Long Island Ducks Lead The Liberty Division After Collecting Bridgeport Wins
The Long Island Ducks kicked off their three-game series against the Bridgeport Bluefish on Tuesday night. Tuesday’s game started with outstanding pitching for both Long Island and Bridgeport. Ducks starter Mark Blackmar (1.26 ERA) lead the team into seven scoreless innings, giving up only four hits and one walk, and striking out two. Bluefish’s starter Mike Antonini (2.95 ERA) responded with six scoreless innings, five hits, a walk, and three strikeouts.
The bats started warming up in the top of the eighth inning when Bridgeport struck, loading the bases up and than a three-run double from Luis Domoromo gained the lead the Bluefish needed to secure the win. Lew Ford tried regaining ground for the Ducks with a solo homerun to left field but Luis Hernandez RBI single sealed the deal for series opener. Bridgeport took the game 5-1.
Wednesday night’s was a historic one for the Long Island Ducks when Ducks starter John Brownell (3.38 ERA) broke the all-time franchise record for innings pitched, surpassing Randy Leek’s mark of 587 and one third innings set from 2007-10. Bluefish starter R.J Hively (7.00 ERA) could not contain the Ducks bats in the third inning. Dan Lyon set the tone for the evening with a RBI double down the left field line followed by a two-run homerun from Lew Ford, followed by a grand slam to right field by Tyler Colvin. Bluefish tried answering back with five runs in the seventh inning off of Brownell but the depth of the offense Wednesday night uncontainable. Long Island was able to gain sevens runs out of Hively in just five innings. The Ducks wrapped up the game with an overall 15 runs, 20 hits leading them to the victory 15-5.
The last game of the split series started on Thursday night with another explosion of Ducks offense. Long Island was able to gain four runs in the first off of Bridgeport starter Jimmy Patterson (4.30 ERA). Bridgeport responded in the third with five runs off Ducks starter Darin Downs (4.12 ERA), gaining the lead but was unable to maintain it. The Ducks responded in the bottom with a RBI double from Dan Lyons. Long Island collected 10 runs, 16 hits to defeat the Bluefish for the final game of the series 10-9.
The pair of victories helped push the Long Island Ducks (20-13) to the top of their division. The Ducks will welcome the New Britain Bees for their first-ever visit to Long Island on Friday night for a four-game series.
*Info used in this article courtesy of the Long Island Ducks*