Games 4/5 Recap: Doubleheader Sweep

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After three days off, one scheduled and two because of rain, the Long Island Ducks made it three consecutive wins to close the opening road trip of the season with a doubleheader sweep against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. The Ducks picked up right where they left off in the postseason after sweeping the Blue Crabs in three games, using a combination of great pitching and timely hitting to earn a pair of wins. The Ducks now head home above .500 at 3-2 on the year and feeling extremely positive.

CLICK HERE to read a game recap on LIDucks.com, complete with audio game highlights

Offense was the story in game one despite a terrific start from Matt Way in his first game since August 16, 2013. The lefty allowed just one run, a solo homer by Johnny Bowden, and two hits over five innings. He walked on batter and struck out six, once again showing his swing-and-miss arsenal throughout the game. However, Long Island’s bats stole the show.

The Ducks mimicked the Patriots from Saturday night with five straight hits to open an inning, this time it was the third inning, and jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Even after the homer from Bowden, the Ducks jumped all over Southern Maryland for three more runs in the fourth to extend their lead to eight. Lew Ford’s three-run blast in the sixth, part of a five RBI day for the veteran, put a capper on an 11-run, 11-hit attack that gave the Flock their first blowout win of 2014.

Game two was more of a pitcher’s duel with Fernando Hernandez and Brian Burres locking up in a good battle. Hernandez deserves a lot of credit for settling down after a one-run, three-hit first inning to toss three more scoreless frames in his first start of the year. Burres had pretty good stuff for the Blue Crabs, but Keith Castillo opened eyes with a two-run homer after the hosts took the early lead to put the Crabs back in a hole. Dan Lyons added some insurance with his big single in the fifth, just adding to his resume of clutch hits.

Credit must be given once again to Long Island’s bullpen who now has given up just one run in 22 and one-third innings this year. That’s good for a 0.40 ERA. Brett Lorin and Steve Garrison each threw a scoreless frame in the opener, while the trio of Eric Niesen, Jeremy Accardo and Leo Rosales held the Blue Crabs in check in game two. Long Island’s relievers have been especially impressive through the first five games.

Here are the key contributors from today’s twinbill sweep:

Game 1:

Lew Ford: 2-4, HR, 5 RBI, 2 R
Fehlandt Lentini: 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB
Joash Brodin: 2-4, 2B, RBI, 3 R, BB
Matt Way: W, 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 77 pitches, 50 strikes

Game 2:

Keith Castillo: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, R
Ryan Strieby: 2-3, 2B, R
Dan Lyons: 1-3, RBI
Fernando Hernandez: ND, 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 62 pitches, 37 strikes

Today’s postgame audio comes from three of these key contributors: Matt Way, Fernando Hernandez and Keith Castillo. Here are our interviews with them:

The Flock now returns home for their first game in the friendly confines of Bethpage Ballpark, which will take place on Friday night when the York Revolution come to town. As a reminder, the game is slated to begin at 7:05 p.m. with the gates opening at 6:05. Replica championship rings will go out to the first 1,500 fans, courtesy of P.C. Richard and Son, and fans are asked to be in their seats by 6:30 for the championship ring and banner raising ceremony. It should be a special night on Friday at the Duck Pond!

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Posted on May 1, 2014, in Game Recaps and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Excellent wins today!!
    I listened to both games. Very enjoyable.

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