Game 97: Ducks at Bluefish

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:12 p.m. at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport, Conn.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (16-10; 56-40), fresh off their Ferry Cup clinching win on Friday night, play the middle game of their three-game series against the Bridgeport Bluefish (15-13; 45-53). The Ducks have an 11-3 lead in the season series against the Bluefish, guaranteeing themselves a win in the season series, and have won seven of the eight meetings in Bridgeport.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: After falling behind early, the Ducks scored six unanswered runs to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 6-2 victory over the Bluefish.

Eury De La Rosa (3-3) got the start for Long Island and ran into some early trouble, giving up two runs in the first inning. Following a single and an error, Endy Chavez brought home Luis Hernandez with an RBI triple to right-center field. Two batters later, a sacrifice fly to right by Jose Cuevas doubled the lead to 2-0. De La Rosa would settle down though to pitch four scoreless innings after the first and finished with six strikeouts and just one walk allowed to earn the win.

Meanwhile, the Ducks offense went right to work in the second inning against David Kubiak (4-3). After a single and two walks, Ruben Gotay started a great day with a sac fly to right that scored Dan Lyons. In the third, Long Island took the lead for good on RBI singles by Delta Cleary Jr. and Lyons to go in front 3-2. The Ducks would put the game out of reach in the sixth when Gotay followed up singles from Lyons and Mark Minicozzi with a towering three-run homer to right-center, his sixth longball of the season. It was also the Ducks’ first home run of the road trip.

Long Island secured the win with another superb effort from the bullpen. Danny Burawa and Scott Shuman each tossed perfect 1-2-3 innings in the sixth and seventh, respectively. Amalio Diaz got into trouble in the eighth when he allowed a single and two walks on borderline pitches. However, he retired former Duck Sean Burroughs on a line drive to Tyler Colvin, who then stepped on the first base bag to complete an inning-ending double play. Nick Struck then retired all three batters he faced in the ninth to seal the win.

ON THE MOUND: A pair of righties with very similar sounding last names will match up once again on the mound Saturday night.

Bobby Blevins will start for the Ducks, looking to bounce back after suffering back-to-back losses. The right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five over seven innings on Sunday in a 4-1 loss to the Sugar Land Skeeters. All of the damage was done in one inning against him, as he turned in six strong innings otherwise. Overall, the fifth-year Duck is 1-6 this season with a 5.02 ERA in 15 games (14 starts). During his lone start against the Bluefish this season, he allowed just two unearned runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four in six innings, taking a no-decision. That came on July 20 when he opposed the man who he will face again on Saturday.

That man is Blake Beaven (pronounced BEV-in).  The Bluefish righty is 5-3 on the season with a 3.63 ERA in 14 games (12 starts). He has won back-to-back starts, pitching six innings of two-run ball in each. Those victories came on July 26 against Southern Maryland and July 31 at Somerset. Beaven has made three appearances (two starts) against the Ducks, compiling an 0-1 record with a 5.87 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 15 and one-third innings. When he opposed Blevins, the 27-year-old lasted six and two-thirds innings, yielding two runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out five.

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
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#32 Tyler Colvin – DH
#21 Mike Blanke – 1B
#17 Matt Wessinger – SS

#18 Bobby Blevins – RHP

Bluefish
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#10 Endy Chavez – CF
#15 Welington Dotel – RF
#13 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#18 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#5   Jose Gil – C
#17 Josh Vitters – DH
#23 Luis Nunez – 2B
#4   Anthony Giansanti – LF

#36 Blake Beaven – RHP

UPDATE (6:20): TOP 1: Anthony Vega opens the game with a solo homer on the first pitch, and Cody Puckett drives in another run with a sac fly! 2-0 Ducks!

UPDATE (6:26): Rain has begun to fall, and the tarp has come on the field. We are in a rain delay in the middle of the first inning.

UPDATE (6:43): The tarp has come off the field now here in Bridgeport. No official word on a start time yet.

UPDATE (7:21): BOT 1: After the rain delay, the Bluefish plate a run on a sacrifice fly from Welington Dotel. 2-1 Ducks lead.

UPDATE (7:39): TOP 2: A two-out, two-run single to right by Fehlandt Lentini extends Long Island’s lead to 4-1!

UPDATE (8:04): BOT 3: Bridgeport scores three to tie the game at four. A two-run double by Dotel, who later scores on a single from Cuevas, does the damage.

UPDATE (8:26): TOP 4: The Ducks take the lead back on Mike Blanke’s leadoff solo homer and a two-out RBI single by Puckett! 6-4 for Long Island.

UPDATE (8:36): BOT 4: Back to a one-run game thanks to the RBI single by Luis Nunez. Ducks 6, Bluefish 5.

UPDATE (9:28): BOT 6: The Bluefish score six runs against Blevins and the bullpen to take their first lead of the game at 11-6.

UPDATE (10:12): BOT 8: Bluefish add three more runs to extend their lead to 14-6.

UPDATE (10:24): FINAL: Bridgeport takes the middle game of the series 14-6. Rubber game of the three-game set will be on Sunday at 1:12 p.m.

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