KINSTON, N.C. – The Down East Wood Ducks forgot their offense in Charleston, S.C., as they fell to the Fredericksburg National 2-0, Tuesday night at Grainger Stadium.
Down East tallied its first hit in the bottom of the sixth and was shut out for the first time this season.
Fredericksburg (2-17) opened the scoring in the top of the first as Jeremy De La Rosa hit a solo home run to put Fredericksburg ahead 1-0. The Wood Ducks (13-6) got their first hit in the bottom of the sixth, courtesy of a one-out triple by Evan Carter. Unfortunately, Down East couldn’t score Carter and ended the sixth inning trailing 1-0.
The Nationals loaded the bases in the top of the eighth but were only able to get one run across to take a 2-0 lead. Down East threatened in the bottom of the ninth. Cody Freeman and Antonio Cabello hit back-to-back singles with two outs. Cristian Inoa pinch hit for Keithron Moss but flew out to left to end the game.
Abdiel Mendoza (0-2) took the loss but pitched extremely well. Mendoza finished with one run allowed on one hit with a career-high six strikeouts. Nic Laio was first out of the bullpen. He took the no-decision, pitching two shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out two. Teodoro Ortega made his debut with the Wood Ducks and pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing one run on one hit with one walk and one strikeout. Spencer Mraz pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, allowing only two hits and striking out two.
The Wood Ducks continue their series with the Nationals Wednesday with the first pitch set for 7 p.m. Down East will start RH Wyatt Sparks (0-0, 5.91) and the FredNats will start RH Rodney Theophile (0-2, 5.40)
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