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Down East Wood Ducks Game Notes - vs. Charleston

September 16, 2021 - Low-A East League (Low-A East) - Down East Wood Ducks News Release


The Down East Wood Ducks look to bounce back against the Charleston RiverDogs tonight at 7:00 p.m. from Grainger Stadium. RHP John Matthews (4-4, 6.75) will start on the bump for the Wood Ducks and Charleston will counter with RHP Sandy Gaston (2-0, DUCKS FALL BEHIND EARLY AND LOSE TO CHARLESTON: After winning in extra innings last night, the Down East Wood Ducks struggled at the plate as they fell to the Charleston RiverDogs 8-2 Wednesday night. Charleston plated six early runs and never looked back. Luisangel Acuña homered for the second night in-a-row to earn the Suddenlink Player of the Game.

ROAD WARRIORS: Down East seems more comfortable playing on the road. Right now, the Wood Ducks are 38-22 (.633) on the road this season, which is the best road record in the Low-A East. This season, the Woodies have only lost two road series and are 7-2-1 with one six-game sweep and a series split against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

SWIPER KEEP SWIPING!: Being fast and loose on the base paths has been the secret to their success. When the Wood Ducks steal a base, they are 63-30 on the season. Currently, the Wood Ducks are the top team in all of MiLB in stolen bases (283) . Jayce Easley (69), Luisangel Acuña (44) lead the way for the Wood Ducks as their two primary and best base stealers. Alejandro Osuna (17), Angel Aponte (17), Keithron Moss (14), Xavier Valentin (12), Thomas Saggese (11), and Daniel Mateo (11) have also been active on the base paths this season. Every member of the active roster has at least one stolen base.

EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM: The Woodies are outscoring opponents 626 - 556 and 164 - 132 in the first two innings. Down East is 20-4 when they score first at home, and 50-14 overall when they score first.

MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL, WHAT'S THE FAIREST JERSEY OF THEM ALL?: The Wood Ducks have plenty of jerseys to choose from when they take the field. Currently they have a 38-22 road record and are 31-25 at home. When they suit up in their camo jerseys, the Wood Ducks have a 35-22 record overall, with an 8-8 record at home. Their green jersey owns the best winning percentage (.619) with a 13-8 record this season. Down East has played ten games in specialty jersey's and are 6-4. As the Avocados Luchadores, they are 2-2 and are 1-1 as the Collard Greens at home this season. Their primary home (white) jersey owns a 15-13 record this season. The Wood Ducks have a winning record with every jersey except in their home whites.

ROLLER COASTER RIDE: After a great start to the season, the Woodies saw inconsistent play through June and most of July. Down East played .500 baseball in the month of July, going 14-14 with a team ERA of 5.99. The Woodies finished off August as their best month of the season, going 17-9 (.653) with a team ERA of 4.35. Down East outscored their opponents 153-130.

BUT CAN THEY GET ON BASE?: The Wood Ducks have seen a lot of streaks this season. Although they're in the middle of the pack in the Low-A East in OBP (.339) the Woodies have seen some of their players reach some impressive on-base streaks. Jayce Easley (7/4 - 8/3) and Cristian Inoa (7/22 - 8/28) both have tallied a season-high is a 25-game on-base streak. Luisangel Acuña has four on-base streaks of 5+ and two of 10+ games, with his season-high at 16 straight games.

POTW: Nick Krauth tossed the first nine-inning complete game against Fayetteville on 8/28. For the second week in-a-row, Krauth was tabbed as the Low-A East Pitcher of the Week (8/31 - 9/5). He went six innings against Kannapolis on 9/4 and tallied a career-high 11 strikeouts. Krauth is the only Wood Duck to be named Low-A East POTW (8/24 - 9/29) & (8/31 - 9/5).

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