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Crabs Come Home, Stay Hot

by Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs
July 2, 2016

ARCATA—After being out of town for the past 10 days, the Crabs put an exclamation point on their triumphant return to Humboldt County as they bludgeoned Top Speed Baseball 16-2 Friday evening at the Arcata Ball Park.

The Crabs (12-8) have won their past five games after dropping the first three games of their road trip last week. For Top Speed (22-2), it was only their second loss of the season.

The scoring got started in the second inning, with Top Speed taking the first lead of the game. Nick Rao led off with a single and was doubled home by Grant St. Martin. A couple of batters later, catcher Rob Berning laced a single to left-center, giving Top Speed a 2-0 advantage.

That lead wouldn’t last however, as Humboldt responded in a huge way in the bottom of the second. Logan Denholm led off with a single, followed by another single by Nick Warren.

The Crabs would get their first run on a fielding error by Top Speed second baseman Nick Rao on a groundball by Michael Perri. After another single by Logan Busch, David Hamilton hit a scoring fly ball to right field to tie the game.

Brian Pozos would add an RBI single of his own and the next batter, James Outman would land the game’s biggest blow, launching a missile over the right field scoreboard to make it a 6-2 game.

“I don’t even want to know what my [batting] average is,”  Outman said. “I just go up to the plate hoping I can help us strike first in the game, then wanting to make the last strike at the end.”

The Crabs would add two more runs in the third and would really put the game out of reach in the sixth. They would send nine batters to the plate, including a two run home run by Pozos and score nine times. Denholm hit an RBI double and Perri would add a two RBI single. The Crabs would get three more in the eighth including a 2 RBI triple by Nick Warren. In all, the Crabs would score 16 runs on 14 hits.

For Crabs starting pitcher Jason Alexander, the second inning was a bit of a struggle, but the righty would go on to pitch 6 full innings, allowing only the two second inning runs (one earned) to score. He struck out five, walked one, and only surrendered five hits.

The Crabs bullpen would contribute three scoreless innings of their own. For Top Speed starter Chrit Rudkin, the night didn’t go according to plan, as he was charged with 11 runs, (six earned) on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked three. The Crabs would score additional runs off Top Speed relievers Stan Wolpuk and Tucker Pullium.

Both these team will be in action again on Saturday for game 2 of the three game series.  For the Crabs, this will be day two of a stretch of nine games in 10 days.

“I’m not even thinking about [the amount of games]” Outman said. “I just get to show up and play baseball every day without even having to worry about school. I’m excited.”

Saturday’s game begins at 7pm at the Arcata Ballpark.

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Crabs go 4-3 on the road, winning four straight

The Crabs went 4-3 on the road

Dates and Scores from the road trip:

6/22/16: Humboldt Crabs 6, @Healdsburg Prune Packers 7 (LOSS)
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6/23/16: Humboldt Crabs 3, @Healdsburg Prune Packers 4 (LOSS)
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6/24/16: Humboldt Crabs 1, @SLO Blues 3 (LOSS)
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6/25/16: Humboldt Crabs 11, @SLO Blues 1 (WIN)
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6/26/16: Humboldt Crabs 9, @SLO Blues 8 (WIN)
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6/28/16: Humboldt Crabs 16, @Redding Colt 45s 4 (WIN)
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6/29/16: Humboldt Crabs 11 @Redding Colt 45s 5 (WIN)
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Listen to the Redding Colt 45s 2-game set on KCNR 1460.com via the Colt 45s website at http://www.reddingcolt45s.com or watch the game live via Point Streak Stats. Read about the games the day after on the Redding Searchlight Newspaper's Sports pages. Articles by T.J. Holmes (@tjholmes_RS). Video highlights posted to the Crabs Facebook page.

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PROMOTIONS & THEME GAMES COMING UP:

July 1: Mustache Night sponsored by Humboldt Roller Derby.
FOUL BALLS SPONSORED BY HARPER MOTORS

July 2: Humboldt Heroes Night
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July 3: Camo T-shirt Day & Veteran's Appreciation Day

July 4: Wear Red, White & Blue (2:30pm Game) Bring your own chairs, picnic blankets due to limited seating. FOUL BALLS SPONSORED BY HARPER MOTORS

July 5: OPEN

July 6: Crabs Player Sign Contest: Top 3 most creative or funny signs for the players win prizes! Make a sign showing your support for a Crabs player, print two of them on 11x17 and submit one copy to the souvenir stand.

July 8: Cowboy Night & Sponsor Night/Catered Dinner in Right Field for our sponsors

July 9: Bigfoot Celebration & SF Junior Giants weekend

July 10: Lou Bonomini Day/Celebrate his 100th belated Bday
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The one that got away

Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs Baseball
June 11, 2016

ARCATA, CA—The Crabs looked like they were on their way to their third win in a row, taking a 2-1 lead into the ninth inning, but were unable to hold it as they fell to the California Expos 3-2 Saturday Night at the Arcata Ballpark.

The Expos proved to be a very patient team all the way to the end, scoring two runs in the ninth inning on two hits and an error after struggling to generate much offense for much of the game, getting one run on five hits through the first eight innings.

With the Crabs ahead 2-1, the Expos started the ninth with a Matty Nunez single, then was moved to second with a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Turney. Tristan Alvarez then reached on an error by right fielder Logan Busch, making it to second and sending Nunez to third.

With two runners in scoring position and two out, Expos catcher Alan Crowley knocked through a single to score Nunez and Alvarez to give them a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

The Expos scored the first run of the game in the top of the first. With runners at first and third with one out, Angel Flores, hit a groundball to second, but the Crabs couldn’t complete the double play, allowing Conly Biglione to cross the plate.

The Crabs (4-3) would respond in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Austin White singled, stole second, and made it to third on James Outman’s base hit. Newt Johnson then hit a ball deep enough to right field for White to tag up and score.

After Jayson Newman walked, Logan Denholm hit a groundball deep in the hole at short, and the ball was thrown wide by Tristen Alvarez. Denholm would have beaten it out anyway, and Outman would have scored accordingly, so Denholm gets credit for a hit and an RBI, along with the error charged to Alvarez. The Crabs would leave runners on first and second to end the inning and the Crabs would settle for their two runs.

Aaron Herr went four innings for the Crabs, allowing an earned run on three hits and four walks with no strikeouts. Reed Pfannenstein pitched three innings allowing only two hits while striking out two. Austin Ragsdale threw a scoreless eighth inning and Jacob Gomez pitched the ninth getting charged with two unearned runs on two hits, picking up the tough loss.

Josh Acosta picked up the win for the Expos, finishing the game by pitching three scoreless innings, allowing no hits, while walking four and striking out six. Expos starter Connor Brogdon went six innings, surrendering two runs (one earned) on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

The Crabs and Expos will conclude their three game series with the rubber match on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 12:30pm, with the gates open at 11:30am. As with every Sunday home game, kids are invited to run the bases and high-five the Crabs players after the game.

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Solid offense backs Alexander

by Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs
Friday, June 10, 2016

ARCATA, CA —After going relatively quiet the last three games, the Crabs offense roared back to life Friday night behind another magnificent start by Jason Alexander to beat the California Expos 9-2 at the Arcata Ballpark.

Alexander carried a perfect game into the sixth inning, before two Expos baserunners reached base, first, Tyler Turney reached on an error, than Tristen Alvarez hit a fly ball single to right field. Otherwise, he allowed nothing while striking out ten before coming out for relief pitcher Kevin Calderhead to begin the seventh.

Calderhead allowed two runs to score (one earned) in his two innings of work, with two hits, a strikeout and no walks. Riley Sweeney closed things out with a perfect ninth inning, picking up two strikeouts.

“It’s great being able to have a pitcher like [Alexander] go out and dominate.” Crabs First baseman Jayson Newman said. “It allows you to focus on what you need to do as a hitter.”

The Crabs (4-2) would score their first run with two out in the third inning on a James Outman RBI single that drove in Austin White. The Crabs would then score six of their nine runs in the fourth inning when they sent 11 men to the plate and stringed together five hits, with two walks and a hit batter.

Jayson Newman led off the inning with a walk, followed by another walk to Jacob Thurber after a Michael Perri groundout. Logan Busch hit a ball to deep left center field for a triple that sent in both Newman and Thurber to make the score 3-0 at that point. Brian Pozos proceeded to single in Busch, before an Austin White triple knocked him in.

With the score 5-0, the Crabs weren’t done, as James Outman roped a single to score White and was brought in himself on a Jayson Newman RBI single to put the game away at 7-0. Humboldt added two more in the fifth on a two RBI single by Austin White for a 9-0 lead.

“We were able to see what the pitcher was doing early on,” Newman said. “We were able to quickly figure out what to hit and made solid contact.”

Overall, the Crabs were able to touch up Expos starter Hilario Tovar and the rest of their pitching staff for nine runs on twelve hits. They also benefitted from six walks. The Expos scored their only two runs in the seventh inning when Matty Nunez led off as a pinch-hitter and reached on an error.

Alan Crowley followed with a single then Grant Ferris, was hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Angel Flores hit into a double play to score the first run. The second run was scored on an RBI single by DeAndre Smith to make the score 7-2.

The Crabs would not allow another as they were able to win their second straight game and fourth in a row vs the California Expos dating back to last season.

These teams will be back in action on Saturday at the Arcata Ball Park for game two of the three game series. It’s MLB jersey night at the ballpark and fans are encouraged to wear apparel in support of their favorite MLB club. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. with the gates opening at 6 p.m.

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Davis Enjoys Home Cooking

by Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs Baseball
June 8, 2016

Arcata, CA —Coming off a two game losing streak in which the Crabs were outscored 12-5, Hoopa native Junior Davis proved to be the stopper they needed.

Celebrating his 23rd birthday, Davis blanked the San Leandro Ports for six innings in the Crabs 6-1 win Wednesday Night at the Arcata Ball Park. The college junior out of the University of Antelope Valley allowed only three base runners while on the mound tonight, a lone single and two walks, while striking out five.

Relief pitcher Justin Watland gave up one run on two hits with a walk and a strikeout, while Austin Ragsdale and Jacob Gomez each threw a scoreless inning while striking out two batters.

“I did a really good job of getting ahead of hitters and keeping them off balance,” Davis, who had about 30 members of his family and friends in attendance said after the game. “My fastball was really effective and I also liked how I felt throwing my slider.”

With Davis being so close to home on his birthday, he says he is looking forward to celebrating with friends and family in his hometown.

“I’m heading up with family tonight and am going to enjoy the off day there tomorrow.” Davis said. “I’ve been splitting time between [Arcata] and [Hoopa].”

When asked about home cooking, he mentioned a very local flavor: “Salmon is my favorite dish my parents make.”

On Wednesday, he only feasted on Ports batters. The Crabs only managed four hits all game, but were aided by some sloppy play on the part of the Ports. It was a reversal from Tuesday night, when the Crabs committed three errors and lost 5-2.

In contrast to Tuesday, it was the Ports who had the defensive miscues Wednesday, as they had four errors, two of which led to four unearned runs. Humboldt also took advantage of seven walks, two hit batters, and three wild pitches to secure the win.

The Crabs got the scoring started in the fourth inning. Jayson Newman led off being hit by a pitch, followed by a Michael Perri single. With two on and nobody out, Catcher Jacob Thurber hit an RBI single to give the Crabs a 1-0 lead. They would add a second run in the inning when a wild pitch sent Thurber and Perri to second and third with one out and Mason Telander hit a scoring fly ball to centerfield.

The score would remain that way until the Top of the seventh when the Ports scored their lone run of the game. With relief pitcher Justin Watland entering the game, Tyler Strawn gave him a rude greeting with a lead-off double, then advanced to third on a wild pitch.

After a walk to Christian Marquez, Matt Flores hit an infield groundball that was fielded cleanly, but no one was covering first, allowing the run to score on a single. That would be the only run the Ports would get as Watland was able to settle down and retire the side with a strikeout and two fielders choices.

The Crabs would put the game out of reach in the bottom of the seventh, while only getting one base hit. Brian Pozos led off with a walk and advanced to third on a stolen base and an overthrow by the Ports catcher. Mason Telander walked then stole second base himself.

Austin White then struck out before James Outman hit an RBI single, scoring Pozos. With runners at the corners, Outman went for second on a steal attempt, and another overthrow by the catcher to centerfield brought in Telander and an overthrow from center allowed Outman to come all the way around to score.

Newt Johnson was then hit by a pitch, stole second, then came around to score the fourth run of the inning, removing doubt from the outcome of the game.

For the Ports, starting pitcher Ryan Capozza went six and a third innings, surrendering five runs (two earned) on four hits, six walks and seven strikeouts. Omar Sierra Zuno pitched the remaining inning and two thirds as he only gave up an unearned run on no hits, a walk while striking out three.

The Crabs will have Thursday off before resuming play on Friday vs the California Expos at the Arcata Ball Park. First pitch is set for 7pm with gates opening at 6pm.

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Too Many Errors

by Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs Baseball
June 7, 2016

Arcata, CA —After having a difficult time generating consistent offense on Sunday, it was much of the same on Monday evening as the Crabs fell to the Ports 5-2 at the Arcata Ball Park.

The Crabs (2-2) committed three errors Monday, two of them in the 2nd inning leading to three runs being scored. After Branson Umbarger and Austin Garcia led off the inning with consecutive singles for the Ports, Mark Johnson bunted down the third base line and Matthew Hernandez threw the ball away.

With Umbarger coming home, Jayson Newman threw to the plate to try and get him, but the throw got away from catcher Jacob Thurber, allowing the second runner Garcia to come in as well.

At that point, the Ports had a 5-0 lead going into the bottom of the second. They got their first two runs on a two run home run by second baseman Ivan Sanchez in the top of the first. From there the Crabs had to play catch-up.

They scored their first run in the bottom of the second. Shortstop Michael Perri led off with a double, advanced to third on a flyout by Jacob Thurber, and scored on an RBI groundout by Logan Busch.

The Crabs wouldn’t get their second run until the eighth inning when James Outman started things with a single. With one out, he advanced to third on a Jayson Newman groundball that couldn’t be handled by shortstop Isaac Ortiz.

Perri hit a groundball to Ortiz, who turned to second for the force out, but Perri was able to hustle out and beat the double play, scoring Outman.
Ports starter Christian Marquez went six innings and allowed only one earned run, on four hits, with six strikeouts and four walks. Alex Guerrero finished the game for San Leandro allowing his only run and hit in the 8th.

Crabs starter Matthew Hernandez had his struggles on Monday, pitching 1 1/3 innings, giving up five runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk with no strikeouts. The Crabs bullpen kept San Leandro stuck at port, with no runs and only seven hits against them in 6 2/3 innings.

“You will see our bullpen be used heavily throughout the summer,” Crabs manager Tyson Fisher said. “I want to get these guys some innings and let them get some work in.”

Regarding the defense, Fisher says getting better is a matter of confidence.
“These guys just need to stay confident,” Fisher explained, “They are getting some work in at positions that they are going to be playing in the spring.”

“It’s nice to have come back and be able to play again tomorrow,” Perri said after the game, “we can put this game behind us and get ready to face the Ports again tomorrow.”

San Leandro is in town for one more game, as the Crabs look to avoid the sweep. Game time is at 7pm, with the front gates opening at 6pm.

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Sliders' Carr quiets Crabs bats

by Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs
June 5, 2016

Arcata, CA —After two nights of bludgeoning baseballs, scoring 25 runs in their first two games, the Crabs bats were comparatively silent on Sunday afternoon as they lost to the South Bay Sliders 7-3 at the Arcata Ball Park.

Sliders starting pitcher Charles Carr was outstanding all day, limiting the Crabs to three runs (two earned) on eight hits in 8 1/3 innings. He also struck out seven and walked four.

Ryan Sullivan was the starting pitcher for the Crabs Sunday, and went three innings allowing an earned run with two hits and two strikeouts without walking a batter, though he did hit two.

Sullivan was replaced by Ryan Ralstoon to begin the fourth inning, and though Ralston pitched well for four innings allowing only one hit, Crabs defensive miscues proved too difficult to overcome as the Sliders were able to score three unearned runs and tag him with the loss.

Kevin Calderhead pitched the 8th and 9th innings and allowed three earned runs on two hits, while striking out two and walking two.

The Sliders took their first lead of the series early on Sunday, scoring a run in the first inning. Jonathan Passillas singled with two outs, followed by Matt McGeah getting hit by a pitch.With a runner in scoring position, catcher Ritchie O’Reilly hit an RBI single to make the score 1-0.

The Crabs were able to tie things up in the second. Jayson Newman led off with a single, followed by a double by Michael Perri. After a Jacob Thurber groundout and an intentional walk to James Outman, Rightfielder Mason Telander hit an RBI groundout to first to bring in Newman.

The score would remain tied heading until the fifth inning when South Bay added two to the scoreboard. With one out, Sliders DH Cody Vienna hit a single, then Noah Barba walked to put runners on first and second. Jake Sahagien then hit a groundball to shortstop Brian Pozos, who threw home, but the throw was high and got away from catcher Jacob Thurber, allowing both runners to score.

The Crabs would answer in the bottom of the fifth inning with one run with an RBI single by Newt Johnson, scoring Austin White with two outs. This is the closest the Crabs would get for the remainder of the game. The Sliders would add a run each in the seventh and eighth innings, before putting the game out of reach with two runs in the ninth. The Crabs scored once in the bottom of the ninth for their third and final run of the game.

“[Carr] was tough all game,” White said after the game, “he really made it difficult for us to square around and make solid contact.

White was one of the few Crabs players to have success swinging the bat Sunday afternoon as he went 3-5 with two singles, a double, and two runs scored. Unfortunately for the Crabs, the rest of the lineup was thoroughly shut down.

“Our guys seemed a little tired out there today after hitting well all weekend,” Crabs manager Tyson Fisher said. “Their pitcher was on command and we had a difficult time adjusting.”

The Crabs pitching staff also performed well, but were hurt by Crabs defensive mistakes. Even with his pitchers throwing quality innings, he still didn’t have them in the game too long as a means of limiting the workload and getting other guys some time on the mound.

“That is something we’ll see throughout the summer.” Fisher said “ I want to spread the innings around to guys who need it, while at the same time not overworking anyone.”

The Crabs will have a day off on Monday, before resuming play on Tuesday evening vs the San Leandro Ports. Game time is at 7 p.m., with the gates opening at 6.

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Saturday Night Hit Parade

By Kevin Wyart
Humbolt Crabs Baseball
June 4, 2016

Arcata, CA — It was one after the other, hit after hit by the Crabs offense all evening as they dominated the South Bay Sliders 18-2 Saturday evening at the Arcata Ball Park. The Crabs scored those 18 runs on 19 base hits in a game which no home runs were hit. They scored in every inning except the second.

“Hitting is really contagious,” Crabs second baseman Brian Pozos said after the game. “Watching your teammates get singles and doubles gives you a good idea of what type of pitches there are to hit.”

Pozos went 3 for 4 on the night with two doubles, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs scored, a walk and a stolen base.

“I just wanted to improve on making contact.” he said.

The offense got things started in the first inning when Pozos walked with two out and scored on a Jayson Newman double.

The floodgates really began to open in the third inning when Pozos hit a one-out double then advanced to third base on a wild pitch. One out later, Michael Perri hit a long fly ball to center field that was unable to be caught by Noah Barber, allowing Pozos to score on the error.

After a Jacob Thurber walk, James Outman doubled in both Perri and Thurber to make the score 4-0. Nick Warren would tack on an RBI single of his own to make it a four-run inning.

The Crabs scored twice more in the 4th inning when Austin White doubled to lead off, followed by a Mason Cerillo single. Pozos drove in White before a Jayson Newman RBI single made it a 6-0 game.

The Sliders scored their only two runs in the top of the fifth inning. With one out, Noah Barba singled and Jake Sahegien doubled. Jonathan Passillas drove both of them in to make the score 6-2. The Crabs would proceed to score in each of the nest four innings to truly put the game out of reach.

On the mound, Aaron Herr picked up the win by going five innings, allowing those two runs on seven hits while striking out seven and only walking one. Austin Ragsdale and Justin Watland would each go two scoreless innings with only one hit allowed among them.

For his part, Miles Tipton battled all night long, but struggled with his command and couldn’t stop the Crabs onslaught. He and the rest of the pitching staff combined to allow 18 runs (14 earned) on 19 hits and issued 14 walks, while getting four strikeouts.

An 18-2 blowout still only counts as one win, however and these two teams will be back at it Sunday afternoon with a 12:30 scheduled first pitch. As always on Sundays, kids are invited to run the bases after the game.

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The Heat is On

by Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs Baseball

June 3, 2016

Arcata, CA - Summer hasn’t even officially arrived yet, but the Crabs brought the heat to the visiting South Bay Sliders, defeating them 7-1 at the Arcata Ballpark on Friday evening.

Crabs starting pitcher Jason Alexander brought his flamethrower up from Menlo College, allowing only one run on two hits, while striking out 6 and only walking one in 5 innings of work.

The Crabs bats were equally as hot, as they exploded for 7 runs, including two home runs in the 4th inning. The first came with no out and one on, after Austin White led off the inning with a single, as Mason Cerrillo promptly launched a pitch deep over the right field wall to extend the crabs lead to 6-0.

Two batters later with one out, Jayson Newman said hello with one of his own, clearing the right field fence and giving the Crabs their seventh and final run of the night.

Humboldt also scored two runs each in the second and third innings with the help of four Sliders errors.

For South Bay, they got their only run in the fifth inning off an RBI groundout by Andrew Shults. The rest of their night belonged to Jason Alexander and the Crabs relief corps.

For Alexander, much of his success Friday night came from his hard fastball, which he credited for allowing him to set the tone.

“My fastball is the main pitch I like to use to be aggressive in the strikezone,” Alexander said “I felt I was successful in using it to get ahead of batters.”

In addition to his fastball, the Windsor, Calif. native displayed an effective sinker, aimed at forcing the opposition to hit the ball on the ground. The Sliders didn’t hit a ball in the air until the fifth inning.

“My sinker is definitely my main secondary pitch,” Alexander said “I was happy with it and all the ground balls I got.”

When asked about his approach in pitching to wood bats, as opposed to aluminum ones, he said he likes to pitch inside more to right handers, and the results were something anyone in the crowd would notice, three broken bats by Sliders hitters.

For the Crabs, this win puts them on a positive start to their season, and they now have more of a feel for what they have going into Saturday’s second game and beyond. The Sliders fall to 1-4 on the summer. Both teams will meet again on Saturday and Sunday, with the Saturday first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.

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