The Long Island Ducks (33-24) was able to pick up a victory (3-2) on Sunday June 22, before having their three game winning streak snapped (12-5) on Monday June 23.
In the victory on Sunday starter John Brownell (7-3) earned the victory, tossing all nine innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight.
Brownell’s complete game on Sunday marks his league-leading third complete game of the year. John led the league in complete games with seven in 2013. In addition, Brownell finished with eight strikeouts and now leads the Atlantic League in strikeouts with 65, eight more than teammate Shaun Garceau. His eight K’s were one shy of his season-high of nine done on June 2 against Lancaster in what was also a complete game. The Ducks now have six complete games as a staff this season
Leading the way on the offensive side for Long Island was Keith Castillo and Dan Lyons, who both had two hits during the course of the game, while both recorded their eighth and sixth multi-hit games of the year, respectively. Castillo has seven two-hit games while Lyons has four.
In the loss on June 23, the Ducks were able to trim the lead to three in the bottom of the fourth, but sadly the Sugar Land bats were too hot to handle on this night as the Skeeters were able to gain the victory.
Randy Ruiz, Cody Puckett and Fehlandt Lentini led the way for Long Island with two hits each.
Lentini was able to extend his hitting streak to 19 consecutive games, the longest on the Ducks this year. During the streak, Lentini is batting .375 (30-for-80) with six doubles, one homer, 10 RBI and 13 runs. He also leads the league in stolen bases (24), doubles (18) and at-bats (241).
With two hits apiece, Cody Puckett and Fehlandt Lentini both recorded their 21st multi-hit game of the year, while Randy Ruiz added his ninth multi-hit game. Ruiz now has seven two-hit games this year, while Puckett and Lentini now both have 14 two-hit games.
Long Island will now be on the road for a four-game series with the York Revolution that starts on Thursday June, 26, before returning home to host the Bridgeport Bluefish for a doubleheader on Monday, June 30.
It will be a single admission doubleheader against the Bluefish, with first pitch for game one is slated for 6:00 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 p.m. Game two will begin approximately 30 minutes after the completion of game one, and both games are slated for seven innings.
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