Game 99: 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 (16-12, 56-42) return home following a six-game road trip to host the Somerset Patriots (15-15, 53-47). The Ducks and Patriots have split their 16 meetings this season; Long Island has won five of the past six battles. This four-game series marks the final head-to-head of the regular season. Somerset trails both Long Island and Bridgeport by two games in the Liberty Division for first place.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: The Ducks dropped Sunday’s contest against the Bluefish 3-1, falling in two of three against Bridgeport.

Luis Nunez struck first for Bridgeport, giving the Bluefish a 1-0 lead in the fifth on an RBI double. The lead increased to 2-0 in the next inning on Jose Gil’s two-out run-scoring single.

Following a double in the eighth, Fehlandt Lentini scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 2-1, but Bridgeport scored again in the bottom of the inning. Sean Burroughs delivered an RBI double with two outs to balloon the lead to 3-1.

Former Yankee Jonathan Albaledejo earned the victory for Bridgeport, pitching seven innings of one-run ball. He allowed six hits and fanned nine. John Brownell took the loss, yielding three runs on eight hits and a walk with five strikeouts in eight innings. Jose Veras collected his ninth save with a scoreless ninth.

Lentini’s two hits led the way for Long Island.

ON THE MOUND: D.J. Mitchell makes his second start for the Ducks. For the third time in a row, the right-hander will face Somerset. Mitchell, newly donned in a Ducks jersey, turned in a victory on August 3, tossing five innings of four-hit ball, allowing two runs with five strikeouts and four walks. Mitchell was traded from Bridgeport to Long Island on July 31 in exchange for Sean Burroughs. The former New York Yankee posted a 2-3 record and a 4.39 ERA for the Bluefish in 12 games and nine starts this season.

Randy Boone, who countered D.J. Mitchell in last Wednesday’s meeting, makes his fourth start of the year. Boone took the loss, his only decision of the season, allowing three runs on four hits with four strikeouts and a walk in five innings. Boone made 16 starts with last year’s Patriots, going 5-3 with a rock solid 2.80 earned run average. Boone missed the first few months of the season due to the birth of his child.

FOLLOW ALONG:  Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will be available online by CLICKING HERE. The game will also be broadcast live on WRHU/88.7-FM Radio Hofstra University and online at wrhu.org for fans in Nassau County. 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.

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

#30 D.J. Mitchell – RHP

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

#36 Randy Boone – RHP

UPDATE (6:57): BOT 1: The Ducks begin with a bang! Solo home runs from Fehlandt Lentini and Cody Puckett have Long Island in front of the Patriots 2-0.

UPDATE (7:12): TOP 2: The Patriots grab a run on Luis Mateo’s RBI fielder’s choice, but the Ducks still lead 2-1.

UPDATE (7:26): BOT 2: Mike Blanke rockets a double to center field, driving in Ruben Gotay. Long Island leads Somerset 3-1.

UPDATE (7:48): TOP 3: The Patriots score four runs on four hits highlighted by Carlos Guzman’s two-run 2B. SOM 5, LI 3.

UPDATE (8:01): BOT 3: Dan Lyons brings in two with a triple to tie, while Mike Dowd’s RBI single gives Long Island a 6-5 lead over Somerset.

UPDATE (8:41): END 5: Long Island leads Somerset 6-5. Dan Lyons has two hits for the Ducks.

UPDATE (9:32): BOT 7: Ruben Gotay comes up with a huge two-run single! Long Island now leads Somerset 8-5!

UPDATE (9:50): BOT 8: Somerset scores on run on an RBI single by Scott Kelly. The Ducks lead 8-6 heading to the bottom of the 8th.

UPDATE (10:06): FINAL: The Ducks grab an 8-6 win over the Patriots! Long Island has now won six of the past seven against the Patriots.

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