The Volcanoes topped the Boise Hawks 10-6 on Friday in front of 4,072 at Memorial Stadium, clinching the series win and finishing off regular season play with the Hawks.
Chris Johnson (6-3) got his final regular season start for the Volcanoes, pitching five innings of solid baseball, giving up three runs on four hits while striking out five and walking one. With the start on Friday, Johnson has entered in the top ten in franchise history in both innings pitched (83) and strikeouts (78) in a season.
Both teams would put three runs on the board in the first on three hits, continuing the offensive shootout that has been this three-game series.
Leo Rojas doubled off of Duane Underwood (3-4) in his first at-bat and was brought in on a Sam Eberle sacrifice to the right side of the infield. Underwood would last just three innings, giving up eight runs on six hits while walking three.
With the game tied 3-3 heading to the third, the Volcanoes broke it wide open with a five-run frame. Ryan Jones led off the inning with a routine flyball to center, but it would fall in for a reach as Kevin Encarnacion dropped the ball to allow Jones to get all the way to second. Brian Ragira and Eberle hit back-to-back doubles to start the scoring in the fifth, both picking up an RBI. John Polonius topped it off with a two-RBI triple to bring in Brandon Bednar and Shilo McCall. Polonius went 2-for-5 on the game with two triples and two RBI.
Bednar added insurance runs in the fifth and ninth with a solo homerun and RBI single, respectively. He was 3-for-4 on the night with a homerun, stolen base, two RBI and two runs scored.
Cameron McVey pitched two quality innings in relief, retiring every batter he saw while striking out four.
The Volcanoes now travel back to Keizer to host the Eugene Emeralds for the final three games of the regular season. Game time Saturday is set for 6:35 p.m.
About the Volcanoes: The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes are a minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Home games are played at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer from mid-June through early-September. Tickets start at just $7. For more information call the Volcanoes at (503) 390-2225.
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