June 12 Game Information
The Wood Ducks (46-19) conclude their series with the Nationals (28-34) tonight at 7:05 p.m. when the Woodies send lefty John King (0-0, 1.67) to the hill to face off with Potomac right-hander Malvin Pena (4-3, 6.22). The broadcast will begin at 6:50 p.m. on 960AM The Bull, and online on 960thebull.com and on the MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Radio Apps.
LAST TIME OUT: Eric Jenkins tripled to lead off the ballgame and Disobel Arias scored him on a fielder's choice accounting for the only run of the night in a 1-0 win over Potomac on Tuesday. Jason Bahr fired six score-less innings to earn his sixth win of the year, while Josh Advocate didn't allow a hit in two innings in relief. Joe Kuzia worked a perfect ninth to earn his fourth save.
FIRST THINGS FIRST: The Wood Ducks win was their third 1-0 victory of the season, and their ninth shutout of the year. The Wood Ducks have a run differential this season of +110, the best in all of minor league baseball, while their record is second to only Delmarva (SAL, 46-18).
MERRY CLINCHMAS: The Wood Ducks will be heading to the Carolina League playoffs for the second time in three seasons. The Wood Ducks won a share of the Mills Cup in 2017 when they claimed the second half crown with a record of 38-32.
IT'S A WRAP: The Wood Ducks and Nationals conclude their season se-ries tonight, and will not face one another in the second half of play. The season series is knotted at 5-5. The only other team the Woodies do not have a winning record against is Lynchburg (4-6). The Wood Ducks have pitched to a 3.49 ERA against the P-Nats, 0.81 above their season.
HISTORY IN THE MAKING: Down East has won 46 games this season, with six games to play. The all-time Carolina League wins record for a half is 51, set by the Peninsula Pilots in 1980, and only five times in Carolina League history has a team finished a half with a winning percentage of .700 or higher. No team has won more than 47 games in a half since the Wood Ducks joined the league in 2017.
THE LATZ EFFECT: After struggling to start with the Wood Ducks, Jake Latz has turned it around, giving up just two earned runs over his last 33.2 innings of work, and winning his last five starts. He has lowered his ERA from 10.38 to 1.93 over that stretch, and has struck out 40 while walking just 11 in his las six outings. The Woodies are 7-2 overall in his 9 starts. He was named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for May 27-June 2.
BAHR NONE!: Jason Bahr has been incredibly consistent for the Wood Ducks this season, giving up two earned runs or fewer in all 11 starts. He picked up his sixth win of the season on Tuesday to lead all Wood Ducks starters, and his 1.71 ERA leads the Carolina League, as does his 1.09 WHIP. Bahr was named a Carolina League All-Star on Tuesday.
POZO PROVIDES THE PUNCH: Woodies catcher Yohel Pozo has put the ball in play all season, striking out just 14 times in 46 games played this year, he fewest strikeouts for any Wood Duck who has played in at least 25 games. His strikeout rate is just 7.5% this season, the second lowest mark in the Carolina League, trailing only Nick Madrigal (WS).
STINGY STAFF: The Wood Ducks pitching staff has worked to a 1.70 ERA in the month of June, allowing just 17 earned runs in 10 games. They have combined to strike out 77 while walking just 27. The Woodies have only twice allowed more than two runs in a game this month.
HOME RUN HAPPY: After starting the year slowly in the power de-partment, the Wood Ducks have now hit 16 home runs in their last 21 games, including five games with multiple home runs. Down East now is fourth in the Carolina League in home runs with 39.
GOING STREAKING: Leody Taveras saw his 19-game on-base streak come to a close last night, going 0-3 at the plate. The Wood Ducks as a team this season have put together three on-base streaks of 15+ games, including a 25-game streak from Yonny Hernandez, and a 19-gamer from Ryan Dorow. Diosbel Arias is currently riding a 14-game on-base streak, hitting .367, with a .475 OBP over that stretch. It is the longest active streak in the Carolina League.
MAGNIFICENT MAY: The Wood Ducks finished the month 20-9, their highest win total in a month in franchise history. They wrapped up the month 21 games above .500 and with a 7.5 lead in the Southern Divi-sion. They enjoyed three win streaks of 4+ games during May, including six straight victories to close the month.
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.
SHOWTIME: Former Wood Duck Joe Palumbo made his Major League debut for the Texas Rangers, Saturday, going four innings, and giving up four runs on six hits, while striking out four. Peter Fairbanks was also called up by the club, Saturday, and made his debut Sunday, throwing two scoreless innings and striking out three in relief. They are the fifth and sixth Wood Duck in franchise history to make their Major League debut, joining Ricardo Rodriguez, Jeffrey Springs, C.D. Pelham, and Brett Martin.
TOP-30 in Kinston: The Woodies now have seven Top-30 prospects as ranked by MLB Pipeline: 2. J.P. Martinez, 4. Anderson Tejeda, 5. Bubba Thompson, 6. Leody Taveras, 19. Diosbel Arias, 20. A.J. Alexy, and 21. Sam Huff.
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