KEIZER, Ore -- Today's game between the Salem Keizer Volcanoes and Hillsboro Hops was delayed for 58 minutes after the top half of the first inning due to a total solar eclipse. At 10:15 a.m. PST, the stadium plunged into darkness and the crowd of 5,297 were left awestruck by the otherworldly spectacle. Eventually, the moon would move past the sun, the fans would remove their eclipse glasses, and play would resume.
When the sun reappeared and the field was lifted from the shroud of darkness, the Volcanoes found themselves with a 4 to 0 deficit. John Timmins, who normally pitches out of relief, was forced to make his first career start as the Volcanoes anticipated the eclipse delay. His first start did not go as planned as the 6'6" right-hander was pounded for four runs, including a two-run moon shot by catcher Daulton Varsho.
The Volcanoes got on the board for the first time in the bottom of the second inning when shortstop Manuel Geraldo lined a single to center, driving in second baseman Orlando Garcia. Geraldo would later score on a sac fly by catcher Rob Calabrese to draw the Volcanoes closer at a score of 4 to 2.
The Hops got both runs back in the top half of the fourth to extend their advantage to 6 to 2.
In the bottom half of the inning, Garcia once again singled and came around to score, this time on a line drive by designated hitter Michael Sexton.
In the sixth, Varsho launched a mammoth home run for his second long ball of the game. Later in the inning, first baseman Pavin Smith roped a two-run double to extend the Hops lead to 8 to 3.
The Volcanoes scored two more runs, but the Hops lead proved to be insurmountable as they handed the Volcanoes a 9 to 5 loss.
The two teams will square off for the final time this season tomorrow at 6:35 p.m. at Volcanoes Stadium.
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