Game 2 Recap
Saturday night’s game between the Ducks and Patriots was a bit off from the very beginning. The Ducks had to have their batting practice cut short after the skies opened up about midway through, yet it only rained for about five minutes. During the National Anthem, it began to rain again, but the folks singing the Star Spangled banner continued to sing on. Then, just two batters into the game, all of the lights above the playing field went off simultaneously, leading to a delay of 18 minutes before the lights turned back on.
All of the craziness didn’t seem to affect Patriots starter Matt Maloney, who pitched five and two-thirds innings of two-run ball. However, Ducks starter Shaun Garceau was hit hard from the start. He gave up three runs in the first on five consecutive hits, two more runs in the second and four in the third when he was lifted from the game by manager Kevin Baez. For a right-hander who was so superb at the end of the 2013 season and in the playoffs for the Flock, it was a bit of a surprise. However, pitchers sometimes do not have their stuff on a given night, and that was the case for Garceau on a cold and windy evening in Bridgewater, New Jersey. We’ll see how the second-year Duck rebounds in his next start.
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Here are some of the key contributors from Saturday’s game for the Ducks:
-Ryan Strieby: 1-4, two-run single in the sixth inning
-Lew Ford: 1-4, first extra-base hit of the year with a double in the sixth
-Ducks Bullpen: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Finally, our postgame sound comes from Strieby and relief pitcher Josh Lansford, who threw two scoreless innings tonight after a scoreless frame on Friday. Here are the interviews:
This afternoon, the Ducks will try and avoid a sweep at the hands of the Patriots when the two teams close out the series at 1:05. Right-hander Bobby Blevins (2013 with Ducks: 1-1, 4.84 ERA) toes the rubber for the Ducks while southpaw Zach Kroenke (2013: 5-16, 4.51 ERA) will go for the Patriots. Check back shortly for the game post with starting lineups.
Posted on April 27, 2014, in Game Recaps and tagged 2014, Atlantic League, Bobby Blevins, Bullpen, Josh Lansford, Kevin Baez, Lew Ford, Long Island Ducks, Recap, Ryan Strieby, Shaun Garceau, Somerset Patriots. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.