KEIZER, Ore -- Salem-Keizer took advantage of six AquaSox errors to take game two of the five game set on Friday night, defeating Everett by a score of 8 to 6. The AquaSox tied the game in the bottom of the eighth on a three run homer, but the Volcanoes showed resilience by scoring two in the bottom half of the inning and come up with the win.
In the top of the first, the AquaSox got off to a quick lead when shortstop Chris Torres hit a low line drive down the right field line that left the park in a hurry, sneaking it just inside the foul pole.
The Volcanoes evened the score in the bottom half of the inning after Logan Baldwin singled to center, advanced to second on a wild pitch, stole third, then scored on a ground ball by Northwest League RBI leader Ryan Kirby.
The Volcanoes tacked on another two runs in the third, the first one a screaming liner off the bat of second baseman Orlando Garcia. AquaSox starting pitcher Anjul Hernandez then completely lost his command, walking three of the next four batters he faced, the last of which with the bases loaded, giving the Volcanoes a 3 to 1 lead.
Peter Lannoo, making his first start for the Volcanoes, was excellent in his four innings tonight. The 6'6" righty scattered three hits across four frames, giving up just one earned run and leaving the game with a 3 to 1 lead.
The Salem-Keizer was at it again in the fifth, pushing across two more runs in the frame. With runners on second and third and one away, second baseman Kevin Rivera laid down a bunt back to reliever David Hesslink. Hesslink fielded the ball cleanly, but sailed the ball over his catcher's head, allowing two runs to score on the error and giving the Volcanoes a 5 to 1 lead.
Tyler Schmipf entered the game for the Volcanoes in the sixth and gave up four hits and two runs while recording just one out. Aaron Phillips came in for Schimpf and retired the next two hitters, but not before the AquaSox narrowed their deficit to 5 to 3.
The Volcanoes got one of those runs back in the bottom half of the inning with another RBI by Garcia, which was his third hit and second RBI of the game.
The game remained at 6 to 3 until the bottom of the eighth. With runners on second and third two outs in the inning, left fielder Greifer Andrade unloaded on a Phillips fastball, driving it deep into the Keizer night to tie the game at six.
To lead off the eighth, Bryce Johnson was plunked in the ribs with a fastball. He then swiped second and advanced to third when AquaSox catcher Juan Camacho overthrew second base. After first baseman Ryan Kirby walked, Garcia drove in Johnson on a sac fly to left field, giving the Volcanoes the 7 to 6 lead. Next up was shortstop Manuel Geraldo, who drove in Kirby with an RBI single to give the Volcanoes a much needed insurance run.
John Russell came into and shut the door for the Volcanoes, retiring the AquaSox hitters in order to earn his fourth save of the season.
The Volcanoes will play game three of the five game set tomorrow night at 6:35 p.m. at Volcano Stadium. Jose Marte will toe the slab for Salem-Keizer against All-Star right hander Andres Torres for Everett.
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