Game 2: Ducks at Patriots

The Ducks and Patriots continue their three-game series on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. after the two teams needed 15 innings to decide Friday’s season opener. The weather forecast, which originally predicted rain for this evening, has dramatically improved. According to, it is currently sunny and in the upper-60’s. During the game, the chance of precipitation will be under 20% with temperatures dropping from the mid-60’s to the mid-50’s.

Long Island turns to right-hand pitcher Shaun Garceau to start the second game of the year. With the Ducks using eight relievers on Friday night, manager Kevin Baez stated this afternoon that he hopes starter will give them length. He was pleased with the six inning effort from John Brownell in the opener and hopes for that, if not more, from Garceau tonight. Garceau made two starts against the Patriots after joining the Ducks in September of 2013, and he was outstanding in both.

9/14: W, 9.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K, 105 pitches, 72 strikes
-4-0 win clinched the Second Half Liberty Division title for Long Island

9/26: W, 7.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 101 pitches, 77 strikes
-3-2 win gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead in the Atlantic League Championship Series

The Patriots will counter with left-hander Matt Maloney, who makes his Somerset debut. The southpaw spent parts of four seasons (2009-12) in the Major Leagues, playing three seasons with the Reds and one with the Twins. His career numbers in the big leagues: 5-9, 5.74 ERA, 31 G, 11 GS, 91.0 IP, 59 K. Last season, the former third round draft pick of the Phillies spent time with Single-A Lowell and Double-A Portland in the Red Sox organization, where he was teammates with Ducks lefty Eric Niesen. He combined to go 1-1 with a 3.54 ERA and two saves in 15 games. It was also the first time in his minor league career that he was a full-time relief pitcher.

Here are some key notes leading into tonight’s game:

Deep Into the Night: Friday night marked the fifth time in the last two seasons (playoffs included) that the Ducks and Patriots played extra innings. The two teams played a pair of 14 inning games during the 2013 regular season, with the Patriots winning 6-5 at home on July 1 and the Ducks winning 4-3 at home on August 25. Both teams then played 10 innings in Game Three of the 2013 ALCS and 16 innings in Game Four, with the Patriots winning both games.

Multi-Hit Starts: Designated hitter Ryan Strieby and third baseman Chris McClendon each picked up two hits on Friday night for their first multi-hit games of the year. Strieby collected 10 two-hit games and 12 multi-hit contests with the Ducks in 2013. McClendon earned 27 multi-hit games last year with the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League.

Limiting the Strikeouts: Ducks batters struck out 19 times against Patriots pitching last night, which set a franchise record for the most in a single game. The previous high was 17, done on September 12, 2006 when the Ducks and Camden Riversharks played 18 innings.

On the Air: Tonight’s game can be heard live on Long Island’s home for news, traffic, weather and Ducks baseball, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. The game can also be heard online with live streaming audio by CLICKING HERE.

Here are the starting lineups for the Ducks and Patriots:

#22 Joash Brodin – DH
#5   Chris McClendon – 3B
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#33 Ryan Strieby – 1B
#13 Adam Bailey – LF
#2   Cody Puckett – 2B
#23 Brian Peacock – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#28 Shaun Garceau – RHP

#6   Jonny Tucker – 2B
#3   Nate Spears – 3B
#2   Luis Montanez – RF
#18 Dennis Raben – DH
#5   Ty Wright – LF
#32 Robbie Widlansky – 1B
#37 Damaso Espino – C
#12 Edwin Maysonet – SS
#8   Cory Harrilchak – CF

#22 Matt Maloney – LHP

We’ll be updating this post live throughout the game, so be sure to check back and refresh often for the latest from TD Bank Ballpark. You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter for game updates by heading to

UPDATE (5:15): Here’s a view from the cage during Ducks batting practice. Chris McClendon is swinging:



UPDATE (5:47): Well, we just had an interesting series of events here. During BP, it began to rain. First lightly, then heavier. That sent the Ducks scrambling off the field and the tarp crew scrambling to cover the field. However, by the time they got ready, the rain stopped, and the sun popped out. The result: a field that was slightly wet and a tremendous rainbow beyond the left field wall!

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UPDATE (6:15): Worst site in baseball? That would be the tarp! Sadly, it has been put on the field here as some rain is once again falling. We’ll keep you updated if there is any delay to the start of tonight’s game.

UPDATE (6:34): Good news! The tarp has been taken off the field, and we are expected to begin on time at 7:05 p.m. Don’t forget, the pre-game show begins at 6:50 on 103.9-FM LI News Radio and online at

UPDATE (7:05): The Patriots have taken the field, Joash Brodin is in the batter’s box, and we are ready to go at TD Bank Ballpark!

UPDATE (7:14): With one out in the top of the first, all of the ballpark lights above the field have shut off. We have a delay right now.

UPDATE (7:27): We have light once again at TD Bank Ballpark! The game should resume shortly.

UPDATE (7:49): Somerset strikes first as five straight hits to open the inning lead to three runs. 3-0 Patriots after one.

UPDATE (8:07): Two more runs come across for the Patriots in the second, and they now lead 5-0 after two.

UPDATE (8:24): Three more runs have scored for the Patriots in the third, and Shaun Garceau has been lifted from the game with one out in the inning. Righty Casey Barnes is now in the game.

UPDATE (8:47): Casey Barnes tosses a scoreless fourth inning, striking out two in the process!

UPDATE (9:12): The Ducks are on the scoreboard! Ryan Strieby picks up his third two-out hit of the year, a two-run single to right! Now a 9-2 game.

UPDATE (9:25): 2.2 scoreless innings of relief for Barnes, and Josh Lansford puts up a zero in the sixth. Nice job by the Ducks bullpen so far!

UPDATE (9:43): Lansford allowed two hits to start off the seventh, but gets three consecutive flyouts to keep the runners put. Score still 9-2 as we move to the eighth.

UPDATE (10:02): After a scoreless inning by Brett Lorin in the eighth, the Ducks are retired in order in the ninth. Patriots win 9-2. Stay tuned to for a recap.


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