Game 42: Ducks at Riversharks

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The Ducks continued their winning ways overall and against the Riversharks on Friday, sweeping a day/night doubleheader at Campbell’s Field. Once again, the offense took center stage, pounding out nine runs on 12 hits in the opener followed by 13 runs on 15 hits in the nightcap. While the offense was doing work, the pitching staff was also superb. Long Island allowed just three runs on five hits in game one followed but two runs on seven hits in game two. All things told, the Ducks have now won five games in a row and are one win away from a sweep of the four-game series in Camden.

In game one, the Ducks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first against Riversharks starter Zachary Clark. Camden closed to within one in the third after Mark Rogers retired the first six batters he faced, but the righty settled down to avoid further trouble. Then, the offense went into high gear. Four runs in the fifth inning put the Flock ahead 6-1. The Ducks scored runs on a throwing error and a wild pitch, as well as a two-run single by Jose Morales. Former Duck Evan Crawford trimmed the lead to three with a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning, his first longball of the year. However, the Ducks answered back with three in the sixth to put the game out of reach. Bryan Sabatella, who had four hits and three runs, delivered a RBI single to plate Dan Lyons, who finished with three hits and two runs. Prentice Redman also delivered a two-run double. Meanwhile, Mark Rogers gave the Ducks five innings of three-run ball and both Nick Struck and Carmine Giardina tossed a pair of scoreless innings in relief.

Game two featured more of the same for the Ducks. They got in front early on Jon Griffin’s two-run home run to left off of former Duck Bill Murphy, who got the start for the Riversharks. Another run in the second on Dan Lyons’ sacrifice fly to right increased the lead to three. However, it was the fourth inning that stuck the dagger in the hearts of Camden. Long Island sent 14 men to the plate in the frame, compiling nine runs on eight hits, two walks and a hit batter. Among the highlights, Lyons drove in two in the inning and three for the game, Delta Cleary, Jr. collected a two-run single and Griffin added a two-run double to cap a four-RBI night. On the mound, Andrew Barbosa was dominant again. In two straight starts, he has now gone seven innings without allowing an earned run while striking out 10. He gave up just five hits, one unearned run and two walks on Friday. Frank DeJiulio, Jr. pitched the final two innings, allowing only a run in the ninth after back-to-back hitters reached on infield singles.

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

With the Ducks on the verge of a sweep, they’ll send Ian Marshall to the mound to try and seal the deal. Marshall has had some mixed results this year but ultimately enters with a 2-1 record and a 2.57 ERA through six starts. In 31 and two-thirds innings, he has allowed 28 hits and 12 walks while striking out 19. The right-hander took a no-decision in his last outing, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits and one walk while striking out two in a 4-3 15-inning loss against York on May 31. His only loss came against these Riversharks on May 23 in game two of a day/night doubleheader. In that outing, he had trouble with his control, allowing five hits and seven walks in five innings, though he only gave up three runs (two earned).

Camden will send right-hander Eric Smith to the mound for just his second start of the year. He’s filling in since Ryan Kulik pitched on Tuesday, and the ‘Sharks don’t want to pitch him on just three days’ rest. The righty is 0-2 with a 6.56 ERA in seven games thus far, and the Ducks roughed him up for seven runs (three earned) on three hits and a walk in one-third of an inning on Thursday. However, Smith threw three scoreless innings of relief against the Flock on May 22 at Bethpage Ballpark. His only start came on May 16 in Bridgeport, and he took the loss, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk in three and one-third innings.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Riversharks: Today marks the 273rd all-time meeting between the Ducks and Riversharks. The series is currently tied at 136 apiece, and Camden has a slim 70-69 edge at Campbell’s Field. It also marks the eighth of 18 scheduled games between the two in 2015. The Ducks lead the series six games to one and have won four consecutive games.

Managerial Milestone: Ducks manager Kevin Baez earned his 300th career managerial victory in Friday’s game one win. Since taking over as the Ducks’ skipper in 2011, he has a regular season record of 301-281 and a postseason mark of 16-10. Baez is second among Ducks’ managers in wins behind Don McCormack, who won 399 games from 2001-06.

Offensive Onslaught: The Ducks have broken out the bats in the first three games of the series. Long Island has combined to score 31 runs on 41 hits in the series, an average of 10.3 runs and 13.7 hits. The 13 runs in game two on Friday was their highest in a single game this season.

Oh, What a Relief They Are: Long Island’s bullpen has been outstanding over their last 11 games. In that span, Ducks relievers have allowed just four runs in 41 and one-third innings of work (0.87 ERA) on just 17 hits and seven walks while striking out 38 in the 11 games. Nick Struck has not allowed a run in eight straight appearances, and Carmine Giardina has thrown six scoreless outings.

Griffin Goes Yard: Jon Griffin hit his team-best eighth homer of the season in game two on Friday. He is now tied for second in the Atlantic League, one behind Southern Maryland’s Cyle Hankerd. Griffin also collected four RBI to increase his season total to 32. That’s second in the league behind Lew Ford, who has 35.

Cody’s Crushing It: Cody Puckett extended his on-base streak to 17 straight games by reaching in both games of Friday’s twinbill. During the streak, he is batting .329 (24-for-73) with five doubles, eight RBI and 10 runs scored. Puckett has also hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games and in 15 of his last 17 contests.

Atop the Leaderboard: Bryan Sabatella scored five runs in Friday’s twinbill. That number increased his season total to 34, which leads the league by 10 over Lancaster’s Blake Gailen and Brian Cavazos-Galvez. The outfielder also leads the league in at-bats (174), hits (51) and stolen bases (14).

On the Air: Tonight’s game 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:

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

#21 Ian Marshall – RHP

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

#18 Eric Smith – RHP

We’ll have updates throughout the game from Campbell’s Field as the Ducks and Riversharks wrap up their four-game series. You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!

UPDATE (6:08): END 2: No score through the first two innings in Camden. Jon Griffin has the only hit of the ballgame with a single in the second.

UPDATE (6:19): TOP 3: Reegie Corona scores from third on a wild pitch to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead!

UPDATE (6:35): TOP 4: Long Island tacks on another run courtesy of a two-out RBI single to left by Jose Morales! 2-0 Flock!

UPDATE (6:45): BOT 4: Riversharks get on the scoreboard thanks to a RBI double to right from Joel Guzman. Ducks lead is now 2-1.

UPDATE (6:57): TOP 5: Ducks have scored two on a RBI triple by Delta Cleary, Jr. and a run-scoring groundout by Lew Ford!

UPDATE (7:32): TOP 6: The Ducks add two more runs as Prentice Redman and Jose Morales score on errors by the ‘Sharks! 6-1 Long Island leads!

UPDATE (7:52): TOP 7: Ducks tack on yet another run thanks to Jon Griffin’s RBI double! 7-1 Flock!

UPDATE (8:39): FINAL: Ducks complete the four-game sweep of the Riversharks with a dominant 7-1 victory! Six straight wins for the Flock!

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