Game 37: Ducks vs Barnstormers

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The first half push continues for the Long Island Ducks tonight when they take on the Lancaster Barnstormers in the third game of a four-game set. Earlier today, the Somerset Patriots defeated the York Revolution, so the Ducks are currently 3.5 games out of first place in the Liberty Division. This comes off the heels of Long Island taking the last two games from Lancaster, including last night’s 8-4 victory.

The Ducks fell behind early last night after a two-run home run from Barnstormers shortstop Casey Frawley in the second inning. The Ducks remained behind until a six-run bottom of the sixth propelled Long Island out in front. A two-run single from Brendan Harris tied the game before the next batter, Lew Ford, gave the Ducks the lead with an RBI single. Three more runs came across the plate for the Ducks in the sixth to provide a 6-2 edge.

Long Island added two more runs later in the ballgame, including Jon Myers’s first home run of the season. The 16 hits in the contest for the Ducks were the second most in a game this year. In addition, Ducks starter Bobby Blevins worked seven strong innings, allowing just two runs on seven hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts to earn his third win of the year. Blevins has now turned in four quality starts in his last five appearances and ranks third in the league in strikeouts (43).

CLICK HERE to read yesterday’s recap, listen to the audio highlights and watch postgame comments from Kevin Baez, Bobby Blevins and Lew Ford.

Tonight, Shaun Garceau takes the mound for the Ducks. The right-handed starter enters with a 3-1 record and a 5.95 ERA, but has been strong as of late. Garceau has won three of his last four starts, which includes two scoreless efforts and 21 strikeouts compared to just six walks in 30 innings of work. Garceau will lead a Ducks team that will bat against Barnstormers starter Cody Scarpetta. Scarpetta toes the rubber tonight with a 0-1 record, 4.58 ERA, 20 walks and 31 strikeouts in 35 and one-third innings. Scarpetta has made two starts against the Ducks this year, allowing 13 runs (11 earned) on 17 hits in just nine innings.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Barnstormers: Tonight marks the 12th meeting of the season between the Ducks and Barnstormers and the sixth of 10 games between the two on Long Island. The Barnstormers currently lead the series 6-5. Long Island and Lancaster have played 185 games against each other all-time, with the Ducks holding a 98-87 series lead and a 47-42 advantage at the Duck Pond.

On-Base Machines: Cody Puckett has now reached base in 26 consecutive games after collecting a walk in the sixth inning Tuesday. That is now the longest on-base streak in the Atlantic League this season, one more than teammate Lew Ford’s 25-game streak from May 3 to 30. The second baseman has at least one hit in 22 of the 26 games during the streak. Joash Brodin extended his on-base streak to 24 consecutive games with a single in the first inning. That’s the third-longest streak in the league this year.

A Myers Moonshot: Jon Myers’ solo homer to left-center in the eighth inning on Tuesday was his first home run as a Duck and in the Atlantic League. The Missouri native led the Frontier League with 25 homers in 2013. Long Island ranks second in the league with 28 homers behind Lancaster (48).

The Hit Parade: With four hits in Tuesday’s game, Ford earned his team-leading third four-hit game in 214. He is now tied with Puckett for the team-ead with 15 multi-hit games this season. Dan Lyons (three hits) picked up his third multi-hit game. Adam Bailey (two hits) earned his seventh, Brendan Harris and Keith Castillo (two apiece) each collected their fifth and Myers (two) totaled his second.
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:

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

#28 Shaun Garceau – RHP

Barnstormers
#1   Yusuke Kajimoto – RF
#4  James Skelton – LF
#20 Wilson Batista – 2B
#8   Cole Garner – CF
#54 Brock Kjeldgaard – 1B
#6   Casey Frawley – SS
#5   Amos Ramon – 3B
#27  Juan Apodaca – C
#15 Chris Schwinden – P

#15 Cody Scarpetta – RHP

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

UPDATE (7:31): LEWW!!! Ducks grab the lead in the bottom of the third inning on a bases-loaded, two-out, two-run single! 2-0 Flock!

UPDATE (7:36): Three more runs come home on a two-run double from Joash Brodin and an RBI single from Randy Ruiz – all with two outs! 5-0 Ducks!!

UPDATE (7:47): Four scoreless innings thus far for Shaun Garceau! The righty has allowed just two singles while striking out three.

UPDATE (8:17): Ducks still lead it 5-0 over the Barnstormers after five innings. Long Island has drawn four walks against Cody Scarpetta.

UPDATE (8:44): Make it a 27-game on-base streak for Cody Puckett, as he delivers a single in the seventh! Longest on-base streak in the Atlantic League this season.

UPDATE (8:48): Then Lew Ford follows it up with an opposite field two-run homer to right! His seventh of the year ties him with Adam Bailey for the team-lead and increases the Ducks lead to 7-0!

UPDATE (8:59): Shaun Garceau has tossed eight scoreless innings so far, allowing just six hits and two walks with six strikeouts! Ducks lead 7-0 in the bottom of the eighth!

UPDATE (9:10): Amos Ramon with a solo home run in the top of the ninth to spoil Garceau’s shutout. Ducks still lead 7-1.

UPDATE (9:13): BALLGAME!!! Shaun Garceau tosses his second complete game of the season and the Ducks win their third straight over Lancaster 7-1!!

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Posted on June 4, 2014, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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