Hillsboro Hops Explode Over Vancouver Canadians, 13-4
Hillsboro Hops explode, doing no wrong in the sixth and seventh innings. Bats erupted by everyone. Twelve Hops batters went to the plate in the sixth alone. Another ten batters in the seventh. By the time the dust had settled, the home team walked away with a 13-4 win that was just as easy as it looked.
Hops pitching takes shutout into the ninth
The Hops pitching was also top notch. Luis Frias (W, 1-1) set the tone with nine strikeouts over the first five innings with only two hits and no runs. Frias received the win. RHP Jake Polancic kept the visiting team hitless over his one inning of relief.
Jose Almonte came on to finish. Before he could make it to the finish line, he ran into the only trouble for the Hops of the night. His arrival in the seventh was a continuation of the mastery shown on the mound for the Hops. Almonte faced the minimum three batters and struck out two. The eighth was more of the same, retiring three straight batters while adding another strikeout to his total.
The Hops entered the final inning needing only three outs to complete their shut out of the Canadians. It wasn’t to be. While their 13 run lead was never threatened, trying to get that final out was frustrating for the two pitchers sent to the mound. The Canadians did what they couldn’t do all game. They scored. Four runs came across the plate. But, it was too little too late.
Hops Bats Do No Wrong
But, the real story of the night overshadowed the fine overall pitching. The crowd got to watch the bats of the hometown team Hops explode in every direction. Every batter hit safely at least once in the game. With 18 hits, there were plenty to go around. Every single batter also knocked in at least one run. Eight batters scored at least one run.
Rickey Martinez, Steven Leyton, Kristian Robinson and Jorge Barrosa all had three hits on the night. Robinson also knocked in three runs to go along with Leyton, Barrosa and Lucas Herbert’s two RBI each. Martinez and Leyton scored three runs each.
Of those 18 hits, 16 of them were singles. The small ball from just a week ago was back and museum quality. The barrage was equal to the opening night fireworks. The only regret was that some of that couldn’t be bottled up for later use. Martinez and Leyton also hit two doubles to speed things along the base paths.
The win gave the Hillsboro Hops (7-4) the series victory, winning three of the four games during the homestand. After losing the first game, the Hops explode with a three game winning streak that propelled them back to the top of the Southern Division. The Hops are in a three way tie for first with the Eugene Emeralds and the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. The loss dropped the Vancouver Canadians (3-8) to six games back of the Northern Division leading Spokane Indians.
The Hops will hit the road again for a short three day visit to the Volcanoes. Their first game is Tuesday. The Canadians will stop in Everett on the way home for a three game series as well. Starting pitchers for either series have yet to be determined.
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