Game 23: Ducks at Barnstormers

Everything seemed to be going the Ducks’ way for the first five and a half innings on Saturday night. Long Island received terrific pitching from Mickey Jannis, who had thrown five scoreless innings and allowed just four hits while striking out six. Offensively, the Ducks scored the game’s first run on a groundout by Lew Ford in the third and then added three more in the fifth on a three-run homer to right by Reegie Corona. Up 4-0 and heading to the bottom of the sixth, Long Island seemed ready to end a three-game skid. Then, everything went wrong.

Jannis took the mound again and promptly induced a pair of groundballs. However, Cody Puckett threw low to first, allowing Yusuke Kajimoto to reach on an error. Jon Griffin tried to field Chevy Clarke’s grounder on his backhand, but the ball bounced under his glove and trickled into shallow right. Rather than having the bases empty and two outs, the Barnstormers had two on with no one out for Blake Gailen. The next pitch from Jannis was lined over the right field wall for a three-run homer, cutting the Ducks’ lead to one. After a bloop single to center by Brian Cavazos-Galven, Jannis was replaced by Patrick Crider. Cavazos-Galvez stole second and then came home with the tying run two batters later on an opposite field RBI double by Keith Castillo.

Long Island escaped the sixth with the game still tied, but they failed to retake the lead in the seventh. Dan Lyons led off the inning with an infield single and a stolen base, but Bryan Sabatella’s bunt attempt was popped out to first. Corona then popped out to third on the first pitch he saw, and after an intentional walk to Lew Ford, Cody Puckett was retired on a flyout to left-center field.

Bruce Kern came on to pitch the bottom of the seventh and promptly walked Tyler Bortnick to open the frame. Following a stolen base, Kern induced a foul pop out and a fielder’s choice that caught Bortnick between second and third. On the fielder’s choice, Clarke made it to second base, and that would loom large. After an intentional walk to Gailen, Cavazos-Galvez grounded a 1-2 pitch through the left side for the go-ahead RBI single. Tommy Organ then came on and allowed a RBI single to Lance Zawadzki and a run-scoring wild pitch before all was said and done. The strong play through the first five and a half innings had been long forgotten, and Lancaster had taken advantage of sloppy defense and poor relief pitching from the Ducks. The final result: a 7-4 Barnstormers win and a fourth straight defeat for the Flock.

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

Both teams will have a quick turnaround on Sunday with a 1:00 afternoon contest. The Ducks will be sending their ace to the mound in hopes that he will continue his strong work this year. John Brownell enters with a 3-1 record and a 2.33 ERA through four starts. He is coming off of a quality start and win in his most recent outing, tossing seven innings of six-hit, two-run ball against the Bluefish on Tuesday. He walked one and struck out four in the victory, bouncing back nicely from a rough start in his only loss of the year on May 6. This will be Brownell’s first start of the year against the Barnstormers. The right-hander made five starts against the ‘Stormers in 2014 and went 2-2 with a 3.71 ERA, striking out 26 batters in 34 innings.

Brownell will be opposed by right-hander Bryan Woodall, who will make his second start and eighth appearance of the year. Thus far, he is 0-2 with a 7.10 ERA and has allowed 16 hits in 12 and two-thirds innings. His first start came against the Ducks in the day game of last Saturday’s day/night doubleheader. The 28-year-old allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings and struck out one batter but took the loss in a 3-2 Ducks victory. Woodall threw a scoreless inning of relief on Thursday as well in Lancaster’s 2-1 extra inning loss at Somerset.

Here are today’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Barnstormers: Today marks the 201st all-time meeting between the Ducks and Barnstormers. The Ducks lead the series 103-97, but the series is tied at 51 at Clipper Magazine Stadium. Today is also the seventh of 20 scheduled games between the teams in 2015. This year’s series is tied at three. Lancaster won the 2014 season series 13-7 and went 7-3 against the Flock at home.

Griffin’s Getting Hot: Jon Griffin earned his third consecutive multi-hit game with a pair of singles on Saturday. The first baseman collected three hits during Thursday’s game and two hits on Friday. He now has three two-hit games and four multi-hit contests in 2015. Griffin has hit safely in six consecutive games and in nine of his last 10 contests, raising his batting average from .146 to .253 in that span. In the 10 games, Griffin is batting .368 (14-for-38) with three doubles, two home runs, five RBI and five runs scored.

Reegie’s Raking: Reegie Corona launched his first home run of the season with a three-run blast on Saturday. It was the Ducks’ 15th homer of 2015 and their third three-run longball. Bryan Sabatella and Lew Ford have the others. Corona finished with three hits and three RBI. The switch-hitter now has eight multi-hit games, one shy of the team lead (Ford, 9). Saturday was his first multi-RBI game. Corona has now hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games.

Dan’s the Man: Dan Lyons extended his hitting streak to 11 consecutive games with an infield single on Saturday. He is now tied with Corona for the longest hitting streak by a Duck this year. During the streak, Lyons is batting .405 (15-for-37) with two doubles, five RBI and five runs. The shortstop has now collected a hit in 15 of the 20 games that he has played in this season. In addition, Lyons has increased his batting average from .161 to .294 in the 11 games.

Ford’s on Fire: Lew Ford drew a walk on Saturday and has now reached base safely in 10 consecutive games. During the streak the former big leaguer is batting .425 (17-for-40) with six doubles, one triple, two homers, 13 RBI and eight runs scored. Ford has driven in at least one run in five consecutive games and has picked up a hit in eight of the 10 games. The Ducks’ all-time leader in batting average has raised his 2015 average from .255 to .345 in that span as well.

On the Air: Today’s game will be broadcast on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Live streaming audio will 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 today’s starting lineups:

#11 Reegie Corona – 2B
#5   Delta, Cleary, Jr. – RF
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#28 Prentice Redman – DH
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#22 Blake Davis – 3B
#30 Dillon Haupt – C
#25 Erik Komatsu – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

#5   Masato Fukae – CF
#36 Michael Broad – 2B
#2   Blake Gailen – 1B
#31 Brian Cavazos-Galvez – RF
#7   Lance Zawadzki – SS
#27 Juan Apodaca – C
#35 Dan Coury – DH
#21 Kevin Rivers – LF
#3   Tyler Bortnick – 3B

#24 Bryan Woodall – RHP

Keep it here all afternoon, as we’ll be updating the post throughout the game at Clipper Magazine Stadium. You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!

UPDATE (1:24): BOT 1: Barnstormers take the lead on a double by Gailen, a stolen base and a throwing error by Haupt.

UPDATE (1:58): END 3: John Brownell freezes Yusuke Kajimoto for a strikeout to end the third. Four strikeouts for Brownell thus far.

UPDATE (2:26): TOP 5: The Ducks tie the game at one on a two-out RBI single to right field by Reegie Corona! It’s his fourth RBI of the series!

UPDATE (2:35): BOT 5: Kevin Rivers puts the Barnstormers back in front with a solo homer to right. It’s his first longball of the year.

UPDATE (3:02): TOP 7: Another RBI single for Corona! The red hot second baseman plates Dillon Haupt with a base hit to center! 2-2 ballgame.

UPDATE (3:08): TOP 7: Long Island takes the lead for the first time today! Lew Ford with a two-out, two-strike RBI single to center! 3-2 Ducks!

UPDATE (3:18): BOT 7: Barnstormers tie it up again. A leadoff walk to Zawadzki and a two-out RBI double by Rivers do the damage.

UPDATE (3:24): BOT 7: Bruce Kern comes in and allows a RBI single to left by Bortnick. Barnstormers back in front 4-3.

UPDATE (3:35): TOP 8: After two singles and a walk, Dan Lyons draws a bases loaded walk to tie up the game again! 4-4 in the eighth!

UPDATE (3:42): TOP 8: A second bases loaded walk, this time to Corona, puts the Ducks in front 5-4!

UPDATE (3:48): TOP 8: Cody Eppley throws a wild pitch that scores Morales, and Ford follows with a two-run single to right! 8-4 Ducks lead!

UPDATE (4:35): FINAL: Ryan Kussmaul allows two runs in the ninth but gets Cavazos-Galvez to ground out to third and leave the bases loaded! Ducks win 8-6!


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