Down East Hangs On For 6-5 Win
Kinston, N.C. – The Down East Wood Ducks came from behind after an early deficit to defeat the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, 6-5 Friday night. Cristian Inoa extended his on-base streak to 25 games with a single in the second inning to tie the longest on-base streak by a Wood Ducks this
Kinston, N.C. – The Down East Wood Ducks came from behind after an early deficit to defeat the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, 6-5 Friday night. *Cristian Inoa *extended his on-base streak to 25 games with a single in the second inning to tie the longest on-base streak by a Wood Ducks this season.
Fayetteville (45-55) scored in the each of the first three innings to take an early 4-0 lead.
Down East (59-41) came back in the bottom of the third and knocked Fayetteville starter Chayce McDermott out of the game. Thomas Saggese, Alejandro Osuna, and *Angel Aponte *worked three walks in-a-row to start the frame. After a strikeout, *Cody Freeman *cleared the bases with a three-run double to cut the deficit to 4-3.
The Wood Ducks took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth. Xavier Valentin *led off with a single and stole second. Saggese singled and Valentin advanced to third to put runners at the corners. With one out, *Angel Aponte *singled to score Valentin to tie the game at four. A throwing error on the play allowed Saggese to advance to third and Aponte went on to second. *Jayce Easley *dropped a bunt down the third base line for an infield single and Saggese scored to give Down East the 5-4 lead and Aponte advanced to third. With runners at the corners, Easley stole second to put runners at second and third. Freeman walked to load the bases and *Luisangel Acuña reached first on a fielder’s choice that allowed Aponte to score to give the Woodies a 6-4 lead.
The Woodpeckers managed to plate a run in the top of the eighth to pull within one, 6-5.
Mason Englert pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits with three walks. Connor Sechler *(W, 2-0) contributed 3 1/3 scoreless innings with only two walks issued and five strikeouts. *Destin Dotson pitched 1 2/3 innings with one run allowed on one hit. He issued one walk and tallied two strikeouts. Eudrys Mañon (S, 3) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings with one walk and three strikeouts en route to his third save of the season.
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