Stay patient at the plate and try to hit the ball the other way.
York Revolution manager Mark Mason talks about those keys all the time when it comes to hitting. And he's seen it recently out of catcher Salvador Paniagua.
The result for Paniagua is a .333 batting average, including five extra-base hits. Two of them came Thursday night at Sovereign Bank Stadium, the last being a two-run double down the left-field line in the seventh inning that pushed York's lead to three runs. The Revs would hang on to win from there, 7-4 over visiting Camden in front of 2,138 fans.
York (7-7) got back to .500 and avoided the sweep in the series finale against the Riversharks (4-9). The Revs will next welcome the defending Atlantic League champion Long Island Ducks (3-10) into town Friday for the first of a three-game series.
Paniagua: A 29-year-old Dominican Republic native in his third season with the Revs, Paniagua started the year 4-for-22 at the plate (.182 average) in his first six games. Since then, the former New York Mets' and Boston Red Sox prospect has gone 9-for-17 in the last four games.
"He's a natural pull hitter," Mason said of Paniagua. "If they throw him inside he can handle it. His problem is waiting on the offspeed away. He's done a really good job of sitting back, and then when they (pitchers) throw him inside he reacts. And when they throw away he's been hitting it that way."
Paniagua is also an everyday catcher to begin a season for the first time since 2010 after splitting catching duties in York the last two seasons, which he said may have contributed to him batting a collective .242 in 97 games for the Revs the last two years.
"It makes it more easy for you if you play everyday because if you go 1-for-4 or 1-for-5 today you know you can play the next day and make adjustments," Paniagua said. "That's what I've been working on."
Game: York struck for two runs apiece in the second and third innings. After Camden tied it in the sixth, the Revs struck for three runs on four hits in the seventh to take the lead for good.
The Revs collected 14 hits. All but one player -- center fielder Tyler Graham -- had a hit, and five players had multiple hits.
In his third start of the year for York, pitcher Chris Cody allowed four runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in 52/3 innings. Relievers Joe Torres, Stephen Penney (1-1), Rommie Lewis and Juan Rincon combined for 31/3 scoreless innings, with Rincon picking up his second save.
Next game: York right-hander Nick Green (0-0, 3.60) will start against Long Island righty Nick DeBarr (0-1, 4.36) on Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.