Game 88: Ducks vs. Skeeters

DE6I0705GAME TIME/LOCATION: 11:05 a.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (8-9, 44-43) return home to face the Sugar Land Skeeters (7-10, 37-50) on Camp Day in the middle game of a three-game series. The Ducks look to take the series with the Skeeters with a victory today, and would also even up the 2017 season series. Sugar Land has won six of the first 11 matchups between the two clubs.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters 6-1 on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

An RBI single by Travis Scott in the first inning off Ducks starter Henderson Alvarez gave the Skeeters an early 1-0 lead. Alex Burg tied the game in the bottom of the second with a towering solo home run to left-center field off Sugar Land starter Brett Marshall.

Long Island took the lead in the fourth with a three-run, three-hit frame. A two-run homer to right by Marc Krauss and a sacrifice fly to right off the bat of Giovanny Alfonzo put the Flock ahead 4-1. Angelo Songco rounded out the scoring in the eighth with a two-run blast over the wall in right.

Alvarez did not factor into the decision. He pitched four innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits with a strikeout. Alfredo Simon (1-2) earned the win with three scoreless innings of relief, giving up just one hit while striking out four. Marshall (6-6) took the loss, yielding four runs on five hits and four walks over six innings with four strikeouts. Amalio Diaz and David Aardsma each pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Ducks.

Krauss, Burg and Jordan Pacheco each had two hits to pace the Flock offensively.

ON THE MOUND: Matt Larkins takes the mound for the Ducks in the only morning start at Bethpage Ballpark this season. In 17 appearances (16 starts) this season, the right-hander is 4-6 with a 4.27 ERA, and has struck out 79 and walked 23 in 92.2 innings. His 7.7 strikeouts per nine innings this season is the highest mark of his career, while 2.2 walks per nine innings is in line with the rest of his career numbers. In his last start on July 19 against New Britain, Larkins was roughed up for six runs on 13 hits, but got the win in a 13-6 Ducks triumph. In two outings against the Skeeters, the Idaho native has no record but a 1.38 ERA (2 ER/13.0 IP) and has struck out 12 batters.

Sugar Land calls upon former Duck Bobby Blevins, who will be making his 18th appearance and 14th overall start of the season. The righty is 4-6 with an ugly 5.30 ERA, and has been rocked in his last two outings. In 4.2 innings across his last two appearances on July 15 and 20, Blevins has allowed a staggering 13 runs on 17 hits, for an ERA of 25.05. However, he has pitched well against the Ducks, going 1-1 against his former team in three quality starts.

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:

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

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Skeeters
#5 Joe Benson – RF
#7 Josh Prince – 2B
#21 Anthony Giansanti – SS
#16 Travis Scott – 1B
#15 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#11 Cole Gillespie – CF
#9 Wilfredo Rodriguez – DH
#18 Dickie Thon – LF
#29 Santiago Nessy – C

#19 Bobby Blevins – RHP

UPDATE (11:32) – BOT 1: Marc Krauss smashes a two-run triple and the Ducks grab an early 2-0 lead!

UPDATE (12:05) – BOT 3: Marc Krauss delivers again! This time a double sparks a two-run inning as the Ducks lead 4-0!

Game 87: Ducks vs. Skeeters

Henderson Alvarez (30)GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (7-9, 43-43) return home to face the Sugar Land Skeeters (7-9, 37-49) to begin a quick, three-game homestand. The Ducks enter in a tie for third place in the Liberty Division Second Half standings with the New Britain Bees, and just 2.5 games behind the Bridgeport Bluefish. The Skeeters are also 2.5 games away from their division leader, currently sitting in fourth place behind the Lancaster Barnstormers in the Freedom Division.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Lancaster Barnstormers 7-2 on Sunday afternoon in the finale of a three-game series at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

The Barnstormers took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on an RBI double by Nate Coronado and an RBI single by Steve Clevenger off Ducks starter John Brownell. Long Island closed to within 2-1 in the fifth inning when Marc Krauss unloaded a solo home run to right-center field off Barnstormers starter Brad Bergesen.

Lancaster responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame to extend their lead to four. An RBI single by Rico Noel and a two-out, two-run homer to right by Cole Garner did the damage.

Two more runs in the sixth on Clevenger’s RBI single and Sean Halton’s sacrifice fly made it a 7-1 ballgame. Angelo Songco rounded out the scoring with a mammoth solo blast to right-center field in the ninth inning.

Bergesen (6-6) earned the win, tossing six innings of one-run ball, allowing two hits while striking out three. Brownell (7-2) suffered the loss, surrendering five runs on eight hits and three walks in four and two-thirds innings with four strikeouts. Zac Treece and Patrick Crider each pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Ducks.

Krauss led the Flock with three hits in the game, finishing a triple shy of the cycle.

ON THE MOUND: Henderson Alvarez climbs the hill for Long Island in the series opener, making his second start of the season. In his Ducks debut on July 18 against the Bees, the right-hander allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits in two innings of work, walking three and not recording a strikeout. The five-year MLB veteran is known for his good command and heavy sinker, posting a superb career walk percentage of 5.5% (league average ~7.7%) and a stellar groundball rate of 55.0% (league average ~44%). Alvarez made 11 starts across three levels of the Oakland organization in 2016 and was a National League All-Star in 2014 while with the Miami Marlins.

Sugar Land calls upon righty Brett Marshall to start the series opener, making his 18th start of the season and 19th overall appearance. The former New York Yankee is 6-5 with a 4.33 ERA on the season for the Skeeters, and has allowed 97 hits and walked an eye-popping 52 batters while striking out just 62 in 99.2 innings. He has made one previous outing against the Ducks, allowing just one run on three hits in six innings on June 25 at Constellation Field. Last time out, he allowed three runs (none earned) in six innings against Lancaster, walking four and striking out two while getting the loss.

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:

Ducks
#47 Quintin Berry – CF
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#15 Jordan Pacheco – 1B
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#23 Alex Burg – C
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#37 Henderson Alvarez – RHP

Skeeters
#5 Joe Benson – RF
#7 Josh Prince – 2B
#21 Anthony Giansanti – SS
#16 Travis Scott – 1B
#15 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#9 Wilfredo Rodriguez – DH
#11 Cole Gillespie – CF
#3 Albert Cordero – C
#6 Derek Miller – LF

#2 Brett Marshall – RHP

UPDATE (6:48)  – BOT 1: The Skeeters get a run on a Travis Scott single and lead 1-0 at Bethpage Ballpark.

UPDATE (7:08) – BOT 2: The Ducks get on the board as Alex Burg clobbers his eighth home run of the season!

UPDATE (7:47) – BOT 4: Marc Krauss crushes a two-run home run to highlight a three-run inning for the Ducks and we take a 4-1 lead!

UPDATE (8:43) – BOT 7: The Ducks maintain their 4-1 lead over the Skeeters as Amalio Diaz comes in from the bullpen to make his 35 appearance of the year.

UPDATE (8:59) – BOT 8: Angelo Songco hits a two-run homer, the Ducks’ third of the night, and we take a 6-1 lead!

UPDATE (9:07) – FINAL: Ducks 6, Skeeters 1.

W: Simon (1-2)
L: Marshall (6-6)

Game 86: Ducks at Barnstormers

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 2:00 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, Pa.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (7-8, 43-42) face the Lancaster Barnstormers (8-7, 46-38) in the rubber game of a three-game series. The Ducks remain two and a half games behind Bridgeport for first place in the Liberty Division, while the Barnstormers are still a half-game in front of the York Revolution for first in the Freedom Division. Lancaster has an 8-5 lead in the season series between the two teams and has taken three of five games in Pennsylvania.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: After dropping the series opener by a 5-1 margin on Friday night, the Ducks flipped the script on Saturday evening, using 14 hits to top the Barnstormers 5-1 on Saturday.

After missing out on scoring with the bases loaded in the second inning Friday, the Ducks put a run on the board in the second inning Saturday. Long Island totaled four hits in the frame, including an RBI single up the middle by Dan Lyons off Barnstormers starter Rommie Lewis.

The Ducks then used the home run ball to extend their lead to 4-0. After fouling off four pitches with two strikes, Jordan Pacheco drove a ball over the right field wall in the third for a two-run homer, his second longball in as many nights. Two innings later, Marc Krauss lifted a 3-2 pitch over the picnic tables in right for a towering solo homer, his third longball in the past four games.

Meanwhile, Dennis O’Grady was keeping the Barnstormers bats in check. He began his night with five scoreless innings and pitched out of a first-and-third, no-out jam in the second after Lancaster got runners on base via an error and a deflected comeback that would have otherwise been a double play ball. However, with two outs in the sixth inning, Krauss lost a fly ball in the sky out in left field that resulted in a double for Sean Halton. Cole Garner followed with an RBI single to put the ‘Stormers on the scoreboard.

Jake Dunning took over for O’Grady in the seventh and threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one. Amalio Diaz then pitched the eighth and retired the side in order, striking out two and snaring a comebacker off the bat of Tyler Clark. Long Island then plated an insurance run in the ninth on a two-out RBI single up the middle by Anthony Vega. David Aardsma came on and pitched around a leadoff walk, striking out the final two batters of the game.

O’Grady (5-6) collected the win, pitching six innings of one-run ball. He gave up just three hits and struck out two along the way, and he did not walk a batter for the first time as a starter this year. Lewis (5-7) suffered the loss, giving up four runs on 11 hits and three walks in six innings while striking out three. Delta Cleary Jr. led the Flock with three hits.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks will send John Brownell to the rubber for the series finale on Sunday afternoon. The right-hander enters with a 7-1 record and a 2.95 ERA in 15 starts this year. He will be making his first start since pitching in the All-Star Game at TD Bank Ballpark on July 12. His last outing with the Flock came on July 9 in Southern Maryland when he picked up the win in a 4-3 game. Brownell walked a season-high five batters and threw a season-high 125 pitches, but his seven strikeouts equaled a season-best and he gave up three runs on seven hits over seven innings. The sixth-year Duck has faced the Barnstormers twice this season, both times on Long Island, and he has gone 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA, yielding six runs in 13 innings of work on 13 hits and five walks with seven strikeouts.

Lancaster will give the ball to Brad Bergesen in the rubber game of the set. The right-hander comes in with a 5-6 record and a 4.22 ERA in 14 starts, having walked just 19 batters in 81 innings. His last outing came on Monday in Sugar Land when the Barnstormers shut out the Skeeters 10-0. The former big leaguer threw five scoreless innings, giving up just four hits while walking two batters. Bergesen has given up just one run over 11 innings in his past two starts, including six innings of one-run ball against the Flock on July 5 at Bethpage Ballpark. Both of his starts against the Ducks have come at Bethpage Ballpark, and he has yielded just one run on six hits and a walk while striking out 10 over 11 innings.

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:

Ducks
#47 Quintin Berry – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#34 Marc Krauss – DH
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Barnstormers
#3   Beau Amaral – CF
#6   Rico Noel – 2B
#24 Steve Clevenger – 1B
#19 Sean Halton – LF
#8   Cole Garner – RF
#28 Josh Bell – DH
#4   Garrett Weber – 3B
#32 Anderson De La Rosa – C
#12 Nate Coronado – SS

#10 Brad Bergesen – RHP

UPDATE (2:15): END 1: John Brownell retires the side in order in the opening inning, striking out two!

UPDATE (2:57): BOT 3: An RBI double by Nate Coronado and an RBI single by Steve Clevenger put the Barnstormers ahead 2-0.

UPDATE (3:15): BOT 4: Brownell induces a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Coronado to work out of a first and second, one-out jam!

UPDATE (3:24): TOP 5: Marc Krauss unloads a mammoth solo homer to right-center! His 12th of the year & fourth in the past five games! 2-1 Lancaster.

UPDATE (3:46): BOT 5: A three-run inning puts Lancaster in front 5-1. Rico Noel’s RBI single & Cole Garner’s two-out, two-run homer did the damage.

UPDATE (4:06): BOT 6: Another pair of runs come home for the Barnstormers, who extend their lead to 7-1.

UPDATE (4:26): BOT 7: Zac Treece turns in a scoreless seventh inning, inducing a double play from Garrett Weber.

UPDATE (4:46): BOT 8: Just like Treece, Patrick Crider pitches a scoreless inning and induces a double play ball, this time from Beau Amaral.

UPDATE (4:55): FINAL: Angelo Songco launches his team-leading 16th homer of the season in the ninth, but the Ducks fall to the Barnstormers 7-2.

Game 85: Ducks at Barnstormers

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:30 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (6-8, 42-42) play the middle game of their three-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers (8-6, 46-37). The Ducks enter the day two and a half games behind Bridgeport for first place in the Liberty Division, while the Barnstormers are now a half-game in front of the York Revolution for first in the Freedom Division. Lancaster has an 8-4 lead in the season series between the two teams and has taken three of four in Pennsylvania.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: Long Island dropped its series opener to the Barnstormers, falling 5-1 on Friday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

After scoring 13 runs and totaling 17 hits on Wednesday night against New Britain, the Ducks’ offense was stymied by Jarret Leverett, who had previously allowed 15 runs on 25 hits in 10 and one-third innings against the Ducks. Long Island had a chance to draw first blood when they loaded the bases with one out in the second inning. However, Giovanny Alfonzo was robbed of at least two RBI on a leaping catch at first base by Steve Clevenger. Dan Lyons then flew out to left to end the threat.

Lancaster responded by plating three runs against Ducks starter Rafael Perez in the bottom of the inning. Cole Garner lifted a solo homer to right-center field, Anderson De La Rosa collected an RBI double and newcomer Beau Amaral added an RBI single.

Jordan Pacheco, who totaled three hits on the night to lead the Flock, trimmed the deficit to two in the fourth with an opposite-field solo homer to right. However, De La Rosa’s second RBI double of the night in the bottom of the inning pushed the lead back to three at 4-1.

Long Island native John Lannan took over in the fifth inning and retired the first eight batters he faced, striking out five, before allowing a two-out solo homer to Rico Noel in the seventh that rounded out the scoring. Eury De La Rosa, pitching for the first time since June 22 after spending nearly a month on the disabled list, twirled a scoreless eighth inning for Long Island.

Perez (6-6) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks over four innings with two strikeouts while taking the loss. Leverett (6-5) pitched six innings of one-run ball, yielding five hits and a walk with two strikeouts to collect his second straight win.

ON THE MOUND: Dennis O’Grady will take the mound for the Ducks in game two of the series. The right-hander enters with a 4-6 record and a 5.01 ERA in 17 games (13 starts) this season. He turned in a quality start his last time out but suffered a hard luck loss on Sunday against the Somerset Patriots. The Floral Park native pitched six innings of two-run ball, allowing just five hits and two walks while striking out two. Long Island nearly rallied back from a 3-0 deficit in the ninth inning, but Fehlandt Lentini was picked off at second base representing the tying run after entering the game as a pinch runner. O’Grady has struggled in his two outings against the Barnstormers this season, yielding 15 runs on 21 hits in nine innings of work.

Rommie Lewis will get the start for the Barnstormers. The southpaw has made 16 appearances (15 starts) this season and has a 5-6 record with a 5.63 ERA, surrendering 111 hits in 78 and one-third innings. He took the loss this past Sunday in Sugar Land, lasting just four innings and allowing eight runs (seven earned) on six hits and four walks with three strikeouts. It marked his first loss since June 6, which coincidentally was also against the Skeeters. Lewis has been outstanding against the Ducks this season, winning both of his starts and failing to allow a run in 13 innings. Long Island has managed just nine hits and two walks against him while striking out nine times.

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 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:

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

#17 Dennis O’Grady – RHP

Barnstormers
#3   Beau Amaral – CF
#6   Rico Noel – 2B
#24 Steve Clevenger – 1B
#19 Sean Halton – LF
#8   Cole Garner – RF
#28 Josh Bell – DH
#4   Garrett Weber – 3B
#32 Anderson De La Rosa – C
#12 Nate Coronado – SS

#54 Rommie Lewis – LHP

UPDATE (6:46): TOP 1: We’re underway in Lancaster, as the Ducks pick up a single and a walk in the first inning.

UPDATE (7:07): TOP 2: Ducks strike first! Long Island collects four hits in the frame, including an RBI single by Dan Lyons!

UPDATE (7:19): BOT 2: Excellent work by Dennis O’Grady, who wiggles out of a first-and-third, no-out jam without surrendering a run!

UPDATE (7:33): TOP 3: Another oppo taco for Jordan Pacheco! He hits a two-run blast to the Faithful Flock in the picnic area in right! 3-0 Long Island

UPDATE (8:14): TOP 5: Marc Krauss clears the picnic tents in right with a towering solo homer! His 11th of the year makes it 4-0 Flock!

UPDATE (8:41): BOT 6: Barnstormers get on the scoreboard thanks to an RBI single from Cole Garner, which followed a lost fly ball in the sky in left.

UPDATE (8:55): MID 7: Jake Dunning takes over for O’Grady. Final line for Dennis: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Second straight quality start!

UPDATE (9:16): BOT 8: Amalio Diaz fires a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two swinging and snaring a comebacker! 4-1 Ducks as we head to the ninth.

UPDATE (9:32): TOP 9: Ducks add a run on a two-out RBI single by Anthony Vega! Long Island now leads 5-1.

UPDATE (9:44): FINAL: David Aardsma strikes out two in a scoreless ninth inning, and the Ducks defeat the Barnstormers 5-1 to even the three-game series!

Game 84: Ducks at Barnstormers

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:30 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (6-7, 42-41) hit the road for a quick three-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers (7-6, 45-37) that begins on Friday night. The Ducks enter the day a game and a half behind Bridgeport for first place in the Liberty Division, while the Barnstormers are a half-game behind York for first in the Freedom Division. Lancaster has a 7-4 lead in the season series between the two teams and has taken two of three in Pennsylvania.

WEDNESDAY’S RECAP: The Ducks turned in their best offensive performance of the season, pounding out 13 runs on 17 hits to earn a 13-6 win over the New Britain Bees in the rubber game of a three-game series.

After falling behind on a leadoff solo homer by James Skelton, the Ducks went to work in the bottom of the first inning. Marc Krauss launched a two-out, three-run home run to right field off Bees starter Brian Dupra (3-7) to put the Ducks ahead 3-1.

Jamar Walton homered in the second for New Britain, but the Flock responded back with RBI singles in the second from Anthony Vega and Lew Ford to increase the lead to 5-2. Long Island would not take its foot off the gas pedal, continuing to swing away with two runs in the third, four in the fourth and two more in the fifth. Elmer Reyes and Vega both hit two-run homers to help knock Dupra out of the game. Jordan Pacheco added a two-run single, Angelo Songco collected an RBI groundout and Reyes delivered an RBI single.

The Bees made a comeback attempt in the sixth. Three soft singles began the inning, but Ducks starter Matt Larkins (4-6) rebounded to strike out the next two hitters. However, Walton hit the first pitch he saw for a grand slam that closed the gap to 13-6. Larkins escaped further trouble though, and the bullpen trio of Rob Rogers, Zac Treece and John Lannan closed out the game with three scoreless innings.

Vega finished his night with four hits, three RBI and four runs to lead the Flock. Reyes had three hits, three RBI and a run, while Ford had three hits, an RBI and three runs. Krauss finished with two hits, three RBI, three runs and two walks, as Long Island’s offense overwhelmed New Britain.

ON THE MOUND: Long Island opens its series in Lancaster with Rafael Perez on the mound. The southpaw enters with a record of 6-5 and a 3.98 ERA in 15 starts. He has struck out 65 batters this season while walking only 18 in 79 innings of work. The former big leaguer is coming off a win over the Somerset Patriots this past Saturday, as he turned in his first quality start since June 18th and ended a personal three-game losing skid. Perez struck out a season-high eight batters for a second consecutive start and allowed just two runs on six hits and two walks over six innings. The 35-year-old has faced the Barnstormers twice this season, defeating them at Clipper Magazine Stadium on June 18th with seven innings of two-run ball. He fell to the Barnstormers on Long Island July 3rd, yielding four runs in five innings.

Former Duck Jarret Leverett will counter for Lancaster. The left-hander has struggled in 2017, compiling a 5-5 record with a 5.49 ERA in 15 starts. He has surrendered 103 hits in 78 and two-thirds innings of work, walking 30 batters while striking out 56. The Georgia native picked up the win in his last outing, pitching five innings of one-run ball and allowing three hits and four walks while striking out four to defeat the Skeeters in Texas this past Saturday. The Barnstormers had lost each of Leverett’s previous six starts before that, with him taking the loss in five of them. The 27-year-old has lost each of his two starts against the Flock, falling on June 18th in Lancaster and July 4th on Long Island. In the outings, he has combined to give up 15 runs (13 earned) on 25 hits in 10 and one-third innings of work.

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 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:

Ducks
#47 Quintin Berry – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#6  Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

Barnstormers
#3   Beau Amaral – CF
#6   Rico Noel – 2B
#24 Steve Clevenger – 1B
#19 Sean Halton – LF
#8   Cole Garner – RF
#4   Garrett Weber – 3B
#28 Josh Bell – DH
#32 Anderson De La Rosa – C
#12 Nate Coronado – SS

#26 Jarret Leverett – LHP

UPDATE (7:15): BOT 2: A three-run, five-hit inning puts the Barnstormers ahead early, 3-0. Cole Garner with a solo homer in the frame.

UPDATE (7:39): TOP 4: Oppo taco for Jordan Pacheco, who drives a solo home run over the wall in right! His second of the year trims the deficit to 3-1.

UPDATE (7:59): BOT 4: Anderson De La Rosa’s second RBI double of the game makes it 4-1, but Rafael Perez strands the bases loaded.

UPDATE (8:14): END 5: Long Island native John Lannan retires the side in order in the fifth, striking out a pair!

UPDATE (8:33): END 6: New inning, same result. Lannan strikes out two more and has retired all six batters he’s faced!

UPDATE (8:55): BOT 7: Rico Noel lifts a two-out solo homer to right, putting the Barnstormers ahead by four at 5-1.

UPDATE (9:23): FINAL: Barnstormers take the series opener, 5-1. Game two of the three-game set will take place Saturday night at 6:30.

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