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Day: August 4, 2011

Bears halt Volcanoes eruption

Salem-Keizer’s Danny Brock stands guard over first base as a Yakima runner makes a dive for the bag during the game Wednesday, July 27. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

For the Keizertimes

Yakima ended the Volcanoes’ four-game winning streak Saturday with a 9-2 pounding.

The Bears, who have been one of the weaker-hitting Northwest League clubs this season, had 16 hits including four doubles and were ahead 7-0 until Salem-Keizer scored its two runs in the fourth inning. The Volcanoes had only five hits.

Starting and losing pitcher Brandon Allen gave up 11 hits and seven runs, six earned, in his three innings. The standout Volcanoes player was shortstop Joe Panik, who went 2 for 4 including a triple, drove in a run and scored one, and started two double plays.

Yakima’s attack started in the second inning. Henry Zabala doubled to left field. Tyson Van Winkle singled to center, driving in Zabala, and went to second base on Jesus Galindo’s throw home. Danny Pulfer doubled to center and scored Van Winkle. Westley Moss singled to left and drove in Pulfer.

In the Bears’ third, singles by Garrett Weber, Marc Bourgeois and David Narodowski, the last on a bunt, loaded the bases. Zabala singled to right, and Weber scored. An errant throw from right field by Ryan Honeycutt allowed Bourgeois to score. Van Winkle grounded out but scored Narodowski. Pulfer sent Zabala home with a single to center.

The first Salem-Keizer hit came in the third inning, and it was an infield single by Garrett Buechele. Danny Brock then reached first base by forcing him out, and Honeycutt hit into a double play. Yiomar Camacho, Yakima’s starting and winning pitcher, did not issue a walk or let a batted ball out of the infield in the first three innings.

Newcomer Chris Gloor, a 6-6, 255-pound lefthander up from the Arizona League, came in to pitch the top of the fourth inning. He walked Moss, got Carter Bell to hit into a double play, and struck out Weber.

In the Volcanoes’ fourth, Leonardo Ochoa walked and scored on Panik’s triple to center. Mike Murray grounded out but batted in Panik.

Yakima added a run in the fifth. Bourgeois singled to center, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored as Zabala grounded out.

Aaron King took the mound for the Volcanoes at the start of the sixth. He walked one player and retired two on outfield flies before second baseman Kaohi Downing made a running catch of a blooper by Weber to retire the side.

In the seventh, Bourgeois doubled to right, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Zabala.

Mike Blake, pitching the seventh for Yakima, hit Downing but retired the other three batters.

Matt Graham pitched the eighth and ninth innings for the Volcanoes, allowing two infield singles and striking out one. Sent down from AA Augusta to work on his mechanics, he made his best Volcanoes’ pitching performance of the season and said after the game that he was “trying to piece it together.”

The crowd of 2,657 saw the Volcanoes get only five hits.

July 27: Volcanoes 5, Yakima 4

Salem-Keizer came back first from a Yakima lead and then a tied score to win its third straight game, taking the first of a five-game home series from the Bears.

Yakima scored the first three runs of the game, all in the second inning off starter Reiner Roibal. Zachary Jones doubled, went to third base on a grounder and scored on a single by David Narodowski, who was on base when Tyler Bream hit a home run.

The Volcanoes responded with one run in the second. Joe Staley walked, went to second on a single by Chuckie Jones and scored on a single by Garrett Buechele.

In the fifth, John Eshleman doubled and scored on a double by Brett Krill. The Volcanoes went ahead by a run in the sixth when Buechele homered with Jones on base.

The Bears tied the score in the eighth when Garrett Weber, who had walked and reached second on a single and third on when reliever Matthew Graham hit a batter, scored on a fielder’s choice. In the bottom of the eighth, Joe Panik singled and scored on a double by Staley.

Cody Hall was the closing and winning pitcher. Justin Albert took the loss.

July 28: Volcanoes 4, Yakima 3

Dan Burkhart’s first walk-off home run ever gave the Volcanoes yet another come-from-behind victory.

Yakima had the first run in the second inning when Garrett Weber, who had doubled, scored on an error by Brett Krill in right field. Salem-Keizer responded with a run in the same inning. Kaohi Downing reached second base on a grounder and third on a throwing error by pitcher Brad Wilson, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Brice Cutspec.

The Bears went ahead in the third on a homer by Justin Hilt. They added a run in the sixth when Marc Bourgeois doubled, went to third on a bunt single, and scored on an error by third baseman John Eshleman.

In the eighth, Jesus Galindo walked, stole second, reached third on a throwing error by catcher Tyson Van Winkle and scored on a sacrifice fly by Joe Panik.

Downing doubled to lead off the Volcanoes’ ninth and scored on Burkhart’s homer.

Starting pitcher Lorenzo Mendoza, despite being hit hard, walked none and struck out five in his six innings. Raffy Martinez won the game in relief, and Drew Zizinia lost in relief.

July 29: Volcanoes 10, Yakima 7

This time it was a six-run deficit that the Volcanoes overcame.

Yakima outhit Salem-Keizer 11-8 but made six errors. With the Bears ahead 6-0 in the middle of the third inning, half of those runs coming from a home run by David Narodowski, the Volcanoes scored three times. With the bases loaded, a sacrifice fly by Brett Krill drove in Leonardo Ochoa. A throwing error by pitcher Teo Gutierrez sent Jesus Galindo home. Joe Panik scored on a grounder.

Brian Maloney, a left-handed newcomer, replaced starter Cameron Lamb on the mound and gave up one run in the fourth. The Volcanoes cut the Bears’ lead to 7-5 in the fourth on three singles and a hit batsman.

In the sixth, with Greg Robinson pitching, Ochoa homered with Danny Brock on base. Panik and Krill walked, and Mike Murray singled Panik home. An error by Narodowski in left field allowed Krill to score.

Jesus Galindo was hit by a pitch in the eighth, stole his 20th base, reached third on a throwing error by catcher Steven Rodriguez, and scored on a single by Panik.

Brennan Flick was the winning pitcher and Robinson the loser, both in relief. Phil McCormick got his fourth save.

July 31: Volcanoes 13, Yakima 8

The Volcanoes returned to their come-from-behind form and ended the home series with a 4-1 record.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, with the Bears ahead 7-1, Joe Staley led off with a home run. Garrett Buechele and Chuckie Jones walked, and Danny Brock, who has seen little action this season, hit his first homer of 2011.

Salem-Keizer added eight runs in the fifth. Staley walked, Kaohi Downing reached first base on a fielder’s choice, and Jones drove in both with a double. Brock walked, John Eshleman singled Jones home, and Jesus Galindo walked to load the bases. Relief pitcher Miles Reagan forced Brock home by walking Shawn Payne. Brett Krill, in the unusual role of designated hitter, hit a grand slam.

Yakima added a run in the sixth. With Danny Pulfer on second, Marc Bourgeois bounced a grounder off relief pitcher Stephen Shackleford’s ankle into left field, driving Pulfer in.

The Bears had one homer, by Tyler Bream in the second with the bases empty.

For each club, the pitcher of record (Shackleford for the Volcanoes, Reagan for the Bears) was the first of four relievers. Kendry Flores started for Salem-Keizer, Adam Kudryk for Yakima.

Aug. 2: Boise 8, 

Volcanoes 5

Outhitting their hosts 11-8 and tying the score in the top of the seventh inning were not enough for the Volcanoes, who could not overcome Boise’s five runs in the bottom of the seventh.

The Hawks scored three times in the third. A passed ball on a strikeout sent runners to first and third, a walk loaded the bases, and another walk forced Yaniel Cabezas home. Zeke De Voss hit a two-run double.

Salem-Keizer scored one run in the fourth and one in the fifth. Garrett Buechele singled Danny Brock home from second base in the fourth. In the fifth, Jesus Galindo doubled and scored on an error that put Joe Panik on first.

In the seventh, Galindo singled, stole second, reached third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Panik.

Boise answered in the seventh just after Brian Maloney took the mound, starting pitcher Reiner Roibal having allowed three runs but none earned in his six innings. Singles by Dustin Harrington and Wes Darvill were followed by a wild pitch and a walk to De Voss. Another wild pitch scored Harrington, and Matthew Graham came in to pitch. Rafael Lopez singled Darvill home, Paul Hoilman was hit by a pitch, and Reggie Holden hit a three-run double.

The Volcanoes scored again in the eighth, when a grounder by John Eshleman drove in Joe Staley, and in the ninth, when Brock singled Panik home.

Maloney was the losing pitcher. Dustin Fitzgerald was the winner in relief.

Knights vanquish Idaho

Andy Bevens winds up for a pitch. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

The Keizer Knights cruised past the Idaho state champs 8-0 in their opening game of pool play in the Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament Tuesday, Aug. 2. The winning teams lands a berth in the Babe Ruth World Series later this month. The championship game will be played Saturday, Aug. 6, at 5 p.m.

Alex Alvarado walks back to the dish after conferring with Bevens. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)