The Long Island Ducks won their 8th straight game Saturday night when they defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish 12-6. This win pushed the Ducks June record to an astonishing 18-1, and 37-17 overall.
Ruiz stepped up to the plate again in the third, and drove home Cleary again to make it 3-0 Ducks.
The Bluefish answered in the top of the fourth, when Jose Morales launched a solo home run to left, his first of the season. Luis Rodriguez came up with the bases loaded and hit a shot to right that Prentice Redman tried to rob, but couldn’t make the catch. After the relay throw, Matt Wessinger was thrown out at home trying to score from first. This tied the game at 3.
But that didn’t stop the Ducks. Jose Morales gave back the Ducks the lead when he led off the bottom of the 4th with his first home run of the year. The Ducks erupted for a total of 7 run in the 4th, with Morales doing the most damage with his home run and bases clearing double, and 4 RBI’s in the inning. This made the score 10-3 after the 4.
“It was nice to see, once they scored for us to come back and put some runs back on the board,” manager Kevin Baez said following the win, “We preach having good at bats and we feel like we’re never out of the game.”
The Bluefish pushed a run across in the top of inning number five, but the Ducks responded once again. Dan Lyons launched his first home run of the year over the left field wall, and Jon Griffin singled home Lew Ford to give Long Island a 12-4 lead. Bridgeport would score twice in the top of the 6th, but that would be all.
“We feel confident with the lineup we put out there, and the guys that go out there and do their job. Its contagious it seems, everyone is feeding off everyone.” Baez said.
With the win, the Ducks improve their stellar June record to an incredible 18-1, outscoring their opponents by 50+ runs in that span. This streak has allowed them to inch closer to the Somerset Patriots, who are still a game and a half up on the Ducks in the standings.
Baez attributed the hot streak to believing in his players’ abilities and having confidence. These attributes have helped win the Ducks a lot of close games, which has helped build their streak.
“Usually you look for two outta three things to win games, hitting, pitching, and defense, but lately we’ve had all three. That’s a good feeling.” Baez said.
The Ducks play the Bluefish again on Sunday, and finish up their series on Monday before they hit the road for a series against the Sugar Land Skeeters.