From the desk of: THE WEBBED SPIKES NINE
LONG ISLAND DUCKS: Open Road Trip With 8-0 Blanking of River Sharks.
Mike Loree pitched like the Ducks' ace of old Monday evening in Camden. He hand-cuffed the Sharks over seven innings, allowing a mere three hits and no runs. He walked none and struck out five, before giving way to Dan Meyer and Conner Graham, who took care of the eighth and ninth innings to end Camden's night. Long Island pitching held the River Sharks to five hits.
After a pair of rocky starts, and a few no decisions, Mike Loree pitched, by far, his best game of the season over five starts so far, and picked up his second win in the process. Mike also lowered his ERA to a 3.18 mark.
Long Island got on the board right away against Camden starter, Mike McGuire. Kraig Binick led off the game with a walk, and later came around to score for a 1-0 lead. In the fourth, Long Island used power and took advantage of shoddy defense to score three more runs. Ray Navarrete led off the inning with a home run. Then two River Sharks' errors led to two more runs for the Ducks, and a 4-0 lead.
Bryant Nelson led off the fifth with a single, then scored on a Ray Navarrete sac-fly. In the eighth, Ried Gorecki launched his first home run of the season; a solo shot, to give the Ducks a 6-0 lead. Then in the ninth, Long Island tacked on two more for good measure. Matt Esquivel and Ray Navarrete hit back to back doubles, for a 7-0 lead. Shawn Williams' sac-fly to center scored Navarrete, and capping the Ducks scoring at eight.
That's the Ducks' third win in a row. They are now the first team to reach twenty wins this season. Long Island has also opened up a 4.5 game lead over the Bridgeport Bluefish, who lost at home to the Revolution. Only the Sugar Land Skeeters are a hotter club than the Ducks over the last ten games of the season.
Armando Benitez, signed by the Ducks on May 24, is yet to appear in a game.