Game 38: Ducks vs Barnstormers

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The Long Island Ducks enter tonight’s series finale at Bethpage Ballpark against the Lancaster Barnstormers five games above .500 for the first time this season. This comes off the heels of the Ducks taking the first three games of this four-game set against the Barnstormers. Long Island entered the series trailing the ‘Stormers in the season series three games to six, but three consecutive stellar pitching performances, combined with the awakening of the offense, has evened up the season series at six. Last night, pitching once again was the headline of a 7-1 Ducks victory.

Shaun Garceau turned in another solid performance for the Flock, continuing the recent trend of strong starting pitching. Garceau tossed his second complete game of the year, allowing just one run – a solo home run in the ninth inning – on seven hits, three walks and nine strikeouts. The nine strikeouts tied John Brownell for Ducks’ high this year. Aside from the home run, Garceau only allowed two Barnstormers baserunners to advance to second base.

Offensively, a five run bottom of the third highlighted the winning performance. A two-run single from Lew Ford, a two-run double from Joash Brodin and an RBI single from Randy Ruiz provided the damage in the inning. Long Island added two more runs in the seventh on a two-run home run from Ford, his seventh of the year.

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

The Ducks send out right-handed starter Fernando Hernandez tonight against Barnstormers righty Mark Rogers. Hernandez is 2-2 this year with a 2.12 ERA. The former big leaguer has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his four starts this year. Hernandez made two relief appearances against Lancaster earlier this year, tossing two and two-thirds scoreless innings on two hits. Rogers is 1-1 with a 3.11 ERA in two starts this season for the Barnstormers

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Barnstormers: Tonight marks the 13th meeting of the season between the Ducks and Barnstormers and the seventh of 10 games between the two on Long Island. The season series is currently tied at six. Long Island and Lancaster have played 186 games against each other all-time, with the Ducks holding a 99-87 series lead and a 48-42 advantage at the Duck Pond.
On-Base Machines: Cody Puckett has now reached base in 27 consecutive games after collecting a single in the seventh inning Wednesday. That is now the longest on-base streak in the Atlantic League this season, two more than teammate Lew Ford’s 25-game streak from May 3 to 30. The second baseman has at least one hit in 23 of the 27 games during the streak. Joash Brodin extended his on-base streak to 25 consecutive games with a single in the first inning. That ties him with Ford for the second-longest in the league this year.
Go Go Garceau: Shaun Garceau tossed his second complete game in the last 11 days on Wednesday. The first of the two came on May 25 in Sugar Land against the Skeeters when he allowed just five hits and three walks while striking out six. His nine strikeouts tied the season-high for a Ducks pitcher, which John Brownell also achieved on Monday night. In his last five starts, Garceau is 4-0 with a 1.85 ERA and 30 strikeouts to just nine walks. In this series against Lancaster, Ducks starters are now 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA, allowing just five runs in 25 innings with 25 strikeouts to five walks.
Fords Fury: With three hits on Wednesday, Ford picked up his fifth three-hit game of the year, tying him with Puckett for the team lead. He now has a team-best 16 multi-hit games in 2014, one more than Puckett. His two-run homer was his seventh longball of the season, tying him with Adam Bailey for tops on the Flock. Ford now leads the league in batting average (386), RBI (39) and hits (56).
Bashing the Barnstormers: After dropping the first three games of the year to the Barnstormers, the Ducks have won six of the last nine meetings between the two teams, including three consecutive games and four of the last five. In the past five games against Lancaster, the Ducks are outscoring the Barnstormers 52-19 and have plates at least seven runs in each game.
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 four-game set:

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

#29 Fernando Hernandez – 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
#29 Mark Rogers – P

#29 Mark Rogers – RHP

Be sure to follow the blog all night long as the Ducks look to make it a four-game sweep of the Barnstormers.

UPDATE (6:49): Three hits in the top of the first, including an RBI single from Brock Kjeldgaard, gives Lancaster the early 1-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:34): Ducks even up the ballgame in the second inning! 1-1, heading to the top of the third.

UPDATE (7:41): Brock Kjeldgaard with a three-run home run in the top of the third to give Lancaster a 4-1 lead.

UPDATE (8:31): Through five innings at Bethpage Ballpark, the Barnstormers still lead 4-1.

UPDATE (9:08): David Kopp enters the game in the top of the eighth for his debut with the Ducks. Lancaster still leads 4-1.

UPDATE (9:36): Last licks for Long Island! Heading to the bottom of the ninth inning, the Ducks trail the Barnstormers 4-1.

UPDATE (9:45): This one isn’t over yet! Adam Bailey with a one-out RBI double, cutting the defecit to 4-2! Ducks will now bring the tying run to the plate!

UPDATE (9:47): This one isn’t over yet! Adam Bailey with a one-out RBI double, cutting the defecit to 4-2! Ducks will now bring the tying run to the plate!

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Posted on June 5, 2014, in Game Previews, Game Recaps, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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