By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes
The Volcanoes opened their home series with Everett by whipping the AquaSox 9-4, getting only nine hits but taking advantage of five walks and two errors.
Starter Cameron Lamb, who has been working hard on his sinker, was the winning pitcher with five effective innings. Salem-Keizer had two big offensive innings, scoring four runs each in the second and fourth.
In the second, Mike Murray doubled to center field, Brett Krill walked and Dan Burkhart reached first base on an error by first baseman Jharmidy De Jesus. Garrett Buechele walked, forcing Murray home. Brice Cutspec doubled, driving in Krill and Burkhart. Buechele went to third on the hit and scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Chuckie Jones.
The next run came in the third inning, when a single by Burkhart drove in Krill, who had doubled.
In the fourth, Stephen Landazuri, Everett’s starting and losing pitcher, walked Cutspec on four pitches. A mound conference followed, and Cutspec reached second base on a passed ball before walking. Jordan Pries came in from the bullpen and hit Shawn Payne to load the bases. Joe Panik, whose parents were attending the game, singled to short left field, scoring Cutspec and reloading the bases. Murray grounded out to first base, bringing Jones home. Krill hit an infield single, driving in Payne, and a throwing error by shortstop Marcus Littlewood allowed Panik to score.
Everett’s first run came in the fifth after De Jesus came to bat with runners on first and second. Both advanced on a wild pitch, and De Jesus reached first on an error by Panik at short that allowed the lead runner, Jarrett Burgess, to score.
Rafael Martinez took the mound to start the top of the sixth and retired the side after allowing one single.
The second AquaSox run came in the seventh on the only home run of the game, by Littlewood with the bases empty.
Everett put Cody Weiss on the mound to start the bottom of the eighth. Cutspec singled down the left field line but was thrown out trying to stretch it to a double. Jones and Payne singled in that inning, but no one scored. Wilber Bucardo came in to strike out the last batter.The AquaSox scored twice in the ninth. Jorge Agudelo doubled to deep center and scored on a single by Mario Yepez. Yepez stole second and scored on a double to left center by De Jesus.
“It’s always a work in progress,” manager Tom Trebelhorn said of his Volcanoes’ recent improved play, “and you never totally get things figured out.”
“I didn’t feel good out there,” Lamb said of his overall pitching performance, “but I got them out.” Asked what he has been working on to improve his pitching, he said he was focusing on his sinker and regarding strikeouts as a bonus.
Cutspec observed that after the last winning streak, the players “got on a roll.”
July 13: Yakima 5, Volcanoes 2
A five-game series at Yakima opened with a 5-2 loss for the Volcanoes.
Salem-Keizer had a good start, scoring the first two runs of the game in the top of the second inning. Mike Murray singled, Joe Staley walked and Garrett Buechele singled to load the bases. A single by Brice Cutspec scored Murray and Staley.
The Bears responded with a run in the bottom of the third. Steven Rodriguez singled, went to second on a single by Westley Moss, stole third and came home on a throwing error by catcher Staley.
Yakima came to bat in the fifth with the Volcanoes one run ahead. Daniel Pulfer singled, went to second on a bunt and scored on a single by Raul Navarro. Carter Bell was hit by a pitch from starting pitcher Cameron Lamb, and Zachary Jones doubled to drive in Navarro and Bell.
For the final run, Bell tripled in the eighth and scored on a double by Jimmy Comerota.
Lamb took the loss, and Brad Wilson, the Bears’ starter, was the winning pitcher.
July 14: Yakima 6, Volcanoes 2
Yakima made it two straight over the Volcanoes as Teo Gutierrez and two relievers combined for a four-hitter against Salem-Keizer.
Both Volcanoes runs came in the seventh inning. Shawn Payne singled, stole second base and scored on a double by John Eshleman. Joe Panik doubled Eshleman home.
Everyone in the Bears’ lineup had at least one hit. The No. 9 hitter, Westley Moss, was the only one who hit safely twice. The big inning for Yakima was the fifth, when the host club scored three runs on two singles, two errors and fielder’s choice.
Starter Brandon Allen was the losing pitcher. Matthew Graham, Phil McCormick and Wilber Bucardo pitched in relief.
July 15: Yakima 6, Volcanoes 1
The Volcanoes’ third successive loss to Yakima came after Salem-Keizer had a 1-0 lead in the middle of the fourth inning.
In the top of the first, Shawn Payne doubled and went to third on a single by John Eshleman. Joe Panik walked to load the bases, and Brett Krill was hit by a pitch, forcing Payne home.
With only one hit off starter Reiner Roibal going into the bottom of the fourth, the Bears tied the score with a sacrifice fly by Jimmy Comerota. He drove in Carter Bell, who had singled and gone to third on another single.
Yakima scored two runs in the fifth, two in the sixth and two in the eighth. The runs in the fifth came on three singles and an error, and Jack Snodgrass relieved Roibal to start the Bears’ sixth. Doubles by Comerota and Marc Bourgeois and two wild pitches gave Yakima its sixth-inning runs.
In the eighth, Justin Hilt singled and scored on a triple by Westley Moss.
Starter Adam Kudryk was the winning pitcher. Roibal took the loss.
July 16: Volcanoes 5, Yakima 3
A four-game losing streak ended as the Volcanoes came from behind to beat Yakima 5-3 there.
Trailing 3-1 going into the seventh inning, Salem-Keizer scored three runs in the top of the seventh and added a run in the eighth. Joe Panik, Mike Murray and Brice Cutspec had two hits each, and Murray drove in two of the Volcanoes’ runs.
In the fifth, Brett Krill and Dan Burkhart singled, Chuckie Jones forced Burkhart out, and an error let Krill score.
Cutspec doubled to lead off the seventh, went to third base on a single by Leonardo Ochoa, and scored as a Garrett Buechele grounder forced Ochoa out. Panik reached third as an error failed to force Buechele out. Murray doubled to drive in Buechele and Panik.
Julio Izturis, who had gone from first to second as a pinch runner in the eighth, scored on a single by Kaohi Downing.
Kendry Flores, the Volcanoes’ starter, was the winning pitcher and is now 3-2. Phil McCormick, the second of two relief pitchers, earned a save, only the Volcanoes’ second of the season. The Bears’ John Pedrotty lost the game in relief.
July 17: Volcanoes 16, Yakima 5
The Volcanoes rediscovered their hitting prowess and were in control all the way as they had their highest-scoring game of 2011 so far and outhit their hosts 20-9.
Joe Panik drove in six runs on four hits. Brett Krill had five hits and three runs batted in. Kaohi Downing also had three RBIs, and his three hits included the only home run of the game, which he hit in the fourth inning with Leonardo Ochoa on base. It was his first professional homer; he was a pitcher until this season.
Salem-Keizer scored one run in the first inning, five in the third, two in the fourth and four each in the sixth and seventh.
Lorenzo Mendoza, the Volcanoes’ starting pitcher, allowed one run on four hits for four innings but ran into trouble in the fifth, when the Bears scored their remaining four runs. Stephen Shackleford came in, pitched 2-2/3 innings and got the win. Cody Hall pitched the ninth. Yakima’s starter, Randy Hamrick, took the loss.
Carter Bell was the Bears’ offensive leader with two hits and three RBIs.
July 19: Volcanoes 4, Everett 3
Coming from behind, the Volcanoes edged Everett 4-3 to take the second of a three-game home series.
The AquaSox scored all their runs in the first inning. Mario Yepez doubled and scored on a single by Jharmidy De Jesus. With De Jesus on base, James Wood hit a home run.
Salem-Keizer responded with two runs in the same inning. Leonardo Ochoa singled, went to third base on a single by Joe Panik and scored on a single by Mike Murray that put Panik on second. Joe Staley singled Panik home.
In the third, Panik singled and scored on a double by Murray.
The Volcanoes broke the tie in the sixth on a bases-empty homer by Brice Cutspec.
Brandon Allen, the Volcanoes’ starting pitcher, went six innings and got his first win of the season. Matthew Graham was credited with a hold and Phil McCormick a save. Brian Leigh took the loss in relief.