Games 41 and 42: Ducks at Bluefish

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 5:12 p.m. (DH) at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport, Conn.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (19-21) open up a four-game series against the cross-sound rival Bridgeport Bluefish (23-18) with a single admission doubleheader. Game one will the makeup from last Thursday’s postponed game, while game two will be tonight’s originally scheduled contest. Both games will be slated for seven innings. The Ducks come into the game three and a half games behind the Bluefish for second in the Liberty Division and five and a half games in back of the division-leading Somerset Patriots. Bridgeport sits two games in back of first.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Ducks were held off the scoreboard in the rubber game of a three-game set and homestand finale against the Sugar Land Skeeters, falling by a final count of 6-0.

Henry Hirsch (0-1) made his debut on the mound for the Flock after Dennis O’Grady was scratched late due to illness. The right-hander, who was signed by the team earlier in the day, was able to give the Flock five innings of three-run ball, yielding five hits and four walks while striking out five.

Sugar Land plated a couple of runs against him in the first inning on sacrifice fly to center field off the bat of Kevin Ahrens and a two-out RBI double to right from Travis Scott. Hirsch worked around a leadoff triple in the second and a two-on, two-out jam in the third before surrendering a run in the fifth on an RBI single to left by Anthony Giansanti, which followed back-to-back walks.

The Skeeters plated their final three runs against Zac Treece in the sixth and seventh innings. A leadoff solo homer to right by Scott in the sixth and a two-run single with two outs in the seventh by Ahrens did the damage. Patrick Crider and Amalio Diaz tossed scoreless eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to round out the evening.

Offensively, Long Island was stymied by former Ducks pitcher Bobby Blevins, who ended up taking the mound instead of the originally scheduled Mitch Talbot. The righty, who spent parts of five seasons with the Flock, gave up just five hits and two walks over six scoreless innings while striking out six. The Ducks had opportunities with two on and no outs in the first, two on and two outs in the second and a runner at third with two outs in the fourth after Giovanny Alfonzo’s triple, but they failed to dent home plate. Three Sugar Land relievers combined to retire nine of the last 10 Ducks to bat in the game.

ON THE MOUND: Game one will feature Tim Melville (2-3, 3.60 ERA) on the mound for the Ducks. The right-hander will be looking to bounce back after his shortest outing of the season this past Saturday against Lancaster. He pitched just three and two-thirds innings, yielding six runs (five earned) on seven hits but did collect seven strikeouts. Melville had entered the outing with 11 consecutive scoreless innings of work over his previous two starts. Tonight will be his first-ever start against Bridgeport and just his second road start of the season, with the first coming way back on April 23 in Southern Maryland in game two of a doubleheader.

Opposing Melville will be Cory Riordan (2-2, 3.94 ERA) of the Bluefish. The right-hander earned the victory in his most recent outing on Sunday in Somerset, tossing seven innings of three-run ball to defeat the Patriots 4-3. He gave up six hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five. Riordan has allowed three earned runs in each of his past two starts and has struck out 44 batters while walking only six in seven starts this season. Tonight will be his first start of the year against the Ducks, but he made three starts against the Flock in 2015 while with Bridgeport, going 1-1 with a 7.23 ERA.

Game two will see Rafael Perez (2-1, 3.73 ERA) return to the starting rotation after missing a pair of starts due to a groin injury. The former big leaguer last pitched on May 19 at Bethpage Ballpark when he tossed five scoreless innings against the Patriots. He allowed just three hits and a walk in his outing while striking out six before leaving with the injury. 44 of his 61 pitches that night were thrown for strikes. Perez has allowed three runs or less in each of his past four starts and has compiled a 2.25 ERA in that span (six earned runs in 24 innings). This will be his first-ever start against the Bluefish.

Bridgeport counters with Rainy Lara (3-1, 2.67 ERA) in the second game of the twin bill. The righty has made six starts this season but suffered his only loss during his most recent outing last Saturday in Somerset. He gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk over five innings while striking out five. Prior to that, Lara had won back-to-back starts and allowed just one earned run in 13 and one-third innings of work between the two. Overall, he has struck out 21 and walked 12 in his 34 innings this season. This will be Lara’s first-ever start against Long Island.

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 tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS (GAME ONE):

Ducks
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#26 Angelo Songco – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#33 Tim Melville – RHP

Bluefish
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#10 D’Arby Myers – CF
#5   Jose Gil – C
#15 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#20 Jonathan Galvez – DH
#6   Tony Abreu – 3B
#27 Daniel Fields – LF
#11 Jose Cuevas – 2B
#13 Ozney Guillen – RF

#22 Cory Riordan – RHP

UPDATE (5:25): END 1: We are underway in Bridgeport and scoreless after one inning of play.

UPDATE (5:41): BOT 2: The Bluefish open the scoring on an RBI single by Jose Cuevas and a passed ball that scores Daniel Fields.

UPDATE (5:54): TOP 3: Ducks tie the game! Elmer Reyes delivers a two-out RBI single, and Dan Lyons scores on an error! 2-2 in the third.

UPDATE (6:13): BOT 3: Bridgeport takes the lead back with a three-run third. Sean Burroughs’ two-run double and Tony Abreu’s RBI single does the damage.

UPDATE (6:44): END 5: Tim Melville retires the side in order and now has four strikeouts on the night.

UPDATE (7:05): FINAL: Bridgeport takes game one, 5-2. Game two of the doubleheader begins in about 30 minutes.

STARTING LINEUPS (GAME TWO):

Ducks
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – RF
#23 Alex Burg – DH
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#30 Zach Goldstein – 3B

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

Bluefish
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#10 D’Arby Myers – CF
#20 Jonathan Galvez – RF
#15 Sean Burroughs – DH
#6   Tony Abreu – 2B
#11 Jose Cuevas – 1B
#25 Santiago Nessy – C
#3   Angelys Nina – LF
#7   Angel Rosa – 3B

#14 Rainy Lara – RHP

UPDATE (8:00): BOT 1: Rafael Perez strikes out two in a scoreless first inning, stranding a runner at second base!

UPDATE (8:32): TOP 3: Ducks take a 2-0 lead! Zach Goldstein’s double gives him his first professional hit and RBI! He then scores on Lew Ford’s RBI single!

UPDATE (9:06): END 4: Four scoreless innings thus far from Perez! He’s allowed two hits and a walk while striking out five. Still 2-0 Ducks.

UPDATE (9:20): TOP 5: Back-to-back home runs by Lew Ford and Angelo Songco increase the Ducks lead to 5-0! Ford’s first longball of the season and Songco’s team-leading 10th!

UPDATE (9:44): END 6: Back-to-back scoreless innings for Dennis O’Grady! He has struck out three while giving up just one hit.

UPDATE (9:51): TOP 7: Elmer Reyes launches his first home run of the season, a solo blast off of former big leaguer Manny Delcarmen! 6-0 Long Island!

UPDATE (9:59): FINAL: Chin-Hui Tsao works a scoreless seventh, striking out two, and the Ducks shut out the Bluefish 6-0 to split the doubleheader!

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