ALCS Game Three: Ducks vs. Skeeters

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, NY)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks return home looking to experience déjà vu all over again, needing a repeat of their miraculous performance in the Liberty Division Championship Series in order to claim the Atlantic League trophy. The Ducks trail the Sugar Land Skeeters two games to none just as they did against the Somerset Patriots. Down 2-0 last weekend, the Ducks topped the Patriots in three straight games to win the series. Against Sugar Land at home, the Ducks have posted a 6-4 record, outscoring the Skeeters 47-30 in 2016.

GAME TWO RESULT: With a late-inning home run, the Skeeters escaped the Ducks to win Game Two, 2-0.

Both starting pitchers had tremendous outings. Sugar Land’s Michael Nix fired six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Matt Larkins followed suit, pitching five scoreless innings as well.

However, with two outs in the sixth, Larkins hit Skeeters batter Jeremy Barfield. The Ducks starter was lifted for left-handed reliever Patrick Crider, who came on to face Sugar Land lefty Travis Scott. Crider’s first pitch was cranked over the right-field wall. Scott’s home run gave the Skeeters a 2-0 lead.

Nix grabbed the win, while Larkins suffered the tough-luck loss for Long Island. He yielded just two hits and one run over five and two-thirds innings.

Delta Cleary Jr.’s three hits, along with Tyler Colvin’s double, led the Flock offensively.

ON THE MOUND: Nick Struck finds himself in a familiar situation, looking to pitch well in a must-win playoff game for the Ducks. Struck beat the Somerset Patriots six days ago in the Liberty Division Championship Series, facing an 0-2 hole. The Oregon native tossed seven innings of one-run ball, allowing just four hits and two walks with three strikeouts in a 4-1 Long Island victory. The right-hander faced the Skeeters on August 20 at Constellation Field, a game in which the Ducks won in extra innings, 5-4. In that contest, he worked five and one-third innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

Sean Gallagher makes his second postseason appearance for Sugar Land. Gallagher started Game One of the Freedom Division Championship Series but did not factor into the decision. He surrendered one earned run over five innings, striking out two. Against Long Island on September 14, his most recent meeting against the Flock, Gallagher yielded three runs on four hits and two walks, fanning five over five innings in a 4-3 Skeeters loss. Overall, the Texas native has faced Long Island five times, posting a 1-2 record but a strong ERA of 2.03.

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.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE. For a look at 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
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#27 Anthony Vega – LF

#24 Nick Struck – RHP

Skeeters
#7 Josh Prince – 2B
#9 Rene Tosoni – CF
#29 Jeremy Barfield – RF
#16 Travis Scott – DH
#24 Delwyn Young – 1B
#14 Lance Zawadski – SS
#5 Wilfredo Rodriguez – C
#26 Jeff Dominguez – LF
#10 Juan Martinez – 3B

#36 Sean Gallagher – RHP

UPDATE (7:00): BOT 1: The Ducks strike first with a double steal! Fehlandt Lentini scores from third base, giving Long Island a 1-0 lead over the Sugar Land Skeeters.

UPDATE (7:29): END 3: Cody Puckett flies out to center field, stranding the bases loaded. Long Island still leads Sugar Land 1-0.

UPDATE (7:39): TOP 4: Lance Zawadski’s two-run double gives Sugar Land a 2-1 lead over Long Island.

UPDATE (8:00): BOT 5: Long Island takes the lead! Ford doubles in a run and then scores on a Skeeters error! The Ducks have a 3-2 advantage.

UPDATE (8:09): TOP 6: HUGE! After a Skeeters leadoff triple by Rene Tosoni, Nick Struck gets the next three to keep the Ducks in front 3-2!

UPDATE (8:26): TOP 7: Sugar Land plates three runs, taking a 5-3 lead over Long Island. Prince’s two-run single highlights the inning.

UPDATE (9:19): FINAL: The Ducks fall 5-3 to the Skeeters in Game Three. Congrats to the Sugar Land Skeeters organization on winning the Atlantic League Championship!

 

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