Game 84: Ducks at Barnstormers

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:30 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (6-7, 42-41) hit the road for a quick three-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers (7-6, 45-37) that begins on Friday night. The Ducks enter the day a game and a half behind Bridgeport for first place in the Liberty Division, while the Barnstormers are a half-game behind York for first in the Freedom Division. Lancaster has a 7-4 lead in the season series between the two teams and has taken two of three in Pennsylvania.

WEDNESDAY’S RECAP: The Ducks turned in their best offensive performance of the season, pounding out 13 runs on 17 hits to earn a 13-6 win over the New Britain Bees in the rubber game of a three-game series.

After falling behind on a leadoff solo homer by James Skelton, the Ducks went to work in the bottom of the first inning. Marc Krauss launched a two-out, three-run home run to right field off Bees starter Brian Dupra (3-7) to put the Ducks ahead 3-1.

Jamar Walton homered in the second for New Britain, but the Flock responded back with RBI singles in the second from Anthony Vega and Lew Ford to increase the lead to 5-2. Long Island would not take its foot off the gas pedal, continuing to swing away with two runs in the third, four in the fourth and two more in the fifth. Elmer Reyes and Vega both hit two-run homers to help knock Dupra out of the game. Jordan Pacheco added a two-run single, Angelo Songco collected an RBI groundout and Reyes delivered an RBI single.

The Bees made a comeback attempt in the sixth. Three soft singles began the inning, but Ducks starter Matt Larkins (4-6) rebounded to strike out the next two hitters. However, Walton hit the first pitch he saw for a grand slam that closed the gap to 13-6. Larkins escaped further trouble though, and the bullpen trio of Rob Rogers, Zac Treece and John Lannan closed out the game with three scoreless innings.

Vega finished his night with four hits, three RBI and four runs to lead the Flock. Reyes had three hits, three RBI and a run, while Ford had three hits, an RBI and three runs. Krauss finished with two hits, three RBI, three runs and two walks, as Long Island’s offense overwhelmed New Britain.

ON THE MOUND: Long Island opens its series in Lancaster with Rafael Perez on the mound. The southpaw enters with a record of 6-5 and a 3.98 ERA in 15 starts. He has struck out 65 batters this season while walking only 18 in 79 innings of work. The former big leaguer is coming off a win over the Somerset Patriots this past Saturday, as he turned in his first quality start since June 18th and ended a personal three-game losing skid. Perez struck out a season-high eight batters for a second consecutive start and allowed just two runs on six hits and two walks over six innings. The 35-year-old has faced the Barnstormers twice this season, defeating them at Clipper Magazine Stadium on June 18th with seven innings of two-run ball. He fell to the Barnstormers on Long Island July 3rd, yielding four runs in five innings.

Former Duck Jarret Leverett will counter for Lancaster. The left-hander has struggled in 2017, compiling a 5-5 record with a 5.49 ERA in 15 starts. He has surrendered 103 hits in 78 and two-thirds innings of work, walking 30 batters while striking out 56. The Georgia native picked up the win in his last outing, pitching five innings of one-run ball and allowing three hits and four walks while striking out four to defeat the Skeeters in Texas this past Saturday. The Barnstormers had lost each of Leverett’s previous six starts before that, with him taking the loss in five of them. The 27-year-old has lost each of his two starts against the Flock, falling on June 18th in Lancaster and July 4th on Long Island. In the outings, he has combined to give up 15 runs (13 earned) on 25 hits in 10 and one-third innings of work.

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

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

Barnstormers
#3   Beau Amaral – CF
#6   Rico Noel – 2B
#24 Steve Clevenger – 1B
#19 Sean Halton – LF
#8   Cole Garner – RF
#4   Garrett Weber – 3B
#28 Josh Bell – DH
#32 Anderson De La Rosa – C
#12 Nate Coronado – SS

#26 Jarret Leverett – LHP

UPDATE (7:15): BOT 2: A three-run, five-hit inning puts the Barnstormers ahead early, 3-0. Cole Garner with a solo homer in the frame.

UPDATE (7:39): TOP 4: Oppo taco for Jordan Pacheco, who drives a solo home run over the wall in right! His second of the year trims the deficit to 3-1.

UPDATE (7:59): BOT 4: Anderson De La Rosa’s second RBI double of the game makes it 4-1, but Rafael Perez strands the bases loaded.

UPDATE (8:14): END 5: Long Island native John Lannan retires the side in order in the fifth, striking out a pair!

UPDATE (8:33): END 6: New inning, same result. Lannan strikes out two more and has retired all six batters he’s faced!

UPDATE (8:55): BOT 7: Rico Noel lifts a two-out solo homer to right, putting the Barnstormers ahead by four at 5-1.

UPDATE (9:23): FINAL: Barnstormers take the series opener, 5-1. Game two of the three-game set will take place Saturday night at 6:30.

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