Wood Ducks lose fourth consecutive contest
Story by Dominic Cotroneo / Down East Wood Ducks
WINSTON-SALEM -- A wild game with dazzling plays on defense ended with the Winston-Salem Dash (11-4 second half, 52-33 overall) defeating the Down East Wood Ducks, 4-2. Franklin Rollin of the Woodies (6-10, 41-45) had two hits on the night, including a solo homer for his fourth long ball of the year.
Emerson Martinez also tossed a quality start in the loss with an 81 percent strike rate. He tossed 6 1/3 innings and only allowed two earned runs of the four that were scored. The right-hander struck out three in his eighth loss of the year.
Both teams came out swinging with a solo home run in the first inning although both offenses quieted down for the next several innings.
Dash starter Tanner Banks earned his eighth win of the season and his sixth career win over the Wood Ducks in as many starts. The southpaw tossed eight innings with only two earned runs allowed while holding the Woodies to an 0-for-4 performance with runners in scoring position.
Fueled by three DEWD errors in the game, the Dash took the lead with two unearned runs in the sixth inning on singles by Micker Adolfo and Ti’Quan Forbes. In the seventh, Luis Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly down the right field line that nearly turned into a double play at the plate.
The Woodies responded in the eighth when Josh Altmann doubled to center to bring home Eric Jenkins. While the ball was airborne, centerfielder Luis Gonzalez lost the ball in the lights and allowed the run to score. However, a double play and a ground-out neutralized the DEWD threat.
Perhaps the Wood Ducks play of the year came to end the bottom of the eighth. Winston-Salem's Gavin Sheets hit a pop-up down the left field line, Alex Kowalczyk came charging in and went into a slide on the warning track, but could not secure it. The ball popped into the air off his glove and into Anderson Tejeda’s for the out. Tejeda then unleashed a throw to first to double up the runner.
The Woodies look to snap their four-game losing streak on Saturday at 6 p.m with lefty Sal Mendez on the mound. He will face fellow southpaw John Parke for the Dash in the penultimate game at BB&T Ballpark for the 2018 season for the Woodies.