Game 89: Ducks vs. Skeeters
GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)
TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (8-10, 44-44) square off against the Sugar Land Skeeters (8-10, 38-50) in the rubber game of a three-game series. The skirmish wraps up a short three-game homestand for Long Island after which the club departs for a six-game road trip to Bridgeport and York. Tonight’s game marks the 13th game of the year between the Skeeters and the Ducks, with Sugar Land owning a 7-5 advantage thus far.
YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks took an early lead but fell to the Sugar Land Skeeters 5-4 Wednesday afternoon at Bethpage Ballpark.
Long Island took the lead in the bottom of the first inning when Anthony Vega and Delta Cleary Jr. drew back-to-back walks against Sugar Land starting pitcher Bobby Blevins. After a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third, Marc Krauss tripled to centerfield to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead.
It was Krauss’ first three-base hit of the season, and his first since 2015 while playing for the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens of the International League.
Krauss was in the middle of the action again in the bottom of the third, this time scoring Jordan Pacheco with an RBI double, and later coming home to score on an Angelo Songco single.
Staked to a 4-0 lead through three innings, Ducks starter Matt Larkins pitched effectively into the sixth inning, during which he allowed a two-run home run to Josh Prince. Larkins threw 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out four.
The Skeeters got within a run by scoring a tally in the seventh off Rob Rogers, and tied the game at four in the eighth with a score against Jake Dunning. In the top of the ninth, David Aardsma allowed a run to hand Sugar Land a 5-4 lead, which was saved by Mark Haynes.
ON THE MOUND: Rafael Perez takes the mound for the Ducks in the rubber game of the series, looking to right the ship of what has been a turbulent month of July. Overall in 16 starts this season, Perez is 6-6 with a 4.22 ERA, but in July he is just 1-3 with an unsightly 6.30 ERA (14 ER/20.0 IP). He has pitched well against Sugar Land this year, notching a 1-1 record with a 3.27 ERA (4 ER/11.0 IP) in two outings. Last time out, Perez allowed four runs on seven hits in four innings at Lancaster on July 21, getting tagged with the loss.
The Skeeters send lefty Dustin Richardson to the hill to make a spot start, which is his first start of the season. In 37 relief appearances, the former Long Island Duck is 1-4 with a 3.99 ERA and four saves. He has made four appearances against Long Island this year, an has not allowed a hit or a run in 2.2 innings. The southpaw spent parts of two seasons in the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox, making 39 appearances.
FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for today’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 today’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.
DUCKS GAME NOTES: For today’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.
#47 Quintin Berry – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#15 Jordan Pacheco – 1B
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#40 Rafael Perez – LHP
#5 Joe Benson – RF
#11 Cole Gillespie – CF
#21 Anthony Giansanti – SS
#9 Wilfredo Rodriguez – DH
#15 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#16 Travis Scott – 1B
#3 Albert Cordero – C
#18 Dickie Thon – 2B
#6 Derek Miller – LF
#34 Dustin Richardson – LHP
UPDATE (7:03) – TOP 1: The Skeeters plate three runs on four hits and take a 3-0 lead.
UPDATE (7:20) – BOT 1: @MarcKrauss25 hits his sixth home run in his last 10 games and we’re tied at 3!
UPDATE (7:49) – BOT 2: The Ducks score a pair of runs thanks to a Quintin Berry triple! Sugar Land leads 7-5.
UPDATE (8:24) – TOP 4: John Lannan holds the Skeeters off the board and we remain tied 8-8!
UPDATE (9:21) – TOP 7: Eury De La Rosa works around a pair of walks to keep the game tied at eight as the Ducks turn their third double play of the game.
UPDATE (10:11) – FINAL: Ducks 9, Skeeters 8
W: De La Rosa (3-1)
L: Corpas (0-4)
SV: Diaz (4)
Posted on July 27, 2017, in Game Previews and tagged Angelo Songco, Anthony Vega, David Aardsma, Delta Cleary Jr., Jake Dunning, Jordan Pacheco, Long Island Ducks, Marc Krauss, Matt Larkins, Rafael Perez, Rob Rogers, Sugar Land Skeeters. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.