LDCS Game Two: Ducks at Patriots
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.
#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
#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!
Posted on September 22, 2016, in Game Previews and tagged 2016, Anthony Vega, Atlantic League, Cody Puckett, Fehlandt Lentini, John Brownell, Long Island Ducks, Matt Larkins, Nik Turley, Scott Kelly, Somerset Patriots, TD Bank Ballpark, Will Oliver. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.