Game 66: Ducks at Skeeters

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 7:05 p.m. CDT at Constellation Field (Sugar Land, Texas)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (33-32) do battle with the Sugar Land Skeeters (28-37) in the sixth game of their seven-game Texas series. Long Island has taken three of the first five games in the series, but Sugar Land has won back-to-back contests. The season series is tied at four games apiece between the clubs. Both teams have been eliminated from first half title contention.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: For the second consecutive night, a two-out rally by the Skeeters in the second inning proved too much for the Ducks to overcome, as Sugar Land claimed a 7-0 win on Tuesday.

Dennis O’Grady (3-5) started for the Flock and pitched a scoreless first inning. He retired the first batter of the second before allowing one-out walk to Wilfredo Rodriguez on a pitch the righty felt should have been strike three. Hector Olivera grounded into a fielder’s choice for the second out, but like the night before, things unraveled at that point. An RBI double by Alberto Cordero, RBI singles by Josh Prince and Kevin Ahrens, and a three-run home run to left field by Anthony Giansanti gave the Skeeters a 6-0 lead that would prove to be more than enough.

Michael Nix (6-5) started for Sugar Land and turned in a complete game, two-hit shutout to stymie the Ducks offense. He retired the first nine Ducks batters in order before Fehlandt Lentini reached on an error in the fourth. Long Island’s only two hits came on a fifth inning single by Giovanny Alfonzo, who extended his hitting streak to a season-long nine straight games, and a ninth inning single from Lew Ford. Nix’s only walk of the night came in the sixth to Anthony Vega. The Ducks put two on base that inning when Elmer Reyes reached on a fielder’s choice error. However, Long Island could not score.

Tyler Levine pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the seventh for the Ducks, while Roman Gomez pitched the eighth inning. He allowed one run on three consecutive two-out hits.

ON THE MOUND: Rafael Perez (5-2, 3.43 ERA) gets the start for the Ducks on Wednesday night, making his second start of the series. The southpaw pitched in Long Island’s 5-1 victory during the series opener on Friday, tossing five and two-thirds innings of one-run ball to pick up the win. He allowed three hits and two walks while striking out three and retired 15 of the first 16 batters he faced over the first five innings before running into trouble in the sixth. Tonight will be the sixth consecutive road start for Perez, who hasn’t pitched at home since May 19 against Somerset. He is 3-1 with a 3.08 ERA in those past five outings and 5-1 with a 3.75 ERA on the road this year.

Jake Hale (4-2, 3.16 ERA) will make his second start of the series as well. He opposed Perez but did not fare as well on Friday, surrendering five runs on nine hits over five innings of work. Long Island strung together three two-out hits in the second inning, including Alfonzo’s two-run double, and put together four straight hits to begin the sixth, knocking Hale from the game. Alex Burg’s RBI double and Reyes’ two-run single accounted for the damage. Hale is making his second start after missing nearly three weeks due to an oblique strain and his third start overall against Long Island in 2017.

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
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#23 Alex Burg – C
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#11 Anthony Vega – RF

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

Skeeters
#7   Josh Prince – 2B
#4   Kevin Ahrens – SS
#21 Anthony Giansanti – CF
#16 Travis Scott – 1B
#15 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#9   Wilfredo Rodriguez – DH
#36 Hector Olivera – LF
#3   Albert Cordero – C
#6   Derek Miller – RF

#28 Jake Hale – RHP

UPDATE (7:23): END 1: Both sides pick up a single from their shortstop but nothing further in the opening inning.

UPDATE (8:09): BOT 3: A two-out walk followed by an RBI single from Travis Scott puts the Skeeters in front 1-0.

UPDATE (8:47): BOT 5: Nice work by Rafael Perez to escape a first-and-second, no-out jam! Still a 1-0 ballgame after five innings.

UPDATE (9:15): BOT 6: Skeeters add two on an RBI double by Hector Olivera & an RBI single by Derek Miller. However, they leave the bases loaded. 3-0 game.

UPDATE (9:38): BOT 7: John Lannan allows a pair of one-out singles but retires the next two to leave two more runners on base.

UPDATE (9:52): BOT 8: David Aardsma make his first appearance since coming off the disabled list and retires the Skeeters in order!

UPDATE (10:05): FINAL: The tying run is stranded in the on-deck circle, as the Ducks fall to the Skeeters, 3-0. Series finale tomorrow at 7:05 CDT

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