Spring Training Game 1: Ducks at Bluefish

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The first game action of 2014 for the Long Island Ducks is about to take place. The Ducks open their spring training schedule today as they head across the Long Island Sound to battle the rival Bridgeport Bluefish at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. This is the first of at least 22 meetings between the two teams this season (two exhibition games, 20 regular season games). Both teams will once again be battling for the Ferry Cup, with the Ducks leading the series three to two (Long Island – 2009, 2011, 2013; Bridgeport – 2010, 2012).

Right-hander Bobby Blevins will get the start for the Ducks and is slated to pitch three innings. Blevins joined the Ducks late in 2013, as he did the year before as well, and pitched in two regular season games, going 1-1 with a 4.84 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 13 innings. He also pitched Game Four of the Championship Series at Somerset and threw eight innings of five-hit, one-run ball, earning a no-decision. Righty Tomo Ohka will toe the rubber for Bridgeport to start off. He’s a former big leaguer who spent 10 years in “The Show” with the Red Sox, Expos/Nationals, Brewers, Blue Jays and Indians from 1999 to 2009. The Japanese native last pitched professionally in 2011 with Yokohama of the Japan Central League and apparently can now throw a knuckleball.

Both sides have also announced their starting lineups for the game:

Ducks

Joash Brodin – 1B
Chris McClendon – 3B
Fehlandt Lentini – RF
Lew Ford – CF
Adam Bailey – LF
Ryan Strieby – DH
Cody Puckett – 2B
Brian Peacock – C
Dan Lyons – SS

Bobby Blevins – RHP

Bluefish

Juan Martinez – 2B
Sean Burroughs – 3B
Brandon Boggs – LF
Denny Almonte – DH
Prentice Redman – RF
Luis Lopez – 1B
James Simmonds – CF
JR Towles – C
Mike Richard – SS

Tomo Ohka – P

We will be updating this post throughout the game to keep you informed of what is going on during the game. Unfortunately, there is no broadcast of the game or a pitch-by-pitch Game Live on Pointstreak. Stay tuned after the game to www.liducks.com for a recap of the game. Just a reminder, the Ducks will be returning home on Saturday to host the Bluefish in the second half of this home-and-home exhibition series. The game will begin at 1:05 p.m. and is part of the Second Annual Fan Fest, which gets underway at 10:30 a.m.

Update (2:00): So far, not much is doing at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in terms of run-scoring. Our staff is not in attendance, but according to Bluefish General Manager Ken Shepard, Tomo Ohka has thrown innings without allowing a hit or walk and has struck out three.

Update (3:00): The Bluefish lead it 3-0 over the Ducks in the bottom of the seventh. James Simmons has been most of the offense thus far. His RBI single in the fifth and solo homer in the seventh accounted for the first two runs. Back-to-back doubles by JR Towles and Mike Richard in the seventh tacked on the third run. Long Island had the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, but a diving catch by Brandon Boggs prevented any runs from scoring.

Update (3:30): Two more runs come across for the Bluefish in the seventh on a passed ball and wild pitch. As the cross-sound rivals head to the eighth, Bridgeport leads 5-0.

Update (4:30): Still working on getting updates as to what took place over the final few innings, but both teams ended up playing 10 innings, likely to let guys get their work in, with the Bluefish winning 8-4. James Simmons had a RBI double in the eighth that made it 6-0, so Long Island’s runs must have come in the ninth and 10th. Stay tuned for further updates.

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