Game 44: Ducks at Bluefish

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 1:12 p.m. at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport, Conn.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (21-22) look to complete a series win by taking three of four games against the cross-sound rival Bridgeport Bluefish (24-20). The Ducks currently lead the Ferry Cup Series four games to two and have taken two of three this weekend. Long Island remains six games behind the Somerset Patriots for first place in the Liberty Division standings and two and a half games in back of Bridgeport. The Bluefish currently sit three and a half games out of first place.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Ducks put together their best offensive performance of the season, tying a season-high with 10 runs and setting a new high this year with 16 hits as they routed the Bluefish 10-1.

Long Island scored early and often against Bridgeport starter and defending Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year Jonathan Albaladejo. Lew Ford drove in Anthony Vega with an RBI groundout in the first inning, and Delta Cleary Jr. plated Alex Burg with an RBI single in the second inning to give the Flock an early 2-0 lead.

The Ducks broke the game open with a pair of three-run innings in the fourth and fifth to knock Albaladejo out of the game. In the fourth, Giovanny Alfonzo picked up an RBI single to score Burg, and Vega delivered a two-out, two-run single up the middle. The following inning, Cleary Jr. lifted a sacrifice fly to center that scored Angelo Songco, and Alfonzo came through with a two-out, two-run single to center that ended Albaladejo’s evening.

Two more runs came home in the sixth inning against reliever Alex Burgos to round out Long Island’s scoring for the night. After a pair of walks, Burg picked up his fourth hit of the game with a two-out RBI single to left that scored Vega. Marc Krauss followed with an RBI single to left of his own that scored Songco and made it a 10-0 ballgame.

Meanwhile, John Brownell turned in his third consecutive quality start and defeated the Bluefish for the second time in less than two weeks. The right-hander limited Bridgeport to just one run on eight hits and a walk over seven innings and struck out six batters. He gave up just three singles, only two to the outfield, over the first five innings, but surrendered three singles in the sixth including an RBI base hit from Jonathan Galvez for Bridgeport’s lone run. He yielded two more singles in the seventh but got D’Arby Myers to fly out to center for the final out.

Jim Fuller came on in relief and pitched a scoreless eighth inning, yielding just a walk while striking out two. Zac Treece then twirled a scoreless ninth inning, helped out by two incredible diving stops to either side of him by second baseman Zach Goldstein.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks will hand the ball to Matt Larkins (0-4, 6.18 ERA) in the series finale. The right-hander has looked much stronger in his past two starts, allowing just 11 innings of work between them (2.45 ERA). He took a no-decision on Tuesday night in Long Island’s 3-2 11-inning victory over the Skeeters, giving up one run on four hits and four walks over a season-high six innings of work while striking out a season-high six batters. The second-year Duck faced the Bridgeport on May 24 at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, and though he suffered the loss in game one of a doubleheader, he yielded just two runs on five hits over five innings and struck out two without walking a batter. Overall, Larkins has walked just 12 batters this season while striking out 26 in 32 innings over eight games (seven starts).

Chris Rearick (3-1, 3.68 ERA) will look to salvage a split of the four-game set for the Bluefish. The southpaw has won three consecutive starts, allowing just four runs in 17 innings during that span (2.12 ERA). He last pitched on Tuesday at home against the New Britain Bees and threw six innings of one-run ball, giving up just two hits and two walks while striking out eight batters. The Texas resident opposed Larkins in game one of the twin bill on May 24 and stymied the Ducks’ offense, firing six scoreless frames and yielding just four hits and a walk while striking out a season-high 10 batters. Rearick ranks second in the Atlantic League with 48 strikeouts this year, trailing teammate Cory Riordan by just one.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for today’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 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.

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

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

#26 Chris Rearick – LHP

UPDATE (1:29): END 1: Matt Larkins strikes out the side in the first inning! He gets Hernandez swinging & both Myers & Cuevas looking! No score after one.

UPDATE (1:44): TOP 2: Long Island opens the scoring on an RBI single through the drawn-in infield by Giovanny Alfonzo! 1-0 Ducks!

UPDATE (2:13): END 3: The Ducks flash the leather to strand the tying run at third base! Nice plays by Dan Lyons, Jordan Pacheco and Delta Cleary Jr.!

UPDATE (2:33): BOT 4: Three consecutive two-out hits for the Bluefish give them a 2-1 lead. RBIs for Jonathan Galvez and Tony Abreu.

UPDATE (3:02): BOT 6: An RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Abreu increases Bridgeport’s lead to 3-1.

UPDATE (3:24): BOT 7: A two-out, three-run home run to left field by Jose Cuevas increases the Bluefish advantage to 6-1.

UPDATE (3:51): FINAL: Bluefish take the series finale 6-1 to salvage a split of the four-game set. Road trip continues Tuesday in New Britain.

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