Game 31: Ducks vs. Bluefish

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, NY)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (18-12) return home to open up a three-game series with the Bridgeport Bluefish (10-20) in a Liberty Division rivalry game. The Ducks enter the fourth game of the 2016 Ferry Cup Series with a 3-0 record against Bridgeport.

SUNDAY’S RESULT: The Ducks dropped a 4-3 decision against the Somerset Patriots in Bridgewater, N.J., squandering an opportunity to overtake first place in the Liberty Division. The Ducks cut a three-run deficit to 4-3 in the ninth inning thanks to two runs on RBI singles from both Mike Blanke and Anthony Vega, but Fehlandt Lentini flew out to left field with two men on base to end the game.

Lew Ford led the way at the plate going 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Blanke was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Long Island out-hit Somerset 9-4 but did not score any runs until the eighth inning. The Ducks left two men on base in the first, second, and ninth innings, failing to give starter Jack Snodgrass any run support.

Snodgrass surrendered a run in the first inning on a throwing error. In the third inning, Somerset capitalized on a solo home run from Trayvon Robinson and an error by Blanke behind the dish that scored Mycal Jones from third base.

The Long Island left-hander settled down after the error, retiring 11 straight Patriots batters. Snodgrass fell to 3-3 as he allowed two earned runs on just two hits while striking out seven and walking one in six innings.

Despite the loss, the Ducks won the series two games to one, closing the gap between first and second place to a game-and-a-half entering Tuesday. Long Island went 4-3 overall on the road trip.

ON THE MOUND: Mark Blackmar (3-1, 1.57) takes the baseball for Long Island having won two of his last three starts. The Texas native has only allowed runs in two of his five starts, surrendering four or less hits in each. In his last start, Blackmar shut out Sugar Land on May 18 over six innings. In a 3-0 Ducks win, the 24-year-old gave up four hits while striking out three and walking none. In his first outing against Bridgeport, Blackmar silenced the Bluefish over seven innings on May 6; he struck out seven batters while allowing two hits and no runs in a 5-1 Ducks win. The night began with the right-hander retiring the first 13 batters he faced before giving up a fifth inning single.

Former New York Mets draft selection Mike Antonini (2-4, 3.52) meets the Ducks for the second time in 2016. Antonini fell victim to a lack of run support on May 7 against Long Island, as the lefty only allowed two runs on six hits with three strikeouts and no walks in a 7-1 Bridgeport loss. The 30-year-old’s best outing came on May 12 at Sugar Land when he threw five innings of three-hit ball surrendering no earned runs. His last outing, at home on May 18 against Somerset, saw him strike out a season-high six batters. However, he took the loss after allowing two earned runs on five hits over six innings. In four of his six starts, the Bluefish have scored two or fewer runs.

FOLLOW ALONG: Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio, as the “Ducks Game of the Week.” Fans can also follow the broadcast online with live streaming video and audio via the Ducks official YouTube channel 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.

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

#49 Mark Blackmar – RHP

Bluefish
#2 Luis Hernandez – SS
#6 Luis An. Rodriguez – 2B
#13 Jose Cuevas – 1B
#26 Dan Johnson – DH
#17 Josh Vitters – 3B
#16 Luis Domoromo – RF
#4 Anthony Giansanti – CF
#24 Connor David – C
#23 Luis Nunez – LF

#33 Mike Antonini – LHP

UPDATE (7:18): Ducks and Bluefish remain scoreless after two innings. Cody Puckett & Ruben Gotay with singles for Long Island.

UPDATE (7:48): END 4: No score between the Ducks and the Bluefish. LI starter Mark Blackmar 4.0 IP 2K, 2 H. He’s retired 10 of last 11 batters.

UPDATE (8:20): END 6: 0-0 pitcher’s duel between the Ducks & Bluefish. LI’s Blackmar has  pitched consecutive 12 scoreless innings dating back to 5/18.

UPDATE (8:49): END 7: Ducks & Bluefish remain scoreless. Blackmar’s night is done: 7.0 4H 0R 2K 1BB. 2 hits for Cody Puckett. 

UPDATE (9:14): TOP 8: 4-0 Bluefish lead highlighted by Luis Domoromo’s three-run double. Long Island 2-3-4 due up in the bottom of the 8th.

UPDATE (9:20): BOT 8: Lew Ford cranks his 4th home run of the season, it pulls the Ducks within 3 at 4-1.

UPDATE (9:32) TOP 9: Luis Hernandez drives in a run as the Bluefish take a 5-1 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth. Last chance for Long Island.

UPDATE (9:45) FINAL: Ducks drop the opening game of the series 5-1 to the Bluefish. Long Island falls to 18-13.

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