and went six innings while only giving up three runs.
In the first inning, Santos was touched up for three runs on four hits and it looked like he might have a tough outing. However, he would not surrender another run the rest of his night and only gave up one more hit. It was a solid start for Santos who is now 2-0 on the year with a 3.00 ERA and is second in the NWL for strikeouts with 14. Santos is the San Francisco Giants 13th overall top prospect on their top 30 list. He now has two wins in his last two starts with the last one coming in Boise on June 21. Santos also had five strikeouts in that game.
Trevor Abrams was the star on offense in this game as he was hitting doubles all over the yard. His first one banged off the right-center field wall and scored Kyle McPherson in the first inning. Then Abrams came up in the fourth and pounded another double off the left-center field wall that scored McPherson and Wander Franco. Abrams other hit was a single up the middle in the third, and he ended the night 3/5 with 3 rbis. With these two doubles, Abrams now leads the NWL with 7 overall.
The Emeralds gave up 14 hits and 10 runs, however, they did have a bright spot on the mound in Casey Ryan. Ryan pitched 2.2 innings and gave up no runs. His offspeed stuff was moving all over the place and was very tough to hit. He was the only Emeralds pitcher to not give up a run in the game and also did not surrender a hit. Ryan has a 3.38 era for the season and will look to improve over the year.
Other than Abrams, the offense had some other standouts including Jose Layer, Dalton Combs, and Robinson Medrano. The three of them combined for 6 hits, 2 doubles, 4 rbi, and 3 runs scored. Layer's double was almost a homerun as it hit off the very top part of the fence and would have been his first homerun of the year. He is also hitting a robust .371 at the top of the lineup and is third in the NWL with five doubles.
The Volcanoes will be back at it Wednesday night at Volcanoes Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 PM. Norwith Gudino will be on the mound for the Volcanoes.
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