KEIZER The Hillsboro Hops are heading home, licking their wounds and still looking to lick a Class A Northwest League opponent.
The Hops fell to 0-3 with a 7-6 loss Sunday night at the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.
They'll debut at Hillsboro Ballpark at 7 p.m. Monday, opening a three-game series with the Eugene Emeralds (1-2 after a home series with the Boise Hawks).
A slow start hurt the Hops on Sunday. Salem-Keizer built a 7-0 lead by scoring in four of the first give innings.
Hillsboro rallied with four runs in the top of the sixth inning and two in the seventh, but the Hops couldn't cross the plate the rest of the way, going down in order in their last two at-bats, with four strikeouts and two ground outs.
The Hops banged out 13 hits, while the Volcanoes had 14. Hillsboro stranded 11 runners, and Salem-Keizer left eight men on base.
Zacharay Esquerra hit a two-run home run in the seventh for the visitors, who got a leadoff double from Wagner Mateo.
Josh Parr led off the sixth with a solo homer, one of his three hits. And then, with one out, the Hops produced five consecutive singles, by Esquerra, Brian Billigen, Grant Nelson, Yogey Perez-Ramos and Randy McCurry.
Hillsboro starter Karl Triana (0-1) lasted three innings, giving up 10 hits and six runs, five earned, with one walk and three strikeouts.
Austin Platt held the Volcanoes to one run and four hits in four innings of relief, and Yoimer Camacho pitched the eighth inning, fanning two without giving up a hit before the announced crowd of 3,487.