Game 22: Ducks at Barnstormers

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After throwing six no-hit innings against the Lancaster Barnstormers in the nightcap of a doubleheader on May 9, the Ducks had to be feeling good with Mark Rogers taking the mound against the same foe on Friday night. Unfortunately, the right-hander did not have the same dominance or accuracy, especially with his fastball, and Lancaster struck first in the four-game series with a 6-2 win. With the loss, the Ducks moved back to a game under .500 and dropped their third straight after winning four of five.

The Barnstormers struck early and often against Rogers. In the first inning, a single by Yusuke Kajimoto opened the game, and then Chevy Clarke was able to draw a walk despite trying to sacrifice the runner to second. After the free pass, Blake Gailen hit Rogers’ first pitch well over the wall in right-center for a three-run homer. Two innings later, Rogers struggled with control again. After a leadoff double by Ducks killer Brian Cavazos-Galven, a walk and a wild pitch plated the fourth run of the game, and a sacrifice fly by Juan Apodaca pushed the lead to five. A leadoff walk issued in the fifth to Cavazos-Galvez set the stage for another run to score on Apodaca’s RBI double. Rogers finished with five walks allowed along with six runs on six hits in five innings, a much different outcome than when he allowed just two baserunners on a walk and an error less than a week prior.

As for the offense, the Ducks received yet another big game from Lew Ford. The team’s leader at the plate earned his second four-hit game in four days. Jon Griffin also had a strong night with two hits, and both Ford and Griffin each drove in a run. However, the Ducks once again squandered several opportunities to get back in the game early. In the fourth inning, the Ducks had runners at first and second with one out, trailing by four. However, Jose Morales and Erik Komatsu both popped out to right to leave both men on base. An inning later, Long Island picked up back-to-back two-out singles. However, Cody Puckett struck out against Dan Osterbrock to end the threat. The third baseman would again go down on strikes with two on and two out in the seventh against Scott Patterson. Long Island finished with eight men left on base in the game and searching for a way to improve their .274 average with runners in scoring position and .244 mark with runners in scoring position and two outs.

A final area of concern that led to a third consecutive loss was the opponent’s ability to consistently steal bases. For a second straight night, the Ducks allowed six stolen bases. In both games, pitchers seemed to not pay enough attention to the runner at first base, and both Jose Morales and Dillon Haupt made a few off-target throws to second base. Whatever the reason may be, the Ducks will surely need to find a way to keep opponents from running wild against them. Not slowing the opposition down will only make things more difficult for both the pitching staff and the offense.

CLICK HERE to listen to highlights from Friday’s game
CLICK HERE to view Friday’s box score

The Ducks will turn to knuckleballer Mickey Jannis to try and end the three-game skid. He also will be looking to get back on track after dropping each of his past two starts. The right-hander faced the ‘Stormers last Sunday and allowed eight hits over six and one-third innings, surrendering four runs as well. Jannis’ knuckleball was a bit more controlled, as he only walked two compared to four his previous start. However, he also only struck out two. To get the win tonight, he will need to find the dominance he had when tossing five scoreless innings at Southern Maryland. The Nevada native made a relief appearance on Thursday and gave up a run on a walk in one inning against the Bluefish. Jannis started four games against the Barnstormers as a member of the Blue Crabs in 2014 and went 1-0 with a 3.80 ERA and 16 strikeouts to three walks in 21 and one-third innings.

Marcus Walden will toe the rubber for the Barnstormers. He too faced the Ducks last weekend, taking the loss in the nightcap of Saturday’s twinbill. The right-hander allowed five runs in just five innings, yielding five hits and three walks while striking out three. In that game, the Ducks jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, and that will be a key again for the Flock especially after falling behind by three early in last night’s game. Walden threw an inning of relief for Lancaster on Wednesday to help out a thin bullpen.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Barnstormers: Tonight marks the 200th all-time meeting between the Ducks and Barnstormers. The Ducks lead the series 103-96 and have a 51-50 record at Clipper Magazine Stadium. Tonight is also the sixth of 20 scheduled games between the teams in 2015. Long Island leads the series 3-2. Lancaster won the 2014 season series 13-7 and went 7-3 against the Flock at home.

Four for Ford: Lew Ford earned his second four-hit game of the week on Friday with two doubles and two singles. He is the only Duck to collect four hits in a game this year. The 38-year-old also had four hits on Tuesday in Long Island’s 5-2 win over Bridgeport. Ford has now hit safely in six straight games, earning multiple hits in five of the six. During his hitting streak, he is batting .640 (16-for-25) with five doubles, one triple, two home runs, nine RBI and seven runs. The former big leaguer has also reached base safely in nine consecutive games.

Griffin’s Getting Hot: Jon Griffin earned his second consecutive multi-hit game with a pair of singles on Friday. The first baseman collected three hits in Thursday’s homestand finale. He now has a pair of two-hit games and three multi-hit contests in 2015. Griffin has hit safely in five consecutive games and in eight of his last nine contests, raising his batting average from .146 to .240 in that span. In the nine games, Griffin is batting .353 (12-for-34) with three doubles, two home runs, five RBI and five runs scored.

Dan’s the Man: Dan Lyons extended his hitting streak to 10 consecutive games with a single on Friday. That’s the second-longest hitting streak by a Duck this season (Reegie Corona, 11). During the streak, Lyons is batting .400 (14-for-35) with two doubles, five RBI and three runs. The shortstop has now collected a hit in 14 of the 19 games that he has played in this season. Lyons has increased his batting average from .161 to .288 in the 10 games.

Redman Keeps Reaching: Prentice Redman had a single and a walk on Friday and has now reached base safely in all 13 games played as a Duck. That is the longest on-base streak by a Duck this year. During the stretch, the former New York Met has drawn 11 walks while totaling five RBI and eight runs. He has drawn at least one walk (eight total) in six consecutive games.

On the Air: Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Live streaming audio will also be available online by CLICKING HERE. Michael Polak 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:

Ducks
#44 Bryan Sabatella – RF
#11 Reegie Corona – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#26 Jose Morales – C
#5   Delta Cleary, Jr. – LF
#25 Erik Komatsu – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#6   Mickey Jannis – RHP

Barnstormers
#1   Yusuke Kajimoto – 2B
#6   Chevy Clarke – CF
#2   Blake Gailen – 1B
#31 Brian Cavazos-Galvez – RF
#7   Lance Zawadzki – SS
#28 Keith Castillo – C
#27 Juan Apodaca – DH
#21 Kevin Rivers – LF
#3   Tyler Bortnick – 3B

#37 Marcus Walden – RHP

We’ll have updates throughout the game as the Ducks try to get back in the win column. You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!

UPDATE (7:13): For those tuning into the broadcast, the game is starting in a delay as the Barnstormers get the field ready following rain earlier this afternoon. We’ll be back on with first pitch when all is set.

UPDATE (7:38): We are underway at Clipper Magazine Stadium!

UPDATE (8:18): TOP 3: Ducks plate the game’s first run on Lew Ford’s RBI groundout! It’s his league-leading 20th run batted in of the year!

UPDATE (8:44): END 4: Mickey Jannis has tossed four scoreless innings thus far, allowing just two hits while striking out five! Ducks still in front 1-0!

UPDATE (8:58): TOP 5: A three-run home run to right field by Reegie Corona has extended the Ducks lead to 4-0! It’s his first longball as a Duck!

UPDATE (9:12): BOT 5: Jannis works out of a first-and-second, one-out jam by inducing a flyout and then striking out Tyler Bortnick!

UPDATE (9:27): BOT 6: Two Ducks errors are followed by a three-run homer to right from Gailen. His fourth of the year shrinks Long Island’s lead to 4-3.

UPDATE (9:37): BOT 6: A RBI double to right by Keith Castillo ties up the game at four.

UPDATE (10:22): BOT 7: Lancaster scores three times to take a 7-4 lead on RBI singles by Brian Cavazos-Galvez and Lance Zawadzki and a wild pitch.

UPDATE (10:51): FINAL: Ducks fall 7-4 to the Barnstormers. Game three of the series takes place on Sunday at 1:00.

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Posted on May 16, 2015, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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