Game 18: Ducks at Bluefish
The Ducks will take the field today for the final game of their six game road trip when they take on the Bridgeport Bluefish. It has certainly been an eventful road trip for the Flock, who have experienced two late-inning comeback victories, their first shutout thrown of the year, and an early morning game that turned into a 13-inning thriller. The trip began in Lancaster, Penn. with a three-game set against the Lancaster Barnstormers. Long Island took two-of-three at Clipper Magazine Stadium before a day off Monday and a ferry trip over to Bridgeport, Conn. Tuesday for a their first series of the year with the Bridgeport Bluefish. The Ducks took the first game against their cross-sound rivals Tuesday night, but lost in 13 innings last night to even up the series.
For the second consecutive night, the Bluefish were first on the scoreboard. With Ducks starter Bobby Blevins on the mound, Bridgeport scored first on a RBI triple from former big leaguer Brandon Boggs in the first inning. Long Island tied up the ballgame in the third on Sergio Miranda’s RBI single, his first of the year. The Bluefish added runs in both the fifth and sixth innings off Blevins to regain the lead at 3-1, but the Ducks once again came back. A two-out, two-run single from Cody Puckett in the eighth inning off Bluefish reliever Joe Bateman knotted the game at three.
From that point and into extra innings, the bullpens for both teams took over. Three different relievers for Long Island held the Bluefish scoreless and without a hit for the next five innings. The same held true for Bridgeport, who used three relievers to keep the Ducks off the scoreboard. The game ended in the bottom of the 13th inning when Ducks reliever Jeremy Accardo allowed three consecutive one-out base hits to Bridgeport, including the eventual game-winner to Luis Lopez.
CLICK HERE to read a full recap and listen to the audio highlights from Wednesday’s game.
The loss for Long Islands drops its record back under .500 to 8-9, while Bridgeport improves to 10-8 on the year. Both teams are now tied 1-1 in this year’s Ferry Cup standings. The Flock are looking to become the first team since the Cup’s inception in 2009 to win it in consecutive seasons.
Tonight, the Ducks will send right-handed starter Shaun Garceau to the mound for his fourth start of the year. Garceau enters the ballgame with a 0-1 record and a 15.08 ERA. The 2013 Atlantic League champion will face-off with Bluefish southpaw Hunter Jones. Jones is 1-1 with a 3.37 ERA on the year. After the game, the Ducks will come home and begin a three-game set at Bethpage Ballpark Friday night against the Camden Riversharks.
Here are tonight’s game notes:
Ducks vs. Bluefish: Tonight marks the third meeting of the season between the Ducks and Bluefish and the third of 10 meetings between the two at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in 2014. Long Island and Bridgeport have played 267 games against each other all-time, with the Bluefish holding a slim 135-132 advantage in the series and a 76-57 edge in Bridgeport. Both teams have played for the Ferry Cup since 2009, and the Ducks have won it in three of its five seasons (2009, 2011, 2013).
Bullpen Dominance: The Ducks bullpen allowed just one run in 6.1 innings on Wednesday. In their last five games, Ducks relievers have a 1.69 ERA, two wins and two saves. In 21.1 innings during that span, the relief corps has allowed just four runs on 10 hits, with eight walks to 18 strikeouts.
Fehlandt’s on Fire: With a single on Wednesday, Fehlandt Lentini extended his on-base streak to 12 consecutive games. That’s the longest on-base streak by a Duck this season and is tied for the second longest streak in the Atlantic League this season (14, Jake Opitz). During the streak, he is batting .346 (18-for-52) with five doubles, 10 RBI, five runs and four walks. In that span, he has also raised his batting average from .200 to .306 and his on-base percentage from .273 to .350.
Ford’s Fury: Lew Ford extended his on-base streak to 10 consecutive games with two hits Wednesday. In those 10 games, the former big leaguer is batting .422 (19-for-45) with three doubles, one homer, eight RBI, 10 runs and four walks. Of those 10 games, six have been multi-hit contests. During the streak, Ford has increased his batting average from .185 to .353, which ranks third in the Atlantic League, and his on-base percentage from .207 to .408, which is good for sixth.
Maintaining the Lead: Thus far, the Ducks are one of only two teams in the Atlantic League this season who are undefeated when leading after six innings and when scoring the game’s first run. The Ducks are 7-0 when they hold a lead after six innings and 3-0 when scoring first. Lancaster is the only other team that is perfect in both situations (9-0 and 9-0), respectively.
Brodin is Back: After being held without a home run through his first 12 games of the year, Joash Brodin hit home runs in consecutive nights in the weekend series against Lancaster. A two-run homer Friday night, along with a three-run shot Saturday night, has now given Brodin two home runs and eight RBI on the season. Brodin added two more hits on Sunday, along with three hits, a run and a stolen base Tuesday to stay hot. The switch-hitter walked twice Wednesday to increase his on-base streak to five consecutive games.
Cody’s Streak Continues: Cody Puckett picked up two more hits on Wednesda to extend his hitting streak to seven consecutive games. That’s tied with Ford for the longest hitting streak by a Duck this season. During the streak, he is batting .400 (12-for-30) with one double and five RBI. Four of the seven games have been multi-hit contests, and both Puckett and Ford are now tied for the team lead with seven multi-hit games. He’s also raised his batting average from .237 to .313 during the streak.
On the Air: Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the Ducks official YouTube channel, Youtube.com/DucksBaseball. The game can be heard online by CLICKING HERE. Marc Schwartz will call the play-by-play.
Finally, here are tonight’s lineups:
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#2 Cody Puckett – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#22 Joash Brodin – 1B
#33 Ryan Strieby – DH
#15 Jon Myers – LF
#30 Sergio Miranda – 3B
#23 Brian Peacock – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#28 Shaun Garceau – RHP
#7 James Simmons – CF
#11 Sean Burroughs – 3B
#33 Ramon Castro – 2B
#22 Cody Overbeck – DH
#19 Luis Lopez – 1B
#27 Prentice Redman – RF
#20 Denny Almone – LF
#9 Luis Rodriguez – C
#5 Juan Martinez – SS
#28 Hunter Jones – LHP
We’ll be updating this post throughout the night from The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, so be sure to refresh often.
UPDATE (7:28): We have entered a rain delay here in Bridgeport after one inning. Stay tuned for further updates regarding tonight’s game.
UPDATE (7:35): The tarp now being to be taken off the field. Looks like we are only having an abbreviated rain delay in Bridgeport. Stay tuned for more.
UPDATE (7:46): Bridgeport takes the field. We are moments away from resuming play at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard!
UPDATE (7:57): We are back underway here in Bridgeport! Moving to the bottom of the second inning, still no score.
UPDATE (8:33): Ducks grab the lead in the top of the fourth on an RBI groundout and an E-6. 2-0 Flock!
UPDATE (8:52): At the end of five, Ducks still lead 2-0. Shaun Garceau has retired the last 14 Bluefish in order, and has allowed just one hit so far!
UPDATE (9:09): Bridgeport takes the lead in the sixth on three hits, including a three-run homer from James Simmons. 3-0 Bluefish.
UPDATE (9:41): Ducks grab the lead!!! Adam Bailey with a pinch-hit RBI triple to tie it, Sergio Miranda with an RBI double to take the lead! 4-3 Flock!!
UPDATE (10:00): Heading to the bottom of the ninth, Leo Rosales looks to convert his seventh save of the year. Ducks still lead 4-3!
UPDATE (10:13): Ducks win it!! Long Island holds on, Garceau gets his first win, Rosales with his seventh save, and the Flock win 4-3! Recap to follow.
Posted on May 15, 2014, in Game Previews and tagged Atlantic League, Bridgeport Bluefish, Cody Puckett, Fehlandt Lentini, Hunter Jones, Lew Ford, Long Island Ducks, Shaun Garceau. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.