Game 63: Ducks at Bluefish

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 1:12 p.m. at Ballpark at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport, CT)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (34-28) and the Bridgeport Bluefish (27-35) wrap up their four-game series on Sunday afternoon. Following three one-run ballgames, two decided in the tenth inning, the Ducks have won two of three to take a 7-2 lead in the season series. Long Island currently sits one game behind the Somerset Patriots for first place in the Liberty Division. Somerset lost two games on Saturday in Sugar Land, while the Bluefish are eight games back of first place.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: Mike Dowd’s RBI single in the top of the tenth inning drove in the game-winning run as the Ducks escaped the Bluefish 2-1.

Long Island had trouble driving in runs through the first four innings, leaving six men on base. But in the top of the fourth, an error by third baseman Josh Vitters opened the door for a Ducks run. Lew Ford scored from second base as Delta Cleary Jr.’s groundball traveled under Vitters’ glove to give Long Island a 1-0 lead.

Bridgeport tied the score in the seventh. With runners at first and second and one out, Adron Chambers grounded into a fielder’s choice, driving in Bridgeport’s first run.

The Bluefish threatened in the ninth inning with the game-winning run at third base. Ducks reliever Patrick Crider entered with two outs and the game on the line. Crider struck out Chambers on a 3-2 pitch to save the tie and extend the game to extra innings.

In the tenth, Cleary Jr.’s one-out single and an intentional walk to Ruben Gotay set up Dowd’s heroic at-bat. Amalio Diaz earned the save in the bottom of the inning, stranding the tying run at third base.

Ducks starter Jack Snodgrass pitched extremely well, allowing one run on four hits and a two walks. The lefty struck out six over six innings. Crider was awarded the win, while Paul Demny suffered the loss.

Anthony Vega, in the leadoff spot for the second straight night, had three hits. Cleary Jr. and Lew Ford each scored runs.

ON THE MOUND: Mark Blackmar, whose 2.76 ERA is second-best in the Atlantic League, makes his 12th start for the Ducks. The right-hander looks to bounce back from his past outing, June 21 at York, when the Texan surrendered a season-high seven runs on ten hits. Prior to that start, Blackmar had only given up 13 earned runs all season. Blackmar has shined twice against Bridgeport this season, tossing a combined 14 innings of shutout ball. In his past start against the ‘Fish on May 24, the former White Sox minor leaguer struck out two, yielding four hits and one walk.

Blake Beavan faces the Ducks for the second time. On May 25, Beavan surrendered a whopping eight runs on 11 hits in just two and two-thirds innings with two strikeouts. In his past two starts, however, Beavan has been dynamite. The Keller, Texas native is 2-0 with an ERA of 1.64 with ten strikeouts and one walk. The 6-foot-7, 245-pound righty comes to Connecticut after spending 2015 with Triple-A Reno, the affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Beavan made his major league debut in 2011 with Seattle and made 44 MLB starts.

FOLLOW ALONG: Today’s game will be broadcast live on the Ducks’ Official YouTube Channel. Streaming audio will also be available 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

#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#22 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#26 Dan Johnson – 1B
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#6 Blake Tekotte – DH
#11 Carlos Hughes – SS

#49 Mark Blackmar – RHP

Bluefish
#26 Adron Chambers – LF
#10 Endy Chavez – CF
#15 Welington Dotel – RF
#13 Jose Cuevas – 1B
#6 Luis Rodriguez – 2B
#20 Jonathan Galvez – DH
#17 Josh Vitters – 3B
#14 Rossmel Perez – C
#3 Angelys Nina – SS

#36 Blake Beavan – RHP

UPDATE (1:36): END 2: The Ducks and Bluefish are scoreless. Mark Blackmar and Blake Beavan each have three strikeouts. Delta Cleary Jr. with LI’s lone hit.

UPDATE (2:12): END 4: 0-0 between the Ducks and the Bluefish. Blackmar: 3 IP, 6 K, 2 H, 0 BB. Tekotte, Johnson, and Cleary Jr. with hits.

UPDATE (2:46): END 6: Mark Blackmar strikes out Jose Cuevas to end the inning, stranding runners at first and second. 0-0 score between LI and Bridgeport.

UPDATE (2:51): TOP 7: Hello and goodbye…Ruben Gotay! The Ducks take a 1-0 lead on the solo home run from Gotay to lead the Bluefish.

UPDATE (3:37): TOP 9: Ruben Gotay’s 2-run double and Anthony Vega’s RBI single push the Long Island lead to 4-0 over the Bluefish.

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