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Game 64: 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 (33-30) will try to build on their three-game winning streak when they face the Sugar Land Skeeters (26-37) in the fourth game of a seven-game series. Long Island has now won five of their past seven games, while Sugar Land has dropped six consecutive games. The Ducks now lead the season series four games to two over Sugar Land and have taken all three games thus far in Texas.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: An outstanding start from Matt Larkins and a ninth inning rally gave the Ducks a 4-1 victory over the Skeeters on Sunday night.

Larkins and Skeeters starter Brett Marshall locked up in a terrific pitcher’s duel for the majority of the ballgame. Long Island plated a run in the first inning when Fehlandt Lentini tripled and came home on Lew Ford’s RBI groundout. Larkins worked out of a first-and-second, no-out jam in the first, but he surrendered a run in the third when Kevin Ahrens walked with two outs and scored on Travis Scott’s double to right-center.

Both starters would keep their opponent off the scoreboard from that point on. Larkins pitched seven innings of one-run ball, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out six. Marshall lasted six innings, yielding a run on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

The Skeeters threatened to break the tie in the eighth inning when Ahrens walked with one out and went to second on a groundout by Scott. However, Zac Treece (5-1) came on and struck out Bryan Pounds to end the inning. Long Island took the momentum into the ninth and rallied for three runs against reliever Evan Reed (1-1) to take a 4-1 lead. Following a double by Alex Burg with one out, Jordan Pacheco lined an RBI single to right-center on the first pitch to give the Flock a 2-1 lead. Giovanny Alfonzo and Lentini followed later in the frame with two-out RBI singles to extend the advantage to three.

Rob Rogers entered in the ninth inning, in search of his first save of the season. After allowing a leadoff double to Anthony Giansanti, the Long Island native retired the next three hitters on two flyouts and a groundout sandwiched in between to seal the victory.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks will send Alfredo Simon (0-1, 4.00 ERA) to the mound as they go for a guaranteed series victory. The right-hander, who will be making his third start of the year, is coming off of a strong start against the Somerset Patriots on Wednesday at Bethpage Ballpark. In five scoreless innings, the former big leaguer gave up just one hit, a single to Christian Marrero, and four walks while striking out four batters. He threw 83 pitches in the game, 43 for strikes, and left the game with neither side having plated a run. Long Island went on to win the game 4-2. Tonight will be Simon’s first-ever encounter with the Skeeters.

Sugar Land will give the ball to former Duck Mitch Talbot (1-0, 7.20 ERA), who makes his seventh appearance (fifth start) of the season. He most recently pitched last Tuesday in New Britain, earning the victory in Sugar Land’s last win. The former big leaguer tossed five innings of three-run ball, surrendering six hits and one walk while striking out four. He threw 81 pitches in the outing, 50 of them for strikes. Tonight will be his first time facing the Flock after spending time with them in 2014. He made nine appearances (seven starts) for Long Island, compiling a 3-2 record with a 4.14 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 37 innings. His contract was then purchased by the Lamigo Monkeys of the Chinese Professional Baseball League on August 24.

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 – LF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#25 Alfredo Simon – RHP

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

#24 Mitch Talbot – RHP

UPDATE (6:34): The tarp is on the field in Sugar Land as rain continues to fall. Tonight’s game is still scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. CDT.

UPDATE (6:44): Skeeters have announced that tonight’s game will now begin at 7:25 p.m.

UPDATE (7:59): TOP 1: Great start for the Flock! An RBI groundout from Lew Ford & a two-run single from Elmer Reyes give the Ducks a 3-0 lead!

UPDATE (8:31): BOT 2: Sugar Land strings together seven consecutive two-out hits to take a 6-3 lead over the Ducks.

UPDATE (8:54): BOT 3: A sac fly from Hector Olivera makes it a 7-3 game.

UPDATE (9:15): BOT 4: A two-out, two-run error hands the Skeeters a pair of runs to extend their lead to six.

UPDATE (9:30): BOT 5: Newest Duck Roman Gomez retires the Skeeters in order in his first inning with the Flock!

UPDATE (10:04): TOP 7: Ducks draw a run closer on a two-out RBI double down the right field line by Dan Lyons!

UPDATE (10:22): BOT 7: A two-out RBI single by Derek Miller puts Sugar Land back up by six.

UPDATE (10:48): FINAL: Skeeters get their first win of the series by a 10-4 margin. Long Island will look to start a new winning streak tomorrow night.

Game 63: Ducks at Skeeters

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:05 p.m. CDT at Constellation Field (Sugar Land, Texas)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (32-30) look to make it three consecutive victories in Texas when they battle the Sugar Land Skeeters (26-36) in game three of a seven-game series. Long Island has won four of their past six games, while Sugar Land has lost five consecutive games. Both teams are in third place in their respective division, with the Ducks sitting six games in back of first in the Liberty Division and the Skeeters trailing the Blue Crabs by 10 and a half games in the Freedom Division. The Ducks now lead the season series three games to two over Sugar Land.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Ducks racked up 12 consecutive hits for a second consecutive night and combined that with a quality start from John Brownell to earn a 6-3 win over the Skeeters on Saturday night.

Facing former Duck Bobby Blevins (4-4), the Ducks erupted for three runs in the third inning to take an early lead. Fehlandt Lentini drove in the first run with an RBI double, and two batter later, Lew Ford drove in a pair with a two-run double. Blevins settled in to toss three scoreless innings after that, but the Ducks rallied for a run in the seventh inning. Lentini doubled with two outs, and Anthony Vega followed with a grounder up the third base line. The ball kicked off of Bryan Pounds’ glove for an infield single, and Lentini scored on Pounds’ error to increase Long Island’s lead to 4-0.

Brownell (5-1) dazzled over the first six innings, yielding just two hits and a walk without giving up a run. Sugar Land scratched across a run against him in the seventh when Joel Guzman’s sac fly drove in Pounds. One inning later, Brownell allowed a two-out single to Kevin Ahrens, and Kevin Baez summoned John Lannan to face lefty Travis Scott. Scott drew a walk, setting the stage for Pounds, who drove a two-run triple to right-center field. With the lead now just 4-3, Henry Hirsch came in from the bullpen and struck out Anthony Giansanti to end the threat.

Long Island got their two-run lead back in the ninth against Julio DePaula. Dan Lyons scored from third on a passed ball, and Ford connected for his second double and third RBI of the night, scoring Vega from third. Amalio Diaz came on for the bottom of the ninth and yielded a walk and a single with one out in the frame. However, he induced a ground ball from pinch hitter Lance Zawadzki for a game-ending double play, which was started by an incredible diving stop up the middle from Elmer Reyes.

ON THE MOUND: Matt Larkins (2-6, 5.12 ERA5-) takes the mound in the third game of the series for the Flock. The right-hander is coming off of a tough outing against the Somerset Patriots in game two of Tuesday’s doubleheader. He allowed six runs on nine hits in five innings, walking one while striking out six. Prior to that, the second-year Duck had given up just eight runs over 32 innings in his previous five starts, good for a 2.25 ERA. Larkins has also been terrific on the road this year, compiling a 3.38 ERA in his six games and an even better 2.54 ERA in just his five road starts. The Idaho resident took a no-decision against the Skeeters on May 30 at Bethpage Ballpark, but he pitched well, giving up only one run on four hits and four walks over six innings while striking out six. Long Island won the game in extra innings, 3-2.

The Skeeters will counter with Brett Marshall (5-3, 5.11 ERA) on Sunday evening. The right-hander enters the outing after suffering the loss on Tuesday night in New Britain. He gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks over five and one-third innings and struck out four batters in the 7-4 defeat. Sugar Land has lost each of Marshall’s last two starts, though he turned in a quality start in the first of those two. Tonight will be the third-year Skeeters’ first start of the season against Long Island. In 2016, he went 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in two starts against the Ducks, yielding eight runs on 10 hits and 11 walks in eight 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
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#23 Alex Burg – C
#15 Jordan Pacheco – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

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

#2   Brett Marshall – RHP

UPDATE (6:15): TOP 1: Fehlandt Lentini leads off the game with a triple and scores on a groundout by Lew Ford! Ducks take an early 1-0 lead!

UPDATE (6:26): BOT 1: Skeeters put the first two on, but Matt Larkins retires three straight to keep Sugar Land off the scoreboard!

UPDATE (7:01): BOT 3: After a two-out walk by Kevin Ahrens on a close pitch, Travis Scott drives an RBI double to right-center, tying the game at one.

UPDATE (7:33): END 5: Larkins retires the side in order for the second consecutive inning and has set down seven in a row! Still 1-1 as we go to the sixth.

UPDATE (7:47): BOT 6: Larkins continues dealing, as he strikes out the side! The righty has struck out five tonight!

UPDATE (8:07): BOT 7: Skeeters put runners at the corners with two outs, but Larkins gets Derek Miller to ground out to short! 1-1 as we head to the eighth.

UPDATE (8:28): BOT 8: Patrick Crider and Zac Treece combine for a scoreless eighth inning! We head to the ninth, all tied at one.

UPDATE (8:46): TOP 9: Ducks take the lead! RBI singles from Jordan Pacheco, Giovanny Alfonzo & Lentini put the Flock in front 4-1!

UPDATE (9:04): FINAL: Long Island native Rob Rogers earns his first save of the year, & the Ducks earn their third win in a row, 4-1 over the Skeeters!

Game 62: Ducks at Skeeters

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:05 p.m. CDT at Constellation Field (Sugar Land, Texas)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (31-30) take on the Sugar Land Skeeters (26-35) in game two of a seven-game series. Long Island has now won two of their past three games after taking the opener on Friday, and Sugar Land has now lost four consecutive games dating back to game two of Tuesday’s doubleheader. Both teams are in third place in their respective division, with the Ducks sitting six games in back of first in the Liberty Division and the Skeeters trailing the Blue Crabs by nine and a half games in the Freedom Division. The season series between the teams is tied at two.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: A pair of multi-run innings and a strong start from Rafael Perez led the Ducks to a 5-1 win on Friday night in Texas.

Long Island got their night started in the second inning against Sugar Land starter Jake Hale (4-2). After retiring the first five batters he faced, Hale allowed back-to-back two-out singles to Elmer Reyes and Ruben Gotay. That set the stage for Giovanny Alfonzo, who connected on a two-run double down the right field line.

It remained 2-0 until the top of the sixth inning when the first four Ducks batters picked up hits off of Hale to knock him out of the game. After back-to-back singles by Lew Ford and Angelo Songco, Alex Burg grounded an RBI double down the left field line and Reyes drove a two-run single to left-center. Hale finished with five runs and nine hits allowed in five innings of work.

Meanwhile, Perez (5-2) cruised over the first five innings of the ballgame, retiring 15 of the first 16 batters he faced. His only blemish in that time was a single by Derek Miller in the third. However, he seemed to run out of gas on a hot and humid night in the sixth. Perez allowed back-to-back singles to open the frame and nearly surrendered home runs to both Josh Prince and Anthony Giansanti. However, both balls went just foul down the left field line. Perez retired both but walked Travis Scott with two outs, and that was followed by a passed ball that scored Hector Olivera.

After a walk to Kevin Ahrens that brought the tying run to the plate, Kevin Baez summoned Rob Rogers from the bullpen. The Long Island native got Bryan Pounds to hit into a force out at third on the first pitch he threw to end the threat. Rogers would then pitch back-to-back scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth to keep the 5-1 lead intact. Amalio Diaz got into some trouble in the ninth, allowing a walk and a single to begin the frame. However, he rebounded to strike out the side and seal the win.

ON THE MOUND: Saturday night will feature a pair of former teammates and two-time Atlantic League champions on the mound. John Brownell (4-1, 3.15 ERA) will take the baseball for the Ducks. The right-hander got off to a rough start on Monday night, surrendering six runs in three and two-thirds innings against the Patriots before rain postponed the game and erased the stats. Prior to Monday, he allowed four earned runs in back-to-back starts on June 9 against Bridgeport and June 14 at Somerset, with the Ducks dropping both games. Brownell will be making his first start against the Skeeters this season but has faced them 16 times in his career, compiling an 11-3 record and a 2.48 ERA.

On the other side will be Bobby Blevins (4-3, 4.63 ERA), who spent time with the Ducks from 2012-16 and won championships with Brownell in the first two seasons. The righty took a no-decision his last time out, surrendering three unearned runs on five hits and a walk. He also struck out three in Sugar Land’s 7-6 loss at Bridgeport on Sunday, June 18. Blevins lost his two outings prior to that as well and has compiled a 5.29 ERA in his last three outings (10 ER in 17 innings). The Briarcliff, N.Y. native defeated the Flock in his first matchup with his former team on June 1 at Bethpage Ballpark, tossing six scoreless innings and yielding five hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

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

#7   John Brownell – RHP

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

#19 Bobby Blevins – RHP

UPDATE (6:22): We are underway in Sugar Land, as both sides trade zeroes in the opening inning.

UPDATE (6:56): TOP 3: Ducks strike first! An RBI double by Fehlandt Lentini and a two-run double by Lew Ford give the Flock an early 3-0 lead!

UPDATE (7:27): END 5: John Brownell tosses his third consecutive 1-2-3 inning and has now retired 10 straight Skeeters! Onto the sixth inning we go.

UPDATE (7:54): TOP 7: A two-out double by Lentini and a single by Anthony Vega, along with an error, give the Ducks a 4-0 lead!

UPDATE (8:06): BOT 7: Sugar Land scratches out a run on a sacrifice fly to right from Joel Guzman. Long Island’s lead is now 4-1.

UPDATE (8:38): BOT 8: A two-out, two-run triple by Bryan Pounds makes it a 4-3 game. However, Henry Hirsch comes on to strike out Anthony Giansanti!

UPDATE (8:52): TOP 9: Ducks get their three-run lead back! Ford’s RBI double and a passed ball give the Flock a 6-3 advantage!

UPDATE (9:07): FINAL: Tremendous diving stop by Elmer Reyes to start a game-ending 4-6-3 double play!! Ducks win again in Texas, 6-3!

Game 61: 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 (30-30) embark on their final road trip of the first half and make their first visit of the season to Texas where they will open up a seven-game series against the Sugar Land Skeeters (26-34). Long Island enters the series after splitting a four-game set with the Somerset Patriots, while Sugar Land is coming off of three consecutive defeats in Connecticut to the New Britain Bees after taking the series opener. Both teams are in third place in their respective division, with the Ducks sitting seven games in back of first in the Liberty Division and the Skeeters trailing the Blue Crabs by eight and a half games in the Freedom Division.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: Control issues proved to be a problem for the Ducks’ pitching staff, as they walked a season-high 11 batters in a 9-2 defeat on Thursday night.

Dennis O’Grady (3-4) started for the Ducks and allowed single runs in four consecutive innings from the second through the fifth after a 1-2-3 opening inning. Tyler Bortnick was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Kyle Roller collected an RBI double, O’Grady threw a wild pitch that scored Scott Kelly and a solo homer by Greg Golson did the damage. O’Grady walked five batters and allowed four hits over his five innings of work while striking out five.

Long Island’s relief corps also struggled to keep Somerset at bay. Tyler Levine allowed a run in the sixth on three hits and a bases loaded walk to Aharon Eggleston. Eury De La Rosa gave up an RBI single to Christian Marrero and a bases loaded walk to Kelly in the seventh. Zac Treece then allowed a two-run homer to former-Duck Mark Minicozzi in the eighth after a two-out walk. John Lannan was able to keep Sugar Land off the scoreboard in the ninth, striking out a pair while pitching for the third straight night.

Offensively, the Ducks managed just two hits and a walk over the first six innings of the game against Patriots starter David Kubiak. Long Island broke through in the seventh when Lew Ford led off the frame with a solo homer to left field off of the righty, good for Ford’s third longball of the season. He would finish the night with three hits, coming just a triple shy of the cycle. One inning later, Jordan Pacheco went deep for the first time as a Ducks, crushing a leadoff solo homer off the scoreboard in left-center against Ronnie Shaban. The Ducks put two on base in the ninth but failed to inch closer.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks hand the ball to Rafael Perez (4-2, 3.63 ERA) to kick off the week-long series in Texas. The southpaw is coming off of a terrific outing in his most recent start at Lancaster on June 18, a game which the Ducks won 6-2. He threw seven innings of two-run ball to earn the win, allowing just six hits and one walk while striking out two. His only blemish came in his final inning when K.C. Hobson tagged him for a two-run home run. Perez has allowed three runs or less in seven of his last eight starts, compiling a 2.82 ERA and walking just eight batters over 44 and two-thirds innings in that span. Tonight will be his first-ever start against the Skeeters.

Opposing Perez will be Atlantic League veteran Jake Hale (4-1, 2.65 ERA). The righty is returning to the Skeeters’ rotation tonight after being out of action since June 4 due to injury. During his most recent start on June 4, he earned the win at Somerset with six and one-third innings of two-run ball, yielding five hits while striking out four and not walking a batter. Prior to that, he fired seven shutout innings against the Ducks on Long Island back on May 30, but he took a no-decision after the Ducks rallied for a 3-2 win in 11 innings. Hale has made nine starts this season and has struck out 35 batters while walking just 15 in 57 and two-thirds 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
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

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

#28 Jake Hale –RHP

UPDATE (7:23): We are underway in Texas, as both sides go in order during their half of the first inning.

UPDATE (7:35): TOP 2: Three straight two-out hits, including a two-run double by Giovanny Alfonzo, give the Ducks an early 2-0 lead!

UPDATE (8:19): MID 5: Ducks maintaining their 2-0 lead at the midway point! Rafael Perez has allowed just one baserunner through the first four innings.

UPDATE (8:35): TOP 6: Four straight hits to open the inning puts the Ducks ahead 5-0! RBI double by Alex Burg & a two-run single by Elmer Reyes!

UPDATE (9:08): BOT 6: Hector Olivera gets the Skeeters on the scoreboard, scoring on a passed ball. However, Rob Rogers strands the bases loaded.

UPDATE (9:45): BOT 8: Rob Rogers with another 1-2-3 innings. He’s thrown two and one-third scoreless innings tonight, yielding just one single!

Update (10:22): FINAL: Amalio Diaz strikes out the side in the ninth inning, and the Ducks top the Skeeters 5-1 in tonight’s series opener!

Game 60: Ducks vs. Patriots

lew-ford-5.jpgGAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (30-29) host the Somerset Patriots (36-23) in the final game of a four-game series. Long Island looks for the series win after taking two of the first three games, and would move to within five games of Somerset for the first-half division crown with just 10 games left with a win.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 4-2 on Wednesday night in the third game of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Both sides were held off the scoreboard over the first five and a half innings. Ducks starter Alfredo Simon pitched well in his Bethpage Ballpark debut, throwing five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and four walks while striking out four. Patriots starter Jerome Williams pitched 4.1 innings of scoreless baseball before leaving with an injury and gave up four hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

Long Island broke through in the bottom of the sixth inning on a two-run home run to right-center field by Marc Krauss off of Alex Gouin. Somerset pulled even at two in the top of the eighth with an RBI single by Greg Golson and a bases loaded walk to Christian Marrero from Patrick Crider.

The Ducks took the lead back for good in the bottom of the frame. RBI singles by Alex Burg and Giovanny Alfonzo put the Flock back in front 4-2.

Zac Treece (4-1) picked up the win after recording the final out of the eighth inning, leaving the bases loaded. Justin Wright (2-1) took the loss after surrendering two runs on four hits in his one inning of relief. Amalio Diaz earned his second save of the year with a perfect ninth inning.

Krauss, Burg, Alfonzo and Angelo Songco each had two hits to pace the Flock.

ON THE MOUND: Long Island sends right-hander Dennis O’Grady to the mound to make his ninth start of the season and 13th overall appearance. O’Grady is coming off his roughest start of the season on June 17 at Lancaster when he allowed season-team-highs with nine runs and 12 hits in 5.0 innings of work in a 10-0 Barnstormers win. The right-hander is 3-3 with a 4.32 ERA on the season, and has struck out 50 batters but walked 26 in 50.0 IP.

Somerset counters with Dave Kubiak, making his second start of the series, although his first outing on Monday was cancelled out by rain. Kubiak is 2-5 with a 3.58 ERA on the season in 11 appearances (eight starts). The 6-7 righty has struck out 56 and walked only 15 in 52.2 innings, but has suffered from a lack of run and bullpen support. In his last start which counted for his stats, Kubiak threw 6.1 innings against the Ducks on June 14, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out six and walking two while getting no decision in a 7-6 Patriots 10-inning 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
#11 Anthony Vega – CF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – RF
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#17 Dennis O’Grady – RHP

Patriots
#2 Scott Kelly – SS
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#13 Carlos Guzman – 1B
#7 Greg Golson – CF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#32 Mark Minicozzi – 3B
#14 Christian Marrero – RF
#9 Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#4 Yovan Gonzalez – C

#5 Dave Kubiak – RHP

UPDATE (7:09) – TOP 2: The Patriots scratch across a run and take a 1-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:48) – TOP 4: Somerset nets another run and now has a 3-0 lead.

UPDATE (8:03) – TOP 5: A solo home run for Greg Golson puts the Patriots on top 4-0.

UPDATE (8:23) – TOP 6: The Patriots cash in on another run and now lead the Ducks 5-0.

UPDATE (8:51) – TOP 7: Time to stretch. The Patriots lead 7-0.

UPDATE (8:57) – BOT 7: LEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWW Ford smacks his third home run of the season and the Patriots lead is cut to 7-1.

UPDATE (9:09) – TOP 8: Two more runs for the Patriots run the score to 9-1.

UPDATE (9:22) – BOT 8: Jordan Pacheco crushes a monster home run out to left field. 9-2 Somerset.

UPDATE (9:47) – FINAL: Patriots 9, Ducks 2.

W: Kubiak (3-5)
L: O’Grady (3-4)

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