Friday, May 01, 2015

Ducks Whitewash Skeeters in Long Island Opener

From the desk of:  THE WEBBED SPIKES NINE


Skeeters   0

LONG ISLAND DUCKS: Not to be outdone by Matt Harvey pitching in Flushing, John Brownell entertained Suffolk County with an Opening Night gem.

An ace is, as an ace does.

Two were in action Friday night, performing roughly 50 miles apart from each other.

While Matt Harvey was out-dueling Max Scherzer in Citi Field, Ducks starting pitcher John Brownell was treating the Bethpage Ballpark crowd to a masterful performance during Long Island's home opener over the Sugar Land Skeeters.  He faced 29 batters over 8 innings, allowed no runs on just 4 hits, walked 2 and fanned 5 batters for his second impressive victory of the season.

The Ducks wasted no time against Sugar Land starter Dan Meadows.  Bryan Sabatella led off the bottom of the 1st with a double to right.  He then stole third, and scored on Lew Ford's base hit to left.

In the home 3rd, Dan Lyons doubled home a pair of runs, and then scored on Bryan Sabatella's single and a a subsequent E-7, to make it a 4-0 game.  Sabatella figured in the scoring again in the 7th, when he crossed the plate on a wild pitch to give the Ducks a 5-0 final.

Carmine Giardina pitched a scoreless 9th to complete the shutout.

Catcher Jose Morales, recently moved out of the clean-up slot, went 3 for 4 while batting 6th.  Cody Puckett was the only Ducks hitter batting over .300, and it made sense to slot him 4th instead.  He went 0 for 4 with a strikeout Friday night, and saw his average dip to a .286 mark.  Go figure.....


The win improves the Ducks early record to 5-3, but they remain tied for 1st in the Liberty Division with the Camden Riversharks.  Long Island will host Camden in a 4-game weekend series later this month.


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