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Volcanoes swept by Emeralds

The Volcanes Keith Bilodeau winds up for a pitch in a game against the Vancouver Canadians Tuesday, Aug. 23. (KEIZERTIMES/Brian Rennick)

For the Keizertimes

Manager Tom Trebelhorn stirred things up, and so did his players by taking Saturday night’s game to 11 innings, but the Volcanoes lost 5-4, giving the Emeralds a sweep of all the 2011 games the two clubs played in Eugene.

Trebelhorn put several reserves in his starting lineup, including left fielder Leonardo Ochoa, who hit the only home run of the game in the first inning. The manager also got himself thrown out of the game in the inning for whatever he said to base umpire Travis Eggerts, who had called Payne out trying to steal third base. He then berated plate umpire Matthew Czajak, ripped off his batting helmet, kicked it several times, and shook hands with the players in the Emeralds dugout before leaving PK Park.

Shawn Payne led off the first inning with a single to center field and was caught stealing second. Ochoa then hit his home run over the right center field fence. The next two batters were retired, and Salem-Keizer had a 1-0 lead, which it kept until the bottom of the fourth.

Casey McElroy led off the Eugene fourth with a double to center, the first hit off starting pitcher Cameron Lamb. Duanel Jones reached first on an error by shortstop John Eshleman, with McElroy going to third. A wild pitch moved Jones to second, and Zach Kometani singled to left, scoring both baserunners. With Matt Colantonio at the plate, another wild pitch put Kometani on third. Colantonio drove in Kometani with a single to right, giving the Emeralds a 3-1 lead.

The Volcanoes responded with two runs in the fifth. Danny Brock was hit by a pitch, Garrett Buechele singled to right, and a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Honeycutt put Brock on third and Buechele on second. Eshleman grounded out, with Brock scoring and Buechele going to third. A wild pitch from starter Juan Herrera brought Buechele home, and the score was tied. Jeremy Gigliotti came in to pitch and retired the side.

In the Eugene sixth, Stephen Shackleford took the mound. Travis Whitmore singled to second and went to third on a wild pitch. Colantonio singled Whitmore to third, and another wild pitch scored him.

The Volcanoes tied the score again in the ninth. Joe Staley doubled to left, and Jesus Galindo ran for him. Chris Wilkes replaced Matt Stites on the mound and hit Kaohi Downing with a pitch. Brock bunted into a force out in which Wilkes threw Galindo out at third. Downing went to second and scored on Buechele’s single to left.

Cody Hall, who had replaced Shackleford in the eighth, sent the game into extra innings by holding the Emeralds scoreless in the ninth.

The 10th inning went by without a run. In the 11th, Kyle Brule went to the mound for Eugene, and Dan Burkhart, who had taken over as catcher after Staley was lifted for a pinch runner, singled to left. With two out, Brock reached first on catcher’s interference. However, Buechele grounded out, and the side was retired.

Lee Orr led off the Eugene 11th with a triple to center. Kyle Gaedele reached first on a fielder’s choice and second on defensive indifference. Wilber Bucardo, who had come in to pitch in the 10th, intentionally walked Peterson. Miller then came to bat, and an unintentional walk forced Orr home.

Brule was the winning pitcher and is now 2-0 despite an 8.44 earned run average. Bucardo, the loser, is 0-2 with a 3.60 ERA.

Aug, 17: Vancouver 4, Volcanoes 1

A three-run rally in the eighth inning won the series for the Canadians.

Vancouver scored the first run of the game in the second. Shane Opitz singled, went to third base on a double by Andrew Burns and scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Newman. Salem-Keizer tied the score in the third, when Garrett Buechele, who had walked, scored on a triple by Jesus Galindo.

The score remained 1-1 through the top of the eighth. Jonathon Berti walked, Nick Baligod and Kevin Patterson singled, and Yeico Aponte ran for Patterson. Opitz hit into a force out that scored Berti. Aponte scored when Burns reached first base on an error. Wilber Bucardo, who became the losing pitcher, was replaced by Aaron King. King walked Newman to load the bases and forced Opitz home by walking Chris Schaeffer.

Drew Permison was the winning pitcher in relief.

Aug. 18: Eugene 5, Volcanoes 4

The Volcanoes led through the top of the eighth inning with an attack that included three stolen bases by Jesus Galindo, but fell to a two-run Eugene rally in the bottom of the eighth.

Salem-Keizer took a 1-0 lead when Mike Murray led off the second inning with a home run. In the third, Galindo singled, stole second and third, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Brett Krill. The Emeralds answered with a run in the third when a throwing error let Justin Miller score.

In the Volcanoes’ fourth, Dan Burkhart singled, went to third when Garrett Buechele doubled, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ben Thomas. Buechele tagged and reached third on a fly, and a single by Galindo drove him in.  In the Emeralds’ fourth, Jeremy Rodriguez singled Travis Whitmore home, and a single from Jose Dore scored Lee Orr.

Eugene’s Kyle Gaedele was hit by a pitch in the eighth, stole second, and reached third and home on wild pitches first by Matthew Graham and then Phil McCormick. Pinch runner Jace Peterson scored on a single by Miller.

Graham took the loss. Matthew Stites was the winner in relief, and Chris Wilkes earned a save.

Aug. 19: Eugene 5, Volcanoes 1

It just wasn’t Salem-Keizer’s night.

Three infield errors, late-inning pitching woes, long drives that were caught, and a quick ejection of Joe Staley over a third-strike dispute kept the Volcanoes from getting their second 2011 win over the Emeralds.

Eugene scored a first-inning run when Jace Peterson, who had singled, stolen second base and reached third on an error, scored on a force out. The Volcanoes tied the score in the second when a sacrifice fly by Chuckie Jones scored Kaohi downing, who had walked and advanced on a single by Staley and a walk to Ben Thomas that loaded the bases.

The Emeralds went up by one run in the second, with Kyle Gaedele doubling and scoring on a single by Lee Orr. The score remained 2-1 until the bottom of the seventh. Lorenzo Mendoza, who had pitched six innings, allowed two runs but only one earned and struck out five, was replaced by Brennan Flick. After Flick walked Orr and Jose Dore, Peterson drove them in with a triple. Casey McElroy singled Peterson home.

Mendoza was the losing pitcher. Simon Berroa was the winner in relief.

Aug. 21: Vancouver 8, Volcanoes 7

The Volcanoes trailed all the way but kept fighting in the first game of a home series.

Big moments for Salem-Keizer included three hits and three stolen bases by Shawn Payne, three hits including a home run by Garrett Buechele, and two scoreless relief innings from Brennan Flick, but Vancouver  had a 5-0 lead after two innings.

The Canadians’ second-inning rally included doubles by Andrew Burns, Jonathon Berti and Jonathan Jones,  and Aaron King relieved starter and loser Brandon Allen to start the third inning.

A four-run rally for the Volcanoes in the fourth made the score 5-4.  Kaohi Downing, Jesus Galindo and Shawn Payne singled to load the bases. Joe Panik doubled to drive in Downing and Galindo. Mike Murray grounded out but scored Galindo. Brett Krill reached first on a fielder’s choice that threw Panik out at home, and a double by Dan Burkhart brought Krill home.

Vancouver added a run in the fifth and two in the seventh on a homer by Matt Newman with Burns on base. Salem-Keizer scored a run each in the seventh, eighth and ninth, with Buechele hitting his homer in the eighth.

Starter Jesse Hernandez was the winning pitcher, and Drew Permison got a save.

Aug. 22: Volcanoes 14, Vancouver 5

Sixteen hits, seven for extra bases, put the Volcanoes in command all the way.

The big rallies for Salem-Keizer produced four runs in the first inning and five in the sixth. In the first, the Volcanoes hit three triples, by Shawn Payne Joe Panik and Brett Krill. They had only three hits in the sixth, but one was a two-run homer by Garrett Buechele, and there were three walks and an error.

There was one more Volcanoes home run, by Panik in the fourth with the bases empty. The Canadians had two homers, solo shots by Kevin Patterson in the sixth and Matt Newman in the seventh.

Jack Snodgrass, making his second start, went five innings for the win. He is now 3-0 with a 3.49 earned run average. Vancouver’s starter, Kramer Champlin, was the loser. His record is 0-2.

Matt Graham and Chris Gloor pitched in relief for the Volcanoes, Gloor allowing one hit and no runs and striking out six in two innings.

Aug. 23: Volcanoes 12, Vancouver 0

Salem-Keizer domination continued as the Volcanoes put 15 hits to work for 12 runs and pitched their fourth shutout of the season, all four coming in August. The Canadians were held to five hits.

The first run, in the first inning, was manufactured. Jesus Galindo walked, advanced on two of his three stolen bases of the evening, and scored on a force out. In the second, however, four runs came on three singles, a double, and Galindo’s 40th steal of the season. The double, by Mike Murray, scored Shawn Payne and Joe Panik.

Starter Reiner Roibal, despite pitching well earlier, got only his first victory of the season against three losses. His earned run average is 3.50. Vancouver’s starter, Aaron Sanchez, was knocked out after 1-2/3 innings and is 0-1.

In the fifth, the Volcanoes scored five runs on four singles, a double and three walks. Ben Thomas hit the double, driving in Brett Krill and Ken Burkhart.

The Volcanoes added two runs in the eighth, when Thomas hit his first Northwest League home run with Ryan Honeycutt on base.

Phil McCormick pitched the ninth for the Volcanoes, striking out the side.