LDCS Game 4: Ducks at Patriots

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Long Island’s offense has racked up 10 runs and 23 hits over the past two games

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

7:05 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark (Bridgewater, N.J.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks take on the Somerset Patriots in Game Four of the Liberty Division Championship Series. They now hold a two games to one lead in the best-of-five series following a 6-1 win in Game Three on Friday night. The regular season series between Long Island and Somerset was remarkably competitive, with the Ducks claiming 11 victories and the Patriots nine. This marks the third straight year that the two rivals have met in the opening round of the playoffs, with each team having won one playoff series. It’s also the fourth time in five years they are facing in the postseason going back to the 2013 Atlantic League Championship Series, which the Ducks won in five games.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

An incredible performance by Ducks starter Jake Fisher in the first postseason start of his professional career helped the Ducks to a 6-1 victory in Game Three and a 2-1 lead in the Liberty Division Championship Series.

The southpaw was terrific throughout, mixing up his pitches and location to keep the Patriots off-balance and showcasing a terrific breaking ball. In his nine innings, Fisher allowed just six hits and two walks while striking out nine batters, his most in a Ducks uniform and two shy of his season-high. The 27-year-old threw a total of 115 pitches in the outing, 83 of which were strikes (72.2%). Fisher actually came within one out of becoming the first Duck to ever toss a complete game shutout in the postseason, but he allowed a single to Kyle Roller and an RBI double by David Vidal off the glove of Lew Ford to miss the opportunity.

Long Island’s offense gave their starting pitcher some early comfort, as they plated three runs in the first inning against Patriots starter William Oliver. The Ducks opened the game with four consecutive singles, including a chopper by Ford over the head of Vidal and an RBI single to left-center by Marc Krauss. Angelo Songco drove in the third run of the inning with a fielder’s choice grounder to first base.

Oliver settled in to keep the Ducks off the scoreboard over the next four innings, but Long Island was able to firmly put the game out of reach in the sixth. Alex Burg, who collected his third consecutive multi-hit game in the postseason, doubled to left to begin the inning. Following a sacrifice bunt and a flyout to shallow right, Dan Lyons came through with a two-out RBI single through the left side. Giovanny Alfonzo followed with an RBI double off the wall in left-center that stretched the lead to 5-0.

Anthony Vega rounded out the scoring for the Flock in the eighth with a two-out solo home run over the wall in right off reliever Kyler Newby. Long Island finished the night with 14 hits in the game, as eight of their nine batters registering at least one hit and five turning in multi-hit performances. Krauss led the way with three hits, while Alfonzo, Ford, Burg and Elmer Reyes each added two.

GAME THREE HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

For the second night in a row, the Ducks will send a Jake to the mound. Jake Dunning will start for the Flock in Game Four of the LDCS, as he makes his first postseason start in a Ducks uniform. The right-hander made 14 appearances (seven starts) with the Ducks in 2017, compiling a 2-3 record with a 3.64 ERA and 43 strikeouts to 14 walks in 49 and one-third innings. He tossed six scoreless innings against the Bridgeport Bluefish on September 10 and began his final outing of the year with six innings of one-run ball on September 16 in Sugar Land. However, he was tagged for three runs in the seventh that caused him to take the loss in a 5-3 defeat. Dunning worked out of a bases loaded, no-out jam in the second to allow just one run on a groundout. In the seventh though, he surrendered back-to-back singles and a two-run triple by Joe Benson. The bullpen then conceded two more runs. Tonight will be the former big leaguer’s first-ever outing against the Patriots.

Somerset will send Patrick Johnson to the mound, in need of a win to keep their season alive. The right-hander made seven appearances (five starts) with the Patriots and posted a 2-2 record with a 4.76 ERA and 28 strikeouts to eight walks in 22 and two-thirds innings. His ERA is a bit inflated from his second outing, where he allowed nine runs (eight earned) on seven hits in one and two-thirds innings to the York Revolution. However, since then, 29-year-old has given up only four runs over 20 innings across five games (1.80 ERA). In his last start, he allowed a run on four hits over five innings while striking out five in a 9-2 win at Bridgeport in the regular season finale. Johnson has faced the Ducks just once, coming in his first outing with Somerset. He threw a scoreless inning as the starter in game one of a doubleheader on August 16 but gave up two walks and hit a batter in the frame.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks playoff game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. 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 Video Center. 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.

For a complete history of the Ducks in the playoffs, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#23 Alex Burg – C
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#45 Jake Dunning – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#19 Olmo Rosario – RF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#14 David Vidal – 3B
#5   D’Vontrey Richardson – CF
#13 Carlos Guzman – 1B
#4   Yovan Gonzalez – C
#15 Justin Trapp – 2B

#34 Patrick Johnson – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (7:21): END 1: Both pitchers work a scoreless first inning to begin Game Four.

UPDATE (7:42): BOT 2: Jake Dunning escapes a second-and-third, no-out jam to keep Somerset off the scoreboard! A 5-4-3 double play ends the inning!

UPDATE (7:57): TOP 3: A bunt single coupled with a fielding error scores Delta Cleary Jr., and Giovanny Alfonzo delivers an RBI single! Ducks take a 2-0 lead!

UPDATE (8:07): BOT 3: Dunning escapes again! After allowing a pair of two-out singles, he strikes out Kyle Roller for the second time tonight!

UPDATE (8:46): END 5: Five scoreless innings thus far from Jake Dunning to protect Long Island’s 2-0 lead! He has struck out three.

UPDATE (9:00): TOP 6: Angelo Songco laces an RBI double to right-center, scoring Marc Krauss to extend the lead to 3-0!

UPDATE (9:17): BOT 6: Somerset gets on the scoreboard thanks to a two-out infield single from Carlos Guzman. Ducks lead is now 3-1.

UPDATE (10:11): BOT 8: Somerset rallies for a pair of two-out runs to tie up the ballgame. 3-3 as we head to the ninth.

UPDATE (10:40): BALLGAME OVER! Ducks score in the top of the ninth and win it 4-3! They take the series 3-1 and are the 2017 Liberty Division champions!!

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LDCS Game 3: Ducks at Patriots

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Rob Rogers and the Ducks bullpen turned in another great performance on Thursday

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

7:05 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark (Bridgewater, N.J.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

With a brilliant 4-1 win last night, the Long Island Ducks enter the pivot game of the best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series even with the Somerset Patriots 1-1. The regular season series between Long Island and Somerset was remarkably competitive, with the Ducks claiming 11 victories and the Patriots nine. This marks the third straight year that the two rivals have met in the opening round of the playoffs, with each team having won one playoff series.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 4-1 on Thursday night in Game Two of the Liberty Division Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark. The best-of-five series is now tied at one game apiece.

Long Island took an early 1-0 lead on Lew Ford’s first-inning RBI single through the left side, which scored Giovanny Alfonzo when left fielder Aharon Eggleston’s throw to the plate sailed wild.

In the bottom of the fourth, a wild pitch scored Alex Burg and a two-out RBI single to left field by Elmer Reyes off Patriots starter Mike Antonini pushed the Ducks lead to 3-0.

Somerset closed to within two in the fifth on a two-out RBI single to center by Kyle Roller off Ducks starter Matt Larkins. David Vidal then hit a grounder up the middle with the tying runs on, but Dan Lyons made a diving stop and got the force out at second base to end the inning.

The Patriots threatened again in the sixth, collecting a single and two walks with two outs to force Larkins from the game. However, Rob Rogers came in and got Alfredo Rodriguez to fly out to right, ending the threat. Burg followed with a leadoff solo homer to right field in the bottom of the sixth off Patriots reliever Lucas Irvine to put the game out of reach.

Though Larkins (1-0) didn’t have his best “stuff” on Thursday, he willed his way through a gutsy 5.2 innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and seven walks while striking out four. After struggling some in the playoffs with Long Island in 2016, the right-hander’s performance in Game Two was exactly what the team needed to gain momentum in the series as it heads to Somerset.

Antonini (0-1) took the loss, yielding three runs on seven hits and a walk in four innings with four strikeouts. Amalio Diaz earned his first save of the postseason with a scoreless ninth inning.

Burg finished 3-4 with a home run, RBI and two runs scored. Five Ducks relievers combined to give up just two hits in 3.1 scoreless innings while striking out three.

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Southpaw Jake Fisher takes the bump for the Ducks in the all-important third game of this best-of-five series. After being acquired in a September trade with the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League, Fisher made two starts with Long Island, collecting no record and a 2.26 ERA (4 ER/13.0 IP). In his last start on September 14 at Lancaster Fisher stymied the Barnstormers bats, allowing just one run on four hits in seven splendid innings of work. This will be first playoff appearance for the lefty and his first start against the Patriots.

Somerset responds with right-hander Will Oliver. Oliver has been a thorn in the Ducks playoff side before, as in 2015 he threw a compete-game, three-hit shutout in Game Four of the Liberty Division Championship Series with the Patriots facing elimination. However, this is 2017, where the righty was 8-6 with a 4.78 ERA in 23 games (17 starts) during the regular season. In his last start on September 13 against the New Britain Bees, Oliver allowed three runs on four hits in six innings, getting the win in a 7-5 Somerset triumph. The Ducks also beat Oliver in Game Five of last year’s Liberty Division Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark, tagging him for five runs (two earned) in seven innings.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks playoff game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. 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 Video Center. 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.

For a complete history of the Ducks in the playoffs, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#23 Alex Burg – C
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#25 Jake Fisher – LHP

Somerset Patriots
#15 Justin Trapp – RF
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#19 Olmo Rosario – LF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#14 David Vidal – 3B
#37 Joe Maloney – 1B
#5   D’Vontrey Richardson – CF
#9   Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#21 Adam Donachie – C

#26 Will Oliver – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (7:20): TOP 1: What a start! Ducks plate three runs in the first to go in front 3-0! RBIs from Lew Ford, Marc Krauss & Angelo Songco.

UPDATE (7:38): BOT 2: Jake Fisher works around a one-out double to keep Somerset off the scoreboard, striking out a pair in the inning!

UPDATE (8:09): BOT 4: Krauss ➡️ Dan Lyons ➡️ Krauss. 3-6-3 double play ends another scoreless inning for Fisher!

UPDATE (8:41): TOP 6: A two-out RBI single by Lyons, followed by an RBI double from Giovanny Alfonzo, has extended the lead to 5-0!

UPDATE (9:11): TOP 8: Anthony Vega launches a towering solo homer to right field! His first longball of the postseason puts Long Island in front 6-0!

UPDATE (9:22): END 8: Eight scoreless innings for Ducks starter Jake Fisher, who has struck out eight and has allowed just four hits and two walks!

UPDATE (9:48): FINAL: Jake Fisher with the complete game effort & nine strikeouts! Ducks win Game Three 6-1 & take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series!

LDCS Game 2: Ducks vs. Patriots

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2017 Long Island Ducks MVP Marc Krauss will try to lead the team to victory in game two of the Liberty Division Championship Series to even the best-of-five series at one.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

After a 7-1 loss last night, the Long Island Ducks enter the pivot game of the best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series trailing the Somerset Patriots 1-0. The regular season series between Long Island and Somerset was remarkably competitive, with the Ducks claiming 11 victories and the Patriots nine. This marks the third straight year that the two rivals have met in the opening round of the playoffs, with each team having won one playoff series.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Somerset Patriots 7-1 on Wednesday night in Game One of the Liberty Division Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark. The Patriots now lead the best-of-five series one game to none.

Somerset opened the scoring with a five-run third inning against Ducks starter John Brownell. RBI singles by Olmo Rosario and Joe Maloney, along with a pair of errors that plated runs, highlighted the frame.

Long Island closed to within 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth on three singles off Patriots starter Mark Hamburger, including an RBI base hit from Anthony Vega. However, a two-run sixth inning for Somerset put the game out of reach. RBI singles by Rosario and Kyle Roller did the damage.

Hamburger (1-0) earned the win, tossing seven innings of one-run ball, allowing eight hits and a walk while striking out seven. Brownell (0-1) suffered the loss, surrendering seven runs (four earned) on 13 hits and a walk in five and one-third innings with four strikeouts. Three Long Island relievers combined to pitch two and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief, yielding three hits and striking out three.

Elmer Reyes, Lew Ford and Alex Burg each had two hits to lead the Flock offensively.

LDCS PREVIEW:

ON THE MOUND:

Right-hander Matt Larkins takes the mound for the Ducks in game two of this best-of-five series. During the regular season, Larkins went 9-7 with 3.69 ERA in 27 appearances (26 starts) and struck out a team-high 139 batters in 156.0 innings. Last time out on September 13 at Lancaster, Larkins twirled a quality start of seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out eight in a no decision. The Idaho resident was 2-1 with a 3.30 ERA (11 ER/30.0 IP) against the Patriots, and had two of his signature games – carrying a no-hitter into the ninth inning on June 15, and striking out a career-high 12 on August 16, both times at TD Bank Ballpark.

The Patriots look to lefty Mike Antonini in tonight’s ballgame. The southpaw was 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA in nine starts with Somerset this season, striking out 47 and walking 10 in 39.0 innings pitched. Antonini lasted only three innings in his last start on September 15 at Bridgeport, allowing one run on two hits, walking one and striking out two. The 2007 Mets draft pick is in his fourth year in the Atlantic League, having previously spent time with the now-defunct Camden Riversharks in 2013, and the soon-to-be-defunct Bridgeport Bluefish in 2015 and 2016.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for today’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 team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, 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 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.

For a complete history of the Ducks in the playoffs, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – RF
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#30 Ruben Gotay – 1B
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#23 Alex Burg – C
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#19 Olmo Rosario – LF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#14 David Vidal – 3B
#5   D’Vontrey Richardson – CF
#13 Carlos Guzman – 1B
#15 Justin Trapp – 2B
#21 Adam Donachie – C

#10 Mike Antonini – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: Leeeeeewwwwwww Ford drives in the first run of the game plating Giovanny Alfonzo to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.

BOT 5: The Ducks maintain their 3-1 lead over Somerset in game two.

BOT 6: Alex Burg knocks a homer over the wall in right to extend the lead to 4-1 over the @SOMPatriots.

FINAL: Ducks 4, Patriots 1

W: Larkins (1-0)
L: Antonini (0-1)
SV: Diaz (1)

 

LDCS Game 1: Ducks vs. Patriots

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RHP John Brownell leads the charge as the Ducks begin their quest for a fourth Atlantic League Championship tonight against the Somerset Patriots.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

For the second year in a row, the Long Island Ducks meet the Somerset Patriots in the best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series. In 2016, the Ducks and Patriots battled in an epic series where the Long Island erased a two-games-to-none deficit to win 3-2 and advance to the Atlantic League Championship Series. During the 2017 regular season, the Ducks beat the Patriots 11 times in 20 battles, including two waddle-off wins and three extra-inning games.

SUNDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Sugar Land Skeeters 6-2 on Sunday afternoon at Constellation Field in the final game of the 2017 regular season.

The Skeeters took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Anthony Giansanti’s sacrifice fly to center field off Ducks starter Tyler Levine. A two-out RBI double by Wilfredo Rodriguez in the third extended the advantage to two.

Sugar Land doubled their lead to 4-0 in the seventh on a two-run home run to right by Caleb Ramsey. Long Island closed to within two in the eighth on an RBI double to left by Delta Cleary Jr. and an RBI single to right by Angelo Songco. However, the Skeeters got the runs back in the bottom of the inning on sac flies from Dickie Thon and Ramsey.

Skeeters starter Alberto Rodriguez (1-0) earned the win, tossing six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out seven. Levine (3-3) took the loss, yielding two runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings with three strikeouts. Felipe Paulino picked up his 16th save by recording the game’s final four outs.

LDCS PREVIEW:

ON THE MOUND:

Staff ace John Brownell will take the mound in the series opener for the Ducks. In his sixth season with the Ducks, Brownell registered a 10-5 record with a 3.44 ERA in 24 starts, striking out 96 and walking 51 in 146.1 innings pitched. Against Somerset this season, the all-time franchise leader in wins had no record and a 4.59 ERA in three starts, striking out 11, walking six and allowing 18 hits in 17.2 IP as opponents hit .257 against him. In his last start on September 12, Brownell turned in a quality start but got tagged with the loss at Lancaster, allowing three runs on six hits in 6.2 innings.

Somerset counters with new acquisition Mark Hamburger, who made just one outing during the regular season with the Patriots after coming over from the St. Paul Saints of the American Association. Hamburger was grilled by the New Britain Bees for two runs on five hits in seven innings in his first start, getting no decision in a 5-2 Bees triumph. The right-hander had five unspectacular appearances for the Texas Rangers in 2011, and most recently was 13-6 with an also unspectacular 4.13 ERA with the Saints. The Patriots have confirmed that for an additional $2, Hamburger will be served with a side of fries and an ice-cold Pepsi.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for today’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 team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, 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 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.

For a complete history of the Ducks in the playoffs, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#23 Alex Burg – C
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – DF
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#15 Justin Trapp – RF
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#19 Olmo Rosario – LF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#14 David Vidal – 3B
#37 Joe Maloney – 1B
#5   D’Vontrey Richardson – CF
#9   Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#4   Yovan Gonzalez – C

#27 Mark Hamburger – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 2: John Brownell strikes out the side to keep the game scoreless! 🔥🔥🔥

TOP 3: The Patriots take a 5-0 lead capitalizing on two miscues.

BOT 4: The Ducks take a bite out of Mark Hamburger and cut the deficit to 5-1 Patriots.

TOP 6: Somerset plates another pair of runs as they take a 7-1 advantage in game one.

FINAL: Patriots 7, Ducks 1

W: Hamburger (1-0)
L: Brownell (0-1)

Game 140: Ducks at Skeeters

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The Ducks wrap up the 2017 regular season on Sunday afternoon in Texas

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (37-32; 73-66) close out the regular season on Sunday afternoon with the rubber game of their three-game series against the Sugar Land Skeeters (36-33; 66-73). Long Island clinched the Second Half Liberty Division title and a postseason berth on Saturday night thanks to a 5-2 loss by the Bridgeport Bluefish against the Somerset Patriots. Sugar Land was officially eliminated from playoff contention on Thursday night. Today is the 20th and final meeting of the year between the Ducks and Skeeters, with Long Island holding a 10-9 advantage.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Ducks dropped the middle game of their three-game series to the Sugar Land Skeeters by a 5-3 margin but clinched a playoff berth in the process thanks to Bridgeport’s loss to Somerset.

The Second Half Liberty Division champions earned their seventh second half division title in team history and first since 2013, as well as their 12th half-season title overall. This marks their third consecutive trip to the playoffs and 12th in team history, all coming in the past 14 seasons. Long Island will be seeking its sixth Division Championship and fourth Atlantic League title in franchise history.

In Saturday’s game, the Ducks opened the scoring in the first inning. Giovanny Alfonzo singled to open the game and eventually scored when Marc Krauss hit a grounder to first. Travis Scott’s throw was dropped by Kevin Ahrens at second base to ensure Alfonzo would score on the play. Sugar Land answered in the second to tie the game at one, as they loaded the bases with nobody out against Jake Dunning. However, all they could muster was a groundout to first by Wilfredo Rodriguez that scored Scott.

Both starter locked in a pitcher’s duel from that point on. Mitch Talbot tossed six innings of one-run ball for the Skeeters, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out eight. Dunning (2-3) gave up just one run over his first six innings while striking out five. He came back out for the seventh though and ran into trouble.

Following back-to-back one-out singles by Anthony Giansanti and Rodriguez, Joe Benson lined a two-run triple down the right field line to give the Skeeters the lead. A passed ball on a pitch by Rob Rogers allowed Benson to score Sugar Land’s fourth run, and a two-out RBI double by Cole Gillespie made it a 5-1 game. Dunning was charged with three runs in the inning, while Dustin Richardson, who came in for a fourth consecutive game and walked Caleb Ramsey, was charged with the other.

Long Island nearly rallied back in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Jordan Hinshaw drew a leadoff walk against Scott Maine, and Angelo Songco launched a two-run home run two batters later to close the gap to 5-3. However, Felipe Paulino came in and struck out pinch-hitter Audie Afenir and Delta Cleary Jr. to end the game.

POSTGAME INTERVIEWS:

ON THE MOUND:

Tyler Levine will take the mound for the Ducks in the series finale. The right-hander is looking to bounce back from his most difficult start of the year back on September 1 against New Britain. He allowed four home runs in the outing and surrendered 11 runs on 11 hits in four innings to take the loss. 10 of the 11 runs came on the homers. Overall, Levine is 3-2 with a 6.05 ERA in 22 games (seven starts). Today will be his fifth appearance of the season but first start against the Skeeters. He has a 1-0 record and a 5.06 ERA against Sugar Land, allowing five runs (three earned) on 10 hits in five and one-third innings.

Long Island will get its first look at Alberto Rodriguez, who makes the start in the season finale for the Skeeters. The right-hander has a 2.70 ERA through two starts with the Skeeters but has picked up a no-decision in both. He went five innings in his most recent outing on September 10 in New Britain, allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts in a 7-3 win for the Skeeters. The Cuba native began the year with the Cleburne Railroaders of the American Association and went 5-7 with a 3.39 ERA and 95 strikeouts to 51 walks in 21 games (13 starts). He spent two previous seasons (2014-15) with rookie-level Idaho Falls in the Kansas City Royals organization.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for today’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 team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, 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 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
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#34 Marc Krauss – DH
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#19 Derrick Pyles – RF
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#28 Jordan Hinshaw – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#18 Tyler Levine – RHP

Sugar Land Skeeters
#7   Josh Prince – 2B
#33 Caleb Ramsey – 1B
#11 Cole Gillespie – CF
#15 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#21 Anthony Giansanti – DH
#9   Wilfredo Rodriguez – C
#5   Joe Benson – RF
#18 Dickie Thon – LF
#12 Carlos Hughes – SS

#27 Alberto Rodriguez – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (2:26): BOT 1: Skeeters get a run on a sac fly by Anthony Giansanti, but Tyler Levine record three straight outs after allowing three singles.

UPDATE (2:44): BOT 2: Levine strikes out the side in the second, getting Benson and Hughes swinging and Prince looking!

UPDATE (3:03): BOT 3: A two-out RBI double by Wilfredo Rodriguez extends the Skeeters’ lead to 2-0.

UPDATE (3:41): BOT 5: Back-to-back scoreless innings for Levine, who has allowed just two runs over five. Skeeters still hold a 2-0 lead.

UPDATE (3:58): BOT 6: Patrick Crider comes into the game and retires Sugar Land 1-2-3 in the sixth!

UPDATE (4:28): BOT 7: A two-run home run to right field by Caleb Ramsey doubles Sugar Land’s lead to 4-0.

UPDATE (4:45): TOP 8: Ducks have closed to within two on an RBI double by Delta Cleary Jr. & an RBI single by Angelo Songco! Two on and two out in the frame.

UPDATE (5:03): BOT 8: Sac flies from Dickie Thon and Caleb Ramsey restore the four-run advantage for Sugar Land at 6-2.

UPDATE (5:11): FINAL: Skeeters hang on for the 6-2 victory. We’ll see you at Bethpage Ballpark on Wednesday night for Game One of the playoffs!

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