Game 103: Ducks vs. Skeeters
The Long Island Ducks are determined to not allow the recent weather that has hit Long Island to rain on their parade. Despite a great amount of rainfall to have hit the Island over the last 24 hours, the Bethpage Ballpark staff and grounds crew have been working tirelessly to ensure we are ready to go for tonight’s game, and that fans have the great Ducks experience to which they have grown accustomed. With the first 1,500 fans in attendance receiving Championship Logo Caps courtesy of Ridgewood Savings Bank and a formidable opponent in the Sugar Land Skeeters, tonight promises to be another exciting evening at the Duck Pond.
Last night the Ducks won their second-straight game thanks to a strong offensive performance. The Ducks rode a 15-hit effort to a 9-2 victory over the Skeeters. Long Island jumped over Sugar Land starter Clint Everts for five runs in the bottom of the third inning, highlighted by a three-run home run from Brendan Harris to take a 5-0 lead. The Skeeters would never lead in the game as four different Ducks batters recorded at least two hits, which each batter in the order tallying at least one.
On the rubber, the Flock got three scoreless innings from Mitch Talbot before he was removed from the ballgame with an injury. A combination of Bob Zimmermann, Josh Lansford, Sergio Perez, Eric Neisen and David Kopp limited Sugar Land to two runs over the final six innings of the ballgame. In fact, Ducks relievers combined to retire the last 10 Skeeters batters.
CLICK HERE to read a full recap from Tuesday’s game, complete with audio highlights and and postgame comments from Kevin Baez, Brandon Bantz and Zimmermann.
Tonight features a marquee pitching matchup between the top two pitchers in the league in terms of strikeouts. John Brownell will toe the rubber for Long Island in his league-leading 22nd start of the year tonight when he faces off against Sugar Land righty Matt Wright. Brownell enters the ballgame 12-6 this season with a 3.62 earned run average. The third-year Duck leads the league in wins (12), innings pitched (146.1), and complete games (5), while ranking second in strikeouts (99). Brownell has won his last three starts, including his first complete game shutout, which came last Thursday night at Regency Furniture Stadium against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. In three starts against the Skeeters this year, Brownell is 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA (three runs in 23 innings of work).
Brownell’s counterpart tonight, Wright, will make his 21st start of the year when he takes the mound. The third-year Skeeter is 7-8 this year with a 3.58 ERA and a league-leading 111 strikeouts against 43 walks in 120 and two-thirds innings of work. Wright has struck out 10 batters in three of his last five starts, and has tossed less than five innings in a start just once this year. In three starts against the Flock this season, Wright is 1-1 in three starts with a 3.15 ERA (seven earned runs in 20 innings pitched).
Here are tonight’s game notes:
Ducks vs. Skeeters: Tonight marks the 12th meeting of the season between the Ducks and Skeeters and ninth of 10 games between them on Long Island. The Ducks currently lead the series eight games to three, including a 6-2 advantage at the Duck Pond. Long Island and Sugar Land have played 51 games against each other all-time, with the Skeeters holding a 29-22 lead in the series. However, the Ducks have a 16-12 advantage at Bethpage Ballpark.
Harris Homers: Brendan Harris launched a three-run home run in the second inning on Tuesday. It was his fifth longball of the season and first three-run homer of the year. The Ducks have now gone deep in each of the last three games and in eight of 11 games so far in August.
On-Base Machines: With two hits on Tuesday, Harris has now reached base safely in 34 of his last 35 games dating back to July 1, with the lone exception coming August 4 against York. Of those 34 games, he’s hit safely in 28 of them (including seven straight) and earned a walk in 22. The former big leaguer ranks third in the Atlantic League with 50 walks. With three hits on Tuesday, Adam Bailey has now reached base safely in 15 of his last 17 games, earning a hit in 13 of them. In those 17 games, he is batting .408 (28-for-69) with five doubles, two triples, three homers, 17 RBI and eight runs.
Off to the Races: Joash Brodin stole his 19th base of the year on Tuesday when he swiped second in the sixth inning. The Ducks have now stolen 11 bases in their last four games. Long Island now has 92 stolen bases as a team this year, which is good for second in the Atlantic League behind York (125).
Starter Success: Ducks starting pitchers continued their recent success on Tuesday with three scoreless innings from Mitch Talbot. Over their last seven games, the five-man group posted a 3-0 record with a 1.18 ERA, allowing just six earned runs in 45.2 innings. In that span, they’ve allowed 40 hits and eight walks while striking out 26 batters. Dating back to August 2, the starters are 5-1 with a 1.46 ERA, allowing 11 earned runs in 67.2 innings.
Oh, What a Relief They Are: Following an injury to Talbot on Tuesday, the Ducks bullpen threw six innings of relief. Bob Zimmermann, Josh Lansford, Sergio Perez, Eric Niesen and David Kopp combined to allow just two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five. Perez has now thrown four scoreless innings as a Duck, and Kopp has yielded just one run over his last eight innings pitched.
On the Air: Tonight’s game will be broadcast with live streaming video and audio on the Ducks official YouTube channel. Fans can follow all the action by CLICKING HERE. Michael Polak will call the play-by-play.
Finally, here are tonight’s starting lineups:
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#25 Brendan Harris – 3B
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#6 Bill Hall – DH
#13 Adam Bailey – LF
#2 Cody Puckett – 2B
#22 Joash Brodin – 1B
#23 Jan Vazquez – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#7 John Brownell – RHP
#11 Brian Barton – CF
#16 Travis Scott – 1B
#29 Ryan Langerhans – LF
#24 Delwyn Young – 2B
#25 Neil Medchill – RF
#4 Dominic Ramos – SS
#2 Michael Rockett – 3B
#36 Todd Jennings – DH
#3 Danny Lehmann – C
#34 Matt Wright – RHP
Keep it here for updates throughout the game at Bethpage Ballpark as the Ducks look to earn their third consecutive victory!
UPDATE (7:24): We are currently in a rain delay in the first inning. Skeeters lead 3-0 on a three-run home run by Delwyn Young.
UPDATE (7:58): The tarp is off the field, and we expect to resume tonight’s game at approx. 8:20 p.m.! Skeeters lead 3-0 with two out; top of the first.
UPDATE (8:21): The Ducks have taken the field and we are about ready to resume baseball at the Duck Pond!
UPDATE (9:41): END 6: Skeeters still in front 3-0. Ducks starter John Brownell has six strikeouts through six innings
UPDATE (10:25): MID 9: Ducks still trailing 3-0, but will have Puckett-Brodin-Vazquez due up in the bottom of the ninth, looking for the rally!
UPDATE (10:30: FINAL: Ducks drop the second game of the series to the Skeeters 3-0. Recap to follow shortly.
Posted on August 13, 2014, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged 2014, Adam Bailey, Atlantic League, Bethpage Ballpark, Brendan Harris, Joash brodin, John Brownell, Long Island Ducks, Matt Wright, Mitch Talbot, Sugar Land Skeeters. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.