Mudcats blanked by Wood Ducks

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KINSTON — One run and six hits worth of offense was good enough for the Down East Wood Ducks to beat the Carolina Mudcats 1-0 Wednesday afternoon at Grainger Stadium.

That lone run came in the bottom of the first inning and was followed by eight and a half innings of scoreless baseball. 

As the fourth batter, the Wood Duck’s Curtis Terry hit a sacrifice fly deep enough to Rob Henry in right field to score Samuel Huff.

The rest of the way, four Down East (69-33, 19-13 second half) pitchers blanked the Mudcats (55-47, 16-17 second half), allowing just two hits and striking out 10 batters after leadoff batter Brice Turang began the game with a hit. 

With the early hit, Turang stretched his hit streak to seven straight games after joining the team 14 games ago.

Sal Mendez (6-0) picked up the victory for Down East after giving up just two hits through five innings pitched. In his outing, he walked one and struck out five.

 The next two pitchers, Jefferson Medina and Josh Advocate, plowed through the Mudcats’ lineup without giving up any hits, while Joe Kuzia closed out the game allowing a hit from Tristen Lutz before forcing a double play ball to end the game. 

Kuzia picked up the save in the combined shutout.  

Mudcats starter Aaron Ashby was handed the loss after allowing one unearned run that opening inning, giving up three hits and striking out five over 5.1 innings pitched. 

With the loss, the Mudcats have dropped four of their last seven games headed into a doubleheader against the Wood Ducks Thursday back at Grainger Stadium. The first game is set for 5 p.m.