Game 72: Ducks at Patriots

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Despite nearly reaching double digits in hits, the Ducks were unable to put up a run in Friday night’s series opener in Somerset. The Pats put up just two runs, but they were enough, as Somerset defeated Long Island 2-0. The Flock had opportunities, but luck simply was not on their side.

The Patriots put up their first run immediately, thanks to a Michael Burgess’ RBI groundout to second base against Ducks starter John Brownell in the home half of the first inning. Brownell got out of the inning without any further damage, and made it to the sixth inning before allowing another run. Once again, it was Burgess doing the damage, hitting a solo homer to deep right-center field. It was Burgess’ second homer in as many games. Despite his struggles against Burgess, Brownell did not pitch poorly. He completed six innings, allowing the two runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. His curveball was both his best and worst pitch. He fooled many Patriots with it, but also left some up in the zone that were turned into hits. Andrew Carignan, Buddy Boshers, and Jon Hunton held the Ducks scoreless over the final three frames once starter Matt Zielinski was pulled from the game in the seventh after allowing back-to-back singles. Long Island had its best chance to score in the sixth inning. The Ducks loaded the bases with one out, but Delta Cleary, Jr. hit into an unassisted double play at third base, as Somerset’s Greg Hopkins snagged a liner and stepped on the bag to double up Mike Blanke. Cleary, Jr. hit the ball extremely hard, but Hopkins had it played perfectly. The Patriots third baseman made another incredible catch to end the game. With Cody Puckett on first base and two outs, Prentice Redman scorched a full-count pitch toward third that would have easily been extra bases and a run-scoring hit into the corner. However, Hopkins leapt as high as he could and hung on for the grab, ending the game.

Randy Ruiz, Reegie Corona, and Puckett each had a pair of hits for the Ducks, who put together eight of them but could not put up a run. Patrick Crider and Frank DeJiulio, Jr. each pitched a scoreless inning of relief after Brownell was pulled. Crider struck out two in a 1-2-3 seventh.

CLICK HERE to view Friday’s box score

The Ducks will try to get back on track when they send Bobby Blevins to the hill on Saturday night. The righty has made two appearances since rejoining the Ducks a few weeks ago, making a relief appearance in Sugar Land on June 26 and making a start at Bethpage Ballpark against Somerset on July 4. A week ago, Blevins went four innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts. But, the Ducks came from behind to defeat the Pats 6-5 in front of over 7,000 fans in Central Islip. He allowed one hit in two innings against the Skeeters.

Right-hander Mickey Storey gets the ball for Somerset. The former Major Leaguer enters at 4-0 with a 2.26 ERA. In 39 and two-thirds innings, Storey has allowed 10 runs on 23 hits with seven walks and 32 strikeouts. He has yet to face Long Island in 2015. His last outing came on July 1 against the Camden Riversharks at Campbell’s Field. The Pats won 6-3, as Storey tossed five innings and allowed three runs on six hits and took a no decision. He walked a season-high two batters in the start. Storey split time between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo of the Toronto Blue Jays organization in 2014. Opponents are hitting .167 against the 29-year-old this season.

On the Air: Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Live streaming  audio will also be available online 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 starting lineups:

Ducks

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

# 18 Bobby Blevins – RHP

Patriots

#14 Vinny Zarrillo – CF
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#8 David Vidal – 1B
#39 Michael Burgess – RF
#20 Greg Hopkins – 3B
#9 Mat Gamel – DH
#13 Robert Andino – SS
#3 Nate Spears – 2B
#21 Adam Donachie – C

#7 Mickey Storey – RHP

Keep it here for updates all game long from TD Bank Ballpark as the Ducks continue their series against the Somerset Patriots! You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!

UPDATE (7:15): TOP 1: Ducks lead 1-0! Mickey Storey’s wild pitch plates Bryan Sabatella!

UPDATE (7:41): TOP 3: Ducks coming up to bat after Somerset ties it 1-1 on Nate Spears’ RBI single in the second.

UPDATE (8:04): MID 4: Reegie Corona with a solo shot and Cody Puckett with a two-run bomb! Ducks lead 4-1! Bobby Blevins back out on the hill!

UPDATE (8:30): BOT 5: Somerset makes it 4-2 on Vinny Zarrillo’s RBI single.

UPDATE (9:09): BOT 8: Amalio Diaz on to pitch with a 4-2 Ducks lead!

UPDATE (9:18): TOP 9: Pats make it 4-3 on Michael Burgess’ RBI double. Ducks still lead and have a chance to pad the advantage!

UPDATE (9:38): FINAL: Ryan Kussmaul with his 21st save of the season and the Ducks win 4-3!!! Series finale tomorrow evening!

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Posted on July 11, 2015, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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