Game 69: Ducks at Revolution

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The Ducks and Revs battle for the series win this afternoon (Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

1:00 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park (York, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

It’s a Sunday matinee and the rubber game of a three-game series this afternoon between the Long Island Ducks and York Revolution. The Ducks enter the game at 4-1 in the second half, just one game behind the Somerset Patriots in the Liberty Division, and 34-34 overall this year. The Revolution are now tied with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs for first in the Freedom Division at 3-2 in the second half, and they have a 35-33 overall record. Long Island is now victorious in six of their 10 meetings with York this year and has a 4-2 record at PeoplesBank Park.

LAST GAME RECAP:

After getting blown out on Friday night, the Ducks returned the favor on Saturday evening with a 13-4 triumph over the Revolution.

Long Island took a 1-0 lead into the third inning after Travis Snider drove in a run with a groundout in the first. Then, for the second time this year, the Ducks plated eight runs in the third with right-hander Dominic Severino on the mound. Jordany Valdespin and Taylor Ard had RBI singles in the frame, Lew Ford went the opposite way for a two-run triple, Daniel Fields lined a two-run single to center, and a pair of runs scored on a little league home run for Dan Lyons, who went from home to third on a throwing error and then scored from third on another throwing error.

The Revolution looked to make a comeback against John Brownell, who did not allow a hit over the first three innings. However, Welington Dotel lifted an opposite-field solo homer to right in the fourth to put the Revs on the board. An RBI double by Jared Mitchell and a run-scoring infield single by Alexi Casilla in the fifth closed the gap to 9-3. Zach Wilson then connected for an RBI double in the sixth to make it a five-run game. York would get no closer though.

The Ducks took advantage of an error in the eighth to plate four unearned runs with two outs against southpaw Luke Westphal. Snider grounded a two-run double down the left field line, and Ford followed with a two-run home run to right-center. The bullpen trio of Wander PerezDennis O’Grady and Colton Murray locked the game down with a perfect final three innings, and they combined for five strikeouts. Murray struck out the side in the ninth to seal the deal.

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks will have Tyler Badamo toe the rubber in the series finale on Sunday. The right-hander has turned in back-to-back quality starts to begin his Ducks career, combining to yield just five runs in 13 innings of work and posting a 1-1 record. He most recently pitched on July 7th against the Skeeters and tossed six innings of two-run ball, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out four in Long Island’s 7-5 win. Overall with the Ducks, Bees and Skeeters this year, Badamo is 3-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 11 games (10 starts). Today will be his first start of the season against the Revolution, though he threw five innings of one-run ball against them in 2017 while pitching for Bridgeport.

2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game selection Mitch Atkins will take the mound for the Revolution. The righty pitched a scoreless inning of relief in Wednesday’s All-Star Game for the Freedom Division, yielding just one walk in the second. He brings a 6-3 overall record and a 4.43 ERA over 13 starts into Sunday’s ballgame. Prior to the All-Star appearance, Atkins last pitched for the Revs on July 6th when he tossed a complete game shutout against the Blue Crabs. The former big leaguer gave up just three hits over nine innings and struck out 10 batters, throwing 114 pitches (77 strikes). He comes into the game having won six consecutive starts and posting a 2.25 ERA in that span after going 0-3 with a 7.09 ERA in his first seven starts of the season. He is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his two starts against the Ducks.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – DH
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#9   Anthony Vega – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#25 Tyler Badamo – RHP

York Revolution
#2   Jared Mitchell – RF
#4   Alexi Casilla – 2B
#15 Welington Dotel – LF
#29 Melky Mesa – DH
#21 Michael Burgess – 1B
#11 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#30 Tyler Clark – C
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF

#16 Mitch Atkins – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: Revolution plate an unearned run in the first on a double, a sac bunt and a throwing error. York leads 1-0.

END 3: Back-to-back scoreless frames for Tyler Badamo, who has struck out four batters thus far!

BOT 6: A two-out error leads to York’s second run of the game, as Michael Burgess connects for an RBI double. 2-0 Revolution.

TOP 7: David Washington slugs a solo home run over the batter’s eye in center field! His 10th longball of the season cuts the deficit to 2-1.

MID 8: Still a 2-1 game in favor of York. Wander Perez takes over after one and one-third scoreless innings from Dennis O’Grady.

FINAL: A leadoff walk goes for naught, as the Ducks drop the series finale to the Revolution 2-1. We’ll see you back on Long Island Tuesday night as we open a homestand against the New Britain Bees!

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Game 68: Ducks at Revolution

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Long Island looks to rebound from a series-opening loss (Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park (York, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and York Revolution play the middle game of a three-game series in Pennsylvania. Entering Saturday’s game, the Ducks sit one game behind the Patriots for first place in the second half Liberty Division standings at 3-1. The Revolution are also 3-1 in the second half and maintain a one game lead over Southern Maryland for first place in the Freedom Division. Long Island has taken five of the nine meetings between the Ducks and Revs thus far, including three of five in York.

LAST GAME RECAP:

Despite a strong first three innings from starter Lee Sosa, the Ducks could not contain a strong Revolution offense over the middle three innings, as York claimed the series opener 16-1 on Friday.

The Ducks took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on three singles, including a two-out RBI base hit from Taylor Ard. However, they left two on base in the inning and proceeded to leave five on base over the first three innings of the game. York took advantage in the fourth inning after Sosa allowed just one walk over three scoreless innings to begin the game. The Revs sent 10 men to the plate and plated five runs on five hits and one error, which led to two unearned runs in the inning.

York continued to swing the bats in the fifth against Sosa and then Branden Pinder. Sosa walked Melky Mesa and Michael Burgess on four pitches each before he was lifted from the game. Pinder then allowed a single to Zach Wilson, a sac fly to Luis Cruz and a two-out, three-run home run to Ryan Dent. Leading 9-1, the Revolution then tacked on seven more runs against Pinder and Carlos Pimentel in the sixth inning. York collected seven consecutive hits in the inning, the first five off Pinder, and finished the frame with eight hits overall.

Jose Cuas was the only Ducks pitcher to avoid yielding runs, as he tossed a perfect eighth inning in his debut with the Flock. Ard, Travis Snider and Dan Lyons each had two hits for Long Island, who collected 10 hits in the game but left eight men on base.

ON THE MOUND:

John Brownell will look to even the series for the Ducks on Saturday night. The seventh-year Duck is coming off his longest start of the season, in which he went eight innings and threw 141 pitches in a 12-4 win over the Sugar Land Skeeters on July 6th. He allowed just two runs over eight innings, with both runs coming on a two-run homer in the first by Colin Walsh. The righty gave up eight hits and five walks but stranded 10 men on base while striking out four. Brownell has faced the Revolution twice this season and has yet to allow an earned run in 13 and two-thirds innings of work. He’s given up just one unearned run on nine hits and four walks while striking out eight. Overall, Brownell is now 4-7 in 13 games (12 starts) this season and has lowered his ERA from 6.53 to 3.96 over his past seven starts, with a 2.13 ERA in that span.

York will give the ball to Dominic Severino in the middle game of the set. The right-hander comes into tonight’s start with a 4-4 record and a 4.37 ERA, also pitching in 13 games (12 starts). His most recent outing was also his longest, as he tossed seven innings and alloewd just one unearned run in a 4-3 loss to the Blue Crabs on July 8th. Severino took a no-decision but gave up only seven hits and no walks while striking out five batters. It was an impressive turnaround for the Connecticut native, who had five runs in five innings combined during his first two starts after returning for a rib injury that caused him to miss 12 days. Severino was roughed up in his lone start against the Ducks this year, allowing nine runs on 10 hits and a walk over two and two-thirds innings on June 8th in York.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#28 Daniel Fields – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

York Revolution
#2   Jared Mitchell – RF
#4   Alexi Casilla – 2B
#15 Welington Dotel – LF
#29 Melky Mesa – DH
#21 Michael Burgess – 1B
#14 Zach Wilson – 3B
#20 Luis Cruz – C
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF

#26 Dominic Severino – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: A grounder to short by Travis Snider scores Jordany Valdespin with the opening run of the ballgame!

TOP 3: For the second time this year, the Ducks score eight runs in the third inning at York! Eight runs on eight hits and two errors balloon Long Island’s lead to 9-0!

BOT 4: Welington Dotel’s opposite-field solo home run to right has put the Revs on the scoreboard. Ducks lead is now 9-1.

BOT 5: An RBI double by Jared Mitchell and an RBI infield single by Alexi Casilla have closed the gap to 9-3 in favor of the Flock.

BOT 6: An RBI double to left-center by Zach Wilson makes it a 9-4 ballgame.

BOT 7: All-Star Wander Perez with a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh after taking over for Brownell!

TOP 8: CLUTCH two-out hits for the Flock! Snider sneaks a two-run double down the left field line, and Ford follows with a two-run home run to right-center! Ducks now lead 13-4!

BOT 8: A 1-2-3 eighth inning for Dennis O’Grady, who gets two groundouts and a strikeout! Onto the ninth we go.

FINAL: Colton Murray strikes out the side in the ninth! Nine up and nine down tonight for the Ducks bullpen! Long Island tops York 13-4 to even the series at one!

Game 67: Ducks at Revolution

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The Ducks begin their post All-Star break schedule with a weekend trip to York

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park (York, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks resume the second half of the 2018 season tonight when they open a three-game series in Pennsylvania against the York Revolution. After a four-day break for the Atlantic League All-Star Game, the Ducks will bring a 3-0 record in the second half into this series. The Revolution have won two of their first three games in the second half, and both teams currently sit in first place in their respective divisions. Long Island has won five of their eight meetings with York thus far, including three of four at PeoplesBank Park back in early-June.

LAST GAME RECAP:

The Ducks last took the field on Sunday evening, when they held on late for a 5-3 victory over the Sugar Land Skeeters to complete a three-game sweep.

Ducks starter Bennett Parry and Skeeters starter Ben Griset dueled over the first four innings of the game, with neither pitcher yielding a run. However, in the fifth, Cody Puckett ended a 43-game home run drought with a leadoff solo blast over the left field wall. Later in the frame, Audie Afenir double to right, and Jordany Valdespin brought him home with a two-out RBI single to right.

It remained 2-0 until the bottom of the eighth when Austin Adams took over on the mound for the Skeeters. He allowed a one-out single to Lew Ford, a two-out single to Taylor Ard and a two-out walk to David Washington. That set the stage for Puckett, who drove a 1-1 pitch into the left-center field gap for a bases-clearing, three-run double that put the Flock up 5-0.

Francisco Rodriguez entered in the ninth inning for a second straight night to try and close out the game. However, the righty ran into trouble, yielding three runs on two hits, two walks and a sacrifice fly. With the tying run coming up to the plate, the closer induced a flyout to left by Derek Norris and struck out All-Star Matt Chavez swinging to seal the series sweep.

Parry collected the win after tossing seven scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and four walks while striking out 10. Griset took the loss, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk in seven innings.

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ALL-STAR GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks will give the ball to Lee Sosa in the first game out of the All-Star break. The right-hander last pitched on July 4th when he start Long Island’s 5-3 win in Connecticut over the New Britain Bees. He pitched two innings after starting just three days prior, allowing a run on one hit and two walks while striking out two. Thus far, the Bronx native has compiled an 0-1 record with a 5.74 ERA in nine appearances (three starts) with the Ducks this year. He has faced York twice, once in relief and once as a starter, and has given up five runs in four and two-thirds innings of work.

York will counter with left-hander Robert Carson, who started the All-Star Game for the Freedom Division and allowed a first-inning solo homer to Somerset Patriots outfielder Julio Borbon. The southpaw has a 5-3 record with a 2.25 ERA in 20 appearances this year, four of which are starts. His last start with the Revs came on July 4th against the Sugar Land Skeeters when he took the loss despite allowing just three runs, four hits and a walk over six innings while striking out a season-high eight batters. Carson has pitched in three games against Long Island this year (two starts). He has totaled a 1-0 record with a 2.19 ERA, conceding five runs (three earned) in 12 and one-third innings.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 1B
#30 David Washington – LF
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#14 Lee Sosa – RHP

York Revolution
#2   Jared Mitchell – RF
#4   Alexi Casilla – 2B
#15 Welington Dotel – LF
#29 Melky Mesa – DH
#21 Michael Burgess – 1B
#14 Zach Wilson – 3B
#20 Luis Cruz – C
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF

#28 Robert Carson – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Ducks strike first in York on a two-out RBI single to left-center field from Taylor Ard!

END 2: Back-to-back scoreless innings to start the game from right-hander Lee Sosa! Five of his six outs recorded have been groundouts.

BOT 4: The Revolution plate five runs (three earned) on five hits and an error to take a 5-1 lead.

BOT 5: A sac fly off the bat of Luis Cruz and a two-out, three-run home run from Ryan Dent increase the Revolution lead to 9-1.

BOT 6: The Revolution plate seven more runs on eight more hits.

BOT 8: Newcomer Jose Cuas takes over on the mound in the eighth inning and retires all three batters he faces on popouts!

FINAL: Ducks drop the series opener in York to the Revolution. Back at it tomorrow night at 6:30 for the middle game of the series.

 

2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game

The best the Atlantic League has to offer will compete at Bethpage Ballpark at the 2018 All-Star Game

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Liberty Division All-Stars look to put an end to the Freedom Division All-Stars’ reign over the Atlantic League’s Mid-Summer Classic. Freedom’s side has won the previous six matchups between the divisions dating back to 2011. This will be Long Island’s third time hosting the All-Star game, with the most recent occurring in 2010, and the first occurring in 2002.

FIRST HALF RECAP:

The Somerset Patriots and Sugar Land Skeeters clinched playoff spots after winning their respective divisions following 63 games. The Patriots rode a hot start to a first-half title, fending off a late push from the New Britain Bees, who pulled within two games by the end of the half. Somerset’s first-half record was 35-28, while the Sugar Land Skeeters held the best record in the league as a whole at 41-22. The Skeeters were trailing the Lancaster Barnstormers late in the half, but took six games from them in a seven-game series near the end of the midseason.

ON THE MOUND:

Bennett Parry has been arguably the best pitcher in the Atlantic League this year, and starts for the Liberty Division tonight. The 6-foot-6 lefty owns a 6-1 record with a 2.60 ERA over 12 starts thus far. His 104 strikeouts lead the Atlantic League this season, and his ERA places him third in the circuit. The California native was brilliant once again in his last start, throwing seven shutout innings against the Skeeters just three days ago, striking out 10.

The Freedom Division will have Robert Carson start tonight, who began the season in the bullpen before transitioning to a starting role. The Mississippi native earned a quality start but took the loss in his last outing, going six innings and allowing three runs in a 3-2 loss to the Sugar Land Skeeters last Wednesday. The lefty is a three-year Atlantic League veteran, spending time with the Bridgeport Bluefish and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the past. Carson also has 31 major league appearances under his belt with the Mets dating back to 2012 and 2013.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

ALL-STAR GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Freedom Division All-Stars
#7   Darian Sandford – CF
#19 Frank Martinez – 3B
#15 Welington Dotel – LF
#2   Blake Gailen – RF
#26 Matt Chavez – 1B
#6   Vladimir Frias – SS
#21 Courtney Hawkins – DH
#5   Ryan Casteel – C
#9   Edwin Garcia – 2B

#34 Robert Carson – LHP

Liberty Division All-Stars
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Julio Borbon – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#14 Jason Rogers – 1B
#23 Jamar Walton – RF
#24 Deibinson Romero – 3B
#6   Mike Fransoso – LF
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#2   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS

#32 Bennett Parry – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Ducks starter Bennett Parry starts the All-Star Game with a one-two-three inning for the Liberty Division!

BOT 1: Julio Borbon of the Somerset Patriots starts the scoring with an absolute bomb to right field! 1-0 Liberty!

TOP 2: Cory Riordan of the Somerset Patriots follows Bennett Parry’s lead and retires the side in the second inning.

BOT 2: Catcher Ryan Casteel of the Lancaster Barnstormers turns a great double play to highlight York’s Mitch Atkins’ inning of work!

BOT 3: Konner Wade of the Sugar Land Skeeters draws a double play to get out of a two-on one-out jam, keeping the Freedom Division ahead 3-1!

TOP 4: Pitcher Rainy Lara of the New Britain Bees knocks down a grounder towards Jordany Valdespin to end the inning! Still 3-1 Freedom.

BOT 4: Third double play turned by the Freedom Division in four innings as Nate Reed of the @gobarnstormers keeps the lead for Freedom at 3-1.

TOP 5: Duane Below of the Somerset Patriots deals a perfect inning for the Liberty Division!

BOT 5: A couple of Somerset Patriots come through after Mike Fransoso doubles home a run, and Alfredo Rodriguez gets a run-scoring base hit off Southern Maryland Blue Crabs pitcher Sam Runion! All tied at three!

BOT 6: York’s Grant Sides grants a two-out walk but gets the next batter to ground out to keep the score at 3-3!

TOP 7: Perfect inning for Ducks sidearmer Wander Perez! Still 3-3 into the seventh inning stretch!

BOT 7: Nice and easy one-two-three inning for Lancaster Barnstormers submariner Garrett Granitz! Pitching is taking over here at Bethpage Ballpark!

TOP 8: Road Warriors closer Andrew Johnston keeps the game tied, forcing a ground-out with a man on to end the inning!

BOT 8: Scott Shuman of the Lancaster Barnstormers gets into trouble with a runner in scoring position, but gets a clutch strikeout to end the inning!

TOP 9: New Britain Bees closer Evan Scribner looks brilliant while striking out the side for the Liberty Division! Tied at three heading into the bottom of the ninth!

FINAL: Alfredo Rodriguez of the Somerset Patriots walks it off with a single down the line! 4-3 Liberty! What a game!

Game 66: Ducks vs. Skeeters

The Ducks look to stay unbeaten in the second half of play with a sweep of the Skeeters

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

5:05 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

Long Island has an overall record of 32-33, and a second-half record of 2-0 coming into this game. Sugar Land clinched a playoff spot with a 41-22 record in the first half, but has started the second half 0-2. This will be the 12th of 18 scheduled games between the two teams this season and their 131st all-time meeting. The Skeeters have a two-game lead on the Ducks in the all-time series, going 66-64 against the Flock, while winning the 2018 series 6-5. Long Island has defended their home at a 40-27 rate from the Skeeters. Last season’s series between the two teams ended in an even split, 10-10.

LAST GAME RECAP:

The Ducks continued their strong start to the second half with a 7-5 victory in the second game of a three-game set against the Sugar Land Skeeters.

The Skeeters struck first with a solo home run in the very first inning by Matt Chavez. Dan Lyons then pushed the Ducks ahead with a two-run homer that snuck over the left field wall in the third inning.

A base hit by Albert Cordero in the top of the sixth inning knotted the game at two, but it didn’t stay that way for long. In the bottom half of the inning, David Washington annihilated a ball to right field with the bases loaded to give the Ducks a 6-2 lead.

The Skeeters stormed back in the next inning with a sacrifice fly followed by a two-run home run off the bat of Courtney Hawkins to cut the Ducks lead to 6-5. Long Island got a valuable insurance run in the bottom half of the inning when Lew Ford hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Lyons.

Francisco Rodriguez shut the door in the ninth to convert his 14th save of the season, stranding a runner at second. Tyler Badamo earned his first win as a Duck, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four. Ben Rowen took the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits in two innings of work.

SATURDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Bennett Parry has been arguably the best pitcher in the Atlantic League this year, and starts tonight against the Skeeters. The 6-foot-6 lefty owns a 5-1 record with a 2.88 ERA over 11 starts thus far. His 94 strikeouts lead the Atlantic League this season, and his ERA places him third in the circuit. However, the California native struggled in his last start, allowing six runs in five innings of work in the series opener against the Bees last Tuesday. Parry dominated the Skeeters earlier this season, striking out 14 over five and two-thirds innings on May 30.

Ben Griset will start for the Skeeters tonight, sporting a record of 2-2 with a 4.86 ERA this season. The Modesto, Calif., native has returned to the Skeeters rotation after easing back from injury with a pair of relief appearances in early June. The lefty has not been helped by his defense in his last two starts, going six total innings and allowing seven runs, but only three earned runs. Griset spent his last three seasons in the Mets’ organization, pitching out of the bullpen for Double-A Binghamton and earning a 4-1 record with a 2.39 ERA.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#35 Taylor Ard – 1B
#30 David Washington – DH
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#9   Anthony Vega – CF
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#32 Bennett Parry – LHP

Sugar Land Skeeters
#27 Barrett Barnes – CF
#33 Derek Norris – DH
#16 Matt Chavez – 1B
#12 Courtney Hawkins – LF
#3   Albert Cordero – C
#29 Denis Phipps – RF
#4   Colin Walsh – 2B
#20 Javier Betancourt – 3B
#7   Alvaro Rondon – SS

#23 Ben Griset – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Two strikeouts already on the board for Ducks starter Bennett Parry! Four away from 100 at the midway point of the season!

TOP 3: With two on and nobody out, Bennett Parry escapes the inning with the bases loaded, striking out two more! Scoreless after three.

BOT 3: Jordany Valdespin walks and extends the on-base streak to 30 games! Incredible!

TOP 5: Bennett Parry strikes out the side to bring his season total to 102! The next highest in the league is 66 FYI.

BOT 5: Ducks score two in the inning after a home run from Cody Puckett and an RBI single by Jordany Valdespin!

TOP 6: Bennett Parry strands the runners at the corners with his 10th strikeout of the ballgame! 2-0 Ducks!

BOT 8: Cody Puckett adds a bases-clearing double to his big day! He’s 2-4 with a homer, a double, and 4 RBI!

FINAL: Sugar Land makes it close with a three-run ninth, but the Ducks hold on for a 5-3 win and a sweep to open the second half!

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