Spring Training Home Game 1: Ducks vs. Bluefish


GAME TIME/LOCATION: 1:00 P.M. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks play their first home game of 2016 spring training when they host the cross-sound rival Bridgeport Bluefish in the back-end of a home-and-home series. The game will highlight the team’s Fourth Annual Fan Fest. This marks the first of three games the Ducks will host during the exhibition season before beginning the regular season on Thursday, April 21. The Ducks and Bluefish have played a home-and-home set each year since spring training was moved to Atlantic League home ballparks.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: In the opening game of their preseason slate, the Ducks earned a 5-1 win over the Bluefish at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.All of Long Island’s five runs came in the top of the seventh inning off of Bridgeport reliever Jake Thompson. Newcomer Blake Barber got the scoring started with a RBI single that scored Matt Wessinger, who played in 2015 with the Bluefish. Following a pair of outs, Delta Cleary Jr. launched a grand slam to highlight the inning. Bridgeport’s lone run came in the ninth on a two-out RBI single by Rossmel Perez off of Dan Blewett. Long Island used eight pitchers in the game, who combined to allow just six hits and three walks while striking out eight.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks will start right-handed pitcher John Brownell, putting him on regular rest to start the season opener this Thursday at Somerset. He is coming off of a marvelous year where he posted a 3.38 ERA and led the Atlantic League in wins (12), innings pitched (175.2), complete games (4), shutouts (2) and strikeouts (146), the latter being a single-season franchise record. His efforts earned him an End-of-Season All-Star selection and the Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year award. Bridgeport will counter with right-hander R.J. Hively. He spent the 2015 season in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, compiling a 4.69 ERA and 105 strikeouts in 35 games (14 starts). The California native pitched all four years of his pro career in the D-Backs system and has a 13-10 career record with a 3.15 ERA in 168 games.

Here are the other pitchers scheduled to toe the rubber today:

LHP Darin Downs
RHP Amalio Diaz
RHP Todd Coffey

RHP David Kubiak
LHP Brian Moran
LHP Eric Niesen

FOLLOW ALONG: In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of today’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.


#22 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – LF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#25 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#6   Blake Tekotte – CF
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#21   Mike Blanke – C
#33 Blake Barber – 2B

#7   John Brownell – RHP


#23 R.J. Hively – RHP

UPDATE (1:20): One inning is complete at Bethpage Ballpark! Both sides were retired in order in the first inning.

UPDATE (1:45): Cody Puckett opens the scoring for Long Island with a RBI fielder’s choice! 1-0 Long Island

UPDATE (2:08): That’s all for starter John Brownell! His final line: 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Left-hander Darin Downs is now pitching for the Flock!

UPDATE (2:19): TOP 5: Bridgeport scores a pair of runs on a RBI single by Endy Chavez and a sac fly from Josh Vitters. 2-1 Bluefish.

UPDATE (2:42): TOP 6: The Bluefish tack on three more runs to increase their lead to 5-1.

UPDATE (2:53): MID 7: Blake Barber with a spectacular diving stop to end a scoreless seventh inning. Score remains the same at the 7th inning stretch.

UPDATE (3:18): TOP 8: Bridgeport added a run on a RBI single by Ruben Sosa Jr. through a drawn in infield. 6-1 Bluefish

UPDATE (3:28): BOT 8: The Ducks add a run on a two-out RBI single to left-center by Sean Burroughs!

UPDATE (3:48): FINAL: The Bluefish defeat the Ducks 6-2 to close out the home-and-home exhibition series. Thanks to all who came out for #FanFest!


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