Game 38: Ducks at Barnstormers

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 7:00 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (22-15) hit the road for a quick three-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormer (18-18), making their first trip of the year to Clipper Magazine Stadium. The Ducks swept the first three meetings of the year between the two teams May 3-5 at Bethpage Ballpark. Long Island sits atop the Liberty Division by one and a half games over the Somerset Patriots, while Lancaster is currently third in the Freedom Division, four games behind the in-state rival York Revolution.

SUNDAY’S RESULT: The Ducks broke out the bats once again, pounding out 16 hits to take the homestand finale 12-3 over the New Britain Bees. The victory earned Long Island a split of the four-game series and a 4-3 record overall on the homestand. The Ducks have now either won or split five consecutive series.

Ducks starter Mark Blackmar had to battle from the get-go, getting into jams in each of the first four innings. He was able to work out of a bases loaded jam in the opening inning, and although he allowed a run in the third and two in the fourth, he combined to strand nine runners on base during the first four innings of the game. Long Island had scored three runs in the third to take a 3-1 advantage against Bees starter Shawn Haviland, but New Britain immediately tied up the game the following inning.

Blackmar departed the game after throwing 108 pitches in the first five innings with the score tied at three. After a scoreless sixth inning from Patrick Crider, who eventually picked up the win, the Ducks’ offense went to work. Long Island sent 11 men to the plate in the sixth and scored five runs to jump in front 8-3. Three more runs in the seventh and another in eighth rounded out the scoring.

Contributions were made up and down the Ducks’ lineup. Fehlandt Lentini collected three hits and four RBI, all coming in his final three at-bats after starting the day 0-for-3. Dan Lyons, Ruben Gotay and Tyler Colvin each drove in two runs. At the bottom of the order, eight hitter Matt Wessinger reached base safely in all five plate appearances, collecting three hits and two walks while scoring four times. Nine hitter Anthony Vega picked up two extra-base hits, two RBI and three runs scored in the victory.

Long Island’s bullpen stifled the Bees over the final four innings. Crider, Eury De La Rosa, Amalio Diaz and Todd Coffey combined to give up just two walks while striking out five to secure the win.

ON THE MOUND: John Brownell will get the start in the series opener, looking to etch his name once again in the Ducks history book. After setting the franchise record for innings pitched in his last start, a win tonight for the right-hander will tie him with Randy Leek for the most wins in team history with 40. He enters tonight’s start with a record of 3-0 on the season along with a 3.38 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 29 and one-third innings. Brownell earned the win on Wednesday against Bridgeport, beginning his night with six scoreless innings of two-hit ball. However, he struggled in the seventh and ended up surrendering five runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out four in six and one-third innings. This will be his first outing of the season against the Barnstormers.

Lancaster will counter with Mike Lee, who will be making his first start of the season. The right-hander has pitched in 11 games out of the bullpen, compiling a 1-1 record with a 5.17 ERA and 14 strikeouts to eight walks in 15 and two-thirds innings. His longest outing of the year was two and one-third of an inning, done this past Tuesday in New Britain. Lee’s lone appearance of 2016 against Long Island came in game two of a doubleheader on May 5. That day, he gave up five runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk in one inning. Since that game though, he has tossed eight and one-third scoreless innings of relief, yielding seven hits and three walks while striking out six.

FOLLOW ALONG: Tonight’s game will be broadcast online with live streaming 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 today’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
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#25 Sean Burroughs – 3B
#21 Mike Blanke – C
#6   Blake Tekotte – CF
#29 Mike Dowd – DH
#27 Anthony Vega – LF

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Barnstormers
#33 Logan Schafer – CF
#12 Kevin Ahrens – SS
#15 Caleb Gindle – RF
#30 Josh Whitaker – LF
#29 Josh Bell – 3B
#44 Sean Halton – DH
#54 Mike McDade – 1B
#37 Charlie Cutler – C
#7   Lance Zawadzki – 2B

#39 Mike Lee – RHP

UPDATE (7:19): END 1: No score in the early going at Clipper Magazine Stadium. John Brownell retires the side in order in the bottom of the inning.

UPDATE (7:38): BOT 2: Barnstormers open the inning with two singles. Brownell follows by inducing a double play and striking out Mike McDade! 0-0 after two.

UPDATE (8:06): TOP 4: Blake Tekotte delivers a two-out broken bat RBI single to left field, scoring Tyler Colvin! Ducks take a 1-0 lead!

UPDATE (8:16): BOT 4: Josh Bell clears the wall in right-center for a two-out, two-strike, two-run home run. Lancaster takes a 2-1 lead.

UPDATE (8:40): BOT 5: Kevin Ahrens delivers another two-out, two-strike, two-run hit. His single off the wall in right increases the lead to 4-1.

UPDATE (9:07): MID 7: Jarrett Casey comes on to replace Brownell, whose bid to tie the franchise record in wins will have to wait another start.

UPDATE (9:18): BOT 7: Logan Schafer’s solo home run extends Lancaster’s lead to 5-1.

UPDATE (9:42): FINAL: Barnstormers take the series opener 7-1 over the Ducks. Game two of the series is Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.

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