Game 49: Ducks vs. Bluefish
GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (24-24) continue a three-game home series with the Bridgeport Bluefish (28-21) tonight at Bethpage Ballpark. The 2017 Ferry Cup has seen no shortage of excitement, including a one-run victory for the Bluefish last night. Following tonight’s game, fans in attendance will be treated to a fireworks spectacular.
YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks trailed the Bridgeport Bluefish by four runs twice on Friday night at Bethpage Ballpark, but were able to push the tying run into scoring position in the ninth before falling, 5-4.
The Bluefish took the lead in the top of the second, plating a pair of runs against Ducks starter John Brownell. The righty yielded another pair of runs in the top of the third as Bridgeport jumped out to a 4-0 lead.
Long Island answered with a run in the bottom of the third against Bridgeport starter Cory Riordan. Fehlandt Lentini doubled down the right field line with two outs, and Anthony Vega followed with a broken bat single on the next pitch to score Lentini.
Brownell (4-1) allowed just one more run in his seven innings of work, striking out three and not issuing a walk while allowing a season-high 11 hits. The all-time franchise leader in wins completed seven innings for the fourth consecutive start.
Trailing 5-1, the Ducks mounted a rally against Riordan (4-2) in the bottom of the seventh to pull within a pair of runs. Vega laced a one-out double down the right field to score Lentini from first base and advanced to third on the throw home. Elmer Reyes followed with a sacrifice fly to push Long Island within 5-3.
Jim Fuller and Rob Rogers each contributed scoreless innings of relief work in the eighth and ninth, respectively, while Drake Britton threw a 1-2-3 eighth for Bridgeport.
In the ninth, David Carpenter allowed a one-out double to Dan Lyons, who scored two batters later on a base-hit from Vega to cut the deficit to 5-4. Vega stole second to get into scoring position with two outs, but Reyes grounded out to shortstop to end the game.
Vega starred offensively for the Ducks, finishing 3-for-4 with three RBIs, a double, a walk, a run scored and a stolen base. In the game, the Patchogue native doubled his season RBI output from three to six. Lyons also tallied hits in his last three at-bats, going 3-for-4 with a double and a run.
ON THE MOUND: The Ducks hand the ball to Matt Larkins in the middle game of the series with Bridgeport, making his ninth start of the season. After a rough stretch, the righty has put together a stretch of two straight quality starts (12.0 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 13 K). Despite this, Larkins is still 0-5 on the season with a 5.92 ERA. Tonight marks the Idaho resident’s third start of the season against Bridgeport, and he is 0-2 in his previous two outings with a 4.09 ERA. Last time out on June 4, Larkins allowed three runs on six hits in six innings at the Bluefish, striking out a season-high seven and not issuing a walk.
Bridgeport will call on former major leaguer Jonathan Albaladejo to climb the hill against the Ducks. Albaladejo is in his second season with the Bluefish, and was an All-Star in 2016. This year, the righty is 3-4 with a 5.66 ERA in eight starts. This will be Albaladejo’s second start against the Ducks, and hie is 0-2 with an ugly 7.71 ERA. Last time out, the Tampa, Florida resident allowed eight runs on 10 hits in 4.2 innings against Long Island on June 3, in a 10-1 Ducks triumph.
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.
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – LF
#23 Alex Burg – C
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#44 Matt Larkins – RHP
#2 Luis Hernandez – SS
#10 D’Arby Myers – CF
#6 Tony Abreu – 2B
#15 Sean Burroughs – DH
#5 Jose Gil – C
#27 Daniel Fields – LF
#11 Jose Cuevas – 1B
#35 Andrew Lambo – RF
#3 Angelys Nina – 3B
#34 Jonathan Albaladejo – RHP
UPDATE (7:04) – BOT 2: We’re still scoreless through two innings as Matt Larkins and Jonathan Albaladejo are locked in an early pitcher’s duel.
UPDATE (7:19) – TOP 3: The Bluefish take a 1-0 lead on a solo home run from Andrew Lambo.
UPDATE (7:39) – BOT 4: The Ducks get on the board thanks to a solo home run from LEEEEEEWWWWWWWW Ford! All tied at one!
UPDATE (7:58) – BOT 5: The Ducks strike for two more, including a solo home run from Dan Lyons to take a 3-1 lead!
UPDATE (8:51) – TOP 7: Amalio Diaz spins a scoreless inning of relief to keep the Ducks ahead 3-1!
UPDATE (9:13) – FINAL: Ducks 3, Bluefish 1
W: Larkins (1-5)
L: Albaladejo (3-5)
SV: Tsao (6)
Posted on June 10, 2017, in Game Previews and tagged Anthony Vega, Bridgeport Bluefish, Dan Lyons, Elmer Reyes, Fehlandt Lentini, Jim Fuller, John Brownell, Long Island Ducks, Matt Larkins, Rob Rogers. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.