Game 38: Ducks vs. Skeeters

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Dan Lyons and the Ducks look to exact revenge on the Sugar Land Skeeters tonight at Bethpage Ballpark

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (18-19) welcome the Sugar Land Skeeters (19-19) to Bethpage Ballpark for the first time this season. The last time these two clubs squared off was in the 2016 Atlantic League Championship Series, won by the Skeeters. With the first matchup of the year against the Skeeters, the Ducks will have played each Atlantic League foe at least one time in 2017.

SUNDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks scored their third waddle-off win of the season Sunday afternoon, defeating the Lancaster Barnstormers 5-4 in 10 innings at Bethpage Ballpark.

With two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Dan Lyons ripped a double to left-center off Barnstormers reliever Cody Hall to plate Jordan Pacheco with the game-winning run.

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth, when Elmer Reyes stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and delivered a two-run single off Nate Reed to hand Long Island a 2-0 lead.

Lancaster answered back int he top of the sixth against John Brownell, cutting the deficit to 2-1 courtesy of a Sean Halton sacrifice fly.

Ducks catcher Alex Burg led off the bottom of the sixth with his first triple of the season, and scored two batters later on an RBI single from Cody Puckett, extending the lead to 3-1.

However, in the top of the seventh, Brownell allowed a two-run home run to Anderson De La Rosa to tie the game at three.

The Ducks starter got no decision while completing seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out three. Brownell registered his fifth quality start in seven outings to begin the year.

Long Island regained the lead with small ball tactics in the bottom of the eighth, when Lyons connected for a sacrifice fly to score Marc Krauss, who had walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Puckett. Puckett hurt his knee on the play and had to be removed from the game in favor of Pacheco.

The Barnstormers tied the game in the top of the ninth, when David Aardsma allowed a single to Trayvon Robinson, scoring Rico Noel to tie the game at four. Jim Fuller worked around an error by Pacheco in the top of the 10th, setting the stage for Lyons’ heroics.

After Pacheco singled with one out, Giovanny Alfonzo struck out for the second out in the frame. Lyons battled Hall and worked a 3-2 count before delivering the waddle-off hit. The hit capped one of the finest offensive games of the season for the Ducks shortstop, who went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks hand the ball to Matt Larkins in the opener of the series with Sugar Land. Larkins is looking for a reversal of fortunes, and has pitched far better than his 0-4 record with a 7.26 ERA would indicate. The right-hander has been plagued by poor luck and poor run support this season. In his last start on May 24, Larkins allowed two runs on five hits in five innings at Bridgeport, and was tagged with the loss. Against Sugar Land in the playoffs last year, Larkins allowed a run on two hits in 5.2 innings, and got the loss.

The Skeeters turn to Jake Hale to set the tone for the series. The 6-7 right-hander is 3-1 on the season with a 3.04 ERA and is in his second season with Sugar Land. He anchored the rotation for the club after joining the team midway through the 2016 season and has gotten off to an equally handsome start in 2017. In his last outing on May 21 against the York Revolution, Hale was touched up for five runs on nine hits in 6.1 innings, getting no decision in an eventual 6-5 win for the Skeeters. Hale has recorded five quality starts in his first seven starts of the season.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. 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.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#26 Angelo Songco – LF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Skeeters
#6 Derek Miller – CF
#4 Kevin Ahrens – 2B
#35 Andy Wilkins – 1B
#36 Hector Olivera – LF
#16 Travis Scott – DH
#14 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#3 Albert Cordero – C
#11 Ryan Jackson – SS
#5 Joe Benson – RF

#28 Jake Hale – RHP

UPDATE (6:49) – TOP 1: The Skeeters get on the board first and take a 1-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:20) – TOP 3: We’re settling in nicely into a pitcher’s duel tonight. 1-0 Skeeters heading into the bottom of the third.

UPDATE (8:17) – END 6: Matt Larkins is done after six strong innings, and Zac Treece comes in to replace him for the seventh. Still 1-0 Sugar Land.

UPDATE (8:50) – TOP 8: Amalio Diaz comes in and strikes out two in the frame. Skeeters lead 2-0.

UPDATE (9:15) – BOT 8: The Ducks get on the board on an RBI single from Giovanny Alfonzo, but still trail 2-1 to the Skeeters.

UPDATE (9:34) – BOT 9: It’s time for #FREEBASEBALL! Marc Krauss smashes a solo homer to knot the game at two!

UPDATE (10:12) – FINAL/11, It’s ANOTHER waddle-off for Giovanny Alfonzo:

Ducks 3, Skeeters 2.

W: Levine (2-0)
L: Gleason (1-2)

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