KINSTON, N.C.- Chuck LeBlanc hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to lead the Down East Wood Ducks (27-21) to a 4-2 victory over the Frederick Keys (20-27) on Friday night. In the game, Jomar Reyes collected the only two hits for the Keys.
With the game tied at two in the eighth, Alex Kowalczyk collected a two-out single. LeBlanc then hit a two-run home run to left field to retake the lead for Down East. It was LeBlanc's eighth home run of the year, and extended his Carolina League lead to 37 RBIs.
In the bottom of the first, the Wood Ducks struck first. Eric Jenkins led off with a walk. He then stole second and third, and scored on an Anderson Tejeda double.
The score remained 1-0 until the sixth. Keys starter Michael Baumann retired the first two men before LeBlanc doubled to left field. That ended the night for Baumann, who gave way to Zach Muckenhirn. Andretty Cordero then hit a ball that got past Reyes at third and allowed LeBlanc to score, giving the Wood Ducks a 2-0 lead.
Hitless through six, the Keys tied the game in the seventh. Wilson Garcia reached on an error by the shortstop Tejeda. Reyes then collected the first hit of the game for the Keys by launching a two-run home run to left field to tie the game at two.
Receiving a no-decision, Walker Weickel pitched 6.1 innings of one-hit baseball for the Wood Ducks. He walked three and struck out three. Christian Torres (5-2) picked up the win, throwing 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. C.D. Pelham picked up his eighth save.
Muckenhirn (0-1) took the loss. He allowed two runs over his two innings of work while striking out four. In his second Carolina League start, Baumann lasted 5.2 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) while striking out six.
The Keys and Wood Ducks continue their series tomorrow night at Grainger Stadium. Right-hander Ofelky Peralta (1-4, 6.27) takes the mound for the Keys. He will be opposed by right-hander Steven Bruce (0-0, 3.18) for the Wood Ducks. First pitch is at 6:00 p.m., and can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn Radio app.
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