Game 14: Ducks at Barnstormers
Tonight, the Ducks prepare for the second of a three-game set in Lancaster, Penn. against the Barnstormers, and the fifth game of a six-game home-and-home series. Lancaster took the first three games of the series in Central Islip, but the Ducks bounced back in a thrilling 10-8 victory last night in the first meeting between these two sides at Clipper Magazine Stadium this year.
Long Island jumped out to the early lead thanks to a five-run first inning. The five-run outburst was the highest scoring first inning of the year for Long Island, and tied their previous high for a single inning (third inning, 5/1 vs. Southern Maryland). It also marked just the second time this year that the Ducks scored first. Long Island welcomed Lancaster starter Cody Scarpetta to the tune of five runs on three hits, including RBI’s from Lew Ford, Ryan Strieby, and Anthony Armenio. A two-run shot in the second inning from Joash Brodin increased the Ducks lead to 7-0. But Lancaster scored eight straight runs to take an 8-7 lead heading into the top of the ninth. In came Barnstormers closer Pete Andrelczyk, and the late-game heroics from the Flock soon followed.
After quickly retiring Brodin for the first out of the inning, Andrelczyk allowed a solo home run to Adam Bailey, which tied up the game at eight. The Ducks were not done, however. Andrelczyk proceeded to walk three of the next four batters he faced, before he was pulled with two outs, the bases loaded, and the score tied at eight. The new Barnstormers reliever was Brodie Downs. Downs then allowed a bloop single to Fehlandt Lentini, his fifth hit of the ballgame, which plated two runs and gave Long Island the 10-8 lead and eventual come-from-behind win.
CLICK HERE to read a full recap from Friday’s game.
The Ducks win snapped a three-game losing skid while also ending a six-game winning streak for the Barnstormers.
Tonight, Jared Lansford will make his starting debut for the Ducks. A reliever on Long Island the last two seasons, it will be Lansford’s first start since April 12, 2014 with the Stockton Ports (A+, Athletics) in the California League. He has made 30 starts in his professional career, including 21 starts in 2006. That year, Lansford went 11-7 with a 3.82 ERA. Tonight also marks Lansford’s first appearance with Long Island this year. Last season, the righty went 5-1 with a 4.29 ERA as a reliever. Lansford will go against Lancaster starter Brian Grening. The right-handed starter is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in two starts so far this season. Grening appeared in five games (two starts) against Long Island last year, going 0-1 with a 6.62 ERA over 17 and two-thirds innings of work.
Here are tonight’s game notes:
Ducks vs. Barnstormers: Tonight marks the fifth meeting of the season between the Ducks and Barnstormers and the second of 10 meetings between the two at Clipper Magazine Stadium in 2014. Long Island and Lancaster have played 178 games against each other all-time, with the Ducks holding a 94-84 advantage in the series and a 49-42 edge in Lancaster. The Barnstormers lead the 2014 season series three games to one.
High Five for Fehlandt: Friday night, Fehlandt Lentini became the first Ducks player since Ben Broussard on May 31, 2013 against the York Revolution to record five hits in a ballgame. It marked Lentini’s second consecutive game of at least four hits, and the third of the year for the Ducks (Lew Ford, 5/6 vs. Lancaster). With nine hits in his last two games (11 at-bats), Lentini has increased his average from .233 to .352. It was Lentini’s fifth multi-hit game of the year as well, and he drove in two runs with a clutch two-out base hit in the ninth to pick up his fifth multi-RBI game, which leads the Flock. Lentini also currently owns the longest on-base streak for the Ducks this year at eight games.
Ford’s Fury: With two more hits Friday, Lew Ford earned his fifth consecutive multi-hit game, and sixth of the year to lead Long Island. The last time he earned multiple hits in five straight games was July 16-21, 2011. Ford now has a six-game hitting streak, the longest by a Duck this season, and has raised his batting average from .185 to .385 during the streak. Through those six games, Ford has also scored eight runs with seven RBI.
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 four straight games and in six of his last seven, raising his average from .174 to .294 in the process.
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:
#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
#23 Brian Peacock – C
#30 Dan Lyons – SS
#21 Jared Lansford – RHP
#1 Yusuke Kajimoto – 2B
#7 Greg Golson – RF
#2 Blake Gailen – CF
#8 Cole Garner – DH
#14 Fred Lewis – LF
#54 Brock Kjeldgaard – 1B
#11 Lance Zawadzki – SS
#6 Casey Frawley – 3B
#4 James Skelton – C
#32 Brian Grening– RHP
We’ll be updating this post throughout the night from Clipper Magazine Stadium, so be sure to refresh often.
UPDATE (7:44): We are scoreless in Lancaster through the first two innings so far. Jared Lansford already with three strikeouts!
UPDATE (8:13): Barnstormers load the bases in the third, but Lansford strikes out Garner & Lewis to keep the game scoreless! 5 strikeouts now for Lansford
UPDATE (8:28): A two-out, two-run double from Dan Lyons gives the Ducks a 2-0 lead in the fourth!
UPDATE (8:59): Barnstormers load the bases again in the fifth, but Eric Niesen strikes out Fred Lewis to keep the Ducks on top 2-0!
UPDATE (9:38): Through seven innings, the Ducks remain on top 2-0!
UPDATE (10:17): Joash Brodin with a LONG three-run homer in the top of the ninth to give the Ducks a 5-0 lead! Rosales on to finish things off.
UPDATE (10:28): Ballgame!! Ducks earn their first shutout of the season and second straight win, taking it over the Barnstormers 5-0! Recap to follow