Game 101: Ducks vs. Patriots
GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, NY)
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (18-12, 58-42) look to win their third straight game against the Somerset Patriots (15-17, 53-49). The Ducks have now played their two longest games of the season, winning 8-6 in three hours and 21 minutes on Monday and 6-5 in three hours and 51 minutes on Tuesday in 12 innings. Long Island has won its past five games against Somerset at Bethpage Ballpark, and seven out of the past eight overall versus the Patriots.
YESTERDAY’S RESULT: Fehlandt Lentini’s 12th-inning base hit drove in Mike Blanke and the Ducks waddled-off the Patriots 6-5 in 12 innings.
Somerset took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a Kyle Roller two-out, two-run single. Delta Cleary Jr. cut the deficit in half with an RBI single to center field in the bottom of the inning, but Brian Van Kirk’s solo home run in the second extended the advantage to 3-1.
It stayed 3-1 until Long Island took the lead with a four-run sixth. Cleary Jr.’s run-scoring single, an error, and Ruben Gotay’s sacrifice fly and RBI did the damage for the Ducks who took a 4-3 lead. Gotay’s RBI single in the eighth made it 5-3.
Against Ducks closer Todd Coffey in the ninth, the Patriots tied the game and forced extra innings. Roller’s RBI single and Carlos Guzman’s run-scoring fielder’s choice made it 5-5. In the bottom of the 12th, Mike Blanke reached on an error, advanced to second on Anthony Vega’s sacrifice fly, and scored on Lentini’s single to center for a 6-5 Long Island victory.
Nick Struck started for Long Island, but did not receive a decision. Struck fanned four over five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and one walk. Somerset starter Shaun Garceau pitched six innings of eight-hit ball, yielding four runs (three earned) and two walks with three strikeouts. Chris McCoy earned his first victory of the year, pitching a scoreless 11th and 12th inning, while Mickey Storey, who allowed the game-winning run, took the loss.
Cleary Jr. and Lentini each compiled three hits to lead Long Island.
ON THE MOUND: Eury De La Rosa makes his third start for the Ducks, having pitched against Bridgeport and Sugar Land as a starter. His past outing, on August 5 at Bridgeport, De La Rosa struck out six and walked one over five innings, earning a victory. As a reliever, the left-hander has been extremely reliable, posting a 2.91 ERA. He allowed two earned runs on five hits in a 6-2 win. De La Rosa hails from the Dominican Republic and pitched with the Arizona Diamondbacks for two seasons.
Rudy Owens faces Long Island for the second consecutive time. The Arizona native and former Houston Astros pitcher tossed two and two-third innings, surrendering one run on one hit and five walks. The lefty did not get a decision on August 4 against the Ducks in a 3-1 Somerset win. His most recent victory came three starts ago on July 24 at Lancaster. The 6-foot-3 hurler struck out seven over seven innings, yielding three runs on six hits and two walks.
FOLLOW ALONG: It’s the “Ducks Game of the Week” and fans can listen live via the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. 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.
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#32 Tyler Colvin – DH
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#21 Mike Blanke – 1B
#28 Eury De La Rosa – LHP
#2 Scott Kelly – SS
#91 Aharon Eggleston – DH
#3 Eric Farris – 2B
#8 David Vidal – 3B
#31 Kyle Roller – 1B
#6 Brian Van Kirk – LF
#4 Yovan Gonzalez – C
#13 Carlos Guzman – RF
#5 Gevon Jackson Jr. – CF
#30 Rudy Owens – LHP
UPDATE (6:25): Tonight’s first pitch will be delayed due to inclement weather. Stay tuned for further updates on the start time of the ballgame.
UPDATE (8:07): Tonight’s first pitch will be at 8:35 p.m. between the Ducks and Patriots.
UPDATE (8:45): TOP 1: David Vidal cranks a two-run home run off Eury De La Rosa and the Patriots lead the Ducks 2-0.
UPDATE (9:17): BOT 2: The Ducks pull within one run on an error by Somerset center fielder Gevon Jackson Jr. LI trails 2-1.
UPDATE (9:57): BOT 4: Three doubles in the inning gives Long Island a 3-2 lead over Somerset. Gotay drives in the tying run & Dowd brings in the go-ahead.
UPDATE (10:09): TOP 5: Aharon Eggleston’s two-run home run gives the lead back to Somerset. The Patriots lead the Ducks 4-3.
UPDATE (10:29): TOP 6: Somerset’s Carlos Guzman increases the lead to three with a two-run double to left-center field. Long Island trails 6-3.
UPDATE (10:52): BOT 6: A sacrifice fly and RBI by Mike Blanke makes it 6-4, but the Ducks trail Somerset.
UPDATE (10:59): TOP 7: The Ducks trail Somerset 7-4 as Eric Farris hits one out to left field.
UPDATE (11:50: FINAL: Long Island drops game three of a four-game series to the Patriots, losing 7-4.
Posted on August 10, 2016, in Game Previews and tagged 2016, Atlantic League, Bethpage Ballpark, Eury De La Rosa, Fehlandt Lentini, Long Island Ducks, Rudy Owens, Somerset Patriots. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.