Emeralds crush Volcanoes

The Emeralds (10-2) had an explosive night, scoring in each of the first seven innings. They eventually won an 11-0 blowout over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (2-10). This was behind a strong outing from pitcher Matt Andriese (2-1).

Matt Andriese pitched five innings, allowing four hits and no runs for the win. He struck out five and walked two.

The offense was the star of the night for the Emeralds. They peppered runs throughout, putting their first batter on in every inning but the first and the eighth.

Manager Pat Murphy is impressed with the improvement of his offense.

"We've been striking out 10 plus times and you know its nice to put the ball in play and square some balls up for a change. We haven't been putting together that kind of offense. A couple of nights ago in Everett we did and then tonight so maybe it's a sign of things. You know we're back to about .250 as a team and then without [Cory] Spangenberg and [Donovan] Tate we're probably about .190 as a team. You know, it's nice to see some other guys step up."

Spangenberg continued to impress, going 2-for-2 with three walks. He got an RBI with his double in the sixth.

"I got thrown a fastball and the first time I swung straight threw. He threw me the same pitch again, and I knew what was coming so I was able to put it in play for a double," Spangenberg said.

This game certainly had some new guys step up, as Travis Whitmore went 2-for-3 with two singles and a walk. Clint Moore also had a strong game, going 2-for-3 with two doubles and being hit by a pitch.

"There's the unsung hero. This guy, he's been involved in every big win it seems like…. I said it today, to one of our club coordinators, he's the unsung hero of this club, he makes it happen," Murphy said regarding Moore.

The Emeralds struck early, putting three runs on the board in the first. Moore was HBP and advanced to second on a pass ball. With two outs and runners on second and third, Whitmore hit a blooper single to left field that scored both runners. Gaedele followed this with a double, scoring Whitmore.

The Volcanoes mounted their only major offensive threat in the fifth. Kaohi Downing led off the inning with a single. Leonardo Ochoa followed this with another single to put runners on first and second with one out. Following Ryan Honeycutt's strikeout, Julio Izturis walked to load the bases. Andriese was able to strike out Shawn Payne to end the inning and the offensive threat.

The Emeralds came right back in the bottom of the fifth, adding on two more runs. Shaky pitching from the Volcanoes gave the Emeralds two walks to put runners on first and second. Mykal Stokes made the Volcanoes pay for these mistakes with a stand-up double that scored both runners.

A win cannot come without solid pitching, and Andriese provided the Emeralds with just that. Murphy was happy with his starting pitcher's outing.

"He's getting ahead with his fastball and is not afraid to throw his change up. Kind of a split action change up, very, very good. That's an effective outpitch for him and that's what the organization wants."

The Emeralds have won their last seven games and are now 10-2 on the season. They look to continue their win streak tomorrow night without the help of Tate, who was suspended today due to use of recreational drugs.

Manager Murphy is not worried about not having Tate in the line-up for a while, saying the team will adapt without him in the line up and is looking forward to having him back on the field eventually.

If the offense continues to click as seamlessly as it did today, the Emeralds should have no problem continuing their win streak against the struggling Salem-Keizer Volcanoes tomorrow night.

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