Michel Gelabert, Hillsboro Hops Strangle S-K Volcanoes, 7-0
Michel Gelabert earned his first win in a Hillsboro Hops uniform. With the help of Franklyn Soriano and Justin Garcia, the trio held the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes to two hits and a big zero in the run column to win 7-0.
Since losing the first game to Eugene in the previous series, the Hops have slowly built a commanding presence on the mound as well as at the plate. Their current four game winning streak started with a 3-1 victory over the Emeralds and then a 4-1 win over the same. The Hops ended the series with a 13-4 clobbering. Tonight, the Hops added with their third shutout of the year, 7-0. That adds up to a total score of 27-6 over those last four games.
Ace Pitching Deals Bullets
With many highlights for the road traveling Hops, pitching led the way with a trio of hurlers in complete control. Michel Gelabert (W, 1-0) held sway over the first five innings for the win. In that time, Gelabert struck out six Volcano batters and allowed only one hit, a single, to Jeff Houghtby in the fifth with two outs. The starting pitcher quickly recovered and helped Yorlis Rodriguez to fly out to CF Jorge Barrosa. After 79 pitches (23 strikes) Gelabert earned a well deserved rest and the win.
Franklyn Soriano came to relieve for three more innings and struck out another three Volcanoes. Soriano also gave up one lone hit, another single, to Kwan Adkins in the eighth with one out. After a walk, two strikeouts ended the inning. Justin Garcia retired three straight batters in the ninth to complete the win.
Sparkling Bats Shine With Twelve Hits
As with pitching, the power and strength of the batting was also shared across the lineup. Of the many batters who shined tonight, catcher Ryan January was one of the shiniest during the game. In those nine innings, January served an eighth inning single, his first double of the season to lead off the second and a solo blast in the fourth for his first homer of 2019.
First baseman Andy Yerzy also delivered three hits spread out over the night, including a double of his own in the ninth. Jesus Marriaga and Jorge Barrosa added doubles of their own. Along with January’s solo shot, the Hops also had another arrow in their quiver. Kristian Robinson had a two run shot in the first inning of the game with two outs.
Jacob Lopez (L, 1-1) started for the Volcanoes. Lopez lasted four and a third innings before being relieved by Tyler Schimpf in the fifth. As a result, with seven runs on eight hits, including both Hops homers, Lopez earned the loss.
As a result, the win gave the Hillsboro Hops (8-4) sole possession of first place in the Southern Division. In contrast, the loss dropped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (7-5) into a second place tie with the Eugene Emeralds, one game behind the Hops. Both teams will return to Volcanoes Stadium for game two of the three game series. RHP Marcus Tineo is scheduled to take the mound for the Hops. The Volcanoes starting pitcher has yet to be determined.
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