Game 85: Ducks at Riversharks

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The Long Island Ducks conclude their three-game series with the Camden Riversharks tonight at Campbell’s Field in Camden, N.J. It has been quite the adventurous series for the Flock, who have dropped both games to the Riversharks in walk-off fashion. By dropping the first two games of this series, the Ducks have seen their losing streak increase to a franchise-high 13 games. The last time the Ducks had won came back on Tuesday, July 8 against the Sugar Land Skeeters. At that time, Long Island was 2-0 in the second half, and an overall 13 games above .500 (42-29) – a season-high. Since that point, the Flock have experienced a couple of difficult losses, but none maybe more difficult to swallow than the last two against Camden.

Thursday afternoon, the Ducks carried a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning, but failed to finish off the ballgame by allowing a run in the eighth, then two in the ninth to suffer a 4-3 defeat. Last night, though the score was different, the story was similar. After falling behind 2-0 in the first two innings, the Ducks’ bats came alive to take the lead. An RBI single from Joash Brodin in the third trimmed the deficit in half before Lew Ford launched a two-run homer in the fourth to put the Flock in front 3-2. Long Island would add to its lead in the next two innings on an Adam Bailey RBI triple in the fifth and a two-run shot from Jon Myers in the sixth. The Ducks’ 6-2 lead entering the bottom of the sixth was the largest lead the team has held since the All-Star Break. Unfortunately for the Flock, things would soon take a turn for the worst.

A RBI double from former Duck Ryan Strieby in the sixth began the comeback effort for the ‘Sharks and brought them within three runs. Jose Morales, one of the heroes from Thursday’s ballgame, then hit a solo home run in the seventh to trim the deficit to 6-4. Ducks starter Jared Lansford would hand the ball off to his bullpen after seven innings of four-run ball. Brett Lorin and Eric Neisen combined to keep Camden off the board in the eighth, with Neisen coming back into the game in the ninth; looking for the five-out save. Long Island would fail to record an out in the ninth inning, however, to suffer its 13th straight defeat. A walk, infield single and misplay on a bunt would load the bases before Zack MacPhee lined a two-run single to right field to tie the ballgame. With David Kopp entering the game, Paddy Matera dropped a bunt down the third where Jon Myers misplayed it, airing the throw down the first base line to win the ballgame for the Riversharks.

CLICK HERE to view the recap and listen to the highlights of last night’s ballgame.

Shaun Garceau toes the rubber for Long Island tonight, making his 18th appearance (17th start) of the season. The 2014 All-Star is currently 8-3 with a 5.20 earned run average and 72 strikeouts against 35 walks in 100 and one-third innings of work. After a stretch in which the righty earned a win in eight of nine starts from May 15 to June 26, Garceau has since failed to record a win. The second-year Duck has made three appearances against the Riversharks this season (two starts), and has allowed seven runs over 14 innings (4.50 ERA). That includes seven innings of one-run ball in a start against Camden on June 19.

His counterpart tonight is first-year Rivershark Wes Torrez, who makes his 14th appearance (12th start) of the year. The righty enters tonight’s ballgame 3-2 with a 3.81 ERA in 63 and two-thirds innings pitched. Torrez has not pitched against the Flock yet this year. His best start of the season came back on June 5th against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, where he tossed seven shutout innings while allowing just three hits.

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

Finally, here are tonight’s starting lineups:

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

#28  Shaun Garceau – RHP

#4   Zack MacPhee – LF
#10 Paddy Matera – 2B
#14 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#19 Jose Julio-Ruiz – DH
#34 Ryan Strieby – 1B
#8    Alex Hudak  – CF
#25 Brian Van Kirk – RF
#7    Mike Albaladejo – C
#5    Brandon Chavez – SS

#38  Wes Torrez – RHP

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

UPDATE (5:54): TOP 1: DUCKS LEAD!! A Cody Puckett RBI single and a Joash Brodin sacrifice fly puts the Flock on top 2-0!

UPDATE (6:45): TOP 4: Ducks double the lead! Brendan Harris with a two-run single and the Flock are in front 4-0!!

UPDATE (7:05): BOT 4: Camden plates five runs on a three-run double from Van Kirk and a two-run double from MacPhee to take a 5-4 lead

UPDATE (7:34): TOP 6: Ducks tie it up in on a two-out RBI double from Brendan Harris! The former big leaguer is now 2-3 with a 2B and three RBI tonight!

UPDATE (8:21): TOP 8: DUCKS LEAD!!! Three-straight two-out RBI singles from Lew Ford, Bill Hall and Cody Puckett put the Flock in front 8-5!!

UPDATE (8:58): BALLGAME!!! David Kopp closes the door and the Ducks defeat the Riversharks 10-5!!


Posted on July 26, 2014, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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