Game 130: Ducks vs. Bluefish
GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)
TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (26-33, 66-63) wrap up the season series with game 20 against the Bridgeport Bluefish (30-29; 60-69). With a split of Wednesday’s doubleheader, Long Island is now 12-7 against Bridgeport, winning its first game against the Bluefish in the past five tries. Recently, Ducks starting pitchers have allowed an ERA of 2.45 over its past six games, yielding three or less runs in each. Delta Cleary Jr. has been the hottest Ducks player offensively, stroking .333 (17-for-51) over his past 15 games.
WEDNESDAY’S RESULT: Long Island bounced back for a 2-0 win in game two of a doubleheader after dropping game one 3-2 to Bridgeport.
In game one, both starters, Long Island’s Bobby Blevins and Bridgeport’s David Kubiak, tossed three scoreless innings. The Ducks opened the scoring in the fourth on Fehlandt Lentini’s run-scoring single to left field, making it 1-0.
However, the Bluefish took the lead for good in the fifth, striking for three runs against Blevins. Welington Dotel and Jose Cuevas slammed RBI doubles, while Gerardo Valentin had a run-scoring single. The Ducks cut the deficit to one run in the sixth on Lew Ford’s RBI double, but ultimately fell short.
Kubiak pitched six innings of two-run ball for the victory. He surrendered six hits and no walks, while striking out eight. Blevins dropped the decision, allowing a trio of runs on eight hits and a pair of walks and a strikeout in six innings. David Carpenter earned the save for Bridgeport, his fifth, pitching a scoreless seventh.
Jarret Leverett shined in game two for Long Island, hurling five scoreless innings with five strikeouts. The lone Ducks strike of the game came in the bottom of the second inning. Mike Blanke’s single drove in a run, while Tyler Colvin’s opposite-field double brought in another. The Ducks handed the ball off to Luis Perdomo for a scoreless sixth and Amalio Diaz for a scoreless seventh and the save.
Matthew Spann suffered the game two loss, giving up a pair of runs on seven hits and two walks. He struck out three over five innings.
Cleary Jr. led Long Island with four hits on the day.
ON THE MOUND: Left-handed knuckleballer Daniel Herrera takes the hill looking to win his third consecutive start. The Texas native tossed six scoreless innings in a 4-0 Ducks win over New Britain on September 3. Herrera allowed three hits and no walks, while striking out four. The start followed his first win with Long Island, on August 30, in Lancaster. In a 5-2 Ducks win, Herrera surrendered two runs on six hits and a walk, striking out four over six innings. The 31-year-old pitched against Bridgeport last September with Camden. Herrera tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing six hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Jonathan Albaladejo, a former New York Yankees pitcher, makes his 26th start of the season. The 6-foot-5 righty has won two of his past four starts, beating York and Southern Maryland. Albaladejo’s most recent outing came against the Blue Crabs on September 3. He allowed seven runs on 10 hits and two walks over five innings. In a 10-1 loss to the Crabs, he fanned six. Albaladejo turned in a fantastic start against the Ducks on August 7, earning the victory with seven innings of one-run ball. The Tampa resident struck out nine, allowing six hits and no walks.
FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all of the action 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.
#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
#13 Daniel Herrera – LHP
#2 Luis Hernandez – SS
#10 Endy Chavez – CF
#15 Welington Dotel – RF
#18 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#5 Jose Gil – C
#13 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#28 Gerardo Valentin – LF
#20 Jonathan Galvez – DH
#23 Luis Nunez – 2B
#34 Jonathan Albaladejo – RHP
UPDATE (7:18): END 2: The Ducks and Bluefish are scoreless. Lew Ford and Ruben Gotay with hits so far. Ford thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
UPDATE (7:52): BOT 4: LEW comes up big, driving in Delta Cleary Jr. from third base on the RBI sac fly. Long Island leads Bridgeport 1-0.
UPDATE (8:28): END 6: The Ducks still lead the Bluefish 1-0. Daniel Herrera heading back out for the 7th. He’s tossed six scoreless for Long Island.
UPDATE (9:02): TOP 8: Daniel Herrera induces an inning-ending groundout, stranding the bases loaded! Long Island leads Bridgeport 1-0.
UPDATE (9:19): TOP 9: Geraldo Valentin’s solo home run off Amalio Diaz ties this game up at one. Long Island and Bridgeport are tied 1-1.
UPDATE (9:37): TOP 10: Welington Dotel’s solo homer to right-center gives the Bluefish a 2-1 lead over the Ducks.
UPDATE (10:01): FINAL: The Ducks strand the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th and fall 2-1 to the Bluefish in the series finale.
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