Woodies win fifth straight in record-setting effort
The Down East Wood Ducks won their fifth straight game in grand fashion.
The Woodies (23-38 second half, 58-73 overall) set or tied franchise records for runs in a game, runs in an inning and margin of victory in their 16-0 rout of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (24-36, 58-73) Saturday night at Historic Grainger Stadium.
The 16 runs tied the franchise record set in a 16-14 victory against the Pelicans on April 12, the home opener of the 2018 season. The Woodies also notched eight runs in the eighth inning to set a record for runs in an inning. The 16-run win also smashed the previous record.
The Woodies only scored in three innings – three runs in the first, five in the fifth and the record-setting eight in the eighth. Every batter except one in the DEWD starting lineup got at least one hit and all Woodies had at least one RBI except one.
A trio of Wood Ducks – Leody Taveras, Alex Kowalczyk and Brendon Davis – had three hits apiece, while Andretty Cordero finished with four RBIs and Kowalczyk contributed three. LeDarious Clark, Anderson Tejeda and Cordero scored three times each.
Cordero and Kowalczyk also homered in the game.
Jason Bahr (2-3) earned the pitching victory by only surrendering one hit and two walks while striking out six in his six innings of work. Kaleb Fontenot earned his first save of the season by going three innings, striking out five and giving up two hits.
Myrtle Beach used three pitchers and two position players – catcher Tyler Pearson and outfielder Roberto Caro – on the mound to no avail. Pearson didn’t get an out while giving up four runs on two hits and three walks.
The Wood Ducks will have an opportunity to tie the season record for a winning streak – six – when they face the Pelicans Sunday afternoon. It’s “Sunday Funday at the ballpark as a pair of Wood Ducks players will sign autographs in the concourse and kids 12-and-under will run the bases after the game.