Game 98: Ducks at Bluefish

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

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (16-11; 56-41) wrap up their six-game road trip with the finale of a three-game series against the Bridgeport Bluefish (16-13; 46-53). The Ducks have an 11-4 lead in the season series against the Bluefish and have won seven of the nine meetings in Bridgeport. Long Island has already secured the season series victory over Bridgeport.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: The Ducks built leads of 4-1 and 6-4 on Saturday night but were unable to protect them both as they were defeated 14-6 by the Bluefish.

Long Island had plenty of early offense against Bridgeport starter Blake Beaven. Anthony Vega smacked the first pitch of the game off the batter’s eye in center for a solo home run, and Cody Puckett lifted a sac fly to center in the first inning as well. After a 51-minute rain delay and a Bluefish run in the bottom of the first, the Ducks added two more runs in the second on Fehlandt Lentini’s two-run single to right. Lentini would finish 5-for-5 at the plate for Long Island.

Bobby Blevins seemed strong early on, but he ran into trouble with two outs in the third. Back-to-back walks by Luis Hernandez and Endy Chavez set the stage for Welington Dotel, whose two-run double to right cut the Ducks’ lead to 4-3. Jose Cuevas followed with a single to left, and after Vega threw past the cut-off man, Dotel scored when Cuevas went for second base, tying the game at four.

The Ducks immediately got the lead back in the fourth. Mike Blanke led off the frame with a titanic solo blast over both walls in left-center, his team-leading eighth homer of the season. Later in the inning, Puckett blooped a shallow single into center field that scored Matt Wessinger. Long Island would allow a run in the bottom of the inning on Luis Nunez’s RBI single but still led 6-5 going into the bottom of the sixth inning.

That was when the floodgates opened. Blevins allowed two singles, hit a batter, and then surrendered an RBI single to Nunez to end his night. Danny Burawa came on, and after inducing a pop out, he gave up an RBI single to Hernandez. Patrick Crider was then summoned, and he yielded a two-run base hit to Chavez, with Hernandez also scoring on the play thanks to a throwing error. Cuevas then doubled to bring in Chavez before Crider finally got out of the inning with the Ducks now trailing 11-6. Three more runs for good measure in the eighth by Bridgeport rounded out the scoring.

ON THE MOUND: Sunday’s rubber game will feature a match-up of two of the Atlantic League’s top pitchers in 2016.

John Brownell will toe the rubber for the Ducks and enters among the league leaders in several categories. He is tied for second in the Atlantic League with eight wins, ranks third with 106 strikeouts and sits fourth with a 2.79 ERA. He is 8-3 overall in 17 starts this season and also leads the league with three complete games. The right-hander turned in a strong effort on Tuesday to open the road trip, pitching seven innings of two-run ball (one earned) and yielding just five hits while striking out eight. He took a no-decision as the Ducks rallied to beat the Patriots 4-2 in 10 innings. Brownell has turned in 11 consecutive quality starts overall, including a seven and one-third innings of three-run ball on July 21 in Long Island’s 8-4 win over Bridgeport. However, he was tagged for five runs (four earned) in six and one-third innings against the Bluefish on May 25 but collected the win when the Ducks came away with a 15-5 victory.

Opposing Brownell will be Atlantic League wins leader Jonathan Albaladejo. The right-hander comes in with a 10-4 record and a 4.54 ERA while also ranking fourth in the league with 99 strikeouts through 19 starts. He most recently pitched on Tuesday against Sugar Land and allowed three runs on nine hits and two walks over six innings while striking out seven and picked up the win in Bridgeport’s 5-3 triumph. Albaladejo has earned the win in three of his past four starts overall. The former Yankee has faced the Ducks just once this year, taking the loss on June 24 when he yielded just one run on five hits in six and one-third innings while striking out six.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action from today’s game live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming audio will be available online by CLICKING HERE. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of today’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: For today’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 – 1B
#32 Tyler Colvin – DH
#21 Mike Blanke – C
#17 Matt Wessinger – 2B
#11 Carlos Hughes – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

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

#34 Jonathan Albaladejo – RHP

UPDATE (1:38): BOT 1: John Brownell gets a double play to get out of a two-on, no-out jam! Both pitchers wiggled out of the same trouble in the frame.

UPDATE (2:11): END 3: Still a scoreless ballgame after three innings of play. Ducks are out-hitting the Bluefish 4-2 but have left six on base.

UPDATE (2:39): BOT 5: The Bluefish break the scoreless tie on an RBI double from Luis Nunez. 1-0 Bridgeport

UPDATE (3:01): BOT 6: A two-out RBI single up the middle by Jose Gil doubles Bridgeport’s lead to 2-0.

UPDATE (3:33): TOP 8: Fehlandt Lentini scores from third on a wild pitch, and the Ducks have closed to within 2-1!

UPDATE (3:41): BOT 8: The Bluefish get their two-run lead back on a two-out RBI double to left-center by Sean Burroughs. Bridgeport lead 3-1.

UPDATE (3:52): FINAL: Bridgeport claims the rubber game of the series 3-1, as the Ducks end the road trip 3-3. Seven-game homestand begins tomorrow night!

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