Games 25 and 26: Ducks vs. Skeeters

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:05 p.m. CST (7:05 EST), and 9:05 p.m. CST (10:05 p.m. EST) at Constellation Field (Sugar Land, TX)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (14-10) play a single-admission double header as part of a four-game set against the Sugar Land Skeeters (14-11) of the Freedom Division.

TUESDAY’S RESULT: The Ducks were defeated by a score of 8-7 in the first game of a four game set against the Skeeters.

It was another offensive night in the interleague matchup, as both the Ducks and the Skeeters managed more than six runs in the first four innings of play. The Ducks started things off in the top of the first with Tyler Colvin singling off of Bryan Morgado to bring in Fehlandt Lentini and put the Ducks ahead 1-0. The Skeeters quickly countered with a three-run home run from Jeremy Barfield to put the Skeeters ahead 3-1. The Ducks would rally to score one run in each of the next two innings. Anthony Vega’s bases loaded fielder’s choice would bring in Cody Puckett in the second, and a passed ball during Ruben Gotay’s at-bat brought in Lew Ford in the third. Two home runs, a two-run shot from Ricky Hague, and a solo from Barfield in the bottom of the inning brought three in for the Skeeters to give the home team a 6-3 lead after three innings of play. A four-run top of the fourth highlighted by RBI singles from Ford and Colvin, gave the Ducks a 7-6 lead and put the club in great position to win, but a fielder’s choice by Wilfredo Rodriguez and a run-scoring single by Jeff Dominguez in the sixth provided the Skeeters with the winning margin.

Chris Rearick (1-0) got the win for Sugar Land, and pitched two shutout innings in relief of Morgado, allowing just one hit and one walk with one strikeout. Jack Snodgrass was handed the loss, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up eight hits, eight runs (five earned), and two walks, with four strikeouts. Derrick Loop earned his fourth save with a scoreless ninth.

ON THE MOUND: Game one will feature a matchup between Mark Blackmar and Sean Gallagher. Blackmar (3-1) has been dominant for the Ducks this season, pitching to the tune of a 1.98 ERA in four games. His only blemish came in his most recent start against the Somerset Patriots, in which he went four and two-thirds innings, allowing four runs. In his three starts before that, against New Britain, Southern Maryland, and Bridgeport, he combined 18.0 innings of work, allowing just one run on only seven hits, four walks, and 12 strikeouts.

Gallagher (1-2) has been good for the Skeeters as well, boasting a 3.04 ERA, pitching five complete innings at most. The Boston native’s most recent start against the Bridgeport Bluefish was challenging, as he lasted just four and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs (one earned), on six hits, two walks, and two strikeouts.

Game two puts Ducks’ starter Bruce Kern against Skeeters lefty Aaron Thompson. Kern (0-0) makes his third start for the Ducks, and enters this game with a 1.86 ERA. In Kern’s most recent start, he gave up five runs (one earned), on six hits, no walks, and six strikeouts in the Ducks’ win against Southern Maryland on May 14.

Thompson (1-0) makes his first start of the season for the Skeeters, and fourth appearance. In his first three appearances, all in relief, he has posted a 5.40 ERA, allowing four hits and one walk in three and one-third innings while striking out two.

FOLLOW ALONG: Tonight’s games will be broadcast on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Fans can follow the broadcast with live streaming audio online by CLICKING HERE. The Skeeters will also provide a live video stream of the game on WatchESPN. 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.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: For today’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

Ducks
#22 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#25 Sean Burroughs – DH
#2 Cody Puckett– 3B
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#21 Mike Blanke – C
#6 Blake Tekotte – LF

#49 Mark Blackmar RHP

Skeeters
#7 Josh Prince – SS
#26 Jeff Dominguez – 2B
#24 Delwyn Young – DH
#29 Jeremy Barfield – LF
#9 Rene Tosoni – RF
#10 Kent Matthes – CF
#16 Travis Scott – C
#2 Ricky Hague – 3B
#34 Josh Limonta – 1B

#36 Sean Gallagher RHP

UPDATE (7:58): TOP 4: Blackmar pitching very well. Four innings in the books, no score in game one.

UPDATE (8:21): TOP 5: Ducks score three! Gotay doubles to score two, and Lentini brings in one with a rip up the middle! Ducks lead 3-0!

UPDATE (8:48): BOT 6: Blackmar continues to deal! He’s retired the last nine! Ducks have a 3-0 lead!

FINAL: Ducks win 3-0! They take game two of the series and game one of the doubleheader.

Ducks
#22 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#25 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#2 Cody Puckett– 3B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#6 Blake Tekotte – CF
#17 Matt Wessinger – SS
#27 Anthony Vega – LF

#30 Bruce Kern RHP

Skeeters
#7 Josh Prince – CF
#26 Jeff Dominguez – 2B
#9 Rene Tosoni – RF
#29 Jeremy Barfield – LF
#16 Travis Scott – 1B
#15 Brooks Conrad – DH
# 6 Patrick Palmeiro – 3B
#4 Beemer Weems – SS
#5 Wilfredo Rodriguez – C

#18 Aaron Tompson LHP

UPDATE (9:56): TOP 2: Ducks strike first as Tekotte drives in Puckett! Ducks lead 1-0!

UPDATE (10:05): BOT 2: Skeeters get on the board as Palmeiro gets a double to score Conrad.

UPDATE (11:06): BOT 5: Skeeters get one as Dominguez brings in Rodriguez. They lead it 2-1.

UPDATE (11:36): FINAL: Skeeters win game two 2-1. Ducks and Sugar Land split the doubleheader.

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