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Sunday, July 14, 2013
OH HERI: Heri Quevedo (3-3) pitched deeper into a game than he has all season, going six scoreless innings, garnering his first victory as a starter since May 27 as the Salem Red Sox beat Potomac 5-1 on Sunday. Though he did surrender five walks, the only time he was in real danger was in the first inning, where a 4-6-3 double play helped after the first two batters of the game reached base.
DOUBLE DOUBLE RUN FOR YOUR TROUBLE: Instead of having to come from behind like the last two games, the Sox decided to play with the lead. Against Nationals starter Marcos Frias (1-1), three of the first four base hits the Sox collected were doubles. Stefan Welch knocked in his first of two run with a double in the bottom of the first. Henry Ramos doubled to lead off the third inning and scored on an RBI single by Keury De La Cruz. The Sox added two more runs in the fourth on another De La Cruz RBI single and a sacrifice fly from Welch.
A MATTER OF ROUTINE: And speaking of "Mr. RBI," with his two RBIs on Sunday, De La Cruz now has 68 on the season. Between Greenville and Salem last season, he collected 153 hits and 87 RBIs. It is within the realm of possibility that, since he already has over 100 hits this season (103 as of Sunday), he could have over 100 hits and 100 RBIs in the same season.
MAKING HIMSELF AT HOME: Going into the final game of the homestand tonight, Welch might not be excited about packing up and going back on the road. Welch has gone 13 for 24 (.542) with three doubles, a home run and eight RBIs in the homestand.
AN EXCEPTIONAL THIEF: Deven Marrero stole his 17th consecutive base in the bottom of the first inning. Though he's tied for ninth in the Carolina League in stolen bases, he leads the league in most stolen bases without being thrown out. Who's second in most steals without being caught?
Injured Salem Sox second baseman Sean Coyle with 11.
Overall, the Sox are second in the league with 120 stolen bases, but rank fifth as a team in stolen base percentage (71.4 percent).
ON DECK: The Sox go for the four-game sweep by sending right-hander Mike Augliera (6-5, 4.37) to the mound to face a yet-to-be-named starter for the Nationals tonight. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.
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