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Volcanoes Rally to Stun Dust Devils

The Volcanoes are now 7-2 in the Northwest League second half.

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Salem-Keizer claimed a come-from-behind win over Tri-City 8-7 Wednesday night in front of 1,358 at Gesa Satdium. Image Courtesy: Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

(PASCO, Wash. ) - Salem-Keizer claimed a come-from-behind win over Tri-City 8-7 Wednesday night in front of 1,358 at Gesa Satdium.

The Volcanoes were down 6-1 entering action in the top of the seventh inning, and finished the game on a 7-1 comeback, including four runs in the top of the ninth inning to claim the first game of the five-game series against the Dust Devils.

The Volcanoes are now 7-2 in the Northwest League second half, holding the best record of any team in the league and also one game above Hillsboro.

Salem-Keizer started the rally down 6-1 in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs off Chad Zurat, highlighted by a double that scored two from T Relaford. Seth Harrison reached on a two-out error from Dust Devils second baseman Sam Bumpers to score the final tally of the inning.

The Dust Devils got its run in the bottom of the eighth inning via a leadoff home run from Ryan Garvey that pushed the lead back to 7-4 in favor of Tri-City entering the top of the ninth inning.

With Josh Michalec out for his second inning of relief, pitching around a two-out single in the top of the eighth, the Volcanoes stayed patient and benefitted.

T Relaford and pinch-hitter Will Callaway walked on to start the frame. Johneswhy Fargas doubled to score Relaford from second base and move Callaway to third.

Jerad McCrummen relieved Michalec, but Seth Harrison singled to score Callaway and move the game-tying run in Fargas 90 feet from home. That brought Ryder Jones to the plate. The third baseman chopped it to the pitcher McCrummen, who elected to throw to first base for the second out, allowing Fargas to tie the game scoring from third base.

McCrummen intentionally walked Christian Arroyo and then struck out Skyler Ewing before getting to Austin Slater. The put a ball in play to the top of the diamond, as Dust Devils short stop Chris Rabago tried to get Slater at first for the final out, but the throw was not in time, scoring Harrison from third base.

Arroyo, from second, tried to come home but was thrown out at the dish. At the end of the madness, the Volcanoes were up 8-7.

Eury Sanchez breezed through the bottom of the ninth inning to secure his eighth save of the season, giving the Volcanoes its fifth last-at-bat win, the first since July 5th.

The Dust Devils leapt out in front with a five-run bottom of the second inning off starter Jose Reyes. Reyes loaded the bases on two walks and a single before hits from Denzel Richardson, Cesar Galvez and Rabago scored five tallies for the Dust Devils in the frame.

A run in the home half of the fifth inning extended the lead to the full 6-1 before the come-from-behind effort for the Volcanoes.

Up Next: The Volcanoes continue the five-game series with the Dust Devils at Gesa Stadium as Salem-Keizer turns to starter Nick Gonzalez (1-3, 2.72 ERA) opposite Tri-City's Blake Shouse (1-6, 6.92 ERA). Catch all the action on KBZY with Voice of the Volcanoes Rob Schreier on KBZY with pre game show starting at 6:45 p.m. and the first pitch from Pasco, Wash. at 7:15 p.m.

Source: Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

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