As the Woodies head into the homestretch, they will need to come from behind in the division
The Wood Ducks (30-26) were shut out for the sixth time this season as they fell to the Pelicans (27-29) by a final score of 3-0. Emerson Martinez delivered six strong innings despite the defeat.
The offense managed only four hits - three of them doubles. Matt Whatley recorded a hit for the third consecutive game as he also drew a walk. Down East went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
Martinez cruised through five innings, which included three innings completed in 12 pitches or less. The Pelicans scored two in the sixth with a timely base hit to right field from Conner Myers and a safety squeeze bunt from Austin Upshaw.
The DEWDs could not solve the bullpen of the Pelicans after starter Tyson Miller exited. Off the nine outs recorded, five were strikeouts between Erick Leal and Wyatt Short.
Down East falls to two games back of first place with 14 games remaining in the half. Monday is the final off day before the All-Star Break as the Woodies prepare to visit the Carolina Mudcats for a three-game series starting on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The Future: According to MLB.com, the Wood Ducks feature seven top 30 prospects in the Rangers organization. They are:
Leody Taveres, Anderson Tejeda, Jonathan Hernandez, CD Pelham, Michael Matuella, Matt Whatley and Brendon Davis
HOME SWEET HOME: The DEWDs have enjoyed the confines of Grainger Stadium thus far in the season with a 20-8 record - the best in the league. On the road, the DEWDs are only 10-17.
HOME: .260 AVG 41 HR +20 run differential; ROAD: .229 AVG 11 HR -23 run differential
LOSING FEATHERS: Down East has allowed the most unearned runs in the league (56). They are currently in a tie for seventh in fielding percent-age at .970.
Getting it done: The Woodies are the only team with three 30-RBI producers this season. The only other team with two is Winston-Salem: Anderson Tejeda - 41, Chuck LeBlanc - 39, Andretty Cordero - 32
IT CAN HAPPEN: After Saturday’s loss to the Pelicans, the Woodies fall into solo third place with 15 games to go in the half. In 2017, the Woodies were down seven games with 16 games to go to the Astros. DEWD went 12-4 while BC only managed 4-12 to close the second half to push the Woodies into the postseason.
CLOSE CALLS: The Wood Ducks have played the most one-run games (13) in the league this season and are in a tie for the most wins (7). Furthermore, the Woodies have played the most games decided by two runs or less (28) and have a 19-9 record in those games.
Oh, Canada: Chuck LeBlanc is all over the leaderboards in the league including:
Games - T4th, 53 RBI - 2nd, 39 XBH-T3rd, 23
SLG - 3rd, .518 TB - 3rd , 100 HR - T2nd, 9
Runs-T2nd, 38 Hits-T5th,57 AVG-6th, .295
PUT IT ON THE BOARD: The DEWDs have several representatives on league leaderboards other than Leblanc this season A. Cordero: 3rd G (54), T4th H (57); A. Tejeda: T2nd HR (9), 1st RBI (43), T3rd XBH (23), 4th TB (96), 3rd SO (64); CD Pelham: 1st GF (15), 1st Saves (9), T4th G (17); J. Hernandez: 2nd ERA (1.66), 1st SO (73), 1st WHIP (0.87), 2nd AVG (.162), SO/9IP (12.09); E. Arredondo: 7th ERA (2.61), 5th SO (55), 4th SO/9IP (10.24)
VIEW FROM THE TOP: The Woodies just snapped a streak of staying in first place or a share for 12 straight games. Previously the Wood Ducks were also in solo first for the first time in team history during the season. Here’s something to remember for tiebreaker scenarios with only 15 games to go in the half:
vs. Buies Creek: 4-5 record, three games to go
vs. Winston-Salem: 7-3 record, zero games to go
vs. Carolina: 8-5 record, three games to go
MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU: Down East finished off the best month in club history in May The Woodies went 18-11, a game better than last August’s 17-11 record. These two months are the only two over .500 in club history.
CORDERO’S COOKING: Infielder Andretty Cordero had a tremendous month with 10 multi-hit games to lead the Woodies in May. For the month: .299/.353/.467/.821 10 XBH 4 HR 18 RBI