Sunday, May 01, 2016

L.I. Ducks Acquire Nate Freiman; Win Third Straight over Blue Crabs

From the desk of:  THE WEBBED SPIKES NINE

Break up the Ducks..!
They've won three straight games;
will attempt a series sweep over Southern Maryland 
on Sunday.

LONG ISLAND DUCKS: Michael Pfaff wisely polishes the infield diamond alignment.

A little home cooking has seemingly turned things around for Long Island, who've won three of the first four games in their Opening Day weekend series against the Blue Crabs.  They'll put their mini winning streak on the line Sunday when Bruce Kern climbs the hill opposing former Ducks pitcher Shaun Garcaeu.

After starting the season 0-4, Saturday's 5-4 victory allowed the Ducks to complete the month of April with a 4-6 record.  On that note, the Somerset Patriots remain undefeated with a 10-0 record.

Saturday, newly signed first baseman Nate Freiman made his Ducks debut against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.  He batted in the clean-up spot Saturday, going 1 for 4, with a run scored, and 3 strikeouts.

Freiman brings two years of MLB experience playing for the Oakland A's, where he combined to play in 116 games.  In 277 at-bats, he slashed .256/.309/.448, with 13 doubles, 9 home runs, and 39 RBI.

Nate is otherwise a seven year minor league vet.  He totaled 613 at-bats over parts of three AAA seasons, slashing .250/.322/.413, with 37 doubles, 19 home runs, and 106 RBI.

The transaction allowed Coach Baez to shift Sean Burroughs, who started the season at first base, back to his natural position of third.  That in tuns allows Cody Puckett to likewise shift and solidify second base.

Blake Barber started the season at second base, but was released to make room for Freiman.  Utility infielder Matt Wessinger will continue playing off the bench.

Sunday's game 
was rained out.

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