Game 120-121: Ducks at Barnstormers

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6 p.m. single admission doubleheader at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, PA)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (23-26, 63-56) and Lancaster Barnstormers (20-29, 55-64) play a single admission doubleheader consisting of two seven-inning games. The Ducks and Barnstormers have now split 16 games with the Ducks winning three of the past five and four of the previous seven. Long Island has struggled at Clipper Magazine Stadium, dropping four of six against its Freedom Division opponent.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: John Brownell twirled seven terrific innings, lifting the Ducks to a 4-1 win over the Barnstormers.

Brownell struck out three and walked three, allowing one run on four hits en route to his ninth victory of the season. Offensively, Matt Wessinger’s RBI infield single in the second inning gave Long Island a 1-0 lead. In the fifth, Anthony Vega cranked a solo home run over the right field fence.

With runners at first and second in the seventh, Dan Lyons, after missing 10 games with an injury, pulled a two-run double down the left field line to give the Ducks a 4-0 advantage. Kevin Ahrens’ solo homer to left-center made it 4-1, but Lancaster ran out of gas.

Joey Maher fell to 1-2, allowing three runs on five hits in six innings. He struck out three and walked three. Todd Coffey nailed down the save in the ninth, despite allowing two hits.

Lyons and Wessinger had two hits apiece, while Vega swiped two bases.

ON THE MOUND GAME ONE: Daniel Herrera gets his third start of the season. The left-handed knuckleballer is winless so far through four appearances with the Ducks this year. His most recent outing, on August 25 against Southern Maryland, did not result in a decision. The Texan allowed five runs on six hits with four strikeouts and three walks in six innings. Herrera, in 11 starts for the Camden Riversharks in 2015, won seven games and tossed 100 innings. He faces the Barnstormers for the second time this season, having faced Lancaster on August 13 at Bethpage Ballpark. Herrera was hit hard, allowing five runs on five hits in three and two-thirds innings.

Connor Root, brought in from the Can-Am League, makes start number three for the Barnstormers. Acquired from Les Capitales de Quebec, Root has yet to last more than three innings in a start. His most recent, on June 21 at Bridgeport, resulted in two runs on four hits with two strikeouts and two walks in three and two-thirds innings. He took the loss in the 6-1 decision. Root hails from Nashua, N.H. and played collegiately at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass.

ON THE MOUND GAME TWO: Puerto Rican native Freddie Cabrera makes his first start for Long Island. Signed on August 23, the 6-foot-5 righty has pitched three innings over two appearances, allowing three runs on four hits. Cabrera has made 12 professional starts. The majority of those starts came during his 2013 campaign with Rancho Cucamonga when the 26-year-old made six starts. Cabrera was drafted in the 26th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He reached as high as Double-A Chattanooga in 2014.

Japanese right-hander Hitoshi Fujie makes his second start and 18th appearance. Fujie’s most recent outing was also his first start. Over three innings, the 30-year-old struck out four and allowed one run on two hits in a 10-2 loss to Bridgeport. He did not receive a decision. Fujie pitched professionally in Japan, tossing six seasons for Yokohama and one for Rakuten. He compiled a 12-14 record and a 4.17 ERA in 166 Japanese Major Leagues appearances.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can listen to both games live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Game two will be featured as the “Ducks Game of the Week” on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Streaming 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.

Ducks
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#21 Mike Blanke – 1B
#17 Matt Wessinger – 3B

#13 Daniel Herrera – LHP

Barnstormers
#15 Caleb Gindl – CF
#21 Trayvon Robinson – LF
#18 K.C. Hobson – 1B
#29 Josh Bell – 3B
#3 Mike Jacobs – DH
#12 Kevin Ahrens – 2B
#2 Blanke Gailen – RF
#54 Mike McDade – C
#1 Yusuke Kajimoto – SS

#22 Connor Root – RHP

UPDATE (6:26): TOP 2: Mike Dowd’s sacrifice fly and RBI drives in Lew Ford from third. Long Island 1, Lancaster 0.

UPDATE (6:49): TOP 3: A sacrifice fly and RBI by Delta Cleary Jr. and an RBI infield single from Lew Ford puts the Ducks up 3-0 on the Barnstormers.

UPDATE (7:08): BOT 4: K.C. Hobson’s line drive home run gets the Barnstormers on the board. LI still leads 3-1.

UPDATE (7:34): TOP 6: Mike Dowd drives in two more with a single to left field. Long Island leads Lancaster 5-1.

UPDATE (7:43): BOT 6: Mike Jacobs’ RBI single makes it 5-2, but the Ducks still have a three-run lead over the Barnstormers.

UPDATE (8:09): FINAL: The Ducks beat the Barnstormers 5-2 thanks to six terrific innings from Daniel Herrera & 3 RBIs from Mike Dowd.

GAME TWO

UPDATE (8:41): TOP 1: Hitoshi Fujie tosses a one-two-three inning and we are underway in game two between the Ducks and Barnstormers.

UPDATE (8:55): BOT 2: K.C. Hobson crushes a two-run home run to right field, giving the Barnstormers a 2-0 lead over the Ducks.

UPDATE (9:23): TOP 3: Carlos Hughes’ sacrifice fly to right brings in Matt Wessinger. The Ducks cut the deficit in half, trailing the Barnstormers 2-1.

UPDATE (10:04): END 5: Long Island trails Lancaster 2-1. The Ducks have Cleary Jr., Lew Ford, and Dan Lyons due up in the sixth inning.

UPDATE (10:11): TOP 6: Dan Lyons drives in the tying run on an RBI fielder’s choice. Long Island 2, Lancaster 2.

UPDATE (10:28): BOT 6: Lancaster scores two big runs, taking a 4-2 lead over the Ducks in a seven-inning game. Blanke, Wessinger, and Scura due up for LI.

UPDATE (10:42): FINAL: Lancaster steals game two of the doubleheader, winning 4-2 over the Ducks. It’s Nick Struck against Justin Jacson in game 4 tomorrow.

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