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Sunday, July 14, 2013
PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER: In the top of the fifth inning, Keury De La Cruz smacked his glove so hard while running off the field that the leather flew off his hand and landed several feet away.
Forgive his exuberance. He'd earned a little celebration on this night.
De La Cruz drove in all three Salem runs and nailed the potential tying run at the plate with a rifle throw, leading the Red Sox to a 3-1 victory over Potomac on Saturday in a game shortened to seven innings by rain.
TURNING POINT: The critical moment arrived in the fifth, when Potomac had two on and two out in a 2-1 game. Cleanup hitter Adrian Nieto rapped a single to left, and De La Cruz uncorked a strong throw to nab Billy Burns - the Carolina League's stolen base leader.
It was the second outfield assist in as many nights for De La Cruz, who pegged a runner at third from right field Friday.
"I do take a lot of pride in it," De La Cruz said through the translation of teammate Mickey Pena. "I translate it from practice to the field; I try to get quick to the ball and get a quick release to the plate as quick as possible."
BACK ON TRACK: De La Cruz finished 2 for 3, delivering a two-out, two run single in the third that gave Salem the lead for good. It was his seventh hit in 12 at-bats with the bases loaded.
De La Cruz added an RBI single in the fifth, shaking off a recent slump. He'd hit just .171 in the first 11 games of July after batting .387 in June to take Carolina League Player of the Month honors.
"I feel great," De La Cruz said. "I was working toward that [Player of the Month] goal. And when somebody works toward a certain goal, stuff starts rolling for you and things start happening."
NICE REBOUND: For the second straight night, Salem's starting pitcher recovered from a rocky beginning to get a win.
William Cuevas (5-6) allowed the first four batters to reach but allowed just one run. He lasted five innings, striking out five and yielding seven hits.
LOOSE ENDS: Matty Johnson, Deven Marrero and Blake Swihart had two hits apiece for Salem...The game was halted twice by rain and delayed 1 hour and 16 minutes in the sixth...Manny Rivera tossed two innings of scoreless relief.
ON DECK: RHP Heri Quevedo (2-3, 4.46) starts for Salem at 4:05 today as the Sox seek their fourth straight win.
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