Game 121: Ducks vs. Riversharks

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Happy Labor Day, Ducks fans!

The Long Island Ducks complete a four-game series against the Camden Riversharks tonight at Bethpage Ballpark. In addition to it marking the last meeting between the two teams this season, it is also the last Liberty Division matchup for the Ducks. Long Island had already wrapped up its season-series against Somerset and Bridgeport, and now finishes its 20-game slate against Camden tonight. Entering tonight, the Flock are 33-26 against the Liberty Division this year. That includes three-straight wins over the Riversharks this series and six-straight over Camden at the Duck Pond dating back to July 4.

Long Island has now won five of its last six games after last night’s 6-1 victory. The Ducks have now outscored the ‘Sharks 18-2 in the first three games of this series. In fact, the only two runs that Camden has scored this series have both come on RBI groundouts. Meanwhile, the Ducks have been clicking at the plate, knocking two more home runs last night alongside 12 overall hits. Fehlandt Lentini’s two-run homer in the sixth inning was his sixth of the year and second in as many nights, while Adam Bailey’s solo shot in the eighth might have been the longest home run at Bethpage Ballpark this season.

The Ducks success this series has not been limited to just the offense. The pitching, from both the starts and the relievers, has been excellent against Camden. Each starting pitcher has worked at least seven innings this series, each time allowing no more than one run. That streak was extended by Jared Lansford last night, who won his fourth consecutive game by tossing seven innings of one-run ball. While the third-year Duck did allow the first two walks tossed by a starting pitcher in the last four games, he allowed only one hit through the first five innings and kept the Flock in front. Camden has not led once during this series.

CLICK HERE to read a full recap from Sunday, complete with the audio highlights and postgame comments from Kevin Baez, Lansford and Brendan Harris.

Tonight, Long Island will send Doug Arguello to the mound for his sixth appearance (second start) of the season. The first-year Duck enters tonight’s ballgame with a 2.25 earned run average, having not factored into a decision yet. His lone start came his last time out against the Somerset Patriots – a game in which the southpaw allowed one run on five hits over four innings pitched. In fact, four of Arguello’s five appearances this season have come against Somerset. Tonight will be his first appearance of the season against Camden.

Wes Torrez makes his 21st appearance (19th start) of the year for Camden tonight in opposition of Arguello. Torrez is 5-3 this season with a 3.77 ERA and 51 strikeouts against 47 over 105 innings of work. The first-year ‘Shark has tossed three-straight quality starts since allowing seven runs (six earned) over two innings on August 11 at Bridgeport. Prior to that start, the righty had allowed just one run over his previous two starts (14 innings), and has five quality starts in his last six outings. In two starts against Long Island this season, Torrez has allowed six earned runs over 12 and two-thirds innings without factoring into a decision.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Riversharks: Tonight marks the final meeting of the season between the Ducks and Riversharks and final of 10 games between them on Long Island. The Ducks lead the series 12-7 and have a 7-2 lead at home. Long Island and Camden have played 264 games against each other all-time, with the Riversharks holding a 135-129 lead overall and a 65-63 edge at Bethpage Ballpark.

Jared’s Gem: Jared Lansford earned his fourth straight win with seven innings of one-run ball on Sunday. During his four-game winning streak, the right-hander has a 2.10 ERA, allowing seven earned runs in 30 innings. In that span, he’s given up 28 hits and just four walks while striking out 24. In this series against Camden, Ducks starters are 3-0 with a 0.78 ERA, yielding just two runs over 23 innings.

Harris is Heating Up: With a single in the second inning on Sunday, Brendan Harris extended his hitting streak to 13 consecutive games. During the streak, Harris is batting .386 (22-for-57) with five doubles, one home run, eight RBI, 11 runs and five walks. He has multiple hits in five of the 13 games.

Ford’s on Fire: With two hits on Sunday, Lew Ford earned his team-leading 46th multi-hit game of the year. He has now hit safely in 18 of his last 20 games and 21 of his last 24 contests. Over his last 20 games, the former big leaguer is batting .395 (32-for-81) with 11 doubles, two homers, 15 RBI, 18 runs and five walks. Eight of the 18 games in that span were multi-hit contests. In addition, he hit his 36th double, which leads the Atlantic League by three over Lancaster’s Cole Garner.

Cody’s Crushing It: Cody Puckett hit a double in the third on Sunday and has now hit safely in 15 of his last 17 games dating to August 14. In those 17 games, he’s batting .366 (26-for-71) with four doubles, one triple, one homer, 14 RBI and six runs. Seven of the 15 games have been multi-hit games.

Fehlandt’s Fury: Fehlandt Lentini earned his team-leading 33rd two-hit and 45th multi-hit game of the year on Sunday. The first-year Duck has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games and 22 of his last 24 games. His two-run home run was his sixth of the season and second longball in as many nights. Lentini also stole his 44th base of the year, good for second in the league (Wilson Valdez, York, 47).

Bailey Blasts One: Adam Bailey’s solo homer in the seventh inning was his team-leading 18th of the season. Six of his 18 longballs have come in August. He has now hit safely in seven of his last eight games, earning two hits in six of them. Bailey and Ford are tied for the team-lead in RBI with 81.

On the Air: Tonight’s game will be broadcast with live streaming audio and video will available on the Ducks official YouTube channel. Fans can follow all the action by CLICKING HERE. Marc Schwartz will call the play-by-play.

Finally, here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#25 Brendan Harris – 3B
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#6    Bill Hall – DH
#13 Adam Bailey – LF
#2   Cody Puckett – 2B
#14 Brandon Bantz – C
#22 Joash Brodin – 1B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#35 Doug Arguello – LHP

Riversharks
#5   Brandon Chaves – SS
#10 Paddy Matera – 2B
#14 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#25 Brian Van Kirk – DH
#9   Jose Morales – 1B
#8   P.J. Phillips – CF
#18 Eric Perez – RF
#7   Mike Albaladejo – C
#4   Zack MacPhee – LF

#38 Wes Torrez – RHP

Keep it here for updates throughout the game at Bethpage Ballpark as the Ducks look to complete the four-game sweep of the Riversharks!

UPDATE (6:58): BOT 1: DUCKS LEAD! A solo home run from Brendan Harris, RBI single from Adam Bailey and a sac fly from Cody Puckett has the Flock up 3-0!

UPDATE (7:10): TOP 2: Camden gets a run back on a RBI infield single from Brandon Chavez. Ducks still lead 3-1.

UPDATE (7:32): BOT 3: The Flock extend their lead to 5-1 in the third on a RBI single from Cody Puckett and a sac fly from Brandon Bantz!

UPDATE (8:18): BOT 6: Three more runs come home on a two-out, two-run double from Lew Ford and a RBI single from Bill Hall! Ducks lead 8-1!

UPDATE (9:08): BALLGAME!! The Ducks complete the sweep of the Camden Riversharks with a 8-3 victory on Labor Day! Doug Arguello earns his first win as a Duck!

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