Game 96: Ducks at Bluefish

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 7:12 p.m. at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport, Conn.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (15-10; 55-40) continue their road trip with the opener of a three-game series against the Bridgeport Bluefish (15-12; 45-52), who will be led by guest manager Roger Clemens. The Ducks hold a commanding 10-3 lead in the season series against the Bluefish and have won six of the seven meetings in Bridgeport. Long Island can clinch the 2016 Ferry Cup with one win in the series.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: After the Ducks took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on Wednesday and preserved it for the win, the Somerset Patriots did the same on Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep.

The Patriots got to Dustin Richardson (1-3) early, plating three runs on four hits and two walks against Long Island’s southpaw. David Vidal opened the scoring with a two-run double to left-center field, and three batters later, Brian Van Kirk drove in Eric Farris with an RBI single to the left side.

Aside from the first inning, Richardson and the Ducks’ bullpen turned in a strong performance. The former big leaguer threw four consecutive scoreless innings to close out his start, yielding six hits and no walks in that span. A trio of relievers (Kyle Hansen, Nick Struck and James Lomangino) followed with three perfect innings, striking out four batters, to give the offense a chance to rally back.

Long Island had several opportunities early on against Patriots starter Rudy Owens. Somerset’s lefty walked five batters and hit two more in the first two and two-thirds innings of work, but the only hit he surrendered was an RBI double by Delta Cleary Jr. in the third. However, the Ducks left the bases loaded in the second and third innings after having back-to-back batters reach with two outs. Bryce Morrow (3-2) induced a force at third to end that third inning and was part of a six-reliever combo that silenced the Ducks for the remainder of the game. They combined to allow just three hits and no walks while striking out five batters.

ON THE MOUND: After earning a spot in the starting rotation, Eury De La Rosa will take the mound for his second start with the Flock tonight.

The southpaw made his debut as a start on July 30 at Bethpage Ballpark and threw three scoreless innings against the Skeeters. He allowed just one hit while striking out three, as the Ducks pieced together a 2-0 shutout victory. Overall, the former big leaguer has a 2-3 record with a 2.67 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 37 games (one start) this season. De La Rosa has appeared in nine games this season against the Bluefish, compiling a 1-1 record and throwing eight and two-thirds innings without allowing an earned run (four runs total).

David Kubiak will oppose De La Rosa in the opener. The righty has put together a 4-2 record with a 2.33 ERA and 48 strikeouts over 11 games (six starts). The Yankees then purchased his contract on May 4, and he went on to make three relief appearances with the Double-A Trenton Thunder. Kubiak threw six scoreless innings in his most recent outing on July 31 against the Patriots, yielding four hits and three walks while striking out four. He took a no-decision as the Bluefish went on to win 4-3. His only start against the Ducks came on July 19 at Bethpage Ballpark when he gave up two runs (one earned) in five innings on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action from tonight’s game live on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Live streaming audio will also 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
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#26 Mark Minicozzi – DH
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#29 Mike Dowd – C

#28 Eury De La Rosa – LHP

Bluefish
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#10 Endy Chavez – CF
#15 Welington Dotel – RF
#13 Jose Cuevas – DH
#18 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#20 Jonathan Galvez – LF
#3   Angelys Nina – 3B
#23 Luis Nunez – 2B
#16 Connor David – C

#24 David Kubiak – RHP

UPDATE (7:49): BOT 1: Bridgeport strikes for two runs on an RBI triple by Endy Chavez and a sac fly to right by Jose Cuevas. 2-0 Bluefish.

UPDATE (8:02): TOP 2: Ducks get a run back in the second on a sacrifice fly to right off the bat of Ruben Gotay! 2-1 Bridgeport.

UPDATE (8:14): BOT 2: Anthony Vega throws out Jonathan Galvez at the plate as he tried to score from second! Third runner he’s thrown out this road trip!

UPDATE (8:26): TOP 3: The Ducks take the lead! RBI singles from Delta Cleary Jr. and Dan Lyons put the Flock in front 3-2!

UPDATE (9:04): BOT 5: Eury De La Rosa strikes out Welington Dotel to strand two in the fifth! Six strikeouts tonight for the southpaw! Ducks still lead 3-2.

UPDATE (9:17): TOP 6: Gotay uncorks a three-run homer to right-center! His sixth of the year increases the Ducks lead to 6-2! He’s driven in four runs tonight.

UPDATE (10:00): BOT 8: Former Duck Sean Burroughs lines into an inning ending double play with the bases loaded! Ducks maintain their 6-2 advantage.

UPDATE (10:16): FINAL: The Ducks score six unanswered runs to defeat the Bluefish 6-2! The Ferry Cup is coming back to Long Island!

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Posted on August 5, 2016, in Game Previews and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I hope the Ducks continue their winning ways!!

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