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Wood Ducks Fall in Extras to the Mudcats

Edgar Arredondo received a no decision despite seven shutout frames
Arredondo led the staff with seven shutout frames on Wednesday night. (Dominic Cotroneo/Down East Wood Ducks)
June 6, 2018

ZEBULON, NC - Down East (31-27) did not trail until the final play of the game in a heartbreaking 3-2 loss in ten innings to Carolina (28-30). The loss wipes a nearly perfect start from Edgar Arredondo as he retired 21 of 23 batters faced in a no decision.

ZEBULON, NC - Down East (31-27) did not trail until the final play of the game in a heartbreaking 3-2 loss in ten innings to Carolina (28-30). The loss wipes a nearly perfect start from Edgar Arredondo as he retired 21 of 23 batters faced in a no decision.

In the bottom of the tenth, a ground ball was hit to short at Anderson Tejeda. The placed runner, Ryan Aguilar, broke for third and Tejeda's throw to the bag deflected off of Aguilar's shoulder. The ensuing ricochet ended up down the left field line and allowed Aguilar to score the winning run.
The Wood Ducks had four hits in the first seven batters of the game. Alex Kowalczyk ripped an RBI single up the middle in the first inning as the Woodies scored in the first for the second straight game. In the second, Matt Whatley connected on his second homer of the season - a solo blast to right field. 
A 2-0 lead held up for most of the game as Arredondo dazzled. He only allowed two hits while retiring the first seven batters then 11 in a row on separate streaks in the game. He left a runner stranded on second to close his start in the seventh with a strikeout.
Wednesday marked the 24th start of Arredondo's career without allowing a walk (out of 52, 46%). Arredondo also lowered his ERA to 2.28 on the season, the fifth-best in the league.
The Mudcats managed to score a pair in the eighth off of the Wood Ducks' bullpen. Two-out RBI singles from Cooper Hummel and Dallas Carrol to tie the game.
The loss is the fourth in extras this season for the Woodies - all of them away from home and now three times at Five County Stadium. However, there is a silver lining from the loss: both Winston-Salem and Buies Creek lost tonight, meaning the Woodies did not lose any ground in the first half race.
Down East looks for the series win over the Mudcats at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday night. Left-hander Christian Torres (5-3, 3.05) will start opposite a starter to be announced for Carolina. You can listen to every pitch of the 2018 season live on Sports/Talk 960 The Bull or the TuneIn Radio app.