Game 92: Ducks vs. Bluefish


The Ducks fell another game back in the 2015 Ferry Cup Series on Friday night, losing to the Bridgeport Bluefish 6-4 at Bethpage Ballpark. The ‘Fish currently lead the series 10 games to eight, but Long Island has the opportunity to retake the lead by winning out the remainder of this four game set between the two teams. Long Island is now six games back of first place in the Liberty Division. The Bluefish moved back into sole possession of first with last night’s victory, putting Somerset in second once again by a half game.

Both teams went scoreless through two innings last night. In the third, it was the Ducks getting on the board first with a pair of runs. In fact, both offenses traded pairs of runs over the next four innings. RBI singles from Dan Lyons and Delta Cleary, Jr. against starter Kameron Loe had the Flock initially leading 2-0. One inning later, Sean Burroughs smacked a two-run homer off of Ducks starter John Brownell to tie the game 2-2. In the fifth, Lyons plated another run on a sacrifice fly to right field. On the same play, Welington Dotel attempted to throw out Blake Davis tagging from second and going to third. However, Dotel threw the ball past the bag and into the crowd, scoring Davis and giving the Ducks a 4-2 advantage. In the sixth, it was Burroughs for Bridgeport yet again. The Bluefish first baseman hit his second two-run homer of the game to tie it 4-4. Burroughs had just one home run coming into Friday night. Long Island would not score again, as Bridgeport scored the go-ahead run in the eighth and an insurance run in the ninth. Wilson Batista hit a RBI single in the eighth before Bryant Nelson hit his second homer of the season, a solo shot in the ninth to make it 6-4 Bluefish. The Ducks could not respond in the bottom of the ninth.

Brownell took a no decision. He allowed four runs on eight hits in seven innings while walking two and striking out six. Loe improved to 4-2. The righty also threw seven frames, giving up four runs (three earned) on seven hits with two walks and strikeouts. Amalio Diaz fell to 1-2 with the loss for Long Island. He allowed one run on three hits in the eighth. Patrick Mincey earned his 19th save of the season for the ‘Fish with a hitless night. Mike Blanke led the Ducks with a pair of hits and runs scored.

CLICK HERE to listen to highlights from the series opener
CLICK HERE to watch postgame interviews with Kevin Baez and John Brownell
CLICK HERE to view Friday’s box score

The Ducks, who have lost 10 of their last 14 contests, will send Bobby Blevins to the bump in game two of four with Bridgeport. The righty comes into Saturday night’s contest at 1-2 with a 5.15 ERA in six games (five starts) this season. Blevins has allowed 19 runs (17 earned) on 37 hits in 29 and two-thirds innings of work while walking just five and striking out 25. The fourth-year Duck has historically pitched well against the Bluefish, including in his last start on July 26 in Bridgeport. He allowed one run on six hits in five and two-thirds innings, but took a no decision.

Bridgeport tries to win their fourth straight against the Ducks as Robert Carson takes the ball on Saturday. The lefty enters at 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA. The former New York Met has pitched in 13 games as a Bluefish but started just two, with his last one coming against the Ducks last Sunday. The 26-year-old has surrendered nine runs on 20 hits in 19 frames with six walks and 26 strikeouts. Carson went just three and two-thirds innings against the Ducks in Connecticut last time out, allowing one run on six hits. However, he walked none and of the 11 outs he secured, eight of them were swinging strikeouts.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Bluefish: Tonight marks the 304th all-time meeting between the Ducks and Bluefish. The Bluefish currently lead the series 153-150, but the Ducks hold an 84-68 advantage at Bethpage Ballpark. It is also the 19th of 27 scheduled games between the two teams in 2015. Bridgeport lead the series 10 to eight. This year marks the seventh edition of the Ferry Cup Series. The Ducks have won the Cup in four of the first six years, including each of the last two.

Home Cooking: Despite Friday’s loss, the Ducks still sport a home record of 32-14 this season. Their .696 home winning percentage is currently the best in the Atlantic League. Somerset ranks second at .681 (32-15). As a team, the Ducks have a .299 batting average and 3.25 ERA at home. Comparatively, they have a .261 batting average and a 3.29 ERA away from Bethpage Ballpark.

Gotta Get Down on Friday: Mike Blanke collected two hits on Friday to lead the Flock offensively. He has now totaled 14 two-hit games this season and 15 multi-hit contests overall. Dan Lyons drove in two runs for Long Island. The fifth-year Duck has now earned six two-RBI games and 11 multi-RBI contests in 2015.

Strikeout Artists: Ducks pitchers combined to strike out nine Bridgeport batters in Friday’s game. As a pitching staff, the Ducks have struck out a league-high 729 batters in 2015. That’s 71 more than any other team in the Atlantic League (Lancaster, 658). John Brownell has struck out a league-best 93 batters this season. Amalio Diaz has collected 51 strikeouts in 43 innings, and Nick Struck has 33 strikeouts in 28 innings.

Welcome to the Hit Parade: Bryan Sabatella has earned at least one hit in 11 of his last 12 games after picking up a single on Friday. During the 12-game stretch, the Long island native has a .292 batting average (14-for-48) with three runs scored. Sabatella currently leads the Ducks and ranks second in the Atlantic League with 104 hits, trailing only Bridgeport’s Welington Dotel by 10.

Frying the ‘Fish: Tonight’s starter Bobby Blevins, has put together great career numbers against the Bridgeport Bluefish. In four starts against them, the righty has compiled a 1-0 record and a 2.28 ERA. In 27.2 innings of works, he has allowed seven runs on 29 hits and just three walks while striking out 26. However, Saturday will be his first start against the Bluefish at Bethpage Ballpark.

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


#22 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#5 Delta Cleary, Jr. – CF
#44 Bryan Sabatella – LF
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#9 Mike Blanke – C
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#35 Steve McQuail – DH
#11 Blake Davis – 2B

#18 Bobby Blevins – RHP


#12 Josh Prince – SS
#6 Bryant Nelson – 2B
#19 Welington Dotel – RF
#26 John Alonso – DH
#17 Jobduan Morales – C
#22 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#25 Wilson Batista – 3B
#16 Brandon Jones – LF
#7 Ethan Chapman – CF

#37 Robert Carson – LHP

Keep it here for updates all game long from Bethpage Ballpark as the Ducks continue their four-game series against the Bridgeport Bluefish! You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!

UPDATE (6:51): MID 1: Bluefish lead 1-0 after a Welington Dotel solo homer. Ducks coming to bat!

UPDATE (7:41): TOP 5: Ducks still trail the ‘Fish 1-0.

UPDATE (7:51): MID 5: Brandon Jones hits a RBI single into center, giving the Bluefish a 2-0 lead. Ducks coming up to the plate.

UPDATE (8:11): MID 6: Bluefish go up 3-0 after a RBI double from John Alonso.

UPDATE (9:15): BOT 8: The Ducks get on the board! 3-2 Bridgeport after back-to-back sacrifice flies from Delta Cleary, Jr. and Bryan Sabatella!

UPDATE (9:37): FINAL: Ducks fall 3-2.

Posted on August 1, 2015, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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