May 14 Game Information
Tonight the Wood Ducks (27-11) and Nationals (14-21) play the second game of their four game series, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. The Woodies will send lefty Jake Latz (0-1, 5.40) to the mound to face off with Potomac right-hander Andrew Lee (1-1, 3.46). 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 App.
LAST TIME OUT: The Wood Ducks fell to the P-Nats, 4-3, in walk-off fash-ion, Monday. With the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth, Aldrem Corredor grounded a ball deep in the hole at shortstop, the Woodies tried to get the final out at third base but were unable to convert. Cole Uvila suffered the loss, walking two in the ninth after retiring the first six he faced. Sal Mendez went 4.1 in his first start of the season, giving up three runs. Yohel Pozo tallied his second three-hit game of the season, while Yanio Perez added a pair of hits.
FIRST THINGS FIRST: The loss was the Woodies first walkoff loss of the season, and first since Daniel Fajardo hit a walkoff home run for the Keys in Frederick June 17, 2018. It was just the second road loss of the year, and the Woodies drop their first game when tied after eight innings of play (5-1).
ROAD WARRIORS: Despite leading the league in wins, the Wood Ducks are just 11-9 at home, compared to an incredible 16-2 mark on the road. At home this season the Woodies are batting .231, with an OPS of .637, and an ERA of 3.10, and scoring an average of 4.1 runs-per-game. On the road the Woodies boast an average of .271 to go along with an OPS of .747, and an ERA of 2.34, while scoring 5.5 runs-per-game. By compari-son, the Woodies won 12 road games in the entire first half last season, and just 11 in the second half. The Woodies now have more road wins than Salem (15), Potomac (14) and Myrtle Beach (13) have total wins.
HUFF IS HERE!: Sam Huff was promoted to Down East from Hickory Thursday, and has hit a double in three of his first four games. The 21-year-old catcher posted an OPS of 1.165 in Single-A, and led all of mi-nor league baseball with 15 home runs at the time of his promotion. The Phoenix native is the 21st ranked prospect in the Rangers organization.
DOROW DOES IT AGAIN: Ryan Dorow has been clutch all season for the Wood Ducks. Thursday he capped the seven-run seventh with a two-out, two-run single. Dorow has also had three go-ahead hits this season in the ninth inning, two being home runs, including walk-off homer against Fayetteville, April 27. This season in late/close situations, Dorow is slash-ing .462/.563/.923. He has also reached base in 16 consecutive games, batting .364 with an OBP of .485 over that stretch.
YONNY SETS THE TABLE: Yonny Hernandez has now reached base safely in 23 straight games, hitting .342, while posting a .480 OBP over that span. He trails on Ryan Aguilar (CAR, 26) for the longest active streak in the Carolina League. Hernandez was the player of the week in the Caroli-na League April 15-22, reaching base 16 times in six games. He currently leads the league in OBP (.469), and is tied for first in walks (25), and 5th in average (.330).
STRIKEOUT MACHINES: Joe Barlow has racked up the strikeouts this season for the Wood Ducks out of the bullpen. He has recorded 29 strikeouts in 17 innings, and has struck out multiple hitters in ten of his 12 outings. Demarcus Evans has also been on a strikeout frenzy, fanning 24 in 15.2 innings this season. He has multiple strikeouts in nine of his 13 appearances.
FAIRBANKS TO FRISCO: Peter Fairbanks was promoted to Double-A Frisco last week. The right-hander made 11 appearances for Down East, posting an ERA of 2.92, and striking out 15 in 12.1 innings. Drafted in the 9th round in 2015 out of Missouri, Fairbanks missed the 2018 campaign while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He joins pitcher Emmanuel Clase as Wood Ducks to earn a promotion this year.
DENYING THE LONG BALL: Wood Ducks pitching this year has given up just 11 home runs through 38 games, the fewest in the Carolina League. At the plate the Woodies have hit 20 long balls, nearly double the num-ber they have allowed.
AMAZING APRIL: The Woodies 18-8 record in April is their best winning percentage (.692) of any month in team history, while the 18 victories equals the best month all-time (May 2018), when the Woodies went 18-11 (.621). The 10 games above .500 is also most in team history (previous high, +8, May 27, 2018).
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 Brett Martin made his MLB debut for the Rangers April 19, firing a scoreless ninth inning in a 7-2 loss to the Astros. Martin needed just nine pitches to get through the inning, recording three ground ball outs. The left-handed reliever becomes the fourth Wood Duck in franchise history to make their Major League de-but, joining Ricardo Rodriguez, Jeffrey Springs, and C.D. Pelham. Martin pitched for the Woodies in their inaugural season in 2017, helping Down East to a share of the Carolina League Championship.
AND THE AWARD GOES TO: The 2019 Wood Ducks are a heavily decorated bunch. Tyler Phillips was recognized as the Rangers Nolan Ryan Pitcher of the Year after posting an 11-5 record and a 2.67 ERA in Single-A Hickory. He struck out 124 while walking just 14 in 128.0 innings. Demarcus Evans was named the organization's Reliever of the Year. In 35 appearances out of the Crawdads bullpen, Evans pitched to a 1.77 ERA and struck out 103 batters while walking just 27. He also converted all nine save opportunities. Infielder Ryan Dorow earned the Rangers defensive player of the year honors. He started games at all four infield positions, in addition to a game in the outfield, committing just 9 errors in 418 chances for a fielding percentage of .978.
TOP-30 in Kinston: The Woodies now have eight 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, 21. Sam Huff and 24. Demarcus Evans.
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