Hops recap: Hillsboro slow from post all-star break gate
As the adage goes, what goes up must come down.
After entering last week's all-star break on a seven-game winning streak, Hillsboro fell quickly back to Earth, dropping four of five games, including all three at first-half champion Salem-Keizer Aug. 8-10.
With the loss to Everett Monday night, Aug. 12, the Hops fell to 11-7 in the second half, but remained a game ahead of second place Eugene.
Prior to their series with the Volcanoes, two of Hillsboro's five all-star selections — outfielder Jesus Marriaga and right-handed pitcher Marcos Tineo — competed in the NWL-PIO All-Star game played in Boise, Idaho. Marriaga finished 0-for-1 with a walk and a strikeout, while Tineo ended up taking the loss in a 11-7 NWL defeat.
First-year pro Tristan English from Georgia Tech is in the midst of a torrid stretch at the plate, hitting safely in eight of his last nine games, tallying 17 hits and batting .415 over his last 10 games, raising his season average from .221 to .288.
Hillsboro fans have also seen the debut of a pair of 18-year-old rookies this past week. Liover Peguero and 2019 first-round pick Corbin Carroll played in all five games this past week, combining for 15 hits. Carroll, from Seattle, was 7-for-19 over his five-game stretch, while Peguero, a shortstop, tallied eight hits in 21 at-bats.
The Hops finished up a three-game set with Everett Aug. 13 after this newspaper's print deadline, and return home for six straight, starting with the first of three against Boise at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Ron Tonkin Field, before hosting Tri-City, Aug. 17-19.
Here's the weekly recap:
Aug. 8 — Salem-Keizer 3, Hillsboro 2
New Hops Corbin Carroll, Liover Peguero and Dom Canzone all had hits for Hillsboro in the team's first game since the all-star break, but the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes turned three Logan Wyatt RBIs into a 3-2 victory over the Hops in the first of a three-game series at Volcanoes Stadium.
After Tristin English drove in Jesus Marriaga with a base hit in the fourth inning to give Hillsboro a 1-0 lead, Wyatt answered with a solo home run off Andrew Saalfrank (0-2) to lead off the bottom of the inning and tie it 1-1. Wyatt then followed with a bloop single to right with two outs in the fifth that drove in Brandon Martorano and Hunter Bishop to put Salem-Keizer ahead 3-1. The Volcanoes had loaded the bases on walks before Wyatt delivered a "Texas Leaguer" between second baseman Ricky Martinez and right fielder Marriaga off Hillsboro reliever Sam Lewis.
Hillsboro pulled within a run in the seventh when Canzone singled in Ricky Martinez with two outs, but Marriaga went down on strikes to end the threat.
Jasier Herrera (1-0), a 21-year-old right hander from Cartagena, Colombia, picked up the win in his Northwest League debut, allowing four hits and one run in five innings with one strikeout and two walks.
English had his first three-hit game as a pro for Hillsboro. Peguero, who was fourth in the Pioneer League in batting before joining the Hops, doubled in his first at-bat and finished with two hits.
Aug. 9 — Salem-Keizer 8, Hillsboro 7
How quickly things can change.
Hillsboro took a four-run lead with two runs in both the second and fourth innings, but the home Volcanoes answered with three in the third and four in the fifth before getting a final run in the ninth to take a second straight game from the visiting Hops.
Andy Yerzy got things started for Hillsboro with a two-run blast in the second inning, then took advantage of a Salem-Keizer error, along with a Ryan January RBI single to right field in the fourth, to grab an early 4-0 lead.
The Volcanoes' Logan Wyatt answered, however, with his second homer in as many nights, going yard in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to 4-2. A batter later Alexander Canario followed suit with a deep home run to center to pull the home team within one, 4-3.
The Hops went ahead 6-3 on an error and passed ball in the fifth, but Salem-Keizer again answered, this time on a Hunter Bishop three-run homer to right center to tie the game before a wild pitch by Hillsboro pitcher Justin Garcia gave the Volcanoes a 7-6 lead.
Hillsboro tied the game on a Tristin English single in the eighth, but the home Volcanoes finished the Hops off in the ninth when Sean Roby hit a one-out single to right, scoring Harrison Freed to end the game.
English led the Hops with two hits, his fifth in two nights.
Three Volcanoes finished with two hits, including Roby, Freed and Brandon Martorano.
Diamondbacks second-round pick and former University of Oregon pitcher Ryne Nelson started the game for Hillsboro and threw two innings, allowing two hits while striking out two and walking one, lowering his ERA to 2.08.
Aug. 10 — Salem-Keizer 12, Hillsboro 9
The Volcanoes finished the three-game sweep of Hillsboro in grand fashion, riding an eight-run third inning to a three-run home win over the first place Hops.
Salem-Keizer used a double, three singles and two home runs, including a Brandon Martorano grand slam to right centerfield, to put an eight-spot on the Hops in the third, then hung on as Hillsboro scratched their way back thanks to 13 hits.
After falling behind 11-2 after three innings, Hillsboro scored two in the fourth, one in the fifth and two more in each of the sixth and seventh innings before the Volcanoes tacked a 12th run on to finish things in the bottom of the seventh.
The Hops had four players with multiple hits in the game, including Tristan English,who had two, bringing his series total to seven. The rookie out of Georgia Tech is hitting .405 in his last 10 games, has hit safely in eight of them and has multiple hits in seven.
Roby led the Volcanoes with two hits and four RBIs.
Aug. 11 — Hillsboro 10, Everett 1
Diamondbacks 2019 first-round draft pick Corbin Carroll played his first game back in his old stomping grounds Sunday night, and the outfielder didn't disappoint.
The Seattle native tallied two hits and three runs scored against the home town Everett AquaSox, marking the sixth hit for the first-year pro since his debut with the Hops four games ago. Carroll doubled in the fourth inning and tripled in the eighth, contributing to 12 Hillsboro hits.
The Hops scored four runs in the fourth, four more in the sixth and two in the eighth to end their three-game losing streak, improving to 35-20 on the year.
In all, six Hops tallied hits and five hit safely multiple times. Tristin English led the team with three hits, followed by Carroll, Jesus Marriaga, Liover Peguero and Joe Gillette with two apiece. Gillette notched four RBIs, including a two-run double in the sixth and a two-RBI single in the eighth.
Tyler Holton was dominant on the mound for Hillsboro, throwing five innings, allowing no runs and one hit, while striking out eight and walking none.
Nick Snyder pitched two innings of relief for the Hops, allowing just a single hit while striking out three.
Aug. 12 — Everett 8,
The English aren't coming, they're here.
Tristan English continued his torrid pace, gathering two more hits — including his third home run of the season — to give him 17 in his last 10 games. But despite the first-year pro's heroics, Hillsboro couldn't overcome a wild night on the mound, in which five Hops pitchers combined for 11 walks over eight innings pitched.
The home AquaSox scored two in the first, one in the fourth, two more in the sixth, then three in the bottom of the eighth after Hillsboro had tied the game in the top half of the inning to clinch the second of a three-game set.
Catcher Carter Bins led Everett at the plate, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs, including a fourth inning home run off Hops starter Deyni Olivero.
Olivero threw 4 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run on five hits, while striking out three and walking two. Despite the loss, the fourth-year pro from the Dominican Republic continued to deal, allowing just his first earned run and sixth hit in his last 10 2/3 innings and lowering his season ERA to 1.78.
Trailing by three after six innings, Hillsboro scored two in the seventh and one in the top of the eighth to tie the game before the Sox' three-run burst. The Hops tried to rally in the ninth, getting a one-out RBI single from Jorge Barrosa to pull within two with two runners on base, but Andy Yerzy ended Hillsboro's hopes with a game-ending ground out to second.
Eduardo Herrera took the loss for the Hops, allowing three earned runs without recording an out in the eighth.
Travis Kuhn got the win for Everett, despite blowing the save in that same eighth inning.
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