In thrilling Atlantic League of Professional Baseball action the Long Island Ducks (39-29) defeated the Camden Riversharks (23-46) by a final score of 6-1 on Saturday night.
Fans in attendance at Bethpage Ballpark were treated to a pitchers duel between Rob Whitenack and Greg Miller who both matched scoreless frames until Whitenack was taken out of the game in the seventh inning.
Whitenack matched the longest outing he has had for the team, as the last time he went six winnings was in the 3-1 victor against Sugar Land. This time the righty did not get the decision, but was able to find his rhythm and momentum toward the end of his start.
In that frame the Ducks saw the debut of Mitch Talbot, who was signed to the team on June 30. Talbot eventually got the victory thanks to holding the Riversharks to one run and the fact that the Long Island bats started to provide fireworks.
Long Island was able to strike for their first runs of the game when Dan Lyons hit a two-run triple to right field. The hot bats continued in the bottom of the eighth as Jan Vazquez and Fehlandt Lentini both had two RBI singles.
Lentini earned another hit on Saturday and has now hit safely 29 of his last 30 games. In that span, he is batting .381 (48-for-126). Fehlandt is one of only two players in the Atlantic League that has at least 90 hits (Ford, 93). He currently leads the league in hits (96), doubles (23), stolen bases (30) and at-bats (287)
As for Lyons, the shortstop earned his second consecutive multi-hit and multi-RBI game with two apiece on the night. The fourth-year Duck now has 10 multi-hit games and six multi-RBI contests.
The Ducks were able to close out the game thanks to pitcher Jon Meloan, who continues to do a good job of shutting the door from the pen.
Long Island and Camden wrap up their three-game set on Sunday evening. First pitch is slated for 5:05 p.m.. It should be another great pitchers duel for fans as Right-hander Shaun Garceau gets the start for the Ducks against Camden righty and former Duck Nick DeBarr.
1495 Sports is proud to bring this postgame video featuring Manager Kevin Baez, Starting Pitcher Rob Whitenack and Shortstop Dan Lyons:
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