Game 104: Ducks vs. Barnstormers
GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, NY)
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (19-14, 59-44) and Lancaster Barnstormers (14-20, 49-55) play game two of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark. The Ducks have won three of the past four against the Barnstormers, posting a 7-6 record against Lancaster this season. Friday’s 10-7 win over the Barnstormers was Long Island’s 27th come-from-behind win. The Ducks rallied down 4-0 and then 7-4 for the victory.
YESTERDAY’S RESULT: Ruben Gotay’s three-run double in the eighth broke a 7-7 tie, giving Long Island a 10-7 win over Lancaster.
The Ducks fell behind early as John Brownell allowed four runs in the first inning. Lancaster scored on Josh Bell’s run-scoring single, Sean Halton’s two-run home run, and a throwing error. It stayed that way until Long Island rallied to tie the game. Cody Puckett’s RBI double in the fourth and two-run double in the fifth added three runs, while Fehlandt Lentini’s run-scoring single accounted for the other.
Lancaster quickly stole back the momentum, breaking the 4-4 tie with a three-run sixth. Caleb Gindl, the Atlantic League All-Star Game’s MVP, launched a two-out, two-strike, three-run mammoth home run to right field.
Long Island cut the deficit to two in the seventh on an RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Dan Lyons, and rallied for a tremendous eighth. The Ducks, trailing 7-5 into the eighth, score five runs to pull off their second comeback of the game. Lentini drove in a pair with a single and Gotay delivered with the bases loaded, driving in three. Todd Coffey shut down Lancaster in the ninth to earn the save.
Neither starter factored in the decision. Brownell allowed seven runs on nine hits and three walks, striking out two in six innings. Barnstormers righty Joey Maher surrendered four runs on nine hits and two walks, fanning five in five and two-thirds. Eriberto Garcia, pitching in his second game with Long Island, earned the win with a scoreless eighth. Evan Meek surrendered the loss, allowing four runs on one hit and three walks in one-third of an inning.
Gotay and Lentini each had three hits and three RBIs for the Ducks.
ON THE MOUND: Chris McCoy, the ageless wonder, makes his 29th-career start for Long Island. The 44-year-old right-hander re-signed with the Ducks on August 9. He has now played eight seasons for Long Island (2000, 2001, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016). McCoy earned the victory on August 9, pitching two scoreless innings against Somerset in a 12-inning Ducks win. McCoy hails from Lake Grove, New York, and has pitched in independent baseball for his entire professional career.
Kelvin De La Cruz faces Long Island for the fourth time this season. De La Cruz, who pitched with Somerset last year and York earlier this year, makes his 10th start for the Barnstormers. De La Cruz’s only win against Long Island came on June 18. The Dominican Republic native yielded one run on two hits with five strikeouts and a walk in six innings. The 6-foot-5 lefty has collected wins in three of his past five starts, including back-to-back seven-inning scoreless outings with 10 strikeouts apiece against Sugar Land and Southern Maryland.
FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can listen live via the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Streaming video and audio will be available online below. 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.
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#15 Ruben Gotay – 1B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#21 Mike Blanke – DH
#17 Matt Wessinger – 2B
#25 Chris McCoy – RHP
#15 Caleb Gindl – CF
#2 Blanke Gailen – LF
#18 K.C. Hobson – 1B
#29 Josh Bell – 3B
#44 Sean Halton – RF
#3 Mike Jacobs – DH
#12 Kevin Ahrens – SS
#54 Mike McDade – C
#7 Dean Wilson – 2B
#31 Kelvin De La Cruz – LHP
UPDATE (6:46): TOP 1: K.C. Hobson’s two-run shot to right field gives the Barnstormers a 2-0 lead over the Ducks.
UPDATE (6:57): BOT 1: Cleary Jr. drives in a run with a single to cut the deficit to one. Lancaster still leads Long Island 2-1.
UPDATE (7:10): TOP 2: Mike McDade launches a two-run home run, Blake Gailen tacks on a sac fly, and the Barnstormers lead Long Island 5-1.
UPDATE (7:30): TOP 3: Lancaster’s Josh Bell pulverizes a homer to right, giving the Barnstormers a 6-1 lead over the Ducks.
UPDATE (7:34): BOT 3: Lentini cranks a solo homer to the left of the scoreboard. Long Island now trails Lancaster 6-2.
UPDATE (7:45): TOP 4: Lancaster scores three runs, highlighted by Josh Bell’s two-run homer. Barnstormers 9, Ducks 2.
UPDATE (7:57): BOT 4: Mike Dowd singles in Dan Lyons to trim the lead to six. Lancaster leads Long Island 9-3.
UPDATE (8:14): BOT 5: Cody Puckett’s run-scoring single plates Lentini. The Ducks are slowly quacking back, trailing Lancaster 9-4.
UPDATE (8:39): BOT 6: Fehlandt Lentini cranks another homer! It’s a two-run shot. The Ducks have scored four unanswered runs, but trail Lancaster 9-6.
UPDATE (8:59): TOP 7: The Barnstormers extend their lead to 11-6 over the Ducks as Dean Wilson and Caleb Gindl drive in runs.
UPDATE (9:11): BOT 7: Long Island scores on an error, pulling to within four. Lancaster leads 11-7.
UPDATE (9:32): TOP 8: Lancaster scores five runs, taking a 16-7 lead over Long Island.
UPDATE (10:07): FINAL: Long Island drops a 16-8 decision to the Barnstormers. The Ducks and Barnstormers wrap up the series Sunday.
Posted on August 13, 2016, in Game Previews and tagged 2016, Atlantic League, Bethpage Ballpark, Chris McCoy, Fehlandt Lentini, Kelvin De La Cruz, Lancaster Barnstormers, Long Island Ducks, Ruben Gotay. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.