SALEM, VA. (DEWDS) – The Down East Wood Ducks let an early 4-0 lead slip away, but responded throughout the night, topping the Red Sox, 6-5, to take game one of the three-game series.
Down East (8-7, 58-27) tallied fourteen hits in the ballgame, with eight Woodies reaching base, and five tallying multi-hit games in the win.
The Wood Ducks opened the scoring in the second inning when Curtis Terry singled and Julio Pablo Martinez belted a two-run home run to go ahead, 2-0. It was his eighth home run of the season, and third against the Red Sox.
Down East would double their lead in the fourth against Emmanuel De Jesus. Martinez and Yanio Perez laced back-to-back doubles to begin the inning, and with the bases loaded, Tyler Depreta-Johnson laced a single to right to make it 3-0, ending De Jesus’ night. Franklin Rollin extended the lead with a sac fly later in the frame to make it 4-0.
De Jesus worked 3.0+ innings, allowing four runs on nine hits, he walked one and struck out two.
After Josh Advocate faced just one over the minimum through the first three innings, the Red Sox got to him in the fourth. Pedro Castellanos doubled, and Ryan Fitzgerald singled to put two on for Keith Curcio, who came through with a two-run single. The Red Sox would score another run on a wild pitch, and after a pair of Advocate walks, Dylan Hardy would tie the score at 4-4 with a sacrifice fly.
Advocate worked four innings allowing four runs (three earned), on five hits, he walked two and struck out three.
After a pregame rain delay, the game would enter a second delay following the fourth inning, as home plate umpire Raul Moreno was forced to leave the contest after being hit by a foul ball. Steve Hodgins took his place behind home plate and finished the game working as the lone umpire.
The Wood Ducks went back ahead in the fifth inning. Down East loaded the bases, and with two out, Josh Altmann drew a walk to push a run across and make it a 5-4 ballgame. Altman reached base four times in the ballgame, on a hit and three walks.
Salem (10-5, 35-47) then responded in the home sixth against Scott Engler (win, 1-0). Marcus Wilson worked a walk, and Michael Osinski followed with a single, setting up Hardy for an RBI double, to even the score at five. Engler was able to pick up a strikeout with the bases loaded to limit the damage to just one. He gave up one run in two innings and struck out two to earn his first Carolina League win.
Down East then grabbed the lead right back. Terry led off the seventh with an infield single, and one batter later, Yohel Pozo laced a ball to the gap in right-center off of Rio Gomez (loss, 1-1), to put the Woodies on top, 6-5. Terry tallied three hits in the contest, including his first triple of the year.
Michael Matuella then fired two scoreless innings in relief for the Wood Ducks, and Joe Kuzia (save, 10) remained perfect in save opportunities, tossing a scoreless ninth.
The Wood Ducks and Red Sox play the middle game of the three-game series, Friday, when right-hander Reid Anderson (3-4, 3.78) takes the mound for Down East, opposed by Salem right-hander Daniel Gonzalez (2-6, 4.26). First pitch is set for 3:05 p.m. and the pregame show will begin at 2:50 p.m. on 960AM The Bull, and online on 960thebull.com as well as on the MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Radio Apps.