Volcanoes end Frogs’ win streak

KEIZER, Ore. – The Everett AquaSox saw their four-game winning streak snapped Saturday as the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes won 5-3 at Volcanoes’ Stadium in Keizer, Ore., in a game fraught with sloppy defense.

The Volcanoes were powered by starter Jared Cranston, who scattered five hits and struck out 11 in six innings of work. He improved his record to 4-1.

AquaSox starter Alfredo Venegas took the loss, falling to 2-3. He lasted five innings and gave up five runs, though just three were earned.

Salem-Keizer scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning. With runners at the corners and one out, the Volcanoes’ Matthew Downs took off for second. AquaSox catcher Jeffrey Dunbar’s throw went into center field, allowing Salem-Keizer’s Shane Jordan to score and Downs to reach third.

One out later, Garrett Baker was hit by a pitch. Baker then left first base early and stayed in the rundown to allow Downs to score.

The Volcanoes added another run in the bottom of the second. With one out, Tyler La Torre doubled and Brock Bond plated him with an RBI single.

The AquaSox got one run back in the top of the fourth. Greg Halman and Manelik Pimentel had back to back singles. Jim Davenport followed one out later with an RBI double to give the Frogs their first run and break a personal 0-for-13 skid.

Salem-Keizer answered in the bottom of the inning with a solo homer by Jose Flores. The Volcanoes added another run in the fifth on an RBI single by Baker.

Everett battled back in the top of the eighth against Volcanoes reliever Steve Edlefsen. The AquaSox loaded the bases on a walk, an error, and catcher’s interference. With two outs, Davenport singled to bring home Roberto Mena and Edilio Colina.

But then Salem-Keizer turned the contest over to their closer, Danny Otero, who retired Joe Dunigan on a chopper to second to end the threat.

Otero then pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 18 opportunities.

The teams return to action today in the second game of the three-game series.

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