Game 52: Ducks at Patriots

IMG_8516GAME TIME/LOCATION: 7:05 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark (Bridgewater, N.J.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (26-25) continue their three-game series with the Liberty Division-leading Somerset Patriots (31-20) tonight. The Ducks and Patriots are separated by five games in the standings and will play each other six times in the final 19 games of the first half.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: Despite a two home run performance from Angelo Songco, the Long Island Ducks fell to the Somerset Patriots 7-2 Tuesday night at TD Bank Ballpark in the opener of a three-game series.

The Ducks got on the board first in the top of the second, taking a 1-0 lead on a Songco solo home run off Patriots starter Rick Teasley.

Long Island’s advantage was erased in the bottom of the second, when Tyler Bortnick connected for a two-run single off Rafael Perez to put Somerset ahead 2-1. The Patriots would tack on an unearned run in the bottom of the third, and erupted for four runs in the fourth inning to take a 7-1 lead, ignited by five hits and a catcher’s interference call.

Perez lasted 3.2 innings, allowing seven runs (five earned) on nine hits, striking out two and not issuing a walk. He gave way to Henry Hirsch, who threw 2.1 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit.

With two outs in the top of the seventh, Songco launched a mammoth home run over the wall in right field for his second round-tripper of the game. The Ducks outfielder now has two multi-homer games this season and leads the club with 13 long balls. Teasley allowed two home runs in his seven innings of work, striking out two and not walking a batter.

Tyler Levine allowed one hit in two innings and kept the Patriots off the scoreboard, but the Ducks were unable to muster a comeback against the Patriots bullpen.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks look to get back on the winning track behind ace righy John Brownell in the middle game of the series. Brownie makes his team-leading 11th start of the season in tonight’s contest, and sports a 4-1 record with a 2.81 ERA, the best mark among Ducks starting pitchers. While his strikeout rate has slid from 7.8 K/9 last year to 5.3 K/9 so far this season, Brownell has maintained success by limiting hits and walks. The Omaha, Nebraska resident struggled in his last start on June 9 against Bridgeport, allowing five runs (four earned) on 11 hits in seven innings. However, most of the damage was done in only two innings, as he was his usual self for most of the outing.

Somerset sends right-hander David Kubiak to the mound, making his eighth start of the season and his 11th overall appearance. The 6-7 hurler has been a hard-luck pitcher for the Patriots this season, sporting just a 2-5 record but a 3.69 ERA. Kubiak has struck out 50 batters in 46.1 innings pitched this season and has issued just 13 walks while sporting a very strong 1.12 WHIP. In his last two starts, Kubiak has struck out 15 batters and walked just three in 13.1 innings, but has gone 0-1. Against Long Island on May 21, the Riverhead, New York native gave up five runs on five hits in six innings, getting the loss in an 8-1 Ducks win.

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
#11 Anthony Vega – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7 John Brownell – RHP

Patriots
#2 Scott Kelly – SS
#1 Justin Pacchioli – CF
#13 Carlos Guzman – 1B
#85 Mark Minicozzi – 3B
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#7 Greg Golson – RF
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#9 Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#21 Adam Donachie – C

#5 David Kubiak – RHP

UPDATE (7:20) – BOT 1: John Brownell makes an #SCTop10 worthy snag on a line drive back to the mound to throw a 1-2-3 inning! 0-0 as we head to the second!

UPDATE (7:56) – BOT 3: The Patriots plate three runs off John Brownell to take a 3-0 lead.

UPDATE (8:22) – TOP 5: The Ducks get on the board as Marc Krauss smacks his fifth home run of the season. The Patriots still lead 3-1.

UPDATE (8:34) – BOT 5: The Patriots grab a run on a two-out double and expand their lead to 4-1.

UPDATE (9:17) – TOP 7: Alex Burg hits a 3-run bomb to highlight a 4-run outburst and the Ducks take a 5-4 lead!

UPDATE (9:39) – BOT 7: Somerset plates two runs on a Greg Golson single and takes a 6-5 lead.

UPDATE (10:12) – TOP 9: Dan Lyons doubles and Anthony Vega brings him home with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 6!

UPDATE (11:07) – FINAL: Somerset 7, Ducks 6.

W: Oliver (2-0)
L: Crider (0-3)

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