ZEBULON, NC - The Wood Ducks (23-41, 58-71) could not hold off the Mudcats (28-34, 62-70) in the ninth as a walk-off walked sealed a comeback victory for Carolina and marked their 12th walk-off win of the season. Despite all nine Down East starters reaching base, the Woodies left 13 runners on base in the defeat.
Carolina's rally came in the bottom of the ninth with one out and the top of the order sparking it. Joantgel Segovia and Dillon Thomas managed singles to put the tying run in scoring position. Then the inning got away from reliever Brett Eibner with a walk, hit batter, and walk to allow the tying run to score.
Royce Bolinger entered to try and send the game to extras. He recorded a strikeout in his first batter but ultimately allowed a walk to Dallas Carroll on a 3-1 count to drop the game.
The DEWDs had three different multi-hit efforts, led by Andretty Cordero's three. He had their only extra-base hit with a double in the sixth, but he was left stranded in all three of his trips on base.
Brendon Davis and Chuck Leblanc added two-hit efforts as the Woodies scored first and continued to punch back when the Mudcats responded.
The scoring opened in the fourth with an RBI single from Yanio Perez with two outs and two strikes. Carolina's Ryan Aguilar managed to one-up Perez with a two-out, two-strike two-run homer to right to give the Mudcats the lead.
Down East did not falter as Anderson Tejeda responded with an RBI single up the middle in the fifth to tie the game. Later in the contest, it was Tejeda scoring the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on a single from Leblanc.
Emerson Martinez took a no decision after working into the sixth inning. Austin Pettibone's debut with the DEWDs in 2018 featured and inning and two-thirds of scoreless relief. The sidearmer also left an inherited runner stranded in the sixth.
The Woodies look ahead to Wednesday with RHP Rollie Lacy on the mound at 7:00 p.m. in Zebulon. Carolina will counter with righty Alec Bettinger from Five County Stadium for the penultimate time in 2018.
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