Photo Credit: Matthew Edwards/Down East Wood Ducks
Ah man, it’s that time again. Opening Night in Minor League Baseball. This means winter, in some aspects is officially over and warm weather is finally here. Grasses are finely trimmed. Infields are neatly groomed and the bleachers are freshly cleaned off with first pitch officially here.
In my first article with Baseball Farm since late February, let me be the first to say thank you for reading my articles and interacting on social media. I’ve been quiet for a while and that will all change now that baseball is officially here.
Last night the Carolina League (High-A) opened up with a high scoring affair. It’s obvious that won’t happen all year long, but the one game that stood out to me was the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers) and Carolina Muscats (Brewers).
The Wood Ducks got the win, 6-4 off of seven hits and a big outing from Leody Taveras, who had his first ever four hit game going four-for-four with four runs batted in, which tied a career high.
For the Wood Ducks, their pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts on the night allowing four runs on nine hits. Their starter, Tyler Phillips, went five strong innings allowing a hit and fanning four in his 2019 debut. Joe Barlow earned the victory for the Ducks as he went 1.1 innings all while striking out three hitters.
Carolina’s pitchers tallied for 15 strikeouts with their starter, Bowden Francis getting eight of those strikeouts. Francis worked just four innings allowing five hits and two runs, both earned. Matt Smith was tagged with loss out of the pen for Carolina as he tossed three innings fanning five different Wood Ducks batters.
The Wood Ducks and Mudcats will play game two of their four game set on Friday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 PM.
Pitchers for the two teams have not been released at this time.