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Woodies Back in the Win Column

August 3, 2022 – Carolina League (CarL)Down East Wood Ducks News Release

Mitch Bratt opened the homestand with the ball tonight against the Fredericksburg Nationals,
sporting a 2.24 ERA, and started off strong throwing a one, two, three innings in the first, retiring
the last batter with a strikeout looking. The Woodies take it to the bottom half hoping to score
some runs against Nationals starter, Andry Lara, and score they do with Yosy Galan driving in
Maximo Acosta, after Acosta reached on a leadoff single up the middle and stole two bases.


With a 1-0 lead, the Nationals threatened to tie up the game, after Geraldi Diaz hit a two out
double.

The next innings had both teams relatively quiet, as a pitching duel occurred. The Nationals went
up 2-1 in the fifth inning on a one out flyout to center with runners on second and third that
resulted in an errant throw by the first baseman to third, trying to cut down the runner that was
trying to escape back to the bag. The throw got away from the third baseman up the left field line
where both runners scored.

The starters were relieved, Bratt in the fifth, after throwing 5.0 innings, with 4 strikeouts, 0
earned runs and Lara came out in the sixth with 6.0 innings, 5 strikeouts, and 1 earned run. The
relievers picked up where the starters left off as both teams failed to score in the sixth, seventh,
and eighth innings. The Wood Ducks threw Serrano for 3.0 innings and Wynard started the ninth
and the Nats threw Collins for 2.0 innings.

The Woodies were still down one heading into the bottom of the ninth, as Wynyard efficiently
obtained three outs in the top half. Riggs Threadgill entered in to close out the game for the save,
but that was spoiled as the Woodies scored with Mateo leading off with an infield single, an
infield bunt single put runners on first and second, and a double by Galan brings in a run to tie
the game up 2-2 with runners now on second and third with no outs. The Nationals intentionally
walked Cauley to load the bases and their strategy worked out as a 1-2-3 double play got two
outs and a groundout to third takes us to extras.

A placement runner starts on second during extras and the Nationals scored two in the top of the
tenth, one via a Diaz ground rule double that made it 3-2, and another via a sacrifice fly to center
from Yoander Rivero. Marlon Perez came in to pitch to try and close out the Woodies. Villarroel
started out at second as the placement runner, with Narvaez singling,…

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