Game 57: Ducks vs. Bluefish
The Ducks continue to hit their way to win after win. Sunday afternoon saw Long Island reach double-digit hits once again, en route to an 8-3 win over the Bridgeport Bluefish on Father’s Day. The team now leads the 2015 Ferry Cup Series 7-6 and boasts a .284 team average, 23 points higher than the next-best team in the Atlantic League (Somerset). With the win, the Ducks improved to 38-17, but with Somerset’s victory, the Flock remains one and a half games out of first place. On Monday night, they will look to win their ninth straight game and 20th in the month of June to secure their fourth series sweep in the month. The Ducks then fly south to Texas for a six-game set with the Sugar Land Skeeters.
Sunday’s game was a back and forth affair through the first few innings, with the contest being tied at two after three. The Ducks trailed after one frame, but sacrifice flies from Jon Griffin and Lew Ford accounted for the two Long Island runs scored. However, in the fourth, the Flock began to pull ahead. With Reegie Corona and Prentice Redman aboard, Dan Lyons launched his second homer in as many days, a three-run shot to left field off of Bridgeport starter Reinaldo Lopez that put the Ducks on top 5-2. With the round-tripper, Lyons matched his season total from one year ago. The ‘Fish got one run back in the fifth on Welington Dotel’s run-scoring fielder’s choice, but the Ducks tacked on three more in the bottom of the inning. Corona lined a two-run double off the wall in right to extend the lead. Redman, who has been hot with the bat of late, followed up with his second straight single, scoring Corona from second. Long Island led 8-3, and that was all they would need to win.
Ducks starter Mark Rogers took a no decision in the outing, lasting four innings before being pulled. He allowed two runs on four hits while walking three and striking out five. Bruce Kern (3-1) entered in relief to earn the win, giving up one run on two hits through two innings. He did not issue a walk and struck out three. Mickey Jannis, Nick Struck and Frank DeJiulio, Jr. held the Bluefish hitless over the final three innings to seal the deal. Struck fanned three straight batters in the eighth, lowering his ERA to 1.50. Jannis lowered his to a league-leading 1.30.
The Ducks will look for a team-record 13th straight wins at Bethpage Ballpark on Monday with Andrew Barbosa on the hill. The lefty comes in at 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA through six starts. In 32 innings, he has allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 24 hits while walking 13 and striking out 38. The southpaw has not yet faced the Bluefish since joining the Ducks on May 19. His previous outing came on June 17 at Bethpage Ballpark against the Sugar Land Skeeters, a 4-1 Long Island win. Barbosa earned the win, pitching six shutout innings and allowing just three hits. He walked three and struck out seven. The Ducks have won every game the left-hander has started. Barbosa begins his first season in the Atlantic league and with Long Island. He has played four seasons professionally, all in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.
Bridgeport will try to take the series finale with D.J. Mitchell getting the ball. The righty is 3-3 with a 2.14 ERA with 10 starts in 2015. Through 58 and two-thirds innings, Mitchell has surrendered 16 runs (14 earned) on 50 hits while walking 24 and striking out 50. He is second on the team in innings pitched behind Mike Antonini (60 and two-thirds innings). The Bluefish have lost the last five games the right-hander has started (May 22-June 17). His last start came on June 17 in Somerset against the first-place Patriots, a 4-3 Bridgeport loss. Mitchell lasted six innings and allowed three runs on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts. He has faced the Ducks twice this season and is 1-0 against them, but took a no decision in the previous series between the teams in Connecticut during his June 12 start. He did not allow a run through seven innings, but the Ducks came from behind to win 2-1. Mitchell enters his seventh season in professional baseball and second in the Atlantic League. The 27-year-old made two stops in The Show, pitching for the New York Yankees in May and July 2012. In four Major League games, the right-hander recorded a 3.86 ERA and two strikeouts in 4.2 innings.
Here are tonight’s game notes:
Ducks vs. Bluefish: Tonight marks the 299th all-time meeting between the Ducks and Bluefish. The series is currently tied at 149, but the Ducks hold an 82-67 advantage at Bethpage Ballpark. It is also the 14th of 27 scheduled games between the two teams in 2015. The Ducks lead the series seven to six and have won each of the last six meetings. This year marks the seventh edition of the Ferry Cup Series, with the Ducks winning the Cup in four of the first six years.
All They Do Is Win: The Ducks earned their ninth consecutive win on Saturday night and go for their second 10-game winning streak of the season tonight. In addition, Long Island has a 19-1 record in their last 20 games, outscoring opponents 129-55 in that span (6.5 runs scored/game). Their 19 wins in June are three shy of the club record for wins in a month (22 – July, 2003).
Home Cooking: Long Island has tied a franchise record by winning 12 straight games at Bethpage Ballpark. The Ducks previously won 12 home games in a row July 5-20, 2006. At 21-6, the Flock boasts the best home record in the Atlantic League this season, (.778 winning percentage).
Dan’s The Man: Dan Lyons homered for the second consecutive game and fourth time this season on Sunday. All four longballs have come in the span of his last 11 games. The fifth-year Duck hit four home runs total in 2014, his most in a single season with the Ducks. His career-high for a single season was seven, done in 2008 with Hagerstown (A, Nationals) and Potomac (A+, Nationals). Lyons currently ranks fifth in the Atlantic League with a .312 batting average.
Sabatella’s Sizzling: Bryan Sabatella collected two hits in Sunday’s game and has now hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games. The only exception was Saturday, when he struck out after coming in as a defensive replacement. During his last 15 contests, the Long Island native is batting .394 (26-for-66) with two doubles, one triple, 10 RBI and 14 runs. The outfielder currently leads the league in runs (41), at-bats (220) and stolen bases (15) and is second in hits (66).
Frying the ‘Fish: Reegie Corona has hit safely in all three games of the series after collecting three hits on Sunday. During the series, he is batting .429 (6-for-14) with one double, one triple, three RBI and four runs. Sunday was Corona’s 20th multi-hit game and fourth multi-RBI contest. Prentice Redman’s two hits on gave him his third straight multi-hit game. During this series, the former Bluefish is batting .538 (7-for-13) with two RBI and three runs scored.
On the Air: Today’s game will be broadcast on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Live streaming video and audio will be available by CLICKING HERE. Chris Buckley 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 game notes:
#44 Bryan Sabatella – RF
#5 Delta Cleary, Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#50 Randy Ruiz – 1B
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#26 Jose Morales – C
#11 Reegie Corona – 2B
#27 Prentice Redman – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#49 Andrew Barbosa – RHP
#3 Jake Luce – LF
#6 Luis An. Rodriguez – 2B
#19 Welington Dotel – RF
#26 John Alonso – 1B
#17 Jobduan Morales – C
#32 Andres Rodriguez – DH
#7 James Simmons – CF
#4 Matt Wessinger – 3B
#25 Matt Burns – SS
#18 D.J. Mitchell – RHP
We’ll have updates for you all game long from Bethpage Ballpark as the Ducks and Bluefish wrap up their series! You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!
UPDATE (6:49): MID 1: We are underway from Bethpage Ballpark! A beautiful night for some baseball, Ducks coming up to bat!
UPDATE (6:57): BOT 1: Lew Ford goes deep! A solo shot to left and the Ducks lead 1-0!
UPDATE (7:36): BOT 3: Jose Morales with a two-run double and Reegie Corona with a RBI double makes it 4-0 LI!
UPDATE (8:21): TOP 6: Luis An. Rodriguez’s RBI single puts the Bluefish on the board, it’s 4-1 Ducks.
UPDATE (8:41): TOP 8: Amalio Diaz in for the Ducks, who still lead 4-1!
UPDATE (9:06): FINAL: Ducks win 4-1!!! Ryan Kussmaul shuts the door with his league-leading 17th save of the season! 10 in a row for LI!
Posted on June 22, 2015, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged Andrew Barbosa, Atlantic League, Baseball, Bethpage Ballpark, Bridgeport Bluefish, Bruce Kern, Dan Lyons, Long Island Ducks, New York, Reegie Corona. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.