KINSTON, N.C. (DEWDS) – Following a 30-minute rain delay, the Down East Wood Ducks shut out the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, 1-0, Friday night at Grainger Stadium.
Corey Julks dropped a fly ball in left field in the eighth inning to allow the only run of the ballgame to score.
The win snaps the Woodies three-game losing skid, as they improve to a league-best 14-8, with their third shutout win of the season.
Down East missed out on some golden scoring chances early. Yonny Hernandez tripled with one out in the first inning but was left stranded, as was Diosbel Arias, who doubled with one out in the second. The Woodies then stranded two more in scoring position in the third, when Leody Taveras and Anderson Tejeda both walked and stole a base.
Reid Anderson enjoyed another great start for Down East. He fired six scoreless innings, giving up just two hits, he walked four, and struck out two, but did not factor in the decision. Meanwhile Fayetteville (13-9) starter Cristian Javier was also stellar. He went 4.1 innings giving up two hits, and three walks, and struck out eight, as the Woodies struck out 14 times overall in the ballgame.
The game remained scoreless until the eighth. Hernadez worked a one-out walk against Willy Callado (loss, 0-1), who was then lifted for Tommy DeJuneas. After a Taveras groundout, Tejeda lifted a fly ball to left which looked like it would end the inning, but Julks dropped it, allowing the only run of the game to come in to score. It was the fifth consecutive game in which Hernandez reached base three times.
After stranding two inherited runners in the eighth, Michael Matuella (win, 1-0) came back out for the ninth. He walked Julks, the leadoff hitter, who advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a flyout to left. With the infield in, Jonathan Arauz bounced a high chopper to second, and Hernandez fired home to get Julks at the plate, and maintain the 1-0 lead. Matuella then struck out Miguelangel Sierra to seal the win.
The teams will play the middle game of their three-game series tomorrow night at 6 p.m. Lefty Parker Mushinski (0-0, 3.14) will start for Fayetteville, and the Woodies will send righty Noah Bremer (1-0, 2.87) to the mound. The first 1,000 fans will receive a pet bandanna, presented by Nestle Purina and Piggly Wiggly Fresh Buy. Game-worn pet photo jerseys will also be auctioned off after the game. The broadcast will begin at 5:50 p.m. on 960AM The Bull, and online at 960thebull.com as well as on the MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Radio Apps. For tickets and more information visit woodducksbaseball.com or call (252) 686-5172.