John Brownell Sets Atlantic League
All-Time Strikeout Record
Three Long Island pitchers join forces in Saturday's 10-0 whitewashing of the Road Warriors at Bethpage Park. Starter John Brownell takes charge of the first seven innings, allowing just three hits and three walks, and striking out four en route to his eighth victory of the season. He faces 29 batters while throwing 114 pitches with 65 going for strikes. Relievers Fernando Abad and Chris Pike close out the eighth and ninth respectively, allowing a combined two hits, a walk, and striking out three.
At the plate, the Ducks are powered by home runs from Jordany Valdespin, and Travis Snider (whose 66 RBI are second in the league), and four other extra base hits off the bats of Daniel Fields, Anthony Vega, Ramon Cabrera whom goes 3 for 5 with three RBI, and Lew Ford whom was recently recognized as the Atlantic League Player of the Month for July.
In the top of the third, John Brownell notches his first strikeout of the game against Road Warrior lead-off batter Daniel Aldrich. More significantly, it marks the 738th strikeout of his Atlantic League career, thus setting the league's all-time record. He adds three more before his night is through.
Long Island all of a sudden is the hottest team in the league, winning eight of their last ten, and nine of their last twelve. They also remain within striking distance of the Patriots, just two games behind first place.