Game 39: Ducks vs. Skeeters
With the veteran presence of Lew Ford, the Ducks look to make it three wins in a row tonight.
GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (19-19) resume their three-game series with the Sugar Land Skeeters (19-20) after a thrilling waddle-off win Tuesday night. Tonight’s skirmish will be the second time out of 20 scheduled contests that these clubs have faced each other during the 2017 season.
YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks scored their second consecutive waddle-off win 3-2 over the Sugar Land Skeeters in 11 innings Tuesday night at Bethpage Ballpark.
With Marc Krauss at third after a two-base throwing error from Skeeters catcher Albert Cordero, Giovanny Alfonzo hit a dribbler up the third base line that went for a game-winning infield single.
The Skeeters kicked off the scoring in the top of the first against Ducks starting pitcher Matt Larkins, taking an early 1-0 lead on an RBI single from Hector Olivera.
After the rocky start to the game, the righty settled in and turned in a quality start. Larkins tossed six innings allowing just the one run on four hits, walking four but striking out six. He got no decision.
Sugar Land extended their lead to 2-0 in the top of the seventh against Zac Treece and Jim Fuller when Andy Wilkins doubled to centerfield on a ball that Delta Cleary Jr. lost above the lights.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Ducks finally got on the board after threatening several times throughout the game. Jordan Pacheco walked, stole second base and scored on an Alfonzo single to cut the Skeeters lead to 2-1.
After Rob Rogers held the score at 2-1 with a scoreless inning of relief in the top of the ninth, Krauss blasted a solo home run to centerfield in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at two.
Krauss led off the bottom of the 11th by drawing a walk from Sean Gleason. With two outs, Cordero attempted to back pick on Krauss at first and the throw went wild up the right field line and the runner advanced to third.
On the next pitch Alfonzo tapped a 2-2 offering up the third base line that Bryan Pounds couldn’t field cleanly and Krauss scored the winning tally.
ON THE MOUND: The Ducks call on southpaw Eury De La Rosa to make his first start of the season tonight. In six relief appearances this year, De La Rosa owns a 1-0 record with a 2.16 ERA. The diminutive port paw’s last outing came on May 27, where he threw three scoreless innings from the bullpen against the Lancaster Barnstormers. This marks the first time this season that De La Rosa will face the Skeeters. He threw five scoreless innings across three appearances against Sugar Land in 2016.
Sugar Land sends righty Michael Nix to the bump, making his 10th appearance of the year and eighth overall start. Nix, a Skeeter since 2012, has a 2-5 record with a 4.29 ERA this season, and has allowed 34 hits in 35.2 innings pitched. The former Auburn Tiger last appeared on May 27 at York, allowing two runs on three hits in an inning of work. Tonight will be the first time that Nix faces the Ducks since September 28, when the righty threw six shutout innings and got the win in Game Two of the 2016 Atlantic League Championship Series.
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.
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#26 Angelo Songco – LF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#28 Eury De La Rosa – LHP
#7 Josh Prince – DH
#21 Anthony Giansanti – 2B
#35 Andy Wilkins – 1B
#4 Kevin Ahrens – SS
#14 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#36 Hector Olivera – LF
#5 Joe Benson – RF
#6 Derek Miller – CF
#9 Wilfredo Rodriguez – C
#27 Michael Nix – RHP
UPDATE (7:07) – TOP 2: The Skeeters jump out to a 3-0 lead with a string of singles.
UPDATE (7:39) – TOP 3: The Skeeters plate an additional three runs to take a 6-0 lead.
UPDATE (8:25) – TOP 5: The Skeeters put up another crooked number and have an 11-0 lead.
UPDATE (8:54) – TOP 7: Time to stretch at Bethpage Ballpark! Skeeters lead 11-0.
UPDATE (9:06) – BOT 7: The Ducks get on the board with a triple from Fehlandt Lentini and a single from Angelo Songco! 11-1 Skeeters.
UPDATE (9:24) – TOP 8: The Skeeters tack on two more runs and lead 13-1.
UPDATE (9:51) – FINAL: Skeeters 13, Ducks 1
W: Nix (3-5)
L: De La Rosa (1-1)
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