Game 101: Ducks vs. Riversharks
For a second straight night, the Ducks found themselves behind late in a game, but unable to complete a comeback. The Riversharks won their second one-run game against the Flock in two days on Monday night, a 5-4 final at Bethpage Ballpark. Long Island is now four games under .500 in the second half at 13-17, sitting in third place in the Liberty Division.
Camden was first to get on the scoreboard in game two of four from Central Islip. After breezing through the first two innings, Ducks starter Bruce Kern struggled in the third inning. After getting one out, Kern walked Eric Frain. The ‘Sharks then put together three straight singles, including back-to-back RBI knocks from Michael Rockett and Evan Crawford. Kern escaped the frame without allowing another run, but ran into more trouble one inning later. Daniel Rockett’s RBI double and Jose Gil’s RBI single extended the Camden lead to 4-0. However, Long Island began their scoring in the home half of the inning. Dan Lyons smacked his ninth homer of the season. That is a career high for the Ducks shortstop. Two batters later, Sean Burroughs hit a long solo shot to deep right-centerfield in just his second at-bat as a Duck. Burroughs was acquired from the Bridgeport Bluefish in exchange for outfielder Bryan Sabatella earlier in the day. The former big leaguer played third base in his debut, but can also play first base. Trailing 4-2, Kern allowed one more run in the fifth on Carlos Guzman’s sacrifice fly before being pulled entering the sixth. Billy Buckner then fired two straight hitless innings in his second relief appearance as a Duck to keep the score 5-2. In the bottom of the seventh, the Ducks put up a pair of runs on Fehlandt Lentini’s RBI groundout and a run-scoring wild pitch from reliever Dan Blewett. It was the second straight game that Blewett gave Long Island a run because of a wild pitch after coming into a jam with no outs and the bases loaded. Rob Bryson and Matt Gorgen then held the Ducks to just one hit in the final two innings to complete the win for Camden.
Lentini finished with three hits in the game, including a double, RBI, and one run scored. Kern (6-3) suffered the loss for the Ducks, allowing five runs on nine hits with one walk and four strikeouts in five innings. Ex-Duck Daniel Herrera improved to 4-4 with the win, while Gorgen picked up his 23rd save and second in as many nights.
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The Flock look for a win in game three with Ian Marshall on the bump. Marshall enters Tuesday at 4-6 with a 3.44 ERA through 18 starts. In 107 innings, the righty has allowed 48 runs (41 earned) on 98 hits while walking 41 and striking out 67. Marshall last pitched on August 5 in Sugar Land against the Skeeters. The 28-year-old suffered the loss despite a quality start, allowing three runs on six hits in six frames. He walked three and struck out five. His third win of the season came against the Riversharks on June 6 at Campbell’s Field.
Camden tries to guarantee themselves a win of the series on Tuesday with Wes Torrez taking the ball. The righty has made 19 appearances and 16 starts for Chris Widger’s team, sporting a 4-4 record and 4.47 ERA. Through 94 and two-thirds innings, Torrez has allowed 53 runs (47 earned) on 97 hits with 38 walks and 63 strikeouts. The White Plains native has not won since July 14 when Camden defeated Somerset at TD Bank Ballpark. Torrez allowed three runs on four hits in six innings for the “W.”
Here are tonight’s game notes:
Ducks vs. Riversharks: Tonight marks the 276th all-time meeting between the Ducks and Riversharks. Camden currently leads the series 138-137 and has a 68-67 advantage at Bethpage Ballpark. It also marks the 11th of 18 scheduled games between the two in 2015. The Ducks lead the series seven games to three and have outscored Camden 65-27 overall this season.
Dan’s the Man: Dan Lyons’ solo home run in the fourth inning on Monday was his ninth of the season. That total is a career-high, two more than the seven he hit in 2008 combined with Single-A Hagerstown and Advanced-A Potomac. The fifth-year Duck has now gone deep three times during the month of August in a span of eight games. It was also his first homer of the season against the Riversharks. He has now reached base safely in 16 of his last 17 games dating back to July 23, batting .355 (22-for-62) in that span.
Welcome to the Flock: Sean Burroughs’ solo homer in the fourth inning on Monday was his fourth of the season and first as a Duck, coming in his second at-bat with Long Island. He was acquired from the Bridgeport Bluefish on Monday in exchange for outfielder Bryan Sabatella. The former big leaguer batted .321 with three homers and 27 RBI in 53 games with the Bluefish this season. The longball was also his first of 2015 against the Riversharks.
Lentini Lights It Up: On Monday, Fehlandt Lentini collected three hits for the second time in 13 games since joining the Flock. His first three-hit game came on July 29 against Somerset. The outfielder now has five multi-hit games this year. In 2014, he totaled eight three-hit games and 49 multi-hit contests.
Oh, What a Relief He Is: J.C. Romero threw another scoreless inning in the eighth on Monday. The former Major Leaguer has not allowed a run in 12 of his last 13 appearances. In those 13 games, he has yielded just one run on six hits and six walks while striking out four. Romero has given up just three runs total in 16 and two-thirds innings with the Ducks (1.62 ERA).
New Role? No Problem: Billy Buckner made his second relief appearance since moving to the bullpen from the starting rotation on Monday. The right-hander threw two scoreless innings, allowing just one walk while striking out three. In his two relief outings, Buckner has combined to pitch seven innings of one-run ball, yielding just four hits and one walk while striking out nine batters.
Finally, here are tonight’s starting lineups:
#22 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary, Jr. – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – DH
#2 Cody Puckett – 2B
#25 Sean Burroughs – 3B
#9 Mike Blanke – C
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#40 Steve McQuail – 1B
#6 Carlos Hughes – SS
#21 Ian Marshall – RHP
#2 Michael Rockett – 3B
#52 Evan Crawford – LF
#10 Paddy Matera – 2B
#3 Carlos Guzman – CF
#27 Joel Guzman – 1B
#1 Daniel Rockett – RF
#34 Mike Kerns – C
#11 Eric Frain – DH
#47 Zach MacPhee – SS
#20 Wes Torrez – RHP
Check back here for updates throughout the evening, as the Ducks continue their four-game series with the Riversharks! You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!
UPDATE (6:44): MID 1: Underway from Bethpage Ballpark! No score, Ducks coming up to bat!
UPDATE (7:18): BOT 3: Ducks go ahead 1-0 on Delta Cleary, Jr.’s RBI single to center!
UPDATE (8:01): TOP 7: Ducks still lead 1-0! Ian Marshall out on the mound once again!
UPDATE (8:12): TOP 7: Camden ties the game at one on Mike Kerns’ sacrifice fly.
UPDATE (8:20): BOT 7: The Ducks retake the lead! 2-1 after Steve McQuail’s sacrifice fly!
UPDATE (8:48): BOT 8: Dan Lyons with the solo shot to left! It leaves the ballpark and LI leads 3-1! 10th of the year for Dan Lyons!
UPDATE (8:57): FINAL: Ducks win 3-1! Amalio Diaz with his fifth save of the season!
Posted on August 11, 2015, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged 2015, Bethpage Ballpark, Billy Buckner, Bruce Kern, Camden Riversharks, Dan Lyons, Fehlandt Lentini, Long Island Ducks, Sean Burroughs. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.