Game 30: Ducks vs. Patriots

DE6I2357.JPGGAME TIME/LOCATION: 1:35 pm at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (14-15) finish off the homestand strong against the Somerset Patriots (18-12). The Ducks have taken the first two games of the three-game series on waddle-off wins, and are 4-1 in the first five games of the homestand. Long Island has won three of the first five contests with Somerset this season, with all but one of the games being close, one-run games. A win would get the Ducks back to the .500 mark on the season.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks waddled off with a 4-3 win for the second straight night over the Somerset Patriots on Saturday at Bethpage Ballpark.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth Giovanny Alfonzo hit a dribbler up the middle that was booted by Tyler Bortnick, allowing Marc Krauss to score the winning run.

The game was scoreless into the bottom of the fifth, when Alex Burg launched a solo home run to left off Patriots starter Rick Teasley to put the Ducks up 1-0.

Dennis O’Grady pitched his best game of the season for Long Island, allowing only one hit in seven-plus innings of work, striking out a season-high eight. He was relieved by Chin-Hui Tsao in the eighth, who loaded the bases twice but escaped without a blemish.

In the bottom of the eighth, Dan Lyons scored on an Anthony Vega base hit to pad the lead to 2-0. However, Somerset plated three in the top of the ninth off Eric Gagne to take a 3-2 advantage.

Krauss doubled off Ronnie Shaban to drive home Angelo Songco and tie the game with no outs in the bottom of the ninth, and three batters later, Bortnick’s error won it for the Ducks.

It was the Ducks second waddle off win of the season, and second in as many nights.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks send Tim Melville to the mound going for the series sweep of the rival Patriots. The righty is 1-2 on the season with a 3.19 ERA, and is coming off his best start of the year. On May 16 vs. York, the former Cincinnati Red threw five shutout innings, allowing just four hits and striking out three en route to his first win of the season. Melville has not faced the Patriots yet this season.

Somerset answers with David Kubiak, making his seventh appearance and fourth start of the year. The righty is 2-2 with a 2.45 ERA, and has struck out 27 batters in 22.0 innings. On May 16 vs. Sugar Land, Kubiak went six shutout innings and struck out nine to get the win. The SUNY Albany product has faced Long Island once this year and got no decision after allowing one run in five innings on April 26 in a start.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of the 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:

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#26 Angelo Songco – LF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#2 Cody Puckett – DH
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#33 Tim Melville – RHP

Patriots
#1 Justin Pacchioli – CF
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#24 Bryan LaHair – 1B
#20 Jerry Sands – RF
#10 Olmo Rosario – 3B
#13 Carlos Guzman – DH
#4 Yovan Gonzalez – C
#9 Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#8 Alfredo Rodriguez – SS

#5 David Kubiak – RHP

UPDATE (2:07): TOP 2: A couple of nasty breaking balls from Tim Melville to strike out Carlos Guzman and Yovan Gonzalez!

UPDATE (2:15): BOT 2: Alex Burg positively crushes a two-run home run down the left field line! His fifth longball of 2017 gives the Flock a 2-0 lead!

UPDATE (2:37): BOT 3: Angelo Songco smokes a three-run homer down the right field line! It’s his eighth of the year. Ducks now lead 5-0!

UPDATE (3:01): MID 5: Melville has struck out six batters through five scoreless innings thus far! He’s allowed two hits and a walk.

UPDATE (3:17): TOP 6: Melville strikes out Olmo Rosario looking to strand a pair on the bases! Ducks still lead 5-0 in the sixth.

UPDATE (3:39):  MID 7: Both starting pitchers have finished their day.
Melville: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K
Kubiak: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 5 K

UPDATE (4:30): FINAL: Ducks 8, Patriots 1
W – Melville (2-2)
L – Kubiak (2-3)

Game 29: Ducks vs. Patriots

Dennis OGrady (3)GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 pm at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (13-15) look to capitalize on their exciting waddle off win last night by playing host to the Liberty Division-leading Somerset Patriots (18-11). The Ducks and Patriots have met four times already this season, with the season series being tied at two wins each heading into tonight’s skirmish.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks scored their first waddle off win of the season with a ferocious comeback in the ninth inning to defeat the Somerset Patriots 4-3 Friday night at Bethpage Ballpark.

Trailing 3-1 with two outs and the bases empty in the ninth, the Ducks rallied to plate three runs against Jon Hunton, including the game winner on an RBI single from Giovanny Alfonzo.

Long Island got on the board in the bottom of the first, when Angelo Songco singled to centerfield to score Fehlandt Lentini and hand the Ducks a 1-0 lead.

Ducks starting pitcher Rafael Perez began the game with five scoreless innings, before being pulled shortly before the start of the sixth with an apparent injury. He was replaced by Eury De La Rosa, who allowed a solo home run to Olmo Rosario to tie the game at one.

Somerset opened up a 3-1 lead in the top of the seventh, when Amalio Diaz allowed a two-run single to Justin Pacchioli.

Zac Treece, Patrick Crider and Chin-Hui Tsao held the score at 3-1 Patriots, setting the stage for the comeback.

Elmer Reyes lined a two-out single to centerfield, and Marc Krauss walked and was pinch ran for by Dan LyonsAlex Burg singled to left to score Reyes to cut the lead to 3-2, and Cody Puckett walked to load the bases. Delta Cleary Jr. collected an infield single to tie the game at three, and Alfonzo delivered the game-winning hit on the first pitch from Hunton.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks send Dennis O’Grady to the mound to make his fourth start of the season and seventh overall appearance. So far, the righty is 1-1 with a sterling 2.86 ERA, and has struck out 21 batters in 22.0 innings pitched. O’Grady has faced Somerset once this season in a relief appearance, and threw three scoreless innings at TD Bank Ballpark on April 26. In his last start on May 14 at New Britain, O’Grady got the loss after allowing two runs in four innings on six hits.

Somerset answers with lefty Rick Teasley, who sports a 2-0 record and 1.68 ERA in his first five appearances (one start) this season. In his last outing at Southern Maryland, the southpaw allowed five runs (two earned) in four innings, getting no decision in a 13-5 Somerset victory. Teasley has faced the Ducks once this season, going four scoreless innings in relief on April 26, yielding just one hit in the process.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of the 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:

Ducks
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#17 Dennis O’Grady – RHP

Patriots
#2 Scott Kelly – SS
#1 Justin Pacchioli – CF
#24 Bryan LaHair – DH
#20 Jerry Sands – RF
#10 Olmo Rosario – 3B
#13 Carlos Guzman – 1B
#21 Adam Donachie – C
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#9 Tyler Bortnick – 2B

#37 Rick Teasley – LHP

UPDATE (7:12) – TOP 3: Three strong frames from Dennis O’Grady get the night started on high note. Still scoreless between the Ducks and Pats.

UPDATE (7:46) – TOP 5: Dennis O’Grady with another 1-2-3 inning and we’re still scoreless heading to the bottom of the fifth!

UPDATE (7:53) – BOT 5: The Ducks take a 1-0 lead after Alex Burg goes yard!

UPDATE (8:19) – TOP 7: Dennis O’Grady works around a pair of walks, and the Ducks still lead 1-0. The Patriots have only reached base on walks tonight.

UPDATE (8:43) – TOP 8: Somerset gets their first hits of the game, but we still lead 1-0.

UPDATE (8:54) – BOT 8: Anthony Vega collects an RBI single and the Ducks lead is now 2-0. Eric Gagne coming in to close!

UPDATE (9:16) – TOP 9: The Patriots score three in the frame and take a 3-2 lead.

UPDATE (9:31) – FINAL! It’s another waddle-off! Second in a row!: Ducks 4, Patriots 3.

W: Treece (3-1)
L: Shaban (0-1)

Game 28: Ducks vs. Patriots

DE6I3183GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 pm at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (12-15) continue their six-game homestand by beginning a new three-game series with the Liberty Division-leading Somerset Patriots (18-10). The Ducks and Patriots have met three times already this season at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, New Jersey, with the Patriots taking two contests.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks drew 10 walks but fell to the York Revolution 8-4 Thursday night at Bethpage Ballpark.

York got off to a fast start when Michael Burgess connected for  a three-run home run off of Long Island starter Matt Larkins in the top of the first. The Ducks responded with a run when Fehlandt Lentini doubled and scored on back-to-back wild pitches.

The Revs plated another three in the top of the third to take a 6-1 lead, with a two-run single from Burgess acting as the big blow in the frame. York tacked on additional runs in the fourth and fifth innings against reliever Tyler Levine.

In the bottom of the fourth, Cody Puckett singled to left field to score Marc Krauss and cut the lead to 6-2. Krauss finished 1-2 with a double and an RBI, a run scored and two walks.

With York up 8-2, Angelo Songco hit a solo home run, his seventh of the season, in the bottom of the fifth, and later in the frame Krauss doubled home Elmer Reyes to cut the lead to 8-4.

Jim Fuller added a scoreless inning out of the bullpen for the Ducks, and combined with Rob RogersPatrick Crider and Tyler Wilson to retire the final 12 York batters of the game.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks send lefty Rafael Perez to the mound in the series opener, making his sixth start of the season. The southpaw is 2-1 with a 4.44 ERA this season and is coming off of five strong innings at New Britain on Sunday in his last start. Perez allowed a run on five hits and struck out five, getting the win in game one of a doubleheader. In his one outing this season against Somerset, Perez allowed six runs (four earned) on 11 hits in 4.1 innings.

Somerset answers with former major leaguer Mitch Atkins, who will also be making his sixth start of the year. Atkins is 2-3 with a 4.72 ERA on the season. Last time out on May 14 at Southern Maryland, the righty allowed seven runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings, getting tagged with the loss. Atkins spent last year in the Boston Red Sox organization with Triple-A Pawtucket and Double-A Portland, and has not faced the Ducks yet this season.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of the 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:

Ducks
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

Patriots
#2 Scott Kelly – SS
#1 Justin Pacchioli – CF
#10 Olmo Rosario – 3B
#20 Jerry Sands – RF
#24 Bryan LaHair – 1B
#13 Carlos Guzman – DH
#4 Yovan Gonzalez – C
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#9 Tyler Bortnick – 2B

#38 Mitch Atkins – RHP

UPDATE (6:46) – TOP 1: Rafael Perez strikes out the side in the first to get the night going

UPDATE (6:56) – BOT 1: Angelo Songco delivers an RBI single to drive home Fehlandt Lentini to put the Ducks up 1-0!

UPDATE (7:23) – TOP 3: Rafael Perez escapes a bases loaded, one-out jam to keep the Ducks up 1-0.

UPDATE (8:13) – TOP 6: The Patriots get even with a solo home run off Eury De La Rosa.

UPDATE (9:04) – TOP 7: The Patriots strike for a pair of runs and seize a 3-1 lead.

UPDATE (10:00) – Ducks walk it off! We rally for three runs with two outs in the ninth to beat the Patriots 4-3!

Game 27: Ducks vs. Revolution

DE6I2882.JPGGAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 pm at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (12-14) look to complete a three-game sweep of the York Revolution (9-16) tonight at Bethpage Ballpark. The Ducks and Revs are face each other for the 10th and final time in the first half tonight, with the next meeting taking place on July 31 at York. Long Island possesses a 7-2 record against York in the first nine matchups of the year, with the Ducks having taken the last three.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks pounded out 12 hits as they defeated the York Revolution 6-3 Wednesday night at Bethpage Ballpark.

In the bottom of the first, Elmer Reyes pulled a double over the third base bag to score Angelo Songco and give the Ducks a 1-0 lead. In the third, Reyes added an RBI single to center plating Delta Cleary Jr. to advance the lead to 2-0 Long Island.

Anthony Vega smacked a two-out triple to center with two outs in the fourth, and he later scored on a Dan Lyons single to put the Ducks up 3-0. It was the first triple of the season for the Ducks, and the first of two on the night for Vega.

The Ducks pulled ahead 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth, when Alex Burg doubled off Joe Van Meter to plate two. The runs were charged to Revolution starter Victor Mateo, who was hung with his third loss of the season.

Long Island starter John Brownell (2-0) delivered a strong outing, allowing two runs on four hits in 5.2 innings despite not having his best stuff. Rob Rogers escaped a first-and-third, two-out jam in the sixth to close out a York threat.

The Ducks promptly responded with a run in the bottom of the sixth when Cleary Jr. doubled to score Vega and expand the lead to 6-2.

The Revolution retaliated with a run in the top of the seventh off Eury De La Rosa, but Tyler Wilson bailed out the lefty to hold the score at 6-3. Chin-Hui Tsao worked a scoreless top of the ninth to record his first Ducks save.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks go for the sweep behind right-handed pitcher Matt Larkins tonight, who is 0-2 with a 6.50 ERA in five appearances (four starts). His stats are unduely influenced by one poor outing against Southern Maryland, and in his last start, the Idaho resident allowed two runs in five innings at New Britain and got the loss. Larkins has faced the Revolution once this season in  a relief appearance on May 3, allowing three runs in an inning of work.

York answers with right-handed pitcher Ty’Relle Harris, making his seventh appearance of the season and fourth start. The righty has had a rough go of it this season, posting an 0-2 record with an unsightly 8.21 ERA. Harris has faced the Ducks twice this season already, and has allowed five runs in three innings in one start and one relief appearance. The 6-4 hurler is in his third season with the Revolution.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of the 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:

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – DH
#23 Alex Burg – C
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Revolution
#13 Jose Constanza – LF
#17 Ryan Dent – 2B
#16 Isaias Tejeda – 1B
#21 Michael Burgess – DH
#34 Carlos Triunfel – SS
#14 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#1 Travis Witherspoon – CF
#20 Luis Cruz – C
#10 Jared Mitchell – RF

#36 Ty’Relle Harris – RHP

UPDATE (6:51) – TOP 1: The Revolution strike first and take an early 3-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:02) – BOT 1: Fehlandt Lentini doubles and scores on a wild pitch and we’re on the board. Revs still lead 3-1.

UPDATE (7:36) – TOP 3: York plates another three runs and expands their lead to 6-1.

UPDATE (8:02) – TOP 4: The Revs plate a run against reliever Tyler Levine to take a 7-1 lead.

UPDATE (8:14) – BOT 4: The Ducks chip away with a run on an RBI single from Cody Puckett, but still trail 7-2.

UPDATE (8:31) – TOP 5: York scores again and now lead 8-2.

UPDATE (8:42) – BOT 5: A home run from Angelo Songco and an RBI double from Marc Krauss get the Ducks back to within 8-4!

UPDATE (9:36) – TOP 8: Patrick Crider spins a 1-2-3 inning out of the bullpen. Revs still lead 8-4.

UPDATE (10:06) – FINAL: Revolution 8, Ducks 4.

W: Harris (1-2)
L: Larkins (0-3)

 

Game 26: Ducks vs. Revolution

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 pm at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (11-14) continue their three-game series with the York Revolution (9-15) tonight at Bethpage Ballpark. The Ducks and Revs are squaring off for the ninth time this season, and tonight marks the penultimate skirmish of the first half for the two clubs. Long Island owns a dazzling 6-2 record against York so far. After this current three-game set, the Revolution won’t square off against the Ducks until July 31.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks took the lead in the bottom of the first and never looked back as they dispatched the York Revolution 2-1 at Bethpage Ballpark Tuesday night.

Fehlandt Lentini reached base on an error to start the game and promptly stole second base against Revolution starter Steve Janas. After moving to third on a passed ball, Lentini scored on a sacrifice fly from Delta Cleary Jr. Two batters later,  Angelo Songco blasted a solo home run to extend the Ducks’ lead to 2-0.

The home run was Songco’s team-leading sixth of the season, which also ties him for second in the Atlantic League with several others.

Ducks starting pitcher Tim Melville was strong on the hill, notching his first win of the season. The righty (1-2) threw five shutout innings, scattering four hits, walking two and striking out three.

Zac Treece allowed an unearned run to score in the sixth as the Revolution narrowed the gap to 2-1, but Amalio Diaz and Eric Gagne threw scoreless frames in the seventh and eighth.

In the ninth, David Aardsma worked around a hit by striking out two York batters to notch his fifth save of the season.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks look to clinch their first home series win of the season behind right-handed pitcher John Brownell in tonight’s game. Brownell is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in his five starts this season. In his last outing on May 11 at New Britain, Brownell allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings and got a no decision in a 4-3 Bees triumph. Brownell has previously squared off against the Revolution on May 1, lasting just three innings and allowing three runs in his shortest start of the year.

York answers with right-handed pitcher Victor Mateo, who toes the rubber for the fifth time this season. Mateo has been a hard-luck starter for the Revs this season, going 0-2 despite a terrific 1.30 ERA. The former Rays and Braves prospect has not faced the Ducks this season yet. Mateo has the distinction of throwing two no-hitters in the minors with the Rays, one in 2011 with the Bowling Green Hot Rods (A-, TB) and a second in 2013 with the Montgomery Biscuits (AA, TB).

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of the 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:

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7 John Brownell – RHP

Revolution
#13 Jose Constanza – LF
#6 Angel Franco – 2B
#16 Isaias Tejeda – 1B
#21 Michael Burgess – RF
#28 Joel Guzman – DH
#7 Luis Alen – C
#17 Ryan Dent – 3B
#34 Carlos Triunfel – SS
#1 Travis Witherspoon – CF

#9 Victor Mateo – RHP

UPDATE (7:05) – BOT 1: Elmer Reyes sneaks a double over the third base bag to chase home Angelo Songco and the Ducks take a 1-0 lead!

UPDATE (7:27) – TOP 3: John Brownell throws a 1-2-3 frame in the third to keep the Ducks on top of the Revolution 1-0.

UPDATE (7:38) – BOT 3: Elmer Reyes drives home Delta Cleary Jr. for his second RBI of the night and the Ducks take a 2-0 lead!

UPDATE (7:53) – BOT 4: Anthony Vega triples and Dan Lyons drives him home to put the Ducks up 3-0 on the Revolution.

UPDATE (8:19) – BOT 5: Alex Burg delivers a two-run double and our lead is now 5-0.

UPDATE (8:38) – TOP 6: The Revs get on the board with a two run single off John Brownell. Ducks still lead 5-2.

UPDATE (8:54) – BOT 6: Delta Cleary Jr. doubles to score Anthony Vega and the Ducks are on top 6-2.

UPDATE (9:12) – TOP 7: York gets a run off the Ducks bullpen, but we still lead 6-3. Time to stretch!

UPDATE (9:44) – FINAL: Ducks 6, Revolution 3.

W: Brownell (2-0)
L: Mateo (0-3)
SV: Tsao (1)

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