Game 43: Ducks at Bluefish
GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:12 p.m. at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport, Conn.)
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (20-22) and Bridgeport Bluefish (24-19) meet for game three of a four-game series in Bridgeport. The Ducks currently lead the Ferry Cup Series three games to two. Following Friday’s doubleheader, Long Island enters tonight’s contest six games behind the Somerset Patriots for first place in the Liberty Division standings and three and a half games in back of Bridgeport. The Bluefish currently sit two and a half games out of first place.
YESTERDAY’S RECAP: Both sides earned a win on Friday as the teams split a single admission doubleheader, featuring two seven inning games, to kick off the series. Bridgeport took the opener 5-2 and Long Island answered back with a 6-0 shutout win in game two.
The Bluefish struck for two runs in the second inning of game one against Ducks starter Tim Melville. An RBI single by Jose Cuevas and a passed ball that scored Daniel Fields gave Bridgeport a 2-0. Long Island responded in the third though as Delta Cleary Jr. singled and Dan Lyons walked. Then with two outs, Elmer Reyes singled to center to scored Cleary Jr, and Lyons then came home when the ball was booted by D’Arby Myers.
Bridgeport took the lead right back in the bottom of the third with three more runs. Former Duck Sean Burroughs drove a two-run double to right field, and Tony Abreu brought him home two batters later with an RBI single. Long Island only threatened afterwards in the fifth when Giovanny Alfonzo and Lyons picked up back-to-back singles, but they could not draw closer.
Bluefish starter Cory Riordan (3-2) threw six innings of two-run ball (one earned) to get the win, striking out five and walking one. Melville took the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts in six innings. David Carpenter closed out the game for his 16th save.
Long Island took the lead in the third inning of game two. Zach Goldstein ended his first professional at bat with an RBI double to center field that drove in Lyons. Goldstein then scored his first pro run two batters later on Lew Ford’s RBI single into right-center.
The Ducks would then use the longball to put the game out of reach. After Reyes reached on an error to begin the fifth, Ford drove a 2-2 pitch from Bluefish starter Rainy Lara over the right field wall for his first home run of the season. Angelo Songco then went back-to-back with Ford, crushing a mammoth solo blast to the scoreboard in right-center for his team-leading 10th homer of 2017. Reyes rounded out the scoring in the seventh with a leadoff solo homer to left off of former World Series champion Manny Delcarmen, his first dinger of the season.
Rafael Perez (3-1) collected the win in his first start back after missing two with a groin injury, pitching four scoreless innings and yielding just two singles and a walk while striking out five. Lara (3-2) suffered the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks in five innings with two strikeouts. Dennis O’Grady relieved Perez with two scoreless innings and three strikeouts before Chin-Hui Tsao struck out two in a 1-2-3 seventh.
ON THE MOUND: For the second time in less than two weeks, the past two Atlantic League Pitchers of the Year will oppose each other in Bridgeport. John Brownell (3-0, 2.70 ERA), the 2015 winner, gets the start for the Ducks. He was victorious when facing the Bluefish on May 23, firing seven scoreless innings and allowing just six hits and two walks while striking out three in a 3-0 Ducks win. The right-hander has allowed three runs or less in all of his eight starts this season and has turned in five quality starts. He most recently pitched seven innings of three-run ball on Sunday against Lancaster, taking a no-decision in Long Island’s 5-4 10-inning victory.
Jonathan Albaladejo (3-3, 4.60 ERA), the 2016 ALPB Pitcher of the Year, gets the ball for the Bluefish. When facing Brownell on May 23, he completed seven innings of three-run ball (two earned) and allowed five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. However, he suffered the hard luck loss in the outing. The former big leaguer then made it two straight defeats in his most recent outing, falling on Somerset on Monday in a 5-1 defeat. The right-hander gave up four runs and eight hits in just five and one-third innings, but he struck out six and did not walk a batter. He has four quality starts out of his seven total starts this season.
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 tonight’s game 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
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – RF
#23 Alex Burg – C
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#7 John Brownell – RHP
#2 Luis Hernandez – SS
#10 D’Arby Myers – CF
#5 Jose Gil – C
#15 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#20 Jonathan Galvez – DH
#27 Daniel Fields – LF
#11 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#13 Ozney Guillen – RF
#7 Angel Rosa – 2B
#34 Jonathan Albaladejo
UPDATE (6:22): TOP 1: Anthony Vega doubles on the first pitch of the game and scores two batters later on an RBI groundout by Lew Ford! 1-0 Ducks!
UPDATE (6:43): TOP 2: An RBI single to center by Delta Cleary Jr. scores Alex Burg to increase the Ducks lead to 2-0!
UPDATE (7:12): BOT 3: John Brownell gets a strikeout and a groundout to strand the tying runs on base! Still 2-0 Flock as we head to the fourth.
UPDATE (7:30): TOP 4: An RBI single by Giovanny Alfonzo & a two-out, two-run single by Vega balloon the Ducks’ lead to 5-0!
UPDATE (7:56): TOP 5: A sac fly from Cleary Jr. & a two-out, two-run single by Alfonzo has knocked Jonathan Albaladejo out of the ballgame! 8-0 Ducks!
UPDATE (8:23): TOP 6: Back-to-back two-out RBI singles by Burg & Marc Krauss has made it a 10-0 game! Burg now 4-for-4 with an RBI & three runs!
UPDATE (8:52): END 7: Brownell strands another pair of runners on base! He’s allowed just one run on eight hits and one walk while striking out six!
UPDATE (9:08): END 8: Jim Fuller twirls a scoreless inning, striking out two! We head to the ninth with the Ducks still in front by nine.
UPDATE (9:28): FINAL: Zach Goldstein makes two incredible diving stops in the ninth to rob base hits! Ducks rout the Bluefish, 10-1!
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