Opening Night Recap
The 2014 season began on Friday night with a rematch from the 2013 Atlantic League Championship Series. On September 29, 2013, the Ducks were the ones celebrating on the field at TD Bank Ballpark after defeating the Patriots in the decisive Game Five. Nearly seven months later, it was the Patriots who enjoyed the first postgame celebration on that same field following a 3-2 walk-off win in 15 innings. Long Island has now lost back-to-back season openers after dropping the first game of 2013 in Sugar Land, Texas by a 3-0 score.
Friday night’s game was definitely not a surprise. Most people likely did not expect 15 innings of baseball, but this has become almost expected when the Ducks and Patriots play each other. The two played a pair of 14 inning games during the regular season a year ago, with each team winning in their home ballpark. Then of course, Long Island and Somerset needed 10 innings to decide Game Three of the ALCS and 16 innings to decide Game Four. The 2014 series opener took a total of four hours and 11 minutes to complete and was a very well-pitched game on both sides.
CLICK HERE to read a recap from the game on LIDucks.com
Some of the key contributors from the Ducks in the series opener:
Chris McClendon: 2-for-6, R, 2 nice defensive plays
Ryan Strieby: 2-for-4, RBI, BB
John Brownell: ND, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 77 pitches, 53 strikes
Ducks Bullpen: 8.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Among the Ducks we spoke to after the game were manager Kevin Baez, starting pitcher John Brownell and third baseman Chris McClendon. Here are our interviews with them:
The Ducks and Patriots play the middle game of the three-game set on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Shaun Garceau (2013 with Ducks: 2-1, 1.17 ERA) will start for the Ducks against Patriots lefty Matt Maloney (2013: 1-1, 3.54 ERA).
Posted on April 26, 2014, in Game Recaps and tagged 2014, Atlantic League, Chris McClendon, Extra Innings, John Brownell, Kevin Baez, Long Island Ducks, Opening Night, Somerset Patriots, TD Bank Ballpark. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.