Game 74: Ducks at Barnstormers
Fresh off a series win in Somerset, the Ducks are now in Lancaster to begin a four-game set with the Barnstormers! Long Island improved to 2-1 after the All-Star break with a 7-2 victory over the Patriots on Sunday night. Billy Buckner had his best start as a Duck, and the Flock continued to show their power in the rubber match win.
Long Island led 3-0 through five innings, due in large part to Randy Ruiz. Ruiz drove in Bryan Sabatella for the team’s first run in the opening frame, and later launched his fourth homer of the season in the fourth inning off of Patriots starter Randy Boone. Sabatella scored his league-leading 56th run of the season on Ruiz’s single, and later made it 3-0 Ducks in the fifth with a RBI single of his own. As for Somerset, Billy Buckner held them without a hit until the bottom of the fifth when Robert Andino doubled. However, they did break through for a run in the sixth on David Vidal’s RBI single. Buckner’s wild pitch advanced Aharon Eggleston to second base the pitch prior to Vidal’s hit and the Patriots took advantage. The next inning, Mike Blanke got the run right back for the Ducks. He knocked a solo homer out of the park to deep left field off of reliever R.J. Seidel, his fourth home run of the year, and the Ducks led 4-1. Eggleston responded with a RBI single in the bottom of the inning off of Ducks reliever J.C. Romero to make it 4-2, but that was all the offense the Pats would muster. Long Island pulled away for good in the ninth against Andrew Carignan with Bryan Sabatella at the plate and the bases loaded. Sabatella would walk, before Reegie Corona followed up with more insurance runs. His two-run single to right made it 7-2 Ducks, as Nick Struck wrapped up the win in the bottom of the inning.
Three former big leaguers pitched innings one through eight for the Ducks on Sunday: Buckner, Romero, and Donnie Veal, who made his Ducks debut in the eighth. The lefty threw five pitches and secured three outs, looking dominant on the mound. Long Island hit two homers for the second straight game, and have now hit at least a pair of dingers in three of four contests (all against the Patriots). The team accrued 13 hits altogether, 11 of which were singles. Buckner improved to 6-1 with the win, allowing one run on just two hits through six frames. He walked three and struck out eight. Boone fell to 4-2 for the Pats.
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A suspended game from May 18 will be completed prior to the start of Monday’s originally scheduled nine inning game with Lancaster. The first contest will begin in the bottom of the sixth inning with the teams tied at three, and will count for the first-half record of both teams. The suspended game will be completed at 6:00 p.m. from Clipper Magazine Stadium, prior to the start of the original game about a half hour later.
The Ducks will send righty Ian Marshall to the mound in the official series opener. The 2015 All-Star enters Monday at 3-4 with a 3.04 ERA through 12 starts. He has allowed 28 runs (24 earned) on 62 hits through 71 innings. The righty has walked 25 and struck out 43. The Maryland native will face the Barnstormers for the first time this season on Monday night. Marshall last pitched on July 3 in Central Islip against the Somerset Patriots, a game the Ducks lost 7-5. He did not factor into the decision, throwing even innings and allowing four runs on nine hits, not issuing a walk and striking out five. It was the second start of the season in which the 28-year-old did not walk a batter, with the other start being his first of the year on April 26 in York.
The Barnstormers counter with a southpaw in Bryan Morgado. Morgado is 0-4 with a 3.22 ERA. In 21 games, he has made two starts for the ‘Stormers. Through 30 and two-thirds innings, he has given up 14 runs (11 earned) on 29 hits with 11 walks and 35 strikeouts. He suffered the loss in a start against the Ducks on June 29 on Long Island, a 1-0 Ducks win. Morgado allowed one unearned run on two hits in five innings, walking none and striking out six. He pitched two-thirds of an inning last night in Sugar Land, allowing one hit and issuing a walk but not surrendering a run.
Here are tonight’s game notes:
Ducks vs. Barnstormers: Tonight marks the 207th all-time meeting between the Ducks and Barnstormers. The Ducks lead the series 108-97, but the series is tied at 51 in Lancaster. Tonight is also the 13th of 20 scheduled games between the teams in 2015. This Ducks currently lead the series eight games to three.
Back to the Future: The two teams will begin this series by continuing a sus- pended game from May 18. That game was tied at three in the bottom of the sixth inning before rain forced the game to be called. Once completed, the contest will count towards the first half standings for both teams.
Homer Party: For the second consecutive day, the Ducks hit a pair of home runs to defeat the Somerset Patriots. On Sunday, Randy Ruiz and Mike Blanke each launched solo homers. For both, it was their fourth longball of the season. On Saturday, Reegie Corona hit his second homer of 2015 while Cody Puckett clubbed his fifth. After going six games without a home run from June 27-July 2, the Long Island has launched eight homers in their last six games.
Randy’s Dandy: Randy Ruiz extended his hitting streak to 12 consecutive games with two hits on Sunday. That’s one shy of the longest hitting streak by a Duck this season (Lew Ford and Bryan Sabatella). During the streak, the former Major Leaguer is batting .392 (20-for-51) with three homers, 13 RBI and six runs scored. He also collected his fifth straight multi-hit game and seventh during the streak. Ruiz now has 15 multi-hit contests in 26 games with the Ducks this year.
Reegie Rakes: Reegie Corona has now hit safely in nine consecutive games after picking up two hits on Sunday. During the streak, the infielder has a .457 batting average (16-for-35) with five doubles, one homer, six RBI and six runs. The streak has raised his average to .329, its highest point since May 23 (.330).
Killer B’s: All three Ducks starters in the series at Somerset posted quality starts. John Brownell and Bobby Blevins each gave up just two runs over six innings, while Billy Buckner yielded one run in six innings. The three pitchers combined to allow five runs in 18 innings (2.50 ERA) on 14 hits and five walks while striking out 17. Buckner set a personal season high with eight strikeouts on Sunday.
Duck Debut: Donnie Veal made his Ducks debut on Sunday and threw a perfect eighth inning. He recorded a strikeout, a flyout and a groundout, needing just five pitches to complete the frame. All five pitches he threw were for strikes.
Finally, here are tonight’s starting lineups:
#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
#9 Mike Blanke – C
#27 Prentice Redman – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#21 Ian Marshall – RHP
#10 Jerry Owens – CF
#8 Zach Collier – LF
#22 Kent Matthes – DH
#35 Mike McDade – 1B
#21 Kevin Rivers – RF
#11 Luke Hughes – 2B
#7 Lance Zawadzki – SS
#27 Juan Apodaca – C
#19 Anderson Feliz – 3B
#14 Bryan Morgado – LHP
Check back here for updates all game long from Clipper Magazine Stadium as the Ducks open their four-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers! You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!
UPDATE (6:23): BOT 6: Lancaster scores two in the bottom of the sixth of this previously suspended game and lead 5-3.
UPDATE (6:23): MID 7: Ducks get a run back on Reegie Corona’s third homer of the year! 5-4 LAN.
UPDATE (7:06): MID 9: Ducks tie it 5-5! Jon Griffin with a RBI single! Amalio Diaz coming in to pitch.
UPDATE (7:47): TOP 12: Ducks still tied at five with the ‘Stormers and coming up to bat!
UPDATE (8:26): FINAL: Ducks fall 6-5 on Lance Zawadzki’s walkoff HR to right. The originally scheduled nine inning game will begin in about 20-30 minutes.
UPDATE (9:09): MID 1: We are underway in Lancaster with our second game of the evening! Ian Marshall out on the hill!
UPDATE (9:18): BOT 1: ‘Stormers take a 1-0 lead on a RBI groundout from Kent Matthes.
UPDATE (9:36): TOP 2: Mike Blanke ties it 1-1 with a sacrifice fly to center!
UPDATE (9:47): BOT 2: Lancaster retakes the lead 2-1 on a solo HR from Kevin Rivers.
UPDATE (9:56): TOP 3: Another sacrifice fly, this time Delta Cleary, Jr.! 2-2 is the score!
UPDATE (10:20): BOT 4: Kevin Rivers hits his second homer of the night and it’s 3-2 ‘Stormers.
UPDATE (10:43): MID 6: Ducks go ahead 4-3 on a RBI double from Cody Puckett and a sacrifice fly from Jon Griffin!
UPDATE (11:11): BOT 7: A run-scoring Ian Marshall wild pitch and RBI single from Brian Cavazos-Galvez put Lancaster on top 5-4.
UPDATE (11:45): FINAL: Ducks drop series-opener 5-4.
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