Game 3 Recap
It took seven games before the Ducks earned their first win of the 2013 season. This year, Long Island needed only three games to pick up ‘W’ number one. The Ducks turned in a fantastic all-around performance on Sunday afternoon to defeat the Somerset Patriots 6-3 and salvage the finale of a three-game series. From the starting pitching to the bullpen to some timely hits and productive outs, the Flock is certainly feeling much better as they leave central New Jersey.
Everything started with right-hander Bobby Blevins, who turned in a strong performance that goes beyond the box score. Beginning his first full year as a Duck, he picked up right where he left off from Game Four of the 2013 Championship Series. Blevins allowed a first inning single to Nate Spears, who eventually came home on a fielding error by Chris McClendon. After the error though, he settled down and retired the next 16 Patriots hitters in order. He tired a bit in the seventh, hitting two batters before being lifted by manager Kevin Baez, but he certainly had to be pleased with the result in earning his first win.
After Blevins was removed, the bullpen did a tremendous job once again with three scoreless innings of relief. Jeremy Accardo pitched the seventh, giving up just one hit, Eric Niesen struck out the side in the eighth, and Leo Rosales worked around a hit and a walk in the ninth to earn his first save. For the series, Long Island’s relievers put together the following pitching line:
17.1 IP, 14 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 8 K, 0.52 ERA
Finally, it was productive outs and timely hits that helped the Ducks to their first win of 2014. After falling behind, Joash Brodin and Ryan Strieby put the Ducks on top with sacrifice flies in the third and fourth innings, respectively. Brodin came up with another RBI in the fifth with a double that plated Keith Castillo from third and came up with the base hit in the seventh that scored Cody Puckett when Ty Wright’s throw to second was off-line. Speaking of Puckett, he delivered the biggest hit of all with a two-out, two-run single to center in the eighth after the Pats had closed to within a run.
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Here are the key contributors from Sunday’s victory:
Puckett: 3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 R
Brodin: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, SF
Miranda: 2-for-3, Sac Bunt
Blevins: W, 6.0 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 2 HBP, 88 pitches, 60 strikes
Ducks Bullpen: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
Today’s postgame audio comes from Baez, who earned his 205th win as the Ducks skipper and Puckett. Here are our interviews:
The Ducks headed back home after the game to spend Monday’s day off in their friendly confines. The team will hit the road once again on Tuesday to open a three-game series in Southern Maryland against the Blue Crabs. It will be Long Island’s first trip back to Regency Furniture Stadium since they won Game Three of the 2013 Liberty Division Championship Series to earn a three-game sweep and their third consecutive Liberty Division title. Left-hander Matt Way (2013 with Ducks: 4-5, 4.04 ERA) will take the mound for the first time since August of last year when he suffered an arm injury. He’ll be opposed by righty Ian Marshall (2013 with Blue Crabs: 12-8, 3.99 ERA) who is back for his second season in Southern Maryland. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.
Posted on April 27, 2014, in Game Recaps and tagged 2014, Atlantic League, Bobby Blevins, Cody Puckett, Game Recap, Joash brodin, Kevin Baez, Long Island Ducks, Ryan Strieby, Sergio Miranda, Somerset Patriots, TD Bank Ballpark, Zach Kroenke. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.