ALCS Game One: Ducks at Skeeters

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 8:05 p.m. EDT at Constellation Field (Sugar Land, Texas)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks travel to Texas for Game One of the Atlantic League Championship Series against the Sugar Land Skeeters. It’s the first time that the Ducks and Skeeters are meeting in the championship series. Long Island returned from an 0-2 deficit, rallying to beat Somerset three games to two for the Liberty Division Championship. Sugar Land swept the York Revolution in three games, clinching on road turf.

SERIES PREVIEW: 2016 marks Long Island’s fifth appearance in the Atlantic League Championship Series and Sugar Land’s second appearance. The Ducks and Skeeters met 20 times in the regular season with Long Island winning 11 games and Sugar Land winning nine. In the first half, in which the Ducks won the Liberty Division, Long Island took seven of 10 contests. However, Sugar Land won the second half head-to-head, stealing six of 10. Sugar Land has a slim hold on the all-time series, winning 50 of 99 games since 2012. The home team has dominated the series, as well. Long Island is 30-19 against Sugar Land at Bethpage Ballpark, while the Skeeters have a 31-19 record against the Ducks at Constellation Field.

ON THE MOUND: Bobby Blevins makes his first start of the 2016 postseason, having last taken the hill in a regular season game on September 13 against the Skeeters. Blevins suffered the loss on the road in that contest, allowing three earned runs on nine hits with three strikeouts over seven innings. The right-hander has pitched in four postseason contests with the Ducks. Blevins was victorious for Long Island in Game Three of the 2015 Liberty Division Championship Series against the Somerset Patriots. He gave the Ducks a 2-1 series lead thanks to seven strikeouts in six innings, yielding four runs on four hits and three walks.

Jake Hale, the 6-foot-7 righty out of Albany, Ohio, makes his postseason debut. Hale won six of his 15 starts for Sugar Land, including his final regular season game. On September 17 against Southern Maryland, Hale fired six terrific innings of three-hit ball, allowing one run and three walks with two strikeouts in a 4-1 Skeeters win. Hale met the Ducks at Constellation Field on September 12, pitching one of his worst outings of the year. The Ducks scored 11 runs on 13 hits against Hale in just four and two-thirds innings. However, the 30-year-old beat Long Island on July 29 at Bethpage Ballpark. He tossed eight innings of six-hit ball with four strikeouts, surrendering three runs.

FOLLOW ALONG:  Fans can watch live via the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will be available online below. 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 look at the Long Island’s all-time playoff history, please CLICK HERE.

Ducks
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#27 Anthony Vega – LF

#18 Bobby Blevins – RHP

Skeeters
#7   Josh Prince – 2B
#9   Rene Tosoni – CF
#29 Jeremy Barfield – RF
#16 Travis Scott – DH
#24 Delwyn Young – 1B
#14 Lance Zawadzki – SS
#5   Wilfredo Rodriguez – C
#26 Jeff Dominguez – LF
#10 Juan Martinez – 3B

#27 Jake Hale – RHP

UPDATE (7:31): BOT 1: Back-to-back two-out RBi singles by Delwyn Young and Lance Zawadzki put the Skeeters in front 2-0.

UPDATE (7:43): TOP 2: Lew Ford draws a walk to open the inning and then scores on a double play ball! Ducks close to within 2-1.

UPDATE (8:08): BOT 3: Excellent work by Bobby Blevins to escape a first-and-second, no-out jam with no runs allowed against the middle of the order!

UPDATE (8:31): BOT 4: Two-run home runs by Juan Martinez and Jeremy Barfield have increased Sugar Land’s lead 6-1.

UPDATE (8:58): BOT 6: Daniel Herrera gets Travis Scott to fly out to center field, stranding two runners on base! Still a 6-1 ballgame.

UPDATE (9:15): BOT 7: Martinez’s two-out RBI single makes it a 7-1 game after seven.

UPDATE (9:41): FINAL: Sugar Land takes the opening game of the series, 7-1. Game Two will be Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. CDT.

LDCS Game Five: Ducks vs. Patriots

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 5:05 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, NY)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: For the third time in the past four seasons, the Long Island Ducks and Somerset Patriots meet in a decisive fifth game, battling this evening for the 2016 Liberty Division Championship. In their previous two playoff game 5 meetings, Long Island took 2013’s game five (Atlantic League Championship Series), and Somerset won game five in 2015 (Liberty Division Championship Series) at TD Bank Ballpark in New Jersey. Long Island has a 2-1 all-time home record in game fives. After being outscored 13-2 in the first two games on the road, the Ducks have outscored the Patriots 9-1 at home. Long Island posted a 41-29 regular season record at Bethpage Ballpark.

GAME FOUR RESULT: Jarret Leverett and Anthony Vega lifted Long Island to a 2-0 win over Somerset in Game Four of the 2016 Liberty Division Championship Series.

Leverett fired seven shutout innings of six-hit ball, recording five strikeouts and a walk in the victory. Vega provided the lone spark, cranking a two-run home run off Somerset starter Shaun Garceau in the third inning to give the Ducks their 2-0 lead. Amalio Diaz tossed a scoreless eighth and Todd Coffey fired a scoreless ninth inning, earning the save.

Garceau took the loss, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out four over six and two-thirds innings.

Tyler Colvin doubled and scored to lead Long Island.

PITCHING MATCHUP: John Brownell, who pitched in game one, looks to beat Somerset for the second time this season. In Wednesday’s game, a 3-2 extra-innings loss to Somerset, Brownell did not factor in the decision. The right-hander lasted six innings, surrendering two runs on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts. Brownell has a 4-2 career postseason record for the Flock, striking out 33 in 54 and two-thirds innings.

PITCHING MATCHUP: John Brownell, who pitched in game one, looks to beat Somerset for the second time this season. In Wednesday’s game, a 3-2 extra-innings loss to Somerset, Brownell did not factor in the decision. The right-hander lasted six innings, surrendering two runs on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts. Brownell has a 4-2 career postseason record for the Flock, striking out 33 in 54 and two-thirds innings.

Will Oliver, the Somerset starter who countered John Brownell in game one, takes the baseball for the Patriots. On Wednesday, Oliver fired seven strong innings, striking out three and walking two while allowing two runs on eight hits. The Newport Beach, California native is 2-0 over three career postseason games, posting an earned run average of 1.57. In three total appearances against the Ducks this season, Oliver has one win and has allowed eight earned runs over 20 innings of work (3.60 ERA).

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all of the action live via the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will be available online by below. 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 tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE. For a look at the Long Island’s all-time playoff history, please CLICK HERE.

Ducks
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#27 Anthony Vega – LF

#7 John Brownell – RHP

Patriots
#20 Vinny Zarrillo – CF
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#8 David Vidal – 3B
#24 Bryan LaHair – 1B
#31 Kyle Roller – DH
#13 Carlos Guzman – RF
#3 Eric Farris – 2B
#9 Rob Kral – C
#2 Scott Kelly – SS

#26 Will Oliver – RHP

UPDATE (5:28): BOT 1: The Ducks strike for a big first inning! Long Island leads Somerset 4-0 highlighted by RBI doubles from Ford & Gotay!

UPDATE (5:43): BOT 2: Long Island takes advantage of another wild pitch. The Ducks now lead the Patriots 5-0!

UPDATE (6:11): END 4: Long Island still leads Somerset 5-0 in Game Five of the Liberty Division Championship Series. Brownell has retired 12 in a row.

UPDATE (6:23): TOP 5: Eric Farris’ sacrifice fly and RBI gets Somerset on the board. Long Island still leads 5-1.

UPDATE (7:40): FINAL: What a comeback! The Ducks beat the Patriots 5-1 to win the Liberty Division Championship Series three games to two!

 

 

LDCS Game Four: Ducks vs. Patriots

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, NY)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks take on the Somerset Patriots in Game Four of the Liberty Division Championship Series. After seeing Somerset take games one and two, the Ducks grabbed a game with a 7-1 win on Friday. Somerset leads the best-of-five series two games to one. Fehlandt Lentini’s .462 batting average (6-for-13) leads Long Island, while Anthony Vega is batting .429 (3-for-7). Somerset’s Scott Kelly has a series-high .545 batting average (6-for-11). The winner of the Ducks-Patriots series will face the Sugar Land Skeeters, who completed the three-game sweep over the York Revolution for the Freedom Division Championship on Friday evening.

GAME THREE RESULT: The Ducks extended the Liberty Division Championship Series, defeating the Somerset Patriots 7-1 on Friday night at Bethpage Ballpark.

Lentini’s two-out run-scoring single in the top of the third inning put the Ducks in front 1-0. In the next inning, Ruben Gotay doubled the Long Island lead with an RBI single. Lew Ford cranked a two-run home run to right-center field in the fourth, giving the Ducks a 4-0 advantage.

Somerset’s Bryan LaHair homered in the seventh, accounting for Somerset’s only run. Long Island added three more runs, highlighted by Tyler Colvin’s eighth-inning solo homer to right field.

Nick Struck tossed seven tremendous innings, allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks in the win. Alexis Candelario suffered the loss, lasting six innings with seven strikeouts. He surrendered four runs on nine hits.

Anthony Vega added a pair of hits, including a double, and a run.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Jarret Leverett makes his first postseason start and fifth overall for Long Island. The left-hander, who was traded to the Ducks from New Britain in late August, has posted two wins and two losses. Leverett’s past outing came on September 18 at York in which the Georgia native allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings. In an 8-3 loss, he struck out three and walked two. Leverett has not started against Somerset, but tossed a combined three scoreless innings of relief.

Former Long Island Duck Shaun Garceau makes his 25th start of the season. Garceau, who posted a 3-4 record and an ERA of 3.91 with Somerset, has not earned a victory since August 19. Since his six innings of five hit ball, allowing three runs to Bridgeport in a 9-3 Somerset win, the righty has lost three of his past five. Most recently, Garceau dropped his final regular season decision to New Britain on September 17. Over six innings, he yielded four runs on nine hits while striking out three.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all of the action live via the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will be available online below. 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 tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE. For a look at the Long Island’s all-time playoff history, please CLICK HERE.

Ducks
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#27 Anthony Vega – LF

#22 Jarret Leverett – LHP

Patriots
#2 Scott Kelly – SS
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#3 Eric Farris – CF
#24 Bryan LaHair – 1B
#8 David Vidal – 2B
#31 Kyle Roller – DH
#13 Carlos Guzman – 3B
#6 Brian Van Kirk – RF
#4 Yovan Gonzalez – C

#5 Shaun Garceau – RHP

UPDATE (7:02): END 2: The Ducks and Patriots are scoreless in Game 4. Neither Jarret Leverett nor Shaun Garceau has allowed a hit.

UPDATE (7:22): BOT 3: Anthony Vega’s two-run blast to right field gives the Ducks a 2-0 lead over the Patriots!

UPDATE (7:56): END 5: Long Island 2, Somerset 0. Jarret Leverett: 5.0 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 K, 1 BB so far for the Ducks.

UPDATE (8:30: END 7: The Ducks still lead the Patriots 2-0 heading to the eighth. Amalio Diaz in to pitch for LI. Leverett fired seven scoreless innings.

UPDATE (9:05): FINAL: There will be a Game Five! Long Island beats Somerset 2-0 behind Leverett’s seven scoreless innings & Vega’s two-run homer!

 

LDCS Game Three: Ducks vs. Patriots

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, NY)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks looks to stave off elimination trailing two games to none to the Somerset Patriots in Game 3 of the Liberty Division Championship Series. Long Island last trailed 2-0 in a playoff series in 2009 against Southern Maryland, forcing a decisive fifth game. However, the Ducks did not complete the comeback. Against Somerset at Bethpage Ballpark this season, Long Island has won six out of ten. In all-time postseason play between the Ducks and the Patriots, the Flock has won three out of four games at the Duck Pond.

GAME TWO RESULT: The Somerset Patriots used 15 hits and two big innings to top the Ducks 10-0 in Game 2 of the Liberty Division Championship Series, taking a two games to none lead in the best-of-five showdown.

Somerset plated five runs in the bottom of the second, one in the fourth, and four in the fifth. Eric Farris led the way with three hits and two runs batted in. Vinny Zarrillo tallied a pair of hits, three RBIs, and two runs, while Aharon Eggleston and Bryan LaHair combined for four hits and four RBIs.

Fehlandt Lentini added two hits, including his second double of the series. Dan Lyons and Lew Ford also tallied a pair of hits. Relievers Danny Burawa and James Lomangino combined to throw three scoreless innings.

Patriots starter Nik Turley earned the win, striking out 14 batters over seven shutout innings. Long Island start Matt Larkins suffered the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits in two innings.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Nick Struck enters Friday’s elimination game having won his past two starts. The right-hander picked up back-to-back wins over the York Revolution, striking out eight in each meeting. Over 11 and two-thirds innings, Struck allowed 11 hits and four walks but just four runs. Tonight marks the Oregon native’s second start against Somerset. On August 9 at Bethpage Ballpark, he tossed five solid innings, allowing three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Despite not getting the decision, the Ducks won 6-5.

Alexis Candelario takes the baseball for Somerset for the first time against Long Island all season. Candelario made just seven starts and eight appearances, posting wins against New Britain and Southern Maryland. His last outing, a relief appearance on September 18 against the Bees, resulted in three strikeouts and two hits allowed over one and one-third innings. His most recent start came on September 13 at Bridgeport. Though he did not factor in the decision, the Florida resident fanned five, allowing six hits and one earned run over four and two-thirds innings.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all of the action live via the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will be available online below. 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 tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE. For a look at the Long Island’s all-time playoff history, please CLICK HERE.

Ducks
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#27 Anthony Vega – LF

#24 Nick Struck – RHP

Patriots
#20 Vinny Zarrillo – CF
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#3 Eric Farris – 2B
#24 Bryan LaHair – DH
#31 Kyle Roller – 1B
#19 Josh Mazzola – 3B
#13 Carlos Guzman – RF
#4 Yovan Gonzalez – C
#2 Scott Kelly – SS

#14 Alexis Candelario – RHP

UPDATE (7:05): END 2: The Ducks and Patriots are scoreless in Game 3. Neither pitcher has allowed a base runner.

UPDATE (7:21): BOT 3: Fehlandt Lentini’s two-out RBI single drives in Anthony Vega, giving the Ducks a 1-0 lead over the Patriots!

UPDATE (7:42): BOT 4: With two outs, Ruben Gotay singles through the right side, plating a run. Long Island leads Somerset 2-0.

UPDATE (8:15): BOT 6: LEWWWWW Ford homers! His two-run bomb doubles the Ducks’ lead to 4-0 over the Patriots.

UPDATE (8:25): TOP 7: Somerset gets on the board with Bryan LaHair’s solo homer, but Nick Struck induces three groundouts to end the inning. LI 4, SOM 1.

UPDATE (8:36): BOT 7: The Ducks tack on an insurance run as Lentini’s RBI single makes it 5-1 Ducks over Patriots.

UPDATE (9:01): BOT 8: Tyler Colvin’s solo homer highlights a two-run inning for the Ducks. Long Island takes a 7-1 lead over Somerset to the ninth inning.

UPDATE (9:12): FINAL: Long Island WINS! The Ducks win game three with a 7-1 victory over the Patriots. Game 4 is Saturday at 6:35 p.m. in Cent Islip.

 

 

LDCS Game Two: Ducks at Patriots

 

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks look for a split in the road portion of the Liberty Division Championship Series, facing the Somerset Patriots in Game Two from TD Bank Ballpark. Wednesday night’s contest was the ninth consecutive game that the Ducks and Patriots had decided by three or less runs. Long Island and Somerset have met two previous times in the postseason, with each series going the full five games. On the Freedom Division side, the Sugar Land Skeeters defeated the York Revolution in a thrilling 10-9 comeback win, giving Sugar Land a 2-0 series advantage.

GAME ONE RESULT: Somerset shortstop Scott Kelly’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the Patriots to a 3-2 win over the Ducks in the first game of the Liberty Division Championship Series.

Against Ducks starter John Brownell, David Vidal’s run-scoring double in the first inning put the Patriots in front 1-0. Long Island tied the game in the second when Somerset starter Will Oliver’s throwing error allowed Cody Puckett to score from third base.

The Ducks’ first lead came in the top of the fourth when Anthony Vega’s two-out, run-scoring single to right field made it 2-1. However, Carlos Guzman struck for a two-out RBI double in the sixth, tying the game at two.

The scored remained tied until the bottom of the 11th when Ducks reliever James Lomangino allowed Kelly’s homer, giving the Patriots a 1-0 series lead.

Neither Brownell nor Oliver factored in the decision. Brownell lasted six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and four walks with two strikeouts. Oliver struck out three and walked two over seven innings, yielding two runs on eight hits. Efrain Nieves’ scoreless top of the 11th handed him the victory, while Lomangino suffered the loss.

ON THE MOUND: Matt Larkins takes the baseball in game two, having pitched extremely well over a pair of starts against the York Revolution. Traded from the Lincoln SaltDogs of the American Association, Larkins beat York on the road on September 16, allowing one run on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts in seven innings. In his first outing with Long Island, the right-hander fired seven scoreless innings against York. However, he allowed four runs in the eighth innings, losing a chance at the decision. It’s Larkins’ third start of the season and his first Atlantic League postseason appearance.

Former Boston Red Sox prospect Nik Turley, who has posted wins in five of his 10 appearances, makes his Atlantic League playoff debut for Somerset. Turley shut out Bridgeport over six innings on September 14, his past time out, striking out five and walking one. The only face-to-face meeting between Turley and the Ducks came in the left-hander’s three scoreless innings of relief on August 3. Despite a 3-2 Ducks win, Turley was sensational, striking out eight of the nine batters he faced. Against York on August 17, he struck out 10. Just weeks later, Turley followed up that performance with an even higher strikeout total. He fanned 12 on September 2 against the Revs.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all of the action for tonight’s game live via the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will be available online by CLICKING HERE. 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 look at the Long Island’s all-time playoff history, please CLICK HERE.

Ducks
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#21 Mike Blanke – DH
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#29 Mike Dowd – C

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Patriots
#20 Vinny Zarrillo – CF
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#3   Eric Farris – 2B
#24 Bryan LaHair – 1B
#8   David Vidal – 3B
#31 Kyle Roller – DH
#13 Carlos Guzman – RF
#4   Yovan Gonzalez – C
#2   Scott Kelly – SS

#15 Nik Turley – LHP

UPDATE (7:22): END 1: Both sides get a hit but nothing further in a scoreless first inning at TD Bank Ballpark.

UPDATE (7:50): BOT 2: Patriots bat around and plate five runs on six hits. Somerset out to an early 5-0 lead.

UPDATE (8:28): BOT 4: Back-to-back two-out doubles, including an RBI for Bryan LaHair, make it a 6-0 ballgame.

UPDATE (8:52): BOT 5: Four more runs come across for the Patriots, who now lead it 10-0.

UPDATE (9:20): BOT 7: Impressive work out of the bullpen from Danny Burawa! He has thrown two scoreless innings and just struck out the side!

UPDATE (9:38): BOT 8: A scoreless inning for James Lomangino in the eighth, as he retires Farris, LaHair and Mazzola!

UPDATE (9:46): FINAL: Patriots take Game Two of the series to take 2-0 lead. Game Three will be tomorrow night at Bethpage Ballpark. See you all there!

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