From the desk of: A BROOKLYN QUACK (Waddling Through Brooklyn)
LONG ISLAND DUCKS:
Long Island Ducks....5
Since getting back from a near disastrous road trip, the Ducks have been fattening up at home. After defeating the Somerset Patriots tonight in the opening game of their series and winning their third in a row, they finally regained a tie atop the Liberty Division standings as the South Maryland Blue Crabs lost Friday night to the Lancaster Barnstormers.
Mike Parisi made the start for Long Island tonight and kept the Patriots under wraps all night. Outside of Somerset's Wayde Lydon, who went 3 for 3 Friday, no Patriot had an answer for Parisi. It was a highly economic game for the Duck's pitcher. In 7.1 innings he only threw 87 pitches and 59 of them went for strikes. He improved his record to 3-1.
Mike Parisi's Line:
7.1 ~ innings pitched.
87 Pitches ~ 59 strikes.
6 ~ hits.
2 ~ runs/earned
2 ~ walks.
3 ~ strikeouts.
1 ~ home run allowed
The Duck's bullpen shut down the Patriots over the final 1.2 innings. Eric Wasserman got two outs; one a strikeout, while Bubbie Buzachero pitched the ninth to earn his 6th save of the season.
Long Island started the scoring in the home second inning. Matt Padget walked with one out. With two outs, Freddie Thon singled and Padget stood at second. Then one of the hottest hitters in the League this season, Kraig Binick, singled, scoring Padget and sending Thon to second base. Kennard Jones drew a walk to load the bases. Ray Navarrete then stepped to the plate who yesterday sat out his first game off this season, and who incidentally is still struggling at the plate, and hit the second pitch he saw up the middle scoring Thon from third and Binick from second. Kennard Jones was caught trying to steal third base and killed Long Island's two out rally cold.
Hasn't anyone ever taught him you don't make the first or third out at third base?
In the third inning the Ducks added more. John Rodriguez doubled with one out. The next batter, Lew Ford, double him home. Then Matt Padget singled for the Duck's third consecutive hit. Ford scored on the play giving Long Island a 5-1 lead.
The New York Federals scored one run in the third and one run in the sixth inning; but nothing else. Long Island pitching held them to six total hits Friday night.
Kraig Binick got his batting average back to .400 on the nose again after going 1 for 2 Friday night.
In Lancaster, starting in the first inning, the Barnstormers just kept tacking on runs against the Blue Crabs. The Barnstormers scored three runs in the first; one in the second; four in the fourth; and another two in the seventh inning as they romped over South Maryland by a score of 10-4.
The Ducks win, coupled with the Crabs loss, means both teams get to share first place together for at least a day until games resume again Saturday.
LIBERTY DIVISION ~ First Half Standings:
1) - Long Island Ducks.......................18-12 .600 --
2) - South Maryland Blue Crabs.......18-12 .600 --