KINSTON, NC – An uncharacteristic start from Brett Martin put the Wood Ducks in a hole they could not climb out of in Sunday’s 9-2 loss to the Red Sox. The team split the season series 4-4 and Down East allowed 32 runs in the four losses.
Martin zipped through a 1-2-3 first inning with two strikeouts while his counterpart, Travis Lakins, finished the first inning on five pitches. The Red Sox would get their offense going in the second on an RBI single from Jhon Nunez to score Jose Sermo (who had four hits).
In response, the Wood Ducks loaded the bases in the bottom of the second with nobody out. Jairo Beras walked to bring in the tying run, but that would be all the Woodies got in the inning after a strikeout and a double play.
Salem added two more with two outs in the third. Tate Matheny hit a homer to center field which was followed by three straight singles to bring in another run. The tally was 3-1 Red Sox through three.
The fourth inning was not so kind to the Wood Ducks. Four runs scored on three hits and an error in the frame, highlighted by the two-out, two-run double by Josh Ockimey to suddenly swing the game open to 7-1. While four of the runs were unearned due to two Down East errors, the seven runs charged to Martin set a new career high.
One of a couple bright spots came in the bottom of the fourth when Josh Morgan hit his first home run of 2017 to left field for the second Woodies run of the game. Later, Blake Bass would work three scoreless innings with four strikeouts to cap the Red Sox offense at nine runs.
Story Credit: Dominic Cotroneo / Down East Wood Ducks