Down East now sits at 7-7
A series-ending 14-4 loss Thursday soured a bounce-back performance from the Down East Wood Ducks as the Woodies took two of the three from the Winston-Salem Dash.
The Wood Ducks (7-7) had struggled to get a complete team win. But during this series, their offense scored more than 5 runs, allowed less than 5 and only made 1 error in the two wins. Before that, the Wood Ducks had only been able to do that once.
“It’s very encouraging,” DEWDs manager Spike Owen said. “We’re a talented club, we knew that coming in. Now that we’re a couple weeks into the season, that’s the expectation, I expect them to play well. That’s why they’re here, to get better.”
The series-ending loss was rough though, as the Wood Ducks allowed almost 3 times as many runs in one game as the other two. The big key was starter Edgar Arredondo getting chased less than five innings in. The starter gave up 4 earned runs and 10 hits in 4 innings with 4 strikeouts. It was the second straight time he was chased. Last Friday, he exited in the first inning after giving up 4 hits and 2 earned runs.
“There’s not any concern, he can pitch,” Owen said. “He didn’t have his command today. They banged him around, but Edgar can pitch. He just has to maintain that confidence. And we’ll do what we can to keep building him up.”
Emerson Martinez and Christian Torres both gave the DEWDs good starts, lasting into the sixth inning. Both set the bullpen up well. The bullpen gave up 1 run combined.
“Besides today, the first two games of this series were really good ball games in all areas,” Owen said. “We pitched well, our defense showed up, and got some timely hits.”
The Wood Ducks' offense in their last 7 games have averaged nearly 7 runs.
"I’ve stated before that up and down the lineup, we have guys than can do damage,” Owen said. “It’s been pretty spread out, as far as the offensive output for guys up and down the order for delivering in clutch situations.”
Anderson Tejeda had himself a nice series with a .364 batting average, 5 RBIs, 4 runs, and his first home run of the season. Tejda has the team lead with 15 RBIs, total bases, and near the top of the Carolina League in RBIs.
“Anderson is an exciting player,” Owen said. “Offensively, he can do a lot of things for a guy that hasn’t fully filled out yet. He can really put a charge in a ball."