KINSTON, N.C. — Jake Latz tossed seven one-hit innings with nine strikeouts and Hasuan Viera tripled and drove in three runs as the Down East Wood Ducks shut out the Salem Red Sox 7-0 at Grainger Stadium on Saturday evening, completing a sweep of the four-game weekend series.
Down East got on the board in the bottom of the second inning when Julio Pablo Martinez launched a solo homer to right center field off of Salem starter Daniel Gonzalez.
In the sixth, a Gonzalez wild pitch brought home Leody Taveras to make it 2-0 before Viera lined a triple to right that cleared the loaded bases and increased the lead to 5-0.
Sam Huff erased any idea of a Salem rally as he belted a two-run homer to left-center off of Sox reliever Zach Schellenger in the bottom of the eighth.
Latz gave up a one-out single to Salem’s Pedro Castellanos in the top of the first, then did not allow another hit in his seven-inning stint. He walked two and struck out nine to run his record to 4-1.
Salem’s only scoring threat came in the top of the eighth inning when Victor Acosta and Tanner Nishioka led off the frame with back-to-back singles off Wood Duck reliever Michael Matuella. A fly out from Isaias Lucena sent Acosta to third, but Nick Lovullo flied to shallow right and Jarren Duran struck out to end the threat.
Gonzalez took the loss for the Red Sox, dropping to 1-6 on the season.
ON DECK: Salem returns home Sunday to begin a three-game series with the Potomac Nationals at Haley Toyota Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark.
The opener of the series will feature Enmanuel De Jesus (3-4, 3.83) on mound for the Sox against a yet-to-be-named Nationals starter.
First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m.