Game 105: Ducks vs. Barnstormers
GAME TIME/LOCATION: 5:05 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, NY)
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (19-15, 59-45) wrap up a three-game set with the Lancaster Barnstormers (15-20, 50-55) in the 15th meeting of the season. Both teams have clobbered the baseball in this series, combing for 41 runs on 58 hits in two games. Fehlandt Lentini has been on a roll offensively lately, batting .579 (22-for-38) in his past nine games. He became the second Duck this season with a two-home run game, aligning with Nate Freiman who hit two on May 7 at Bridgeport.
YESTERDAY’S RESULT: Lancaster topped Long Island in a slugfest, winning 16-8 to even the weekend series at a game apiece on Saturday.
Josh Bell led the Barnstormers, going 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs. K.C. Hobson and Mike McDade also homered, crushing two-run home runs and collecting three RBIs apiece. Dean Wilson collected three hits, two RBI, and two runs.
The Ducks offense was carried most of the night by Fehlandt Lentini who tallied four hits. With a solo homer in the third and a two-run bomb in the sixth, he drove in four and missed the cycle by a triple. Catcher Mike Dowd amassed four hits and an RBI, while Cody Puckett drove in a run, scored a run, and had three hits.
Kelvin De La Cruz (9-9) earned the victory for Lancaster, tossing five and two-thirds innings of 10-hit ball. He allowed six runs and two walks, fanning five. Ducks starter Chris McCoy took the loss, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk with one strikeout in two and two-third innings.
ON THE MOUND: Nick Struck takes the bump for the Ducks, making his third start of the season. Struck’s most recent start, on August 9 against Somerset, resulted in five innings of five-hit ball in which the Oregon native allowed three runs and a walk. Despite striking out four, he did not factor into the decision in a 6-5 loss to Somerset. The former 39th round draft selection by the Cubs in 2009 came to the Ducks in May of 2015, following his stint with the Dodgers Triple-A affiliate in 2014.
Bryan Evans counters Long Island for the fourth time this year. The California native has tallied 23 strikeouts in 24 innings, allowing six earned runs. The 2016 Liberty Division All-Star threw a scoreless inning in the midsummer classic, striking out two. Since the break, Evans is 0-3 with a 6.66 earned run average. His numbers in the second half are much different than his first when the righty posted a 3-5 record, allowing 4.37 runs per nine innings.
FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can watch live via the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will be available 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
#32 Tyler Colvin – DH
#21 Mike Blanke – C
#17 Matt Wessinger – 2B
#24 Nick Struck – 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
#54 Mike McDade – C
#1 Yusuke Kajimoto – 2B
#7 Dean Wilson – SS
#22 Bryan Evans – RHP
UPDATE (5:39): END 2: The Ducks and Barnstormers are scoreless. Nick Struck has fanned four, while Cleary Jr. has a double.
UPDATE (6:10): BOT 4: Long Island and Lancaster are still scoreless. Cleary Jr. has a double and a triple for the Ducks, while Struck has K’d six.
UPDATE (6:17): TOP 5: K.C. Hobson breaks the scoreless tie with a solo homer to left field. Lancaster leads Long Island 1-0.
UPDATE (6:43): TOP 6: An RBI triple by Yusuke Kajimoto and a Ducks error lead to Lancaster’s two runs. Barnstormers 3, Ducks 0.
UPDATE (7:13): TOP 7: The Barnstormers score nine runs in the inning, taking a 12-0 lead over the Ducks.
UPDATE (7:49): FINAL: Lancaster 12, Ducks 0. Long Island hits the road for a seven-game road trip to New Britain (4) and Sugar Land (3).
Posted on August 14, 2016, in Game Previews and tagged 2016, Atlantic League, Bethpage Ballpark, Bryan Evans, Fehlandt Lentini, Lancaster Barnstormers, Long Island Ducks, Mike Dowd, Nick Struck. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.