Game 71-72: Ducks at Barnstormers

Lancaster 7-5-16

GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6 p.m. single admission doubleheader at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, PA).

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:  Rained out last night at Clipper Magazine Stadium, the Long Island Ducks (40-30) and Lancaster Barnstormers (34-35) will play their scheduled doubleheader Tuesday. The single admission twinbill features two seven-inning games with a 30-minute break in between. Monday’s postponement will be made up at a date to be determined during the Ducks’ series in Lancaster between August 29 and September 1.The Ducks clinched the First Half Liberty Division title, winning eight of their last ten games, with a two-game cushion over the second-place Somerset Patriots. The Barnstormers finished in third place, five-and-a-half games back of York, in the Freedom Division. In the first half, the Ducks and Barnstormers split the ten head-to-head matchups.

SUNDAY’S RESULT: With 7,602 fans in attendance, the largest single-game crowd in franchise history, the Ducks completed a three-game sweep of the Skeeters, winning 5-2.

Against former New York Yankees pitcher Brett Marshall (0-2), the Ducks nabbed runs in the second and third innings. Carlos Hughes’ double to center field brought in the first run, while Anthony Gatto walked with the bases loaded, giving Long Island a 2-0 lead. In the fourth, Dan Lyons’ run-scoring double and Cody Puckett’s RBI single increased the advantage to 4-0.

Despite Sugar Land scoring on a wild pitch in the sixth, the Ducks extended their lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the inning on Puckett’s RBI single. The Skeeters added their second run in the seventh on Patrick Palmeiro’s sacrifice fly.

Left-hander Darin Downs (6-4) earned the win with seven strikeouts in seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. The Ducks took advantage of six walks and five hits against Marshall, who surrendered four runs in three innings in the loss. James Lomangino struck out one in the ninth for his first save.

Fehlandt Lentini and Puckett each tallied three hits to lead the Flock.

ON THE MOUND (GAME ONE): Bobby Blevins makes his 11th start of the season and first since June 18. In his past outing, June 30 against York, Blevins tossed three and two-thirds innings of relief, allowing two runs on six hits with five strikeouts. Lancaster was the opponent the previous time Blevins earned the start. The right-hander struck out eight over six innings, surrendering two runs on four hits with three walks. Despite pitching well, Blevins did not receive a decision in Long Island’s 3-2 loss. In two starts against the Barnstormers, Blevins has allowed just two runs on eight hits in 12 innings, striking out 12 and walking three.

Kelvin De La Cruz takes the hill against the Ducks for the third time this season. The righty has had one dominant start and one rough start. The most recent meeting, on June 18 in Central Islip, De La Cruz allowed two hits and a run with five strikeouts and one walk over six innings, beating the Ducks 4-1. On June 8 in Lancaster, the Barnstormers did win, but De La Cruz allowed six runs on eight hits, striking out two and walking three in four and one-third innings. The La Vega, Dominican Republic native has won two of his past three outings.

ON THE MOUND (GAME TWO): Jack Snodgrass looks to bounce back from his shortest outing of the season. Lifted after two innings on June 30, Snodgrass gave up six runs (five earned) on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts. The left-hander out of Bowling Green, Ky. ranks second in the Atlantic League in strikeouts (80), sitting 10 behind first-place Darin Downs. Snodgrass beat Lancaster on May 5, striking out seven over six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks.

Former Cincinnati Reds reliever Ryan Dennick starts the nightcap of the twinbill for the Barnstormers. Dennick has made 22 appearances with Tuesday representing his first start. Dennick has not started a game since the Dominican Winter League with Toros in 2013. Twice this season, the left-hander has pitched two innings, his highest mark. The Kentucky native has pitched against Long Island three times this season. Dennick was originally selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 22nd round of the 2009 MLB Draft out of Tennessee Tech University.

FOLLOW ALONG: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Fans can follow the broadcast online with live streaming audio 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.

GAME ONE (7 INNINGS):
Ducks
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#22 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#2 Cody Puckett – 2B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#26 Mark Minicozzi – 1B
#29 Mike Dowd – DH
#21 Mike Blanke – C
#17 Matt Wessinger – 3B

#18 Bobby Blevins – RHP

Barnstormers
#2 Blake Gailen – RF
#12 Kevin Ahrens – SS
#15 Caleb Gindl – CF
#29 Josh Bell – 3B
#3 Mike Jacobs – DH
#44 Sean Halton – LF
#7 Lance Zawadzki – 2B
#54 Mike McDade – C
#18 K.C. Hobson – 1B

#31 Kelvin De La Cruz – LHP

UPDATE (6:33): END 2: The Ducks and Barnstormers are scoreless through two innings. Cody Puckett with LI’s lone single.

UPDATE (6:50): TOP 3: Anthony Vega’s sacrifice fly gives the Ducks a 1-0 lead over the Barnstormers.

UPDATE (7:01): BOT 3: The Barnstormers take a 2-1 lead over the Ducks. Kevin Ahrens and Caleb Gindl drive in the runs.

UPDATE (7:25): TOP 4: Dan Lyons’ RBI single and Mike Dowd’s RBI fielder’s choice gives the Ducks a 3-2 lead over Lancaster.

UPDATE (8:18): FINAL: Lancaster storms back for a walk-off win against the Ducks. Kevin Ahrens drive in the game-winning run as the Ducks fall 4-3.

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GAME TWO (7 INNINGS):
Ducks
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#22 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#26 Mark Minicozzi – 1B
#29 Mike Dowd – DH
#21 Mike Blanke – C
#11 Carlos Hughes – 2B

#39 Jack Snodgrass – LHP

Barnstormers
# 8 Jeff Kobernus – 2B
#12 Kevin Ahrens – SS
#15 Caleb Gindl – CF
#29 Josh Bell – 3B
#3 Mike Jacobs – DH
#44 Sean Halton – LF
#54 Mike McDade – 1B
#2 Blake Gailen – RF
#37 Charlie Cutler – C

#14 Ryan Dennick – LHP

UPDATE (8:45): Game two of today’s doubleheader between the Ducks and the Barnstormers will begin at 8:50.

UPDATE (9:10): TOP 1: Long Island takes a 4-0 lead over the Barnstormers. Mark Minicozzi’s two-run home run, his 1st as a Duck, highlights the inning.

UPDATE (9:24): BOT 1: Lancaster gets a run on an RBI single from Josh Bell. Long Island still leads 4-1.

UPDATE (9:44): BOT 2: Jeff Kobernus’ RBI single cuts the Lancaster deficit to two. Long Island leads 4-2.

UPDATE (10:02): TOP 3: The Ducks take a 6-2 lead over the Barnstormers as Dan Lyons’s RBI double and Mike Dowd’s single extend the lead.

UPDATE (10:36): TOP 5: A sacrifice fly from @MikeBlanke gives the Ducks a 7-2 lead over the Barnstormers.

UPDATE (11:09): FINAL: Long Island WINS! The Ducks top the Barnstormers 7-2 in the nightcap of today’s doubleheader. Jack Snodgrass wins his sixth game!

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