Wood Ducks Fall in Well-Pitched Contest
LYNCHBURG, VA - The Wood Ducks' offense stalled after a hot start in a 3-2 loss to the Hillcats on Saturday night. Both runs for the Woodies scored on a bloop RBI single by Yanio Perez in the first inning, marking the only hit with runners in scoring position.
Saturday was Steven Bruce's first start since his complete game shutout on Sunday. He took the loss working into the sixth inning with only five hits against him. However two were solo home runs and spoiled his start.
Down East jumped out to a hot start, putting runners on second and third with two outs for Perez. He lunged for a 1-1 offer and popped it up to no-man's land in right and it dropped. LeDarious Clark and Chuck Leblanc hustled home to score for a 2-0 lead.
Bruce retired each of the first seven batters he faced, but a hit batsman and a two-out single produced a run in the third inning. Each of the next two frames would feature a solo homer by a Hillcat, first by Trenton Brooks to tie it. The second was hit by Jose Medina to give the Hillcats a lead they would hold the rest of the game.
Locke St. John was the first reliever out of the bullpen and he was dominant starting in the sixth. He struck out four of his seven outs on the night. He gave way in the ninth for Jairo Beras to face righty Li-Jen Chu and he induced a fly out to end the eighth.
The Woodies could not figure out the Lynchburg bullpen as they struck out seven times over the last three innings. Lynchburg takes the series with the win and look for the sweep on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. in the last meeting of the season between the two clubs.
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