Spring Training Game 4: Ducks vs. Black Sox – Part II
The exhibition schedule wraps up today for the Long Island Ducks when they host the semi-pro Long Island Black Sox at 1:05 p.m. The Flock defeated the Black Sox on Monday afternoon by a final count of 8-6, with Anthony Armenio’s solo home run in the 10th inning serving as the game-winning hit. Ducks pitching was a big story yesterday, as they combined to strike out a total of 18 batters over 11 innings and did not allow a walk. In fact, aside from the third inning where Shaun Garceau allowed five runs, the pitching staff put up the following line:
10.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 17 K
Today, it appears that the teams are only scheduled to play seven innings since most guys got their work in during Monday’s game. Once again, admission to the game is free for Season Ticket Holders while a $5 donation to the QuackerJack Foundation will apply to the general public. The pitchers scheduled to throw today are:
Fernando Hernandez (RHP) – 2 innings
Steve Garrison (LHP) – 2 innings
Casey Barnes (RHP) – 2 innings
Jeremy Accardo (RHP) – 1 inning
All four pitchers are expected to begin the season in the bullpen, but Hernandez and Barnes are certainly capable of starting if needed. Hernandez, Garrison and Accardo all have Major League experience as well.
Today’s starting lineup for the Ducks will look like this:
#22 Joash Brodin – RF
#5 Chris McClendon – 3B
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#13 Adam Bailey – LF
#33 Ryan Strieby – 1B
#2 Cody Puckett – 2B
#27 Keith Castillo – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#29 Fernando Hernandez – RHP
As for the Black Sox, they will be starting a very familiar name to Ducks fans in right-hander Chris McCoy. As for their lineup, it will look like this:
#8 Anthony Luciano – SS
#22 Jerry Geigle – 1B
#5 Richie McCarren – LF
#6 Chris DeGennaro – C
#33 Steve Pileggi – RF
#3 Jon Kourie – CF
#9 Dan Pembroke – DH
#21 Ryan Pembroke – 3B
#7 Matt Kinsella – 2B
#34 Chris McCoy – RHP
We’ll be updating this post throughout the game once again, so be sure to keep refreshing for the latest from today’s spring training finale.
UPDATE (1:08): We are underway at Bethpage Ballpark! Strong start for Fernando Hernandez as he retires the side in order on just seven pitches.
UPDATE (1:21): Long Island plates two in the first against Chris McCoy! RBI double by Chris McClendon and a run-scoring single by Adam Bailey.
UPDATE (1:31): The Black Sox get one back in the second on a sac fly by former Duck Jon Kourie. 2-1 Ducks after two, and Steve Garrison is now in the game.
UPDATE (2:04): Score remains 2-1 after four innings of play. Right-hander Casey Barnes has come on to pitch for the Ducks.
UDPATE (2:22): Barnes strikes out the side in the fifth. Noel DeLeon relieves McCoy and retires the side in order. Still 2-1 in favor of the Flock.
UPDATE (2:55): A RBI single by Jon Myers in the seventh increases the lead to 3-1! The Ducks are taking some extra at-bats, but the game’s officially over. Long Island ends the spring training slate at 2-2