Thursday, August 11, 2016

L.I. Ducks: Let Idle Bridgeport Off the Hook

From the desk of:  THE WEBBED SPIKES NINE

Ducks lead series 2-1
I - LID 8; SOM 6
II - LID 6; SOM 5*
III - SOM 7; LID 4
*12 innings

Long Island Ducks: Fail to increase lead over Fish with loss to Patriots.

Roger Clemens manned the first base line in Bridgeport last week, 
and my only thought was how the mighty have fallen.

Mother Nature delayed Atlantic League baseball along both sides of the Long Island Sound Wednesday evening, but only elected to postpone one.

The visiting Sugar Land Skeeters game against the Bridgeport Bluefish at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard was rained out.  On the other side of the Sound, however, baseball ultimately got underway where Long Island hosted the Somerset Patriots.

With Bridgeport declared idle, the opportunity arose for Long Island taking a full two game lead over the Fish.  Yet, after winning the first two games of their four game set against Somerset, the Ducks failed to seize the day, bowing to the Patriots in Game Three by a 7-4 margin.  As of close of business Wednesday, then, the Ducks hold a paper thin one game lead over the Bridgeport Bluefish in the Liberty Division standings.

With their victory, the Patriots closed to within three games of the Ducks.

Both literally and figuratively, the dog days of summer are in full effect.

Man, it's been hot out there!

Nine exhaustive games into their stretch of 20 consecutive scheduled games, the Ducks are clinging to a 5-4 record in August with eleven more games to play before their first day off on Aug. 22.  After which, they'll close out the month with another stretch of ten games in nine days.

Once the Ducks conclude their present series against the Patriots, it's on to play Freedom Division competition - Lancaster Barnstormers, New Britain Bees, and the Sugar Land Skeeters.

Ducks @ Bluefish

I dropped in for the Ducks @ Bluefish game last Friday night at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard, thinking it a cool way of kicking off my long weekend trip deep into the heart of New England and Red Sox Nation.

But I also swung by to get a glimpse of Roger Clemens ... yes, that Roger Clemens.

There he was ... coaching along the first base line for the Bridgeport Bluefish, and looking inconsequential as ever.

Now 54 years old, the man posted a 354-184 major league W/L record, with 4,672 strikeouts.  Yet, no one really seemed to care.

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