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Game 73: Ducks vs. Patriots

The Ducks open up an important series against the Somerset Patriots

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Ducks look to open up a series against the first place Somerset Patriots on the right note. Long Island comes in at 6-3 in the second half, just one game back of the Patriots, who are 7-2 in the second half of the season. This will be the 10th of 18 scheduled games between the two teams this season and their 355th all-time meeting. The Patriots are winning the all-time series by just two games, 178-176, and are up 6-3 on the Ducks in 2018. However, the Ducks hold a 93-85 advantage against Somerset at Bethpage Ballpark.

THURSDAY’S RECAP: 

The Ducks and Bees went back and forth on Thursday night, with Long Island coming out on top in an instant classic by a score of 9-8.

The Ducks jumped out to a 4-0 lead quickly, started by a first-inning run by Jordany Valdespin on an error by the Bees. Three more came across in the next inning on a Daniel Fields sacrifice fly, a run-scoring groundout by Dan Lyons, and a bunt single by Emilio Bonifacio.

The Bees plated a pair in the third inning, but the Ducks answered with a Fields home run and an RBI single by Travis Snider. Jonathan Galvez drove in a run in the sixth inning to make it 6-3 Ducks. Then the Bees jumped in front in the eighth after a grand slam by Jamar Walton on the first pitch he saw.  Matt Tuiasosopo added a solo home run in the ninth to give the Bees a two-run cushion.

Bonifacio then drove in Lyons in the bottom of the ninth, but was then thrown out trying to steal second. Snider tripled off the wall with two outs and the bases empty, then Lew Ford drilled a game-winning two-run home run over the left field wall to walk-off the Bees.

Bennett Parry took a no-decision after going six innings and allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk, along with four strikeouts. Mark Hamburger of the Bees went five innings in his start and allowed six runs (five earned) on 10 hits and two walks, striking out three. Jose Cuas picked up the win in his first appearance at Bethpage Ballpark despite allowing a run on three hits in the ninth inning. Evan Scribner took a rare loss, giving up three runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning.

THURSDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 

ON THE MOUND:

John Brownell will open the series for the Ducks. The team’s pitching coach will look to keep his two-start win streak alive after defeating the York Revolution in his last appearance. Brownell went six innings and allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk while adding five strikeouts in a 13-4 victory. Overall, the franchise leader in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and starts is 5-7 with a 4.12 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) this season. Brownell is 1-1 in his starts against the Patriots this season, allowing just four runs over 13 innings of work.

David Kubiak will take the mound against the Ducks tonight. The 6’7″ righty is coming off a brilliant start against the Barnstormers in which he dealt seven innings of one-run ball, allowing just four hits and three walks while striking out five. The second-year Patriot is 5-1 with a 2.31 ERA this season over nine starts. The New York native pitched to a 5-10 record over 21 appearances (18 starts) with a 3.83 ERA, striking out 117 batters to 34 walks, earning an All-Star selection last season. Kubiak made three appearances at Double-A in the New York Yankees organization in 2016 between stints with the Bridgeport Bluefish.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, 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 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:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard –  3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#28 Daniel Fields – Lf
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#25 Craig Massey – 2B
#11 Ramon Flores – LF
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#19 Jermaine Curtis – 3B
#47 Endy Chavez – DH
#4   Yovan Gonzalez – C
#9   Mike Blanke – 1B
#5   Mike Fransoso – CF
#1   Justin Trapp – RF

#24 David Kubiak – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 3: Patriots strike first after RBI singles by Ramon Flores, Jermaine Curtis, and Yovan Gonzalez.

TOP 4: Ramon Flores homers to give the Patriots a 4-0 lead.

BOT 4: The Ducks are on the board after David Washington doubles home a run!

BOT 6: Jordany Valdespin drives in a pair with a bloop single to left! Ducks are within one, it’s 4-3 Patriots!

BOT 6: Dan Lyons dribbled a ball down the third base line and reached first to tally his 1,000 hit in his professional career! Congrats Dan!

TOP 7: The Patriots strike back with a pair of runs of their own after an RBI single and sacrifice fly. They lead 6-3.

TOP 9: Ramon Flores hits his second home run of the night to make it 7-3 Patriots. Then an RBI double from Endy Chavez extends their lead.

FINAL: The Ducks fall to the Patriots 8-3.

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Game 72: Ducks vs. Bees

The Ducks look to take the series from the New Britain Bees on Thursday

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and New Britain Bees finish a three-game series on Thursday night. This will be the 11th of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Bees this season and the 51st all-time meeting between the two teams. The Bees have a slim lead in the all-time series at 26-25, but the Ducks have a 6-4 lead in 2018. The Ducks own a 15-10 record at home against New Britain. The Ducks bring 35-36 record to Thursday’s game, with a 5-3 record in the second half while New Britain holds a 37-34 record, standing at 4-4 in the second half.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP:

The Ducks struggled in the morning game of the doubleheader yesterday, walking 12 batters en route to a 7-2 loss to the Bees.

The Bees kicked off their offense in the second inning with a bases-loaded walk immediately followed by a base hit to take a 3-0 lead. Another bases-loaded walk in the following inning extended the Bees lead to 4-0.

The Ducks answered in the bottom of the third with a solo home run off the bat of Emilio BonifacioDaniel Fields followed with an RBI double later in the inning to pull the Ducks within two. The Bees tacked on three more runs in the fourth inning following a pair of bases-loaded walks and an RBI single.

Andy Van Hekken earned the win for the Bees, lasting five and one-third innings and giving up two runs on 10 hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Lee Sosa took the loss for the Ducks, giving up four runs (three earned) on two hits and seven walks in two and two-thirds innings along with five strikeouts.

Ducks pitching recovered in the second game, shutting out the Bees 3-0 over nine innings.

Taylor Ard delivered the first runs of the ballgame in the third inning with a two-run double to left-center field. Ard came through again in the fifth inning with a sacrifice fly to left to push the score to 3-0.

Jake Fisher was excellent in his start, earning the win after pitching six and one-third scoreless innings and allowing six hits, striking out seven. Rainy Lara took the loss for the Bees, allowing three runs on eight hits in four and two-thirds innings of work. Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth inning to collect his 15th save of the season.

WEDNESDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Bennett Parry has been arguably the best pitcher in the Atlantic League this year, and starts tonight against the Bees. The 6-foot-6 lefty owns a 6-1 record with a 2.60 ERA over 12 starts thus far. His 104 strikeouts lead the Atlantic League this season, and his ERA places him second in the circuit. However, the California native was excellent yet again in his last start, throwing seven shutout innings and allowing just four hits against the Skeeters on July 8. The lefty also pitched a scoreless inning in the Atlantic League All-Star Game three days later. Parry is 1-1 against the Bees this season with a 6.30 ERA.

Mark Hamburger will start in the series finale for the New Britain Bees. The Minnesota native struggled in his last start, allowing six runs (four earned) in six innings on nine hits and two walks last Friday. He comes into this start with a 6-5 record and a 3.80 ERA over 13 starts, including a victory over the Ducks on July 5. Hamburger reached the majors in 2011 with the Texas Rangers, who later reached the World Series. Since his brief major league stint, the righty has pitched in the Padres, Astros, and Twins organization. He made a name for himself in the American Association with the St. Paul Saints before joining the Somerset Patriots during their playoff push last year.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, 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 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:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#28 Daniel Fields – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#32 Bennett Parry – LHP

New Britain Bees
#8   Darren Ford – CF
#11 Brock Stassi – DH
#24 Deibinson Romero – 3B
#14 Jason Rogers – 1B
#7   Matt Tuiasosopo – LF
#10 Jonathan Galvez – 2B
#23 Jamar Walton – RF
#30 Ryan Wagner – C
#35 Vicente Conde – SS

#5   Mark Hamburger – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Bennett Parry shuts down the first three batters he sees, including a strikeout of Home Run Derby champ Deibinson Romero!

BOT 1: Jordany Valdespin swipes home plate after an error to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead!

BOT 2: A Daniel Fields sacrifice fly, a Dan Lyons ground-out, and a bunt single from Jordany Valdespin bring in three more runs for the Ducks to make it 4-0!

TOP 3: The Bees plate a pair to cut the Ducks lead in half. It’s 4-2.

BOT 4: A solo blast over the left-center field wall by Fields and an RBI single up the middle by Travis Snider restore Long Island’s four-run lead at 6-2!

TOP 6: The Bees score a run on a grounder that just sneaks out of the infield to make it 6-3 Ducks.

TOP 8: A grand slam from Jamar Walton pushes the Bees ahead 7-6.

FINAL: LEW FORD WALKS IT OFF WITH A TWO-RUN BLAST TO LEFT!!! DUCKS WIN 9-8!

Games 70 and 71: Ducks vs. Bees

The Ducks welcome the Bees to Bethpage Ballpark for a day/night doubleheader

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

11:05 a.m. and 6:35 p.m. day/night doubleheader at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and New Britain Bees start a three-game series with a doubleheader. This will be the 10th and 11th of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Bees this season and the 50th and 51st all-time meeting between the two teams. The Bees have a slim one-game lead in the all-time series at 25-24, but the Ducks have a 5-4 lead in 2018, and a 14-9 record at home against New Britain. The Ducks bring a 34-35 record to Wednesday’s games, going 4-2 in the second half so far, while New Britain holds a 36-33 record with an even 3-3 second-half record.

LAST GAME RECAP:

The Ducks dropped the series finale against the York Revolution in a tight 2-1 game.

The Revolution got on the board right away after Jared Mitchell scored on a throwing error by Ducks starter Tyler Badamo in the first inning. Another unearned run came across in the sixth inning after a two-out error followed by an RBI double.

David Washington got the Ducks on the board with a monstrous shot to straight-away center field in the seventh inning, but that was all the offense Long Island could muster.

Badamo took the loss after allowing a pair of unearned runs on five hits and a walk, striking out five over five and two-thirds innings. Mitch Atkins earned the win for the Revs, going seven strong innings and allowing one run on six hits, a walk and four strikeouts. Grant Sides shut the door in the ninth to earn his eighth save of the season.

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Lee Sosa will start the seven-inning morning game of the doubleheader. The New Yorker struggled mightily in his last start, allowing seven runs (five earned) against York on Friday in four and one-third innings. The SUNY Binghamton alum threw three scoreless innings in the start before York rallied for five runs in the fourth inning. Sosa had been largely successful out of the bullpen this season owning a 2.16 ERA prior to joining the rotation. His ERA now sits at 6.75 in 10 appearances (four starts). The righty was an All-Star as a starting pitcher in the Canadian-American League in 2016.

Andy Van Hekken will make his 13th start for the Bees during the day game. The 38-year-old is 3-5 with a 3.95 ERA thus far. Most recently, he faced the Ducks in Connecticut on the Fourth of July, going five and two-thirds scoreless innings and striking out five, but taking a no-decision as the Ducks stormed back in the eighth inning to win 5-3. Van Hekken reached the Major Leagues 16 years ago with the Detroit Tigers and pitched a complete game shutout in his debut. The Michigan native has spent his last six seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization and made a quick stop in the Japanese Pacific League in 2016. Van Hekken was successful in Korea, with a 3.56 ERA and 73-42 record across the six seasons.

Jake Fisher takes on the Bees in the nightcap of the doubleheader, looking to get back on track after taking the loss in his last three starts. Fisher’s last start came nearly two weeks ago, on July 5th against the Bees. The lefty was forced out of the contest after four and one-third innings after a line-drive caught him on the back of the head. The Oklahoma native was a 2018 Atlantic League All-Star and is currently 3-4 with a 4.29 ERA.

Rainy Lara will start against the Ducks tonight, making his 13th appearance and 11th start of the season. The former Bridgeport Bluefish pitcher went six and two-thirds innings against the Somerset Patriots in his last outing, surrendering three runs on four hits and earning the win regardless. Lara is 5-3 this season with a 3.51 ERA. The Dominican Republic native has been an Atlantic League All-Star the past two seasons, and pitched at the Triple-A level with the New York Mets organization in both 2015 and 2016.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for today’s games, and every Ducks game in 2018, 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 pitch-by-pitch account of today’s games via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

For today’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 1B
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#28 Daniel Fields – LF
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#14 Lee Sosa – RHP

New Britain Bees
#8   Darren Ford – CF
#11 Brock Stassi – 1B
#24 Deibinson Romero – 3B
#14 Jason Rogers – DH
#23 Jamar Walton – RF
#10 Jonathan Galvez – 2B
#13 Ozney Guillen – LF
#30 Ryan Wagner – C
#35 Vicente Conde – SS

#22 Andy Van Hekken – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Lee Sosa strikes out a pair in a scoreless first inning to kick off our doubleheader!

TOP 2: Three runs for the Bees come across after a bases-loaded walk followed by a base hit.

TOP 3: Another bases-loaded walk leads to a 4-0 lead for the Bees.

BOT 3: Emilio Bonifacio sends a solo shot over the left field wall, then Daniel Fields drives in a run with a double down the right field line! Ducks now trail 4-2.

TOP 4: Bees plate three after several walks and an RBI single. They lead 7-2.

FINAL: Ducks fall in the first half of the doubleheader by a score of 7-2.

STARTING LINEUPS GAME TWO:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – DH
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#9   Anthony Vega – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#13 Jake Fisher – LHP

New Britain Bees
#8   Darren Ford – CF
#11 Brock Stassi – LF
#24 Deibinson Romero – DH
#14 Jason Rogers – 1B
#7   Matt Tuiasosopo – RF
#10 Jonathan Galvez – 2B
#16 Vinny Siena – SS
#30 Ryan Wagner – C
#35 Vicente Conde – 3B

#26 Rainy Lara – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

END 1: No score after one inning at Bethpage Ballpark. Jake Fisher retired the side in order in the first.

BOT 3: Taylor Ard gives the Ducks the lead with a two-out, two-run double to left-center! He’s now on a 13-game hitting streak, the longest by a Duck this season!

TOP 5: Fisher strikes out the side and strands a pair of runners on base! Ducks maintain a 2-0 lead.

BOT 5: A sac fly to left field by Ard brings home Emilio Bonifacio and increases Long Island’s lead to three!

END 7: Still a 3-0 ballgame after seven innings. Dennis O’Grady stranded two on base in the seventh after six and one-third shutout innings from Fisher!

FINAL: K-Rod gets save #15 as the Ducks shutout the Bees 3-0!

Game 69: Ducks at Revolution

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The Ducks and Revs battle for the series win this afternoon (Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

1:00 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park (York, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

It’s a Sunday matinee and the rubber game of a three-game series this afternoon between the Long Island Ducks and York Revolution. The Ducks enter the game at 4-1 in the second half, just one game behind the Somerset Patriots in the Liberty Division, and 34-34 overall this year. The Revolution are now tied with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs for first in the Freedom Division at 3-2 in the second half, and they have a 35-33 overall record. Long Island is now victorious in six of their 10 meetings with York this year and has a 4-2 record at PeoplesBank Park.

LAST GAME RECAP:

After getting blown out on Friday night, the Ducks returned the favor on Saturday evening with a 13-4 triumph over the Revolution.

Long Island took a 1-0 lead into the third inning after Travis Snider drove in a run with a groundout in the first. Then, for the second time this year, the Ducks plated eight runs in the third with right-hander Dominic Severino on the mound. Jordany Valdespin and Taylor Ard had RBI singles in the frame, Lew Ford went the opposite way for a two-run triple, Daniel Fields lined a two-run single to center, and a pair of runs scored on a little league home run for Dan Lyons, who went from home to third on a throwing error and then scored from third on another throwing error.

The Revolution looked to make a comeback against John Brownell, who did not allow a hit over the first three innings. However, Welington Dotel lifted an opposite-field solo homer to right in the fourth to put the Revs on the board. An RBI double by Jared Mitchell and a run-scoring infield single by Alexi Casilla in the fifth closed the gap to 9-3. Zach Wilson then connected for an RBI double in the sixth to make it a five-run game. York would get no closer though.

The Ducks took advantage of an error in the eighth to plate four unearned runs with two outs against southpaw Luke Westphal. Snider grounded a two-run double down the left field line, and Ford followed with a two-run home run to right-center. The bullpen trio of Wander PerezDennis O’Grady and Colton Murray locked the game down with a perfect final three innings, and they combined for five strikeouts. Murray struck out the side in the ninth to seal the deal.

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks will have Tyler Badamo toe the rubber in the series finale on Sunday. The right-hander has turned in back-to-back quality starts to begin his Ducks career, combining to yield just five runs in 13 innings of work and posting a 1-1 record. He most recently pitched on July 7th against the Skeeters and tossed six innings of two-run ball, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out four in Long Island’s 7-5 win. Overall with the Ducks, Bees and Skeeters this year, Badamo is 3-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 11 games (10 starts). Today will be his first start of the season against the Revolution, though he threw five innings of one-run ball against them in 2017 while pitching for Bridgeport.

2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game selection Mitch Atkins will take the mound for the Revolution. The righty pitched a scoreless inning of relief in Wednesday’s All-Star Game for the Freedom Division, yielding just one walk in the second. He brings a 6-3 overall record and a 4.43 ERA over 13 starts into Sunday’s ballgame. Prior to the All-Star appearance, Atkins last pitched for the Revs on July 6th when he tossed a complete game shutout against the Blue Crabs. The former big leaguer gave up just three hits over nine innings and struck out 10 batters, throwing 114 pitches (77 strikes). He comes into the game having won six consecutive starts and posting a 2.25 ERA in that span after going 0-3 with a 7.09 ERA in his first seven starts of the season. He is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his two starts against the Ducks.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for today’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, 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 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.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – DH
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#9   Anthony Vega – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#25 Tyler Badamo – RHP

York Revolution
#2   Jared Mitchell – RF
#4   Alexi Casilla – 2B
#15 Welington Dotel – LF
#29 Melky Mesa – DH
#21 Michael Burgess – 1B
#11 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#30 Tyler Clark – C
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF

#16 Mitch Atkins – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: Revolution plate an unearned run in the first on a double, a sac bunt and a throwing error. York leads 1-0.

END 3: Back-to-back scoreless frames for Tyler Badamo, who has struck out four batters thus far!

BOT 6: A two-out error leads to York’s second run of the game, as Michael Burgess connects for an RBI double. 2-0 Revolution.

TOP 7: David Washington slugs a solo home run over the batter’s eye in center field! His 10th longball of the season cuts the deficit to 2-1.

MID 8: Still a 2-1 game in favor of York. Wander Perez takes over after one and one-third scoreless innings from Dennis O’Grady.

FINAL: A leadoff walk goes for naught, as the Ducks drop the series finale to the Revolution 2-1. We’ll see you back on Long Island Tuesday night as we open a homestand against the New Britain Bees!

Game 68: Ducks at Revolution

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Long Island looks to rebound from a series-opening loss (Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park (York, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and York Revolution play the middle game of a three-game series in Pennsylvania. Entering Saturday’s game, the Ducks sit one game behind the Patriots for first place in the second half Liberty Division standings at 3-1. The Revolution are also 3-1 in the second half and maintain a one game lead over Southern Maryland for first place in the Freedom Division. Long Island has taken five of the nine meetings between the Ducks and Revs thus far, including three of five in York.

LAST GAME RECAP:

Despite a strong first three innings from starter Lee Sosa, the Ducks could not contain a strong Revolution offense over the middle three innings, as York claimed the series opener 16-1 on Friday.

The Ducks took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on three singles, including a two-out RBI base hit from Taylor Ard. However, they left two on base in the inning and proceeded to leave five on base over the first three innings of the game. York took advantage in the fourth inning after Sosa allowed just one walk over three scoreless innings to begin the game. The Revs sent 10 men to the plate and plated five runs on five hits and one error, which led to two unearned runs in the inning.

York continued to swing the bats in the fifth against Sosa and then Branden Pinder. Sosa walked Melky Mesa and Michael Burgess on four pitches each before he was lifted from the game. Pinder then allowed a single to Zach Wilson, a sac fly to Luis Cruz and a two-out, three-run home run to Ryan Dent. Leading 9-1, the Revolution then tacked on seven more runs against Pinder and Carlos Pimentel in the sixth inning. York collected seven consecutive hits in the inning, the first five off Pinder, and finished the frame with eight hits overall.

Jose Cuas was the only Ducks pitcher to avoid yielding runs, as he tossed a perfect eighth inning in his debut with the Flock. Ard, Travis Snider and Dan Lyons each had two hits for Long Island, who collected 10 hits in the game but left eight men on base.

ON THE MOUND:

John Brownell will look to even the series for the Ducks on Saturday night. The seventh-year Duck is coming off his longest start of the season, in which he went eight innings and threw 141 pitches in a 12-4 win over the Sugar Land Skeeters on July 6th. He allowed just two runs over eight innings, with both runs coming on a two-run homer in the first by Colin Walsh. The righty gave up eight hits and five walks but stranded 10 men on base while striking out four. Brownell has faced the Revolution twice this season and has yet to allow an earned run in 13 and two-thirds innings of work. He’s given up just one unearned run on nine hits and four walks while striking out eight. Overall, Brownell is now 4-7 in 13 games (12 starts) this season and has lowered his ERA from 6.53 to 3.96 over his past seven starts, with a 2.13 ERA in that span.

York will give the ball to Dominic Severino in the middle game of the set. The right-hander comes into tonight’s start with a 4-4 record and a 4.37 ERA, also pitching in 13 games (12 starts). His most recent outing was also his longest, as he tossed seven innings and alloewd just one unearned run in a 4-3 loss to the Blue Crabs on July 8th. Severino took a no-decision but gave up only seven hits and no walks while striking out five batters. It was an impressive turnaround for the Connecticut native, who had five runs in five innings combined during his first two starts after returning for a rib injury that caused him to miss 12 days. Severino was roughed up in his lone start against the Ducks this year, allowing nine runs on 10 hits and a walk over two and two-thirds innings on June 8th in York.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, 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 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:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#28 Daniel Fields – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

York Revolution
#2   Jared Mitchell – RF
#4   Alexi Casilla – 2B
#15 Welington Dotel – LF
#29 Melky Mesa – DH
#21 Michael Burgess – 1B
#14 Zach Wilson – 3B
#20 Luis Cruz – C
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF

#26 Dominic Severino – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: A grounder to short by Travis Snider scores Jordany Valdespin with the opening run of the ballgame!

TOP 3: For the second time this year, the Ducks score eight runs in the third inning at York! Eight runs on eight hits and two errors balloon Long Island’s lead to 9-0!

BOT 4: Welington Dotel’s opposite-field solo home run to right has put the Revs on the scoreboard. Ducks lead is now 9-1.

BOT 5: An RBI double by Jared Mitchell and an RBI infield single by Alexi Casilla have closed the gap to 9-3 in favor of the Flock.

BOT 6: An RBI double to left-center by Zach Wilson makes it a 9-4 ballgame.

BOT 7: All-Star Wander Perez with a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh after taking over for Brownell!

TOP 8: CLUTCH two-out hits for the Flock! Snider sneaks a two-run double down the left field line, and Ford follows with a two-run home run to right-center! Ducks now lead 13-4!

BOT 8: A 1-2-3 eighth inning for Dennis O’Grady, who gets two groundouts and a strikeout! Onto the ninth we go.

FINAL: Colton Murray strikes out the side in the ninth! Nine up and nine down tonight for the Ducks bullpen! Long Island tops York 13-4 to even the series at one!

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