Games 32 and 33: Ducks at Bluefish

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 10:35 a.m. at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport, Conn.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (16-15) face the Bridgeport Bluefish (18-14) in a single admission doubleheader, featuring two seven inning games. Long Island has closed to within a game and a half of the Bridgeport Bluefish in the Liberty Division standings. The Ducks remain three and a half games behind the Somerset Patriots for first place in the division, while Bridgeport is two games back.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: Behind another terrific start from John Brownell, who outdueled the defending ALPB Pitcher of the Year Jonathan Albaladejo, the Ducks struck first in the 2017 Ferry Cup Series with a 3-0 shutout win in Bridgeport.

Brownell (3-0) was in vintage form to earn the win, pitching seven scoreless innings and allowing just six hits and two walks while striking out three. He threw 104 pitches on the night, 68 for strikes, and ended his night with a punchout of Luis Hernandez in a 1-2-3 seventh inning.

The right-hander wiggled his way into and out of trouble during the game, stranding seven runners on base. He allowed three straight batters to reach with two outs in the first but retired Tony Abreu on a flyout. The Bluefish got runners and first and second with one out in the second thanks to a bad bounce off the infield on D’Arby Myers’ humpback liner, but Hernandez and Jose Cuevas both grounded out. Finally in the fifth, Hernandez and Cuevas each singled with one out, but Alberto Callaspo lined to short and Angelys Nina grounded into a force out at second base.

Long Island was held off the scoreboard by Albaladejo (3-2) until the fourth inning when Fehlandt Lentini reached on an error and Angelo Songco smoked a ground rule double down the right field line. That set the stage for Elmer Reyes, who grounded a two-run single through the left side to put the Ducks on top 2-0. Albaladejo pitched scoreless frames in the fifth and sixth, but in the seventh, Alex Burg doubled, Cody Puckett singled, and Delta Cleary Jr. lifted a sac fly to center to round out the scoring.

Amalio Diaz came in to pitch the eighth and allowed an infield single and a walk with two outs, but Abreu popped out to center field. Chin-Hui Tsao closed out the game with a scoreless ninth to earn his second save of the year despite surrendering a single and a two-out walk.

ON THE MOUND: Matt Larkins takes the mound for the Ducks in game one looking to break the recent skid he is on. The right-hander has lost three consecutive starts and has given up 16 runs over 11 innings during those outings. He most recently lasted three innings on May 18 against the York Revolution and allowed six runs on eight hits and a walk in the start with four strikeouts. Larkins’ first two starts meanwhile saw the 28-year-old give up just one unearned run in nine innings. Overall, he is 0-3 with an 8.14 ERA in six games (five starts) this season. Today will be his first-ever outing against the Bridgeport Bluefish.

Chris Rearick will oppose Larkins in the opener of the twinbill. The southpaw enters with a 1-1 record and a 5.10 ERA in five starts thus far, striking out 30 batters while walking 10 in 24 and two-thirds innings. He earned the win during his most recent outing, pitching five innings of three-run ball and surrendering five hits and a walk while striking out five at New Britain on May 17. Prior to that, Rearick had tossed back-to-back starts where he allowed just one run in each on May 5 against Lancaster and May 12 at York. Last year, he made three relief appearances against Long Island while with Sugar Land and gave up five runs on three hits and four walks in three innings of relief.

Game two will see Jack Snodgrass made his 2017 debut after missing the first month of the season with arm soreness. The southpaw made 14 starts for Long Island a year ago and compiled a 6-6 record with a 3.79 ERA and 85 strikeouts over 78 and one-third innings. In addition, 10 of his 14 starts were quality starts. The Texas Rangers then purchased his contract in July, and he went on to make 10 appearances (eight starts) combined between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. During that time, the Bowling Green, Kentucky native went 3-2 with a 4.76 ERA. Snodgrass made one start against Bridgeport a year ago, pitching six innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out six and taking a no-decision in a 2-1 Ducks win.

Charles Brewer will get the ball opposite Snodgrass in game two of the doubleheader. The right-hander has made five starts this season and has compiled a 6.28 ERA despite posting a 3-0 record. He has struck out just 13 and walked eight in 24 and one-third innings of work. Brewer has allowed six runs in each of his past two outings yet has won both thanks to the Bluefish scoring 21 runs combined in the two starts. He gave up six runs (five earned) on six hits and three walks in five and one-third innings most recently in New Britain on May 18. Prior to that, he allowed six runs on six hits and two walks in five innings on May 12 at York. This will be Brewer’s first start against the Ducks after he made four big league appearances with the Diamondbacks in 2013 and pitched in three games (two starts) with Mobile (AA, Diamondbacks) in 2016.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for both games, 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 today’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS (GAME ONE):

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#26 Angelo Songco – LF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#2   Cody Puckett – DH
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Bluefish
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#3   Angelys Nina – 3B
#7   Alberto Callaspo – DH
#15 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#20 Jonathan Galvez – LF
#6   Tony Abreu – 2B
#25 Santiago Nessy – C
#13 Ozney Guillen – RF
#10 D’Arby Myers – CF

#26 Chris Rearick – LHP

UPDATE (10:42): TOP 1: We are underway in Bridgeport as Angelo Songco collects the first hit of the ballgame!

UPDATE (11:00): BOT 2: Back-to-back 1-2-3 innings for Matt Larkins to begin his day! No score after two innings of play.

UPDATE (11:24): BOT 3: Bluefish take a 2-0 lead on an RBI single by D’Arby Myers and an RBI triple from Luis Hernandez.

UPDATE (12:01): BOT 5: Larkins with back-to-back scoreless innings after the two-run third. Bluefish remain in front by a pair.

UPDATE (12:21): BOT 6: Excellent work by Jim Fuller, who strands Angelys Nina at third after he got there with nobody out! Onto the seventh, down by two.

UPDATE (12:31): FINAL: Bluefish 2, Ducks 0 (G1)
W – Rearick (2-1)
L – Larkins (0-4)
S – Carpenter (12)

STARTING LINEUPS (GAME TWO):

Ducks
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#20 Nolan Reimold – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – RF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#15 Dominic Blanco – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#39 Jack Snodgrass – LHP

Bluefish
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#3   Angelys Nina – LF
#7   Alberto Callaspo – 2B
#15 Sean Burroughs – DH
#5   Jose Gil – C
#6   Tony Abreu – 3B
#20 Jonathan Galvez – RF
#11 Jose Cuevas – 1B
#10 D’Arby Myers – CF

#18 Charles Brewer – RHP

UPDATE (1:30): BOT 1: Bluefish strike for four first-inning runs to take an early lead in game two.

UPDATE (1:52): BOT 2: An RBI double to left by Alberto Callaspo increases the Bluefish lead to 5-0.

UPDATE (2:27): TOP 4: Eight men come to the plate, and four runs come across for the Flock! It’s now a one-run ballgame at 5-4 in favor of the Bluefish.

UPDATE (2:43): TOP 5: Elmer Reyes dunks an RBI single into center field, scoring Anthony Vega to tie the game at five!

UPDATE (2:50): TOP 5: Giovanny Alfonzo delivers a two-out RBI single the opposite way to put the Ducks in front 6-5!

UPDATE (3:13): BOT 6: Following two scoreless innings from Eury De La Rosa, Amalio Diaz tosses a 1-2-3 frame in the sixth! 6-5 Ducks as we go to the seventh.

UPDATE (3:25): TOP 7: Marc Krauss grounds an RBI single through the right side to give the Ducks a 7-5 advantage!

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