Game 83: Ducks at Riversharks

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The Long Island Ducks begin a 10-game road trip today with an 11:05 first pitch at Campbell’s Field in Camden, N.J. against the Liberty Division rival Camden Riversharks. The Flock will play three games in Camden before they take on the Bridgeport Bluefish for a four-game series at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard starting Sunday and eventually returning to Camden for a three-game series to conclude the road trip. Long Island is hoping that this 10-game road trip – the longest of the season – will help right the ship. The Ducks have now lost a franchise-high 11 consecutive games after dropping last night’s affair to the Bluefish 11-3.

John Brownell made the start for the Flock against Bluefish reliever Joe Bateman, who made the spot start after former big leaguer Dontrelle Willis was scratched 15 minutes before first pitch. Brownel kept the Ducks in the ballgame initially, allowing three runs over the first five innings, but was matched by a strong effort from Bateman. Bateman worked five innings – his longest outing of the season – and allowed just one run on five hits. Bridgeport held a 3-1 lead into the top of the seventh inning, at which point the ‘Fish opened up the ballgame.

Eight runs would come home against Long Island in the seventh inning; all with two outs. After Brownell retired the first two batters quickly, Mike Richard reached on a bunt single to begin the rally. Two singles and two walks later, Brownell was chased from the game, stranding the bases loaded and trailing 5-1. Josh Lansford entered, and immediately ran into danger. On his first pitch to Luis Lopez, the longtime Bluefish popped the ball up to short, but Sergio Miranda failed to make the inning-ending catch, and two runs scored on the play. A RBI single from Luis Rodriguez and a three-run home run from Juan Martinez later, Bridgeport led 11-1.

CLICK HERE to view the recap, listen to the highlights and watch postgame comments from Kevin Baez and Brendan Harris.

Today, the Flock send Bobby Blevins to the mound for his 16th start of the season. The third-year Duck enters the ballgame 5-3 on the year with a 3.83 earned run average over 98 and two-thirds innings of work. The righty has tossed three consecutive quality starts, including seven innings of one-run ball his last time out against Camden on July 4.

His counterpart for Camden is right-hander Greg Miller. Miller makes his sixth start of the year today (24th appearance), and carries an 0-6 record with a 4.70 ERA. In two starts against the Flock this season, Miller is 0-2 and has allowed nine runs (eight earned) over 10 and one-third innings pitched (6.96 ERA).

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

Finally, here are today’s starting lineups:

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

#18  Bobby Blevins – RHP

#3   Yasser Gomez – LF
#4   Zack MacPhee – 2B
#14 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#19 Jose Julio-Ruiz – 1B
#34 Ryan Strieby – RF
#8    Alex Hudak  – CF
#10 Paddy Matera – DH
#9    Jose Morales – C
#5    Brandon Chavez – SS

#18 Greg Miller – RHP

Stay tuned here for updates throughout the game as the Ducks look to end their losing streak!

UPDATE (11:33): BOT 1: Riversharks take a 1-0 lead on a RBI single from Jose Julio-Ruiz

UPDATE (12:01): TOP 3: Tie ballgame! Fehlandt Lentini with a sacrifice fly to left evens up the game one!

UPDATE (12:50: TOP 6: DUCKS TAKE THE LEAD!! Adam Bailey with a solo homer, his team-leading 12th of the year, puts the Flock in front 2-1!

UPDATE (1:10): TOP 7: The Flock add to their lead on a RBI single from Brendan Harris!The former big leaguer has reached base in 17 straight! 3-1 Ducks!

UPDATE (1:38): BOT 8: Camden trims the deficit to 3-2 on a RBI single from Brian Van Kirk.

UPDATE (2:14): FINAL: Camden rallies for two runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Ducks 4-3. Recap to follow shortly.


Posted on July 24, 2014, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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