LDCS Game 1: Ducks vs. Patriots

The Ducks attempt to win their third consecutive Liberty Division Championship against the Patriots

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

For the fourth year in a row, the Long Island Ducks will face the Somerset Patriots in the Liberty Division Championship Series. The Ducks have claimed the last two playoff series between the two teams, winning 3-1 in 2017 and 3-2 in 2016. This year, the rivals have been very evenly matched, splitting the season series at 9-9. However, the Ducks have won their six past meetings against Somerset. The road team has had the advantage throughout the year, with each team going 5-4 when visiting the other.

SEASON SERIES RECAP: 

The first six games between the Patriots and Ducks took place inside TD Bank Ballpark. The Ducks took the first game 6-4, but Somerset would go on to take four of the remaining five, with all of the victories being one-run wins for the Patriots. The Ducks dropped the three-game series that followed in Bethpage Ballpark, winning the final game 8-2. Both teams broke out the brooms, with all three sets of games ending in sweeps. The Patriots first swept the Ducks at Bethpage Ballpark, but the Flock responded by running through the Patriots in the next two series to split the 18 games this season.

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks send veteran Matt Larkins to the mound for the playoff opener. The right-hander ended the regular season with a 7-5 record and a 4.56 ERA in 19 starts this season. For the second straight time, rain cut Larkins’ start short. The Idaho native dealt three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit against the Skeeters last Wednesday. His last full outing was a rough one against the Revolution, in which he picked up the loss after giving up season highs in runs (nine) and hits (15). Larkins has made three starts against the Patriots this season, with one being on a limited pitch count. In those starts, he has allowed seven runs (six earned) in 13 innings for a 4.15 ERA. In eight career starts against the Patriots, Larkins is 2-1 with a 3.56 ERA including a complete game.

Vince Molesky will start against the Ducks after spending the first part of the season as a reliever, making 29 appearances and 11 starts with a 7-2 record paired with a 2.65 ERA. Molesky went four innings in his last start, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits, striking out two against the Blue Crabs last Tuesday. Molesky joins the Patriots after spending the first three seasons of his professional career in the Frontier League, where he led the league in strikeouts the past two seasons.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Ducks Video Center on the homepage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#38 Ramon Cabrera – C
#23 Rubi Silva – LF
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#25 Craig Massey – 2B
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#47 Endy Chavez – DH
#17 Jayce Boyd – 1B
#11 Ramon Flores – LF
#21 Nate Coronado – 3B
#1   Justin Trapp – RF
#5   Mike Fransoso – 2B
#14 John Nester – C

#26 Vince Molesky – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 3: Matt Larkins has dealt three scoreless frames so far in game one!

BOT 3: A two-run triple by Daniel Fields followed by a Lew Ford RBI single helps the Ducks jump out to a 3-0 lead!

BOT 4: Jordany Valdespin drives in a run with a triple then scores on a throwing error! 5-0 Ducks!

TOP 5: Patriots get one back after an RBI single by Craig Massey. Ducks lead 5-1.

TOP 6: Ramon Flores hits a solo homer to cut into the Ducks’ lead. It’s now 5-2 Long Island.

BOT 6: A Daniel Fields sac fly followed by a Lew Ford RBI single leads to a 7-2 advantage for the Flock!

BOT 7: More runs for the Flock! A run-scoring error and sacrifice fly push the lead to 9-2!

FINAL: Jose Cuas turns a slick 1-6-3 double play to close out a 9-2 victory in game one of the LDCS!

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2018 Divisional Playoff Preview – Ducks vs. Patriots

2018-Divisional-Playoffs-Preview-StoryFourth consecutive season that Long Island battles Somerset for Liberty Division crown

(Central Islip, N.Y., Sept. 18, 2018) – The Atlantic League playoffs are about to begin, and for the fourth consecutive season and 13th time in franchise history, the Long Island Ducks will be playing postseason baseball. The Ducks, who clinched a playoff berth as the Second Half Liberty Division champions this past Saturday, will face the First Half Liberty Division champion Somerset Patriots in the best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series. The winner of the series will move on to the Atlantic League Championship Series, where they will meet the winner of the Freedom Division Championship Series that pits the first and second half champion Sugar Land Skeeters against the wild card winning Lancaster Barnstormers.

SERIES SCHEDULE

Game One Wed., September 19 Patriots at Ducks 6:35 p.m. Bethpage Ballpark
Game Two Thurs., September 20 Patriots at Ducks 6:35 p.m. Bethpage Ballpark
Game Three Fri., September 21 Ducks at Patriots 7:05 p.m. TD Bank Ballpark
Game Four* Sat., September 22 Ducks at Patriots 7:05 p.m. TD Bank Ballpark
Game Five* Sun., September 23 Ducks at Patriots 5:05 p.m. TD Bank Ballpark
*If Necessary        

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD HISTORY

2018 marks the fifth time the Ducks and Patriots will face off in the postseason. Their first-ever meeting came in the 2013 Atlantic League Championship Series when Somerset was still a member of the Freedom Division. Long Island won the first two games at home before going on to win the series in five games, claiming their third Atlantic League championship and second in a row. The sides faced again in the 2015 Liberty Division Championship Series, with the teams splitting the first two games on Long Island before the Patriots overcame a 2-1 series deficit for a 3-2 series victory. In 2016, the two teams met in the Liberty Division Championship Series once again, with the Patriots hosting the first two games at TD Bank Ballpark. Somerset claimed both, but Long Island rallied back with three consecutive wins at home, outscoring Somerset 14-2 to win the Liberty Division championship. Last season, the Ducks claimed the Liberty Division crown for the second straight year after rallying back from a game one loss at home to win the next three games, the latter two of which were in Somerset. The Ducks have an 11-8 advantage in the all-time playoff series with the Patriots. They have won seven of nine meetings at Bethpage Ballpark, while the Patriots have taken six of 10 matchups at TD Bank Ballpark.
During the regular season, the Ducks and Patriots have met a total of 363 times since the Ducks entered the Atlantic League in 2000. The Ducks hold a 182-181 lead in the tightly-contested series, and they have a 96-88 edge on Long Island while the Patriots maintain an 93-86 advantage in New Jersey. The 2018 series was split at nine games apiece, with the Ducks winning the final six games between the two teams. Long Island went 4-5 in Central Islip and won five of the nine games played in Bridgewater. The two teams played nine games against each other in each half, with the Patriots going 6-3 in the first half, and the Ducks taking six of the nine games in the second half. This series will be the first meeting between the teams since the Ducks swept the Patriots at TD Bank Ballpark August 6-8.

ROSTERS

Below are the active Divisional Playoff rosters for the Long Island Ducks and Somerset Patriots (players listed alphabetically by position):

LONG ISLAND DUCKS SOMERSET PATRIOTS
PITCHERS PITCHERS
Fernando Abad (LHP) Dustin Antolin (RHP)
Lorenzo Barcelo (RHP) Mike Antonini (LHP)
Jose Cuas (RHP) Duane Below (LHP)
Jake Fisher (LHP) Chase Huchingson (LHP)
Taylor Grover (RHP) Ryan Kelly (RHP)
Matt Larkins (RHP) Logan Kensing (RHP)
Brett Marshall (RHP) David Kubiak (RHP)
Dennis O’Grady (RHP) Vince Molesky (RHP)
Logan Ondrusek (RHP) Dustin Molleken (RHP)
Carlos Pimentel (RHP) Stephen Perakslis (RHP)
Francisco Rodriguez (RHP) Rick Teasley (LHP)
Hector Silvestre (LHP) Ryan Webb (RHP)
Ashur Tolliver (LHP) Zech Zinicola (RHP)
CATCHERS CATCHERS
Ramon Cabrera Yovan Gonzalez
Dioner Navarro John Nester
INFIELDERS INFIELDERS
Taylor Ard Nate Coronado
Dan Lyons Mike Fransoso
Cody Puckett Craig Massey
Jordany Valdespin Alfredo Rodriguez
David Washington Jose Sermo
Justin Trapp
OUTFIELDERS OUTFIELDERS
Daniel Fields Jayce Boyd
Lew Ford Endy Chavez
Robert Garcia Ramon Flores
Rubi Silva Justin Pacchioli
Miles Williams
COACHES COACHES
Kevin Baez – Manager Brett Jodie – Manager
John Brownell – Pitching Coach Glen Barker – Hitting/Third Base Coach
Lew Ford – Hitting Coach Jon Hunton – Pitching Coach
Bud Harrelson – Coach Fox Beyer – First Base Coach
Alfonso Reda – Bullpen Coach

PITCHING MATCHUPS

The following are the probable pitching matchups for the Liberty Division Championship Series (statistics provided are 2018 records and ERA in Atlantic League play):

GAME ONE
Patriots: RHP Vince Molesky (7-2, 2.65 ERA) vs. Ducks: RHP Matt Larkins (7-5, 4.55 ERA)

GAME TWO

Patriots: RHP Stephen Perakslis (2-1, 3.35 ERA) vs. Ducks: LHP Jake Fisher (8-7, 3.91 ERA)

GAME THREE
Ducks: RHP Brett Marshall (6-9, 4.56 ERA) vs. Patriots: RHP David Kubiak (8-3, 3.40 ERA) or LHP Rick Teasley (4-5, 3.60 ERA)

GAME FOUR

Ducks: RHP Lorenzo Barcelo (2-1, 4.20 ERA) vs. Patriots: LHP Rick Teasley (4-5, 3.60 ERA) or RHP David Kubiak (8-3, 3.40 ERA)

GAME FIVE
Ducks: RHP Dennis O’Grady (6-4, 3.81 ERA) vs. Patriots: TBA

FOLLOW ALONG

Those unable to make it out to the ballpark can follow all the action on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio will be available via BoxCast on the Ducks’ official Facebook page, YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com. Fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of today’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

TICKET LINKS

Tickets to all Ducks home postseason games are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE.

Those wishing to attend Games Three, Four and Five at TD Bank Ballpark can purchase tickets by calling (908) 252-0700 or visiting www.somersetpatriots.com.

Game 126: Ducks at Skeeters

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The Second Half Liberty Division champion Ducks close out the 2018 regular season
(Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

2:05 p.m. CDT/3:05 p.m. EDT at Constellation Field (Sugar Land, Texas)

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

The Ducks wrap up the 2018 regular season on Sunday afternoon as they go for a series victory over the Sugar Land Skeeters in Texas. Long Island has won three of the first five games in the series and now has a 9-8 lead in the season series over Sugar Land. The Ducks clinched the Second Half Liberty Division title on Saturday night with their win and Somerset’s loss to the York Revolution. The Skeeters have already clinched a postseason berth by winning by the First and Second Half titles in the Freedom Division.

SATURDAY’S RECAP:

In a wild game at Constellation Field, the Ducks earned their third win of the series and punched their ticket to the playoffs with a 5-3 victory in 11 innings over the Skeeters.

After falling behind early, the Ducks took a 3-1 lead with two runs in the second inning and another in the third off Skeeters starter Michael Mariot. A sac fly to center field by Rubi Silva brought home David Washington, who was hit by a pitch. Miles Williams followed with an RBI double that scored Ramon Cabrera, who had singled. The third run came on Cabrera’s RBI single to center in the third that followed a double by Taylor Ard and a walk by Washington.

Sugar Land closed to within one in the sixth inning. After Ducks starter Brett Marshall tossed five innings of one-run (unearned) ball to start his night, he conceded two walks and a double with one out in the sixth. He was then lifted in favor of Jose Cuas, who allowed a bases loaded walk to Alvaro Rondon. However, he induced an inning-ending double play to keep the Ducks in front. Francisco Rodriguez entered in the ninth to try and close it out after scoreless innings from Taylor Grover and Fernando Abad. However, Rondon’s grounder was fielded slowly by Jordany Valdespin, and Rondon beat it out for an infield single. With two outs, Derek Norris grounded a single through the right side that scored Rondon from third after he advanced on a groundout and stolen base to tie the game at three.

It stayed 3-3 until the 11th inning when Williams reached on a one-out infield single off lefty Casey Harman. Then, with two outs, Valdespin singled up the middle and the ball was misplayed by Anthony Giansanti, allowing Williams to score all the way from first base with the go-ahead run. Daniel Fields then provided some insurance with an RBI single to right field. Ashur Tolliver came into the ballgame in the bottom of the inning and struck out the side in order, catching Rondon looking at strike three for the final out of the ballgame. It was Tolliver’s second save of the year.

ON THE MOUND:

Lorenzo Barcelo will start the series finale for the Ducks. The right-hander turned in his best start of the season in the series opener on Tuesday night, giving up just two runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks over six innings while striking out nine batters. He took a no-decision in the Ducks 5-4 win. With the performance, Barcelo is now 2-1 with a 4.33 ERA in 11 games (four starts) this season. He will likely pitch 2-3 innings in Sunday’s regular season finale, with the likes of Hector Silvestre and Chris Pike to follow.

Sugar Land will give the ball to Lucas Irvine in the final game of the series, seeking a split of the six-game set. The right-hander opposed Barcelo in the series opener and pitched five innings of two-run ball, yielding two hits, solo homers by Miles Williams and David Washington. He walked none and struck out four in the ballgame. Overall, the former Somerset Patriot is now 1-0 with a 2.10 ERA in five starts with the Skeeters.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for today’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Ducks Video Center on the homepage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of today’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

For today’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#23 Rubi Silva – LF
#24 Robert Garcia – RF
#35 Taylor Ard – DH
#30 David Washington – 1B
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#9   Anthony Vega – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#31 Wagner Gomez – C
#29 Steve Longo – 2B

#34 Lorenzo Barcelo – RHP

Sugar Land Skeeters
#27 Barrett Barnes – LF
#21 Anthony Giansanti – CF
#33 Derek Norris – 1B
#19 Juan Silverio – DH
#3   Albert Cordero – C
#10 Tony Thomas – 2B
#9   Luke Dykstra – RF
#20 Javier Betancourt – 3B
#7   Alvaro Rondon – SS

#23 Lucas Irvine – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: Skeeters take a 1-0 lead on a two-out RBI single to left field by Juan Silverio.

TOP 4: After a Skeeter run in the third, the Ducks erupt for three runs in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead! A sac fly from Rubi Silva and RBI singles from Anthony Vega and Dan Lyons account for the runs!

TOP 6: Sugar Land ties the game in the fifth on a walk, a single and an error, all with two outs. However, the Ducks reclaim the lead in the sixth on a double by Cody Puckett and another RBI single by Vega! 4-3 Flock

TOP 7: Another three-spot for the Flock increases their lead to 7-3! Rubi Silva drills a two-run homer to right-center, and David Washington connects for an RBI single to right!

TOP 8: Second hit of the day for Robert Garcia, who connects for an RBI single to left! Ducks extend the lead to five!

END 8: Hector Silvestre has tossed five strong innings of relief for the Flock, allowing just one unearned run on three hits and a walk while striking out two!

FINAL: Sugar Land plates two in the ninth but cannot complete the comeback. Ducks take the series finale over the @SL_Skeeters 8-5! We’ll see you at Bethpage Ballpark on Tuesday night for PLAYOFF BASEBALL!

Game 125: Ducks at Skeeters

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Long Island battles Sugar Land in the penultimate game of the regular season
(Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:05 p.m. CDT/7:05 p.m. EDT at Constellation Field (Sugar Land, Texas)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Ducks and Skeeters go for the leg-up in the fifth game of their six game series after splitting the first four meetings this week. Long Island enters tied with the Somerset Patriots in the second half Liberty Division standings and one game ahead of the York Revolution in terms of overall record, should a double wild card scenario come into play. The Ducks would clinch a playoff berth with a win in either of their final two games and would secure the second half Liberty Division title with any combination of Ducks wins and Patriots losses equaling two. Long Island could also get in if York wins or loses both of their final two games. CLICK HERE for the updated playoff scenarios.

FRIDAY’S RECAP:

A pair of two-out home runs hurt the Ducks on Friday night, as the Skeeters evened the series with a 3-1 victory at Constellation Field.

Ducks starter Dennis O’Grady had some control trouble out of the gate, allowing two walks and an infield single to the first three hitters in the bottom of the first. He picked off Barrett Barnes at first base and caught Anthony Giansanti stealing third for the first two outs of the inning, but a two-out, two-run home run to right-center field by Juan Silverio gave the Skeeters an early 2-0 lead.

Sugar Land was kept off the scoreboard by O’Grady over the next four innings, including a stretch where the righty retired 10 in a row following the longball. He had set down 14 of 15 hitters following Silverio’s blast, but with two outs in the sixth, he fell behind Giansanti 3-1 before yielding a solo homer to left-center, making it a three-run game.

The Ducks tried to rally late, as Ramon Cabrera doubled to right in the seventh and scored with two outs when a grounder to third by Dioner Navarro was thrown away by Silverio. However, that was as close as the Ducks would come. Long Island managed just four hits in the game, three of them singles, and Cabrera was the only Duck to reach scoring position in the game.

James Russell tossed three scoreless innings for Sugar Land before Yasutomo Kubo gave up one unearned run in his four innings of relief, striking out five to get the win. Matt West and Jean Machi closed out the game with a scoreless inning apiece. Jose Cuas and Taylor Grover also pitched scoreless innings for the Flock.

ON THE MOUND:

Former Skeeters pitcher Brett Marshall will get the ball for the Ducks on Saturday night. The right-hander spent three seasons with the Skeeters from 2015-17, going 17-14 with a 3.93 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 47 games (44 starts). He began the 2018 season with the Skeeters and went 2-3 with a 5.19 ERA in nine starts before he was released and joined the Blue Crabs. The Houston resident is 6-9 overall this season with a 4.68 ERA in 24 starts, striking out 104 batters but walking 75. After a quality start and win in his Ducks debut, Marshall struggled against the Road Warriors last Sunday afternoon. He walked four batters in the first inning and ended up surrendering four runs on five hits in just one and one-third innings of work before being lifted from the game. In two starts against the Skeeters this season, the former New York Yankee is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA but tossed six shutout innings in his return to Constellation Field on August 30th.

Sugar Land will send Michael Mariot to the mound in game five of the series. The righty has made three starts with the Skeeters thus far, taking three no-decisions and pitching 10 scoreless innings. He has allowed seven hits and four walks while striking out six batters and tossed five scoreless frames in his most recent start a week ago in New Britain. Prior to joining the Skeeters, Mariot pitched in the Padres and Royals organizations this season, combining to go 2-3 with a 5.47 ERA and four saves in 35 games (three starts). The California native has previously pitched at the Major League level, spending two seasons with the Royals (2014-15) and one with the Phillies (2016). In 44 appearances, he was 2-0 with a 5.98 ERA and two saves. Tonight will be his first career outing against the Ducks.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Ducks Video Center on the homepage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#38 Ramon Cabrera – C
#23 Rubi Silva – LF
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#18 Brett Marshall – RHP

Sugar Land Skeeters
#21 Anthony Giansanti – CF
#33 Derek Norris – DH
#27 Barrett Barnes – LF
#19 Juan Silverio – 3B
#16 Matt Chavez – 1B
#3   Albert Cordero – C
#29 Denis Phipps – RF
#9   Luke Dykstra – 2B
#7   Alvaro Rondon – SS

#12 Michael Mariot – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: A throwing error allows Sugar Land to plate the first run of the ballgame. However, Brett Marshall is able to work out of a second-and-third, one-out jam!

TOP 2: A sac fly off the bat of Rubi Silva and an RBI double by Miles Williams have put the Ducks in front 2-1!

TOP 3: The Ducks rally with two outs in the inning, and an RBI single up the middle by Ramon Cabrera increases the lead to 3-1!

BOT 5: Brett Marshall retires the Skeeters in order on a flyout and two groundouts! Ducks still lead 3-1 after five innings

BOT 6: Following two walks and a hit, Jose Cuas enters the ballgame and allows a bases loaded walk to Alvaro Rondon. However, he then induces an inning-ending double play to keep the Ducks lead intact! 3-2 Long Island after six.

BOT 7: Trevor Grover comes in and retires the side 1-2-3, striking out a pair! Onto the eighth inning we go.

BOT 8: Fernando Abad pitches the eighth and sets down the Skeeters in order on a strikeout, a flyout and a groundout! We head to the ninth at Constellation Field.

BOT 9: A pair of singles, including a two-out RBI base hit by Derek Norris, ties the ballgame at three.

TOP 11: Ducks take the lead! Jordany Valdespin’s two-out single and a fielding error scores Miles Williams with the go-ahead run! Daniel Fields follows with an RBI single! 5-3 Long Island!

FINAL: ASHUR TOLLIVER STRIKES OUT THE SIDE IN THE 11TH! DUCKS WIN IT 5-3 AND ARE THE 2018 SECOND HALF LIBERTY DIVISION CHAMPIONS!! WE’LL SEE YOU ON TUESDAY NIGHT AT BETHPAGE BALLPARK FOR POSTSEASON BASEBALL!

Game 124: Ducks at Skeeters

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The Ducks continue their push for the playoffs tonight in Texas

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:35 p.m. CDT/7:35 p.m. EDT at Constellation Field (Sugar Land, Tex.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

Tonight features game four of a six-game series between the Ducks and Skeeters. Long Island enters the day one and a half games ahead of the Somerset Patriots in the second half Liberty Division standings and a half-game ahead of the York Revolution in terms of overall record, should a double wild card scenario come into play. The Ducks would clinch a playoff berth with a win in any of their final three games and would secure the second half Liberty Division title with any combination of Ducks wins and Patriots losses equaling two. CLICK HERE for the updated playoff scenarios.

THURSDAY’S RECAP:

A matchup of All-Star pitchers on the mound saw Jake Fisher outduel Konner Wade, as the Ducks defeated the Skeeters 4-2 to earn their second win of the series.

Long Island got to work right away against Wade, scoring three runs in the opening inning. Rubi Silva singled on the first pitch of the game then scored on Daniel Fields’ smash down the right field line, which was ruled an error on first baseman Derek Norris. Four batters later, with two outs in the inning, Ramon Cabrera’s chopper over the mound could not be handled by Alvaro Rondon, and Fields scored from third on another error. Miles Williams followed with an RBI single through the right side, scoring Lew Ford with the third and final run of the inning.

Sugar Land closed to within 3-1 in the bottom of the first inning. Norris drew a two-out walk and then came around to score on Juan Silverio’s single to left field, which was then misplayed by Anthony Vega for a run-scoring error. Fisher avoided any further trouble, and Fields restored Long Island’s three-run lead in the second with a two-out solo home run to right-center field, his second longball in as many days.

The Ducks would not manage another hit for the rest of the game, and Albert Cordero trimmed the Skeeters deficit to 4-2 in the fourth with a solo homer to left field. However, Fisher would only give up two singles over the rest of his night. Fernando Abad entered in the seventh and pitched a scoreless innings, yielding just a single while striking out two. Logan Ondrusek also struck out a pair in a scoreless eighth inning, working around a leadoff walk. In the ninth, Francisco Rodriguez retired the first two batters of the inning but then ran into trouble, allowing a single to Rondon and a walk to Barrett Barnes. Both would advance on stolen bases, but they were stranded in scoring position when Anthony Giansanti struck out swinging to end the game.

THURSDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Game four of the series will see Dennis O’Grady get the start for the Flock. The right-hander comes in at 6-3 with a 3.75 ERA in 51 games (three starts). He earned the win in his most recent outing, tossing five innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits in a 9-4 victory over the Road Warriors last Saturday. The Floral Park native has given up just three earned runs in 11.1 innings thus far as a starter, good for a 2.38 ERA. O’Grady has faced the Skeeters four times this season, all in relief appearances. He has pitched 3.2 scoreless innings against Sugar Land thus far, yielding just one walk while striking out two. Two of those outings came at Constellation Field.

The Skeeters will counter with James Russell in an effort to even the series. The southpaw has accrued an 8-4 record with a 2.43 ERA in 19 games (17 starts) with Sugar Land this year. His most recent outing came on Sunday in a 4-0 victory over the Bees in Connecticut. The Texas native fired seven scoreless innings in the matinee, giving up just one hit and two walks while striking out a season-high-tying 10 batters. The only hit he surrendered was a fourth-inning double to Jovan Rosa. Russell’s only appearance against the Ducks came in his first outing with the Skeeters back on May 31st. He threw two innings in relief, allowing a pair of hits while striking out two and picking up the win in Sugar Land’s 1-0 victory.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Ducks Video Center on the homepage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#23 Rubi Silva – 2B
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#38 Ramon Cabrera – DH
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#27 Dioner Navarro – C
#2   Cody Puckett – SS

#17 Dennis O’Grady – RHP

Sugar Land Skeeters
#27 Barrett Barnes – LF
#21 Anthony Giansanti – CF
#33 Derek Norris – C
#19 Juan Silverio – 3B
#16 Matt Chavez – 1B
#3   Albert Cordero – 2B
#29 Denis Phipps – DH
#10 Tony Thomas – RF
#7   Alvaro Rondon – SS

#34 James Russell – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: A two-out, two-run home run to right-center field by Juan Silverio has put the Skeeters ahead 2-0.

BOT 3: Back-to-back 1-2-3 innings for Dennis O’Grady, who needed just four pitches to retire the side in the third!

BOT 5: Dioner Navarro catches Tony Thomas trying to steal second, the second runner Navarro has caught stealing tonight! Still a 2-0 ballgame as we move to the sixth.

BOT 6: A two-out solo home run by Anthony Giansanti has increased the Skeeters lead to 3-0.

TOP 7: Ducks are on the scoreboard! Ramon Cabrera doubles and then comes home on a throwing error by Juan Silverio! 3-1 ballgame.

BOT 8: Back-to-back scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth from Jose Cuas and Taylor Grover, respectively! We head to the ninth at Constellation Field.

FINAL: Ducks drop game four of the series by the count of 3-1. Back at it tomorrow night at 6:05 p.m. CDT.

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