Game 127: Ducks vs. Bluefish

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 1:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (25-31, 65-61) begin their final homestand of the regular season when they take on the cross-sound rival Bridgeport Bluefish (28-28; 58-68) in the opener of a four-game series. The Ducks enter the day five and a half games behind the Somerset Patriots in the Liberty Division, while the Bluefish sit two and a half games back with 14 games remaining. Long Island has an 11-5 lead in the season series, having already clinched the 2016 Ferry Cup.

SATURDAY’S RESULT: The Flock closed out the week-long road trip by splitting a single admission doubleheader with the Bees in New Britain, Conn. Long Island fell in game one 3-2 but rebounded in game two with a 4-0 win, their 10th shutout victory of the season.

In the opener, Michael Crouse proved to be a thorn in the Ducks’ side once again. He gave the Bees a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI double off John Brownell (9-7). Fehlandt Lentini tied the game in the third with an RBI single, but Crouse put New Britain back in front for good in the fourth with a one-out, two-run home run. Anthony Vega homered for the Ducks in the fifth off Mike Lee (7-5) to cut the deficit to one at 3-2, but that was as close as Long Island would come. They put the tying run on in the sixth and seventh but could not score against Lee and Shawn Gilblair.

Brownell went the distance for his sixth complete game, which leads the Atlantic League. He allowed three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out nine, one shy of his season-high. However, Lee ended up getting the win by allowing just two runs over six frames on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Long Island scored the first run in game two thanks to a very wild inning from Bees starter Daniel Sattler (2-4). After retiring the side in order in both the first and second innings, he would not make it out of the third. The righty did not yield a hit but surrendered seven walks in the frame, including bases loaded free passes to Delta Cleary Jr., Cody Puckett and Ruben Gotay. Anthony Marzi came in to end the crazy inning, but he gave up another run in the fourth on an RBI single from Carlos Hughes.

That would end up being more than enough for Daniel Herrera (2-1), who pitched splendidly for the Ducks. The knuckleballer tossed six shutout innings, yielding just three singles along the way, and struck out four to earn the win. Amalio Diaz closed out the game with a 1-2-3 seventh inning. Sattler suffered the loss after giving up three runs on seven walks in just two and two-thirds innings.

ON THE MOUND: Nick Struck looks to continue his recent success on the mound for the Flock. The right-hander enters with a 2-4 record and a 3.56 ERA in 36 games (six starts) this season. He has been splendid of late though, allowing two earned runs or less in four consecutive starts, including back-to-back quality starts. Although suffering the loss this past Wednesday at Lancaster, the 26-year-old pitched six and two-thirds innings of two-run ball, allowing six hits while striking out three, though he did walk four batters. Long Island fell in the game 2-1, as the offense was kept quiet by Justin Jackson and Lancaster’s bullpen. This season, Struck has faced the Bluefish four times, all in relief, and has thrown three and two-thirds scoreless innings.

Ross Seaton will oppose Struck for the Bluefish. Also a righty, he has struggled this season, posting an 0-3 record with a 6.44 ERA through six starts for Bridgeport. He also took the mound last Wednesday and took a no-decision in Bridgeport’s 10-7 loss against the York Revolution. Seaton was touched up for three runs (two earned) on six hits and four walks in five innings while striking out three. Overall, he has allowed 35 hits and 16 walks in 29 and one-third innings of work. The former third round draft pick of the Astros in 2008 will be facing the Ducks for the first time.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action from today’s game live on 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 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
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#29 Mike Dowd – C

#24 Nick Struck – RHP

Bluefish
#2 Luis Hernandez – SS
#10 Endy Chavez – CF
#15 Welington Dotel – RF
#18 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#5 Jose Gil – C
#13 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#20 Jonathan Galvez – DH
#6 Luis An. Rodriguez – 2B
#4 Anthony Giansanti – LF

#14 Ross Seaton – RHP

UPDATE (2:05): TOP 2: The Bluefish take a 2-0 lead over the Ducks thanks to a fielding error. Puckett, Lyons, and Gotay due up.

UPDATE (2:50): BOT 4: Cody Puckett RBI single brings in Delta Cleary Jr. Long Island now trails Bridgeport 2-1.

UPDATE (3:17): TOP 6: Jose Gil’s RBI single gives Bridgeport a 3-1 lead over Long Island.

UPDATE (3:50): END 8: Long Island trails Bridgeport 3-1. Cleary Jr. has a pair of hits to lead the Flock.

UPDATE (4:01): FINAL: The Ducks drop the series-opening game, losing 3-1 to the Bluefish.

 

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