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July 12, 2019 - Carolina League (CarL) - Down East Wood Ducks News Release

The Wood Ducks (13-9, 63-29) go for the series sweep of Lynchburg (11-11, 43-46) tonight at 7 p.m. when they send right-hander Reid Anderson (3-5, 4.08) to the mound to face off with Hillcats righty Justin Garza (4-6, 5.12). It's Mother Earth Friday at Grainger Stadium with postgame fireworks presented by WNCT. The broadcast will begin at 6:50 p.m on 960AM The Bull, and online at 960thebull.com as well as the MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Radio Apps. For tickets and more information visit woodducksbaseball.com or call (252) 686-5172.

LAST TIME OUT: Yanio Perez blasted a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Wood Ducks over the Hillcats, 3-2. Down East had been held to just one hit entering the ninth. Sal Mendez allowed just one earned run over seven innings of work, and Francisco Villegas delivered a scoreless eighth inning. Jairo Beras gave up a home run to Wilbis Santiago in the ninth but earned the win in relief.

CLUTCH TIME!: The walk-off home run from Yanio Perez was the Wood Ducks fifth walk-off win this season, and second walk-off home run of the year. It was Perez' first home run since April 27 against Fayetteville. The Wood Ducks have now won three times this season when trailing after eight innings. Down East was being no-hit through five innings and won 6-2 in 10 innings, July 6 at Salem, while being one-hit through eight innings July 11 vs Lynchburg.

TERRY ON A TEAR: Curtis Terry has now hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games, including nine multi-hit games. He is now sporting a 1.048 OPS since joining Down East, June 21. Within that stretch was a 12-game hit streak (19-44, .432) which came to an end on Saturday, Terry now has 19 home runs on the season combined with his time in Hickory.

MONEY IN THE BANK: Alex Eubanks was named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week, Monday, becoming the seventh Wood Duck this season to garner a weekly award. In two starts on the week Eubanks combined to work 11 scoreless innings, giving up just four hits, and collecting a pair of victories. Since joining the starting rotation, Eubanks has worked to 4-1 record with just a 0.87 ERA. He has not allowed an earned run in five of his six starts.

GOING STREAKING: DIOSBEL ARIAS saw his 30-game on base streak come to a close last Tuesday, going 0-1 in a pinch hitting appearance. Throughout the streak (5/27-7/1) Arias batted .340 and reached base at a .466 clip. He also worked 23 walks over the 30 games. The streak is the longest for a Wood Duck this year, and third longest on the year in the Carolina league. Only Nolan Jones (LYN, 34) and Zach Remillard (WS, 31) have had longer on-base streaks this year.

MAGNIFICENT MENDEZ: Sal Mendez has been excellent for the Wood Ducks this season, especially since joining the starting rotation. Mendez leads the Carolina League with a 2.14 ERA, and as a starter that mark is just 1.55. Six of Mendez' nine starts have been quality outings, and he has given up just one earned run in 13 innings over two starts in July.

A HALF FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS: The Down East Wood Ducks became just the sixth team in Carolina League history to finish a half with a winning percentage of .700 or better, while their 50 wins are the second most in any half in league history:

1. 1980 Peninsula (1st) 51-19 .729

2. 2019 DOWN EAST (1st) 50-20 .714

T3. 1982 Peninsula (2nd) 49-20 .710

T3. 1983 Lynchburg (1st) 49-20 .710

5. 1994 Wilmington (1st) 48-20 .706

6. 1980 Peninsula (2nd) 49-21 .700

LEFT STRANDED: Since the calendar flipped to July, the Wood Ducks have had difficulty plating runners in scoring plating runners in scoring position, going just 19-89 (.213) and stranding 74 runners on base in their last 11 games. Overall this season the Wood Ducks are batting just .241 with runners in scoring position, and that number slips to .231 in two-out situations.

NO RUNS FOR YOU!: The Wood Ducks 2-0 shutout win over the Pelicans, Sunday was their 15th on the season, which is tied for the most in all of minor league baseball with the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League, and the Quad City River Bandits of the Midwest League. Down East's team ERA of 2.65 is also the best in MiLB, with only four teams sporting a mark below 3.00.

CUP OF JOE: Joe Kuzia has been tremendous out of the bullpen for the Wood Ducks since joining the club May 9. He has converted all 11 save opportunities in addition to picking up a trio of wins in relief. Kuzia put together a 19-inning scoreless streak from 5/19-6/26. Overall this season he boasts an ERA of 0.59 and a WHIP of 0.96.

FANTASTIC FIRSTS: The Wood Ducks have jumped out in front early and often this year, outscoring opponents 53-22 in the first inning of play. The Wood Ducks have scored first in 59 of their 92 game this season, go-ing 48-11 (.814). Down East has scored first in 28 of their last 41 games.

THE FUTURE IS HERE: Sam Huff clubbed a game-tying home run in the seventh inning of the SiriusXM Futures Game on Sunday to take home MVP honors. Huff becomes the second Ranger all-time to take home the award, joining Joey Gallo (2014).

ORGANIZATIONAL STRENGTH: It hasn't just been the Wood Ducks who have performed well this season, the Rangers organization as a whole has been among the best

1. Tampa Bay Rays 287-206 .582

2. TEXAS RANGERS 270-205 .568

3. Pittsburgh Pirates 276-210 .568

SHOWTIME: Former Wood Duck Pedro Payano made his Major League debut for the Rangers, June 6, becoming the eighth Wood Ducks to make it to The Show. Payano delivered a scoreless sixth inning against the Twins. He joins Ricardo Rodriguez, Jeffrey Springs, C.D. Pelham, and Brett Martin, Joe Palumbo, Pete Fairbanks, and Locke St. John. Down East has also had a player go from Adv.-A to the majors in one year in each of the three seasons (Rodriguez-'17, Pelham-'18, Fairbanks-'19).

RAGS AT THE HELM: Corey Ragsdale takes over as skipper for the Wood Ducks in 2019. Ragsdale will remain the Rangers Minor League Field Coordinator, while assuming a managerial seat for the first time since 2015, when he led the Hickory Crawdads to a South Atlantic League Championship, the second of his career.


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