Game 49: Ducks at Patriots

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It has been an eventful last two days in Bridgewater, N.J. for the Long Island Ducks. After beginning their eight-game road trip with a sweep of a day/night doubleheader over the Liberty Division rival Somerset Patriots, the Flock looked to make it three straight yesterday. The Ducks entered the game a season-best seven games over .500 and just one-and-a-half games behind the Patriots for first place in the division – the closest they had been since the opening weekend of the season. However, Long Island failed to gain further ground as Somerset took the Sunday matinee ballgame 6-4.

For the third consecutive game against the Patriots, Long Island was the first team on the scoreboard yesterday. In the top of the first inning, Brendan Harris gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead with a RBI single. Somerset responded the next half inning with a two-run double from Corey Smith to take the lead, and never looked back. A RBI single from Adam Donachie in the second extended the lead to 3-1 before a Lew Ford solo home run in the third brought the game back within one, but that was as close as the Ducks would get.

The Patriots added two more runs in the fourth on a two-run homer from Donachie before extending their lead to 5-2 with a Donachie sac fly in the sixth. The Patriots first baseman finished the game 3-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored and three runs batted in. The Flock scratched back with a RBI double from Fehlandt Lentini in the seventh and a pinch-hit sac fly from Randy Ruiz in the ninth, but ultimately fell short after stranding the tying run at first to end the game.

CLICK HERE to read yesterday’s recap and listen to audio highlights from the game.

In the series final tonight, Jared Lansford will toe the rubber for Long Island against Somerset starter Derell McCall. Lansford, in his first season used strictly as a starter for the Ducks, is 2-2 with a 4.25 ERA, 16 walks and 30 strikeouts in 36 innings of work. The third-year Duck has made one start against Somerset this year, receiving a no-decision after allowing four runs over six innings on June 1. McCall, who enters with a comparable 2-2 record and a 4.26 ERA, has made one start against Long Island this season. On May 30, McCall took a no decision, yielding two runs in six innings. He has also made two relief appearances against the Ducks this year, including earning a win in the season opener thanks to two scoreless innings of work.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Patriots: Tonight marks the tenth meeting of the season between the Ducks and Patriots, and the seventh of 10 games between the two in Somerset. The Patriots lead the season series 5-4. Long Island and Somerset have played 274 games against each other all-time, with the Patriots holding a 139-135 advantage and a 72-63 edge at TD Bank Ballpark.

Triple Crown Lew: Lew Ford continued his dominance of the Atlantic League this season with a strong game Sunday. Ford went 1-for-2 with his league leading 11th home runs of the year, also reaching base on a walk and a hit-batsman. Ford now leads the league in batting (.398), home runs (11), and runs batted in (47). In addition to the triple crown categories, Ford also leads the league in hits (74) and total bases (120), while ranking second in runs (40), on-base percentage (.459) and slugging percentage (.645).

Starter Success: Despite Casey Barnes’s rough start Sunday, Ducks starting pitchers have continued to excel over the last two weeks. In their last 14 games, Ducks starters are 7-3 with a 2.54 ERA. In 92 innings during that span, the starters have allowed just 29 runs (26 earned) on 80 hits, with 74 strikeouts to just 18 walks.

Lentini Loves to Hit: With two hits Sunday, Fehlandt Lentini extended his hitting streak to 10 consecutive games. During the 10 games, he is batting .302 (13-for-43) with three doubles, one homer, eight RBI and eight runs. Lentini also has three steals during that span, and is 19-for-19 on the basepaths this year. Lentini previously had an eight-game hitting streak from May 22 to 30.

Approaching 1,000: The two victories Saturday were Long Island’s 26th and 27th of 2014. The Ducks have now totaled 999 regular season wins in franchise history, leaving them just one win shy of the magical 1,000-win plateau. Of those 999 victories, 605 have come at Bethpage Ballpark.

On the Air: Live audio of tonight’s broadcast can be heard on the Ducks official YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE. Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m., with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. Marc Schwartz will call the play-by-play.

Finally, here are tonight’s starting lineups:

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

#21 Jared Lansford – RHP

#6   Jonny Tucker – 2B
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#39 Mike Wilson – RF
#15 Corey Smith – 3B
#21 Adam Donachie – C
#7   Eddy Martinez-Esteve – DH
#10 Brian Barden – 2B
#37 Damaso Espino – 1B
#12 Edwin Maysonet – SS

#33 Derell McCall – RHP

Stay tuned here throughout the night as the Ducks look for the 1,000th regular season win in franchise history!

UPDATE (7:17): Adam Bailey delivers a RBI single two batters into the ballgame and the Ducks take an early 1-0 lead!

UPDATE (7:30): Somerset responds with a two-run double from Adam Donachie in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead.

UPDATE (7:58): Adam Bailey delivers his second RBI single of the night to tie up the ballgame at two in the top of the third!

UPDATE (8:12): DUCKS LEAD!! Brendan Harris with a solo home run, his first of the year, to put the Flock in front 3-2 in the fourth!!

UPDATE (8:27): Somerset ties things up in the bottom of the fourth with their third unearned run of the ballgame.

UPDATE (9:12): Somerset takes a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run double from Jonny Tucker.

UPDATE (9:25): A RBI fielder’s choice from Adam Bailey, his third RBI of the game, trims the Ducks deficit to one in the top of the seventh inning!

UPDATE (10:00): Last chance for the Ducks to draw even as we head to the ninth. Patriots leading 5-4.

UPDATE (10:11): FINAL. Ducks strand the tying run at second base and fall to the Patriots 5-4. Recap to follow shortly.


Posted on June 16, 2014, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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