The Goose Eggs Keep Coming

If Saturday’s 1-0 four-hit shutout over the Bridgeport Bluefish in the Ducks’ Spring Training opener wasn’t enough, Long Island gave Bridgeport a double dose of a good pitching on Sunday. For a second consecutive game, the pitching staff held the Bluefish to just four hits in a 2-0 shutout at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. It’s never a wise idea to judge how a team will do based solely on their performance in exhibition games. However, it is equally foolish to dismiss it completely, and Long Island’s new-look roster has been impressive in two games against the cross-town rival ‘Fish.

Sunday’s game once again put the pitching staff in the spotlight, and it was the Ducks’ Opening Day starter who took the ball to kick things off. John Brownell tossed five innings for the Ducks, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out five batters. The righty was followed by three Spring Training invitees, as Matt Soren, Frank DeJiulio and Bruce Kern all threw a scoreless inning apiece and allowed just one single combined. Mickey Jannis pitched a perfect ninth, and after the teams decided to play one extra inning to get work in, Hector Ambriz closed the door with a 1-2-3 10th inning. Overall, the pitching staff walked only one batter, hit one batter and struck out seven.

Offensively, the Ducks once again did not require much to get the job done. Long Island got on the scoreboard right away in the first inning, as Lew Ford doubled with two outs and came home on a RBI single by Jose Morales. It would stay 1-0 until the fourth inning when Morales walked with one out and Trayvon Robinson singled with two outs. That set the stage for Jon Griffin, who brought home Morales with a RBI single. Bridgeport’s pitching staff limited the Ducks to six hits for a second straight game, but the Ducks made the better of their hits. Ford finished 2-for-3 with a walk to lead the offense, and Puckett added a single as well.

We sat down with Kevin Baez to recap Sunday’s victory and preview the final two games of the exhibition schedule:

Speaking of those final two games, they were originally scheduled to be played at Bethpage Ballpark on Monday and Tuesday against the semi-pro Long Island Black Sox. However, a squall of wet weather coming through the area on Monday has officially postponed the first of those two games. It will now be made up on Wednesday at 1:00. Tuesday’s 1:00 game against the Black Sox is still on as scheduled, however. As a reminder, all fans are welcome to attend both games. Admission is free for season ticket holders by presenting your season ticket holder ID card at the box office. A $5 donation to the QuackerJack Foundation will apply to everyone else.

Following the two games, the team will hold one final workout here at Bethpage Ballpark on Thursday. Then, it’s off to York, Pennsylvania on Friday to open the 2015 regular season! Can you believe it fans? The 16th season of Ducks baseball is just about upon us!


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