KEIZER, Ore. - The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes's offense ran out of bullets in another shootout against the Everett AquaSox, who won 11-10 on August 5 at Volcanoes Stadium.
Salem-Keizer sandwiched an offensive push into the early frames of the ballgame. After a base on balls and two-straight singles to leadoff the bottom of the first inning, first baseman Ryan Kirby provided some mustard with a run-scoring base knock as the Volcanoes led 1-0. Shortstop Manuel Geraldo stacked the cold cuts when he unloaded the bases with a grand salami over the right wall fence off of Everett starting pitcher Andres Torres to balloon the lead to 5-0.
However, the AquaSox made an even grander splash in the top of the third frame with a seven-spot. Center fielder Austin Grebeck drove in the first run of the inning with a two-bagger to center field. The next batter was third baseman Johnny Adams, who tacked on another run with a single to condense the deficit to 5-2.
The hit parade continued when first baseman Onil Pena singled in Grebeck for the AquaSox's fourth consecutive hit to trim the lead to 5-3. Right fielder Greifer Andrade extended the streak to five straight with a two-bagger that drove in two to tie the score at 5-5 apiece and knock Volcanoes starting pitcher Jose Marte out of the ballgame.
Right-handed reliever John Timmins took the bump for the Volcanoes, but could not stop the bleeding. After retiring the first batter, Timmins dished out a double off the lumber of designated hitter Troy Dixon that allowed the go-ahead to cross home plate. Left fielder Aaron Stroomsa padded the AquaSox lead with an RBI base hit to elevate the score to 7-5.
The Volcanoes made haste in their pursuit to tie the contest in the bottom of the fifth when second baseman Orlando went oppo taco over, pulverizing the pitch from Torres that clanked off of the "PT Northwest" sign over the right field wall for a two-run tater.
The advantage swung back into Salem-Keizer's favor in the proceeding bottom half. Right fielder Logan Baldwin swatted a one-out double and eventually reached third via a ground out. With two outs, Kirby came up clutch when he grounded a ball back up the gut to score Baldwin and regain the lead for the Volcanoes 8-7.
AquaSox reliever Adonis De la Cruz plunked Garcia thereafter, setting up runners on first and second base with two outs. Next at the dish was infielder Tyler Brown, who made mincemeat of an offering from De la Cruz with a booming two-run double to stretch the lead out to 10-7.
After a scoreless seventh inning from both squads, the AquaSox put on their rally caps in the top of the eight to snatch the lead back from the Volcanoes. Righty reliever Andy Rohloff took over for Alejandro De La Rosa, who pitched three scoreless innings while striking out three batsmen and only surrendering two hits. The sharp-focused chakra that De La Rosa commanded did not transfer over to Rohloff when he took the mound.
Rohloff allowed two singles to start the inning and then walked the next to hitters to plate a run for the AquaSox, who trailed 10-8 at that point. Garret Cave relieved Rohloff after the run scored, but he himself could not buy an out for the Volcanoes. Cave walked in another run and then served up an RBI single to Adams that tied the score at 10-10 all.
The righty finally recorded an out when he struck out Pena, but eventually relinquished the lead to Everett. Andrade lifted a sacrifice fly to right field that drove in shortstop Chris Torres from third base and reacquired the lead for the AquaSox 11-10, which proved to be the deciding run in the ballgame.
De la Cruz (2-1) earned the victory in relief, hurling three innings and yielding three runs, four hits and two walks while striking out two Volcanoes.
Rohloff (0-1) was charged with the loss. He did not log an out in his appearance and allowed four runs, two hits and two walks.
Cave blew his first save of the season despite pitching well. He struck out five while only walking one and ceding one hit.
The Volcanoes and the AquaSox have put on an offensive clinic thus far in this series. Through the first three contests, the two offenses have combined for 56 runs on 77 hits.
Both teams with continue their five-game series tomorrow August 6 at Volcanoes Stadium. AquaSox hurler Jose Santiago (1-2, 5.77 ERA) will toe the rubber against Volcanoes pitcher Jason Bahr (1-1, 5.17 ERA). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m.
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