Game 18: Ducks vs. Bluefish

The Ferry Cup Series returns to Long Island tonight! This year’s edition of the cross-sound rivalry between the Ducks and Bridgeport Bluefish shifts to Bethpage Ballpark for a three-game series after both teams met for the first time across the Long Island Sound last week. The Ducks will be seeking a bit of revenge, since the Bluefish came away with three wins in three games, including a 14-inning walk-off win to clinch the sweep on Thursday.

Speaking of sweeps, the Ducks had their second chance to earn their first series sweep of 2015 on Sunday against the Barnstormers. Unfortunately, for the second consecutive Sunday, Long Island rallied back but couldn’t get the big hit they needed to put their opponent away. Lancaster jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a pair of homers from Brian Cavazos-Galvez off of Mickey Jannis. The first was a solo blast in the fourth, and the second was a two-run shot in the sixth. In fact, the Barnstormers right fielder clubbed three home runs in the four-game set.

The Ducks again showed their ability to fight back in games, scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth on a double play groundout. However, despite having runners at first and second with two outs on a pair of walks, Jose Morales popped out to center on the first pitch from Scott Gracey to end the threat. Long Island rallied again in the seventh after allowing a run in the top of the frame. Dan Lyons plated a run with a grounder to short, and Prentice Redman delivered a RBI single to left that scored Bryan Sabatella, who tripled with two outs. Unfortunately for the Flock, Cody Puckett grounded into a force out at third with the tying run on second and the go-ahead run at first. Long Island was able to put the leadoff man on base in the eighth (Jon Griffin double) and ninth (Lyons single), but neither runner was able to advance as Lancaster hung on for a 4-3 win to salvage the series finale.

Jannis had mixed results on the mound once again. He surrendered eight hits and four runs (three earned) in six and one-third innings, but he only walked two batters compared to four his last time out. In addition, he kept the score close enough for the Ducks to have a chance to rally. Long Island’s bullpen also deserves credit, as Patrick Crider, Tommy Organ and Amalio Diaz held the ‘Stormers scoreless over the final two and two-thirds innings.

CLICK HERE to listen to highlights from Sunday’s game
CLICK HERE to watch postgame comments from Kevin Baez and Bryan Sabatella
CLICK HERE to view Sunday’s box score

Tuesday’s series opener will feaeries opener will er the final two and z held the ‘ance to rally. Long Island’our runs (three earned) in six and one-third inture a rematch of last Wednesday’s pitching matchup. John Brownell will take the mound for the Ducks, looking to rebound from his first rough start of the season. After he tossed 15 consecutive scoreless innings in his first two starts, the right-hander gave up 10 hits and six runs (five earned) in just five innings of work. Brownell walked two and struck out two, ultimately suffering the loss in Bridgeport’s 9-0 shutout win. Despite the loss, the Ducks veteran still has a career record of 7-3 with a 3.04 ERA and 52 strikeouts to just 18 walks in 77 innings of work.

Opposing Brownell will be Mike Antonini, who earned his only victory of the year when he faced the Ducks. The left-hander was dominant at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, holding the Flock to just three hits (two singles and a triple) and one walk over seven innings. In addition, he struck out nine batters and threw exactly two-thirds of his 100 pitches for strikes. Overall, Antonini is 1-1 with a 1.96 ERA in three starts this year, giving up four runs on 12 hits and six walks while striking out 17 in 18 and one-third innings of work. He has not allowed a run in his last two starts, a span of 13 and one-third innings. Antonini is a former 18th round draft pick by the Mets in 2007 and reached Triple-A with both the Mets and Dodgers organizations.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Bluefish: Tonight marks the 289th all-time meeting between the Ducks and Bluefish, the most for the Ducks against any other Atlantic League opponent. Bridgeport currently leads the series by a slim 146-142 margin, but the Ducks hold a 79-65 advantage at Bethpage Ballpark. Tonight is also the fourth of 27 scheduled games between the two teams in 2015. The Bluefish lead this year’s series 3-0. This season marks the seventh edition of the Ferry Cup Series, with the Ducks winning the Cup in four of the first six years.

Reegie’s Raking: Reegie Corona extended his hitting streak to 10 consecutive games with a double in the seventh inning on Sunday. That’s the longest by a Duck this season. During the streak, he is batting .432 (16-for-37) with three doubles, two triples, three RBI, seven runs and one walk. The former Yankees prospect currently leads the Atlantic League in batting average (.383) and ranks fourth in both on-base percentage (.420) and slugging percentage (.532).

Ford’s Fury: Lew Ford picked up his sixth multi-hit game of 2015 with two hits on Sunday. He’s now tied with Corona for second on the team in multi-hit games, just one behind Cody Puckett. The Ducks’ all-time batting leader has now totaled multiple hits in back-to-back contests and in four of his last 10 games. He has also reached base safely in five straight games and in 10 of his last 11 contests.

Sabatella’s Sizzling: Bryan Sabatella became the first Duck to pick up a pair of three-hit games this season with two singles and a triple on Sunday. He now has a total of five multi-hit contests this year, including four in his last 10 games. The Long Island native also notched his first triple of the year and Long Island’s fourth overall. Sabatella has now compiled 27 triples in his career. In addition, he stole his seventh base of the season and scored his 13th and 14th run. Both totals currently lead the Atlantic League.

Oh, What a Relief They Are: Patrick Crider, Tommy Organ and Amalio Diaz combined to pitch two and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief on Sunday. The trio allowed two hits and one walk while striking out three. In the four-game set against Lancaster, Ducks relievers combined to allow just five runs (four earned) in 15 and two-thirds innings (2.30 ERA). In the four games, the bullpen gave up 13 hits and seven walks while striking out 13 batters.

On the Air: Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Live streaming video and audio will be available by CLICKING HERE. Chris King will call the play-by-play. Fans can also follow a pitch-by-pitch account of the game via Pointstreak’s GameLive application by CLICKING HERE.

Finally, here are tonight’s starting lineups:

#44 Bryan Sabatella – RF
#28 Prentice Redman – LF
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#26 Jose Morales – C
#11 Reegie Corona – 2B
#22 Blake Davis – DH
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

#5   Nick Van Stratten – CF
#22 Sean Burroughs – 3B
#19 Welington Dotel – RF
#32 Andres Rodriguez – 1B
#26 John Alonso – DH
#12 Ryan Babineau – C
#7   James Simmons – LF
#6   Luis Rodriguez – 2B
#2   Ildemaro Vargas – SS

#33 Mike Antonini – LHP

Keep it here throughout the course of the game for updates, as the Ducks look to turn the tables in this year’s Ferry Cup Series. You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!

UPDATE (6:40): We are underway at Bethpage Ballpark, as John Brownell deals to Nick Van Stratten!

UPDATE (7:12): No score after two innings thus far. Lew Ford and Jose Morales have both picked up singles in the early going.

UPDATE (7:13): Also, apologies to anyone trying to follow along on Pointstreak. They are having technical difficulties with their pitch-by-pitch updates.

UPDATE (7:32): TOP 3: Ducks strike first! Ford launches a three-run blast to left after back-to-back walks! Second homer of the year for Lew!

UPDATE (7:42): BOT 3: Morales caps off the inning with a RBI single to left that scores Cody Puckett! 4-0 Ducks after three innings!

UPDATE (8:00): BOT 4: What a night for Ford! He adds a RBI double to left-center to increase the lead to five! He’s a triple shy of the cycle!

UPDATE (8:11): TOP 5: Bridgeport plates their first run of the night on a two-out RBI single to center by Ildemaro Vargas. Ducks lead is now 5-1.

UPDATE (8:17): BOT 5: Reegie Corona hustles out a ground ball to second and beats the throw for an infield single! Hitting streak is now 11 games!

UPDATE (8:27): TOP 6: The Bluefish inch a run closer on a sac fly to center by Andres Rodriguez. However, John Brownell strikes out Ryan Babineau to end the inning.

UPDATE (8:43): BOT 7: Ford singles to center to open up the seventh, becoming the first Duck this season with a four-hit game!

UPDATE (9:01): TOP 8: Amalio Diaz works out of a first-and-second, no-out jam, inducing two flyouts and striking out Babineau! Ducks still lead 5-2!

UPDATE (9:22): FINAL: Ryan Kussmaul works around a pair of two-out hits and gets Sean Burroughs to ground out to short! Ducks win the opener 5-2!


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