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Huff, Arias Power Wood Ducks Past Dash

July 14, 2019 - Carolina League (CarL) - Down East Wood Ducks News Release

Kinston, N.C. - The Down East Wood Ducks used the home run ball to get out to an early lead, and the bullpen was able to hold on late, as Down East takes a two games to none series lead, with a 3-2 win over the Dash.

The Wood Ducks (16-9, 66-29) have now won five straight ballgames, and are now 22-12 in one-run contests this season.

Down East got on the board in the first inning, when Sam Huff launched a home run to center field off of Jonathan Stiever (loss, 2-3). It was Huff's ninth homer as a Wood Duck, and 24th overall this season.

The Woodies added to their lead in the third. Diosbel Arias took Stiever deep to left for his third home run of the season to make it 2-0. After a double by Curtis Terry, Bubba Thompson, in his return to the lineup, lined an RBI single to left to put Down East ahead, 3-0.

Stiever settled down to work six innings, giving up three runs on six hits. He walked two and matched a career-high with nine strikeouts, in his fifth straight quality start.

Meanwhile Noah Bremer retired the first seven men he faced in the ballgame. Wood Ducks pitching retired 28 consecutive dating back to the third inning of Saturday night's game. Bremer would give up just one unearned run in 4.1 innings, he walked one and struck out seven, in his second start back from injury. He did not factor in the decision.

The lone run Bremer surrendered came in the fifth. Tate Blackman reached on an error with one out ending the outing for Bremer. Josh Advocate (win, 4-2) came in, and after picking up a strikeout, gave up an RBI double to center by Yeyson Yrizarri to make it a 3-1 ballgame.

Yrizarri would strike again in the eighth, when he homered off of Francisco Villegas to cut the lead to 3-2.

Joe Kuzia (save, 13) issued a walk to lead off the ninth, but picked up back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning, stranding the tying run at second base. Kuzia remains perfect in save opportunities, and now ranks second in the Carolina League in saves.

The Wood Ducks go for the series sweep Monday, when they send lefty John King (2-1, 1.87) to the mound to face off with Winston-Salem righty Kade McClure (1-1, 2.06). First pitch is set for 7 p.m. and the broadcast will begin at 6:50 p.m. on 960AM The Bull, and online at as well as on the MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Radio Apps. For tickets and more information visit, or call (252) 686-5172.

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