Game 31: Ducks at Bluefish
GAME TIME/LOCATION: 7:12 p.m. at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport, Conn.)
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (15-15), winners of three consecutive games and five of their past six contests, kick off the ninth edition of the 2017 Ferry Cup Series when they visit the Bridgeport Bluefish (18-13). The Bluefish are 7-3 in their past 10 games and enter the day one game behind Somerset in the Liberty Division standings. The Ducks trail the Patriots by three and a half games and the Bluefish by two and a half.
SUNDAY’S RECAP: Looking to complete a three-game sweep of Somerset, the Ducks broke out the bats and rode a terrific start from Tim Melville to an 8-1 victory in the series and homestand finale.
The Ducks’ right-hander continued Long Island’s superb starting pitching in the series, tossing six scoreless innings and striking out a season-high eight batters. He allowed just three hits, all singles, and walked two batters along the way. Melville also finished with 104 pitches, 64 of which were for strikes, to earn his second win of the season.
Long Island’s offense spotted Melville with an early 5-0 lead to boot. Following a one-out walk in the second inning by Marc Krauss, Alex Burg followed with a two-run home run over the foul pole down the left field line that gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead. One inning later, Dan Lyons singled to left, Fehlandt Lentini was hit by a pitch and Delta Cleary Jr. sacrificed both runners into scoring position. That set the stage for Angelo Songco, who lifted a three-run homer to right field that put the Ducks ahead 5-0.
Kubiak would settle down and keep the Ducks off the scoreboard over the next three innings. However, Long Island put the game out of reach with three more runs in the eighth against El Hajj Muhammad. Burg drove in Songco with an RBI single, and Krauss scored on the play when an errant throw to third base went into the dugout. Lyons capped off the framed with an RBI single up the middle.
Rob Rogers and Eury De La Rosa each pitched a scoreless inning of relief before Amalio Diaz came on to close it out in the ninth. Somerset plated an unearned run thanks to two walks and a passed ball, but they could get no closer.
ON THE MOUND: The Ferry Cup Series opener will feature a matchup of the past two Atlantic League Pitchers of the Year. John Brownell, who earned the honor in 2015, will make his seventh start of the season for the Flock. The right-hander enters with a 2-0 record and a 3.03 ERA that ranks eighth in the Atlantic League. He earned a win in his most recent outing, pitching five and two-thirds innings of two-run ball in a 6-3 win over the York Revolution last Wednesday. Brownell allowed four hits and a season-high four walks while striking out two, surrendering his only runs in the sixth on a two-run single by Carlos Triunfel. The sixth-year Duck makes his season debut against the Bluefish after making three starts against them in 2016, going 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA.
Jonathan Albaladejo, who was the league’s Pitcher of the Year in 2016, takes the mound for the Bluefish. The righty has gotten off to a slow start in 2017, posting a 4.70 ERA to go along with a 3-1 record in five starts. He has struck out 26 batters while walking 10 in 30 and two-thirds innings of work but has given up 16 runs. After allowing eight runs in five innings to Somerset on May 10, he pitched seven innings of two-run ball and struck out six in a 7-2 win at New Britain last Tuesday. This will be Albaladejo’s first start against the Flock after compiling a 1-1 record with a 0.89 ERA in three starts against the Ducks in 2016.
FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of both games via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.
DUCKS GAME NOTES: For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#7 John Brownell – RHP
#2 Luis Hernandez – SS
#11 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#7 Alberto Callaspo – 2B
#15 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#5 Jose Gil – C
#6 Tony Abreu – DH
#20 Jonathan Galvez – LF
#13 Ozney Guillen – RF
#10 D’Arby Myers – CF
#34 Jonathan Albaladejo – RHP
UPDATE (7:15): We are underway from The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn.
UPDATE (7:33): BOT 1: John Brownell gets Tony Abreu on a flyout to right field and strands the bases loaded in the first!
UPDATE (8:03): END 3: Still scoreless after three innings. Bluefish have left five men on base thus far. Albaladejo has struck out two Ducks.
UPDATE (8:17): TOP 4: Ducks strike first! Elmer Reyes laces a two-run single to left field, scoring Fehlandt Lentini and Angelo Songco!
UPDATE (8:41): END 5: Brownell does it again! He works out of a first-and-third, one-out jam to keep the Ducks in front 2-0! Bluefish have left seven on base.
UPDATE (9:15): TOP 7: A sacrifice fly to center by Delta Cleary Jr. scores Alex Burg to increase Long Island’s lead to 3-0!
UPDATE (9:25): END 7: Seven shutout innings tonight from John Brownell! Ducks starters have now thrown 25 consecutive scoreless innings!
UPDATE (9:48): BOT 8: Amalio Diaz allows a single and a walk with two outs but gets Tony Abreu on a flyout to center! 3-0 Ducks as we head to the ninth.
UPDATE (10:12): FINAL: Ducks 3, Bluefish 0! Long Island’s first shutout win of the season!
w – Brownell (3-0)
L – Albaladejo (3-2)
S – Tsao (2)
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