The Long Island Ducks (16-12) currently in second place in the Liberty Division, have been on a roll since the four-game home stand they had against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Long Island has gone on to win three out of four games against the Sugar Land Skeeters, as the guys now head to Lancaster for a three game set against the Barnstormers.
1495 Sports brings the following to catch all Long Island Ducks fans up on all of the action that has had happened in the past week:
Long Island Ducks versus Southern Maryland Blue Crabs:
In an intense series that saw the Ducks earn not only their first walk-off victory of the season, but they also recorded their 600th regular season home victory in franchise history.
The Long Island Ducks pitching staff had four very strong performances by Bobby Blevins (2-1), Shaun Garceau (2-1), Jared Lansford (1-0) and John Brownell (2-3).
Blevins got the Ducks on the winning side of the column with his fine performance in Game One on Monday, May 19. The righty went eight strong, allowing three runs on 10 hits while striking out four batters.
Long Island was able to get a seven inning shutout performance from Shaun Garceau, who was awarded the American League of Professional Baseball Player of the Day on May 21 for his seven inning three hit performance on May 20.
In Game Three the Ducks got the first walk-off victory of the season with a 3-2 12-inning victory on May 21, which would lead to Long Island earning their their 600th regular season home victory in franchise history on Thursday May 22 in the 8-3 victory over Southern Maryland.
During the four-game set, the Ducks starters combined to allow just seven runs (five earned) in 27 innings (1.67 ERA), allowing 23 hits and seven walks while striking out 16.
There were a lot of great offensive performances for Long Island during the home stand, but two names that jump out were Adam Bailey and Cody Puckett, who both got some clutch hits during the course of the series. Bailey recorded six hits and drove in four runs for Long Island against Southern Maryland, while Puckett had five hits and six RBIs for the Ducks.
Long Island Ducks versus Sugar Land Skeeters:
The Ducks were able to fly away from Sugar Land with two victories sandwiching a loss and a game that is postponed due to bad weather.
For Long Island they were able to earn a 4-0 Game One victory over the Skeeters on a great pitching performance by John Brownell (2-1) who earned the Atlantic League Player of the Day on May 24. Brownell tossed seven shutout innings, allowing eight hits while tying a season-high seven strikeouts.
In Game Two the Ducks saw their five-game winning streak snapped with a 3-2 loss, the guys bounced back in style in Game Three via a 5-0 victory over the Skeeters as the Ducks amazing pitching continued thanks to another gem by Shaun Garceau.
Garceau had a complete game shutout, allowed five hits and three while while sitting down six batters. Overall Shaun pitched 131 pitches with 88 of them falling in for strikes.
The Ducks and Skeeters attempted to get the series finale in, but bad weather forced the teams to postpone the game to another day.
Entering May 27, 2014 Ducks Captian/Outfielder Lew Ford leads the Atlantic League in hitting with his .383 average, while pitcher John Brownell leads all pitching with his 32 strikeouts (followed by Bobby Blevins who has 29). Since being acquired by the team on May 20, Bronx Native Randy Ruiz has had seven hits and two runs batted in for Long Island.
It was also announced on May 26, 2014 that Closer Leo Rosales had his contract purchased by Leones de Yucatán of the Mexican League.
After the three game series versus Lancaster the Ducks will return home to Bethpage Ballpark on Friday for a three-game set versus the Summerset Patriots before hosting the Lancaster Barnstormers for a four-game set that ends on Thursday.
The series versus Summerset starts on Friday, May 30 with first pitch starting at 7:05 p.m. Long Island will be welcoming their Sixth Million fan through the gates, and become the first team in Atlantic League history to reach the milestone.
Fans are encouraged to check out the Long Island Ducks official website for information on the team, the upcoming schedule and for all tickets to the upcoming games by clicking on the link seen below: