KINSTON, NC - Kyle Cody's dominant start led the Wood Ducks (29-28, 53-73) in the series finale with the Astros (33-23, 70-36) and also finished the first sweep of the year for Down East. With a 3-0 final, Cody only allowed one hit over seven shutout innings with eight strikeouts.
Behind him, Scott Williams and Jeffrey Springs combined for the final two zeros on the board as Springs claimed his first save of 2017. In all, the pitchers combined to only allow three hits on the afternoon - tying a season-low.
The offense was also strong for the Wood Ducks despite only three runs as they were not retired in order once on Sunday afternoon. All three runs were scored with two outs, as well.
In the fourth, Yanio Perez began the rally with a two-out two-strike single which was duplicated by Ti'Quan Forbes behind him. LeDarious Clark knocked a single to left field and Perez hustled around to score the first run. On the throw home, Forbes and Clark moved up to second and third.
The extra 90 feet would prove beneficial as during Chuck Moorman's at-bat a wild pitch escaped catcher Anthony Hermelyn and allowed Forbes to score.
Down East would add another in the fifth inning with Josh Morgan scoring from second on a Carlos Garay single. Morgan had previously stole second in the inning to move him into scoring position.
Cody did not allow a runner to second base in his innings or multiple runners to reach. He finished only one over the minimum in his seven innings. Williams ran into a bit of trouble in the eighth by loading the bases with two outs. Springs would enter and induce a pop-out to leave the bases full.
In the ninth, Springs capped of a 1-2-3 final frame with a strikeout to claim the victory. With the sweep, the Woodies move to only 4.5 games back of the Astros with 13 games remaining including four head-to-head matchups to end the season.
Monday is the penultimate off day for the Wood Ducks before they hit the road for a three-game series in Myrtle Beach on Tuesday. You can listen to every pitch of the 2017 season live on Sports/Talk 960 The Bull or streamed on the TuneIn Radio app.
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