Game 48: Ducks vs. Bluefish

Zac Treece (6)GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (24-23) begin a three-game home series with the Bridgeport Bluefish (27-21) tonight at Bethpage Ballpark. The Fish are visiting the Ducks Pond for the first time this season, and hold a 2-1 lead in the 2017 Ferry Cup. The series marks a short three-game homestand for the Ducks, who begin a six-game road trip on Tuesday.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: Behind strong pitching from Rafael Perez, the Long Island Ducks completed a three-game sweep of the New Britain Bees, winning 3-2 Thursday night at New Britain Stadium.

The Ducks broke out the bats in the top of the second, touching up Bees starter Anthony Marzi for three runs. Giovanny Alfonzo plated Marc Krauss with a single and later scored on a Delta Cleary Jr. single. Cleary Jr. came around thanks to a Fehlandt Lentini double to extend a 3-0 lead.

Perez yielded a tally in the bottom of the second when he allowed a leadoff homer to Conor Bierfeldt to cut the lead to 3-1. The southpaw allowed just one other unearned run in his six innings of work, allowing five hits and striking out three while not issuing a walk.

Eury De La Rosa and Amalio Diaz each contributed scoreless innings of relief, while Chin-Hui Tsao shut the door in the ninth for his fifth save of the season.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks send John Brownell to the mound in the series opener with the Bluefish, making his team-leading 10th start of the season. The right-hander is 4-0 on the season for the Ducks, and has posted a dazzling 2.52 ERA – which ranks third in the Atlantic League. Last time out, Brownell threw seven innings of one-run ball against the Bridgeport Bluefish on June 3, striking out six, walking one and getting his 50th win as a Duck. The franchise’s all-time winningest pitcher is working on a streak of three straight starts with at least seven innings pitched.

The Bluefish roll with Cory Riordan in the series opener, making his ninth start of the year. The 6-4 righty is 3-2 with a 3.65 ERA on the season for Bridgeport this year. Riordan also has accomplished the rare-for-a-pitcher feat of a .500 batting average and has collected 3 RBIs in four at-bats. In his last start on June 2 against the Ducks, Riordan allowed two runs (one earned) in six innings, and getting the win in a 5-2 Bluefish win.

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.

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#7 John Brownell – RHP

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

#22 Cory Riordan – RHP

UPDATE (7:03) – TOP 2: The Bluefish take a 2-0 lead thanks to three hits and an error.

UPDATE (7:24) – TOP 3: The Bluefish tack two more tallies on to extend their lead to 4-0.

UPDATE (7:32) – BOT 3: An RBI single from Anthony Vega gets the Ducks on the board, but Bridgeport still leads 4-1.

UPDATE (8:38) – BOT 7: The Ducks scratch across two big runs thanks to an Anthony Vega double and a sac fly, but still trail 5-3.

UPDATE (9:16) – FINAL: Bridgeport 5, Ducks 4.

W: Riordan (4-2)
L: Brownell (4-1)
SV: Carpenter (19)

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