Game 32: Ducks vs. Bluefish
GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, NY)
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (18-13) look to bounce back at home against the Bridgeport Bluefish (11-20) after falling 5-1 in game one of the series Tuesday. The Ducks have won three of four this season against Bridgeport with tonight marking game five of the 2016 Ferry Cup Series.
YESTERDAY’S RESULT: Mark Blackmar’s sensational performance on the mound did not result in a win for the Ducks as Long Island dropped a 5-1 decision to Bridgeport. Blackmar shut out the Bluefish over seven innings, giving up four hits and one walk while striking out two. Bridgeport starter Mike Antonini also pitched well, keeping Long Island off of the scoreboard over six innings.
The break-even inning for Bridgeport came in the top of the eighth. Ducks southpaw Eury De La Rosa fell into trouble when a catcher’s interference with two outs loaded the bases. The next batter, Josh Vitters, worked the count all the way back from 0-2 to 3-2 and walked to bring in the game’s first run. With a 1-0 lead and the bases still loaded, Luis Domoromo lined a bases-clearing double to give Bridgeport a 4-0 lead. Despite the damage done against De La Rosa, none of the runs surrendered were earned.
Looking to sprout a comeback, Ducks center fielder Lew Ford cranked a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning to cut the deficit to 4-1. However, Bridgeport added another run in the ninth to go ahead 5-1.
Offensively, Ducks third baseman Cody Puckett added two hits, while catcher Mike Blanke extended his hitting streak to five games.
With the Ducks loss and a Somerset loss to Sugar Land, Long Island remains in second place in the Liberty Division.
ON THE MOUND: Long Island Ducks veteran pitcher John Brownell returns to the mound for his fifth start of the season. Brownell is 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA, putting together wins over Sugar Land and Southern Maryland. Tonight marks the first time he faces Bridgeport this season. In 2015, Brownell won four of his seven starts against the Bluefish. The veteran is just four innings shy of tying Randy Leek for the all-time franchise record for innings pitched (587.1). He also needs two more wins to tie Leek’s record of 40.
Bridgeport’s R.J. Hively makes his seventh start of the season and his second against the Ducks. The 27-year-old right-hander is 0-3 with a 6.09 ERA. In his first meeting against the Flock on May 8, Hively coughed up five runs on four hits in five and one-third innings in the loss. Hively spent 2015 with Arizona Diamondbacks affiliates in the California League (A+), Southern League (AA), and Pacific Coast League (AAA). The Palm Desert, California native began his professional career in 2012 after being selected in the 19th round of the MLB Draft by Arizona.
FOLLOW ALONG: Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Live streaming video and audio will be available online 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
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#32 Tyler Colvin – DH
#25 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#6 Blake Tekotte – LF
#17 Matt Wessinger – 3B
#7 John Brownell – RHP
#2 Luis Hernandez – SS
#13 Jose Cuevas – 2B
#26 Dan Johnson – 1B
#17 Josh Vitters – 3B
#16 Luis Domoromo – RF
#29 Jonathan Galvez – DH
#4 Anthony Giansanti – CF
#14 Rossmel Perez – C
#23 Luis Nunez – LF
#27 R. J. Hively – RHP
UPDATE (7:15): END 2: No score between the Ducks and the Bluefish. Dan Lyons with a single so far for Long Island.
UPDATE (7:35): BOT 3: Lew Ford homers! It’s a two-run shot over the right field fence. Ducks plate three in the inning to take a 3-0 lead over the Bluefish.
UPDATE (7:42): TOP 4: Ducks pitcher John Brownell has tied Randy Leek for the all-time franchise mark for innings (587.1). LI leads Bridgeport 3-0.
UPDATE (7:53): TOP 5: With the first out of the inning, Ducks pitcher John Brownell is the all-time franchise leader in career innings with 587.2!
UPDATE (8:11): BOT 5: Tyler Colvin’s first home run with the Ducks is a grand slam! Long Island leads the Bluefish 7-0.
UPDATE (8:37): BOT 6: The Ducks grab four runs on six hits to take an 11-0 lead over the Bluefish. LI hit three doubles, while Lentini tripled in two runs.
UPDATE (8:57): TOP 7: The Bluefish score five runs in the inning to pull within six runs. The Ducks still lead 11-5.
UPDATE (9:37) BOT 8: The Ducks explode for four more runs including a two-run triple from Mike Dowd. Long Island leads 15-5 over the Bluefish.
UPDATE (10:05): FINAL: The Ducks beat the Bluefish 15-5 thanks to 20 Long Island hits. Dan Lyons was 5-5 with 3 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R. Ducks improve to 19-13.
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