Gorrie, TJs power past Volcanoes
Brad Gorrie is determined to finish his Northwest League season on aproductive note.
The University of Massachusetts product drilled a single, double andhome run to power the Southern Oregon Timberjacks to a 6-4 Northwest Leaguevictory over Salem-Keizer on Monday night at Miles Field.
Gorrie's hot bat made life comfortable for winning pitcher Jason Faust,who was staked to a 5-0 first-inning lead and went on to post his fifthvictory without a loss this season.
Faust worked five innings, giving up four hits and three runs in thestart.
The Timberjacks, who were coming off a three-game road trip in Portlandin which they lost their bid to win the Southern Division of the NWL, putfive runs on the board in the first inning.
Rodney Clifton initiated the fireworks with a walk. Adam Robinson thengot aboard on a fielder's choice when Salem-Keizer third baseman David Kennathrew wildly past second base. Javier Flores then walked to load the basesand Hipolito Martinez followed with a two-run double. After a walk to EdFarris reloaded the sacks, Gorrie drilled a two-run double, and the finalrun scored on an error.
Gorrie smashed a solo homer over the right field wall in the third inningto complete the Timberjacks' scoring.
He later singled and stole a base.
Southern Oregon received strong relief performances from Elvin Nina andRandy Glaze. Nina pitched two hitless innings while Glaze mopped up in ascoreless ninth to earn his first save of the season.
The Timberjacks and Volcanoes meet tonight at 7:05 before concludingtheir seasons on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, three Timberjacks players were sent to Modesto of the CaliforniaLeague on Sunday. Infielder Eddie Lara and pitchers Jared Jensen and TimHudson were all promoted to the Oakland Athletics' long-season Class A club.