September 1 Game Information
The final regular season series continues today, when Down East (37, 30, 87-50) sends right-hander Reid Anderson (6-8, 4.04) to the mound to face off with Fayetteville (39-29, 70-67) right-hander Luis Garcia (6-4, 3.17). First pitch is set for 6 p.m., and the broadcast will begin at 5:50 p.m. on 960AM The Bull, and online at 960thebull.com as well as on the MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Radio Apps. The Wood Ducks will return to Grainger Stadium for Game Three of the Divisional Round of the playoffs Friday, September 6. For tickets and more information visit woodducksbaseball.com or call (252) 686-5172. Complete game notes are attached.
LAST TIME OUT: Despite a go-ahead three-run homer from JP Martinez in the top of the seventh the Wood Ducks gave up four in the home half to fall in game one, 6-5, on a David Hensley walk-off single. Noah Bremer gave up just one hit over five innings, striking out six but did not factor in the decision. In game two Francisco Villegas and Josh Advocate combined to allow just two hits in seven scoreless innings as the Wood Ducks posted a 3-0 shutout victory to split the dou-ble-header. Diosbel Arias went 4-for-6 on the day, while Tyler Depreta-Johnson tallied an RBI single in each game. Sam Huff posted the lone multi-hit effort in game two.
FAMILIAR FOE: The Wood Ducks and Woodpeckers will meet in at least eight consecutive games, five to finish the regular season and then again in the opening round of the playoffs, after the Woodpeckers secured a second half berth on Thurs-day. In head-to-head play this season the Woodies hold a 9-5 advantage but only outscored the 'Peckers by two runs over the season series. Of the nine wins for the Wood Ducks, five have come in last-at-bat fashion.
MARTINEZ MASHING: JP Martinez blasted a three-run home run Saturday, homering for the third consecutive game. Martinez now is tied for fourth in the Carolina League with 14 homers on the year. He is also riding a nine-game hitting streak, going 15-36 (.415) over the stretch. Martinez also has now stolen 27 bases on the year, joining Brewer Hicklen (WIL) as the only players in the league this season with double-digit home runs and 20+ steals.
NO RUNS FOR YOU!: The Wood Ducks 3-0 win Saturday was their 18th shutout victory on the season, the most in the Car-olina League. Down East also has posted a league-best 2.99 ERA this season, which ranks fourth in all of Minor League Baseball.
HOW 'BOUT A ROUND OF APPLAUSE: Four Wood Ducks earned End-Year recognition the Carolina League announced Thursday. Pitchers Sal Mendez and Joe Kuzia were named to the All-Star team along with Sam Huff who was selected as the DH. Corey Ragsdale was named the Carolina League Manager of the Year. Huff was also named the Texas Rangers Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America.
CHASING HISTORY: With their win Thursday, Down East became the all-time winningest Advanced-A affiliate in Rangers history, eclipsing the 85-win mark set by the 1990 Port Charlotte Rangers. The Wood Ducks also have a chance to match the winningest team in Kinston baseball history, with the record held by the 1991 Kinston Indians who went 89-49 (.645).
MAGNIFICENT MENDEZ: Sal Mendez capped off the regular season by allowing just one earned run over five innings in a win against the Keys, Thursday. He finishes the campaign with a 2.37 ERA, the best mark in the Carolina League since 2014, when Glenn Sparkman posted a 1.56 ERA with Wilmington.
SEARCHING FOR RUNS: Runs have been elusive for the Woodies in the month of August. They have scored a combined 30 runs in their 15 losses (2.0 R/GM) this month, and have been shut out six times. The Wood Ducks have now lost seven of their last nine games, and 13 of their last 21, dating back to August 8th.
SURPRISE!: Josh Advocate, Bubba Thompson, and Cole Uvila will head to Surprise, Ariz. at the end of the season to represent the Rangers in the Arizona Fall League. They will join Hickory Catcher Matt Whatley on the Surprise Saguaros, comprised of Rangers, Royals, Yankees, Orioles, and Nationals prospects.
ORGANIZATIONAL STRENGTH: It hasn't just been the Wood Ducks who have performed well this season, the Rangers orga-nization as a whole has been among the best, including winning the AZL Championship over the Indians on Friday:
1. TEXAS RANGERS 462-352 .568
2. Tampa Bay Rays 498-382 .566
3. LA Dodgers 479-385 .554
TOUGH AUGUST: After pitching to a team ERA of 2.62 through the first four months of the season, with a 3.6 BB/9, the Down East staff has taken a step back in August, working to a 4.47 mark. The Woodies have allowed 101 walks in 235.1 innings (3.9 BB/9), while opponents are hitting .258 against them. The Woodies have also given up 20 home runs in 28 games, after allowing just 43 homers in their first 109 games.
COLE CRUISING: Cole Uvila struck out a career-high six in three scoreless innings last Thursday in Fayetteville. Uvila had also struck out five in two of his previous four outings. This season Uvila boasts a 13.18 K/9 (83 K/56.2 IP), and has struck out three or more batters in 15 of his 34 appearances this season.
SELF-ADVOCATE: Josh Advocate tossed three scoreless innings striking out four to pick up the victory in relief in game two on Saturday. The right-hander has struck out 42 in his last 31.0 innings (12.19 K/9), and has struck out three batters or more 14 times in 35 outings this season.
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 has now hit 13 home runs for the Wood Ducks and 28 overall on the season.
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
SHOWTIME: Former Wood Duck Jonathan Hernandez made his Major League debut for the Rangers, last Wednesday, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings, and earing the win in relief. Hernandez becomes the tenth Down East player to make it to The Show. Hernandez pitched for the Woodies in 2017 and 2018, combin-ing to go 7-8, 2.86 in 24 games (23 starts), striking out 141 in 122.2 innings or work. Seven former Wood Ducks have made their Rangers debut this season, including Peter Fairbanks and Emmanuel Clase who began the 2019 season in Down East.
RAGS AT THE HELM: Corey Ragsdale returned to the manag-ers chair this season for the first time since 2015 when he led the Hickory Crawdads to their first ever South Atlantic League title, and was recognized as the Rangers Bobby Jones Player Development Man of the Year. Ragsdale was named the Carolina League Manager of the Year, Thursday, becoming the first Manager of the Year in Kinston since 2011 when Aaron Holbert skippered the Kinston Indians. He is also the 14th Kin-ston manager all-time to receive the honor, joining the likes of Torey Lovullo (2004), Eric Wedge (1999), Joel Skinner (1997), Mike Hargrove (1987), and Grady Little (1985) who all went on to manage at the Major League level.
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