KEIZER, Ore -- The Volcanoes jumped out to an early 6 to 0 lead in the first and wouldn't look back, winning 8 to 2 for their first home win since June 16th. Entering the contest, the Volcanoes had dropped their last eight ballgames at Volcano Stadium but now have an opportunity to win their first home series when they play the Hawks in the rubber game on Friday.
For the third time in the last five games, the Volcanoes put up a five-spot in the first inning to take a commanding early lead. With the bases juiced in the bottom of the first, switch-hitting shortstop Manuel Geraldo flipped a single to shallow right, scoring two. Right fielder Juan Rodriguez duplicated Geraldo's effort by hitting a liner of his own to right field, extending the Volcano lead to 3 to 0. Designated hitter Robinson Medrano was the next to join the hit parade, as he roped a two-run double down the right field line to put the game at 5 to 0.
With runners and first and second and five runs already in for the Volcanoes, Boise Hawks' manager Scott Little decided he had seen enough out of starting pitcher John Valek as the skipper gave the young southpaw the hook. In for the Hawks was right-hander John Gesell, who walked in a run to give the Volcanoes six runs in the frame.
It was nothing but goose eggs on the board for the Hawks until the fifth inning when right fielder Daniel Jipping drove home first baseman Sean Bouchard with a line shot to centerfield.
That would be the only run Volcanoes starting pitcher Stetson Woods would allow on the night as the 6'8" hurler got through five innings on just 63 pitches, whittling his league-leading ERA down to 1.87 in the process. Woods started the night absolutely dominant, retiring the first twelve batters he faced before he allowed the single to Bouchard to leadoff the fifth.
After jumping out to a 6 to 0 lead in the first, the Volcanoes wouldn't strike again until the sixth when right fielder Juan Rodriguez hammered a home run to deep left.
Right-handers Jason Bahr and Garrett Cave combined for four innings in relief, giving up no earned runs on the night and helping the Volcanoes secure an 8 to 2 win. In the last 17.1 innings that Giants 2017 draftees have pitched, they have given up just one earned run, providing a much-needed boost for the Volcanoes bullpen.
Orlando Garcia extended his hit streak to 11 games tonight after doubling in the first. Since joining the Volcanoes, Garcia has hit .308 with a team-high .600 slugging percentage.
Volcanoes right-hander Julio Benitez will square off against Hawks righty Rico Garcia in the rubber match of the series tomorrow night at 6:35 p.m. as the Volcanoes look to win their first home series of the year.
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