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Wood Ducks Go Ahead Late, Hang On To Beat Birds

June 14, 2019 - Carolina League (CarL) - Down East Wood Ducks News Release

Myrtle Beach, S.C. - With the Wood Ducks ahead by a run in the ninth inning and the tying and go-ahead runs on base, and two out, Cole Uvila came out of the bullpen and got Cam Balego to fly out to end the ballgame, preserving a 5-4 comeback win over the Pelicans.

Down East (49-19) has now won 16 of their last 18 ballgames, picking up their 16th comeback win, and improving to 10-2 against Myrtle Beach (20-45) this year.

The Pelicans struck first with an unearned run in the first inning against Jake Latz. Carlos Sepulveda lined a one out double, and on the same play moved to third on an errant throw into second. Later in the inning, Balego lifted a sac fly to score him and put the Pelicans ahead, 1-0.

Latz would work five innings, giving up two unearned runs on three hits, he walked two and struck out seven.

Down East would answer in the second. Javier Assad gave up two walks and a single to load the bases, and then Julio Pablo Martinez walked to force in a run and tie the score at 1-1.

Assad worked four innings, giving up a run on two hits, he walked three and struck out four, and did not factor in the decision.

The Pelicans then responded in the third. Zach Davis led off with a walk, stole second, and moved to third on an throw that bounced into center field. He then came into score on a sac fly from Miguel Amaya to make it 2-1 Pelicans.

The Woodies went ahead for the first time in the sixth when Diosbel Arias walked, and Sam Huff followed with a two run homer to left-center to make it 3-2. It was Huff's fifth homer of the year with the Wood Ducks, and 20th overall on the season.

Myrtle Beach would draw even in the eighth. Sepulveda was hit by a pitch to lead off, and moved to third on a fielder's choice one batter later. He would then come into score on a fielder's choice from Grant Fennell, tying the game 3-3.

Down East would go ahead one final time in the ninth. Yanio Perez looped a leadoff single to right, and Martinez followed with a double to left to put the Woodies back in front against Tyler Peyton (loss, 0-2). Martinez would then move to third on a balk and come into score on a back-pick that got into left field, putting the Woodies on top, 5-3.

After battling through the eighth, Jefferson Medina (win, 1-0) came back on for the ninth. He got two quick outs, but then allowed back to back singles, with Sepulveda plating Davis to make it 5-4. Then after a walk to Amaya, Corey Ragsdale called on Uvila (save, 1) to get the final out.

The series continues Saturday when the Wood Ducks send righty Reid Anderson (3-2, 3.64) to the mound to face off with Pelicans lefty Luis Lugo (1-3, 3.80). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m., and the pregame show will begin at 5:50 p.m. on 960AM The Bull, and online at as well as on the MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Radio Apps.

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