Game 80: Ducks vs. Bluefish

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With a tough weekend series against the First Half Freedom Division champion York Revolution now in the rearview mirror, it’s time for some morning baseball at the Duck Pond! The Ducks host the first of two Camp Days here in 2014, as they take the field at Bethpage Ballpark for an 11:05 a.m. first pitch. Not only will the ballpark be jumping with thousands of campers in attendance, but the excitement will also be elevated for the resumption of the2014 Ferry Cup Series between the Ducks and their cross-sound rivals, the Bridgeport Bluefish.

The Ducks currently lead the season series six games to four after taking three of five games earlier this month at home. Long Island can go a long way in securing back-to-back Ferry Cup titles by taking this three-game set from Bridgeport. The Bluefish enter the series tied for first place in the Liberty Division during the second half of the season at 6-4, equal to the Somerset Patriots. Somerset just took three of four from Bridgeport in Connecticut over the weekend, but the Bluefish enters Monday’s contest off a 7-6 win in the series finale on Sunday.

Long Island enters the matinee affair in desperate need of a win. The Ducks have dropped a season-high eight consecutive games after winning season-best seven in a row. It has certainly been quite an up-and-down stretch for the Ducks. Long Island is two losses away from tying the franchise record for their longest losing streak, and you can bet they do not want to flirt any closer with equaling that mark. The Ducks have been right there in just about every game during the skid, including on Sunday when they rallied back from 2-0 down to tie the game with a pair of two-out RBI singles. However, a strong start from a Duck ultimately could not do the job, as the Ducks continued to struggle with getting the big hit. The Ducks left 11 men on base on Sunday in a 3-2 defeat.

CLICK HERE to check out the full recap from Sunday’s game, complete with audio highlights and postgame interviews.

For the 11:05 a.m. game on Monday, the Ducks turn to 2014 All-Star Shaun Garceau. The right-hander enters with a strong 8-2 record on the season, but a couple of rough starts recently have ballooned his ERA up to 5.09. He allowed eight runs on 10 hits over five innings at Lancaster in his last start on July 11 and has allowed a total of 16 runs in 18.1 innings in his last three starts, which equates to a 7.85 ERA. Garceau had won five starts in a row prior to that and will be looking to re-gain his form today. He is 1-0 with a 4.40 ERA in two starts this season against Bridgeport, winning on May 15 in Connecticut and taking a no-decision in a 9-4 loss at home in July 1.

Garceau will be opposed by former Major Leaguer Tomo Ohka. The righty enters with a 4-6 record and a 4.63 ERA on the season through 14 starts. He is 2-0 over his last three starts and has combined for a 3.60 ERA in that span, which started with a win over the Ducks at Bethpage Ballpark on July 1. In that start, the knuckleballer tossed seven innings of four-run ball, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out one. Overall, he is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA against Long Island in 2014 as he took a no-decision on May 13 in Bridgeport, yielding three runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks over five and two-thirds innings.

Here are this morning’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Bluefish: Today marks the 11th meeting of the season between the Ducks and Bluefish and eighth of 10 games between the two on Long Island. The Ducks lead the series six to four. Long Island and Bridgeport have played 275 games against each other all-time, with the Bluefish holding a slim 138-137 advantage. However, the Ducks lead 79-62 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 two more hits on Sunday and has now hit safely 40 of his last 41 games, including 19 straight. In the 41 games, he is batting .344 (62-for-180), and in his current 19-game hitting streak, he’s hitting .310 (27-for-87). In addition, Lentini stole two bases and now leads the Atlantic League with 33 steals on the year. He is a perfect 33-for-33 in stolen base attempts this season. The first-year Duck also leads the Atlantic League in hits (110), doubles (27) and at-bats (341) while ranking third in runs (56) and fourth in batting average (.323).

On-Base Machine: Lew Ford has now reached base in seven consecutive games and in 15 of his last 16 games. The former big leaguer has earned multiple hits in eight of those games. Ford currently leads the Atlantic League in hits (110) and games played (79). The 2014 All-Star ranks second in batting average (.361), RBI (60), runs (60), total bases (164) and on-base percentage (.433).

Streaks Continue: Adam Bailey’s fourth inning double on Sunday extended his hitting streak to 10 consecutive games. During that span, the 2014 All-Star is batting .390 (16-for-41) with two homers, eight RBI and seven runs. Brendan Harris reached base three times on Sunday and has now reached base safely in 13 consecutive games. During that stretch, the former big leaguer is hitting .333 (14-for-42).

Heating Up: Joash Brodin earned his second consecutive three-hit game on Sunday. After picking up just one hit in 16 at-bats at Lancaster, Brodin totaled seven hits in 12 at-bats against York. The third-year Duck now has five three-hit games and 18 multi-hit contests in 2014.

Starter Success: Jared Lansford worked his fourth consecutive quality start on Sunday, tossing six innings of two-run ball. In his last four starts, the third-year Duck has allowed six runs over 28 innings, good for a 1.93 ERA. Long Island’s starters have now pitched five consecutive quality starts overall and have combined for a 3.03 ERA in that span.

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

Finally, here are tonight’s lineups:

#24 Fehlandt Lentini – CF
#2   Cody Puckett – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#13 Adam Bailey – RF
#6   Bill Hall – 3B
#25 Brendan Harris – SS
#22 Joash Brodin – 1B
#15 Jon Myers – LF
#23 Jan Vazquez – C

#28 Shaun Garceau – RHP

#7   James Simmons – CF
#27 Prentice Redman – RF
#15 Ramon Castro – 3B
#17 Casper Wells – LF
#19 Luis Lopez – 1B
#34 Austin Gallagher – DH
#9   Luis Rodriguez – C
#5   Juan Martinez – 2B
#2   Mike Richard – SS

#16  Tomo Ohka – RHP

Stay tuned here for updates throughout the game as the Ducks host their first Camp Day of 2014!

UPDATE (11:23): TOP 1: Bridgeport grabs a 1-0 lead on a RBI single from Luis Lopez.

UPDATE (11:40): TOP 2: Bridgeport extends its lead to 2-0 on a RBI single from James Simmons

UPDATE (12:18): TOP 4: A James Simmons sacrifice fly extends the Bluefish lead to 3-0

UPDATE (12:36): TOP 5: Bridgeport increases its lead to 4-0 on a RBI single from Luis Rodriguez

UPDATE (12:52): BOT 5: Ducks get on the board with a RBI infield single from Lew Ford Flock still trail 4-1.

UPDATE (1:11): TOP 6: Bridgeport adds two more runs on a RBI fielder’s choice from Castro and a RBI single from Wells. 6-1 ‘Fish

UPDATE (1:26): BOT 6: The Flock respond on a RBI single from Jan Vaszquez and a RBI triple from Fehlandt Lentini to cut the deficit in half! ‘Fish lead 6-3

UPDATE (2:34): FINAL: Long Island falls to Bridgeport 7-3. Recap to follow shortly


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