Game 112: Ducks vs. Riversharks

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Thanks to an incredible offensive performance against the Camden Riversharks on Friday night at Bethpage Ballpark, the Ducks picked up their 10th win in 11 games without much trouble in a 14-5 final. The Flock posted a season-high in hits and saw their bats dominate Camden’s pitching throughout the contest. A seven-run sixth inning highlighted the scoring, helping Long Island earn its 69th win of the season and keeping them in sole possession of first place. Although the Somerset Patriots won on Friday as well to stay one game back, the Bridgeport Bluefish suffered a walkoff loss in Sugar Land to give the Ducks a two-game lead over the ‘Fish in the Liberty Division.

Ironically, the Ducks and Riversharks went scoreless through the first three innings of Friday’s matchup. Ian Marshall struggled with his command for Long Island, but worked out of a bases loaded jam in the second to keep Camden off the board. Wes Torrez did the same thing when facing the Ducks in the bottom of the inning, but kept the game scoreless. After Camden posted a pair of runs in the fourth, Long Island immediately woke up with the bats and never stopped hitting. Four runs were scored in the fourth on Nelfi Zapata’s RBI double, a run-scoring wild pitch, and Anthony Vega’s two-run blast to deep right field. It was his third of the year and second two-run shot of his second go-around with the Flock this season. Two more runs in the fifth came on Cody Puckett’s RBI single and Sam DiMatteo’s RBI fielder’s choice. It was DiMatteo’s first RBI as a member of the Flock. Marshall was pulled from his start with one out in the sixth and the bases loaded after the righty walked the last two batters he faced. Nick Struck came in to relieve him, allowing a sacrifice fly to Michael Rockett before retiring the side. The run was charged to Marshall, and made the score 6-3 in favor of Long Island. By the end of the sixth, that score would become 13-3. Altogether, 12 batters came to the plate for the Ducks in the sixth. The team put together seven runs on seven hits combined with one Camden error. Mike Blanke’s two-run single highlighted the inning and kicked off the scoring. Long Island added one more run in the seventh before Patrick Crider threw the final two innings of the win. He allowed a two-run homer to Joel Guzman in the ninth, but was able to secure the blowout victory.

Marshall improved to 7-6 with the “W” and has now won in his last three starts. He allowed three runs on six hits in five and one-third innings. Torrez fell to 5-6 with the loss. Every Ducks batter who appeared in the game had at least one hit, including Delta Cleary, Jr. who left the game in the bottom of the first inning due to a bruise on his throwing hand suffered on a slide into second base. Every other player also scored at least one run. Vega finished a double shy of the cycle, and would have become the second player in franchise history to accomplish the feat. He scored once and drove in three. Five Ducks scored a pair of runs and four others had a pair of hits.

CLICK HERE to listen to highlights from the offensive showcase

CLICK HERE to watch postgame interviews with Kevin Baez, Anthony Vega, and Nelfi Zapata

CLICK HERE to view Friday’s box score

The Ducks will try and keep the wins coming with Darin Downs on the bump in game two of the short three-game homestand. Downs comes into Saturday night’s ballgame at 2-3 with a 4.66 ERA in seven starts. In 36 and two-thirds innings, the lefty has allowed 19 runs on 31 hits while walking 21 and striking out 27. After losing three of his first four starts with the Ducks, the former big leaguer has now 2-0 in his last three outings and has tossed at least six innings in each. He took a no decision on August 17 in Somerset when the Ducks fell 5-4 to the Patriots. Downs allowed four runs on six hits in seven innings, his longest outing of the season.

Camden will also send a lefty to the hill in Jeff Singer. Like Downs, Singer has made seven appearances as well, but all in relief. The 21-year-old Singer has allowed eight runs on 10 hits in 17 and one-third frames since joining the ‘Sharks on July 17. He has walked 12 and struck out eight. Singer threw four and two-thirds innings of relief on August 12 in Central Islip, surrendering three runs on four hits with two walks and strikeouts. The Ducks won the ballgame 11-2 and Singer took a no decision. Since that game, the southpaw has allowed one run on one hit in his last four and one-third innings (two appearances).

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Riversharks: Tonight marks the 279th all-time meeting between the Ducks and Riversharks. The Ducks currently lead the series 140-138 and have a 70-68 advantage at Bethpage Ballpark. It also marks the 14th of 18 scheduled games between the two in 2015. The Ducks lead the series 10 games to three and have outscored Camden 93-44 overall this season.

Break Out the Bats: The Ducks collected nine or more hits for the 10th straight game on Friday. In the 10 games, the Ducks have totaled 69 runs and 124 hits, an average of 6.9 runs and 12.4 hits per game. The Ducks set a new season high for runs in a single game with 14. Their previous high was 13, done on June 5 in game two of a doubleheader against the Riversharks, a 13-2 victory.

Dan’s the Man: Dan Lyons earned two hits on Friday and has now reached base safely in 27 of his last 28 game dating back to July 23. In that span, he is batting .352 (38-for-108). Lyons has also hit safely in 14 straight games and has scored at least one run in 12 of his last 14 contests. In those 14 games, he is batting .390 (23-for-59) with two homers, 13 RBI and 19 runs scored.

Cody’s Crushing It: Cody Puckett added two more hits on Friday to extend his on-base streak to 18 consecutive games. During the streak, he is batting .333 (25-for-75) with four doubles, one homer, 14 RBI and eight runs. Dating back to July 23, Puckett has earned hits in 25 of his last 28 games.’

Back with a Bang: Anthony Vega had a big night with three hits and three RBI on Friday, coming within a double of hitting for the cycle. His two-run homer in the fourth was his third of the season and second with the Ducks. The Patchogue resident picked up his second three-hit game with the Flock and first three-RBI contest. Since rejoining Long Island on August 9, Vega is batting .340 (17-for-50) with one double, three triples, two homers, nine RBI and 13 runs scored.

Sean’s Sizzling: Burroughs collected two hits on Friday and has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. In that span, he has multiple hits in six of his last seven contests. Since joining the Ducks on August 10, the former Major Leaguer is batting .373 (19-for-51) with one double, one homer, 10 RBI and seven runs.

Welcome to the Flock: Sam DiMatteo collected his first two-RBI game and two-run game as a member of the Ducks with a RBI single and a run-scoring fielder’s choice on Friday. He was signed by Long Island on Tuesday in Somerset.

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 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

#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#5 Delta Cleary, Jr. – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#25 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#9 Mike Blanke – C
#39 Nelfi Zapata – C
#26 Sam DiMatteo – RF
#6 Carlos Hughes – 2B

#23 Darin Downs – LHP

Riversharks

#2 Michael Rockett – CF
#9 Brandon Chaves – SS
#10 Paddy Matera – 2B
#3 Carlos Guzman – RF
#27 Joel Guzman – 1B
#1 Daniel Rockett – LF
#12 Jose Gil – C
#52 Evan Crawford – DH
#47 Zach MacPhee – 3B

#15 Jeff Singer – LHP

Check back here for updates all game long as the Ducks and Riversharks continue their three-game set at Bethpage Ballpark. You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!

UPDATE (6:41): MID 1: Darin Downs with a 1-2-3 inning to start the game! Ducks coming up to bat!

UPDATE (6:51): BOT 1: 1-0 Ducks! Sean Burroughs with the RBI single to left!

UPDATE (7:27): TOP 4: Camden takes a 3-1 lead on a RBI double from Joel Guzman and a two-run homer from Daniel Rockett.

UPDATE (8:15): BOT 6: Another RBI for Sean Burroughs! His RBI double makes it 3-2 Riversharks.

UPDATE (9:18): FINAL: Riversharks take game two, 3-2, over Long Island.

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Posted on August 22, 2015, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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