LDCS Game Four: 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 take on the Somerset Patriots in Game Four of the Liberty Division Championship Series. After seeing Somerset take games one and two, the Ducks grabbed a game with a 7-1 win on Friday. Somerset leads the best-of-five series two games to one. Fehlandt Lentini’s .462 batting average (6-for-13) leads Long Island, while Anthony Vega is batting .429 (3-for-7). Somerset’s Scott Kelly has a series-high .545 batting average (6-for-11). The winner of the Ducks-Patriots series will face the Sugar Land Skeeters, who completed the three-game sweep over the York Revolution for the Freedom Division Championship on Friday evening.

GAME THREE RESULT: The Ducks extended the Liberty Division Championship Series, defeating the Somerset Patriots 7-1 on Friday night at Bethpage Ballpark.

Lentini’s two-out run-scoring single in the top of the third inning put the Ducks in front 1-0. In the next inning, Ruben Gotay doubled the Long Island lead with an RBI single. Lew Ford cranked a two-run home run to right-center field in the fourth, giving the Ducks a 4-0 advantage.

Somerset’s Bryan LaHair homered in the seventh, accounting for Somerset’s only run. Long Island added three more runs, highlighted by Tyler Colvin’s eighth-inning solo homer to right field.

Nick Struck tossed seven tremendous innings, allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks in the win. Alexis Candelario suffered the loss, lasting six innings with seven strikeouts. He surrendered four runs on nine hits.

Anthony Vega added a pair of hits, including a double, and a run.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Jarret Leverett makes his first postseason start and fifth overall for Long Island. The left-hander, who was traded to the Ducks from New Britain in late August, has posted two wins and two losses. Leverett’s past outing came on September 18 at York in which the Georgia native allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings. In an 8-3 loss, he struck out three and walked two. Leverett has not started against Somerset, but tossed a combined three scoreless innings of relief.

Former Long Island Duck Shaun Garceau makes his 25th start of the season. Garceau, who posted a 3-4 record and an ERA of 3.91 with Somerset, has not earned a victory since August 19. Since his six innings of five hit ball, allowing three runs to Bridgeport in a 9-3 Somerset win, the righty has lost three of his past five. Most recently, Garceau dropped his final regular season decision to New Britain on September 17. Over six innings, he yielded four runs on nine hits while striking out three.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all of the action live via the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will be available online below. 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 tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE. For a look at the Long Island’s all-time playoff history, please CLICK HERE.

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

#22 Jarret Leverett – LHP

Patriots
#2 Scott Kelly – SS
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#3 Eric Farris – CF
#24 Bryan LaHair – 1B
#8 David Vidal – 2B
#31 Kyle Roller – DH
#13 Carlos Guzman – 3B
#6 Brian Van Kirk – RF
#4 Yovan Gonzalez – C

#5 Shaun Garceau – RHP

UPDATE (7:02): END 2: The Ducks and Patriots are scoreless in Game 4. Neither Jarret Leverett nor Shaun Garceau has allowed a hit.

UPDATE (7:22): BOT 3: Anthony Vega’s two-run blast to right field gives the Ducks a 2-0 lead over the Patriots!

UPDATE (7:56): END 5: Long Island 2, Somerset 0. Jarret Leverett: 5.0 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 K, 1 BB so far for the Ducks.

UPDATE (8:30: END 7: The Ducks still lead the Patriots 2-0 heading to the eighth. Amalio Diaz in to pitch for LI. Leverett fired seven scoreless innings.

UPDATE (9:05): FINAL: There will be a Game Five! Long Island beats Somerset 2-0 behind Leverett’s seven scoreless innings & Vega’s two-run homer!

 

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Posted on September 24, 2016, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Today’s the day we win it all!!

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