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2019 ALCS Game Four: Ducks at Skeeters

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Long Island tries to keep season alive while Sugar Land vies for championship

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:05 p.m. EDT at Constellation Field (Sugar Land, Texas)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Ducks battle the Skeeters in Game Four of the 2019 Atlantic League Championship Series on Saturday night. Sugar Land leads the best-of-five series two games to one. Long Island is now 41-41 all-time in postseason play, including 14-25 on the road, and the team is 13-18 in Atlantic League Championship Series play, including 3-11 on the road. The Ducks hold an 82-74 lead in the all-time regular season against Sugar Land but is 33-45 at Constellation Field. In the postseason, the Skeeters hold an 8-3 lead, including a 5-0 advantage in Sugar Land.

GAME THREE RECAP: 

A big fourth inning led the Sugar Land Skeeters to a 7-5 win over the Long Island Ducks in Game Three of the series on Friday night.

After throwing three perfect innings to begin the ballgame, things fell apart for Ducks starter Seth Simmons in the fourth. Sugar Land loaded the bases on two four-pitch walks and a bunt single to begin the inning. Denis Phipps followed with a two-run single up the middle to put the Skeeters on top 2-0. Zach Borenstein and Jason Martinson later collected RBI singles, and a sac fly to center by Cody Stanley rounded out the scoring. A wild pitch in the fifth by Anderson DeLeon, who took over for Simmons after he left with an injury, scored Wynton Bernard to make it a 6-0 game.

Long Island began a comeback attempt in the seventh inning against Skeeters starter Troy Scribner. Following a single by Hector Sanchez and a double by David Washington, the Ducks plated a pair of runs on a sac fly to left by Vladimir Frias and an RBI single to right by D’Arby Myers. One inning later, the Ducks put two on against Ricardo Gomez on a double by Lew Ford and a single by L.J. Mazzilli. Ford would score on a passed bal, and the Duck would then load the bases on walks to Sanchez and Deibinson Romero. Washington then drew a bases loaded walk to score Mazzilli, making it a 6-4 ballgame. However, Frias popped out to center, and Sanchez was thrown out at the plate trying to score, ending the rally.

Sugar Land grabbed an insurance run in the eighth when Borenstein walked and later scored on a wild pitch by Rob Rogers. The Ducks rallied again in the ninth against Felipe Paulino. A double by Rey Fuentes and an RBI single by Steve Lombardozzi trimmed the Skeeters lead to 7-5. Mazzilli then singled with two outs to put the tying runs on base. However, Sanchez struck out to end the game.

GAME THREE HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

With their season on the line, the Ducks will hand the ball to Brandon Beachy in Game Four. The right-hander pitched very well in nine games (seven starts) this season, posting a 6-0 record and a 2.85 ERA, striking out 38 and walking 20 in 41 innings with the Flock. He last pitched on September 20th against the High Point Rockers, earning the win in a 3-2 victory. The former big leaguer tossed six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out six batters. Beachy faced the Skeeters just once this season, earning the win on September 7th in game one of a doubleheader. The 33-year-old also threw six innings that day, giving up four runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out five in a 6-4 win. Tonight will be his first postseason start with the Flock.

Sugar Land will counter with Chase De Jong as they seek their second consecutive Atlantic League championship. The right-hander made 12 starts for the Skeeters and went 4-4 with a 5.56 ERA, striking out 53 and walking 14 over 66.1 innings. He most recently pitched in Game Four of the Freedom Division Championship Series, taking a no-decision in the Skeeteres 5-4 clinching win. De Jong threw six innings of three-run ball, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out seven batters. He gave up two home runs in the game, both to Telvin Nash. De Jong never faced the Ducks during the regular season. He has three seasons of Major League experience from 2017 to 2019 with the Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins.

FOLLOW ALONG:

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2019, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live 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 Ducks Video Center on the homepage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a live account of tonight’s game via the Atlantic League website by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE. For a look at the Ducks playoff history, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Rey Fuentes- CF
#2   Steve Lombardozzi – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#11 L.J. Mazzilli – LF
#37 Hector Sanchez – C
#21 Deibinson Romero – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#1   Vladimir Frias – SS
#14 D’Arby Myers – RF

#47 Brandon Beachy – RHP

Sugar Land Skeeters
#11 Rico Noel – CF
#28 Wynton Bernard – LF
#21 Anthony Giansanti – 2B
#29 Denis Phipps – DH
#3   Albert Cordero – 1B
#17 Zach Borenstein – RF
#25 Jason Martinson – SS
#12 Cody Stanley – C
#6   Javier Betancourt – 3B

#20 Chase De Jong – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: A two-run triple down the left field line by Denis Phipps gives the Skeeters an early 2-0 lead.

TOP 2: Ducks put their first run of the day on the scoreboard courtesy of a two-out RBI single by D’Arby Myers! 2-1 Skeeters

END 3: Back-to-back 1-2-3 innings for Brandon Beachy, who has now retired eight in a row!

TOP 6: TIE GAME! A two-out RBI single through the right side by David Washington, on the ninth pitch of the at bat, ties the ballgame up at two apiece!

END 6: Brandon Beachy strikes out the side in the sixth, stranding Denis Phipps at third base! Seven K’s on the night for the former big leaguer!

END 7: Hector Sanchez with a PERFECT strike to second to catch Rico Noel stealing! Scoreless inning of relief from Joe Iorio!

END 8: Joe Iorio gets Denis Phipps to ground into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play! Onto the ninth inning we go, tied at two.

END 9: Joe Iorio with a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out two looking! Bonus baseball coming up in Sugar Land, with the Ducks and Skeeters tied at two.

TOP 10: DUCKS HAVE THE LEAD! A sac fly to left-center field by Deibinson Romero scores L.J. Mazzilli! Ducks go in front 3-2!

FINAL: Cody Mincey works a perfect 10th inning to earn his fourth save of the playoffs! Ducks win Game Four 3-2 in 10 innings to force a winner-take-all Game Five on Sunday night!

2019 ALCS Game Three: Ducks at Skeeters

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Ducks look to retake lead in ALCS as series moves to Sugar Land

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

7:35 p.m. at Constellation Field (Sugar Land, Texas)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Ducks and Skeeters butt heads in game three of the 2019 ALCS on Friday night as the series shifts to Texas with the two teams tied at one game apiece. Currently sitting with a 41-40 all-time playoff record, the Ducks, however, have a losing record on the road of 14-24. Long Island does, though, hold a slight 5-4 advantage at Constellation Field in 2019, to go along with their overall edge in the season series of 13-6. This is a rematch of the 2018 ALCS in which the Skeeters defeated the Ducks in five games. The Ducks are coming off a sweep of the High Point Rockers in the Liberty Division Championship Series. After winning the LDCS, Long Island is the first team in Atlantic League history to reach the ALCS in four consecutive seasons. In the regular season the Flock won both the first and second halves of the season and also set the franchise record for wins in a season, finishing with 86 wins. This is the third time that Long Island and Sugar Land have met in the playoffs, with the Skeeters winning both the 2016 and 2018 championships.

GAME TWO RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks fell to the Sugar Land Skeeters 7-0 on Wednesday night in game two of the Atlantic League Championship Series, evening the series at one.

The game was all Sugar Land from the start, as the Skeeters drove in three runs off Ducks starter Darin Downs in the top of the first inning. The frame was highlighted by an RBI double by Wynton Bernard and a two-run home run off the bat of Albert Cordero. Two more runs came in to score in the second inning on a throwing error. RBI singles from Zach Borenstein and Javier Betancourt, in the third and sixth innings respectively, rounded out the scoring.

Skeeters starting pitcher, and former Duck, Carlos Pimentel (2-0) picked up the win for Sugar Land, pitching seven shutout innings, scattering five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. Downs (1-1) was tagged with the loss for Long Island, lasting three innings and allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk, while striking out five.

Deibinson Romero led the Flock offensively, producing two hits.

ON THE MOUND:

Seth Simmons takes the hill for Long Island tonight, making his second postseason start of 2019. In 26 appearances (25 starts) during the regular season, split between the Ducks and the High Point Rockers, he posted an 8-8 record with a 3.86 ERA and 119 strikeouts over 140 innings of work. His last start was in game three of the LDCS on September 27 at Bethpage Ballpark, where he threw seven one-run innings, allowing just two hits and two walks, while striking out nine. This season Simmons faced the Skeeters five times, twice with High Point and three times with Long Island. The righty amassed a 2-2 record against Sugar Land in 2019, with a 5.87 ERA and 22 strikeouts over 23 innings.

Troy Scribner gets the nod in game three for the Skeeters tonight, making his second postseason start this year. In 2019 the righty made 22 starts, compiling a 6-7 record with a 3.68 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 122.1 innings pitched. His last start was in the FDCS against York, tossing seven innings, surrendering one run on five hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts. Scribner made three starts in the regular season against Long Island, putting together a 0-1 record with a 5.79 ERA and six strikeouts over 14 innings.

FOLLOW ALONG:

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2019, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live 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 Ducks Video Center on the homepage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a live account of tonight’s game via the Atlantic League website by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE. For a look at the Ducks playoff history, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Rey Fuentes- CF
#2   Steve Lombardozzi – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#11 L.J. Mazzilli – LF
#37 Hector Sanchez – C
#21 Deibinson Romero – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#1   Vladimir Frias – SS
#14 D’Arby Myers – RF

#31 Seth Simmons – RHP

Sugar Land Skeeters
#11 Rico Noel – CF
#28 Wynton Bernard – LF
#21 Anthony Giansanti – 2B
#29 Denis Phipps – DH
#3   Albert Cordero – 1B
#17 Zach Borenstein – RF
#25 Jason Martinson – SS
#12 Cody Stanley – C
#6   Javier Betancourt – 3B

#34 Troy Scribner – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

END 1: Both sides are retired in order in their half of the first inning.

END 3: Another 1-2-3 inning for Seth Simmons, who strikes out two more and now has four K’s on the night! No score after three innings.

BOT 4: Sugar Land plates five runs on four hits and two walks to take a 5-0 lead.

BOT 5: A wild pitch plates Wynton Bernard, increasing Sugar Land’s lead to 6-0.

TOP 7: Ducks are on the scoreboard! A sac fly to left from Vladimir Frias and an RBI single by D’Arby Myers have trimmed Long Island’s deficit to 6-2.

TOP 8: Ducks inch closer! Lew Ford scores on a passed ball, and David Washington draws a bases loaded walk! Long Island’s within two at 6-4.

BOT 8: A wild pitch scores Zach Borenstein, pushing the Skeeters lead back up to three at 7-4.

FINAL: An RBI single by Steve Lombardozzi closes the gap to two, but the Ducks strand the tying runs on bases. Sugar Land takes Game Three 7-5. Game Four will be Saturday night at 5:05 CDT/6:05 EDT.

2019 ALCS Game Two: Ducks vs. Skeeters

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Long Island plays final game at Bethpage Ballpark in 2019

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and Sugar Land Skeeters meet in the second game of the 2019 Atlantic League Championship Series on Wednesday night at Bethpage Ballpark. This is a rematch of the 2018 ALCS in which the Skeeters defeated the Ducks in five games. The Ducks are coming off a sweep of the High Point Rockers in the Liberty Division Championship Series. After winning the LDCS, Long Island is the first team in Atlantic League history to reach the ALCS in four consecutive seasons. In the regular season the Flock won both the first and second halves of the season and also set the franchise record for wins in a season, finishing with 86 wins. The Ducks have posted a 41-39 all-time playoff record overall and a 27-15 record in the postseason at Bethpage Ballpark. Long Island claimed the season series with Sugar Land, taking 13 of 19 games. The Ducks also led 8-2 in games played on Long Island in 2019. This is the third time that Long Island and Sugar Land have met in the playoffs, with the Skeeters winning both the 2016 and 2018 championships.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

Long Island defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters 7-5 Tuesday night in game one of the Atlantic League Championship Series.

The Ducks got off to a fast start, putting up five runs in the top of the first thanks to an RBI single from Lew Ford and back-to-back home runs by Deibinson Romero and David Washington, a three-run blast and a solo shot respectively.

A wild pitch and an RBI single by Zack Borenstein got the Skeeters on the board in the third. Another run for Sugar Land brought the score to 5-3 when Cody Stanley hit an RBI groundout in the top of the fourth. However, in the bottom of the inning the Ducks added two more runs to their lead after Washington hit his second home run of the evening, hitting a solo home run 440 feet to center field, and a Steve Lombardozzi sacrifice fly to center.

The Skeeters scored twice in the eighth on a throwing error and a solo home run, but that was all they could muster.

Ducks starter Vin Mazzaro (2-0) picked up the victory for Long Island, lasting six innings, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Mike Hauschild (0-2) was tagged with the loss for Sugar Land after tossing seven innings, yielding seven runs on 11 hits and two walks, while striking out six. Cody Mincey converted his third save of the postseason for the Ducks, throwing a perfect ninth inning.

YESTERDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Darin Downs takes the mound for Long Island tonight, making his second start of the 2019 postseason. This season the lefty put up a 3-3 record with a 2.53 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 109.2 innings. His last start was in game one of the LDCS at High Point, where he pitched six and one-third innings, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out seven. This is the fourth time Downs has matched up with Sugar Land, against whom he has gathered a 1-0 record with a 2.12 ERA and 22 strikeouts over 17 innings of work.

Former Duck Carlos Pimentel makes his second start of the 2019 postseason for the Skeeters tonight. In the regular season the righty posted a 6-4 record with a 3.92 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 78 innings pitched. His last start was game two of the FDCS against York, lasting five innings, surrendering one run on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts. In three starts against his former team, Pimentel is 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched.

FOLLOW ALONG:

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2019, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live 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 Ducks Video Center on the homepage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a live account of tonight’s game via the Atlantic League website by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE. For a look at the Ducks playoff history, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Rey Fuentes- CF
#2   Steve Lombardozzi – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#11 L.J. Mazzilli – LF
#21 Deibinson Romero – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#38 Ramon Cabrera – C
#1   Vladimir Frias – SS
#29 Daniel Fields – RF

#23 Darin Downs – LHP

Sugar Land Skeeters
#11 Rico Noel – CF
#28 Wynton Bernard – LF
#21 Anthony Giansanti – 2B
#29 Denis Phipps – DH
#3   Albert Cordero – C
#25 Jason Martinson – SS
#17 Zach Borenstein – RF
#7   Blair Beck – 1B
#6   Javier Betancourt – 3B

#18 Carlos Pimentel – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: An RBI double by Wynton Bernard and a two-run home run from Albert Cordero have the Skeeters out in front 3-0 early.

TOP 2: Two runs come home on a two-out throwing error. 5-0 Skeeters.
TOP 3: Zach Borenstein’s RBI single to right makes it 6-0.
TOP 6: Javier Betancourt adds an RBI single to left field, making it a 7-0 game.

2019 ALCS Game One: Ducks vs. Skeeters

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Ducks and Skeeters set to open rematch of last year’s ALCS

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and Sugar Land Skeeters meet in the first game of the 2019 Atlantic League Championship Series on Tuesday night at Bethpage Ballpark. This will be a rematch of the 2018 ALCS in which the Skeeters defeated the Ducks in five games. The Ducks are coming off a sweep of the High Point Rockers in the Liberty Division Championship Series. After winning the LDCS, Long Island is the first team in Atlantic League history to reach the ALCS in four consecutive seasons. In the regular season the Flock won both the first and second halves of the season and also set the franchise record for wins in a season, finishing with 86 wins. The Ducks have posted a 40-39 all-time playoff record overall and a 26-15 record in the postseason at Bethpage Ballpark. Long Island claimed the season series with Sugar Land, taking 13 of 19 games. The Ducks also led 8-2 in games played on Long Island in 2019. This is the third time that Long Island and Sugar Land have met in the playoffs, with the Skeeters winning both the 2016 and 2018 championships.

FRIDAY’S RECAP: 

The Ducks completed their sweep of the Liberty Division Championship Series against the High Point Rockers, winning 3-2 on Friday night.

Long Island got on the board early thanks to a two-run single by Hector Sanchez with two away in the bottom of the first inning. The Rockers got a run back in the fifth when Tyler Ladendorf brought in a run with a groundout to short.

Neither team scored until Steve Lombardozzi lifted a sacrifice fly to right in the home half of the eighth inning, giving Long Island a 3-1 lead. High Point tried to mount a comeback in the top of the ninth after Quincy Latimore launched a solo home run to center, however, their attempt fell short as Cody Mincey retired the next three batters to end the game.

Ducks starting pitcher Seth Simmons (1-0) picked up the win Long Island after yielding one run on two hits and two walks over seven innings, while striking out nine batters. Rockers starter Joe Van Meter (0-1) was tagged with the loss for High Point, tossing seven and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts. Mincey earned his second save of the postseason, surrendering just the home run in the ninth.

FRIDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Vin Mazzaro toes the rubber for Long Island tonight, making his second start of the postseason. In the regular season the righty pitched in 39 games (10 starters), posting an 11-4 record with a 3.61 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 92.1 innings pitched. He was the starting pitcher for the Ducks in game two of the LDCS at High Point, throwing eight innings of one-run ball, allowing two hits and four walks with 10 strikeouts. Mazzaro faced Sugar Land six times in 2019, amassing a 1-1 record with a 2.16 ERA and nine strikeouts over eight and one-third innings of work.

Mike Hauschild takes the mound for Sugar Land tonight, making his second start of the postseason. The righty started nine games for the Skeeters in the regular season, accumulating a 4-0 record with a 2.50 ERA and 40 strikeouts over 50.1 innings. He pitched for Sugar Land in game one of the Freedom Division Championship Series against York, going six and two-thirds innings, surrendering four runs (three earned) on four hits and five walks, while striking out seven. This will be Hauschild’s first start against Long Island.

FOLLOW ALONG:

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2019, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live 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 Ducks Video Center on the homepage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a live account of tonight’s game via the Atlantic League website by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE. For a look at the Ducks playoff history, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Rey Fuentes- CF
#2   Steve Lombardozzi – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#11 L.J. Mazzilli – LF
#37 Hector Sanchez – C
#21 Deibinson Romero – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#1   Vladimir Frias – SS
#29 Daniel Fields – RF

#34 Vin Mazzaro – RHP

Sugar Land Skeeters
#28 Wynton Bernard – LF
#21 Anthony Giansanti – CF
#17 Zach Borenstein – RF
#29 Denis Phipps – DH
#3   Albert Cordero – 1B
#27 Juan Silverio – 3B
#12 Cody Stanley – C
#25 Jason Martinson – SS
#6   Javier Betancourt – 2B

#10 Mike Hauschild – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

Vin Mazzaro delivers a first pitch called strike to Wynton Bernard and the Atlantic League Championship Series is underway at Bethpage Ballpark!
MID 1: Mazzaro is off to a hot start with a 1-2-3 inning including two strikeouts!
Fuentes-Lombardozzi-Ford due up for Long Island!
B1: The Ducks jump out in front in a big way thanks to an RBI single by Lew Ford, a three-run home run from Deibinson Romero and a solo homer by David Washington!
Ducks lead 5-0!
Here are the stats for Deibinson Romero’s three-run home run in the bottom of the first:
Distance: 370 ft
Exit Velocity: 94 mph
Launch Angle: 31 degrees
T3: The Skeeters get on the board after scoring on a wild pitch and an RBI single.
Ducks lead 5-2.
T4: Sugar Land brings in a run on an RBI groundout.
Ducks still in front, 5-3.
As David Washington leads off the bottom of the fourth we are glad to report that his first inning home run has finally landed!
His solo home run traveled 429 feet and left the bat at 105 mph!
B4: David Washington goes deep for the second time tonight and Steve Lombardozzi lifts a sacrifice fly to center!
 
Ducks lead 7-3!
David Washington’s second home run of the night went even further than his first, traveling 440 feet and coming off the bat at 104 mph!
T8: Sugar Land tacks on two thanks to a wild pitch and a solo home run.
Ducks ahead 7-5.
FINAL: DUCKS WIN!
Cody Mincey comes in and gets his third save of the postseason with a 1-2-3 ninth inning!
 
Long Island 7 – Sugar Land 5

2019 LDCS Game Three: Ducks vs. Rockers

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Long Island returns home with a chance to sweep LDCS

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Ducks and Rockers meet in game three of the Liberty Division Championship Series on Friday night as the series shifts back to Long Island. The Flock enters with a 2-0 lead in the series and can punch their ticket to the Atlantic League Championship Series with a win tonight. With the victory, the Ducks would become the first team in Atlantic League history to reach the ALCS in four consecutive seasons. The Ducks have posted a 39-39 all-time playoff record overall and a 25-15 record in the postseason at Bethpage Ballpark. In their inaugural season the Rockers won the season series against Long Island 11-8 and also had the edge in games played at Bethpage Ballpark 6-3.

WEDNESDAY’S RECAP: 

Long Island took game two of the Liberty Division Championship Series from the High Point Rockers 8-1 on Wednesday night in North Carolina.

The Rockers got on the board first after Myles Schroder hit an RBI single to left off Ducks starter Vin Mazzaro in the second inning. That was the only run that High Point could muster, as Mazzaro was lights out for the rest of the evening.

It did not take long for the Ducks to score, as a two-run triple from Steve Lombardozzi and an RBI single by Lew Ford in the top of the third gave Long Island the 3-1 lead.

When Ford came up to the plate again in the sixth he lined an RBI double to left and L.J. Mazzilli followed with a two-run home run. In the seventh, Daniel Fields hit a home run of his own, a solo shot, and then Rey Fuentes rounded out the scoring in the ninth with an RBI single to center.

Mazzaro (1-0) picked up the win for Long Island, tossing eight innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits and four walks, while striking out 10 Rockers. High Point starting pitcher Craig Stem (0-1) took the loss, pitching five and two-thirds, surrendering six runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

WEDNESDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Seth Simmons takes the mound for Long Island, making his first postseason appearance of 2019. This season the righty posted an 8-8 record with a 3.86 ERA and 119 strikeouts over 140 innings split between High Point and Long Island. His last start was at York on September 17, where he threw five scoreless innings allowing just one hit and walk, while striking out six. Simmons started one game against his former team for the Ducks this season, tossing seven innings of one-run ball, yielding four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.

The Rockers look to Joe Van Meter to start game three of the Liberty Division Championship Series. The righty started 24 games for High Point this season, accumulating a 10-6 record with a 2.30 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 144.2 innings pitched. His last start was at Bethpage Ballpark on September 21, where he pitched five and two-thirds innings, surrendering two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks, while striking out six. In 2019 Van Meter matched up with the Ducks four times, amassing a 2-1 record with a 3.09 ERA and 26 strikeouts over 23.1 innings of work.

FOLLOW ALONG:

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2019, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live 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 Ducks Video Center on the homepage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a live account of tonight’s game via the Atlantic League website by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE. For a look at the Ducks playoff history, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#1   Vladimir Frias – SS
#2   Steve Lombardozzi – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#11 L.J. Mazzilli – LF
#37 Hector Sanchez – C
#21 Deibinson Romero – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#14 D’Arby Myers – RF
#15 Rey Fuentes- CF

#31 Seth Simmons – RHP

High Point Rockers
#65 Stephen Cardullo – 1B
#29 Jared Mitchell – RF
#6   Hector Gomez – 3B
#22 Quincy Latimore – LF
#11 Myles Schroder – CF
#4   Michael Russell – 2B
#9   Tyler Ladendorf – DH
#1   Giovanny Alfonzo – SS
#17 Matthew Jones – C

#34 Joe Van Meter – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

MID 1: Seth Simmons gets game three of the LDCS underway with a 1-2-3 inning!
 
Frias-Lombardozzi-Ford due up for Long Island!
B1: SANCHEZ SLASHES!
Hector Sanchez laces a two-run single to center to give Long Island an early 2-0 lead!
MID 3: Simmons retires the side in order for the second time tonight!
He strikes out two in the inning, bringing his total to five thus far!
T5: The Rockers get on the board thanks to an RBI groundout to short.
Ducks lead 2-1.
MID 6: Simmons leaves runners stranded on second and third with a strikeout to end the inning!
He has eight Ks tonight!
MID 8: Joe Iorio comes into the game and retires the side in order!
Ducks still lead 2-1!
B8: Steve Lombardozzi lifts a sacrifice fly to right field!
Ducks lead 3-1!
FINAL: DUCKS WIN! DUCKS WIN!
After allowing a leadoff home run, Cody Mincey retires the next three batters, punctuating the inning with a strikeout!
 
Long Island sweeps the High Point Rockers!
 
Next stop the Atlantic League Championship Series!
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