FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (DEWDS) – The Down East Wood Ducks scored early, added on critical insurance runs and escaped a pair of late jams to stave off the Fayetteville Woodpeckers in a 6-5 win on Sunday.
The Wood Ducks (23-8) have now won a franchise-best 10 straight games, including all six games this season against Fayetteville. They have now won six series on the year, including five sweeps.
Down East wasted no time in getting on the board. Yonny Hernandez led off the ballgame with a single, to extend his on-base streak to 16 straight games. Anderson Tejeda then doubled off the wall in center field, to put two men in scoring position. Ryan Dorow came through with an RBI groundout to put the Woodies in front, and one batter later, Diosbel Arias uncorked his first home run of the season, off of Chad Donato (loss, 3-3), to push the Woodies out to a 3-0 lead.
Donato would settle in working five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, he struck out six, and did not walk a batter.
Josh Advocate made the spot start for the Woodies, the first start of his career. He lasted four innings, allowing two runs on four hits, walked one, and struck out three.
Both runs he allowed to the Woodpeckers (15-16) came in the first inning. With one out Corey Julks doubled, and then Jake Adams picked up an RBI with a check-swing single to right with two outs. Colton Shaver then doubled to left to cut the Woodies lead to one, at 3-2.
The score would remain that way until the seventh inning. Eric Jenkins reached on a one-out single to right, and then Yonny Hernadez beat out a bunt attempt. On the play, Jenkins made it first to third, and Hernandez then took second base on the return throw. Julio Pablo Martinez would then single up the middle to plate two runs, and increase the lead to 5-2.
Fayetteville responded in the seventh inning, loading the bases against Alex Eubanks (win, 2-0) with no outs. Sal Mendez would come out of the bullpen and give up a sac fly, and then roll a double play ball to keep the damage to just the one run, at 5-3.
Down East would get that run right back in the eighth. Arias walked to begin the inning, and then Yanio Perez laced a single to right center to score Arias and make it a 6-3 advantage.
Cole Uvila took over in the ninth, and got the first two outs quickly on a pair of popouts. But then he walked Alfredo Angarita, and Jacob Meyers followed with a two-run homer to right, to make it a one run game again. Uvila would be lifted after hitting the following batter, as Demarcus Evans (save, 5) entered for the final out. He got Seth Beer to ground to first base on the second pitch he threw, to hold off the ‘Peckers, and secure the 6-5 win.
After an off day Monday, the Wood Ducks are back at home on Tuesday as they open up a three game series against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Right-hander Tyler Phillips (2-1, 1.14) will take the mound for the Woodies, opposed by Pelicans righty Erling Moreno (1-4, 12.00) First pitch is set for 7 p.m. and it’s Food Lion BOGO Night, where fans may receive buy-one-get-one free tickets when presenting their Food Lion MVP Card. The broadcast will begin at 6:50 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.