Game 36: Ducks vs. Barnstormers

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5,078 fans passed through the turnstiles at Bethpage Ballpark last night and witnessed a complete showing from the Long Island Ducks. After dropping two-of-three to the Somerset Patriots over the weekend, Long Island bounced back in fine fashion with a 9-2 victory over the Lancaster Barnstormers on Monday. After the game all the fans in attendance enjoyed a Pyrotechnico Fireworks Extravaganza. The Ducks look to win their second consecutive game against the Barnstormers tonight.

Last night, John Brownell, the 2013 Championship Series MVP, tossed his first complete game of the season. Brownell led the Atlantic League last year in complete games with seven. Against the Barnstormers yesterday, the right-handed starter allowed just two runs over nine innings of work on four hits, one walk and nine strikeouts. The nine strikeouts were a season high for any Ducks starter, while it also gives Brownell the league lead with 43.

Offensively, Long Island tallied nine runs on 14 hits, all in the first six innings of the ballgame. The Ducks grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first on an RBI single from Cody Puckett and an RBI double from Joash Brodin. A Keith Castillo walk, followed by a sacrifice fly from Dan Lyons extended the lead to 4-0 in the third. Two more runs in the fifth, followed by three in the sixth, provided the Ducks with their final five runs of the ballgame. Eight different Ducks recorded hits, including three-hit performances from Puckett and Brodin. Lyons drove in three runs, while Brodin pinched in a pair of RBI.

CLICK HERE to read yesterday’s recap, listen to the audio highlights and watch postgame comments from Kevin Baez, John Brownell and Cody Puckett.

Bobby Blevins makes his eighth start of the season for Long Island tonight. Blevins enters with a 2-1 record, 3.77 ERA, 11 walks and 34 strikeouts in 45 and one-third innings. He will face off against Lancaster starter Chris Schwinden. After a brief stint in the Texas Rangers organization, Schwinden returns to the Barnstormers rotation with a 3-0 record and a 1.96 ERA in four Atlantic League starts earlier this year.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Barnstormers: Tonight marks the 11th meeting of the season between the Ducks and Barnstormers and the fifth of 10 games between the two on Long Island. The Barnstormers currently lead the series 6-4. Long Island and Lancaster have played 184 games against each other all-time, with the Ducks holding a 97-87 series lead and a 46-42 advantage at the Duck Pond.

On-Base Machines: Cody Puckett has now reached base in 25 consecutive games after collecting three hits on Monday. That ties him with Lew Ford for the longest streak in the Atlantic League this season Ford put together his streak from May 3 to 30. He has at least one hit in 22 of those 25 games. Joash Brodin has reached base in 23 straight games after picking up three hits Monday and falling a home run shy of the cycle.

On a Roll at the Plate: With two hits and a run scored in Monday’s game, Fehlandt Lentini has now earned at least one hit and one run in 10 of his last 11 games. Eight of those 10 games have been multi-hit contests. Lentini is currently second in the Atlantic League with 48 hits, two behind teammate Lew Ford, and with 16 stolen bases, one behind York’s Sean Smith.

The Hit Parade: Puckett earned his second consecutive three-hit night and third in the last four games on Monday. He now leads the Flock with 15 multi-hit games. Lentini picked up his 14th multi-hit contest of the season, Brodin collected his ninth and Brendan Harris earned his fourth.

On the Air: Live streaming video and audio of tonight’s broadcast will be available on the Ducks official YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE. Chris King will call the play-by-play.

Finally, here are tonight’s starting lineups for the final game of the three-game set. With Lancaster suffering from several injuries, Schwinden will be forced to bat tonight in the nine spot:

#2   Cody Puckett – 2B
#25 Brendan Harris – 3B
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#22 Joash Brodin – 1B
#50 Randy Ruiz – DH
#13 Adam Bailey – RF
#27 Keith Castillo – C
#15 Jon Myers – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#18 Bobby Blevins – RHP

#1   Yusuke Kajimoto – 2B
#21 Jerry Owens – CF
#8   Cole Garner – LF
#54 Brock Kjeldgaard – 1B
#30 Wilson Batista – 2B
#5   Amos Ramon – 3B
#6   Casey Frawley – SS
#27  Juan Apodaca – C
#20  Chris Schwinden – P

Be sure to follow the blog all night long as the Ducks look to make it two straight wins against the Barnstormers.

UPDATE (6:35): We are underway at Bethpage Ballpark as Bobby Blevins delivers a first pitch strike to Yusuke Kajimoto.

UPDATE (7:03): Lancaster takes a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a two-run home run to left by Casey Frawley.

UPDATE (7:39): Still a 2-0 ballgame as we go to the fourth at Bethpage Ballpark. Ducks have left seven runners on over the first three innings.

UPDATE (8:39): TIE GAME!! Brendan Harris delivers a two-run single through the left side in the sixth inning!

UPDATE (8:45): A RBI single to center by Lew Ford and a two-run single to left by Randy Ruiz have given the Flock their first lead of the night at 5-2! All of the run-scoring hits were allowed by Pete Andrelczyk. Ross Peeples has now come on to pitch.

UPDATE (8:52): Adam Bailey makes it six runs in the sixth with an RBI single to center!

UPDATE (9:41): A solo home run from Jon Myers, his first of the year, extends the Ducks lead to 8-4 in the bottom of the eighth!

UPDATE (10:02): BALLGAME!!! Ducks take the second of a four-game set against the Lancaster Barnstormers 8-4!! Recap to follow shortly!


Posted on June 3, 2014, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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