Thursday, June 30, 2011

Patriotic Weekend has arrived

Volcanoes Nation: are you ready for fun, sun and great professional baseball? Patriotic Weekend has arrived at Volcanoes Stadium - Games Friday, July 1, Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3 with fireworks after each game - Thank, Honor and Salute Armed Forces Each Night

Friday, July 1st - The game features the beginning of the Volcanoes’ three-day Patriotic Weekend Celebration as the Volcanoes play the Everett AquaSox, affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Yes, Patriotic Night in prior seasons has be expanded to a three-day weekend celebration this year as the Volcanoes Thank, Honor and Salute, over 65 outstanding, brave men and women of our Armed Forces from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Europe and the mid-East – Friday’s game is sponsored by TriWest Healthcare Alliance. Gates open at 5:15; pre-game concert by the Salem SenateAires at 5:40, Military Ceremonies at 6:40; game time 7:05. FIREWORKS! Post-game Fireworks are sponsored by Fred Meyer. The Volcanoes will be wearing their new Patriotic Uniforms sponsored by West Coast Bank and American Family Insurance. Order your tickets early as this surely will be a standing room only event.

Saturday, July 2nd, the Volcanoes continue their three-day homestand with the Everett AquaSox, as well as Patriotic Weekend at Volcanoes Stadium. Gates open at 5:15, pre-game concert with CWO4 Mike Roulier at 5:40, Military Ceremonies at 6:40, and game time at 7:05. The Volcanoes will continue to Thank, Honor and Salute our brave men and women of the Armed Forces at the game sponsored by Leupold Tactical Optics. Special guest retired Navy Captain Greg Wooldridge, 3-time Commander of the Blue Angels, will be available to sign FREE autographs and pictures. FIREWORKS! Post-game Fireworks are sponsored by Les Schwab Tire Centers. The Volcanoes will again be wearing their new Patriotic Uniforms sponsored by West Coast Bank and American Family Insurance. It is also the second Saturday Prize Wheel Night of the season where fans can spin to win a great prize. Have fun spinning the Prize Wheel. Other Saturday Night Prize Wheel Nights are July 9, July 30, August 13, and August 27th. Order your tickets early as this surely will be a standing room only event.

Sunday, July 3rd, the Volcanoes wrap up their series with the Everett AquaSox, and conclude Patriotic Weekend at Volcanoes Stadium. Gates open at 5:15, pre-game concert with “The Breeze” at 5:40, Military Ceremonies at 6:40, and game time at 7:05. The Volcanoes will continue to Thank, Honor and Salute our brave men and women of the Armed Forces at the game sponsored by sponsored by High Impact Technology. FIREWORKS! Post-game Fireworks are sponsored by Key Bank. The Volcanoes will be wearing their Patriotic Uniforms sponsored by West Coast Bank and American Family Insurance. Order your tickets early as this surely will be a standing room only event.
Tickets begin at just $8.00. If you purchase your tickets in advance of game day, you save $1.00 per ticket. Tickets are now on sale for all Volcanoes home games including Opening Night - this Wednesday, June 22nd. Call the Volcanoes now at 503-390-2225 - Open 7 days a week, or visit volcanoesbaseball.com to purchase your tickets.

Looking Ahead: Saturday, July 9th -- The World Series Trophy is coming to Salem-Keizer? YES, indeed, one of sports most prized possessions, The World Series Commissioner's Trophy, won by the 2010 San Francisco Giants, will be at VOLCANOES STADIUM for their game vs. Tri City on Saturday, July 9th. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a fabulous piece of baseball history. The World Series TROPHY TOUR has drawn thousand and thousands at EACH STOP – and now it’s headed to Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer on Saturday, July 9th. It will be a true celebration with the Volcanoes players wearing Giants uniforms and former Giants players expected to be in attendance signing free autographs. So, get your ticket NOW to see the San Francisco Giants' WORLD SERIES TROPHY on Saturday, July 9th at Volcanoes Stadium. Call 503-390-2225 or online at www.volcanoesbaseball.com Gates open at 6:00pm, Game Time 7:05pm. Tickets start at just $8, and you save $1 per ticket when purchasing in advance of game day.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Panik's 2 RBI give the Volcanoes the lead


At time of publication, your Volcanoes were leading Eugene 2-1 thanks to two clutch RBI from Joe Panik.

So far tonight Joe is 2-for-3 (.364) with 2 RBI; Jesus Galindo is 2-for-4 (.217); Mike Murray has a hit in 2 at-bts (.417); John Eshleman has a hit and Leonard Ochoa has 2 hits and counting (.317)

Reiner Roibal had a strong start going 5 innings and only allowing a run; Jack Snodgrass has gone 2 innings without allowing a run; and Cody Hall pitched a perfect 8th.

Stay tuned to Volcanoes Watching for all the exclusive and remember, we have a great weekend planned at the ballpark. Visit www.volcanoesbaseball.com for more details. Volcanoes baseball - champions start here!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Volcanoes Vogelsong wins, Giants 12-games over .500

Volcanoes alumni Ryan Vogelsong pitched 5 strong innings as the Giants went on to sweep a day-night double-header from the Cubs 13-7 and 6-3 respectively.

Thanks to Ryan and multiple Volcanoes alumni, the 2010 World Champs are now 12 games over .500 (46-34) with a 3 game lead over Arizona in the very competitive National League West.

Click here to listen to exclusive Volcanoes Watching radio recap (1-minute, 38 seconds)

Ryan is now 6-1 with a 2.09 ERA in what has been an amazing and well-earned first half for him. Volcanoes heroes tonight include Pablo Sandoval 3 hits in the double-header and Nate Schierholtz 4 hits in the double-header.

This is another example of how amazing support from Volcanoes fans helps great athletes down the road bring such excitement in The Show. Volcanoes baseball - champions start here!

And on the subject of excitement: PATRIOTIC WEEKEND at Volcanoes Stadium - Games Friday, July 1, Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3
with FIREWORKS after EACH GAME - Thank, Honor and Salute Armed Forces Each Night

Friday,  July 1st -  The game features the beginning of the Volcanoes’ three-day Patriotic Weekend Celebration as the Volcanoes play the Everett AquaSox, affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.  Yes, Patriotic Night in prior seasons has be expanded to a three-day weekend celebration this year as the Volcanoes Thank, Honor and Salute, over 65 outstanding, brave men and women of our Armed Forces from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Europe and the mid-East – Friday’s game is sponsored by TriWest Healthcare Alliance.   Gates open at 5:15; pre-game concert by the Salem SenateAires at 5:40, Military Ceremonies at 6:40; game time 7:05.   FIREWORKS!  Post-game Fireworks are sponsored by Fred Meyer.   The Volcanoes will be wearing their new Patriotic Uniforms sponsored by West Coast Bank and American Family Insurance.    Order your tickets early as this surely will be a standing room only event.

Saturday, July 2nd, the Volcanoes continue their three-day homestand with the Everett AquaSox, as well as Patriotic Weekend at Volcanoes Stadium.  Gates open at 5:15, pre-game concert with CWO4 Mike Roulier at 5:40, Military Ceremonies at 6:40, and game time at 7:05.   The Volcanoes will continue to Thank, Honor and Salute our brave men and women of the Armed Forces at the game sponsored by Leupold Tactical Optics.  Special guest retired Navy Captain Greg Wooldridge, 3-time Commander of the Blue Angels, will be available to sign FREE autographs and pictures.   FIREWORKS! Post-game Fireworks are sponsored by Les Schwab Tire Centers.   The Volcanoes will again be wearing their new Patriotic Uniforms sponsored by West Coast Bank and American Family Insurance.   It is also the second Saturday Prize Wheel Night of the season where fans can spin to win a great prize.   Have fun spinning the Prize Wheel.   Other Saturday Night Prize Wheel Nights are July 9, July 30, August 13, and August 27th.     Order your tickets early as this surely will be a standing room only event.

Sunday, July 3rd, the Volcanoes wrap up their series with the Everett AquaSox, and conclude Patriotic Weekend at Volcanoes Stadium.  Gates open at 5:15, pre-game concert with “The Breeze” at 5:40, Military Ceremonies at 6:40, and game time at 7:05.  The Volcanoes will continue to Thank, Honor and Salute our brave men and women of the Armed Forces at the game sponsored by sponsored by High Impact Technology.  FIREWORKS!  Post-game Fireworks are sponsored by Key Bank.   The Volcanoes will be wearing their Patriotic Uniforms sponsored by West Coast Bank and American Family Insurance. Order your tickets early as this surely will be a standing room only event.
Tickets begin at just $8.00.  If you purchase your tickets in advance of game day, you save $1.00 per ticket.  Tickets are now on sale for all Volcanoes home games including Opening Night - this Wednesday, June 22nd.  Call the Volcanoes now at 503-390-2225 - Open 7 days a week, or visit volcanoesbaseball.com to purchase your tickets.

Looking Ahead:  Saturday, July 9th -- The World Series Trophy is coming to Salem-Keizer?  YES, indeed, one of sports most prized possessions, The World Series Commissioner's Trophy, won by the 2010 San Francisco Giants, will be at VOLCANOES STADIUM for their game vs. Tri City on Saturday, July 9th.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a fabulous piece of baseball history.  The World Series TROPHY TOUR has drawn thousand and thousands at EACH STOP – and now it’s headed to Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer on Saturday, July 9th.  It will be a true celebration with the Volcanoes players wearing Giants uniforms and former Giants players expected to be in attendance signing free autographs.  So, get your ticket NOW to see the San Francisco Giants' WORLD SERIES TROPHY on Saturday, July 9th at Volcanoes Stadium.  Call 503-390-2225 or online at www.volcanoesbaseball.com   Gates open at 6:00pm, Game Time 7:05pm.  Tickets start at just $8, and you save $1 per ticket when purchasing in advance of game day.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Volcanoes help Giants to 10-games over .500

Sportscenter wrote us off; the Dodgers were talking pennant; they said we couldn't rally around Buster -- sorry to disappoint the naysayers but Volcanoes alum have helped the Giants to a 44-34 record, second best in the National League.

Pitching has kept the Giants in contention and Volcanoes alum Tim Lincecum leads the team starters with a 3.16 era and strike outs 113. Jonathan Sanchez is third with a 3.81 ERA and second in strike outs 92.

And of course, there is the story of Ryan Vogelsong who went from battling for a roster spot to a real contender to be in the 2011 All-star game. Sergio Romo is 3-0 with 12 holds and a 2.25 ERA.

Pablo Sandoval has been strong in his return and is second on the team with a .289 batting average; Nate Schierholtz, a true team-first player- has adjusted to any position or situation and is batting .251 in now a more prominent role this season. Then there are the loyal Volcanoes who step up when they get the call like Emmanuel Burris, Brandon Crawford, and Connor Gillaspie.

Buster -- hang in there, get well soon and we can't wait to your amazing 2012 season!

Volcanoes Nation - when you support the Volcanoes as a team, a few of this year's players go on to become Giants of tomorrow. We're a family and you are a part of this organization's great overall success.

Stay tuned to Volcanoes Watching for all the exclusive; Volcanoes Watching - champions start here!

Call the Volcanoes now at 503-390-2225, or visit volcanoesbaseball.com to purchase your tickets. Remember, purchase your tickets in advance of game day and save $1.00 per ticket.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The World Series Commissioner's Trophy, won by the 2010 San Francisco Giants, will be at Volcanoes Stadium for their game vs. Tri City on Saturday, July 9th.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a fabulous piece of baseball history.  The World Series Trophy Tour has drawn thousand and thousands at EACH STOP – and now it’s headed to Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer on Saturday, July 9th. 

It will be a true celebration with the Volcanoes players wearing Giants uniforms and former Giants players expected to be in attendance and signing free autographs!

So, get tickets NOW for and see the San Francisco Giants’ WORLD SERIES TROPHY on Saturday, July 9th at Volcanoes Stadium.  Call 503-390-twenty two twenty five or online at www.volcanoesbaseball.com   Gates open at 6:00pm - Game Time 7:00pm

Tickets start at just $8, and you save $1 per ticket when purchasing in advance of game day.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Volcanoes Watching exclusive interview: Mike Murray

Volcanoes Watching had the pleasure of sitting down with Volcanoes star Mike Murray; You want a great role model for your kids? Mike leads by example, delivers for the organization - and yes - values education.

1. Mike, you are in the second year of a very strong professional career so far - what's been the key to your success so far?

I think the biggest thing that has helped me as a hitter in professional baseball is just knowing my approach and trying to be stay consistent mentally. Having signed after four years at Wake and three summers playing summer ball, I had something like 950 at bats against quality pitching and got to learn my swing. I think having that many at bats against the quality of pitchers I saw made the transition to professional hitting a bit easier. It is also just a bit easier in year two with the Giants because of the familiarity I have with the coaches, ballparks, travel, and expectations of the organization.


2. You make the time when you can to meet with fans at the ballpark - do you feel good support when playing for the Volcanoes?

I think the Volcanoes have a great base of fans here in Salem. It is nice having spent some time here last summer to get to see some familiar faces at the ballpark. Last summer I was treated great by the fans and people in the Volcanoes organization. On College Rivals night, I was joking with Josh Randolph about my excitement to catch the first pitch from Scott Brosius, who was one of my favorite players growing up in New Jersey for the Yankees. Over the off-season Josh was able to get Scott to sign the picture of he and I and send me the signed copy. That pretty much summed up the way I was treated last summer. The fans have really responded to the Giants World Series victory. The fans are rightfully very proud that over a third of the World Series roster featured former Volcanoes. I think seeing those results down the line from former Volcanoes gives the fans here a passion and appreciation for the journey that players are on.

3. Do you track your stats closely - or more just stay relaxed and play literally one game at a time?

One of the challenges of playing every night is keeping an even keel. I try not to get too caught up in stats, but it is inevitable. I try to take one at bat and one game at a time, but I do try to limit myself to thinking of things on a ten at bat scale. If I have a tough couple of games, I tell myself to flush those ten at bats and start fresh working at the next ten. If you have a good stretch of ten it may make it a bit easier, but you have to flush those and keep working.


4. What was it like for you following the Giants win the 2010 World Series? Did it make you hungry for a World Series ring of your own someday?

I think I appreciate the Giants World Series run even more now having had the opportunity to talk with and see how some of those guys go about their work during Spring Training. They treated us great while we were down there and set a great example to be followed. During the run, I was really hoping that the Yankees would knock off Texas so I would have been able to get to the World Series games in New York. That didn't work out, but the end result did. I think when you see the amount of pride from people who play and work in the organization, you understand how special those rings are.

5. Outside of baseball - what are your hobbies and / or interests?

During the season away from the park I do a ton of reading, listen to a lot of ESPN radio, and enjoy getting up and out on the road to see the sights in the cities we play in. I like seeing new places and getting different experiences. In the off-season I have a big rooting interest in all things Wake Forest. Whenever my career ends, I'll be going back to school to get my J.D. I spent last off-season working in my Aunt's law practice. It is a nice change of pace from how life is during the season.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Volcanoes help put Giants back in first

Volcanoes alums Pablo Sandoval, Nate Schierholtz, and Emmanuel Burriss all did their parts as the 2010 World Champion, Giants topped the Cleveland Indians 1-0 to regain first place in the NL West tonight.

There were only four hits in the game for the Champs; Nate had two of them, Pablo the third and Emmanuel was at the plate when Cleveland's Tony Sipp balked home what would turn out to be the winning run.

The win put the Giants at 43-34 with a .5 game lead of Arizona. How about the Champs doing so well in the face of all the challenges so far in 2011!

Locally, at time of publication the Canadians were leading the Volcanoes 5-3 in the third inning. Volcanoes catch Mike Murray hit a magnificent home run for your Volcanoes and this game has all the makings of a classic Northwest League shootout!

Tomorrow is a perfect time to come out to see your Volcanoes in action.

Call the Volcanoes now at 503-390-2225, or visit volcanoesbaseball.com to purchase your tickets. Remember, purchase your tickets in advance of game day and save $1.00 per ticket.

Stay tuned to Volcanoes Watching for all the exclusive; Volcanoes Watching - champions start here!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Giants comeback to top Tribe

Volcanoes alum Jonathan Sanchez pitched 4 and 2/3 innings and the 2010 World Champion, Giants came back to beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3 tonight.

Jonathan had 6 strikes outs and 6 walks but did what he had to do to keep the team in the game.

Pablo Sandoval went 1-for-3 with a RBI; Emmanuel Burris had a hit in 4 at-bats.

The win improves the Champs record to 42-34 after 76 games played. Both teams battle again tomorrow, first pitch schedule for 1:10 PST.

Stay tuned to Volcanoes Watching for all the exclusive; Volcanoes Watching - champions start here!

Call the Volcanoes now at 503-390-2225, or visit volcanoesbaseball.com to purchase your tickets. Remember, purchase your tickets in advance of game day and save $1.00 per ticket.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lincecum delivers for Giants... again!

Volcanoes alum Tim Lincecum pitched a gem tonight, striking out 12 over seven innings as the 2010 World Champion, Giants topped Minnesota 2-1.

The win brought Tim's record to 6-6 with 113 strike outs in 105 1/3 innings.

Volcanoes alum Pablo Sandoval got another hit in his great comeback from a wrist injury.

It wasn't long ago that Tim and Pablo were playing at Volcanoes Stadium; now we get our chance to see some of the future Giants stars today. Get your tickets for upcoming Volcanoes games.

Stay tuned to Volcanoes Watching for all the exclusive; Volcanoes Watching - champions start here!

Call the Volcanoes now at 503-390-2225, or visit volcanoesbaseball.com to purchase your tickets. Remember, purchase your tickets in advance of game day and save $1.00 per ticket.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Volcanoes Panik continues hit streak

Joe Panik extended his hit-streak tonight to five with a monster home run off of Eugene's John Barbato. The Volcanoes celebrated their 2011 Opening Day with another wonderful energized home crowd - the first on many this exciting season.

The home run was Joe's second in his first 20 professional at-bats, 10 of which were hits. Joe also has shown discipline by forcing 3 walks in 3 other plate appearances.

Be sure to get to the stadium soon to see Joe and the very promising Volcanoes players. This Volcanoes class has all the makings of being one years from now you will brag about seeing in person.

The rest of this great home stand includes: June 24 hosting Eugene, 7:05 p.m., June 25, hosting Vancouver 7:05 p.m., June 26, hosting Vancouver 5:05 p.m., and June 27, hosting Vancouver at 6:35 p.m.

Stay tuned to Volcanoes Watching for all the exclusive; Volcanoes Watching - champions start here!

Call the Volcanoes now at 503-390-2225, or visit volcanoesbaseball.com to purchase your tickets. Remember, purchase your tickets in advance of game day and save $1.00 per ticket.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Volcanoes Nation - are you ready?

After a spirited 5-game road series to start the season, your 5-time Northwest League Champion, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes start their first 2011 homestand against Eugene. Opening night is Wednesday, June 22 - first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

The rest of this homestand is scheduled as follows:

June 23, hosting Eugene, 6:35 p.m.; June 24 hosting Eugene, 7:05 p.m., June 25, hosting Vancouver 7:05 p.m., June 26, hosting Vancouver 5:05 p.m., and June 27, hosting Vancouver at 6:35 p.m.

With respect to our friends in Eugene, the Volcanoes are fast becoming known as the premiere professional baseball team for Oregonians. When the Beavers left last year, the Portland area had a large void to fill. The Salem and Keizer communities welcomed their baseball fan brethren with open arms.

The result will be an increase in turnout to the games, which makes it all the more important to secure tickets early to enjoy the great action in person. Who will be the next round of Giants World Series players who played for our hometown Volcanoes?

Stay tuned to Volcanoes Watching for all the exclusive; Volcanoes Watching - champions start here!

Call the Volcanoes now at 503-390-2225, or visit volcanoesbaseball.com to purchase your tickets. Remember, purchase your tickets in advance of game day and save $1.00 per ticket.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Panik again the hot hand - Volcanoes lead Indians

Volcanoes short stop and Giants First Round draft pick, Joe Panik, again has the hot hand as the Volcanoes are up early against the Spokane Indians 7-1. At time of publication, the game was in the third inning.

In his first two at-bats, Panik is 2-2 with a double and a run scored. He currently is batting .643 in his first four professional games and adjusting well batting in the two hole.

Right fielder Brett Krill and second baseman Kaohi Downing also have hits so far as the Volcanoes look to even up the series 2-2 with the fifth game scheduled for tomorrow. From there the Volcanoes come home for an action-packed six-game home stand.

Stay tuned to Volcanoes Watching for all the exclusive; Volcanoes Watching - champions start here!

Call the Volcanoes now at 503-390-2225, or visit volcanoesbaseball.com to purchase your tickets. Remember, purchase your tickets in advance of game day and save $1.00 per ticket.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Volcanoes Watching goes over 10,000 reader mark

Volcanoes Watching, the official business blog of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, went over the 10,000 unique reader mark this week. The blog is only nine months old.

"I'd like to thank Jerry Walker and the Front Office team for the on-going opportunity to publish Volcanoes Watching, and of course, I want to thank all of the Volcanoes fans who take some time out of their busy days to support this blog and the franchise," said Justin Lacche, Volcanoes Director of Business Development. "Volcanoes fans are the best in Minor League Baseball - and the heart and soul of this team's on-going success."

Panik cool in his first pro series

Volcanoes short stop and Giants First Round pick Joe Panik has made a big splash in his first professional series. In three games so far, Joe is 7-for-12 (.583) with a home run, couple of RBI and a stolen base.

Volcanoes fans will see Panik and the entire team with the official 2011 home debut of the Volcanoes this Wednesday.

Stay tuned to Volcanoes Watching for all the exclusive; Volcanoes Watching - champions start here!

Call the Volcanoes now at 503-390-2225, or visit volcanoesbaseball.com to purchase your tickets. Remember, purchase your tickets in advance of game day and save $1.00 per ticket.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Vogelsong national story; Volcanoes making early statement

Early in the spring,Volcanoes alum Ryan Vogelsong's amazing comeback was featured in Volcanoes Watching. Now, Ryan is a regular national story, the latest example being the featured ESPN baseball story.

Click here to read Jim Caple's article for ESPN.com.

Ryan so far is 4-1 with a 1.92 ERA with 53 strike outs.  As a Volcanoes pitcher in 1998, he went 6-1 with a 1.77 ERA and 66 strike outs.

The 2011 Volcanoes look to build on their 14-2 opening win against Spokane, which was one of the most dominant Northwest League opening game in league history. The Volcanoes first home stand of the year is June 22-27 with three against Eugene and three against Vancouver.

Stay tuned to Volcanoes Watching for all the exclusive; Volcanoes Watching - champions start here!

Call the Volcanoes now at 503-390-2225, or visit volcanoesbaseball.com to purchase your tickets. Remember, purchase your tickets in advance of game day and save $1.00 per ticket.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Volcanoes crushing Spokane in game #1

At time of publication, the 5-time NWL Champion Salem-Keizer Volcanoes were crushing the Spokane Indians 12-1 in the seventh inning of the first game of the 2011 Northwest League campaign.

The Volcanoes road game can be listened on the net by clicking here.

So far the monster Volcanoes inning was the eight-run fourth inning; every single Salem-Keizer player either has a run scored and eight players already have a hit; DH, Mike Murray is 4-for-5 with a home run and 2 RBI; shortstop. Joe Panik has two hits and a run so far in his professional debut; the Giants 2011 First Round pick is batting second; Daniel Burkart has two hits and three RBI as does; Brett Krill who has a three-RBI double to his credit so far; Charles Jones, John Eshleman and Julio Izturis all have two hits; Brice Cutspec has a hit and Jesus Galindo has scored a run.

The Volcanoes are back in action tomorrow and look to continue the hot hand; be sure the Indians will have all the intention of exacting some revenge. Stay tuned to Volcanoes Watching for all the exclusive; Volcanoes Watching - champions start here!

Call the Volcanoes now at 503-390-2225, or visit volcanoesbaseball.com to purchase your tickets. Remember, purchase your tickets in advance of game day and save $1.00 per ticket.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Lincecum starts Friday, Volcanoes at Spokane

It's on! Tim Lincecum takes the mound tomorrow as the surging Giants look to keep momentum in an Interleague match up. The same time, the Volcanoes 2011 Northwest League run officially starts with the first of a four-game series at Spokane.

The Giants are in first place despite most of the baseball world saying they couldn't overcome the series of injuries to key players; but inspired by Buster Posey and with the return of Pablo Sandoval - the Giants continue to remain on top of the NL West.

The Volcanoes, one of the most electric Class A organization this generation, begins another exciting season as the team is seeking a sixth Northwest League championship.

Definitely stay tuned to Volcanoes Watching for all the exclusives -- Volcanoes baseball, champions start here.

Call the Volcanoes now at 503-390-2225, or visit volcanoesbaseball.com to purchase your tickets. Remember, purchase your tickets in advance of game day and save $1.00 per ticket.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sandoval returns, Giants win, Volcanoes ready to roll


 
There were plenty of reasons to fold this season, and yet here we stand: The Volcanoes are ready to launch the 2011 season, alum Pablo Sandoval returned to action and the 2010 World Champ Giants remain in first place.

Now how's that for livin'?

Pablo got an important hit and RBI in his first action since April as the Giants topped Arizona 6-5 for their 38th win of the season. At time of publication, both clubs were fighting hard into the eighth inning - and Pablo has another hit.

If the 2011 Giants become the real-life "Rocky" than credit should be given to the source of many of these stars - the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.

Tickets for the College All Stars versus the Volcanoes Game and ALL GAMES on SALE NOW - call the Volcanoes now at 503-390-2225, or visit volcanoesbaseball.com to purchase your tickets. Remember, purchase your tickets in advance of game day and save $1.00 per ticket.

Volcanoes baseball - champions start here!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Volcanoes season now just "hours" a way

Volcanoes Nation rejoice - the season is now only about 48 hours from starting.

The Volcanoes are already making national baseball news by landing 2011 First Round draft pick, Joe Panik.

The 6-2, 195-pound shortstop from Hopewell Junction, New York led the Big East Conference with 60 runs scored, a .509 on-base percentage, while being tied for the highest batting average with a .398 clip (90-for-226). Overall, Panik had 19 doubles, three triples and 57 RBI, while leading the Red Storm with 10 home runs and 21 stolen bases during the 2011 season. The left-handed hitter led St. John’s in walks for three consecutive seasons with a team-high 44 this year, which was the second most in the Big East. The middle infielder was named to the 2011 All-Big East First-Team as well the 2011 Big East All-Tournament Team.

June 16th - Game Time is 6:35pm, Gates Open 5:30pm. Tickets are still available but are going fast.

The 2011 Volcanoes will take the field this week as their peers with the Giants continue to hold on to a slim lead in the wild, wild, NL West.

Stay tuned for Volcanoes Watching for all the updates on your alumni; Volcanoes baseball - champions start here!


 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sanchez, Giants win - Volcanoes prep for College All-Stars

Volcanoes alum Jonathan Sanchez delivered just what the doctor ordered as the 2010 World Champion, Giants topped Cincinnati, 4-2.

Sanchez went 6 innings yielding only 2 runs and striking out 5. Fellow Volcanoes alum, Sergio Romo, earned his 9th hold.

Nate Schierholtz has a hit, RBI and score two runs.

The Champs (37-29) are back in action tomorrow at Arizona. As for our beloved Volcanoes - how about the fact we get a First Round Draft Pick on the roster to start the year? Yep, Joe Panik is coming to town.

The pre-season game between the Volcanoes and the College All Stars, set for this Thursday, June 16, 2011, at Volcanoes Stadium will have a real local flavor. In addition to fans having the opportunity to see their Volcanoes for the first time this season, the College All Star Team is packed with players from local Colleges and Universities.

The All Stars 26 man roster is comprised of players from 17 different Colleges and Universities. George Fox University and University of Portland lead the way with 3 players each on the All Star Team: Emmett Ackerlund (outfielder), Derek Dixon (infielder) and Matt Zeller (outfielder), are all from George Fox University and Kris Kauppila (infielder), Chet Thompson (outfielder), and Chad Kjembus (pitcher/infielder) are all from University of Portland. In addition, Whitworth, Clark College, Linfield, Pacific University and Mt. Hood Community College each have two (2) players on the squad.

The All Stars include players from five (5) different states: Oregon (15), Washington (8), and California, Alaska and Idaho all one (1) each. The most local player is Jordan Keeker from Keizer, Oregon. Keeker played for McNary High School and its 2009 6A State Championship Team and is a now at Linn Benton Community College. The team will be managed by Pete Ness. Ness is the manager of the Portland Dukes from the West Coast Baseball League.

The Volcanoes roster has yet to be announced except for the fact that the Giants #1 selection in the recent First-Year Player draft, Joe Panik has signed his professional contract and has been assigned to Salem-Keizer. The 6-2, 195-pound shortstop from Hopewell Junction, New York led the Big East Conference with 60 runs scored, a .509 on-base percentage, while being tied for the highest batting average with a .398 clip (90-for-226). Overall, Panik had 19 doubles, three triples and 57 RBI, while leading the Red Storm with 10 home runs and 21 stolen bases during the 2011 season. The left-handed hitter led St. John’s in walks for three consecutive seasons with a team-high 44 this year, which was the second most in the Big East. The middle infielder was named to the 2011 All-Big East First-Team as well the 2011 Big East All-Tournament Team.

June 16th - Game Time is 6:35pm, Gates Open 5:30pm. Tickets are still available

Tickets for the College All Stars versus the Volcanoes Game and ALL GAMES on SALE NOW - call the Volcanoes now at 503-390-2225, or visit volcanoesbaseball.com to purchase your tickets. Remember, purchase your tickets in advance of game day and save $1.00 per ticket.

Volcanoes baseball - champions start here!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Volcanoes ready for another season of excitement

The Volcanoes start 2011 with perhaps the most attention ever from baseball fans as this accomplished franchise looks the write another chapter as an affiliate of the 2010 World Champion, Giants.

Ring, trophies and an amazing fan base are nothing new for the Volcanoes, which have won 5 Northwest League Champions, have made 7 playoff appearances and sent 7 players to the Giants and helped deliver a World Series title.

Suddenly baseball fans coast to coast have an interest in seeing what future stars emerge from the 2011 Volcanoes roster. But the best news is, we all get to see the story unfold in-person.

In short, the amazing home field that the fans create for the Volcanoes is directly translating to helping the organization. Equally important is that the Volcanoes have a simply amazing plan of home promotions and activities this year - truly bringing you the Major League thrill at the Minor League, family-friendly Volcanoes Stadium.

The new adventure starts Wednesday: a welcome party at Volcanoes Stadium will be held beginning at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, for the 2011 Salem-Keizer Volcanoes team. The team is arriving at Portland International Airport at approximately 4:30 pm and will be arriving at the Stadium for the first time around 6:00 pm on the 15th.

Fans are encouraged to welcome the team to town by attending the Welcome Party. Free Admission, Free Parking. "This will be a fun way to show our support of the team and let them know we're excited for the season to begin," said Jerry Howard, Senior Marketing Representative for the team. "It can be like an after work mixer or social, just a fun time to get revved up for the season," concluded Howard.

The Volcanoes Stadium ticket office will be open during the Welcome Party to allow fans an additional opportunity to pickup their tickets prior to the teams first game on Thursday, June 16, versus the College All Stars beginning at 6:35pm, Gates open 5:30 pm. The Stadium Pro Shop and concession stand will be open as well.

Questions: Contact Jerry Howard at 503-390-2225 ext. 3002, or at 503-779-4088

Call the Volcanoes now at 503-390-2225, or visit volcanoesbaseball.com to purchase your tickets. Remember, purchase your tickets in advance of game day and save $1.00 per ticket.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Volcanoes Sanchez looks for big stop

The 2010 World Champion, Giants look, yet again, to a Volcanoes alum to deliver a big win. Jonathan Sanchez takes the mound tomorrow against Cincinnati in a game the Champs want badly to win.

Jonathan has started the year 4-4 with a 3.51 ERA and 78 strike outs in 74.1 innings pitched. He is 2-1 all-time against the Reds with a 3.91 ERA; which means the Giants should plan to score 3.92 runs for him tomorrow :)

While this is a big week for the Giants; this is practically an Oregon holiday for all fans of Minor League Baseball. Let's welcome the new generation as they begin their professional journey. A welcome party at Volcanoes Stadium will be held beginning at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, for the 2011 Salem-Keizer Volcanoes team.  The team is arriving at Portland International Airport at approximately 4:30 pm and will be arriving at the Stadium for the first time around 6:00 pm on the 15th. 

Fans are encouraged to welcome the team to town by attending the Welcome Party.  Free Admission, Free Parking.  "This will be a fun way to show our support of the team and let them know we're excited for the season to begin," said Jerry Howard, Senior Marketing Representative for the team.  "It can be like an after work mixer or social, just a fun time to get revved up for the season," concluded Howard.

The Volcanoes Stadium ticket office will be open during the Welcome Party to allow fans an additional opportunity to pickup their tickets prior to the teams first game on Thursday, June 16, versus the College All Stars beginning at 6:35pm, Gates open 5:30 pm.  The Stadium Pro Shop and concession stand will be open as well.

Questions:  Contact Jerry Howard at 503-390-2225 ext. 3002, or at 503-779-4088

Call the Volcanoes now at 503-390-2225, or visit volcanoesbaseball.com to purchase your tickets.  Remember, purchase your tickets in advance of game day and save $1.00 per ticket. 

Friday, June 10, 2011

Lincecum looks for win; Volcanoes prepare next generation

Volcanoes alum Tim Lincecum takes the mound again tomorrow as the 2010 World Champion, Giants look to remain in sole position of first place in the NL West.

Tim is 5-4 with a 2.85 ERA so far and is easily on-pace for another 200 strike out season.

It's hard to believe that not long ago, Tim was preparing for his first game as a Volcanoes player. Let's welcome the new generation as they begin their professional journey. A welcome party at Volcanoes Stadium will be held beginning at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, for the 2011 Salem-Keizer Volcanoes team.  The team is arriving at Portland International Airport at approximately 4:30 pm and will be arriving at the Stadium for the first time around 6:00 pm on the 15th. 

Fans are encouraged to welcome the team to town by attending the Welcome Party.  Free Admission, Free Parking.  "This will be a fun way to show our support of the team and let them know we're excited for the season to begin," said Jerry Howard, Senior Marketing Representative for the team.  "It can be like an after work mixer or social, just a fun time to get revved up for the season," concluded Howard.

The Volcanoes Stadium ticket office will be open during the Welcome Party to allow fans an additional opportunity to pickup their tickets prior to the teams first game on Thursday, June 16, versus the College All Stars beginning at 6:35pm, Gates open 5:30 pm.  The Stadium Pro Shop and concession stand will be open as well.

Questions:  Contact Jerry Howard at 503-390-2225 ext. 3002, or at 503-779-4088

Call the Volcanoes now at 503-390-2225, or visit volcanoesbaseball.com to purchase your tickets.  Remember, purchase your tickets in advance of game day and save $1.00 per ticket. 

Volcanoes baseball - champions start here!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Simply put - it's Volcanoes time

Volcanoes Nation: you waited all winter; those dark January days; the rainy  and cold April and May -- all the while crossing the calendar for the middle of June. The wait is over -- the 2011 journey begins next week!

You are the most amazing, loyal fan-base in all of Minor League Baseball. You're all five-time Northwest League Champions and helped develop seven World Champion players.

Come join us for the start of another season of magic. Volcanoes baseball - champions start here!

Thursday, June 16 - First Game of the Year !!

The Volcanoes will open their season next Thursday, June 16, at Volcanoes Stadium with a pre-season game versus the College All-Stars!  Game time 6:35pm, Gates Open 5:30pm.

It will be Keizer Community Appreciation Night.  Keizer residents can receive an outfield seat for just $5.00 for this game, a savings of $3.00 off normal day of game admission at the gate, by showing proof of residence – driver’s license, utility bill, etc! The game will also feature the first of six $1.00 Thursday Nights where selected adult beverages are just $1.00 during the game in the Stadium’s Lava Lodge Sports Pub.  General Admission tickets are *$8, Reserved *$10, Upper Box *$12, Diamond Club seats behind homeplate $20.

*REMEMBER:   If you purchase in advance of game day, you SAVE $1.00 per ticket on General Admission, Reserved and Upper Box Seats!

 Celebrate Father's Day at Volcanoes Stadium

On Sunday, June 19th, it is Father’s Day  and Dad is going to be treated very well at Volcanoes Stadium.   A Father’s Day Breakfast will be served from 9:00 am to noon in the Stadium’s Lava Lodge Sports Pub, it is just $8.00 for adults, and $6.00 for kids.  Menu includes ham, eggs, biscuits and gravy, and the chef’s special baked banana nut French toast.  Coffee and juice is also included.  Mimosas, champagne, wine, beer and a full bar will also be available.  DAD, and his children will have the opportunity to compete in various free interactive games and have the chance to go on-the-field to play catch!  

Treat DAD extra special by sending his picture to the Volcanoes at probasebal@aol.com (yes, one “L” in baseball), and his picture will appear on the giant jumbotron video board in right field, during breakfast.

Call the Volcanoes now at 503-390-2225, or visit volcanoesbaseball.com to purchase your tickets. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Crawford delivers, Giants win again

Volcanoes alum, Brandon Crawford had a seventh inning triple and RBI to propel the 2010 World Champion, Giants over the Nationals 3-1. Brandon is the Volcanoes Watching Alumni of the Game.

Crawford is 4 for his last 11 at bats (.363) with a RBI and run scored.

The win puts the Giants at 35-27, 8 games over .500 and 2 games in front of a suddenly cooling Arizona Diamondbacks club. This surge also comes after one of the most challenging weeks in recent Giants memory - further testament to the resolve and support on the roster.

More good news: Volcanoes alum Pablo Sandoval was in a rehab start at AAA Fresno tonight and went 1-for-3 with a monster two-run home run as the Grizzlies topped Las Vegas 12-4.

Starting tomorrow, the Giants host the Reds in a series that will very much have a playoff feel. Stay tuned for Volcanoes Watching for all the updates on your alumni; Volcanoes baseball - champions start here!

Volcanoes Nation, an important reminder: the first Volcanoes home game is June 16th. The College All Stars will be playing your Volcanoes at Volcanoes Stadium: 6:35p.m. game time, gates open 5:30 p.m. Get tickets by calling 503-390-2225 ext. 3007, or at www.volcanoesbaseball.com

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Giants win, Lincecum gets strike out 1,000

The 2010 World Champion, Giants defeated Washington 5-4 in 13 innings on June 6; in the process, Volcanoes alum, Tim Lincecum got his 1,000th career strike out.

Tim became just the eighth pitcher since 1900 to get 1,000 strike outs in his first five seasons in The Majors. Safe the say, Tim is the Volcanoes Watching Alumni of the Game.

Fellow Volcanoes alumni, Nate Schierholtz and Connor Gillaspie had critical pinch hits as the Champs kept their slim first place lead over Arizona in the NL West.

The Giants finish up their series with Washington on Wednesday before hosting the Reds. Stay tuned for Volcanoes Watching for all the updates on your alumni; Volcanoes baseball - champions start here!

Volcanoes Nation, an important reminder: the first Volcanoes home game is June 16th. The College All Stars will be playing your Volcanoes at Volcanoes Stadium: 6:35p.m. game time, gates open 5:30 p.m. Get tickets by calling 503-390-2225 ext. 3007, or at www.volcanoesbaseball.com

Monday, June 6, 2011

Giants draft Joe Panik, St. Johns

The 2010 World Champion Giants drafted Joe Panik, 6'1", 193-pound SS, St. Johns with their first pick, the 29th pick of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Kyle Crick, a 6'4" RHP from Sherman High School in Texas was taken with the 49th pick of the Giants.

Click here to see Panik's official college page.


Rounds 2-30 start tomorrow 9 a.m. PST. Stay tuned to Volcanoes Watching for comprehensive Giants draft coverage.

Volcanoes Nation, an important reminder: the first Volcanoes home game is June 16th. The College All Stars will be playing your Volcanoes at Volcanoes Stadium:  6:35p.m. game time, gates open 5:30 p.m.  Get tickets by calling 503-390-2225 ext. 3007, or at www.volcanoesbaseball.com

 Volcanoes baseball - champions start here!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Vogelsong delivers, Giants back in first place

I'm going to say it: Volcanoes alumni Ryan Vogelsong deserves early talk for NL CY Young Award contention. Ryan again delivered a masterful performance as the 2010 World Champion Giants topped Colorado 2-1 today. The win puts the Giants back in sole possession of first place in the NL West.

Ryan went 8 innings allowing only 1 run on 4 hits. His record improves to 4-1 with a 1.68 ERA. Needless to say, Ryan was the Volcanoes Watching Alumni of the Game.

Fellow Volcanoes alumni Tim Lincecum is on the mound tomorrow against the Nationals. Tim is only 5 strike outs away from reaching 1,000 for his career.

Stay tuned for Volcanoes Watching for all the updates on your alumni; Volcanoes baseball - champions start here!

Volcanoes Watching Global: El Giants está detrás en el primer lugar, Le Giants sont de retour dans le premier endroit, Il Giants è indietro nel primo posto, ジャイアンツは一番にもどって来る,  자이안츠는 첫번째 장소에서 돌아온다, 巨人回来得了第一

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Vogelsong looks to put Giants back in first

Volcanoes alum Ryan Vogelsong will take the mound tomorrow for the 2010 World Champion Giants as they look to reclaim first place in the NL West.

Vogelsong and the Champs battle Colorado in the rubber match of their series. The Giants sit only 1/2 game behind Arizona.

Ryan is having a stand out season, starting the year 3-1 with a 1.77 ERA and 35 K's in 45.2 innings pitched.

Stay tuned for Volcanoes Watching for all the updates on your alumni; Volcanoes baseball - champions start here!

Volcanoes Watching Global: Regards de Ryan Vogelsong pour aider le Giants pour prendre le premier endroit, Sguardi del Ryan Vogelsong per aiutare il Giants per prendere primo posto, Miradas de Ryan Vogelsong para ayudar al Giants para tomar el primer lugar, 帮助巨人的赖安Vogelsong神色占优势, 優勝するためにジャイアンツを助けるライアンVogelsongの一見, 우승을 차지하기 위하여 자이안츠를 돕는 Ryan Vogelsong 보기.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Burriss leads Giants over Rockies

Volcanoes alum, Emmanuel Burriss had a game-high 3 hits as the 2010 World Champion, Giants topped Colorado 3-1 at AT&T Park tonight. This critical win kept the Champs a 1/2 game up in first place over Arizona.

Emmanuel also made many key defensive stops at third base tonight and is the Volcanoes Watching Alumni of the Game.

Nate Schierholtz and Brandon Crawford each had a hit with Brandon driving in a run.

The Giants continue their three-game set tomorrow with first pitch set for 1:15 p.m. PST. Sunday's game features Volcanoes alum Ryan Vogelsong; stay tuned for Volcanoes Watching for all the updates on your alumni; Volcanoes baseball - champions start here!

Volcanoes Watching Global: Emmanuel Burriss tenía tres golpes mientras que el Giants ganó esta noche, Emmanuel Burriss a eu trois coups pendant que le Giants gagnait ce soir, Emmanuel Burriss ha avuto tre colpi mentre il Giants ha vinto stasera, 当巨人今晚,赢取了伊曼纽尔Burriss有三命中, 자이안츠가 오늘 밤 이기는 때 Emmanuel Burriss는 3개의 명중이 있었다, ジャイアンツが今夜勝ったと同時にエマニュエルBurrissに3つの衝突があった.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sanchez, Giants rally to KO Cards

Volcanoes alum Jonathan Sanchez hung tough for the win as the 2010 World Champion Giants out-slugged St. Louis 12-7. The win gets the Giants back in first place in the NL West.

Sanchez (4-3 3.50) went 5.1 innings allowed 3 runs and also went 1-for-2 at the plate and scored a run.Jonathan is the Volcanoes Watching Alumni of the Game.

The win brings the Champs record to a 31-25, and even better news: Pablo Sandoval is set to begin his rehab at  Single-A San Jose followed by a stint at Triple-A Fresno before returning to the big club.

How critical is Panda? His 5 home runs still is second on the team despite missing the last 30 games.

The Giants host the Rockies this weekend; stay tuned for Volcanoes Watching for all the updates on your alumni; Volcanoes baseball - champions start here!

Volcanoes Watching Global: La grande victoire de Giants les met dans le premier endroit; La grande vittoria del Giants li mette nel primo posto; El triunfo grande de Giants los pone en el primer lugar; 巨人大胜利得了第一投入他们, ジャイアンツの大きい勝利は一番にそれらを置く, 자이안츠 큰 승리는 첫번째 장소에서 그(것)들을 둔다

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Giants take out Cards in 11th

It might not earn any style points, but a win is a win. The 2010 World Champion Giants battled back to top the Cards tonight 7-5 in 11 innings.

Volcanoes alum Sergio Romo got the win, throwing 1 inning of perfect baseball. Sergio's record now is 3-0 with a 2.60 and was named the Volcanoes Watching Alumni of the Game.

The win was the Giants 30th of the season and keeps them on-pace with Arizona who is using up all their baseball karma before the All-Star break.

Volcanoes alum Tim Lincecum went 6.1 innings and allowed 5 earned runs while striking out 9. Tim is now only 14 K's away from 1,000 career.

Nate Schierholtz was in the zone going 3-for-6 with 2 RBI, and scoring 2 runs; Emmanuel Burriss also scored a critical run.

Jonathan Sanchez in on the hill tomorrow; first pitch scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Stay tuned for all the exclusive on your Volcanoes alumni - Volcanoes baseball - champions start here.

Volcanoes Watching Global: Beaucoup de volcans ont aidé le Giants pour défaire St Louis ce soir, Muchos volcanes ayudaron al Giants para derrotar St. Louis esta noche, Molti vulcani hanno aiutato il Giants per sconfiggere stasera St. Louis, 许多火山帮助巨人今晚击败圣路易斯, 많은 유황은 세인트루이스를 오늘 밤 격파하기 위하여 자이안츠를 도왔다, 多くの火山はセントルイスを今夜敗北させるためにジャイアンツを助けた.