Game 102: Ducks vs. Riversharks
After losing the first two games of four to the Camden Riversharks, the Ducks rebounded with a 3-1 win on Tuesday night. A strong performance from starter Ian Marshall, who had his longest outing of the season come against the ‘Sharks on June 6, helped Long Island snap a two-game skid and pick up their 60th win of the season.
The Ducks were first to put up a run in game three of the series. In the third inning, the Flock played small ball make it a 1-0 ballgame. Steve McQuail would single and be moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Carlos Hughes for the first out. Fehlandt Lentini then grounded out to second to advance McQuail to third. Delta Cleary, Jr. then singled into center field to score McQuail. It was the 28th RBI of the season for the Ducks center fielder. Both sides then went scoreless through the sixth frame. In the seventh, Camden broke through with one run to tie the game. Marshall was in the middle of a bases loaded jam with one out. The second out came after a sacrifice fly off the bat of catcher Mike Kerns scored Carlos Guzman from third. Marshall retired Eric Frain to end the inning. In the home half of the inning, the Ducks fought back to reclaim the lead and put Marshall in position to pick up the win. Anthony Vega’s leadoff walk put the go-ahead run on first. Vega then stole second and advanced to third on the same play because of Kerns’ throwing error that sailed into center field. McQuail brought him home on a sacrifice fly to center, putting the Flock ahead 2-1. Dan Lyons padded the lead with a long solo homer to left one inning later, setting up Amalio Diaz for the save in the ninth. Diaz was lights out, working a 1-2-3 final frame to wrap up the win.
The homer was Lyons’ 10th of the season and second in as many games. The fifth-year Duck has been serving as the designated hitter over the last few games because of shoulder soreness, but has been a consistent source of offense in the series. Marshall improved 5-6 with the win and brought his ERA to 3.32. Camden starter Wes Torres took a tough loss, allowing two runs (one earned) in seven innings.
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In the finale, the Ducks look to earn a series split with Darin Downs starting the contest. Downs has started five games with Long Island and currently has a 5.32 ERA. At 1-3, the southpaw has allowed 14 runs on 21 hits in 23 and two-thirds innings of work, while walking 10 and striking out 19. He earned his first win as a Duck in his last outing, which came on August 6 in Sugar Land. The former big leaguer tossed six innings and allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
The Riversharks will try and take the series with Sean Gleason on the mound. Gleason enters the series finale at 5-10 with a 4.28 ERA through 20 starts. The righty has two complete games under his belt in 2015. In 115 and two-thirds innings of work, Gleason has surrendered 68 runs (55 earned) on 141 hits while walking 40 and striking out 68. Batters are hitting .298 against him and teams have put up double digits in hits against him five times this season.
Here are tonight’s game notes:
Ducks vs. Riversharks: Tonight marks the 277th all-time meeting between the Ducks and Riversharks. The series is currently tied at 138 overall and at 68 at Bethpage Ballpark. It also marks the 12th of 18 scheduled games between the two in 2015. The Ducks lead the series eight games to three and have outscored Camden 68-28 overall this season.
That’s What I Call High Quality Pitching: Ian Marshall tossed his fifth straight quality start on Tuesday with seven innings of one-run ball. In his last five starts, the right-hander has compiled a 2.90 ERA, allowing 10 earned runs over 31 innings. In that span, he has given up 29 hits and 15 walks while striking out 21 batters. Marshall has made nine quality starts this season, and he has allowed three earned runs or less in 14 of his 19 starts in 2015.
Dan’s the Man: Dan Lyons’ solo home run in the eighth inning on Tuesday was his 10th of the season and second in as many games. He also hit a solo homer on Monday, doing so in the fourth. The fifth-year Duck has now gone deep four times during the month of August in a span of nine games. Earlier this year, he hit four in a span of 11 games (June 9-21). Lyons has now reached base safely in 17 of his last 18 games dating back to July 23, batting .343 (23-for-66) in that span.
Cody’s Crushing It: Cody Puckett doubled on Tuesday to extend his hitting streak to eight consecutive games. During the streak, the infielder is batting .303 (10-for-33) with two doubles, one homer, five RBI and four runs scored. Dating back to July 23, Puckett has earned hits in 16 of his last 18 games. He currently ranks third in the Atlantic League with 106 hits in 2015.
Oh, What a Relief He Is: Amalio Diaz pitched a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday to earn his fifth save of the year. The right-hander has now given up just one run over his last 10 games pitched, good for a 0.90 ERA. In that span, he has yielded only five hits and two walks in 10 innings while striking out 12 batters. The first-year Duck has struck out at least one batter in 37 of his 45 games pitched this season and 55 batters total compared to just seven walks.
I’ll Have the Veal: Donnie Veal made another scoreless appearance on Tuesday and struck out one of the two hitters he faced. The former big leaguer has now allowed just two runs total in 11 and two-thirds innings pitched with the Ducks (1.54 ERA). In addition, he has struck out at least one batter in 10 of his 12 games pitched this year and 16 total 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
#23 Darin Downs – LHP
#2 Michael Rockett – 3B
#47 Zach MacPhee – SS
#10 Paddy Matera – 2B
#3 Carlos Guzman – CF
#27 Joel Guzman – LF
#33 Ryan Strieby – 1B
#1 Daniel Rockett – RF
#12 Jose Gil – C
#11 Eric Frain – DH
#30 Sean Gleason – RHP
Check back here for updates throughout the evening, as the Ducks wrap up their four-game series with the Riversharks! You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!
UPDATE (6:45): MID 1: Scoreless top of the first! Ducks coming up to bat!
UPDATE (6:51): BOT 1: Ducks get on top 1-0 thanks to Dan Lyons’ sacrifice fly to left!
UPDATE (7:35): BOT 3: Ducks lead 4-0! Two-run single for Lyons and a bases loaded walk drawn by Anthony Vega!
UPDATE (7:47): TOP 4: Camden gets on the board with a Jose Gil RBI single. Ducks lead 4-1.
UPDATE (8:03): BOT 4: Ducks lead it 6-1! Delta Cleary, Jr. and Sean Burroughs with RBI singles in the inning so far! Bases still loaded!
UPDATE (8:12): BOT 4: Ducks put up six runs in the fourth inning and lead it 10-1! Carlos Hughes with his first Ducks RBI!
UPDATE (9:07): TOP 8: Camden adds a run on a RBI single by Joel Guzman. Ducks still lead 10-2!
UPDATE (9:18): BOT 8: Ducks make it 11-2 on Mike Blanke’s RBI single!
UPDATE (9:29): FINAL: Ducks win 11-2 and split the series with Camden!
Posted on August 12, 2015, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged 2015, Atlantic League, Baseball, Bethpage Ballpark, Camden Riversharks, Dan Lyons, Delta Cleary, Ian Marshall, Long Island Ducks, Steve McQuail. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.