Hillsboro Hops Blanked by SK Volcanoes 2-0
The Hillsboro Hops blanked for the first time since July 8th of this year. Tonight, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes applied the vise blanking the Hops 2-0. The Hops threatened several times but could not bring home the bacon.
Luis Frias Fine Effort
Pitcher Luis Frias (L, 2-3) , the current league strike-out leader, mustered four strike-outs against the Volcanoes and held them to one run but it wasn’t enough to avoid the loss. The Hops used six pitchers in all to control the visitors the best they could. The entire effort held the first half champion Volcanoes to two runs on seven hits with nine strike-outs. Good enough for the win most times. But, not tonight. The Volcanoes did them a little better in a close game.
Travis Perry (W, 3-0) stretched 69 pitches over six innings for the win. The Volcanoes only needed a triumvirate on the mound holding the Hops blanked on the scoreboard to go along with six hits. Cooper Casad (H, 1) covered two innings and struck out first baseman Andy Yerzy with the bases loaded to get his team out of the jam. Israel Cruz (S, 3) closed down the ninth for the save.
Hops Bats Swung Uphill
The Hops batters came close several times during the game but could not sustain the drive long enough to get someone across the plate. It looked like a matter of time and not if the Hops would score to begin the game. Ricky Martinez led off with a single in the first. Andy Yerzy and Jorge Barrosa led off with back to back singles in the second. Daniel Wasinger and David Garza singled with one out in the fifth.
The eighth inning brought the Hops as close as they would get to touching home. With one out, Ricky Martinez slammed a double, the only Hop to have more than one hit, and Jesus Marriaga and Kristian Robinson joined him to load the bases with walks. By then, two outs faced them and there wasn’t enough gas in the tank to cruise home.
The loss dropped the Hillsboro Hops (2-1) into a tie for first place with the Eugene Emeralds in the Southern Division. The win drew the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (1-2) into a tie with the Boise Hawks for third place. Despite the Hops blanked, Hillsboro took the series 2-1 to start the second half of the season.
The Hops left shortly after the game to travel to Boise for a three game series with the Hawks tomorrow night at 6:15 PM. Drey Jameson (0-0) starts for the Hops. In his last outing on Sunday, Jameson pitched one inning giving up one run on one hit with two walks and a strike out for the no decision.
Zak Baayoun (0-3) faces Jameson for Boise. Baayoun’s last outing on Saturday lasted 3.2 innings giving up six runs on ten hits with two walks and five strike-outs for the no decision. He last pitched against the Hops on July 7th taking a loss.
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