KEIZER Ore - The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes have played three out of their last four games into extra innings, and have won none of those. That is including tonight where the Volcanoes just could not get anything going on the offensive side. The offense struggled to pick up hits while the pitching completely dominated for nine innings. Jake Wong got the start for the Volcanoes and finished his successful night with 3.0 IP, four strikeouts, and just one hit allowed. Christopher Burks was the lone bright spot for the Volcanoes offense tonight as he racked up three hits in his four at-bats. The game went scoreless for nine innings and then the Volcanoes ended up falling by a score of 3-1 in extras.
For the first nine innings of the game the Volcanoes pitching staff held the Canadians to three total hits, but were not rewarded because their offense also could not get going during that time. Burks was the only real spot in the lineup that was being real productive with his three hits. Wander Franco also had a solid night at the plate as he had two hits. The only other Volcano with a hit was Dalton Combs who finished the night 1/3.
The pitching staff was the star of the night as they combined for nine total strikeouts and no earned runs allowed. Alex DuBord, just activated tonight, relieved Wong and went 4.0 innings, had two strikeouts, and only surrendered two hits all night long. He was relieved by Trent Toplikar who eventually ended up taking the loss because of the three runs scored in the tenth. However, none of those were earned runs because of the new MiLB rule that places a runner on second at the start of extra innings and followed by a Volcanoes error. Matt Frisbee came in and got the final two outs of the inning to end a stellar night for the pitching staff.
The Volcanoes will travel to Boise to face the Hawks in a three game series with Blake Rivera scheduled to pitch the first game of the series.
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