Ducks @ Barnstormers tied 1-1
I - LAN 5; LID 4
II - LID 5; LAN 0
III - Wednesday
IV - Thursday
The Ducks evened their series in Lancaster, as newcomer Darin Downs and reliever Bruce Kern combined on a 2-hit whitewashing of the Barnstormers.
Downs, who started just 1/3 of his 296 career minor league starts, faced 11 batters over 3 scoreless innings in his Ducks debut. He threw 51 pitches with 29 (57%) going for strikes. He allowed just one hit, walked a pair, and fanned 3 batters before exiting on the winning side of a 1-0 game.
Reliever Bruce Kern then delivered 6 brilliant innings for the victory. He faced 19 batters, and threw 68 pitches with 49 (72%) going for strikes. He allowed just one hit, issued one walk, and fanned 3 batters.
- This was Kern's 27th appearance of the season, and his second 6-inning performance in his last 3 games. He gained a victory on July 5th with 6 innings, and 8 strikeouts. He also put in a 5 inning effort back on June 8th. Kern is now 5-1 this season with a 2.67 ERA, down from a 3.11 mark. He has 40 strikeouts with an 0.960 WHiP in 43.2 innings pitched, while hitters are batting a mere .194 against Kern.
- Bruce Kern, 27, is a Stony Brook, L.I. native, whom attended St. John's University. He came to the Ducks after 5 seasons in the Colorado Rockies lower system.
Randy Ruiz' RBI single in the 1st inning was all the Ducks needed.
A lead-off single by Jon Griffin, and doubles by Mike Blanke and Dan Lyons gave Long Island a 3-0 lead in the 7th. Bryan Sabatella's base hit in the 9th then plated a pair of unearned runs to give the Ducks their 5-0 margin of victory.
Long Island improved to 49-26 overall, and trail Bridgeport by 0.5 games in the second half standings. They remain 10.5 games ahead of the Sugar Land Skeeters for the Wild Card.