Game 115: Ducks at Bluefish
After a loss on Monday, the Ducks find themselves in a tie for first place in the Liberty Division once again. The Bridgeport Bluefish used two big innings to defeat Long Island in the opener of a three-game series as the Flock fell, 7-3. Double plays hurt the Ducks, as the team squandered good scoring opportunities on three separate occasions by grounding into them. In all, the Ducks left nine runners on base. With a Somerset win, Long Island is now tied with the Pats for first place. The ‘Fish picked up a game in the 2015 Ferry Cup Series (they lead 12-10) and in the division, currently sitting one game back of first.
It was a peculiar outing for Ducks starter Bobby Blevins. The Bluefish got to Blevins in two separate innings for all of their runs, but outside of those frames, the right-hander looked great, particularly with his curveball, which looked fantastic. However, there were also three errors made by Long Island while Blevins was still in the game that accounted for a slew of unearned runs. The Bluefish put up four runs in the second. Luis Rodriguez’s two-run double started the scoring. Ethan Chapman would then hit a RBI double and Josh Prince would smack a RBI single to put Bridgeport up 4-0. Blevins would then fire four straight 1-2-3 frames. The Ducks offense had opportunities, but ended the fourth and sixth inning by hitting into double plays. In the seventh, the Bluefish tacked on three more runs on RBI singles from Prince and Welington Dotel, in addition to a sacrifice fly from John Alonso. All three runs that scored were unearned. The Ducks had one bright spot on Monday, which was Fehlandt Lentini’s bat. In the eighth, he launched his first homer of the season to left field, a towering fly ball that made its way over the wall and over the head of Bryan Sabatella. Lentini would then keep the Ducks alive in the ninth with a two-run single off of Chad Povich to left, finishing a triple shy of the cycle.
Lentini finished 4-5 with three RBI and one run scored in the tough loss. Blevins allowed seven runs (two earned) on nine hits in seven innings while striking out six to move to 2-4. He did not walk a batter and still has walked just seven on the season. Long Island made three errors in the ballgame to account for the five unearned runs. Dan Lyons and Mike Blanke each had a pair of hits as well. Brandon Bixler picked up his first win in his first start as a Bluefish, the second time in the last two series that the Ducks have been defeated by a hurler making their first start for their respective teams (Jeff Singer of the Camden Riversharks).
CLICK HERE to listen to highlights from Fehlandt Lentini’s big game
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Bruce Kern will start game two of the road trip and three-game series on Tuesday night. Kern comes in at 7-3 with a 3.16 ERA with eight starts in 34 overall appearances. He has allowed 28 runs (27 earned) on 65 hits in 77 innings this season while walking 21 and striking out 73. The righty last pitched on August 20 in Somerset when the Ducks on 5-1. Kern went eight frames and allowed just one run on five hits. The Long Island native faced the Bluefish at home on August 3, as the Flock won 5-2 and Kern threw six innings and allowed two runs on five hits.
Bridgeport looks for a possible share of first place in the Liberty Division with Cory Riordan taking the ball against Kern. Riordan is 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 2015 in 13 appearances (12 starts). The right-hander has given up 41 runs (38 earned) on 84 hits in 76 innings while walking 19 and striking out 48. His last start came on August 20 in Sugar Land when the ‘Fish were defeated 8-3. Riordan allowed seven runs (six earned) on seven hits in four innings. He took the loss, and also lost and gave up seven runs to the Ducks on June 13 in Bridgeport when the Flock won 9-6.
Here are tonight’s game notes:
Ducks vs. Bluefish: Today marks the 308th all-time meeting between the Ducks and Bluefish. The Bluefish currently lead the series 155-152 and hold an 86-66 advantage in Bridgeport It is also the 23rd of 27 games between the two teams in 2015. Bridgeport leads the series 12 to 10. 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.
Break Out the Bats: Despite Monday’s loss, the Ducks scored three more runs and collected 12 more hits. In their last 13 games, the Ducks have scored 79 runs and totaled 155 hits. That’s an average of 6.1 runs and 11.9 hits per game. Long Island leads the Atlantic League this season in batting average (.281), hits (1,113) and runs scored (537).
Fehlandt’s on Fire: Fehlandt Lentini came within a triple of the cycle on Monday, finishing with four hits and three RBI. His solo home run in the eighth was his first of the year with the Ducks. His last homer with Long Island came on August 31, 2014 against the Riversharks. The outfielder became the sixth Duck this year to record four hits in a game and earned his first three-RBI contest.
Dan’s the Man: Dan Lyons picked up two more hits on Monday and has now reached base safely in 30 of his last 31 games dating back to July 23. In that span, he is batting .361 (43-for-119). Lyons has also hit safely in 17 straight games, the longest hitting streak by a Duck this season. During the streak, he is batting .400 (28-for-70) with two homers, 14 RBI and 21 runs scored.
Sean’s Sizzling: Sean Burroughs collect another single on Monday and has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, with multiple hits in eight of those games. Since joining the Ducks, he is batting .391 (25-for-64) with three doubles, one homer, 14 RBI and eight runs scored. The former big leaguer now has a .321 batting average in 24 games this season at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
Oh, What a Relief He Is: Frank DeJiulio, Jr. threw another scoreless inning of relief on Monday. The right-hander has now made 15 straight appearances without allowing an earned run. In that span, he has pitched 15 and one-third innings and given up just 10 hits and two walks while striking out 17 batters. The Florida native has not walked a batter in eight consecutive outings and has struck out at least one batter in seven straight appearances.
On the Air: Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Live streaming 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:
#22 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary, Jr. – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#50 Randy Ruiz – DH
#25 Sean Burroughs – 3B
#9 Mike Blanke – 1B
#2 Cody Puckett – 2B
#39 Nelfi Zapata – C
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#30 Bruce Kern – RHP
#24 Bryan Sabatella – LF
#12 Josh Prince – 2B
#19 Welington Dotel – RF
#32 Andres Rodriguez – 1B
#17 Jobduan Morales – DH
#27 Jeudy Valdez – SS
#9 Luis Rodriguez – C
#4 Matt Wessinger – 3B
#7 Ethan Chapman – CF
#16 Cory Riordan – RHP
Keep it here for updates all game long as the Ducks and Bluefish kick off their three-game series from The Ballpark at Harbor Yard! You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!
UPDATE (7:11): MID 1: Ducks and Bluefish are underway in CT! Bridgeport coming up to bat.
UPDATE (7:22): BOT 1: Welington Dotel’s RBI single makes it 1-0 Bluefish.
UPDATE (7:45): BOT 2: 4-0 Bluefish on a two-run triple for Bryan Sabatella and a run-scoring error on the infield. Ducks coming up to bat.
UPDATE (8:08): TOP 4: Ducks get on the board! 4-1 ‘Fish after a long solo shot to left-center from Mike Blanke!
UPDATE (8:34): BOT 5: RBI single for Jobduan Morales and it’s 5-1 Bridgeport.
UPDATE (9:22): TOP 8: Mike Blanke with the infield single and RBI making it 5-2 ballgame! Bluefish lead as we go to the bottom of the inning.
UPDATE (9:35): BOT 8: Bluefish add one more run on a RBI single from Andres Rodriguez, they lead 6-2. Ducks down to their final three outs.
UPDATE (9:42): FINAL: Ducks lose in game two, 6-2.
Posted on August 25, 2015, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged 2015, Atlantic League, Baseball, Bobby Blevins, Bridgeport Bluefish, Fehlandt Lentini, Long Island Ducks. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.