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20th Anniversary Team Voting – Left-Handed Reliever

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19 seasons of Long Island Ducks baseball have come and gone. Players from all around the world and of all varieties of baseball experience have worn the Ducks uniform since the first pitch on April 28, 2000. In that time, they have played in front of nearly 8 million fans in Central Islip, and millions more around the rest of the country. Those players and coaches have also earned three Atlantic League Championships, seven Division Championships, 13 half-season Division Championships and over 1,300 victories. As the Ducks 20th Anniversary Season, presented by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, approaches, it is time to determine which members of the Flock have stood above the rest.

After a week of voting for some of the top right-handed relievers in Ducks history, we now switch over to the southpaws. Lefty relievers are vital pieces to any strong bullpen, whether for match-up purposes with big lefty bats or to be late-inning set-up men. The Ducks have had their fair share of strong left-handed arms throughout their history, and it was not easy determining the three nominees who will vie for a spot on the 20th Anniversary Team. Let’s take a look at the three candidates:


Pedro Borbon Jr.
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The son of former Major Leaguer Pedro Borbon is our first nominee for the left-handed reliever position. Pedro Borbon Jr. had spent parts of eight seasons in the big leagues before making his way to the Ducks in 2003. The Houston Astros had released the southpaw, and he was looking for a way to get back to the game’s highest level. The Ducks gave him the opportunity, and he responded by posting a 5-2 record with a 2.08 ERA in 32 games (six starts). Borbon Jr. also struck out 50 batters and walked just 14 over 69.1 innings of work. Opportunity came calling, as the St. Louis Cardinals purchased his contract on July 24th. Just five days later, he was back in the big leagues, where he made seven more appearances. The jump made the Dominican Republic native the second Duck in team history to return to the Majors after playing on Long Island, following Carlos Baerga (2001). Borbon Jr. returned to the Ducks briefly in both 2004 and 2005, where he combined to make eight starts. He would also make a couple of appearances with the Bridgeport Bluefish in 2006 before wrapping up his playing career.


Jordan Zimmerman
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The second nominee for this position was part of the Ducks Atlantic League championship team of 2004. Jordan Zimmerman joined Long Island after spending the majority of his career in the Seattle Mariners organization, reaching the Major Leagues for 12 games in 1999. As a member of the Flock, he helped serve as a set-up man to closer Bill Simas. Zimmerman made 50 appearances during the 2004 campaign, second-most in the Atlantic League behind only Camden’s Todd Rizzo (59). He registered a 3-2 record with a miniscule 2.28 ERA and a pair of saves. The Canada native also struck out 36 batters while walking just 16 over 47.1 innings of work. During the postseason, Zimmerman recorded several big outs to keep the Nashua Pride off the scoreboard in the North Division Championship Series. He did the same against Camden in the Atlantic League Championship Series to help give the Flock their first-ever league title. Not a bad way to complete your professional career!


Eric Niesen
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Last among the trio of nominees, but certainly not least, is left-hander Eric Niesen. The former third round draft pick by the Mets first joined the Ducks in 2013. He got off to a terrific start that season, posting a 4-0 record with a 3.23 ERA, one save and 39 strikeouts in 39 innings. Thanks to his strong performance, Niesen’s contract was purchased on July 9th by the Boston Red Sox. After spending time with Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket that year, he returned to the Ducks in 2014. The southpaw appeared in a team-high 59 games, tied for fifth-most in the league, and turned in a 4-3 record with a stellar 3.06 ERA and 65 strikeouts over 53 innings. Niesen returned for one more year with the Ducks in 2015 where he experimented as a starter as well, making eight appearances overall (four starts) to finish his career in the orange and black. His playing career finished the following season in the Atlantic League with Bridgeport.


We have revealed our three nominees for the left-handed reliever spot on the 20th Anniversary Team. Now, we need your help in determining which of the three will be represented among this exclusive group. Click on the button below to cast your vote from now through next Thursday for either Borbon Jr., Zimmerman or Niesen. The winner, along with the remainder of the 20th Anniversary Team, will be unveiled at the beginning of the 2019 season!

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Be sure to check back again next week, as we’ll unveil the three nominees for the closer spot on the 20th Anniversary Team.

Game 26: Ducks at Revolution

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Ducks manager Kevin Baez said before Tuesday’s series opener in York that there were two keys to his team winning two of three during their first visit to Santander Stadium. He also said those same keys would apply to them taking this series. Good pitching and timely hitting were going to be of utmost importance if Long Island wanted to finish with a winning road trip in Pennsylvania. His players took those words to the field on Tuesday night and put together a clean, crisp 4-1 victory over the Revolution.

Good pitching was the first key, and aside from a little bit of control issues at points, the pitching staff got the job done. Nine pitchers total took the mound for the Flock on Tuesday, a season-high, but they limited York to just three hits in the game. Andrew Barbosa started and pitched the first three innings. He retired the side in order in the first two innings before running into control issues in the third. Despite walking three, he found a way out of the jam to end his outing. Eric Niesen then came in and also looked strong for two innings before walking three himself in the sixth. Baez played matchups from that point on, bringing on seven different relievers to set up righty-righty and lefty-lefty battles. It worked though, as the final seven relievers combined to blank the Revolution over the final three and two-thirds innings. The seven gave up just two hits and one walk while striking out four. Amalio Diaz worked a scoreless ninth to earn his first save, with Ryan Kussmaul unavailable due to his long outing on Sunday.

Offensively, Lew Ford stole the show once again. The Ducks veteran came through in the clutch on two separate occasions. With two on and two out in the fifth, Ford fell behind in the count 1-2. However, he drove the next pitch from Shawn Hill to the wall in right for a two-run double. Two innings later, Ford again found himself at the plate with two outs after Reegie Corona singled to keep the inning alive. Facing lefty Shawn Harris, he drove a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right for a two-run home run, his fourth longball of the year. The two clutch hits now upped Ford’s batting average to .396 with runners on base, .393 with runners in scoring position and .333 with runners in scoring position and two outs. Corona and Erik Komatsu both had multi-hit nights as well, and although the Ducks had several chances to blow the game open, leaving nine men on base, they got the job done with the few timely hits they received.

CLICK HERE to listen to highlights from Tuesday’s game
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Wednesday night’s game will feature a rematch of the second game this season, with Mark Rogers starting for the Ducks and Anthony Lerew taking the mound for the Revolution. Rogers enters with a 1-2 record and a 4.82 ERA in four starts. He’s had mixed results in two starts since recovering from his Achilles injury. After throwing six hitless innings and striking out eight on May 9 at home against Lancaster, he struggled against the Barnstormers on the road this past Friday. The right-hander lasted five innings, allowing six runs on six hits and five walks while striking out four. Rogers was strong in his first start against York but made one bad pitch that gave him the loss. Leading 1-0 in the fourth, his strike three wild pitch allowed Bryan Pounds to reach and extended the inning for Brandon Jones, who hit a three-run homer on the first pitch. That longball was the difference in a 3-1 Ducks loss.

Lerew comes into Wednesday’s game with a record of 2-1 and a 2.14 ERA through four starts. He earned the victory in his last outing, tossing five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out four in an 8-3 win at Camden on May 14. He has yet to allow more than three runs in a start and has struck out 19 batters in 21 innings while walking only eight. Lerew earned the victory against the Ducks on April 25, striking out six batters over five innings and yielding a run on five hits and two walks. His only hiccup came in the second when he allowed a double to Cody Puckett and a RBI single to Jon Griffin.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Revolution: Tonight’s game marks the 160th all-time meeting between the Ducks and Revolution. The Ducks currently lead the series 80-79, but the Revs have a 47-34 edge at Santander Stadium. It also marks the fifth of 16 scheduled games between the two in 2015. Long Island leads the season series three games to one. York won the 2014 series 13-7, going 7-3 at home.

Ford’s on Fire: Lew Ford earned his third three-hit game of the season on Tuesday and has now reached base safely in 12 consecutive games. During the streak, the former big leaguer is batting .449 (22-for-49) with seven doubles, one triple, three homers, 20 RBI and nine runs scored. Ford has driven in at least one run in seven consecutive games and has picked up a hit in 10 of the 12 games. He also collected his second four-RBI game of 2015. He leads the Flock with 11 multi-hit games this year and seven multi-RBI contests.

Reegie’s Raking: Reegie Corona picked up two more hits on Tuesday. The switch-hitter now has 10 multi-hit games, one shy of Ford for the team lead, but he leads the team with eight two-hit contests. He now has multiple hits in three straight games and in four of his last five contests. Corona has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games and ranks second in the league with a .377 batting average.

Walk This Way: Prentice Redman collected a walk and a single on Tuesday to extend his team-leading on-base streak to 15 games. He has reached base safely in every game that he has played as a Duck. In that span, he has drawn 13 walks, including at least one in eight straight games. Redman now ranks second in the Atlantic League with 16 walks, two behind Lancaster’s Blake Gailen.

Dan’s the Man: Dan Lyons picked up a single on Tuesday and has now reached base safely in 13 consecutive games. During the streak, he has a .381 batting average (16-for-42) with two doubles, six RBI, eight runs and eight walks. Lyons has scored in three straight games and has a hit in 12 of his last 13 games.

On the Air: Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Live streaming audio will also be available online by CLICKING HERE. Michael Polak will call the play-by-play. Fans can also follow a pitch-by-pitch account of the game via Pointstreak’s GameLive application by CLICKING HERE.

Finally, here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Ducks
#44 Bryan Sabatella – RF
#11 Reegie Corona – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#28 Prentice Redman – DH
#26 Jose Morales – C
#25 Erik Komatsu – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#37 Mark Rogers – RHP

Revolution
#2   Mikey Reynolds – 2B
#21 Wilson Valdez – SS
#4   Eric Patterson – LF
#7   Andres Perez – 1B
#33 Brandon Boggs – CF
#14 Johan Limonta – RF
#37 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#6   Luis De La Cruz – C
#15 Steve Proscia – DH

#18 Anthony Lerew – RHP

Stay tuned for updates throughout the game as the Ducks and Revolution continue their three-game series. You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!

UPDATE (6:42): TOP 1: The Ducks strike first on a two-out RBI double to left by Jon Griffin! 1-0 Flock!

UPDATE (7:00): BOT 1: A two-run homer by Eric Patterson followed by a solo shot from Andres Perez has put York in front 3-1.

UPDATE (7:12): Mark Rogers has been lifted after one inning, and Matt Soren has now come on to pitch.

UPDATE (7:49): BOT 3: York scores three more runs on Johan Limonta’s two-run homer and a double play groundout by Steve Proscia. That after Soren allowed a two-run homer to Patterson in the second. 8-1 Revolution.

UPDATE (8:00): TOP 4: A RBI single by Reegie Corona and a two-run single by Lew Ford have made it an 8-4 game! Anthony Lerew lifted for York.

UPDATE (8:18): TOP 4: Ducks continue to rally and score nine runs on nine hits in the fourth to take a 10-8 lead!

UPDATE (8:31): BOT 4: The Revolution pull back to within one at 10-9 on a RBI single to left by Luis De La Cruz. 10-9 Ducks lead.

UPDATE (8:49): TOP 5: Griffin drives in his third run of the game with a RBI groundout to second! 11-9 Ducks at the halfway point!

UPDATE (9:50): END 7: Nick Struck strikes out Perez to strand the tying runs on base! Ducks still lead 11-9 as we move to the eighth!

UPDATE (10:28): FINAL: Ryan Kussmaul nails down the save, and the Ducks complete the comeback from an 8-1 deficit to take the middle game 11-9!!

Game 21: Ducks at Barnstormers

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The first 20 games of a 140-game season for the Ducks has come and gone, and through the first seventh of the season, a lot of ups and downs have come Long Island’s way as well. Since the start of the year, the Ducks have won 10 games and lost 10 games. They’ve played 10 at home and 10 away from home. Five players have joined the roster (Prentice Redman, Dillon Haupt, Nick Struck, Chris McCoy and Delta Cleary, Jr.) and three have left for new teams (Mike Blanke, Hector Ambriz and Evan Crawford). Ultimately, the first stretch can be defined as a mixed bag thus far for the Flock.

The Ducks fell to 10-10 by dropping their homestand finale 9-7 on Thursday night to the Bridgeport Bluefish. Despite seven runs, three of which came on homers, and 14 total hits, Long Island’s pitching was unable to keep the Bluefish at bay. Eric Niesen suffered through a second consecutive rough start, lasting only five innings and allowing 10 hits and seven runs (five earned). The left-hander has now given up 15 runs (10 earned) over his last eight innings of work, erasing a solid first two starts in his first year as a full-time starter with the Ducks. The bullpen had trouble keeping the Bluefish quiet as well, as Mickey Jannis and Bruce Kern combined to allow two runs on just one hit.

As for the offense, Long Island swung the bats very well in the early going. A RBI single by Lew Ford in the first put the Ducks on top 1-0, and even after the Bluefish scored three in the second, Jon Griffin and Dillon Haupt each hit homers in the bottom of the frame to tie the score. Two innings later, after falling behind 6-3, the Ducks answered right back with two more runs on a Griffin solo blast and a Dan Lyons RBI single to close the gap to one. From there on though, the Ducks struggled with their situational hitting. By the end of the night, they had tied a season-high by leaving 11 men on base. The Ducks mounted a rally in the ninth when trailing by three, as they drew four walks against Luis Perdomo. Unfortunately, they left the bases loaded and couldn’t get the single they needed to tie up the ballgame.

CLICK HERE to listen to highlights from Thursday’s game
CLICK HERE to watch postgame comments from Kevin Baez and Griffin
CLICK HERE to view Thursday’s box score

With the loss and a Somerset Patriots victory, Long Island saw their deficit in the Liberty Division grow to three games. Thankfully for the Ducks, 50 games remain in the first half of the season, and they have yet to face the Patriots. There’s still plenty of time to make up ground, but the Ducks definitely do not want to wait. Now, the team embarks on a seven-game road trip against the two teams who have gotten off to the toughest starts in the Atlantic League: the Lancaster Barnstormers (6-15) and the York Revolution (8-12).

Long Island opens up a four-game weekend wraparound series in Lancaster on Friday night after they took three of four from the Barnstormers at Bethpage Ballpark last weekend. One of the three wins was partly on account of a terrific start from Mark Rogers, who will take the mound for the Ducks to open this series. The right-hander made his first start in nine days after suffering an Achilles injury, and he was magnificent. Rogers tossed six no-hit innings, allowing just two baserunners on a walk and an error, and he struck out eight batters. Had he not been on a limited pitch count coming off of injury, he might have completed the no-no. He’ll try to continue that success tonight in a ballpark that he called home last year. The former big leaguer hopes for better results than 2014 though, as he was 1-1 with a 5.92 ERA in five starts at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

Facing Rogers will be the only starter to earn a win for the Barnstormers last weekend: Dan Osterbrock. The southpaw pitched five innings this past Sunday, allowing one unearned run on three hits and four walks while striking out two. He didn’t get much run support until the sixth inning of that game when the ‘Stormers scored twice to take a 3-0 lead. Long Island rallied back in the game, but ultimately fell a run short, giving the lefty his first win of the season. Rogers and Osterbrock were teammates in Lancaster this past season, and Osterbrock struggled at home as well. Aside from a 6-3 record, he had a 4.95 ERA in 15 games (12 starts) and surrendered 78 hits in 67 and one-third innings.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Barnstormers: Tonight marks the 199th all-time meeting between the Ducks and Barnstormers. The Ducks lead the series 103-95 and have a 51-49 record at Clipper Magazine Stadium. Tonight is also the fifth of 20 scheduled games between the teams in 2015. Long Island leads the series 3-1. Lancaster won the 2014 season series 13-7 and went 7-3 against the Flock at home.

Griffin Goes Yard (Twice): Jon Griffin became the second Duck to hit two home runs in a single game this season with two solo blasts on Thursday. The first Duck with a multi-homer game in 2015 was Cody Puckett, who went deep twice on May 2 against Sugar Land. With his two longballs, he is now tied with Puckett for the team lead in homers at four, and the two were his first longballs hit at Bethpage Ballpark. Griffin also collected his first three-hit game of the season and second multi-hit contest.

Dan’s the Man: Dan Lyons extended his hitting streak to nine consecutive games with three hits on Thursday. That’s the second-longest hitting streak by a Duck this season (Reegie Corona, 11). During the streak, Lyons is batting .419 (13-for-31) with two doubles, five RBI and three runs. The shortstop has now collected a hit in 13 of the 18 games that he has played in this season. Thursday was also his first three-hit game and fourth multi-hit contest. Lyons amassed two three-hit and 25 multi-hit games in 2014.

Redman Keeps Reaching: Prentice Redman had a single and a walk on Thursday and has now reached base safely in all 12 games played as a Duck. That is the longest on-base streak by a Duck this year. During the stretch, the former New York Met has drawn 10 walks while totaling five RBI and eight runs. He has drawn at least one walk (seven total) in five consecutive games.

Two-fer Thursday: Reegie Corona and Bryan Sabatella each finished with two hits on Thursday. Corona is now tied with Puckett for the team lead with six two-hit games and has seven multi-hit contests. Sabatella earned his fourth two-hit and sixth multi-hit game of the year. Corona has now hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, while Sabatella has reached base safely in 15 of his last 16 contests.

On the Air: Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Live streaming audio will also be available online by CLICKING HERE. Michael Polak will call the play-by-play. Fans can also follow a pitch-by-pitch account of the game via Pointstreak’s GameLive application by CLICKING HERE.

Finally, here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Ducks
#44 Bryan Sabatella – RF
#11  Reegie Corona – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#28 Prentice Redman – DH
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#26 Jose Morales – C
#25 Erik Komatsu – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#37 Mark Rogers – RHP

Barnstormers
#1   Yusuke Kajimoto – 2B
#6   Chevy Clarke – CF
#2   Blake Gailen – 1B
#31 Brian Cavazos-Galvez – RF
#7   Lance Zawadzki – SS
#28 Keith Castillo – DH
#27 Juan Apodaca – C
#3   Tyler Bortnick – 3B
#5   Masato Fukae – LF

#41 Dan Osterbrock – LHP

Keep it here for updates all game long from Clipper Magazine Stadium, as the Ducks and Barnstormers kick off their four-game set. You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!

UPDATE (7:09): We are underway at Clipper Magazine Stadium, as Lew Ford picked up his eighth double of the year for the Flock!

UPDATE (7:25): BOT 1: Barnstormers take a 3-0 lead on a three-run home run to right-center by Blake Gailen.

UPDATE (8:00): BOT 3: Barnstormers add two more on a wild pitch by Mark Rogers and a sac fly from Juan Apodaca. They lead 5-0.

UPDATE (8:11): TOP 4: Ducks get on the scoreboard on a RBI single to center by Jon Griffin! Long Island closes to within 5-1.

UPDATE (8:44): BOT 5: A two-out RBI double by Apodaca gives Lancaster its five-run lead back at 6-1.

UPDATE (9:19): TOP 7: Ford picks up his fourth hit of the night with a two-out RBI single to center! That cuts the deficit to 6-2.

UPDATE (9:57): FINAL: Barnstormers take the opener of the series 6-2 from the Ducks. Game two of the set will be Saturday night at 7:00.

Game 20: Ducks vs. Bluefish

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After tonight’s game, one-seventh of the 2015 season will already be complete. It’s crazy to think how quickly the season can fly by! Thus far, the Ducks have shown an ability to produce big innings at the plate, get great pitching from both the starters and relievers, and receive stellar defense. At other times though, the Ducks have had trouble getting the big hits they need, had struggles in the rotation and bullpen, and made some defensive mistakes. Because of the mix of both good and bad play, the Ducks sit just one game over .500 at 10-9.

Long Island received more of the latter on Wednesday night, as Bridgeport earned its fourth win in five games this season over the Flock. Ian Marshall started for the Ducks and ultimately navigated his way through five innings of two-run ball. However, his pitch count rose quickly, and he finished with 82 pitches (46 strikes). The right-hander also threw two wild pitches and had runners on base in every inning. Marshall left the game with the score tied at two, but the bullpen could not keep the Bluefish at bay. Nick Struck allowed two runs in the sixth, Carmine Giardina surrendered two more in the eighth, and Matt Soren gave up an unearned run in the ninth.

As for the offense, the Ducks squandered many opportunities to take advantage of early mistakes by Scott Maine. Despite getting a walk, a single and a wild pitch with one out in the first, the Flock could not plate a run. In the fourth, the Ducks scored twice early against Maine and loaded up the bases with only one out. However, Bryan Sabatella popped out to right, and Prentice Redman grounded out to strand three baserunners. The next inning, a double and a walk put two on with nobody out, but three consecutive flyouts ended the threat. Finally, a pair of single in the sixth opened the frame, but a double play ball and a groundout to short kept the Ducks off the scoreboard again. Long Island left nine men on base, including seven from the third through the sixth innings.

CLICK HERE to listen to highlights from Wednesday’s game
CLICK HERE to watch postgame comments from Kevin Baez and Marshall
CLICK HERE to view Wednesday’s box score

That sets us up for the rubber game of the three-game series between the Ducks and Bluefish. Tonight, the Ducks are hoping that Eric Niesen will be able to rebound from a very tough outing this past Friday against Lancaster. The left-hander lasted only three innings, allowing eight runs (five earned) on five hits and six walks while striking out five. He had a difficult time with his control, and the Barnstormers took advantage in a three-run third inning. However, he did not take the loss because the Ducks rallied back for an 11-10 waddle-off win. This will be Niesen’s first start of the year against the Bluefish after he went 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in seven games out of the bullpen against Bridgeport in 2014.

Opposing Niesen will be Cory Riordan, who will make his second start (third appearance of the year). The righty has no record and has not allowed an earned run yet this season. Riordan’s first start came this past Friday in a 1-0 loss at Somerset, but he threw five scoreless innings, yielding just four hits and two walks. His first game of the year was a two inning relief stint on May 3 at Camden, and the 28-year-old did not allow a hit or a walk, striking out one. Riordan pitched in South Korea this past season and was 9-10 with a 3.96 ERA in 28 starts. He played his collegiate baseball at Fordham University.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Bluefish: Tonight marks the 291st all-time meeting between the Ducks and Bluefish, the most for the Ducks against any other Atlantic League opponent. Bridgeport currently leads the series by a slim 147-143 margin, but the Ducks hold an 80-66 advantage at Bethpage Ballpark. Tonight is also the sixth of 27 scheduled games between the two teams in 2015. The Bluefish lead this year’s series 4-1. This season marks the seventh edition of the Ferry Cup Series, with the Ducks winning the Cup in four of the first six years.

Ford’s on Fire: With three more hits on Wednesday, Lew Ford earned his eighth multi-hit game of the year. That moves him one ahead of Cody Puckett for the team lead. He also now has multiple hits in four consecutive games and in seven of his last 13 contests. The former big leaguer has 11 hits in his last 16 at-bats (.688 average) with three doubles, two homers, seven RBI and five runs scored. In his past 13 games, he has raised his batting average from .167 to .329. Ford’s solo home run in the seventh inning was third of 2015 and second in as many nights. He leads the Atlantic League in RBI (17), hits (25) and total bases (43).

Going Streaking: Prentice Redman drew a walk on Wednesday and has now reached base safely in all 11 games as a Duck. That ties him with Reegie Corona for the longest on-base streak by a Duck this year. During the stretch, the former New York Met has drawn nine walks and scored eight runs…Dan Lyons picked up a single on Wednesday to extend his hitting streak to eight straight games. During the streak, he is batting .385 (10-for-26) with four RBI and three runs. Lyons has now picked up a hit in 12 of the 17 games that he has played this season.

Home Cooking: Despite taking a no-decision on Wednesday, Ian Marshall continued to pitch well at home this year. In two starts at Bethpage Ballpark, he has allowed just two earned runs over 11 innings of work (1.64 ERA). Opponents have nine hits and four walks while striking out five times against Marshall at the Duck Pond. Overall, the first-year Duck now has a 2.57 ERA.

Roslyn Righty: Matt Soren allowed just one unearned run on Wednesday and has now gone five straight appearances without yielding an earned run. In that span, the Roslyn native has given up seven hits and just one walk while striking out eight in six innings. In addition, he has lowered his ERA from 13.50 to 2.46.

On the Air: Tonight’s game is the “Ducks Game of the Week”! Fans can tune into tonight’s broadcast on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Live streaming video and audio will be available on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE. Chris King will call the play-by-play. Fans can also follow a pitch-by-pitch account of the game via Pointstreak’s GameLive application by CLICKING HERE.

Finally, here are tonight’s starting lineups, which feature a newcomer to the Ducks in outfielder Delta Cleary, Jr. He was signed and activated on Thursday, and outfielder Evan Crawford was traded to the Camden Riversharks in exchange for future considerations.

Ducks
#44 Bryan Sabatella – RF
#11 Reegie Corona – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#28 Prentice Redman – LF
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#5   Delta Cleary, Jr. – CF
#30 Dillon Haupt – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#17 Eric Niesen – LHP

Bluefish
#5   Nick Van Stratten – CF
#2   Ildemaro Vargas – SS
#19 Welington Dotel – RF
#32 Andres Rodriguez – 1B
#26 John Alonso – DH
#12 Ryan Babineau – C
#7   James Simmons – LF
#20 Jovan Rosa – 3B
#6   Luis An. Rodriguez – 2B

#16 Cory Riordan – RHP

We’ll have updates all game long as the Ducks look to earn their fourth series win in six series overall this season. You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!

UPDATE (6:35): TOP 1: A beautiful evening for baseball! Eric Niesen kicks and deals and the rubber match of the series is underway!

UPDATE (6:56): TOP 2: Lew Ford with the RBI single to left scores Sabatella! 1-0 Flock!

UPDATE (6:58): TOP 2: Ryan Babineau with a RBI double for Bridgeport and it’s 1-1.

UPDATE (7:03): TOP 2: Jovan Rosa smacks a RBI single to right and makes it 2-1 Bluefish.

UPDATE (7:07): Top 2: Back-to-back RBI singles from Rosa and Van Stratten makes it 3-1 Bridgeport.

UPDATE (7:14): BOT 2: Jon Griffin smashes a solo HR off of the scoreboard in left! Two batters later, Dillon Haupt hits one out of the park! All tied at 3!

UPDATE (7:41): TOP 4: Nick Van Stratten hits a 3-run HR to make it 6-3 Bluefish.

UPDATE (7:47): BOT 4: Wow! Jon Griffin with a towering solo HR off the top of the scoreboard! His second of the game! 6-4 Bluefish.

UPDATE (7:53): BOT 4: Dan Lyons ropes a RBI single to left! 6-5 Bluefish.

UPDATE (8:07): MID 5: Jovan Rosa with a RBI single makes it 7-5 Bluefish. Ducks coming up to bat.

UPDATE (8:14): BOT 5: We pull within one again! 7-6 after Prentice Redman’s RBI single scores Reegie Corona!

UPDATE (8:28): TOP 6: A SAC fly from Welington Dotel makes it 8-6 Bluefish.

UPDATE (8:52): TOP 7: Luis An. Rodriguez with a RBI single up the middle makes it 9-6 Bridgeport.

UPDATE (9:29): BOT 9: The Ducks still trail 9-6. Rally time! Lew Ford, Cody Puckett, and Prentice Redman due up!

UPDATE (9:41): BOT 9: Delta Cleary Jr. with a SAC fly to center makes it 9-7 Bluefish. Dillon Haupt the batter with runners on first and second and two outs.

UPDATE (9:44): FINAL: Ducks fall 9-7 to the Bluefish on Thursday night at Bethpage Ballpark.

Games 15/16: Ducks vs. Barnstormers

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If Thursday’s 14-inning loss in Bridgeport was Long Island’s toughest of the season, Friday’s 11-10 come-from-behind waddle-off win over the Barnstormers had to have been the most gratifying. Amidst a four-game losing skid and in need of turning things around, the Ducks sprung to life when it appeared like the streak would run to five. Now, rather than heading into today’s day/night doubleheader with even more pressure on their shoulders, the Ducks were able to breathe a collective sigh of relief and celebrate on of the greatest comeback wins in franchise history.

Things looked bleak for the Ducks early on Friday. Already faced with a thin bullpen, Long Island fell behind 9-1 by the fourth inning, largely due to a lack of control from starter Eric Niesen. The southpaw struck out five in three innings, but he also surrendered back-to-back walks to lead off the first and third innings (he finished with six walks allowed). Things fell apart for the Ducks veteran in the third, as he walked the bases loaded and then gave up a one-out grand slam to Brian Cavazos-Galvez. Niesen later made an error on a grounder to first with two outs that kept the inning alive, and the Barnstormers followed with back-to-back homers, including a two-run blast by Michael Broad and a solo shot from Yusuke Kajimoto.

Trailing by eight in the fourth, the Ducks began their furious comeback against Barnstormers starter Bryan Evans. Six runs in the fourth inning closed the gap to 9-7, with a RBI triple by Reegie Corona, a RBI double by Erik Komatsu, a RBI single by Dan Lyons, a run-scoring fielder’s choice of the bat of Bryan Sabatella and a two-run single by Cody Puckett, which was popped up and fell into center when Broad lost the baseball, did the damage. Then, after the ‘Stormers got a run in the fifth, Long Island responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning to pull even. Komatsu collected his third hit with a RBI single, and Sabatella tied the game with a two-run base hit to center after Pete Andrelczyk replaced Evans. Nine runs in two innings created a brand new ballgame.

From that point on, the Ducks’ bullpen took over and gave the Flock a chance to win. Carmine Giardina, who came in with a runner at third and no outs in the fifth but did not allow a run, stayed in and worked around two walks to pitch a scoreless sixth. Patrick Crider hung up a zero in the seventh, Amalio Diaz worked a 1-2-3 eighth, and Hector Ambriz did the same in the ninth. In fact, Lancaster was held without a hit over the final four inning of the game. That set the stage for the bottom of the ninth, when Puckett led off the inning with an infield single on a slow roller to third. Jon Griffin came up next, and lined a first pitch fastball down the right field line for a game-winning double. Despite trailing by eight, the Ducks never quit and rallied back for an improbable victory.

CLICK HERE to listen to highlights from Friday’s game
CLICK HERE to watch postgame comments from Kevin Baez, Griffin and Komatsu
CLICK HERE to view Friday’s box score

Both teams will turn around quickly and play a day/night doubleheader at the Duck Pond. The Ducks will send right-hander Bruce Kern to the mound in game one, as he makes his first start of the year. He has appeared in six games out of the bullpen and has given up just one run on three hits and a walk while striking out seven in five and one-third innings. He last pitched on Thursday in Bridgeport and threw a 1-2-3 sixth inning. Kern has made four career starts in 137 games, with all of them coming in his rookie season of 2010. Game two will feature right-hander Mark Rogers for the Ducks, as he returns from an Achilles injury that kept him on the inactive list since May 2. The injury cut his last start short, as he lasted just two and two-thirds innings on April 30 at Southern Maryland. His first start came at York, and he suffered the loss, allowing three runs in five innings. The former big leaguer has allowed six hits and four walks in seven and two-thirds innings thus far with five strikeouts. Rogers pitched for the Barnstormers last year and went 5-6 with a 4.17 ERA in 18 starts.

Lancaster will toss a relief pitcher in game one as well, with Bryan Woodall taking the mound. The right-hander has pitched in five games thus far and has surrendered seven runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out seven in in six and two-thirds innings of work. He last pitched on Tuesday and threw three innings, giving up two runs in a 6-1 loss to York. Woodall has started 11 games out of 277 in his career, 10 of which came last year in the Diamondbacks organization. The nightcap will feature the season debut for Marcus Walden, who was just signed by Lancaster this week. The right-hander spent the 2014 season in both the Blue Jays and Athletics organization, reaching Triple-A with both. He combined to post a 3-5 record with a 5.35 ERA in 35 games (11 starts). Walden has a career record of 35-38 with a 3.96 ERA and 378 strikeouts to 214 walks in 147 games (102 starts).

Here are today’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Barnstormers: Today marks the 196th and 197th all-time meeting between the Ducks and Barnstormers. The Ducks lead the series 101-94 and have a 50-45 record at Bethpage Ballpark. Today is also the second and third of 20 scheduled games between the teams in 2015. Long Island leads the series 1-0. Lancaster won the 2014 series 13-7 and won six of 10 games on Long Island.

Cardiac Quacks: Friday was the Ducks’ first walk-off win of the season. In 2014, the Ducks compiled five walk-off victories, with their last coming on September 20 against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. The eight-run comeback was Long Island’s second come-from-behind win of 2015 and their largest of the season. The Ducks’ largest comeback win in 2014 was by four runs, which they did twice.

Sabatella’s Streaking: Bryan Sabatella extended his on-base streak to nine consecutive games with two hits on Friday. That’s the longest by a Duck this season. During the streak, he has compiled 13 hits in 39 at-bats (.333 AVG) with four doubles, one homer, eight RBI, eight runs and six walks. Sabatella’s two hits gave him his third two-hit game and fourth multi-hit contest of the year.

Reegie’s Raking: Reegie Corona collected two hits to extend his hitting streak to seven consecutive games. That’s the longest hitting streak by a Duck this season. During the seven games, Corona is batting .444 (12-for-27) with one double, two triples, one RBI, five runs and one walk. His two hits gave him his third consecutive multi-hit game overall and fifth of the season.

Erik Erupts: Erik Komatsu earned his first multi-hit contest of the season with three hits on Friday. He now joins Sabatella, Corona, Lew Ford and Jose Morales as the only Ducks with three-hit games this season. The former big leaguer also picked up his first  multi-RBI game of 2015 by driving in two runs.

Saving the Day: Long Island’s bullpen combined to hold the Barnstormers to just two runs (one earned) over the final six innings of the game. Five different pitchers combined to give up just two hits and four walks while striking out six batters. Lancaster did not collect a hit from the second batter of the fifth inning through the end of the game, a span of 18 batters.

On the Air: Both games of today’s doubleheader can be seen and heard online. Live streaming video and audio will be available online at the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. You can watch game one by CLICKING HERE and game two by CLICKING HERE. The nightcap can also be heard on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Michael Polak will call the play-by-play. Fans can also follow a pitch-by-pitch account of the game via Pointstreak’s GameLive application by CLICKING HERE.

Finally, here are the starting lineups for game one:

Ducks
#44 Bryan Sabatella – RF
#28 Prentice Redman – LF
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#26 Jose Morales – C
#11 Reegie Corona – 2B
#22 Blake Davis – DH
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#18 Bruce Kern – RHP

Barnstormers
#1   Yusuke Kajimoto – 2B
#3   Tyler Bortnick – 3B
#2   Blake Gailen – LF
#18 David Cooper – 1B
#31 Brian Cavazos-Galvez – RF
#21 Kevin Rivers – DH
#35 Dan Coury – C
#7   Lance Zawadzki – SS
#5   Masato Fukae – CF

#24 Bryan Woodall – RHP

We’ll have updates throughout both games of the doubleheader, so be sure to stay tuned here all day long. You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!

GAME ONE

UPDATE (1:09): TOP 1: Bruce Kern kicks and deals a strike, and the first game of a DH from Bethpage Ballpark is underway!

UPDATE (1:39): BOT 2: A RBI double off the bat of Reegie Corona and it’s 1-0 Ducks!

UPDATE (1:41): BOT 2: Blake Davis with the RBI ground out to second and the Flock lead 2-0!

UPDATE (1:43): BOT 2: The runs keep coming! Dan Lyons makes it 3-0 with a RBI single to left-center! Four hits in the inning!

UPDATE (2:26): MID 5: Nick Struck works out of a jam in his first appearance as a Duck and we still lead 3-0! Lyons, Sabatella, and Redman due up!

UPDATE (2:52): MID 6: Brian Cavazos-Galvez gets Lancaster on the board with a RBI single. Ducks still lead 3-1.

UPDATE (3:03): TOP 7: Ryan Kussmaul comes in to try and close out the seven-inning game one of our Saturday DH!

UPDATE (3:11): FINAL: After a sac fly from Yusuke Kajimoto, Kussmaul rebounds and works out of a jam! Ducks win game one 3-2! Game two at 6:35!!!

 

GAME TWO

UPDATE (6:41): TOP 1: Mark Rogers paints the outside corner and game two is underway from Bethpage Ballpark!

UPDATE (6:57): BOT 1: The Ducks take a quick 2-0 lead on a two-run double from Cody Puckett! Puckett advances to third on the throw.

UPDATE (8:13): BOT 6: Lew Ford pads the Ducks lead over Lancaster and makes it 4-0 with a two-run triple! Pitching change for Lancaster.

UPDATE (8:18): BOT 6: A wild pitch and Lew Ford crosses home! Make it 5-0 Flock!

UPDATE (8:32): TOP 7: Mark Rogers is finished after six innings. He did not allow a hit. First start since his early-season injury. One BB, eight K’s.

UPDATE (9:06): BOT 8: Reegie Corona is RED hot! A RBI single makes it 6-0 Ducks! He now has a nine-game hitting streak!

UPDATE (9:18): FINAL: Lancaster gets a RBI ground out in the ninth, but Matt Soren wraps it up as Long Island wins 6-1! Three straight wins!

 

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