Game 99: Ducks vs. Bluefish
Alex Burg helped power the Ducks to victory last night and looks to help the club to three in a row.
5:05 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)
After a pair of exciting wins on Friday and Saturday nights, the Long Island Ducks (13-15; 49-49) look to make it three in a row against the Bridgeport Bluefish (15-14; 56-43) this evening. This contest is pivotal for the Ducks, who enter Sunday’s matchup 1.5 games behind the Bluefish and Somerset Patriots in the Liberty Division Second Half standings. Bridgeport took two-of-three from Long Island at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard last weekend, but the Ducks can clinch at least a tie of the 2017 Ferry Cup Series, which favors the Ducks by a 9-7 margin through 16 contests. Today’s game wraps up a stretch of seven games between the cross-sound rivals in 10 days.
Previous to the win last night, the Ducks had not won back-to-back games since July 4 and 5 against the Lancaster Barnstormers at Bethpage Ballpark. Long Island has not won three consecutive games since June 30-July 1, when the club swept the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at home in a three-game series. With 41 games remaining in the 2017 regular season, the Liberty Division is shaping up for a ferocious pennant chase, with the Somerset Patriots, Bridgeport Bluefish, and Long Island Ducks all separated by 1.5 games from the Second Half Championship.
The Long Island Ducks defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish 4-3 before a past-capacity crowd of 7,038 on Saturday night in the third game of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.
Jose Gil gave the Bluefish a 1-0 lead in the second with a solo home run to right field off Ducks starter Matt Larkins. In the bottom of the frame, Alex Burg went the opposite way to right for a solo homer of his own off Bluefish starter Reinier Roibal.
Bridgeport went back in front in the fourth on an RBI single to right by Tony Abreu. However, Long Island responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-2 lead. Marc Krauss drilled a solo homer to right, and Angelo Songco scored on a double play ball.
Another run came across for the Flock in the sixth when Dan Lyons was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, forcing home Elmer Reyes. A run-scoring groundout off the bat of Ozney Guillen in the eighth trimmed Ducks’ lead to 4-3.
Bridgeport then nearly tied the game twice, but they came up short. Following a two-out walk to Gil in the eighth, Abreu lined a double to left-center. However, a perfect relay from Krauss to Lyons to Burg nailed Gil at the plate. The Bluefish then put the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at first with two outs in the ninth. However, Amalio Diaz induced a double play ball from Angelys Nina and a flyout from Luis Hernandez to end the game.
Larkins (5-6) earned the win, pitching six innings of two-run ball and allowing four hits and two walks while striking out six. Roibal (1-1) suffered the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks over six innings with five strikeouts. Diaz picked up his fifth save with one and one-third scoreless innings, yielding two hits.
Burg had three hits, an RBI and a run to lead the Flock offensively, while Delta Cleary Jr. added two hits.
ON THE MOUND:
The Ducks look to take the series finale and win their third consecutive game behind left-handed pitcher Rafael Perez. In 18 starts this season, Perez is 6-7 with a 4.66 ERA and has struck out 70 and walked 21 in 88.2 innings pitched. However, you can break the former Cleveland Indian’s season up into two distinct sections. In his first 11 starts of the year through June 23, Perez was 5-2 with a 3.43 ERA (22 ER/57.2 IP). Since that point, the southpaw has made seven starts, and sports a 1-5 record with an 8.13 ERA (28 ER/31 IP). Perez has made one start against Bridgeport this season, throwing four shutout innings on June 2 at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, getting no decision as the Ducks won 6-0.
The Bluefish aim for a split of the four-game series with right-handed pitcher Charles Brewer taking the mound. Brewer has made 18 starts this season and is 7-4 with a 4.23 ERA, striking out 88 and walking 34 in 100 innings pitched. Last time out, Brewer notched a quality start against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, allowing two runs on four hits in six innings, walking one and striking out six. The August 1 outing marked the third-straight quality start for the first-year Atlantic Leaguer. Brewer faced Long Island on May 24, getting hung with the loss after allowing six runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings in a 7-5 Ducks triumph.
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:
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Long Island Ducks
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#15 Jordan Pacheco – 1B
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#23 Alex Burg – C
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#40 Rafael Perez – LHP
#2 Luis Hernandez – SS
#11 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#32 Welington Dotel – CF
#27 Daniel Fields – LF
#5 Jose Gil – C
#20 Jonathan Galvez – 1B
#6 Tony Abreu – DH
#7 Angel Rosa – 2B
#13 Ozney Guillen – RF
#18 Charles Brewer – RHP
LIVE GAME UPDATES:
TOP 2: WOW! Ruben Gotay with a fantastic diving stop at third base helps Rafael Perez set the Bluefish down 1-2-3. We’re still scoreless.
BOT 4: The Ducks grab a 2-0 lead thanks to an RBI single by Anthony Vega and a bases-loaded walk from Quintin Berry.
TOP 7: Ruben Gotay makes two huge plays in the field and the Ducks still lead 2-0 as it’s time to stretch at Bethpage Ballpark!
FINAL: Ducks 2, Bluefish 1
W: Perez (7-7)
L: Brewer (7-5)
SV: Diaz (6)
Posted on August 6, 2017, in Game Previews and tagged Alex Burg, Amalio Diaz, Angelo Songco, Bridgeport Bluefish, Dan Lyons, Delta Cleary Jr., Elmer Reyes, Long Island Ducks, Marc Krauss, Matt Larkins, Rafael Perez. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.