Games 32 and 33: Ducks at Bluefish

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 10:35 a.m. at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport, Conn.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (16-15) face the Bridgeport Bluefish (18-14) in a single admission doubleheader, featuring two seven inning games. Long Island has closed to within a game and a half of the Bridgeport Bluefish in the Liberty Division standings. The Ducks remain three and a half games behind the Somerset Patriots for first place in the division, while Bridgeport is two games back.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: Behind another terrific start from John Brownell, who outdueled the defending ALPB Pitcher of the Year Jonathan Albaladejo, the Ducks struck first in the 2017 Ferry Cup Series with a 3-0 shutout win in Bridgeport.

Brownell (3-0) was in vintage form to earn the win, pitching seven scoreless innings and allowing just six hits and two walks while striking out three. He threw 104 pitches on the night, 68 for strikes, and ended his night with a punchout of Luis Hernandez in a 1-2-3 seventh inning.

The right-hander wiggled his way into and out of trouble during the game, stranding seven runners on base. He allowed three straight batters to reach with two outs in the first but retired Tony Abreu on a flyout. The Bluefish got runners and first and second with one out in the second thanks to a bad bounce off the infield on D’Arby Myers’ humpback liner, but Hernandez and Jose Cuevas both grounded out. Finally in the fifth, Hernandez and Cuevas each singled with one out, but Alberto Callaspo lined to short and Angelys Nina grounded into a force out at second base.

Long Island was held off the scoreboard by Albaladejo (3-2) until the fourth inning when Fehlandt Lentini reached on an error and Angelo Songco smoked a ground rule double down the right field line. That set the stage for Elmer Reyes, who grounded a two-run single through the left side to put the Ducks on top 2-0. Albaladejo pitched scoreless frames in the fifth and sixth, but in the seventh, Alex Burg doubled, Cody Puckett singled, and Delta Cleary Jr. lifted a sac fly to center to round out the scoring.

Amalio Diaz came in to pitch the eighth and allowed an infield single and a walk with two outs, but Abreu popped out to center field. Chin-Hui Tsao closed out the game with a scoreless ninth to earn his second save of the year despite surrendering a single and a two-out walk.

ON THE MOUND: Matt Larkins takes the mound for the Ducks in game one looking to break the recent skid he is on. The right-hander has lost three consecutive starts and has given up 16 runs over 11 innings during those outings. He most recently lasted three innings on May 18 against the York Revolution and allowed six runs on eight hits and a walk in the start with four strikeouts. Larkins’ first two starts meanwhile saw the 28-year-old give up just one unearned run in nine innings. Overall, he is 0-3 with an 8.14 ERA in six games (five starts) this season. Today will be his first-ever outing against the Bridgeport Bluefish.

Chris Rearick will oppose Larkins in the opener of the twinbill. The southpaw enters with a 1-1 record and a 5.10 ERA in five starts thus far, striking out 30 batters while walking 10 in 24 and two-thirds innings. He earned the win during his most recent outing, pitching five innings of three-run ball and surrendering five hits and a walk while striking out five at New Britain on May 17. Prior to that, Rearick had tossed back-to-back starts where he allowed just one run in each on May 5 against Lancaster and May 12 at York. Last year, he made three relief appearances against Long Island while with Sugar Land and gave up five runs on three hits and four walks in three innings of relief.

Game two will see Jack Snodgrass made his 2017 debut after missing the first month of the season with arm soreness. The southpaw made 14 starts for Long Island a year ago and compiled a 6-6 record with a 3.79 ERA and 85 strikeouts over 78 and one-third innings. In addition, 10 of his 14 starts were quality starts. The Texas Rangers then purchased his contract in July, and he went on to make 10 appearances (eight starts) combined between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. During that time, the Bowling Green, Kentucky native went 3-2 with a 4.76 ERA. Snodgrass made one start against Bridgeport a year ago, pitching six innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out six and taking a no-decision in a 2-1 Ducks win.

Charles Brewer will get the ball opposite Snodgrass in game two of the doubleheader. The right-hander has made five starts this season and has compiled a 6.28 ERA despite posting a 3-0 record. He has struck out just 13 and walked eight in 24 and one-third innings of work. Brewer has allowed six runs in each of his past two outings yet has won both thanks to the Bluefish scoring 21 runs combined in the two starts. He gave up six runs (five earned) on six hits and three walks in five and one-third innings most recently in New Britain on May 18. Prior to that, he allowed six runs on six hits and two walks in five innings on May 12 at York. This will be Brewer’s first start against the Ducks after he made four big league appearances with the Diamondbacks in 2013 and pitched in three games (two starts) with Mobile (AA, Diamondbacks) in 2016.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for both games, 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 both games via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: For today’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS (GAME ONE):

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

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Bluefish
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#3   Angelys Nina – 3B
#7   Alberto Callaspo – DH
#15 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#20 Jonathan Galvez – LF
#6   Tony Abreu – 2B
#25 Santiago Nessy – C
#13 Ozney Guillen – RF
#10 D’Arby Myers – CF

#26 Chris Rearick – LHP

UPDATE (10:42): TOP 1: We are underway in Bridgeport as Angelo Songco collects the first hit of the ballgame!

UPDATE (11:00): BOT 2: Back-to-back 1-2-3 innings for Matt Larkins to begin his day! No score after two innings of play.

UPDATE (11:24): BOT 3: Bluefish take a 2-0 lead on an RBI single by D’Arby Myers and an RBI triple from Luis Hernandez.

UPDATE (12:01): BOT 5: Larkins with back-to-back scoreless innings after the two-run third. Bluefish remain in front by a pair.

UPDATE (12:21): BOT 6: Excellent work by Jim Fuller, who strands Angelys Nina at third after he got there with nobody out! Onto the seventh, down by two.

UPDATE (12:31): FINAL: Bluefish 2, Ducks 0 (G1)
W – Rearick (2-1)
L – Larkins (0-4)
S – Carpenter (12)

STARTING LINEUPS (GAME TWO):

Ducks
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#20 Nolan Reimold – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – RF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#15 Dominic Blanco – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#39 Jack Snodgrass – LHP

Bluefish
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#3   Angelys Nina – LF
#7   Alberto Callaspo – 2B
#15 Sean Burroughs – DH
#5   Jose Gil – C
#6   Tony Abreu – 3B
#20 Jonathan Galvez – RF
#11 Jose Cuevas – 1B
#10 D’Arby Myers – CF

#18 Charles Brewer – RHP

UPDATE (1:30): BOT 1: Bluefish strike for four first-inning runs to take an early lead in game two.

UPDATE (1:52): BOT 2: An RBI double to left by Alberto Callaspo increases the Bluefish lead to 5-0.

UPDATE (2:27): TOP 4: Eight men come to the plate, and four runs come across for the Flock! It’s now a one-run ballgame at 5-4 in favor of the Bluefish.

UPDATE (2:43): TOP 5: Elmer Reyes dunks an RBI single into center field, scoring Anthony Vega to tie the game at five!

UPDATE (2:50): TOP 5: Giovanny Alfonzo delivers a two-out RBI single the opposite way to put the Ducks in front 6-5!

UPDATE (3:13): BOT 6: Following two scoreless innings from Eury De La Rosa, Amalio Diaz tosses a 1-2-3 frame in the sixth! 6-5 Ducks as we go to the seventh.

UPDATE (3:25): TOP 7: Marc Krauss grounds an RBI single through the right side to give the Ducks a 7-5 advantage!

Game 31: Ducks at Bluefish

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 7:12 p.m. at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport, Conn.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (15-15), winners of three consecutive games and five of their past six contests, kick off the ninth edition of the 2017 Ferry Cup Series when they visit the Bridgeport Bluefish (18-13). The Bluefish are 7-3 in their past 10 games and enter the day one game behind Somerset in the Liberty Division standings. The Ducks trail the Patriots by three and a half games and the Bluefish by two and a half.

SUNDAY’S RECAP: Looking to complete a three-game sweep of Somerset, the Ducks broke out the bats and rode a terrific start from Tim Melville to an 8-1 victory in the series and homestand finale.

The Ducks’ right-hander continued Long Island’s superb starting pitching in the series, tossing six scoreless innings and striking out a season-high eight batters. He allowed just three hits, all singles, and walked two batters along the way. Melville also finished with 104 pitches, 64 of which were for strikes, to earn his second win of the season.

Long Island’s offense spotted Melville with an early 5-0 lead to boot. Following a one-out walk in the second inning by Marc Krauss, Alex Burg followed with a two-run home run over the foul pole down the left field line that gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead. One inning later, Dan Lyons singled to left, Fehlandt Lentini was hit by a pitch and Delta Cleary Jr. sacrificed both runners into scoring position. That set the stage for Angelo Songco, who lifted a three-run homer to right field that put the Ducks ahead 5-0.

Kubiak would settle down and keep the Ducks off the scoreboard over the next three innings. However, Long Island put the game out of reach with three more runs in the eighth against El Hajj Muhammad. Burg drove in Songco with an RBI single, and Krauss scored on the play when an errant throw to third base went into the dugout. Lyons capped off the framed with an RBI single up the middle.

Rob Rogers and Eury De La Rosa each pitched a scoreless inning of relief before Amalio Diaz came on to close it out in the ninth. Somerset plated an unearned run thanks to two walks and a passed ball, but they could get no closer.

ON THE MOUND: The Ferry Cup Series opener will feature a matchup of the past two Atlantic League Pitchers of the Year. John Brownell, who earned the honor in 2015, will make his seventh start of the season for the Flock. The right-hander enters with a 2-0 record and a 3.03 ERA that ranks eighth in the Atlantic League. He earned a win in his most recent outing, pitching five and two-thirds innings of two-run ball in a 6-3 win over the York Revolution last Wednesday. Brownell allowed four hits and a season-high four walks while striking out two, surrendering his only runs in the sixth on a two-run single by Carlos Triunfel. The sixth-year Duck makes his season debut against the Bluefish after making three starts against them in 2016, going 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA.

Jonathan Albaladejo, who was the league’s Pitcher of the Year in 2016, takes the mound for the Bluefish. The righty has gotten off to a slow start in 2017, posting a 4.70 ERA to go along with a 3-1 record in five starts. He has struck out 26 batters while walking 10 in 30 and two-thirds innings of work but has given up 16 runs. After allowing eight runs in five innings to Somerset on May 10, he pitched seven innings of two-run ball and struck out six in a 7-2 win at New Britain last Tuesday. This will be Albaladejo’s first start against the Flock after compiling a 1-1 record with a 0.89 ERA in three starts against the Ducks in 2016.

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 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 both games 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 – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Bluefish
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#11 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#7   Alberto Callaspo – 2B
#15 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#5   Jose Gil – C
#6   Tony Abreu – DH
#20 Jonathan Galvez – LF
#13 Ozney Guillen – RF
#10 D’Arby Myers – CF

#34 Jonathan Albaladejo – RHP

UPDATE (7:15): We are underway from The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn.

UPDATE (7:33): BOT 1: John Brownell gets Tony Abreu on a flyout to right field and strands the bases loaded in the first!

UPDATE (8:03): END 3: Still scoreless after three innings. Bluefish have left five men on base thus far. Albaladejo has struck out two Ducks.

UPDATE (8:17): TOP 4: Ducks strike first! Elmer Reyes laces a two-run single to left field, scoring Fehlandt Lentini and Angelo Songco!

UPDATE (8:41): END 5: Brownell does it again! He works out of a first-and-third, one-out jam to keep the Ducks in front 2-0! Bluefish have left seven on base.

UPDATE (9:15): TOP 7: A sacrifice fly to center by Delta Cleary Jr. scores Alex Burg to increase Long Island’s lead to 3-0!

UPDATE (9:25): END 7: Seven shutout innings tonight from John Brownell! Ducks starters have now thrown 25 consecutive scoreless innings!

UPDATE (9:48): BOT 8: Amalio Diaz allows a single and a walk with two outs but gets Tony Abreu on a flyout to center! 3-0 Ducks as we head to the ninth.

UPDATE (10:12): FINAL: Ducks 3, Bluefish 0! Long Island’s first shutout win of the season!

w – Brownell (3-0)
L – Albaladejo (3-2)
S – Tsao (2)

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!

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