Game 91: Ducks at Bluefish

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Marc Krauss carries a 13-game hitting streak into tonight’s matchup with the Bluefish.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:12 p.m. at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport, Conn.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

After a heartbreaking loss last night, the Long Island Ducks (9-11, 45-45) take on the Bridgeport Bluefish (12-9, 53-38) Saturday night at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Friday night’s 8-7 win for Bridgeport propelled them into first place in the Liberty Division Second Half Standings, and extended their lead over Long Island by 2.5 games. The Ducks currently enjoy a narrow 6-5 advantage in the 2017 Ferry Cup series.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks fell to the Bridgeport Bluefish 8-7 Friday night at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in the opener of a three-game series.

The Ducks (9-11; 45-45) took the lead in the top of the third inning, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring six runs on five hits against Bluefish starter Ross Seaton. The frame was highlighted by a two-run single from Delta Cleary Jr. and RBI doubles from Jordan Pacheco and Angelo Songco.

Bridgeport (12-9; 53-38) answered back against Long Island starter Tyler Levine with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, led by a two-run home run from Daniel Fields.

The Bluefish took a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the fifth while chasing Levine with one out and sending nine batters to the dish. Levine allowed six runs on six hits in 4.1 innings, walking four and striking out three and getting no decision.

In the top of the ninth, Elmer Reyes led off by lacing a ground rule double off Elvin Ramirez and was pinch run for by Dan Lyons. Ruben Gotay grounded out to advance Lyons to third, and an opposite-field single by Giovanny Alfonzo plated Lyons to tie the game at seven.

Two Long Island errors and an intentional walk in the bottom of the ninth loaded the bases with one out for Jose Gil, who lifted a sacrifice fly off David Aardsma to score D’Arby Myers with the winning run. Ramirez got the win to improve to 3-1, while Aardsma got the loss, dropping to 1-2 on the season.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Staff ace John Brownell gets the ball in the middle game of the three-game series with Bridgeport. The right-hander makes his 17th start of the season and owns a 7-2 record with a 3.27 ERA so far. Brownell is coming off of a rough start his last time out against the Lancaster Barnstormers on July 23 in which he allowed five runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings, getting the loss. However, the 34-year-old has pitched well against the Bluefish this season, going 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA in three starts. Brownell has thrown seven innings in each of those outings, which include two quality starts.

Bridgeport answers with rookie righty Mike Aquilino, who will be making just his third start of the season. So far, the University of New Haven product has no record and a 3.48 ERA in two starts, and has struck out three and walked eight in 10.1 innings pitched while allowing 10 hits. The 28-year-old graduated from the University of New Haven in 2012 where he was teammates with 2017 Long Island Duck Henry Hirsch.

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:

Long Island Ducks
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#15 Jordan Pacheco – 1B
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Bridgeport Bluefish
#10 D’Arby Myers – CF
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#11 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#15 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#31 Gustavo Molina – C
#27 Daniel Fields – LF
#32 Wellington Dotel – DH
#6   Tony Abreu – 2B
#13 Ozney Guillen – RF

#22 Mike Aquilino – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Angelo Songco goes yard for the 19th time this season and the Ducks take a 3-0 lead!

BOT 1: The Bluefish answer back with a run in the bottom of the first, but the Ducks still lead 3-1.

TOP 2: Jordan Pacheco smacks a three-run double and the Ducks extend the lead to 6-1 over Bridgeport!

TOP 3: Another one! Dan Lyons hits a ground rule double to score Angelo Songco and give the Ducks a 7-1 lead over Bridgeport!

TOP 4: The Ducks rally for three more runs and take a 10-1 lead as Marc Krauss extends his hitting streak to 14 with an RBI double.

BOT 6: Alfedo Simon throws a 1-2-3 inning out of the bullpen. John Brownell’s final line: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. Ducks lead 10-1!

TOP 9: Angelo Songco drives a single to plate Delta Cleary Jr. and the Ducks lead runs to 11-1!

FINAL: Ducks 11, Bluefish 1

W: Brownell (8-2)
L: Aquilino (0-1)
SV: Simon (1)

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