Game 80: 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 (7-2, 47-32) open up a three-game series with the Bridgeport Bluefish (7-4, 37-44). Tonight marks game 11 of the 2016 Ferry Cup Series, with the Ducks winning eight of the previous 10. In the most recent series, June 23-26 at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard, Long Island won three out of four games. The Ducks are hitting .313 with a 2.26 earned run average against Bridgeport, while the Bluefish are hitting.220 with a 4.70 ERA.

SUNDAY’S RESULT: The Ducks defeated the Patriots 7-5 on en route to a three-game sweep to remain in first place in the Second Half Liberty Division Standings.

Long Island scored the game’s opening runs in the bottom of the first inning. Fehlandt Lentini scored from third base on a passed ball, while Cody Puckett’s sacrifice fly scored Delta Cleary Jr. Two innings later, Anthony Vega scored from third base on an error and Puckett crushed a three-run home run, giving Long Island a 6-0 advantage.

Ducks starter Bruce Kern, who tossed five innings of two-hit ball, allowed his only two runs in fourth. David Vidal’s two-run blast did the damage for the Patriots, who cut the Ducks lead to 6-2. Somerset’s Eric Farris crushed a two-run homer in the eighth, making it 6-4, but Mark Minicozzi extended the Ducks lead to 7-4 with a solo home run in the eighth.

Against Long Island closer Todd Coffey, Somerset tallied one run in the ninth on Mycal Jones’ RBI single. Coffey responded by striking out Aharon Eggleston with runners at first and second to end the game.

Kern improved to 4-1, striking out four and allowing two walks. Bryce Morrow took the loss, giving up six runs (five earned) on six hits and a walk in two and two-thirds innings.

Puckett tallied four RBIs, while Ruben Gotay collected two hits to lead Long Island.

ON THE MOUND: Left-hander Dustin Richardson makes his first start with Long Island. Joining the team on June 15, the Kansas native has appeared nine times out of the bullpen, posting a 1-0 record and an ERA of 4.05. The former 5th round draft selection of the Boston Red Sox in 2006 has made 84 professional starts. Richardson’s most recent start came on May 10, 2015 against the Springfield Cardinals in the Texas League. Pitching with the Tulsa Drillers, the Double-A affiliate of the Dodgers, Richardson tossed two innings of one-hit ball with one strikeout.

Riverhead, N.Y. native David Kubiak toes the rubber against the Ducks for the first time this season. In his fifth season with the Bluefish, Kubiak has started his past three games. The 6-foot-7 righty is 2-0 with a 3.06 ERA when making a start. The 26 year old, drafted out of SUNY Albany in the 36th round of the 2011 MLB Draft, defeated New Britain on July 10. In six and two-third innings, he struck out five and walked one, allowing one run on five hits. On May 4, Kubiak had his contract purchased by the New York Yankees, making three relief appearances with the Trenton Thunder of the Eastern League (AA).

FOLLOW ALONG:  Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. 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.

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
#32 Tyler Colvin – DH
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#29 Mike Dowd – C

#48 Dustin Richardson – LHP

Bluefish
#2 Luis Hernandez – SS
#4 Anthony Giansanti – CF
#15 Welington Dotel – RF
#13 Jose Cuevas – 1B
#20 Jonathan Galvez – DH
#5 Jose Gil – C
#23 Luis Nunez – 2B
#17 Josh Vitters – 3B
#26 Adron Chambers – LF

#24 David Kubiak – RHP

UPDATE (7:10): END 2: The Ducks threaten with a runner at third, but come up short. Long Island and the Bridgeport Bluefish are scoreless.

UPDATE (7:42): END 4: The Ducks and Bluefish are scoreless. Dustin Richardson: 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 K, 1 BB for Long Island.

UPDATE (8:04): BOT 5: Delta Cleary Jr. drives in the game’s first run and Fehlandt Lentini scores on an error. The Ducks lead the Bluefish 2-0.

UPDATE (8:19): TOP 6: Welington Dotel slashes a ball to right field for an RBI single, but the Ducks still lead the Bluefish 2-1.

UPDATE (8:45): BOT 7: Cody Puckett clears the bases with a three-run double! Long Island leads Bridgeport 5-1!

UPDATE (9:07): FINAL: Long Island WINS! The Ducks beat the Bluefish 5-1 in the opener of a three-game series!

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