Game 65: Ducks vs Bluefish
The Long Island Ducks continued its five-game series with the Bridgeport Bluefish Tuesday night at Bethpage Ballpark. During the game, regardless of Duck’s result, the Somerset Patrtiots defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers to clinch the First Half Liberty Division title. That also clinches the Patriots one of two postseason berths allotted to the Liberty Division in the 2014 Atlantic League playoffs. The overall season is far from lost for the Ducks, however, as Long Island still sits in good position to continue its success through the rest of the year. After Somerset had clinched last night, a six-run eighth inning at Bethpage Ballpark from the Bluefish led Bridgeport to a 9-4 victory.
Last night, the Ducks scored first in a game for the first time in the last week. Randy Ruiz, who provided most of the offense in the game for Long Island, put the Ducks in front with a two-run home run off Bluefish starter Tomo Ohka. Ruiz went deep again the in the bottom of the third, this time a solo home run, to extend the Ducks lead to 3-0 before his sacrifice fly in the fifth gave the Flock a four-run lead. From that point on, Bridgeport took over.
The Bluefish got on the scoreboard with a Denny Almonte sacrifice fly in the sixth inning off Ducks starter Shaun Garceau. Bridgeport then scored six runs in the eighth inning, highlighted by a two-run double from Almonte to chase Garceau from the game and a grand slam from Juan Martinez off Ducks reliever Brett Lorin to give the ‘Fish a 7-4 lead. Bridgeport added two more runs in the ninth to increase its lead to five. The six-run eighth spoiled Garceau’s chance at a league-leading ninth win of the year and had Long Island its fifth loss in the last six games.
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Tonight, Jared Lansford makes his 11th start of the year for Long Island. The third year Duck enters tonight’s ballgame 3-3 on the year with a 3.85 earned run average and 45 strikeouts and 18 walks in 56 innings. In his last start at Bethpage Ballpark, Lansford tossed a complete game, allowing just one run on five hits with no walks and eight strikeouts against the Sugar Land Skeeters. In addition, at one point during the game Lansford retired 20 consecutive batters.
His counterpart, D.J. Mitchell, makes his 13th start of the season with Bridgeport tonight. Mitchell is 3-5 this year with a 4.28 ERA and 54 strikeouts to 40 walks in 63 innings of work. Mitchell has walked at least four batters in his last three starts, and has done so six times this year. The righty has pitched very well against Long Island this year, going 1-0 in two starts while allowing just two runs on eight hits and four walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 innings.
Here are tonight’s game notes:
Ducks vs. Bluefish: Tonight marks the ninth meeting of the season between the Ducks and Bluefish and sixth of 10 games between the two on Long Island. The series is tied at four. Long Island and Bridgeport have played 273 games against each other all-time, with the Bluefish holding a slim 138-135 advantage. However, the Ducks have a 77-62 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).
Fehlandt’s on Fire: Fehlandt Lentini earned another hit on Tuesday and has now hit safely in 25 of his last 26 games dating back to June 6. During those 26 games, he is batting .389 (42-for-108) and has earned multiple hits in 11 of those games. With Tuesday’s hit, Lentini also became the first player in the Atlantic League this season to reach 90 hits. The first-year Duck currently leads the league in hits, doubles (21), stolen bases (28) and at-bats (269).
Randy Rockets a Pair: Randy Ruiz launched two home runs on Tuesday and now has seven home runs this season, good for third on the team. It was also Ruiz’s second multi-home run game of the year. The first came on May 28 at Lancaster. In addition, Ruiz drove in exactly four runs for the first time this year and earned his sixth multi-RBI game. He drove in five runs on May 28 at Lancaster and seven runs on June 18 at Camden. Ruiz has now hit safely in each of his last nine games.
Among the Leaders: Ducks starters Shaun Garceau and John Brownell are among the Atlantic League leaders in several pitching categories. Garceau leads the league with eight wins on the season, while Brownell is right behind him with seven. Brownell tops the leaderboard in strikeouts with 70 on the year, and Garceau sits second in the league with 63. Brownell also leads the way in complete games with three and ranks second in innings pitched with 90.1. Garceau ranks second in complete games (two) and third in innings pitched (84.1).
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 lineups:
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#2 Cody Puckett – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#50 Randy Ruiz – 1B
#25 Brendan Harris – DH
#13 Adam Bailey – LF
#30 Sergio Miranda – 3B
#23 Jan Vazquez – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#21 Jared Lansford – 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
#18 D.J. Mitchell – RHP
Stay tuned here for updates throughout the game as the Ducks look to gain a lead in the 2014 Ferry Cup Series.
UPDATE (7:49): Bridgeport strikes first on a two-out, two-run double to right by James Simmons in the second inning.
UPDATE (8:36): Still a 2-0 game as we go to the bottom of the fourth. Brendan Harris, Adam Bailey and Sergio Miranda due up for the Flock.
UPDATE (9:04): After a scoreless top half of the sixth inning, the rain has started to fall at the Duck Pond. Tarp has been brought onto the field.
UPDATE (9:30): The tarp has been removed, and the Bluefish are back on the field. Play is set to resume shortly. 2-0 Bridgeport, bottom of the sixth.
UPDATE (9:41): The Ducks pull within a run on an infield single from Brendan Harris, with Lew Ford scoring on a throwing error from Mike Richard. 2-1 Fish after six innings.
UPDATE (9:54): The Bluefish regain a two-run lead on a RBI double from Ramon Castro in the top of the seventh. 3-1 Bridgeport.
UPDATE (10:07): Ducks have loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, trailing by two runs! Top of the order due up!
UPDATE (10:10): TIE GAME!!! Back-to-back RBI singles from Fehlandt Lentini and Cody Puckett have tied the game at three and kept the bases loaded!
UPDATE (10:13): DUCKS TAKE THE LEAD! Lew Ford with a RBI single, the third straight hit with the bases loaded, has given the Flock a 4-3 lead! Still no outs!
UPDATE (10:18): Two more runs come on the board for the Flock with a pair of bases loaded walks to Randy Ruiz and Brendan Harris! Ducks on top 6-3!
UPDATE (10:42): Bridgeport back within one after two unearned runs in the top of the eighth inning. Ducks still in front 6-5.
UPDATE (10:51): To the top of the ninth we go, with the Flock holding on to a 5-4 lead! Jon Meloan on, looking for his ninth save of the year!
UPDATE (11:01): BALLGAME!!! Meloan closes the door and the Ducks win it 6-5!! Enjoy the fireworks, fans!
Posted on July 2, 2014, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged 2014, Atlantic League, Bethpage Ballpark, Bridgeport Bluefish, D.J. Mitchell, Fehlandt Lentini, Jared Lansford, John Brownell, Long Island Ducks, Randy Ruiz, Shaun Garceau. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.