Game 62: Ducks vs Bluefish

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The Long Island Ducks begin an 11-game homestand tonight with a single-admission doubleheader against the Bridgeport Bluefish. The first eight games of the homestand (five against Bridgeport, three against Camden) will conclude a historic first half for Long Island. During the next ten game, the Ducks will hold a sponsor of promotions at Bethpage Ballpark, promising that the excitement will continue in Central Islip. Free quackers, three fireworks shows, numerous unused ticket days and the return of Peppa Pig highlight the exciting homestand.

Over the weekend, the Ducks dropped three-of-four games to the York Revolution at Santander Stadium. Long Island took the first game Thursday night 4-3, before dropping the final the final three games of the series. The Flock led by three runs twice Friday night before eventually dropping the game in 10 innings 9-8. In the last two games of the series, York outscored Long Island 17-1, including a 10-0 rout Sunday evening.

Last night, the Revolution took an early lead in the bottom of the first inning for the fourth consecutive game. The first two batters, Justin Greene and Wilson Valdez, went back-to-back with solo home runs off Ducks starter Bobby Blevins to put the Revs in front 2-0. York would not look back, adding a runs in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings to put the game out of reach. An Eric Patterson solo home run in the bottom of the eighth capped off the scoring. York hit four home runs in the game, while Revs starter Logan Williamson held the Ducks scoreless on four hits over six innings.

CLICK HERE to view the recap from last night.

In game one tonight, Rob Whitenack makes his third start of the season for Long Island against Bridgeport southpaw Matt Iannazzo. In his first two starts this year, Whitenack has yet to allow an earned run over nine innings. In his last start, the Massapequa resident yielding just one unearned over six innings against the Sugar Land Skeeters en route to his first win of the year. His counterpart tonight, Iannazzo, has been used primarily used as a reliever. In 17 appearances (four starts), Iannazzo is 1-2 with a 2.32 ERA. The lefty has started his last three times out, including consecutive six-inning efforts in his last two.

In game two, Bob Zimmerman returns to the starting role for the Ducks against Joe Bateman of the Bluefish. Both pitchers will be making their first respective starts of the year. Zimmermann, the fourth year Duck, has allowed two runs (one earned) in two relief appearances this season. Last year, Zimmerman went 4-4 with a 4.47 ERA in 28 appearances (11 starts). Bateman is 0-2 with a 5.87 ERA in 22 relief appearances this year. He has twice tossed three innings in relief this year.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Bluefish: Tonight marks the sixth and seventh meetings of the season between the Ducks and Bluefish and third and fourth of 10 games between the two on Long Island. The Ducks lead the series 3-2. Long Island and Bridgeport have played 270 games against each other all-time, with the Bluefish holding a 136-134 advantage. However, the Ducks have a 76-60 lead at Bethpage Ballpark. Both teams have played for the Ferry Cup since 2009, with the Ducks winning it in three of its five
seasons (2009, 2011, 2013).

Triple Crown Threat: Lew Ford is among the Atlantic League leaders in all three Triple Crown categories. The outfielder has a .359 batting average, which is 21 points higher than Lancaster’s Cole Garner (.338). His 52 RBI are four better than Garner’s 48, and his 11 homers are two behind Garner’s 13. Ford also leads the league in runs (48) and on-base percentage (.437).

Double the Fun: Fehlandt Lentini’s double in the third inning on Sunday was his league-leading 20th double of the year. He leads Camden’s Alex Hudak by two. Lentini currently leads the Atlantic League in hits (84) and at-bats (258), ranks second in stolen bases (25) and is fourth in runs (43) and batting average (.326). He also has earned a hit in 22 of his last 23 games.

Brendan on the Bases: Brendan Harris had his 12-game on-base streak snapped on Sunday. During the streak, the former big leaguer batted .351 (13-for-37) with three doubles, two homers, seven RBI, nine runs and 11 walks. Harris has scored a run in eight of his last 10 games and has drawn a walk in six of his last seven games. He had at least one hit in nine of the 12 games during the streak and a RBI or run scored in 11 of the 12 contests.

Dan Domination: Dan Lyons collected two hits on Sunday and has now hit safely in six consecutive games, earning multiple hits in three of them. During the streak, Lyons is batting .450 (9-for-20) with a double, a homer, five RBI and three runs scored. The fourth-year Duck now has six two-hit games and eight multi-hit contests this season.

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

Finally, here are tonight’s game one lineups:

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

#9   Rob Whitenack – RHP

#7   James Simmons – CF
#27 Prentice Redman – RF
#15  Ramon Castro – 3B
#23  J.R. Towles – DH
#19  Luis Lopez – 1B
#20  Denny Almonte – LF
#9     Luis Rodriguez – C
#5     Juan Martinez – 2B
#2     Mike Richard – SS

#10  Matt Iannazzo – LHP

Stay tuned here for updates throughout the game as the Ducks look sweep the doubleheader over the Bluefish.

UPDATE (6:02): The broadcast for tonight’s doubleheader is now live! Follow all the action by CLICKING HERE.

UPDATE (6:22): Bridgeport takes an early 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a grand slam from Denny Almonte.

UPDATE (6:32): Ducks respond in the bottom of the first with an RBI single from Randy Ruiz! 4-1 Bluefish

UPDATE (7:06): Ducks trim the deficit in half in the bottom of the third on a RBI single from Cody Puckett! 4-2 Bridgeport, no outs in the third!

UPDATE (7:46): Through five innings in game one, Ducks still trail the Bluefish 4-2.

UPDATE (8:17): Jeremy Accardo works out of a jam to keep the score at 4-2 in the seventh. Last chance for the Ducks coming up in game one!

UPDATE (8:24): Two hit-batsman and a walk have loaded the bases for the Ducks with one out in the seventh of game one and Randy Ruiz at the plate!

UPDATE (8:29): Brendan Harris draws a bases-loaded walk with two outs to bring the Ducks within one run. Adam Bailey to the plate!

UPDATE (8:31): FINAL: Bailey grounds out the Bluefish win game one of the doubleheader 4-3. Game two will begin in approx. 30 minutes.

Here are tonight’s game two lineups:

#24 Fehlandt Lentini – CF
#2   Cody Puckett – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#50 Randy Ruiz – 1B
#25 Brendan Harris – 3B
#13 Adam Bailey – RF
#27 Jon Myers – LF
#30 Sergio Miranda – SS
#23 Jan Vazquez – C

#43 Bob Zimmerman – RHP

#7   James Simmons – CF
#27 Prentice Redman – RF
#15  Ramon Castro – 3B
#23  J.R. Towles – DH
#20  Denny Almonte – LF
#34  Austin Gallagher – 1B
#5     Juan Martinez – 2B
#5     Juan Martinez – 2B
#2     Billy Gonzalez – C

#8    Joe Bateman – RHP

Stay tuned here for updates throughout the game as the Ducks look to even up the doubleheader with the Bluefish.

UPDATE (9:12): J.R. Towles with a three-run homer in the top of the first of game two to give the Bluefish a 3-0 lead.

UPDATE (9:33): DUCKS LEAD!! Randy Ruiz with a RBI single and Adam Bailey with a three-run home run to give the Flock a 4-3 in the first!

UPDATE (10:20): Randy Ruiz and Brendan Harris go back-to-back with doubles in the bottom of the third to increase the Ducks lead to 5-3.

UPDATE (11:07): The Ducks plate three runs in the fifth on four hits, including RBI singles from Vazquez and Lentini along with a wild pitch! 8-3 Ducks!

UPDATE (11:35): A RBI single from Adam Bailey and a sacrifice fly from Sergio Miranda extend the Flock lead to 10-3 in the bottom of the sixth.

UPDATE (11:38): FINAL: Ducks take game two 10-3 to earn a split of the doubleheader!! Recap to follow shortly.


Posted on June 30, 2014, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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