From the desk of: WADDLING AROUND BROOKLYN
LONG ISLAND DUCKS: Cruising Past The Road Warriors At High Speed.
The first place Ducks will try and make today a Happy Father's Day for all the Long Island Pops out there, as they go for a series sweep against the Road Warriors in Bethpage Park.
Winners of their last two in a row, the Ducks have maintained their 2.5 game lead over the South Maryland Blue Crabs in the Liberty Division first half standings. With last night's win over the Road Warriors, Long Island upped their record to a division best 28-15. The are 8-2 in their last ten games.
In yesterday's second game of this series, Long Island broke a one all dead-lock in the sixth inning with three runs highlighted by a Javier Colina two run single.
Ducks' starter Heath Phillips kept the Road Warriors relatively quiet in his 5.2 innings of work allowing only four hits. But he left with the score tied at one apiece and was awarded the ol' no-decision. Shane Youman earned the victory in relief. He pitched 2.1 stellar innings in relief of Phillips and was the beneficiary of Long Island's three run outburst in the sixth. He struck out four batters and surrendered no hits.
Bubbie Buzachero nailed down his tenth save of the season. In 18 innings pitched this year, he's allowed 17 hits; only walked 3 batters; and has 14 strikeouts. He has a 2-1 record in relief and a minuscule 1.50 ERA.