Game 51: Ducks at Barnstormers

The Ducks look to put an end to a three-game losing streak on Friday night against the Barnstormers

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

7:00 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and Lancaster Barnstormers continue their four-game weekend series on Friday night. This will be the eighth of 17 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Barnstormers this season and the 262nd all-time meeting between the two teams. Lancaster is up by just one game in the all-time series, 131-130, winning the 2018 series 4-3 thus far. The Ducks bring a 26-24 record to Friday’s game, trailing the Somerset Patriots for the Liberty Division lead by three and a half games. Lancaster holds a 32-17 record with a one and a half game lead on the Sugar Land Skeeters in the Freedom Division.

LAST GAME RECAP:

The Ducks did not start their weekend as planned, falling 7-3 to the Lancaster Barnstormers on Thursday night.

The Barnstormers started the scoring with a two-run home run to right field from KC Hobson in the bottom of the first inning off starter Matt Larkins. The Ducks answered two innings later following Anthony Vega’s first home run of the season, a solo shot to right field to cut the Barnstormers lead to one.

Vladimir Frias matched Hobson in the fourth inning with a two-run homer of his own to make it 4-1 Lancaster. The Barnstormers added a run in the fifth, then Travis Snider crushed a solo blast over the right field wall in the sixth to bring the score to 5-2.

The Barnstormers separated themselves from the Flock in the bottom half of the sixth with a pair of runs off an RBI single from Darian Sandford and a bases-loaded hit by pitch drawn by Hobson. Emilio Bonifacio cut into the lead with a run-scoring base hit in the top of the seventh inning.

Brooks Hall earned the win, pitching six innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out five. Larkins suffered the loss, yielding seven runs on eleven hits and a walk over five and one-third innings with a pair of strikeouts.

THURSDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Bennett Parry has been the shining star of the Ducks staff this season and gets the start tonight against the Barnstormers. The 6-foot-6 lefty owns a 3-0 record with a 1.89 ERA over eight starts thus far. His aforementioned ERA and 69 strikeouts both lead the Atlantic League this season. The California native continued his success in his last start on Sunday against the Barnstormers, dealing six shutout innings and striking out six. Through two appearances against Lancaster this season, Parry has allowed nine hits over 12 innings and has conceded just one run while striking out 11.

Joe Gardner will face the Ducks tonight. The fifth-year Barnstormer owns a 3-3 record with a 4.56 ERA over eight starts this season. The righty took the loss in his last outing, which occurred at Bethpage Ballpark last Saturday. Gardner lasted five and one-third innings, allowing six runs on four hits and four walks. The California native has spent time in the Indians, Rockies, Cubs and Braves organizations in his career, having his contract purchased by the latter two in 2014.

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
#30 David Washington – LF
#35 Taylor Ard – 1B
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#32 Bennett Parry – LHP

Lancaster Barnstormers
#7   Darian Sandford – CF
#2   Blake Gailen – RF
#3   Ryan Casteel – C
#21 Trayvon Robinson – LF
#27 KC Hobson – 1B
#20 Nate Coronado – DH
#1   Vladimir Frias – SS
#6   Carlos Garcia – 3B
#16 Tyler Bortnick – 2B

#18 Joe Gardner – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Ducks strike first with three runs in the inning including Emilio Bonifacio’s first home run as a Long Island Duck!

TOP 3: RBI double for Audie Afenir in his first game back since the beginning of May! It’s 4-0 Ducks!

BOT 3: Barnstormers score a run, but Bennett Parry has six strikeouts through three innings. 4-1 Ducks!

BOT 5: A two-out double by the Barnstormers makes the score 4-2 while Bennett Parry’s strikeout count is at nine.

BOT 6: Another double-digit strikeout game for Bennett Parry! He has 11 through six innings!

TOP 7: A run-scoring double-play makes it 5-2 Ducks!

BOT 7: Barnstormers cut the lead to one after a two-run homer by Blake Gailen. 5-4 Ducks.

BOT 8: Colton Murray has struck out the side in order in two straight appearances!

FINAL: K-Rod retires the side and the Ducks win 5-4!

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Game 50: Ducks at Barnstormers

The Ducks open a four-game road series against the Lancaster Barnstormers Thursday night

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

7:00 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and Lancaster Barnstormers kick off a four-game weekend series tonight. This will be the seventh of 17 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Barnstormers this season and the 261st all-time meeting between the two teams. The teams are tied at 130 wins apiece in the all-time series, with the 2018 series split at 3-3 thus far. The Ducks bring a 26-23 record to Thursday’s game, trailing the Somerset Patriots for the Liberty Division lead by three games. Lancaster holds a 31-17 record with a one-game lead on the Sugar Land Skeeters in the Freedom Division.

LAST GAME RECAP:

The series finale against the Sugar Land Skeeters was a back-and-forth battle that ended with a 4-3 Skeeters victory.

The first highlight of the ballgame came in the second inning when John Brownell struck out Kyle Kubitza to record his 700th punchout in a Ducks uniform, becoming the second player in Atlantic League history to reach that milestone. He is now 34 strikeouts away from the Atlantic League record, held by former Duck and 10-year Atlantic League veteran Tim Cain.

The Skeeters struck first in the third inning off an RBI double from Derek Norris. Kubitza followed in the next inning with an RBI single to make it 2-0 Skeeters. The Ducks were able to tie the game after RBI doubles from Lew Ford and Emilio Bonifacio in the fourth and fifth innings respectively.

The Skeeters jumped ahead in the sixth with a solo shot from Matt Chavez. However, Taylor Ard knotted things up with a home run of his own in the bottom half of the frame.

Alvaro Rondon hit an RBI single up the middle to push the Skeeters ahead 4-3 in the seventh inning, and Sugar Land was able to hold that lead for the remainder of the game.

Brownell took the loss, allowing four runs on eight hits over seven innings of work, striking out four. Skeeters starter Konner Wade earned the win, going seven innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits with three strikeouts. Felipe Paulino collected his league-leading 15th save to close out the ballgame.

WEDNESDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Matt Larkins will be called upon for the Thursday night game. The right-hander enters with a 5-1 record and a 2.75 ERA through eight starts in 2018. Larkins came away with the win in his last appearance on Saturday against the Barnstormers despite allowing five runs on 12 hits over six innings. In four career starts against the Barnstormers, Larkins owns a 3-0 record along with a 3.41 ERA, going 29 innings and striking out 22.

Brooks Hall will be on the mound for the Barnstormers. The righty owns a 4.22 ERA with a 3-2 record coming into tonight’s game. Hall’s last two starts have been against the Ducks, and in those games, Hall is 1-0, allowing seven runs (six earned) over 13 innings, striking out 12. The South Carolina native spent his first eight seasons in the Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks organizations, reaching Triple-A in 2016 and 2017, and earning all-star honors at the Advanced-A and Double-A levels.

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
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – SS
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#30 David Washington – 1B
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#2   Cody Puckett – 2B
#9   Anthony Vega – RF

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Lancaster Barnstormers
#7   Darian Sandford – CF
#2   Blake Gailen – RF
#3   Ryan Casteel – DH
#27 KC Hobson – 1B
#21 Trayvon Robinson – LF
#20 Nate Coronado – 3B
#1   Vladimir Frias – SS
#32 Anderson De La Rosa – C
#16 Tyler Bortnick – 2B

#24 Brooks Hall – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: Barnstormers take a 2-0 lead after KC Hobson’s first homer of the season.

TOP 3: Anthony Vega hits his first home run of 2018 to cut the Barnstormers lead to one!

BOT 5: An RBI single by Trayvon Robinson makes it 5-1 Barnstormers.

TOP 6: A no-doubter from Travis Snider cuts the deficit to three! Snider crushed it!

TOP 7: Emilio Bonifacio drives in a run with an RBI single to right! 7-3 Lancaster.

FINAL: Ducks fall 7-3 in the series opener.

Game 49: Ducks vs. Skeeters

The Ducks attempt to take the series from the Skeeters tonight

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

Long Island comes in at 26-22 on the year, two games back of Somerset for first place in the Liberty Division, while Sugar Land enters at 30-19, two games behind Lancaster for first in the Freedom Division. This will be the ninth of 18 scheduled games between the two teams this season and their 128th all-time meeting. The Skeeters have a three-game lead on the Ducks in the all-time series, going 65-62 against the Flock, while winning the 2018 series 5-3. Long Island has defended their home at a 38-26 rate from the Skeeters. Last season’s series between the two teams ended in an even split, 10-10.

LAST GAME RECAP:

The Ducks fell to the Skeeters by a score of 7-2 in the eighth game of a season-long nine-game homestand.

Long Island got on the board right away after a first-inning RBI double off the bat of Lew Ford. The Skeeters took the lead immediately after with a two-run second inning on a pair of two-out base hits.

Back-to-back solo shots from Kyle Kubitza and Courtney Hawkins pushed the score to 4-1 in the sixth inning. In the bottom half of the frame, David Washington drove in a run with a single. Three more runs came in for Sugar Land in the seventh inning to make it 7-2, and that is where the score remained.

Dallas Beeler earned the win for the Skeeters, going five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and one walk with five strikeouts. Jair Jurrjens took the loss, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks in six innings with five strikeouts.

TUESDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

John Brownell will close out the series for the Ducks. The team’s pitching coach will be looking to recover from a difficult outing in his last start. Brownell lasted just four innings against Lancaster on Friday, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks. Overall, the franchise leader in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and starts is 3-5 with a 4.59 ERA in nine games (eight starts) this season.

Konner Wade will take the mound today for the series finale. Wade went six and one-third innings in his last start, allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out five Road Warriors on Friday, taking a no-decision. The righty owns a 2-1 record alongside a 2.90 ERA in 11 appearances this season, five of which were starts. Wade spent his first five professional seasons in the Colorado Rockies organization, spending 2016 and 2017 with Double-A Hartford.

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 – SS
#23 Travis Snider – DH
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#30 David Washington – 1B
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#9   Anthony Vega – RF

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Sugar Land Skeeters
#33 Derek Norris – C
#7   Alvaro Rondon – SS
#16 Matt Chavez – 1B
#3   Albert Cordero – 3B
#29 Denis Phipps – DH
#25 Kyle Kubitza – RF
#12 Courtney Hawkins – LF
#4   Colin Walsh – 2B
#21 Anthony Giansanti – CF

#11 Konner Wade – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 2: John Brownell strikes out Kyle Kubitza for the 700th strikeout of his Ducks career! He joins former Duck Tim Cain as the only two pitchers in league history to reach that milestone! Congrats John!

TOP 3: Skeeters strike first after an RBI double by Derek Norris.

BOT 4: Lew Ford drives in the Ducks first run with an RBI double to right! Ducks trail 2-1.

BOT 5: It’s all tied up at two after Emilio Bonifacio hits an RBI double off the right-field wall!

TOP 6: A solo shot pushes the Skeeters in front 3-2.

BOT 6: Taylor Ard goes yard! We’re all tied at three!

TOP 7: Skeeters take the lead again with an RBI single. It’s 4-3.

TOP 8: Wander Perez strands a runner at third thanks to a brilliant play at third by Taylor Ard!

FINAL: The Ducks are unable to tie it up in the ninth as they fall 4-3.

Game 48: Ducks vs. Skeeters

The Ducks continue their push for the Liberty Division lead on Tuesday against the Skeeters

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

Long Island comes in at 26-21 on the year, one game back of Somerset for first place in the Liberty Division, while Sugar Land enters at 29-19, three games behind Lancaster for first in the Freedom Division. This will be the eighth of 18 scheduled games between the two teams this season and their 127th all-time meeting. The Skeeters have a two-game lead on the Ducks in the all-time series, going 64-62 against the Flock, while winning the 2018 series 4-3. Long Island has defended their home at a 38-25 rate from the Skeeters. Last season’s series between the two teams ended in an even split, 10-10.

LAST GAME RECAP:

It was all Ducks in the first game of the final series of the homestand, as the Skeeters were shut out by a score of 5-0.

All five runs for the Ducks came in the third inning Emilio Bonifacio kicked things off with a two-run triple off the wall in right field to score Dan Lyons and Cody PuckettTaylor Ard followed up later with a two-run homer to left-center that came after a Lew Ford run-scoring groundout.

Jake Fisher was brilliant on the mound for the Ducks, earning the win after seven innings of work, striking out seven and allowing just four hits. Starter Ben Griset took the loss for the Skeeters, allowing five runs (one earned) on five hits in his three innings of work. Colton Murray and Carlos Pimentel each pitched scoreless innings of relief in the victory.

MONDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks will hand the ball to Jair Jurrjens for Tuesday’s game. The right-hander has been excellent since missing a start with minor shoulder discomfort. Since that point, Jurrjens is 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA, going 27 innings and conceding just five earned runs. The former National League All-Star went seven innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits while striking out five against the Blue Crabs in his last start on Thursday.  He is 3-2 overall with a 3.34 ERA in seven starts this season.

Dallas Beeler will start against the Ducks. The Oklahoma native was great in his last start, going six innings against the Road Warriors while allowing one run on four hits and striking out five. While Beeler does not qualify for the Atlantic League’s top 10, his 1.89 ERA on the year would place him second in the league behind Ducks starter Bennett Parry. The right-hander owns a 3-1 record through nine appearances (five starts) with 38 innings pitched. Beeler did not play professionally last year and had five Major League starts with the Chicago Cubs in 2014 and 2015.

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
#30 David Washington – LF
#35 Taylor Ard – 1B
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#33 Jair Jurrjens – LHP

Sugar Land Skeeters
#33 Derek Norris – C
#4   Colin Walsh – 2B
#16 Matt Chavez – 1B
#3   Albert Cordero – 3B
#29 Denis Phipps – DH
#25 Kyle Kubitza – RF
#12 Courtney Hawkins – LF
#7   Alvaro Rondon – SS
#21 Anthony Giansanti – CF

#35 Dallas Beeler – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: Lew Ford kicks things off with an RBI double! 1-0 Ducks!

TOP 2: Skeeters jump ahead with two runs in the inning.

TOP 4: Nice work by Jair Jurrjens, who works out of a first-and-second, no-out jam by inducing a flyout and a double play!

BOT 6: Ducks cut into the lead after an RBI single by David Washington! 4-2 Skeeters.

TOP 7: The Skeeters push across three to make the score 7-2.

FINAL: Ducks fall to the Skeeters 7-2.

Game 47: Ducks vs. Skeeters

The Ducks start the final series of the homestand against the Skeeters

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Ducks aim to get back on the winning trail after dropping the weekend series against Lancaster, their first series loss in June. Long Island comes in at 25-21 on the year, two games back from Somerset for first place in the Liberty Division, while Sugar Land enters at 29-18, two games behind Lancaster for first in the Freedom Division. This will be the seventh of 18 scheduled games between the two teams this season and their 127th all-time meeting. The Skeeters have a three-game lead on the Ducks in the all-time series, going 64-61 against the Flock, while winning the 2018 series 4-2. Long Island has defended their home at a 37-25 rate from the Skeeters. Last season’s series between the two teams ended in an even split, 10-10.

LAST GAME RECAP:

Sunday’s loss to the Barnstormers was a tough one to swallow, as the Ducks held a 3-0 lead until the eighth inning, when Lancaster stormed back to win 4-3.

All of the Ducks runs came in the third inning with two outs already on the board. Travis Snider drove home Jordany Valdespin with a double down the line followed by a David Washington walk. Ramon Cabrera then brought in both runners with a double of his own to make it 3-0.

The lead was held until a disastrous eighth inning. Runs were scored by the Barnstormers on an RBI single, a passed ball, and a go-ahead two-run double. The Ducks were unable to recover, stranding the tying run at third in the bottom half of the frame.

Bennett Parry went six shutout innings, allowing three hits while striking out six. Ashur Tolliver took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) in the eighth inning. Matt Marksberry picked up the win after throwing a scoreless seventh inning.

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Jake Fisher looks to rebound from a tough outing against the Barnstormers in which he gave up five runs (four earned) over six and one-third innings. The Oklahoma native is currently 2-1 with a 3.53 ERA.

Ben Griset will start for the Skeeters tonight, sporting a record of 2-1 with a 4.64 ERA this season. The Modesto, Calif., native has had two relief appearances since his last start on May 18, when he suffered an injury that landed him on the disabled list. In two innings of bullpen work since his return, the lefty has allowed three runs on three hits and four walks. 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
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – DH
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#35 Taylor Ard – 1B
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#28 Daniel Fields – RF
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#13 Jake Fisher – LHP

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

#23 Ben Griset – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Jake Fisher strikes out a pair to kick off tonight’s ballgame!

BOT 3: The Ducks score five runs highlighted by a two-run Emilio Bonifacio triple and a Taylor Ard two-run homer!

TOP 8: Jake Fisher kept the Skeeters off the board for seven innings and Colton Murray followed him up with a one-two-three eighth!

FINAL: Carlos Pimentel retires the side in the ninth to give the Ducks their fourth shutout victory of the season! 5-0!

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