July 14 Transactions and Game Information
Today the Texas Rangers announced the following transactions affecting the Down East Wood Ducks
+ OF Bubba Thompson reinstated from 7-day IL
- RHP Jefferson Medina placed on 7-day IL (retroactive to 7/13)
Today the Woodies (15-9, 65-29) and Dash (10-14, 48-40) will play game two of their three game series at 1 p.m. It's Sunday Funday at Grainger Stadium, featuring pre-game autographs, and postgame kids run the bases. The Wood Ducks will send righty Noah Bremer (1-0, 3.41) to the mound to face off with Dash righty Jonathan Stiever (2-2, 2.08). The broadcast will begin at 12:50 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 (2520 686-5172. Complete game notes are attached.
LAST TIME OUT: Trailing 3-0, the Wood Ducks buckled down and scored four unanswered to beat the Dash, 4-3. Josh Altmann hit a game-tying home run in the fourth inning, and in the eighth, Yanio Perez hit a two-out double, and scored on a throwing error to take the lead. Alex Eubanks tossed seven innings, striking out a sea-son-high seven, and retired the final 15 batters he faced. Scott Engler picked up his second win of the year in relief, and Michael Matuella earned his second save as the Wood Ducks retired the final 21 batters in the ballgame.
MONEY IN THE BANK: Alex Eubanks delivered a quality start for the Wood Ducks Saturday, retiring the final 15 batters he faced. Eubanks, who was named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week July 1-7, be-came the seventh Wood Duck this season to garner a weekly award. Since joining the starting rotation Eubanks is 4-1 with a 1.42 ERA and has allowed just 28 base runners in 38 innings, while striking out 27.
TERRY ON A TEAR: Curtis Terry has now hit safely in 18 of his last 20 games, including nine multi-hit games. He is now sporting a 1.034 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.
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
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). Huff followed it up by hitting a home run his first game back in Myrtle Beach, and clubbed another Friday against Lynchburg.
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 2.68 is also the best in MiLB, with only four teams sporting a mark below 3.00.
CLUTCH TIME!: The walk-off home run from Yanio Perez Thursday 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.
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 0.58 and a WHIP of 1.00.
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.
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 295-211 .583
2. TEXAS RANGERS 275-211 .566
3. Pittsburgh Pirates 282-219 .563
DEWD ON THE MOVE: Former Wood Duck right-hander Pete Fairbanks was traded by the Rangers to the Tampa Bay Rays Friday. Fairbanks made his MLB debut for Texas June 9, appearing in eight games at the big league level. In return the Rangers received second baseman Nick Solak, who is now the 10th ranked prospect in the system by MLB Pipeline.
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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