ALCS Game Two: Ducks at Skeeters
GAME TIME/LOCATION: 8:05 p.m. EDT at Constellation Field (Sugar Land, Texas)
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks look to avenge Tuesday night’s Game One loss in Game Two of the Atlantic League Championship against the Sugar Land Skeeters. The Ducks and Skeeters have now split the past six matchups. With Tuesday night’s loss, the Ducks are now 9-17 all-time in road playoff games, while posting a stellar 20-10 record at the Duck Pond. In the 2012 Atlantic League Championship, Long Island trailed 1-0 on the road against Lancaster and stormed all the way back for the 3-2 series victory.
GAME ONE RESULT: The Skeeters scored six early runs and kept the Ducks’ offense quiet in a 7-1 win in Game One of the Atlantic League Championship Series.
Long Island starter Bobby Blevins allowed two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Delwyn Young and Lance Zawadski teamed up for back-to-back run-scoring singles, doing damage with two outs. Lew Ford scored on a double play ball in the top of the second inning, cutting the Long Island deficit to one run.
However, the Skeeters slammed a pair of two-run home runs off Blevins in the fourth. Juan Martinez and Jeremy Barfield extended the lead to 6-1. Martinez later added a run-scoring single in the seventh against Long Island reliever Daniel Herrera, capping the lead at six runs.
Sugar Land starter Jake Hale fired six strong innings of one-run ball, yielding seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts for the win. Blevins took the loss, surrendering six runs on nine hits and a walk, striking out one over four innings.
Tyler Colvin and Cody Puckett each had a pair of hits for the Ducks.
ON THE MOUND: Matt Larkins takes the baseball for the fourth time in a Long Island uniform. The native Australian lost Game Two of the Liberty Division Championship Series. Larkins surrendered five runs on seven hits, losing his first game as a Duck. The 27-year-old pitched stellar baseball his first two outing with the Ducks. In a pair of games against the York Revolution, Larkins allowed just five earned runs over 14 innings, an ERA of 3.21. He fanned 10 and walked just three over those two starts. Wednesday marks his first meeting with Sugar Land.
Michael Nix makes his seventh start with the Skeeters. Nix spent the majority of the season in the Mexican League, appearing in 107 innings split between Saltillo and Aquascalientes, posting a 7-8 record and an ERA of 5.38. Since returning to the Atlantic League, the Georgia native has posted a 2-1 record and 3.12 earned run average with Sugar Land. The 6-foot-5 245-pound right-hander beat Long Island in his first start back with the Skeeters on August 21. In an 11-1 win, Nix fired six innings of one-run ball, yielding five hits and a walk with six strikeouts.
FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can watch 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 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 – DH
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#44 Matt Larkins – RHP
#7 Josh Prince – 2B
#9 Rene Tosoni – CF
#29 Jeremy Barfield – RF
#16 Travis Scott – DH
#24 Delwyn Young – 1B
#14 Lance Zawadzki – SS
#5 Wilfredo Rodriguez – C
#26 Jeff Dominguez – LF
#10 Juan Martinez – 3B
#31 Michael Nix – RHP
UPDATE (7:20): BOT 1: Dan Lyons makes a fabulous leaping catch on a liner by Jeremy Barfield & throws out Josh Prince at first for the double play!
UPDATE (7:49): END 3: Three scoreless innings thus far for Matt Larkins and Michael Nix. Ducks have three hits while the Skeeters have one.
UPDATE (8:18): END 5: Both pitchers still in control after five. Larkins has struck out two & has allowed two hits. Nix has given up three hits & a walk.
UPDATE (8:54): BOT 6: Travis Scott hits the first pitch he sees over the wall in right for a two-out, two-run home run. Sugar Land goes in front 2-0.
UPDATE (9:15): END 8: Back-to-back scoreless innings of relief for Zac Treece and Amalio Diaz! Onto the ninth, with the Ducks looking to rally.
UPDATE (9:24): FINAL: The Skeeters take Game Two 2-0 and now lead the ALCS two games to none. Series shifts back to Long Island for Game Three on Friday.
Posted on September 28, 2016, in Game Previews and tagged 2016, Atlantic League, Bobby Blevins, Championship Series, Cody Puckett, Constellation Field, Jake Hale, Long Island Ducks, Matt Larkins, Michael Nix, Playoffs, Sugar Land Skeeters, Tyler Colvin. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.