Game 14: Ducks at Bluefish
GAME TIME/LOCATION: 7:12 p.m. at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport, Conn.)
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (7-6) visit the cross-sound rival Bridgeport Bluefish (5-9) in the opener of a three-game series and the first game of the 2016 Ferry Cup Series. Bridgeport claimed the 2015 Ferry Cup with a 15-12 series victory.
YESTERDAY’S RESULTS: A perfect homestand was made complete on Thursday when the Ducks swept a twi-night doubleheader at Bethpage Ballpark against the Lancaster Barnstormers. Game one was a tremendous pitcher’s duel over the first six innings. In that span, Ducks starter Bobby Blevins allowed just four hits, all singles, while striking out four batters and walking none. Meanwhile, Barnstormers starter Bryan Evans yielded just two hits and two walks while striking out six over six innings.
However, after Todd Coffey pitched scoreless seventh, stranding two men on base, Evans walked Sean Burroughs to lead off the bottom of the inning. Scott Gracey came in and proceeded to give up an infield single to Dan Lyons and a walk to Cody Puckett to load up the bases. Mike Blanke followed and drew a walk on five pitches to score pinch runner Blake Tekotte with the game-winning run.
Game two of the twinbill was all about the offense, as the Ducks earned a 13-5 win. Long Island struck early on a first inning sacrifice fly off the bat of Delta Cleary Jr. That was followed up with a four-run second that knocked Lancaster starter Brandon Bixler out of the game. Puckett’s RBI double, Mike Dowd’s RBI single and sac flies from Matt Wessinger and Fehlandt Lentini accounted for the scoring. The Ducks doubled the lead in the third with five more runs off of Mike Lee. Dowd had another RBI single, as did Cleary Jr., and two errors along with a passed ball helped add to the lead. Anthony Vega added a run-scoring groundout in the fifth, and Lentini rounded out the scoring with a two-run single in the sixth.
That was more than enough for Ducks starter Jack Snodgrass, who turned in another quality start. The southpaw’s only hiccup came in the sixth as he was approaching 100 pitches when he gave up a three-run double to Kevin Ahrens. His final line showed him allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven batters in six innings. James Lomangino closed out the game by pitching the seventh. The win stretched Long Island’s winning streak to six.
ON THE MOUND: The Ducks will send right-hander Mark Blackmar to the mound, looking to strike first in the Ferry Cup Series. He has been very strong for the Ducks thus far, combining to allow just one run over 11 innings in his first two starts. The 24-year-old has given up five hits and four walks while striking out five, and the Ducks have won both games he has started. Blackmar’s 0.82 ERA ranks fourth in the Atlantic League. In his last start, he surrendered one run on two hits and two walks over six innings with two strikeouts, taking a no-decision in the Ducks’ 5-4 win over Southern Maryland on Saturday.
Bridgeport will also have a right-hander pitching tonight in David Anderson. He enters with no record and a 3.00 ERA in two games (one start) in 2016. In six innings of work, he has allowed eight hits and three runs (two earned) while walking and striking out one. The Syracuse native also started on Saturday and took a no-decision in a 5-4 win over New Britain. He gave up three runs (two earned) over five innings that day. Anderson is a returner to the Bluefish this season after making seven starts with the club in 2015 following a mid-season tryout. He compiled a 2-2 record with a 2.67 ERA and 25 strikeouts to 11 walks in 40 and one-third innings.
FOLLOW ALONG: Tonight’s contest will be broadcast on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Fans can follow the broadcast with streaming audio online as well by CLICKING HERE. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.
DUCKS GAME NOTES: For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.
#22 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – LF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Nate Freiman – 1B
#25 Sean Burroughs – 3B
#2 Cody Puckett – 2B
#6 Blake Tekotte – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#49 Mark Blackmar – RHP
#4 Ruben Sosa Jr. – CF
#22 Wilkin Ramirez – RF
#26 Dan Johnson – 1B
#13 Jose Cuevas – DH
#6 Luis Rodriguez – 2B
#17 Josh Vitters – 3B
#16 Luis Domoromo – LF
#14 Rossmel Perez – C
#2 Luis Hernandez – SS
#3 David Anderson – RHP
UPDATE (7:00): Tonight’s game and broadcast will begin in a delay. The tarp is still on the field, and rain is falling at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
UPDATE (8:05): The tarp is coming off the field at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard! First pitch time has been announced as 8:30 p.m. weather permitting.
UPDATE (8:56): Strong start for Mark Blackmar, as he strikes out the side in the bottom of the first! No score after one.
UPDATE (9:08): TOP 2: Long island opens the scoring on a RBI double to right-center by Blake Tekotte! Sixth double of 2016, which is good for second in the Atlantic League!
UPDATE (9:39): TOP 4: The Ducks add two more runs on a RBI double to left by Mike Dowd and a RBI single to right by Lew Ford! 3-0 Long Island!
UPDATE (9:57): BOT 5: Mark Blackmar allows a one-out single to Luis Rodriguez, ending his perfect game bid. He retires the next two to keep the score 3-0.
UPDATE (10:35): BOT 7: Nice play on both ends by Dan Lyons and Nate Freiman to end the inning! Seven scoreless innings from Blackmar!
UPDATE (10:57): BOT 8: The Bluefish get on the scoreboard thanks to a two-out RBI single from Ruben Sosa Jr. Ducks lead is now 3-1.
UPDATE (11:14): TOP 9: Two Bluefish errors, a clutch walk by Sean Burroughs, and two big hits, including a RBI single by Cody Puckett put the Ducks up 5-1!
UPDATE (11:30): FINAL: Amalio Diaz works a 1-2-3 ninth inning, and the Ducks earn a 5-1 victory over the Bluefish! Seven consecutive wins for the Flock!
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