Game 111: Ducks vs. Barnstormers

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Angelo Songco and the Ducks look to stay in the swing of things as they return home Friday night.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

Winners of 13 of their last 14, the Long Island Ducks (24-16; 60-50) return home to begin a seven game homestand by welcoming the Lancaster Barnstormers (23-17; 61-49) to the Duck Pond. The Ducks are coming off of a 7-1 road trip, sweeping the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs and taking three of four from the Somerset Patriots to establish a four-game lead in the Liberty Division Second Half Standings. The Barnstormers are currently in first place in the Freedom Division, sporting a one-game lead over the York Revolution.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 5-4 on Thursday night in the finale of a four-game series at TD Bank Ballpark.

The Patriots struck first in the third inning on RBI doubles from Justin Trapp and Kyle Roller off Ducks reliever Wanel Mesa. Another balk by Mesa in the fourth scored Olmo Rosario from third to extend Somerset’s lead to 3-0.

Long Island responded with a five-run fifth inning to swipe the lead from Somerset. Alex Burg was hit by a pitch, Giovanny Alfonzo walked and Anthony Vega singled to load the bases with one out. Delta Cleary Jr. delivered an RBI single to close the gap to 3-1, and Marc Krauss followed with a two-out grand slam to right field off Patriots starter Will Oliver.

Somerset trimmed the Ducks’ lead to one in the sixth when Kyle Roller scored on a passed ball. They then put the tying run on second in both the seventh and ninth innings but could not pull even.

Ducks starter Rafael Perez did not factor into the decision, giving up a hit and a walk in two innings with one strikeout. Mesa (1-0) collected the win despite giving up three runs on three hits and two walks in two innings of work. Oliver (5-4) suffered the loss, surrendering five runs on five hits and two walks in four and two-thirds innings with eight strikeouts. Amalio Diaz earned his 11th save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Krauss led Long Island with two hits and four RBI, while Vega added two hits as well.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks hand the ball to righty Jake Dunning in the opener with the Barnstormers. In eight appearances (one start) with the Ducks this season, the former big leaguer is 1-0 with a 1.14 ERA. He has struck out eight and walked six in 15.2 innings pitched. In his last outing on August 12 at Southern Maryland, Dunning tossed five shutout innings, allowing three hits and walking one, getting the win in a rain-shortened 9-5  Ducks win. Dunning began the season in the Chicago White Sox organization, splitting time with Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte.

Right-hander Joe Gardner heads to the mound for Lancaster in the opener, making his fifth appearance and fourth overall start. So far, Gardner is 0-2 with an ugly 9.20 ERA, and has allowed an unbelievable 30 hits and 13 walks against nine strikeouts in just 14.2 innings, good for a WHIP of 2.93. In his last start on August 13 against Somerset, Gardner was true to form, allowing five runs (four earned) on 10 hits in 4.2 innings, walking four, striking out one, and getting the loss in a 6-1 Patriots winner. Gardner appeared in six games down the stretch with the Barnstormers last year, posting a 3-1 record with a significantly better 4.21 ERA.

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:

Long Island Ducks
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#45 Jake Dunning – RHP

Lancaster Barnstormers
#3   Beau Amaral – CF
#21 Traybon Robinson – LF
#8   Cole Garner – RF
#19 Sean Halton – DH
#4   Garrett Weber – 2B
#31 Steve Clevenger – 1B
#28 Josh Bell – 3B
#12 Nate Coronado – SS
#30 Anderson De La Rosa – C

#33 Joe Gardner – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 2: Jake Dunning looks 💪💪💪 on the mound and has thrown two scoreless innings. 0-0 as @MarcKrauss25 leads off!

BOT 2: Ruben Gotay comes through with an RBI single to score Angelo Songco and give the Ducks a 1-0 lead!

TOP 5: Anthony Vega throws out a runner at the plate to preserve the Ducks 1-0 lead.

BOT 5: Anthony Vega smacks a two-run homer as the Ducks pile on five runs and take a 6-0 lead!

TOP 6: As the inning has been completed, the tarp has been called for and we are in a rain delay.

The tarp is off the field and we are scheduled to restart tonight’s game at 9:25. The Ducks lead heading to the bottom of the sixth.

BOT 7: Ruben Gotay smacks a solo home run to highlight a four-run outburst as we extend our lead over the Barnstormers to 10-0!

FINAL: Ducks 10, Barnstormers 1.

W: Dunning (2-0)
L: Gardner (0-3)

Vega: 3-5, HR, 2B, 3 RBIs, 3 R

Game #110: Ducks at Patriots

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Giovanny Alfonzo & the Flock look to start a new winning streak in Thursday’s series finale

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

7:05 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark (Bridgewater, N.J.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (23-16; 59-50) vie for a victory in both the current four-game series and the season series against Somerset Patriots (19-19; 61-47) in Thursday’s series finale. The Ducks had taken the first six games of the road trip and 12 consecutive games overall, tying the franchise record set from July 5-20 of 2006, before it came to an end on Wednesday night. Long Island still leads the season series between the two teams 10-9, though Somerset has taken five of the nine meetings thus far in New Jersey. This will be the final game between the two teams during the 2017 regular season.

WEDNESDAY’S GAME TWO RECAP: 

Despite taking an early lead and then rallying late to tie it, the Ducks could not hold off the Patriots in the nightcap of Wednesday’s doubleheader, falling by a 7-5 margin.

Lew Ford gave the Ducks the early lead with an opposite-field solo homer in the first inning off Patriots starter Efrain Nieves. Long Island then had chances in the next two innings to extend the lead but were unable to do so, including first-and-second with no outs in the second and first-and-second with two outs in the third.

The Ducks managed to add a run to their lead in the sixth when they strung together three singles and a walk, including an RBI base hit to right by Alex Burg. Nieves bounced back to strike out a pair though and strand two more on the bases.

Ducks starter John Brownell was magnificent over the first five innings, yielding just a double and a walk while retiring 11 straight between the second and fifth innings. However, Somerset got to the Ducks’ veteran in the sixth. A single by Scott Kelly, an RBI double by Alfredo Rodriguez and a sac fly off the bat of Justin Trapp tied the game at two. Following a strikeout of Justin Pacchioli, Brownell allowed back-to-back two-out solo homers to Kyle Roller and Olmo Rosario that gave the Patriots the lead.

Marc Krauss closed the gap to one in the seventh with an RBI double but was stranded at second, and Trapp pushed the lead back to two in the bottom of the frame with a two-out RBI single. Burg came up clutch again in the eighth, launching a mammoth two-run homer to straightaway center field off Ronnie Shaban (4-4) that tied the ballgame at five. However, Carlos Guzman connected for a long two-run homer of his own in the bottom of the inning off Tyler Wilson (0-2), pitching for the first time in nearly three months, that put Somerset back on top for good at 7-5. Dustin Molleken pitched a scoreless ninth to nail down his second save of the season.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks turn to left-hander Rafael Perez to start the final game of the eight-game road swing. The southpaw comes in with an 8-7 record and a 4.42 ERA in 20 starts this season. He has won each of his past two outings, including a victory in Southern Maryland on Friday. The 35-year-old tossed seven innings in the 8-4 win, allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out seven. Perez has a 2.77 ERA in his past two starts (4 ER/13.0 IP), following up a stretch in which he posted a 10.24 ERA and two losses in three straight starts (11 ER/9.2 IP). Tonight is the Freeport resident’s fifth start of the year against Somerset, and he has a 1-1 record with a 5.21 ERA thus far. Perez has a 10.13 ERA in two starts at TD Bank Ballpark (9 ER/8.0 IP) compared to a 1.64 ERA in two starts vs. the Patriots on Long Island (2 ER/11.0 IP).

Opposing Perez will be Will Oliver for the Patriots. The right-hander enters with a 5-3 record and a 5.09 ERA in 17 games (11 starts) thus far in 2017. He turned in his best outing of the season in his last start, firing eight innings of one-run ball in an 8-2 win at Lancaster on Friday. The 30-year-old gave up seven hits and two walks while striking out eight in the outing, one shy of his season-high. Oliver will be making his fourth appearance (third start) of 2017 against the Flock, and he has totaled a 1-1 record with a 7.15 ERA. The California native pitched a scoreless inning of relief at TD Bank Ballpark but surrendered nine runs on 15 hits and four walks over 10 and one-third innings in his two starts at Bethpage Ballpark.

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:

Long Island Ducks
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#23 Alex Burg – C
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

Somerset Patriots
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#15 Justin Trapp – LF
#1   Justin Pacchioli – CF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#19 Olmo Rosario – 3B
#32 Mark Minicozzi – 1B
#13 Carlos Guzman – RF
#4   Yovan Gonzalez – C
#2   Scott Kelly – 2B

#26 Will Oliver – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (7:43): BOT 2: Excellent work from Rafael Perez, who works out of a first-and-second, no-out jam! Still scoreless after two innings.

UPDATE (8:19): BOT 3: Wanel Mesa has taken over on the mound, and after a bizarre inning, Somerset has a 2-0 lead.

UPDATE (8:35): BOT 4: Somerset tacks on a run courtesy of a balk from Mesa. 3-0 Patriots after four.

UPDATE (8:49): TOP 5: An RBI single by Delta Cleary Jr. and a GRAND SLAM by Marc Krauss have put the Flock in front 5-3!

UPDATE (9:30): BOT 6: Somerset scratches out a run thanks to an error and a passed ball. Ducks lead is now 5-4 after six.

UPDATE (9:55): BOT 7: Patrick Crider comes into the ballgame and strikes out Kyle Roller to strand two on base! Ducks still maintain a 5-4 advantage.

UPDATE (10:40): FINAL: Ducks win it 5-4!! They take 3 of 4 in the series and win the season series over the Patriots as well! 7-1 on the road trip!

Game #109: Ducks at Patriots

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The sun shines prior to game two of the day and three of the series in New Jersey

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

7:05 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark (Bridgewater, N.J.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (23-15; 59-49) look to sweep a day/night doubleheader and earn a series victory over the Somerset Patriots (18-19; 60-47) in game two of the twin bill. This game will be slated for nine innings, after Long Island took the opener 7-3 in seven. The Ducks have won the first six games of their road trip and 12 consecutive games overall, tying the franchise record set from July 5-20 of 2006. Long Island also leads the season series between the two teams 10-8, with both sides splitting the eight meetings thus far in New Jersey. This will be the final series between the two teams during the 2017 regular season.

GAME ONE RECAP: 

Another great start and some power from the Flock helped the Ducks take the matinee of the doubleheader by a 7-3 margin.

Long Island fell behind 1-0 in the first inning when Alfredo Rodriguez singled and eventually moved to third on a hit by pitch and a fielder’s choice. With two outs, Olmo Rosario attempted to steal second base. When Audie Afenir threw towards second, Rodriguez broke for the plate. Ducks starter Matt Larkins intercepted the throw, causing Rodriguez to stop, but when Larkins lost the handle on the ball, Rodriguez broke home to score on the error.

The Ducks took over from there though and grabbed their first lead in the third inning against reliever A.J. Achter (2-1), who had taken over after starter Patrick Johnson pitched just one inning. Delta Cleary Jr. began a three-hit day with a single and stole second base. Angelo Songco then delivered a one-out RBI single to tie the game at one. Two batters later, after Songco stole his first base of the year, Elmer Reyes smoked a double down the left field line to put the Flock in front.

In the fifth inning, Long Island would extend their 2-1 lead. Cleary Jr. singled to open the inning, and both Marc Krauss and Songco followed with walks. Connor Root settled down to strike out a pair of hitters, and he worked the count to 3-2 on Giovanny Alfonzo. The Ducks’ third baseman then drilled an opposite-field grand slam over the right field wall, Long Island’s first grand slam of the season, putting the Ducks ahead 6-1.

Carlos Guzman brought the Patriots to within three in the sixth when he lifted a two-run homer to right. However, Reyes pushed the lead back to four at 7-3 in the seventh when he led off the frame with a deep solo homer to left-center.

Larkins (7-6) turned in his second complete game of the road trip, as he pitched all seven innings for the Ducks. He allowed just five hits, four of which were singles, and one walk along the way. In addition, he set a career-high with 12 strikeouts, surpassing his previous high of 10 done on July 5 against Lancaster. After throwing a season-high 114 pitches on Thursday in Southern Maryland, Larkins threw 118 pitches on the afternoon, 79 of which were strikes.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

John Brownell will take the mound for the Ducks in Wednesday’s nightcap. The Ducks’ veteran comes in with an 8-3 record on the year and a 3.38 ERA in 18 starts. His last outing came back on August 3 in the final game before the start of Long Island’s current win streak. The right-hander allowed 10 hits and five runs (four earned) over five innings against Bridgeport while striking out two in an 8-2 defeat. Tonight will be Brownell’s third start of the year against the Patriots and 17th of his career. He has no record and a 3.75 ERA in two starts this season against them and a 2-2 record with a 4.09 ERA in 16 career starts vs. Somerset.

Efrain Nieves will counter for the Patriots on Wednesday evening. The southpaw has compiled a 2-2 record with a 3.50 ERA in 10 games (seven starts) this season. He most recently took the mound last Thursday at Lancaster and earned the win. The 27-year-old pitched six innings of one-run ball in the 9-3 victory, giving up just three hits and two walks while striking out four. Nieves has allowed two runs or less in four straight outings and three runs or less in six straight. Tonight will be his second start of the year against the Ducks. His first came on July 14 at Bethpage Ballpark, and he yielded a run on three hits and four walks over four innings with two strikeouts, taking a no-decision.

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:

Long Island Ducks
#47 Quintin Berry – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#34 Marc Krauss – DH
#30 Ruben Gotay – 1B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#15 Justin Trapp – LF
#1   Justin Pacchioli – CF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#19 Olmo Rosario – 3B
#13 Carlos Guzman – RF
#4   Yovan Gonzalez – C
#21 Adam Donachie – 1B
#2   Scott Kelly – 2B

#22 Efrain Nieves – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

 

UPDATE (7:14): TOP 1: Lew Ford connects for an opposite-field solo home run! His eighth longball of the year gives the Ducks a 1-0 lead!

UPDATE (7:23): BOT 1: John Brownell works around a leadoff double and turns in a scoreless inning to begin his night!

UPDATE (8:32): END 5: Brownell retires the side in order for the third straight inning! He’s set down 11 in a row and has six strikeouts!

UPDATE (8:45): TOP 6: Alex Burg shoots an opposite-field single to right, scoring Ruben Gotay! Ducks extend their lead to 2-0!

UPDATE (9:01): BOT 6: Somerset puts a four-spot on the scoreboard and takes the lead for the first time tonight at 4-2.

UPDATE (9:16): TOP 7: Marc Krauss cuts Somerset’s lead to one with a two-out RBI double to the right-center field gap! 4-3 ballgame.

UPDATE (9:31): BOT 7: Patriots get their two-run advantage back on a two-out RBI single by Justin Trapp following a walk and a hit by pitch. 5-3 game.

UPDATE (9:42): TOP 8: Burg crushes a two-run home run over the center field wall! His 10th longball of the season ties the ballgame at five!

UPDATE (9:52): BOT 8: Carlos Guzman connects for a two-run home run to put the Patriots back on top 7-5.

UPDATE (10:03): FINAL: Ducks drop game two of the twin bill 7-5 to Somerset. Time to start a new winning streak on Thursday night in the road trip finale.

Game #108: Ducks at Patriots

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GAME TIME/LOCATION:

11:05 a.m. at TD Bank Ballpark (Bridgewater, N.J.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (22-15; 58-49) kick off a long day of baseball with the opener of a day/night doubleheader against the Somerset Patriots (18-18; 60-46). Game one will be seven innings, while game two slated for nine. Long Island has won the first five games of their road trip and has now won 11 consecutive games overall. The Ducks also lead the season series between the two teams 9-8, though Somerset has won four of the seven meetings thus far in New Jersey. This will be the final series between the two teams during the 2017 regular season.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

In another dramatic pitcher’s duel between the division rivals, the Ducks held on for a 3-2 win to take Tuesday’s series opener at TD Bank Ballpark.

Henderson Alvarez (2-1) and David Kubiak (5-10) started the game for the Ducks and Patriots, respectively, and both pitched well in five innings. Kubiak’s only blemishes came in the first and fifth innings. The righty hit Quintin Berry to lead off the game and then walked Delta Cleary Jr. He bounced back with a flyout that was turned into a double play, but after getting ahead 0-2 on Marc Krauss, the Ducks’ left field launched a two-run home run to right field, his 16th of the year. In the fifth, Berry doubled with one out and then took off for third on a two-out stolen base attempt. The former big leaguer slid in safely, and when Adam Donachie’s throw went into left field, Berry scampered home for Long Island’s third run.

Alvarez surrendered just one run in his five innings of work, and it came in the second inning. Like Kubiak in the first, the righty allowed a walk and a hit by pitch to the first two batters of the inning. Mark Minicozzi grounded into a fielder’s choice, moving Kyle Roller to third, and Carlos Guzman followed with a sacrifice fly to left.

The Ducks and Patriots both got outstanding work from their bullpens. Patrick Crider and Keith Hessler each pitched a scoreless sixth. Rob Rogers and Dustin Antolin each worked around a baserunner for a scoreless seventh. Dennis O’Grady and Duane Below did the same in the eighth, yielding a leadoff single each. Justin Wright surrendered two walks in the ninth but did not allow a run.

That set the stage for the bottom of the ninth, when Amalio Diaz entered the game for the Ducks. After striking out Christian Marrero, he allowed a solo homer to Mark Minicozzi that trimmed Long Island’s lead to one. Diaz bounced back to strike out Guzman for the second out and got ahead 1-2 on Adam Donachie. However, he walked Donachie to put the tying run on base. After getting ahead 1-2 on Aharon Eggleston, the Patriots veteran then walked to represent the winning run at first. Alfredo Rodriguez came to the plate with a chance to win it and got ahead 3-1. He engaged in a nine-pitch at-bat before launching a deep drive to the left field wall. However, Krauss made a fabulous running catch and held on after smacking into the wall for the final out.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Wednesday’s matinee will feature Matt Larkins on the mound for the Flock. The right-hander comes in with a 6-6 record on the season and a 3.87 ERA that’s good for ninth in the Atlantic League. He dazzled in his most recent outing, tossing his second complete game shutout of the season as the Ducks topped the Blue Crabs 1-0 in last Thursday’s road trip opener. The second-year Duck allowed just four hits and two walks in nine innings while striking out four, and he threw a season-high 114 pitches, 71 of which were strikes. Only one Southern Maryland runner, Jose Lozada in the sixth inning, reached third base in the game. Today will be Larkins’ fifth start of the year against Somerset, and he has compiled a 1-1 record with a 3.53 ERA thus far. In his two starts at TD Bank Ballpark, Larkins has surrendered just two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks in 12 and one-third innings of work, taking a no-hitter into the ninth inning on June 15.

The Patriots will counter with newcomer Patrick Johnson, who signed with the club on Tuesday. The righty comes to the Atlantic League for the first time after making one start on August 9 with the Miami Marlins’ Gulf Coast League affiliate. He gave up a run on one hit and one walk in one-third of an inning during the outing. Johnson was 8-7 with a 3.37 ERA in 31 games (21 starts) with the Marlins’ Double-A Affiliate in Jacksonville last year, and he spent the first three seasons of his career in the Colorado Rockies organization. The 29-year-old also has independent baseball experience, pitching with the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association in 2014 and 2015. In the latter of those two, he went 15-1 with a 2.08 ERA and three complete games in 20 starts.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for today’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of today’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#19 Derrick Pyles – LF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#15 Justin Trapp – 2B
#14 Christian Marrero – RF
#19 Olmo Rosario – 3B
#13 Carlos Guzman – DH
#32 Mark Minicozzi – 1B
#7    Greg Golson – CF
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#21 Adam Donachie – C

#34   Patrick Johnson – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (11:44): BOT 1: Somerset scratches out the game’s first run on a fielding error that allows Alfredo Rodriguez to score.

UPDATE (12:15): TOP 3: An RBI single by Angelo Songco and a two-out RBI double by Elmer Reyes have put the Ducks on top 2-1!

UPDATE (12:43): BOT 4: Matt Larkins escapes a first-and-second, no-out jam, inducing a double play and striking out Greg Golson! Still 2-1 Long Island

UPDATE (12:59): TOP 5: Giovanny Alfonzo comes up clutch! He drills an 3-2, two-out pitch the opposite way for a grand slam! Ducks now lead 6-1!

UPDATE (1:34): BOT 6: Carlos Guzman lifts a two-run home run over the wall in right, cutting Long Island’s lead to 6-3.

UPDATE (1:46): TOP 7: Reyes launches his fourth home run of the season! The solo blast extends the Ducks’ advantage to 7-3!

UPDATE (1:54): FINAL: Larkins turns in his second complete game of the road trip & strikes out a career-high 12 batters! Ducks take game one 7-3! The Ducks have also now tied a franchise-record with their 12th consecutive victory, equaling their 12-game win streak July 5-20, 2006.

Game #107: Ducks at Patriots

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The Ducks begin a crucial four-game series against the division-rival Patriots

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

7:05 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark (Bridgewater, N.J.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (21-15; 57-49) begin the second leg of their eight-game road trip as they open a four-game series with the Somerset Patriots. Long Island has won the first four games of their road swing, all in Southern Maryland, and has now won 10 consecutive games overall. The Ducks and Patriots are all even at eight wins apiece in the season series between the two teams, though Somerset has won four of the six meetings thus far in New Jersey. This will be the final series between the two teams during the 2017 regular season.

SUNDAY’S RECAP: 

A strong spot-start by Tyler Levine and some more timely hitting helped the Flock cement a second straight sweep of the Blue Crabs, as they earned a 5-2 win on Sunday afternoon in Southern Maryland.

Levine (3-0), who was given the starting nod after Alfredo Simon was scratched with a finger issue, held the Blue Crabs in check over the first five innings. The only run he surrendered came in the fourth inning when he allowed a triple to Tucker Nathans followed by an RBI ground rule double from Luis Alen. The East Meadow native scattered eight hits but did not walk a batter, and he stranded five Blue Crabs runners on base.

The Ducks’ red-hot offense once again plated the game’s first runs when two came home in the third inning against Blue Crabs starter Eric Fornataro (0-5). Following a walk by Quintin Berry, a single by Anthony Vega and a stolen base by each, Angelo Songco delivered a one-out, two-run single to give the Ducks the lead. After Southern Maryland’s run in the fourth, Long Island got the two-run advantage back in the sixth when Dan Lyons scored on a two-out RBI double by Berry.

Lyons stretched the lead to 5-1 in the eighth inning when he launched a two-run home run off of Jesse Beal following a leadoff double by Giovanny Alfonzo. All Southern Maryland could manage the rest of the way was a two-out solo homer by Cory Vaughn in the bottom of the frame.

Long Island’s bullpen turned in a solid effort to seal the victory. Patrick Crider and Dennis O’Grady each pitched a scoreless inning, and Rob Rogers gave up just the longball to Vaughn while inducing three groundouts. Amalio Diaz sealed the deal for his ninth save with a scoreless ninth, working around a leadoff single.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Former big leaguer Henderson Alvarez will get the start in the series opener. The right-hander comes in with a 1-1 record and a 3.15 ERA through his first five starts of the season. He pitched five innings of one-run ball in his most recent outing on August 9 against the Blue Crabs at Bethpage Ballpark. The 27-year-old worked around four hits and four walks to strand eight runners on base while striking out two. Four Long Island relievers would come on to seal his first win with the Flock. Tonight will be his second road start of the year after he threw four scoreless frames and struck out a season-high five on July 30 at Bridgeport. It will also be his first-ever start against Somerset.

Meanwhile, David Kubiak will get the ball for the Patriots. The righty has made 19 appearances (16 starts) this year and has a 5-9 record with a 3.85 ERA. His 106 strikeouts rank second in the Atlantic League behind Southern Maryland’s Gaby Hernandez (119), and he has walked just 29 batters in 102 and two-thirds innings of work. Kubiak took the loss in his most recent outing, allowing four runs (three earned) in six innings last Wednesday against York. He gave up seven hits and walked two while striking out seven, the same total he had struck out in each of his previous three starts. The Long Island native (Riverhead) has alternated wins and losses in each of his past four starts, throwing seven scoreless innings in each of his two wins. Kubiak has made four starts against the Ducks this year and is 1-1 with a 3.33 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 24 and one-third 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:

Long Island Ducks
#47 Quintin Berry – CF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#37 Henderson Alvarez – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#15 Justin Trapp – CF
#19 Olmo Rosario – 2B
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#14 Christian Marrero – RF
#32 Mark Minicozzi – 3B
#13 Carlos Guzman – 1B
#21 Adam Donachie – C
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF

#5   David Kubiak – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (7:18): TOP 1: Marc Krauss delivers a two-strike, two-out, two-run home run to right field, giving the Flock an early 2-0 lead!

UPDATE (7:42): BOT 2: Somerset scratches out a run on a sacrifice fly to left off the bat of Carlos Guzman. 2-1 Long Island

UPDATE (8:15): END 4: Henderson Alvarez works around a pair of two-out singles to keep Somerset off the scoreboard. Still 2-1 Ducks after four innings.

UPDATE (8:26): TOP 5: Quintin Berry steals third base with two outs and scores on a throwing error! Ducks regain their two-run lead at 3-1!

UPDATE (8:47): BOT 6: Patrick Crider twirls a scoreless sixth inning, striking out two! Alvarez tosses five innings of one-run ball for the Flock!

UPDATE (9:06): BOT 7: Rob Rogers works around a leadoff double and a pair of 3-0 counts to pitch a scoreless seventh! Onto the eighth we go.

UPDATE (9:30): BOT 8: Dennis O’Grady works around a leadoff single & strikes out Kyle Roller, who represented the tying run! We head to the ninth, 3-1 Ducks

UPDATE (10:11): FINAL: Krauss makes a spectacular catch, smacking into the wall for the final out! Ducks win 3-2 for their 11th straight victory!

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