Game 75: Ducks at Barnstormers

It was supposed to be a pitcher’s duel. Right-hander Shaun Garceau of the Ducks and righty Chris Schwinden of the Barnstormers both entered Friday night’s matchup with identical 8-1 records in the season. However, opposing each other on the mound in game two of a four-game set, neither Atlantic League All-Star had their best stuff. Both teams combined for 14 runs on 26 hits in another offensive showcase at Clipper Magazine Stadium, but ultimately, it was Schwinden earning his ninth win of the season in a 10-4 Barnstormers victory.

For the second straight night, the Ducks gave their starting pitcher the lead, this time courtesy of a RBI double by Jon Myers in the second inning. However, Lancaster put together a big bottom of the second once again to take the lead. Garceau allowed three runs in the inning as the bottom of Lancaster’s order inflicted the damage. The Ducks twice got within one run, first on a sac fly by Cody Puckett in the third and again on a RBI single by Lew Ford in the fifth. The ‘Stormers, though, would never relinquish the lead and put the game away with a four-run fifth to chase Garceau from the game.

For the Ducks right-hander, it was his first loss since his first start of the season back on April 26 at Somerset when he allowed nine runs in just two and one-third innings. After a tremendous stretch from May 15 to June 26 in which he allowed four runs or less in every game, he is now winless in his last three starts and has a 7.85 ERA in those three outings. On the other side, Schwinden was not spectacular either. The Ducks pounded 11 hits against him in six innings of work and consistently threatened for big innings. However, the former big leaguer found ways to get out of jams and avoid giving up the big hit to Long Island. He now has nine wins on the season, tied for the Atlantic League lead with Ducks righty John Brownell.

CLICK HERE for a full recap of Friday’s game, complete with audio highlights.

The Ducks will look to avoid seeing their three series winning streak come to an end when they send Jared Lansford to the mound. The righty has transitioned from the bullpen to the starting rotation quite well, sporting a 4-3 record with a 3.47 ERA in 12 starts. In his last start, Lansford allowed just one run on 10 hits over eight innings against the Skeeters and struck out seven. He’s 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his last four starts overall. This year, Lansford has made two starts in Lancaster and has combined to allow six runs (five earned) in nine and one-third innings.

Lancaster will counter with Brandon Mann who has struggled to find success in the Barnstormers rotation. In six games (five starts), the left-hander is 1-2 with a 6.57 ERA. His last two starts have both been losses, and he’s combined to allow 12 runs (11 earned) in 11 innings during them, good for a 9.00 ERA. However, Mann has been successful in his two home starts this year, surrendering just two runs in 11.1 innings, including seven scoreless frames on June 26 against the Blue Crabs for his only win of the year. The southpaw began the year with Altoona (AA, Pirates), and tonight will be his first start against Long Island.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Barnstormers: Tonight marks the 16th meeting of the season between the Ducks and Barnstormers and the ninth of 10 games between the two in Lancaster. The Barnstormers lead the series nine to six. Long Island and Lancaster have played 189 games against each other all-time, with the Ducks holding a 99-90 series lead and a 51-47 advantage at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

Fehlandt’s on Fire: Fehlandt Lentini earned two more hits on Friday and has now hit safely 35 of his last 36 games, including 14 straight. In the 35 games, he is batting .364 (56-for-154), and in his current 14-game hitting streak, he’s hitting .344 (21-for-61). The first-year Duck currently leads the Atlantic League in doubles (27), stolen bases (31) and at-bats (315) while ranking second in hits (104), third in runs (55) and fourth in batting average (.330).

Heating Up: Lew Ford continued to stay hot at the plate with two hits on Friday. The former big leaguer has multiple hits in seven of his last 10 games and has 21 hits in his last 43 at-bats, good for a .488 batting average. Ford leads the Flock with 31 multi-hit games this year and leads the Atlantic League in hits (105), RBI (59) and games played (74). He ranks second in batting average (.370), runs (58), total bases (159), on-base percentage (.439) and slugging percentage (.560).

Multi-Hit Nights: Ford’s two hits on Friday gave him his team-leading 31st multi-hit game. 18 of those games have been two-hit contests, second-most on the team. Lentini leads the Ducks with 19 two-hit games and is second to Ford on the team with 28-multi-hit games. Brendan Harris and Dan Lyons each picked up their 10th two-hit game. Harris now has 13 multi-hit games while Lyons has totaled 12.

Streaks Continue: Cody Puckett extended his hitting streak to seven consecutive games with a double on Friday. He’s batting .313 (10-for-32) during the streak. Harris extended his hitting streak to six games with two hits and is batting .304 (7-for-23) during the streak. Adam Bailey now has a hit in five consecutive games, while Jon Myers has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games.

Double the Fun: The Ducks set a season-high on Friday with five doubles against the Barnstormers. Their previous high was four, done most recently on July 3 against Bridgeport. Lentini increased his league-best doubles total to 27, while Ford moved into a tie for third in the Atlantic League with 19. Lyons earned his 10th double, Myers picked up his ninth and Puckett collected his eighth.

On the Air: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on Long Island’s home for news, traffic and weather, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Live streaming audio will be available online by CLICKING HERE. Michael Polak will call the play-by-play.

Finally, here are tonight’s starting lineups:

#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#2   Cody Puckett – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#13 Adam Bailey – LF
#14 Brandon Bantz – C
#22 Joash Brodin – 1B
#15 Jon Myers – DH
#30 Sergio Miranda – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#21 Jared Lansford – RHP

#14 Fred Lewis – LF
#10 Ben Francisco – RF
#24 Andrew Clark – DH
#15 Gabe Jacobo – 1B
#35 Brett Carroll – CF
#2   Lance Zawadzki – SS
#27 Juan Apodaca – C
#6   Casey Frawley – 3B
#4   Grant Zawadzki – 2B

#32 Brandon Mann – LHP

Keep it here for updates throughout the game from Clipper Magazine Stadium as the Ducks look to rebound against the Barnstormers.

UPDATE (7:18): Ducks put up a two-spot in the first! Fehlandt Lentini with a leadoff solo home run and Brandon Bantz with a RBI single!

UPDATE (7:39): Jared Lansford strikes out two in a 1-2-3 second inning. 2-0 Flock after two innings!

UPDATE (8:00): Brilliant catches by Dan Lyons and Lentini in the third inning keep the Barnstormers off the scoreboard! 2-0 after three!

UPDATE (8:18): Long Island doubles the lead to four in the fourth on a fielding error and a RBI single by Cody Puckett!

UPDATE (8:26): Solo homer by Andrew Clark in the fourth puts Lancaster on the board and cuts the Ducks lead to 4-1.

UPDATE (8:56): Lansford hangs up another ‘0’ in the sixth inning! Ducks continue to hold a 4-1 lead here at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

UPDATE (9:34): Eight innings with one run on the night for Jared Lansford! Ducks take a 4-1 lead to the ninth inning in Lancaster!

UPDATE (9:46): Lansford tosses eight innings of one-run ball, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out five! Jon Meloan on for the ninth.

UPDATE (9:55): Andrew Clark hits a solo homer, Brett Carroll hits a two-run homer, and we are tied at four in the ninth.

UPDATE (10:11): Lefty Eric Niesen got out of trouble in the ninth. Score remains 4-4 as we go to the bottom of the 10th.

UPDATE (10:23): Niesen strikes out Lance Zawadzki to strand the winning run at second base. Onto the 11th inning here in Lancaster.

UPDATE (10:39): Jeremy Accardo tosses a 1-2-3 11th inning, and we will head to the 12th at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

UPDATE (10:49): Ducks put runners at the corners with one out in the 12th, but a double play grounder ends the threat. Still 4-4.

UPDATE (10:58): Walk-off RBI single for Gabe Jacobo gives Lancaster the 5-4 win in 12 innings. Series finale will be at 1:00 on Sunday.


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