Game 116: Ducks at Bluefish
Long Island’s struggles in Bridgeport continued on Tuesday night, as the Ducks fell 6-2 from The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. The Flock have lost nine games in Connecticut this season as Bridgeport improved to 13-10 against the Ducks in the 2015 Ferry Cup Series. The loss also put the Ducks in a three-way tie for first place with the Bluefish and Patriots in the Liberty Division, making for a pivotal series finale on Wednesday night.
Bruce Kern struggled on the mound for the Ducks in the middle game of three, getting roughed up for five runs (four earned) on 10 hits in six innings and taking the loss. The Bluefish began their scoring in the first inning when Welington Dotel’s RBI single scored Bryan Sabatella, who had doubled to lead off the game for a second straight night. The ‘Fish would post three more runs in the second on Sabatella’s two-run triple and a run-scoring error made by Dan Lyons off the bat of Josh Prince. Leading 4-0, Bridgeport had starter Cory Riordan work through Long Island’s lineup with relative ease. The Ducks hit into three double plays for a second straight game, finishing the game with 13 hits but two runs. However, the Ducks scored their first run in the fourth when Mike Blanke stepped to the plate and cracked a solo homer to left–center field to make it a 4-1 ballgame. It was his eighth of the year. Blanke also played first base for the first time this season. The Bluefish got the run back in the fifth on Jobduan Morales’ RBI single. Both teams would post one run in the eighth. In the top of the inning, Blanke came through with an infield single off the foot of Riordan that scored Randy Ruiz from third base and made it a 5-2 contest. But, Andres Rodriguez would pick up a RBI single in the bottom of the inning to make it 6-2. Patrick Mincey completed the win in the ninth.
Ruiz made his return to the Ducks after being out for most of August with a hamstring injury. He finished the game with three hits, including two doubles and one run scored. Kern fell to 7-4 with the loss, striking out six batters in six frames. Riordan moved to 4-3 with the win, going eight innings and giving up 12 hits but just the two runs. For the second straight game, the Ducks also had all of their runs brought in by one player. Fehlandt Lentini had three RBI in the opener before Blanke’s pair on Tuesday night. Every starter finished with at least one hit for the Ducks except for Dan Lyons.
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Ian Marshall gets the ball in the series finale, as Long Island tries to stop Bridgeport from taking home the 2015 Ferry Cup for the first time in three years. The righty has made 21 starts this season and thrown 124 and one-third innings. In that time, he has given up 56 runs (48 earned) on 115 hits for a 3.48 ERA. Marshall has walked 51 and struck out 81. He last pitched on August 21 at home against Camden when the Ducks scored a season-high 14 runs in a 14-5 victory. Marshall allowed three runs on six hits in five and one-third innings. His previous outing against the Bluefish was on June 11 on the road as the Ducks fell 3-2. Marshall allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits in six and two-thirds innings and took the loss.
The Bluefish look to move into sole possession of first place (with a Patriots loss) with David Anderson on the hill. Also a righty, Anderson is currently 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA in just two starts with the team. In 11 and two-thirds innings Anderson has allowed two runs on seven hits while walking six and striking out seven. On August 15, the 22-year-old picked up the win against York with five and two-thirds innings of one-run ball, before taking a no decision against the Skeeters in Sugar Land on August 21. The Bluefish dropped the latter contest 2-1, as the starter went six innings and allowed one run on three hits.
Here are tonight’s game notes:
Ducks vs. Bluefish: Tonight marks the 309th all-time meeting between the Ducks and Bluefish. The Bluefish currently lead the series 156-152 and hold an 87-66 advantage in Bridgeport It is also the 24th of 27 games between the two teams in 2015. Bridgeport leads the series 13 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 Tuesday’s loss, the Ducks collected 13 more hits. In their last 14 games, the Ducks have scored 81 runs and totaled 168 hits. That’s an average of 5.8 runs and 12 hits per game. Long Island leads the Atlantic League this season in batting average (.282), hits (1,126) and runs scored (539).
I Can See Cleary Now: Delta Cleary, Jr. connected for a double on Tuesday and has now hit safely in 10 consecutive games. During the streak, the outfielder is batting .476 (20-for-42) with one double, one triple, two RBI and eight runs scored. Cleary, Jr. now ranks third on the team with 109 hits, trailing only Cody Puckett (124) and Dan Lyons (109).
Sean’s Sizzling: Sean Burroughs picked up two more hits on Tuesday and has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, with multiple hits in 10 of those games. Since joining the Ducks, he is batting .403 (27-for-67) with four doubles, one homer, 14 RBI and eight runs scored. In addition, he now has seven two-hit games and nine multi-hit contest with Long Island. The former big leaguer has compiled a .333 batting average (29-for-87) this season at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
Blanke Blasts Off: Mike Blanke launched his eighth home run of the season with a solo blast in the fourth inning on Tuesday. He now ranks third on the team in longballs this year behind Jon Griffin (13) and Dan Lyons (10). Blanke also had three hits and two runs batted in. It marked the third time he’s collected three hits in a game and seventh time he’s driven in two runs in 2015.
Back with a Bang: Randy Ruiz returned to the lineup on Tuesday after he missed 23 games with a hamstring injury. In his return, the former big leaguer totaled three hits, including two doubles. It marked his third three-hit game of the year and 20th multi-hit contest. It was also the first time a Duck picked up two doubles in a game since August 16 when Nelfi Zapata did so. Ruiz now has eight two-baggers and a .339 batting average in 44 games this season with the Flock.
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 – 1B
#9 Mike Blanke – C
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#6 Carlos Hughes – 2B
#21 Ian Marshall – 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
#3 David Anderson – RHP
Keep it here for updates all game long as the Ducks and Bluefish complete 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 (7:16): TOP 1: Ducks make it 1-0 on Sean Burroughs’ RBI single! Bluefish coming up to bat.
UPDATE (8:10): BOT 3: Bluefish take a 5-1 lead, working three bases-loaded walks in the inning.
UPDATE (9:02): TOP 7: Ducks still trail the ‘Fish 5-1.
UPDATE (9:21): BOT 7: A RBI single for Ethan Chapman makes it 6-1 Bridgeport.
UPDATE (9:52): FINAL: Ducks drop the finale of a three game series as the Bluefish win 6-1.
Posted on August 26, 2015, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged 2015, Atlantic League, Baseball, Bridgeport Bluefish, Bruce Kern, Ian Marshall, Long Island Ducks, Mike Blanke. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.