May 15 Game Information
day the Down East Wood Ducks (28-11) and Potomac Nationals (14-22) face off in game three of their four game series, at 7:05 p.m. The Woodies will send righty Reid Anderson (2-0, 2.05) to the mound, to face off with Nationals right-hander Malvin Pena (2-2, 7.18). The broadcast will begin at 6:50 p.m. on 960AM The Bull, and online on 960thebull.com as well as on the MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Radio Apps.
LAST TIME OUT: Jake Latz gave up just one unearned run over five in-nings to earn his first Carolina League win, in a 3-1 victory over Potomac. Joe Barlow struck out the final four batters of the ballgame to secure his third save of the year. Yohel Pozo, Diosbel Arias, and Yanio Perez all tallied multi-hit games at the plate.
FIRST THINGS FIRST: The Wood Ducks 28 victories on the season are tied for the most in all of Minor League Baseball with the Delmarva Shore-birds (SAL, 28-7), while the 17 road wins are more than any other team. The Woodies have also scored 70 more runs than they have allowed this year.
ROAD WARRIORS: Despite leading the league in wins, the Wood Ducks are just 11-9 at home, compared to an incredible 17-2 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 .270 to go along with an OPS of .745, and an ERA of 2.21, while scoring 5.4 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 (14) 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 five 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 .429/.556/.857. He has also reached base in 17 consecutive games, batting .345 with an OBP of .472 over that stretch.
YONNY SETS THE TABLE: Yonny Hernandez has now reached base safely in 24 straight games, hitting .341, while posting a .486 OBP over that span, and holds the longest active streak in the Carolina League. Her-nandez was the player of the week in the Carolina League April 15-22, reaching base 16 times in six games. He currently ranks second in the league in OBP (.464), and is first in walks (25), and 7th in average (.319).
STRIKEOUT MACHINES: Joe Barlow has racked up the strikeouts this season for the Wood Ducks out of the bullpen. He has recorded 33 strikeouts in 18 innings, and has struck out multiple hitters in 11 of his 13 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.
PHILLIPS TO FRISCO: Tyler Phillips has been promoted to Double-A Frisco, making his first Double-A start for the 'Riders Tuesday. He gave up three runs in five innings of work. Phillips led the Carolina League in ERA (1.19), and WHIP (0.90) at the time of his promotion. He joins Peter Fair-banks and Emmanuel Clase to be promoted from Down East this season.
DENYING THE LONG BALL: Wood Ducks pitching this year has given up just 11 home runs through 39 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 p-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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