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Game #9: Ducks vs. Bees

Fehlandt Lentini

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Ducks (4-4) look to keep their momentum moving forward and climb a game over the .500 mark tonight against the New Britain Bees (2-5). The Bees, meanwhile, have been struggling in the early going and have now lost four consecutive games. Tonight is the first Fireworks Spectacular of the season, presented by Astoria Bank, and is also the first Dick’s Sporting Goods Saturday of the season.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks batted around and plated four runs in the bottom of the seventh to score a 4-3 victory over the New Britain Bees in the home opener on Friday night at Bethpage Ballpark.

The Ducks fell behind early when starting pitcher Keith Couch surrendered a three-run home run to Craig Maddox to give the Bees an early 3-0 lead. Despite the first-inning blast, Couch settled down to strike out three batters in the frame.

Bees starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone kept the Ducks offense grounded throughout his five innings of work, scattering four hits.

Couch followed the rocky start with three scoreless innings and ended his day with three runs allowed over four innings, on three hits, one walk and a season-high five strikeouts. Zac Treece (1-1) replaced Couch and provided three superb frames of relief work, yielding just a walk and a hit while striking out one.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Ducks got their first runner into scoring position against reliever Kyle Simon (1-1). Cody Puckett walked, and two batters later, Dan Lyons was hit by a pitch. Elmer Reyes followed with a two-run double to cut the Bees’ lead to 3-2.

Fehlandt Lentini poked a single to send Reyes to third, and Delta Cleary Jr. drove him home with a game-tying base hit. With Nolan Reimold at the plate, Lentini and Cleary Jr. pulled off a double steal of second and third, and then Reimold walked to load the bases.

Marc Krauss lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center to plate Lentini and give Long Island a 4-3 lead. It was Krauss’ third sac fly of the season, which leads the Atlantic League.

Staked to a one-run lead, Patrick Crider struck out the side in the eighth, and David Aardsma struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth to nail down his first save of the year. The win gave the Flock their first back-to-back wins of the season.

ON THE MOUND: Right-hander Tim Melville makes his first home start of the season tonight and his second start in 2017. His first outing came on Sunday at Southern Maryland in game two of a doubleheader, and the righty allowed two runs in four innings. He ultimately took a no-decision in a game the Ducks ultimately won, 3-2. The former Kansas City Royals draft pick pitched three games for the Cincinnati Reds in the 2016 season.

The Bees will counter with righty Brian Dupra, making his second start of the season. Dupra is in his second season with New Britain after beginning his professional career in the Washington Nationals organization. In his first start of the season, he got the win after allowing one run on two hits in five innings against the York Revolution on April 23. The Rochester, N.Y. native finished the 2016 season with a 4-3 record and a 4.51 ERA in 21 games (19 starts) with the Bees. He made two appearances (one start) against the Ducks and compiled a 4.50 ERA, yielding four runs in eight innings.

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 Nolan Reimold – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#26 Angelo Songco – LF
#23 Alex Burg – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B

#33 Tim Melville – RHP

Bees
#3 James Skelton – C
#10 Michael Crouse – CF
#35 Jovan Rosa – 3B
#24 Craig Maddox – DH
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#28 Connor Bierfeldt – LF
#6 Jamar Walton – RF
#4 Steve Carillo – SS
#2 Jake McGuiggan – 2B

#30 Brian Dupra – RHP

UPDATE (6:47): TOP 1: A strong start for Tim Melville, throwing a 1-2-3 first, with a strikeout. No score as we head to the bottom of the first.

UPDATE (7:09): BOT 2: Angelo Songco crushes a two-run home run to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead!

UPDATE (7:37): TOP 4: Bees get to Melville for three runs to take a 3-2 lead.

UPDATE (8:05): END 5: Tim Melville is done for the night, and Floral Park native Dennis O’Grady comes in. Ducks trail the Bees 3-2.

UPDATE (8:26): Dennis O’Grady has spun two scoreless innings from the bullpen, striking out three! Time to stretch, down by 1.

UPDATE (8:34): END 7: O’Grady is through after two perfect innings from the ‘pen, and Tyler Wilson enters for the eighth! 3-2 Bees lead.

UPDATE (8:51): TOP 8: Jim Fuller escapes a two-on, two-out jam to keep it 3-2 Bees.

UPDATE (9:14): FINAL: Ducks fall to the Bees, 3-2.

Spring Training Game 3: Ducks vs. Black Sox

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Marc Krauss and the Ducks swing back into action against the Long Island Black Sox Monday afternoon.

GAME TIME/LOCATION: 12:00 pm at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

 

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks continue their spring training schedule this afternoon by hosting the Long Island Black Sox. With Opening Day approaching on Thursday, the Ducks will use this game to help get position players and pitchers sharp to get off to a fast start in 2017. This is the first of two scheduled exhibitions with the Black Sox, with the club returning to Bethpage Ballpark Tuesday at 12 pm.

 

SATURDAY’S RESULT: Ducks pitching surrendered 11 hits but only allowed one run to the Bridgeport Bluefish in an exhibition game on Saturday at Bethpage Ballpark, with the game ending in a 1-1 tie after nine innings. Dan Lyons’ sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth plated Nolan Reimold for the lone Long Island tally of the afternoon, and Elmer Reyes continued his hot spring training by going 2-for-2 and making some nice plays at second base. Alex Burg and Marc Krauss added doubles to the Ducks’ eight-hit day.

On the mound, John Brownell put together a strong outing, tossing two shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out two. Rafael Perez allowed a run on five hits in two innings of work, and Tim Melville, Patrick Crider, Rob Rogers, Tyler Levine and Tyler Wilson combined to shut out the Bluefish over the final five innings of the contest.

 

ON THE MOUND: Keith Couch gets the nod this afternoon for the Ducks, making his team debut. Couch comes to the Ducks after spending the first seven years of his career with the Boston Red Sox organization. The right-hander from Mineola, New York split the 2016 season between Triple-A Pawtucket and Double-A Portland. Overall, he posted a 10-8 record and a 3.96 ERA, tossing three complete games and showing good control in recording 73 strikeouts and just 37 walks in 127.1 innings.

The plan is for Couch to throw the first three to four innings of today’s game, after which he will be relieved by David Aardsma, Chin-Hui Tsao, Jim Fuller, Zac Treece, Dennis O’Grady and Amalio Diaz.

 

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action from today’s game with a pitch-by-pitch account of today’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE. We also have a live stream on YouTube and Facebook live by CLICKING HERE.

 

STARTING LINEUPS:

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#26 Angelo Songco – CF
#20 Nolan Reimold – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#25 Nate Freiman – 1B
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#23 Alex Burg – C
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B

#25 Keith Couch – RHP

Black Sox
#10 Joe Guido – 2B
#18 Ben Forias – SS
#3 Jon Kourie – CF
#26 Dan Pembroke – 1B
#53 Mike Rachum – RF
#61 Robert De Lahoz – DH
#6 Chris Degennaro – C
#13 Chris Viscusso – LF
#21 Ryan Pembroke – 3B

#51 Andrew Brookes – RHP

UPDATE (12:16): BOT 1: Fehlandt Lentini singles, steals second, steals third, and then scores on a sac fly to center by Angelo Songco! 1-0 Ducks!

UPDATE (12:41): BOT 3: Songco positively pulverizes a two-run home run over both walls in right field! He’s driven in all three runs thus far for the Ducks!

UPDATE (12:51): BOT 3: The offense continues, as Alex Burg lines a two-run single to left! Now a 5-0 advantage for the Flock!

UPDATE (1:15): BOT 4: Another blast to right, this time off the bat of MLB veteran Marc Krauss! His two-run shot balloons the Ducks’ lead to 7-0!

UPDATE (1:33): TOP 6: Scoreless relief appearances from David Aardsma and Chin-Hui Tsao! Dominic Blanco now catching, and Giovanny Alfonzo now at third.

UPDATE (2:04): BOT 6: Two more runs come home on opposite-field RBI singles by Delta Cleary Jr. and Giovanny Alfonzo! 9-0 Long Island!

UPDATE (2:30): BOT 7: Songco crushes another homer, this time a solo blast to right-center! Nate Irving also tripled & scored on a wild pitch. 11-0 Ducks!

UPDATE (2:46): BOT 8: Another trio of runs across for the Flock! An error, a wild pitch, and a sac fly from Elmer Reyes does the damage. 14-0!

UPDATE (2:54): FINAL: Ducks blank the Black Sox 14-0! Long Island pitchers combine to allow just five hits & three walks with 14 strikeouts!

Spring Training Game 2: Ducks vs. Bluefish

Good afternoon Ducks fans!

The Ducks host their first home spring training game of the year today as part of the team’s Fifth Annual Fan Fest! First pitch against the Bridgeport Bluefish is slated for 1:00 p.m. Here are the starting lineups for this afternoon’s exhibition game:

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Nolan Reimold – LF
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#35 Nate Freiman – DH
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#23 Alex Burg – C
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B

#7 John Brownell – RHP

Bluefish
#10 D’Arby Myers – CF
#6   Tony Abreu – SS
#7   Alberto Callaspo – 2B
#15 Sean Burroughs – DH
#5   Jose Gil – C
#27 Daniel Fields – LF
#20 Jonathan Galvez – 1B
#13 Ozney Guillen – RF
#3   Yefri Reyes – 3B

#22 Cory Riordan – RHP

UPDATE (1:11): TOP 1: Sparkling defense from the Ducks! Lentini throws out a runner from third on a single & Reyes with a diving stop up the middle!

UPDATE (1:30): After two scoreless innings and two strikeouts, John Brownell’s afternoon is complete. Rafael Perez now on the mound for the Flock!

UPDATE (1:43): TOP 3: Bridgeport strikes first on an RBI single to right field by former Duck Sean Burroughs. 1-0 Bluefish.

UPDATE (2:21): TOP 5: Tim Melville, who pitched in MLB with the Reds in 2016, has taken over on the mound for the Flock!

UPDATE (2:40): TOP 6: Defensive changes for the Ducks:
– Patrick Crider -> Pitcher
– Giovanny Alfonzo -> Second Base
– Angelo Songco -> Right Field
– Dominic Blanco -> Catcher

UPDATE (3:01): BOT 6: Dan Lyons gets the Ducks on the board with a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Nolan Reimold! 1-1 ballgame.

UPDATE (3:07): TOP 7: Strong inning by Islip resident Rob Rogers, who induces a trio of groundouts. Time to stretch!

UPDATE (3:25): TOP 8: Another impressive inning for a Long Island native! East Meadow product Tyler Levine tosses a 1-2-3 frame with a strikeout.

UPDATE (3:51): TOP 9: Tyler Wilson works around a leadoff walk and strikes out the side in the ninth! Still a 1-1 ballgame at the Duck Pond.

UPDATE (4:18): Today’s game ends in a 1-1 tie. Check out the full recap at LIDucks.com. The spring training slate continues Monday at noon against the Long Island Black Sox.

LDCS Game Five: Ducks vs. Patriots

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 5:05 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, NY)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: For the third time in the past four seasons, the Long Island Ducks and Somerset Patriots meet in a decisive fifth game, battling this evening for the 2016 Liberty Division Championship. In their previous two playoff game 5 meetings, Long Island took 2013’s game five (Atlantic League Championship Series), and Somerset won game five in 2015 (Liberty Division Championship Series) at TD Bank Ballpark in New Jersey. Long Island has a 2-1 all-time home record in game fives. After being outscored 13-2 in the first two games on the road, the Ducks have outscored the Patriots 9-1 at home. Long Island posted a 41-29 regular season record at Bethpage Ballpark.

GAME FOUR RESULT: Jarret Leverett and Anthony Vega lifted Long Island to a 2-0 win over Somerset in Game Four of the 2016 Liberty Division Championship Series.

Leverett fired seven shutout innings of six-hit ball, recording five strikeouts and a walk in the victory. Vega provided the lone spark, cranking a two-run home run off Somerset starter Shaun Garceau in the third inning to give the Ducks their 2-0 lead. Amalio Diaz tossed a scoreless eighth and Todd Coffey fired a scoreless ninth inning, earning the save.

Garceau took the loss, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out four over six and two-thirds innings.

Tyler Colvin doubled and scored to lead Long Island.

PITCHING MATCHUP: John Brownell, who pitched in game one, looks to beat Somerset for the second time this season. In Wednesday’s game, a 3-2 extra-innings loss to Somerset, Brownell did not factor in the decision. The right-hander lasted six innings, surrendering two runs on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts. Brownell has a 4-2 career postseason record for the Flock, striking out 33 in 54 and two-thirds innings.

PITCHING MATCHUP: John Brownell, who pitched in game one, looks to beat Somerset for the second time this season. In Wednesday’s game, a 3-2 extra-innings loss to Somerset, Brownell did not factor in the decision. The right-hander lasted six innings, surrendering two runs on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts. Brownell has a 4-2 career postseason record for the Flock, striking out 33 in 54 and two-thirds innings.

Will Oliver, the Somerset starter who countered John Brownell in game one, takes the baseball for the Patriots. On Wednesday, Oliver fired seven strong innings, striking out three and walking two while allowing two runs on eight hits. The Newport Beach, California native is 2-0 over three career postseason games, posting an earned run average of 1.57. In three total appearances against the Ducks this season, Oliver has one win and has allowed eight earned runs over 20 innings of work (3.60 ERA).

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all of the action live via the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will be available online by below. 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 tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE. For a look at the Long Island’s all-time playoff history, please CLICK HERE.

Ducks
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#27 Anthony Vega – LF

#7 John Brownell – RHP

Patriots
#20 Vinny Zarrillo – CF
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#8 David Vidal – 3B
#24 Bryan LaHair – 1B
#31 Kyle Roller – DH
#13 Carlos Guzman – RF
#3 Eric Farris – 2B
#9 Rob Kral – C
#2 Scott Kelly – SS

#26 Will Oliver – RHP

UPDATE (5:28): BOT 1: The Ducks strike for a big first inning! Long Island leads Somerset 4-0 highlighted by RBI doubles from Ford & Gotay!

UPDATE (5:43): BOT 2: Long Island takes advantage of another wild pitch. The Ducks now lead the Patriots 5-0!

UPDATE (6:11): END 4: Long Island still leads Somerset 5-0 in Game Five of the Liberty Division Championship Series. Brownell has retired 12 in a row.

UPDATE (6:23): TOP 5: Eric Farris’ sacrifice fly and RBI gets Somerset on the board. Long Island still leads 5-1.

UPDATE (7:40): FINAL: What a comeback! The Ducks beat the Patriots 5-1 to win the Liberty Division Championship Series three games to two!

 

 

LDCS Game Four: Ducks vs. Patriots

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, NY)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks take on the Somerset Patriots in Game Four of the Liberty Division Championship Series. After seeing Somerset take games one and two, the Ducks grabbed a game with a 7-1 win on Friday. Somerset leads the best-of-five series two games to one. Fehlandt Lentini’s .462 batting average (6-for-13) leads Long Island, while Anthony Vega is batting .429 (3-for-7). Somerset’s Scott Kelly has a series-high .545 batting average (6-for-11). The winner of the Ducks-Patriots series will face the Sugar Land Skeeters, who completed the three-game sweep over the York Revolution for the Freedom Division Championship on Friday evening.

GAME THREE RESULT: The Ducks extended the Liberty Division Championship Series, defeating the Somerset Patriots 7-1 on Friday night at Bethpage Ballpark.

Lentini’s two-out run-scoring single in the top of the third inning put the Ducks in front 1-0. In the next inning, Ruben Gotay doubled the Long Island lead with an RBI single. Lew Ford cranked a two-run home run to right-center field in the fourth, giving the Ducks a 4-0 advantage.

Somerset’s Bryan LaHair homered in the seventh, accounting for Somerset’s only run. Long Island added three more runs, highlighted by Tyler Colvin’s eighth-inning solo homer to right field.

Nick Struck tossed seven tremendous innings, allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks in the win. Alexis Candelario suffered the loss, lasting six innings with seven strikeouts. He surrendered four runs on nine hits.

Anthony Vega added a pair of hits, including a double, and a run.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Jarret Leverett makes his first postseason start and fifth overall for Long Island. The left-hander, who was traded to the Ducks from New Britain in late August, has posted two wins and two losses. Leverett’s past outing came on September 18 at York in which the Georgia native allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings. In an 8-3 loss, he struck out three and walked two. Leverett has not started against Somerset, but tossed a combined three scoreless innings of relief.

Former Long Island Duck Shaun Garceau makes his 25th start of the season. Garceau, who posted a 3-4 record and an ERA of 3.91 with Somerset, has not earned a victory since August 19. Since his six innings of five hit ball, allowing three runs to Bridgeport in a 9-3 Somerset win, the righty has lost three of his past five. Most recently, Garceau dropped his final regular season decision to New Britain on September 17. Over six innings, he yielded four runs on nine hits while striking out three.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all of the action live via the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will be available online below. 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 tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE. For a look at the Long Island’s all-time playoff history, please CLICK HERE.

Ducks
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#27 Anthony Vega – LF

#22 Jarret Leverett – LHP

Patriots
#2 Scott Kelly – SS
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#3 Eric Farris – CF
#24 Bryan LaHair – 1B
#8 David Vidal – 2B
#31 Kyle Roller – DH
#13 Carlos Guzman – 3B
#6 Brian Van Kirk – RF
#4 Yovan Gonzalez – C

#5 Shaun Garceau – RHP

UPDATE (7:02): END 2: The Ducks and Patriots are scoreless in Game 4. Neither Jarret Leverett nor Shaun Garceau has allowed a hit.

UPDATE (7:22): BOT 3: Anthony Vega’s two-run blast to right field gives the Ducks a 2-0 lead over the Patriots!

UPDATE (7:56): END 5: Long Island 2, Somerset 0. Jarret Leverett: 5.0 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 K, 1 BB so far for the Ducks.

UPDATE (8:30: END 7: The Ducks still lead the Patriots 2-0 heading to the eighth. Amalio Diaz in to pitch for LI. Leverett fired seven scoreless innings.

UPDATE (9:05): FINAL: There will be a Game Five! Long Island beats Somerset 2-0 behind Leverett’s seven scoreless innings & Vega’s two-run homer!

 

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