Monday Night Showdown
Long Island Ducks
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LONG ISLAND DUCKS: Liberty Division Race Heating Up.
After opening the season by dropping two of three games to Somerset, then another two of three to close out May, the Ducks found themselves 4 games behind Somerset on June 1st.
The Ducks then went on to post a 7-4 record but could get no closer than within 3 games of Somerset.
This weekend Long Island finally punched through. Despite Sunday's loss to Somerset, by virtue of sweeping Saturday's twin bill the Ducks finally closed to within 2.5 games of the Patriots. The two teams will play the final game of their four game set Monday evening. With a victory, Long Island can close to within 1.5 games of 1st place, with 22 games remaining in the first half of the season.
With a victory, Long Island would also even their season record (4-5) against Somerset.
Were it not for realignment, the Ducks would presently have a firm grip on first place of the Liberty Division. But last year's championship series opponent now lives in the same division. As we've seen, this makes Long Island's back to back title defense that much more difficult.
In Monday night's series finale, Jared Lansford will climb the hill for the visiting Ducks, and will be opposed by Somerset's Derell McCall.
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Lew Ford continues to lead the Atlantic League in Triple Crown categories, with a .398 batting average, 11 home runs, and 47 RBI. Adam Bailey is 7th in the circuit with 7 home runs, and Cody Puckett is 4th in the league with 30 RBI.
Long Island's Shaun Garceau leads the league with 6 victories, followed by John Brownell with five. John Brownell and Garceau are also tied for the league lead with 53 strikeouts. Bobby Blevins ranks fourth with 45 strikeouts.