Daniel Carrizosa had three hits and as many RBIs and the Humboldt Crabs extended its winning streak to eight games with an 11-0 shutout win over the visiting West Coast Kings, Saturday night at the Arcata Ball Park.
Damian Henderson, with a little help, got the Crabs on the board in the first inning as his sharply-hit grounder to second base proved too much for the Kings’ Luke O’Brien to handle. The error allowed Riley Cleary and Kokko Figueiredo to score, giving the Crabs an early 2-0 lead.
The Crabs went back to work offensively in the third and it was Henderson once again putting the scoreboard operator to work as his line-drive single out to center field scored Figueiredo for a 3-0 lead. Aidan Morris scored Henderson a few at-bats later on a fielders’ choice before Carrizosa finished of the inning’s scoring with a bunt, scoring Cleary for a 5-0 advantage.
The Crabs opened Saturday’s game all the way up in the sixth inning with a 6-run outburst to take an 11-0 lead.
Carrizosa drove in two via a line-drive double to left field while Cleary and Dawson Bacho each drove a run in off singles. The Crabs also scored a pair of runs off a fielders’ choice and an error in the frame.
Kyle Pruhsmeier (3-0) picked up his third win as a starter this summer. The pitcher produced six shutout innings, striking out five while giving up three hits. Dylan Lamb handled the seventh and eighth innings for the Crabs and was equally as effective as Pruhsmeier, keeping the Kings scoreless on one hit and two strikeouts.
Ryan Cowdrey closed out the ninth for the Crabs and did so in just seven pitches, ending the ball game with a strikeout.
Carrizosa and Figueiredo each led the Crabs with three hits a piece. Carrizosa was the club’s leading RBI-getter, recording three in the win. As a team the Crabs connected on 16 hits.
The Kings had four hits split among four players in the loss. Cole Christensen started at pitcher for the Kings and took the loss. He went 2.1 innings and gave up five runs, three of them earned, on six hits and two walks.
The Crabs (25-13) can claim a series sweep against the Kings (16-9-2) today when the two clubs meet for game three at 12:30 p.m., at the Arcata Ball Park.