Down East Wood Ducks right-hander Edgar Arredondo was named as the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season.
Arredondo, 21, made his third start against the Carolina Mudcats on June 5, but was still as dominant in his first two. He tossed 7 innings and only allowed 2 hits while also striking out 7 batters. It was also his 24th career start in 56 in which he did not allow a walk.
He already earned Pitcher of the Week honors for his start against Carolina on May 15. In three starts against Carolina this season, Arredondo did not allow a run in 19.1 innings pitched while collecting 22 strikeouts.
The south division All-Star’s ERA currently sits in seventh for the Carolina League. He also appears in the top five for the league in strikeouts per nine innings (4th, 10.31), fewest walks per nine innings (4th, 1.67), and total strikeouts (4th, 68).
Arredondo is the one of five Wood Ducks to ever earn “Pitcher of the Week” status from the Carolina League. He joins Pedro Payano, Jeffrey Springs, and Wes Benjamin who were honored during the 2017 season and Jonathan Hernandez this season, just last week.
After going the first five weeks of the season without an award winner, Arredondo started this streak of four weeks with a recipient for the Woodies. Anderson Tejeda was Player of the Week for the final week of May and Hernandez as the most recent winner.
In other news, the Wood Ducks (34-30) used a combined total of 21 hits in the doubleheader to earn a sweep over the visiting Wilmington Blue Rocks (28-37) on Tuesday.
Down East won 6-5 and 8-5.
Despite the sweep, the Woodies only gained a half game on first place with six games to go. They remain three and a half games back before they close the series.
Leody Taveras led the way going 5-for-8 on the night with three extra-base hits and three runs scored.
Despite the Blue Rocks scoring first in the opener, the Wood Ducks wasted no time in tying the game in the bottom of the second on Melvin Novoa’s fourth homer of the season. The solo blast came on the second pitch of his at-bat to knot the score at one.
The bats arrived in a two-out rally in the fourth inning. A walk to Chuck Leblanc put him aboard with Josh Altmann (who doubled). Taveras lined a single to bring home Altmann and give the Woodies the lead. Then on the next pitch, Anderson Tejeda blasted his team-leading 10th homer of the season for a three-run shot to right. It was also his first off of a left-handed pitcher this season.
The 5-1 lead would not last, as starter Edgar Arredondo ran into trouble in the fifth. Each of the first three batters reached on an infield single, a single through a hole, and a walk. Then with a 1-2 count on Gabriel Cancel, the second baseman connected on a grand slam to tie the game.
Locke St. John entered and struck out four of the next five batters he faced in his two scoreless frames of work. He earned his second win with the DEWDs for his efforts.
In the second game, the Woodies got off to a hot start behind Sal Mendez’s first appearance with Down East. The Woodies scored in each of the first two innings en route to scoring in four of the six innings of offense.
Five different hitters had multi-hit nights as Taveras led the way with three - only a homer shy of the cycle. Another big fourth inning pushed the Wood Ducks ahead by bringing ten batters to the plate.
Matt Whatley started the rally beating out an infield single to spark five straight hits to open the inning. Leblanc dropped an RBI single to right field before Taveras’ triple to right-center. Later in the frame, Davis and Altmann added their own run-scoring single to push the Woodies ahead 6-1.
Mendez departed after four innings with only three bloop singles and two strikeouts. Michael Matuella earned his first win as a reliever with two innings and only allowing one earned run.
Down East added two more runs in the sixth inning thanks to a pair of Wilmington errors. The Woodies had a baserunner in every inning of offense in the doubleheader.