The Long Island Ducks (19-16) were able to bounce back in style in Game One versus the Lancaster Barnstormers (23-15) in a 9-2 victory on Monday Night.
Ducks starter John Brownell (4-3) tossed all nine innings, allowing just two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out eight in a gem of a performance for the team.
Brownell earned his first complete game of the season and second by a Duck in 2014. Shaun Garceau tossed the first on May 25 at Sugar Land. Brownell led the Atlantic League in 2013 with seven complete games. The right-hander has now won four of his last five starts and tossed three consecutive quality starts. In those three starts, he has a 2.05 ERA, allowing just five runs in 22 innings of work
As for the offense the sticks were able to come alive as Joash Brodin and Cody Puckett led the Flock with three hits apiece, while Fehlandt Lentini and Brendan Harris each added two.
For Brodin, he was able to extend his on-base streak to 23 consecutive games with three hits and finished just a homer shy of the cycle. That’s the second-longest streak in the league this year behind Ford and Puckett’s. Joash now has three three-hit games this season and nine multi-hit contests.
Puckett, meanwhile was able to extended his on-base streak to 25 games with three hits in the game. That ties him with Lew Ford for the longest on-base streak in the Atlantic League this season. Ford put together his streak from May 3 to 30. The second baseman has at least one hit in 22 of the 25 games during the streak. In addition, he earned his team-leading fifth three-hit game of the year, including his second consecutive three-hit night and third in the last four games. He now leads the Flock with 15 multi-hit games
Lentini was also able to keep his hot stick going, earning at least one hit and one run in 10 of his last 11 games. Eight of those 10 games have been multi-hit contests. The outfielder is now second on the Flock with nine two-hit games and has 14 multi-hit games this year.
The Ducks and Barnstormers continue their four-game set on Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m., with gates opening at 5:35 p.m. Starters scheduled for the night will feature righty Bobby Blevins takes the mound for the Ducks against Barnstormers righty Chris Schwinden.
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