Game 13: Ducks at Barnstormers

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The Ducks have hit the road for their second trip of the season, as they head to Lancaster, Penn. to continue their six consecutive games against the Barnstormers. This time, Long Island is hoping to exact some revenge after Lancaster swept the Ducks at Bethpage Ballpark during the week, capping off three straight wins with a 7-3 final score on Thursday night. After rally back to split the four-game series with York following two losses to open the set, the Ducks have now dropped a season-high three straight games.

Thursday’s contest came down to one crucial spot in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Ducks entered the inning down 5-1 but put together a rally right off the bat against reliever Cephas Howard. Jon Myers walked, Brian Peacock was hit by a pitch and Dan Lyons singled to load the bases with no one out. After Barnstormers manager Butch Hobson brought in righty Jason Richardson, Fehlandt Lentini  (4-for-5 on the night) lined a two-run single to center, that closed the gap to 5-3. Cody Puckett then followed with a grounder towards the middle that shortstop Lance Zawadzki knocked down put couldn’t get an out on. However, the dive had saved another run, and that would be critical.

So, the Ducks had the bases loaded with no one out, trailed by two, and had the heart of their order coming to the plate including their hottest hitter in Lew Ford (3-for-5 in the game). However, Richardson got Ford to strike out swinging, induced a pop-up to second from Joash Brodin on the first pitch of the at-bat, and struck out Adam Bailey swinging to end the threat. Long Island had pulled to within two but missed out on their big opportunity to tie the game or take the lead. The Ducks would put two on in the ninth against Kyle Blair, but Brodin popped to second on the first pitch to end the game and the series.

CLICK HERE to read a full recap from Thursday’s game, listen to audio highlights and hear from manager Kevin Baez as well as Lentini.

After a game that lasted three hours and 42 minutes and ended with a combined 26 runners left on base (16 for Lancaster, 10 for Long Island), the two teams head west to open up a three-game weekend set in Lancaster. The Ducks had some success there last year, winning six games at Clipper Magazine Stadium. However, if they want to break their three-game skid, they will certainly need the starting pitching and early game offense to be better.

Tonight, the Ducks turn to Shaun Garceau who has experienced some early season struggles. The second-year Duck improved slightly from his first start to his second start, allowing four runs in four innings and striking out five while earning a no-decision in a loss to York last Saturday. He will look for win number one tonight. On the other side, right-hander Cody Scarpetta will also try for his first victory on Friday. The 25-year-old has given up just three runs (two earned) in 10 innings of work in two starts, striking out seven and walking six. Most recently, he held the Somerset Patriots to one hit over six innings in a 2-1 win last Sunday.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Barnstormers: Tonight marks the fourth meeting of the season between the Ducks and Barnstormers and the first of 10 meetings between the two at Clipper Magazine Stadium in 2014. Long Island and Lancaster have played 177 games against each other all-time, with the Ducks holding a 93-84 advantage in the series and a 48-42 edge in Lancaster. The Barnstormers lead the 2014 season series three games to none.

Four for Fehlandt: With four hits in Thursday’s game, Fehlandt Lentini joined Lew Ford as the only two Ducks to earn four hits in a single game this season. Ford picked up four hits on Tuesday night against the Barnstormers. It was Lentini’s fourth multi-hit game of the year as well, and he drove in two runs to pick up his fourth multi-RBI game, which leads the Flock. Lentini also joined Adam Bailey for the longest on-base streak by a Duck this season at seven games.

Ford’s Fury: With three hits on Thursday, Lew Ford earned his second three-hit game of the year. He now leads the team with five multi-hit games in 2014 and has earned four consecutive multi-hit contests. The last time he earned multiple hits in four straight games was July 16-21, 2011 when he collected five straight multi-hit games. Ford now has a five-game hitting streak, the longest by a Duck this season, and has raised his batting average from .185 to .367 during the streak. He’s also scored a run in five consecutive games.

Other Streaks Continue: Brian Peacock has earned a hit in four consecutive games and in six of his last seven games…Cody Puckett has picked up hits in three straight games and in five of his last six.

Countdown to 6 Million: Thursday’s crowd of 3,897 at Bethpage Ballpark increased the all-time attendance at the Duck Pond to 5,971,936. Long Island is now just 28,064 fans away from reaching the magical 6 million fan mark. Upon doing so, the Ducks will have achieved the milestone faster than any other professional sports team with a ballpark the size of Bethpage Ballpark (capacity 6,002).

On the Air: Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the radio home of the Ducks and Long Island’s home for news, traffic and weather, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. The game can also be heard online by CLICKING HERE. Marc Schwartz will call the play-by-play.

Finally, here are tonight’s lineups:

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – CF
#5   Chris McClendon – 3B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#22 Joash Brodin – RF
#13 Adam Bailey – LF
#33 Ryan Strieby – 1B
#2   Cody Puckett – 2B
#26 Anthony Armenio – C
#30 Sergio Miranda – SS

#28 Shaun Garceau – RHP

Barnstormers
#1   Yusuke Kajimoto – 2B
#7   Greg Golson – RF
#2   Blake Gailen – CF
#8   Cole Garner – LF
#35 Austin Gallagher – 1B
#54 Brock Kjeldgaard – DH
#11 Lance Zawadzki – SS
#6   Casey Frawley – 3B
#27 Juan Apodaca – C

#15 Cody Scarpetta – RHP

We’ll be updating this post throughout the night from Clipper Magazine Stadium, so be sure to refresh often.

UPDATE (7:27): The Ducks put up five runs in the first against Lancaster starter Cody Scarpetta to take a 5-0 lead!!

UPDATE (7:47): Joash Brodin with a two-run home run in the top of the second and the Ducks lead it 7-0!

UPDATE (8:17): Lancaster responds with a three-run homer from Cole Garner in the third inning to pull within 7-3.

UPDATE (8:59): Lancaster pulls within one on a three-run homer from Blake Gailen. 7-6 Ducks after five

UPDATE (9:42): Ducks holding on to  7-6 lead as we move to the bottom of the eighth inning. 

UPDATE (9:57): Lancaster scores two runs in the bottom of the eighth to take an 8-7 lead. Ducks will have Brodin-Bailey-Strieby due up  in the ninth.

UPDATE (10:16): Lentini comes through with a two-run single and the Ducks take the 10-8 lead!! Leo Rosales on for the save.

UPDATE (10:31): Ducks win it!! Rosales earns his fifth save of the season and the Ducks take it 10-8

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Posted on May 9, 2014, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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