Kristian Robinson Lifted Hops Over Volcanoes, 5-4
Kristian Robinson lifted the Hillsboro Hops over the visiting Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 5-4 with his bat. He had plenty of help but Robinson was the main lifting force hauling the load. The Hops scored in three different innings and Kristian was part of the lifting every time.
In the first inning, with Jesus Marriaga on third with two outs, Robinson stood at first eyeing second base. He had his eyes on more than second. Robinson knew he could steal second. If he could draw the throw from catcher Ricardo Genove, it would leave home plate open for Marriaga to sneak home.
Marriaga timed it perfectly. With all eyes on Robinson sliding into second with his left hand reaching for the bag, Jesus quickly darted towards home. His head start was so large that there was no throw attempted at the plate. The game was now tied.
Home Run + Single = Four RBIs
The second inning was a lot more simple. Let Marriaga single to get on base and then smack Robinson’s eighth home run of the season over the fence to give the Hops the lead at 3-2. The seventh saw Robinson come to the plate with two runners in scoring position. Robinson lifted a single from the plate to bring two more runs home and extend the lead to 5-2.
The Volcanoes made it tight again, 5-4, with a two run homer by Alexander Canario in the eighth. But, Salem-Keizer could not add another run. They had plenty of power when they connected. Their six hits were made up of two singles, two doubles, a triple and a home run. But, that only accounted for three innings. The other six inning were hitless.
Hops Pitching Again Control Plate
A lot of that credit belonged to the Hops mound service. Six different pitchers came on to throw and did their best to clean the plate, sweep the base paths and wash the scoreboard. Wilfry Cruz was the highlight. In a short time with the Hops, he has become a veteran presence in the game. Tonight, he threw 52 pitches across four innings allowing no runs on no hits while striking out seven batters.
The Volcanic hitting drought started after Jeff Houghtby slugged his first double in the second inning with two outs. The team’s next hit would be Houghtby’s second double of the night in the eighth inning. In between, the visiting team had only one base runner, a walk issued to Alexander Canario.
Hops’ Pitching and Batting Both Win
In total, Hops pitching struck out 13 Volcano batters and issued only two walks. Nick Snyder (W, 1-0) pitched the third inning. His good timing allowed him to be in the game when the Hops took the lead giving him the win. Wilfry Cruz (H, 1) and Justin Garcia (H, 7) also earned the holds to set up closer Eduardo Herrera (S, 2) to save in the ninth. Jesus Ozoria (L, 3-2) allowed three runs on seven hits for the loss.
As a result, the Hops did better with their consistency hitting in every inning except the fourth. Furthermore, Kristian Robinson lifted the crowd’s spirits and went 3 for 4 with a run and four RBIs. After that, Jesus Marriaga hit 3 for 4, scored two runs and had a double. In addition, Steven Leyton had the other double for the Hops only other extra base hit. Meanwhile, of the Hops’ ten hits, seven were singles.
Consequently, the win tied the Hillsboro Hops (1-0) with the Boise Hawks for the first lead in the second half. However, the loss dropped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (0-1) into a third place tie with the Eugene Emeralds. Subsequently, both teams will meet tomorrow night at Ron Tonkin Field for game two of their series at 7:05 PM.
The Hops will put Tyler Holton on the mound at the start. In Holton’s debut last Friday, last year’s ninth round draft choice went two innings allowing no runs on just one hit for the no decision. However, the Volcanoes have yet to name their starting pitcher.
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