Games 40/41: Ducks at Riversharks

In their first visit to Campbell’s Field this year, the Ducks put together a strong overall performance to open the series with a 9-1 win over the Camden Riversharks. Long Island received hits all night long from the offense, 14 in total, outstanding pitching from starter Billy Buckner and the bullpen, and some strong defense as well. Now, they’ll get to turnaround quickly today and look to build on their three-game winning streak when they face the ‘Sharks in a day/night doubleheader.

The Ducks’ offense was a consistent force against Riversharks starter Sean Gleason and eventually, the Camden bullpen. Long Island had at least one runner on in every inning but the seventh, amassing 14 total hits and drawing five walks and three hit by pitches against the Riversharks pitching staff. After falling behind in the second inning on Joel Guzman’s solo homer, the Ducks immediately tied the game in third when Lew Ford led off the inning with a solo blast of his own to left. Despite several opportunities, the Ducks could not take the lead until the sixth when Dan Lyons’ RBI single to left-center capped a streak of three consecutive singles for the bottom of the order. Even with Long Island’s constant threats, they had left nine men on base through the first eight innings and only had a one-run lead heading into the ninth. However, one big inning against Eric Smith and Daniel Herrera sealed the win. Here’s how it went down:

-Lyons reached on infield single to short, moved to second on throwing error by Norberto Susini
-Sabatella reached on infield single to short, Lyons to third
-Cleary, Jr. hit by pitch, Sabatella to second
-Ford hit by pitch, Lyons scored, Sabatella to third, Cleary, Jr. to second
-Puckett reached on fielder’s choice throwing error by Mike Costanzo, Sabatella scored, Cleary, Jr. to third, Ford to second
-Griffin singled to center field, Cleary, Jr. and Ford scored, Puckett to second
-Redman struck out swinging
-Corona walked, Puckett to third, Griffin to second
–Daniel Herrera relieved Eric Smith—
-Blanke flew out to right field
-Lyons singled to left field, Puckett and Griffin scored, Corona to second
-Sabatella singled to center field, Corona scored, Lyons to second
-Cleary, Jr. grounded into force out at second

Seven runs, five hits, two errors, two hit batters, one walk

As for Long Island’s pitching, they kept the game as close as it was for the first eight inning. Buckner earned his first win of the year with five and one-third innings of one-run ball. He gave up just three hits along the way and walked three batters while striking out three. Aside from the homer in the second, he allowed just two singles and never had two runners on at the same time in the ballgame. After he was lifted with one out in the sixth, Patrick Crider, Bruce Kern and Amalio Diaz retired all eight batters they faced. The big ninth inning allowed the Ducks to avoid using closer Ryan Kussmaul, and Frank DeJiulio, Jr. ended up closing out the game with a scoreless ninth, allowing just a double to Costanzo.

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Both teams return back to the field less than 12 hours after yesterday’s game was completed for a day/night doubleheader on Friday. The morning contest will begin at 11:05, with the nightcap following at 7:05, so there will hopefully be a decent break between the games for players to get some rest.

Mark Rogers will take the mound for the Ducks in game one looking to get back on the winning track. He has made six appearances (five starts) this year, going 1-3 with a 5.72 ERA. The right-hander’s last outing was a relief showing on Sunday against York in the 15-inning marathon. Rogers pitched out of tough jams in both the 13th and 14th innings, but in the 15th, he served up a leadoff homer to Sean Smith that proved to be the difference. Still, it was a much better showing for the righty. His last start came on May 20 at York when he lasted only one inning, giving up three runs on two hits and three walks before being lifted. The former big leaguer has yet to face Camden this year, but in 2014 with Lancaster, he was 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in two starts against the ‘Sharks.

Camden will use right-hander Zachary Clark for the twinbill opener. He has appeared in three games (two starts) for the Riversharks and is 0-1 with a 4.82 ERA thus far. The righty faced the Ducks in game one of a day/night doubleheader on Saturday, May 23 and took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks in three and one-third innings of work. His last outing came on Saturday, May 30 against the Revolution, and he took a no-decision, giving up three runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out three over five innings. Camden went on to drop the game in 4-3 in 11 innings.

Game two of the doubleheader will showcase a pair of southpaws in Long Island’s Andrew Barbosa and Camden’s Bill Murphy. Check back in later on for a closer look at that pitching matchup.

Here are today’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Riversharks: Today marks the 271st and 272nd all-time meetings between the Ducks and Riversharks. Camden leads the series 136-134 and has a 70-67 edge at Campbell’s Field. It also marks the sixth and seventh of 18 scheduled games between the two in 2015. The Ducks lead the series four games to one. Long Island won the 2014 series 13-7.

Managerial Milestone: With a win in either of today’s games, Ducks manager Kevin Baez will earn his 300th career managerial victory. The Atlantic League veteran is in his fifth season at the helm for Long Island and has posted a career record of 299-281 during the regular season along with a 16-10 postseason mark. Baez is second all-time among Ducks managers in victories, trailing only Don McCormack, who won 399 games from 2001-2006.

Oh, What a Relief They Are: Long Island’s bullpen has been outstanding over their last nine games. In that span, Ducks relievers have allowed just three runs in 35 and one-third innings of work (0.76 ERA) on just 13 hits and five walks while striking out 31 in the nine games. Bruce Kern and Frank DeJiulio, Jr. have each made seven straight scoreless appearances. Patrick Crider has allowed just one run in his last 14 games, while Amalio Diaz has yielded one run in his last 13.

Lew Launches One: Lew Ford hit his fifth homer of the season on Thursday. He is now second on the team, two behind Jon Griffin. Ford and Griffin have hit each of Long Island’s last five home runs. Ford’s two RBI increased his season total to 35, which leads the Atlantic League by seven over Griffin and Gailen.

Cody’s Crushing It: Cody Puckett extended his on-base streak to 15 straight games with a walk on Tuesday. During the streak, the infielder is batting .313 (20-for-64) with five doubles, six RBI and seven runs scored. Puckett has also hit safely in eight of his last nine games and in 13 of his last 15 contests.

Atop the Leaderboard: Bryan Sabatella scored one of the nine Ducks runs on Tuesday. It was the Long Island native’s 29th run of the year, which leads the league by five over Lancaster’s Blake Gailen and Brian Cavazos-Galvez. The outfielder also leads the league in at-bats (164) and stolen bases (14).

Delta Domination: Delta Cleary, Jr. has been red hot of late. The outfielder has earned hits in 12 of his last 13 games, compiling a .375 batting average (18-for-48) in those 13 contests. In addition, he’s totaled five doubles, five RBI, 10 runs and five stolen bases while raising his batting average from .133 to .317.

Off to the Races: The Ducks stole two bases on Thursday to improve their season total to 46. That leads the Atlantic League by six over Lancaster. Reegie Corona earned his fifth steal of the season, while Griffin picked up his second. 13 of Long Island’s 46 steals have come against the Riversharks.

On the Air: Game one of today’s doubleheader will be broadcast on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Live streaming audio will be available by CLICKING HERE. Game two can be heard on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Live 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 the starting lineups for game one:

#44 Bryan Sabatella – DH
#5   Delta Cleary, Jr. – CF
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#28 Prentice Redman – RF
#26 Jose Morales – C
#22 Blake Davis – 2B
#25 Erik Komatsu – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#37 Mark Rogers – RHP

#9   Brandon Chaves – SS
#3   Carlos Guzman – RF
#10 Paddy Matera – 2B
#27 Joel Guzman – 1B
#33 Ryan Strieby – DH
#4   Mike Costanzo – 3B
#52 Evan Crawford – LF
#28 Eddie Sorondo – C
#2   Michael Rockett – CF

#11 Zachary Clark – RHP

Keep it here for updates all day long from Campbell’s Field as the Ducks and Riversharks do battle in a day/night doubleheader. You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!

UPDATE (11:24): TOP 1: Ducks jump out to a 2-0 lead on Cody Puckett’s RBI single to right and a run-scoring double play ball off the bat of Jon Griffin!

UPDATE (12:03): BOT 3: Camden pulls within a run on Eddie Sorondo’s RBI double. However, Mark Rogers strands him at second base!

UPDATE (12:41): TOP 5: Four runs for the Ducks, who now lead 6-1! Runs have scored on a wild pitch, an error, and a two-run single by Jose Morales!

UPDATE (1:01): BOT 5: Former Duck Evan Crawford hits a two-run homer to left to cut the Ducks’ lead to 6-3.

UPDATE (1:13): TOP 6: Three more runs for the Ducks increase the lead to 9-3! Bryan Sabatella with a RBI single, his fourth hit of the game, and Prentice Redman with a two-run double!

UPDATE (1:41): END 7: Nick Struck works back-to-back scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh, striking out five batters! Still 9-3 Ducks!

UPDATE (2:13): FINAL: Carmine Giardina works two scoreless innings, and the Ducks win 9-3. Congrats to manager Kevin Baez on his 300th managerial victory!

After the Ducks took game one of the doubleheader, game two will feature a pair of left-handers on the mound. Andrew Barbosa will get the start for Long Island, as he enters with a 1-0 record and a 0.60 ERA in three starts this year. In his last start, the southpaw tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out 10 Somerset Patriots batters on the road in a 3-0 win. He faced Camden in the start before that and lasted five innings, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out four. Barbosa’s start tonight will be his third away from Bethpage Ballpark.

Camden will counter with Bill Murphy, a former Duck from their 2013 Atlantic League championship team. Murphy has struggled this year, going just 1-4 with a 5.30 ERA through seven starts. He has lost each of his last four starts, giving up 18 runs (17 earned) over 23 innings in them, which equates to a 6.65 ERA. His last start came on May 29 when he allowed four runs on nine hits and four walks over seven innings, striking out five in a 6-3 defeat. Murphy faced the Ducks back on May 22 and took the loss, yielding seven runs on eight hits and four walks in four innings.

We’ll have the starting lineups for you as soon as they are posted. Stay tuned!

UPDATE (5:56): Starting lineups for game two of the doubleheader:

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

#49 Andrew Barbosa – LHP

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

#14 Bill Murphy – LHP

UPDATE (7:11): We are underway in game two of the doubleheader!

UPDATE (7:19): TOP 1: Jon Griffin launches a two-run home run to left field with two outs to put the Ducks on top 2-0!

UPDATE (7:42): TOP 2: Dan Lyons lifts a sacrifice fly to right, extending Long Island’s lead to three!

UPDATE (8:28): TOP 4: The Ducks have exploded for seven runs on seven hits and two walks to take a 10-0 lead!

UPDATE (8:40): TOP 4: Long Island adds two more runs for a nine-run inning! They have set a new season-high with 12 runs and lead Camden 12-0!

UPDATE (8:50): BOT 4: A RBI single by Norberto Susini puts Camden on the scoreboard in the fourth.

UPDATE (9:15): END 6: Andrew Barbosa strikes out two in the sixth and now has eight for the game! Ducks still lead it 12-1 over the Riversharks!

UPDATE (9:27): TOP 7: Cody Puckett delivers a two-out RBI single to center to give the Ducks their 12-run lead back at 13-1!

UPDATE (10:00): END 8: Frank DeJiulio, Jr. relieves Barbosa and works a 1-2-3 eighth. Final line for Barbosa: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K!

UPDATE (10:19): FINAL: The Ducks complete the doubleheader sweep with a 13-2 rout of the Riversharks! They’ll go for the sweep on Saturday at 5:35!


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