Game 39: Ducks at Riversharks

Following back-to-back extra inning games against the York Revolution, one a win and one a loss, the Ducks were hoping that Tuesday’s series finale would not only result in a win, but would be limited to just nine innings. In addition, they were hoping that starter Mickey Jannis would be able to replicate his previous outing, when he pitched eight scoreless innings at Somerset. With the way the bullpen had been used over the first two games, the relievers could certainly have used the rest. Well, Jannis did not disappoint, and the knuckleballer pitched the Ducks to a 3-0 shutout victory to earn a third consecutive series victory over the York Revolution this year.

The right-hander was the story all night long, as he nearly tossed a no-hitter despite battling rain and cold conditions throughout the game. He ran into a bit of trouble in the first, walking Wilson Valdez with one out and Andres Perez with two outs. However, he got Brandon Boggs to ground out to first to end the threat, and that seemed to give him a boost. Jannis retired 17 of the next 20 hitters he faced between the second and seventh innings, allowing just two walks and another batter to reach on an error. In the eighth, he gave up a one out walk to Sean Smith and got a second out before Wilson Valdez came up to the plate. Just one out away from taking his no-no into the ninth, the speedy shortstop hit a slow roller to his defensive counterpart, Dan Lyons. The Ducks’ shortstop gave a valiant effort to race in and throw off-balance to first, but his toss was a bit offline. However, even a perfect throw likely would not have beaten York’s fastest runner to the bag. The result as a hard luck infield single that ended the no-hit bid. Jannis rebounded to strike out Bryan Pounds for his season-high ninth ‘K’ of the game, and that would end his night at 134 pitches. It was a valiant effort from the knuckleballer, but he ultimately came up just short.

Revolution starter Rommie Lewis also had some control issues in the first inning, but his were much worse. The closer-turned-starter gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases with nobody out. After striking out Cody Puckett, he walked both Jon Griffin and Prentice Redman to force him a pair of runs. Then, after a strikeout of Reegie Corona, Mike Blanke drew another bases loaded free pass for the Ducks’ third run on the inning. Lewis would settle down after that, allowing just two hits and a walk over the next four innings, but the damage had been done. Even though Joe Harris limited Long Island to just two singles over the final three innings, York’s offense had no chance to dent home plate with the way Jannis was pitching.

With the win, the Ducks have now won all three series they have played against the Revs and they’ve posted a 7-2 record against York. In addition, Long Island has not lost a series since May 12-14 when they dropped two of three to the Bluefish. In that span, they have won two series against York, one against Camden and split one against Somerset (the Ducks’ series against Lancaster May 15-18 has not yet been completed due to a suspended game on May 18).

CLICK HERE to listen to highlights from Tuesday’s game
CLICK HERE to watch postgame interviews with Kevin Baez and Mickey Jannis
CLICK HERE to view Tuesday’s box score

Now that the Ducks have had a chance to get some rest with Wednesday’s day off, they head down the New Jersey turnpike for their first visit of the season to Campbell’s Field. Thursday will be the opener of four games in three days for the Ducks against the Camden Riversharks in a Liberty Division matchup. Long Island has won three of their last four games overall and took three of four from Camden May 22-24. The Riversharks have lost two straight and five of their last six to drop to 17-21 on the season and 10 games in back of the Somerset Patriots in the division. Dating back to the series on Long Island, Camden is 3-8 in their last 11 games.

The Ducks will send Billy Buckner to the mound for his third start in a Long Island uniform. Thus far, he is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA. The right-hander took the loss in his last outing on May 29 at Somerset, tossing four innings and allowing three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven. His first start came at York on May 21 when he pitched two scoreless frames. With two starts under his belt, the former big leaguer will likely have built his pitch count up enough to give the Ducks five or six innings, depending on how he throws.

The Riversharks will counter with Sean Gleason, who will face the Ducks for the first time this year. He has made seven starts in 2015, compiling a 2-2 record with a 3.55 ERA. The righty has allowed 43 hits in 38 innings of work but has walked just 12 while striking out 25. His last start came on May 28 against York, and he took a no-decision, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out three over six innings. Gleason has yet to give up more than three runs in any start this year, and both of his wins have come at home. However, he has also given up at least seven hits in each of his last five starts and has only gone more than six innings just once (May 10 against Sugar Land). The 29-year-old was originally drafted by the Orioles in the 20th round of the 2007 amateur draft, and he reached Triple-A in both 2011 and 2012.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Riversharks: Tonight marks the 270th all-time meeting between the Ducks and Riversharks. Camden leads the series 136-133 and has a 70-66 edge at Campbell’s Field. It also marks the fifth of 18 scheduled games between the two in 2015. The Ducks lead the series three games to one. Long Island won the 2014 series 13-7, but the teams split the 10 games in Camden.

Oh Mickey You’re So Fine: On Tuesday, Mickey Jannis finished four outs shy of becoming the second Ducks player in franchise history to pitch a no-hitter. The only Duck to ever accomplish the feat was Rod Henderson, who did so on May 25, 2001 in what was also a 3-0 win. There have been seven no-hitters pitched in the Atlantic League’s 18-year history. In his last six outings (three starts), Jannis has a 2-0 record with a 0.90 ERA. In that span, he has surrendered only 17 hits and eight walks while striking out 29. He has also thrown back-to-back starts of eight shutout innings, combining to strike out 17 batters and give up just four hits. The Nevada native is second in the Atlantic League with a 1.55 ERA.

Oh, What a Relief They Are: Long Island’s bullpen has been outstanding over their last eight games. In that span, Ducks relievers have combined to allow just three runs in 31 and two-thirds innings of work, good for a 0.85 ERA. The bullpen has also given up only 12 hits and five walks while striking out 26 batters in the eight games. Ryan Kussmaul earned his Atlantic League-leading 10th save and has given up just one run in his last seven outings, a span of nine innings.

Cody’s Crushing It: Cody Puckett extended his on-base streak to 14 straight games with a single on Tuesday. During the streak, the infielder is batting .333 (20-for-60) with five doubles, six RBI and six runs scored. Puckett has also hit safely in eight consecutive games and in 13 of his last 14 contests.

Atop the Leaderboard: Bryan Sabatella scored one of the three Ducks runs on Tuesday. It was the Long Island native’s 28th run of the year, which leads the league by four over Lancaster’s Blake Gailen and Brian Cavazos-Galvez. The outfielder also leads the league in at-bats (159) and stolen bases (14).

Delta Domination: Delta Cleary, Jr. has been red hot of late. The outfielder has earned hits in 11 of his last 12 games, compiling a .395 batting average (17-for-43) in those 12 contests. In addition, he’s totaled five doubles, five RBI, nine runs and five stolen bases while raising his batting average from .133 to .328.

On the Air: Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Live streaming audio will be available 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:

#44 Bryan Sabatella – RF
#5   Delta Cleary, Jr. – LF
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#28 Prentice Redman – DH
#11 Reegie Corona – 2B
#9   Mike Blanke – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#29 Billy Buckner – RHP

#2   Michael Rockett – CF
#10 Paddy Matera – 2B
#33 Ryan Strieby – 1B
#4   Mike Costanzo – 3B
#27 Joel Guzman – DH
#3   Carlos Guzman – RF
#12 Jose Gil – C
#52 Evan Crawford – LF
#15 Norberto Susini – SS

#30 Sean Gleason – RHP

Keep it here for updates all evening long from Campbell’s Field as the Ducks and Riversharks open up their four-game set. You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!

UPDATE (6:48): Start time for tonight’s game has now been pushed back to 7:15 due to field maintenance that is ongoing in the vicinity of second base.

UPDATE (7:20): Today’s game is still in a delay due to the field conditions. We will provide an update as soon as we receive one from Riversharks officials

UPDATE (7:40): Managers currently exchanging lineup cards. First pitch is now scheduled for approximately 7:45

UPDATE (7:53): We are underway at Campbell’s Field!

UPDATE (8:28): BOT 2: Camden takes the lead on a solo home run to left-center by Joel Guzman, his second of the year.

UPDATE (8:41): TOP 3: Ducks immediately answer and tie the score on Lew Ford’s fifth home run of the season, a solo blast to left field!

UPDATE (9:13): MID 5: Halfway through, and the score is still tied at one. Billy Buckner has limited the Riversharks to just two hits and two walks.

UPDATE (9:34): TOP 6: The Ducks get their first lead on a RBI single to left-center by Dan Lyons! It’s his 14th RBI of the season!

UPDATE (9:46): BOT 6: Patrick Crider relieves Buckner and gets two outs to keep the Ducks in front 2-1! Buckner’s line: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

UPDATE (10:21): END 8: Bruce Kern works a 1-2-3 seventh, and Amalio Diaz does the same in the eighth! Onto the ninth with the Ducks still leading 2-1!

UPDATE (10:39): TOP 9: Ducks have scored four runs in the ninth on a run-scoring hit by pitch, a run-scoring error and a two-run single by Jon Griffin!

UPDATE (10:48): TOP 9: The Ducks add three more against former Duck Daniel Herrera on a two-run single by Lyons and a RBI single by Bryan Sabatella!

UPDATE (10:56): FINAL: Frank DeJiulio, Jr. works a scoreless ninth inning, and the Ducks win the opener over the Riversharks 9-1! Three straight victories!


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