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2019 “Quack of the Bat” Ducks Team Awards

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The 20th Anniversary Season of Ducks baseball could not have included much more. Off the field, the team celebrated its milestone season by announcing a new partnership with Major League Baseball in the Spring, a new lease with the County of Suffolk at its 20th Anniversary Celebration August 2, and then became the first team in Atlantic League history to welcome its 8 millionth fan, doing so on August 28 when Declan McCann of Yaphank watched the Ducks face the Blue Crabs.

On the field, the accomplishments were also bountiful. 15 players had their contracts purchased by Major League Baseball organizations or foreign professional leagues, the most ever in a single Ducks season. Three Ducks alumni reached the Major Leagues as well, including 2019 Ducks right-hander Tim Melville. Wally Backman took over the reigns as Ducks manager and proceeded to lead the Flock to both a First Half and Second Half Championship, just the second time in team history the Ducks have done that (2011), as well as a franchise-record 86 wins. He then guided Long Island to its fourth consecutive Liberty Division Championship, the first team in Atlantic League history to do that, and the Ducks fourth Atlantic League Championship in franchise history.

It’s hard to argue against 2019 being the most successful and memorable season in Long Island Ducks history. Now that the trophy has returned to Long Island, it’s time to look back at some of the key contributors from the team that helped make the Championship possible. Here are our choices for the “Quack of the Bat” Team Awards:

Player of the Year – L.J. Mazzilli
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The Ducks had many changes to the roster during the season, but one aspect of the team that stayed somewhat consistent was the starting lineup. Long Island’s position player crop featured big power hitters such as David Washington and Daniel Fields, speed threats like D’Arby Myers and Vladimir Frias, and on-base machines like Lew Ford and Steve Lombardozzi. One player who could do a bit of everything, and served as the Ducks most consistent offensive contributor, was L.J. Mazzilli. That is why he is our Player of the Year. The versatile former Mets and Yankees prospect led the Ducks in several categories, including at bats (460), plate appearances (508), runs (66), hits (135), total bases (200), doubles (26) and RBIs (74). He posted a .293 batting average with 13 home runs and a .351 on-base percentage as well. After spending most of his season on the infield at second base, he became fixture in left field during the postseason with the Ducks. Not to mention, he batted .400 with a team-high 12 hits and seven runs during his eight playoff games. Despite many of his former Mets teammates leaving during the year (Matt den Dekker, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Pedro Beato), Mazzilli stayed put and ended his season with a Championship trophy held high over his head.

Starting Pitcher of the Year – Darin Downs
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Much of Long Island’s success in 2019 was due to their pitching staff. They led the Atlantic League in innings pitched (1,222.1), strikeouts (1,210), batting average against (.243), wins (86) and saves (49) while ranking second in ERA (3.81). The Ducks starting pitching, specifically, was exceptional, leading the league with a .593 winning percentage (48-33), a 3.70 ERA and 701 strikeouts. This was all the case despite Long Island seeing eight starting pitchers have their contract purchased. While there were several candidates for this award, Darin Downs will receive the honor for 2019. The southpaw led the Ducks and was tied for second in the Atlantic League with 140 strikeouts. He also posted a 2.63 ERA, which would have ranked second in the league had he thrown enough innings to qualify. Downs held opponents to a .210 batting average this season and walked only 35. Nine of his 21 starts were quality starts, and the Ducks posted a 17-4 record in his starts well.  Downs also had his contract purchased on June 4 by Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League. Honorable mention goes to Vin Mazzaro as well (see Breakout Player of the Year, below).

Relief Pitcher of the Year – Cody Mincey
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Long Island’s bullpen was another area of strength during the Championship season. The relievers led the Atlantic League with 38 wins and 49 saves while ranking second with 509 strikeouts. Like the rotation, the bullpen also took several hits in 2019, with five players having their contract purchased, including four closers (George Kontos, Josh Lueke, Enrique Burgos and Michael Tonkin). While several relievers stood out from the pack, none did more than Cody Mincey. In his first year with the Flock, after spending a pair of seasons in the Frontier League, the righty became a reliable option for Wally Backman. He led the Ducks with 49 appearances, 10 more than any other Ducks pitcher, led all Ducks relievers with seven wins (to just one loss) and posted a team-best 2.53 ERA. In 67.2 innings of work, he struck out 96 batters, a total that was third-most among all Ducks pitchers. He walked just 26 batters, held opponents to a .220 batting average, saved five games and led the Flock with 13 holds. Mincey was also outstanding in the postseason, getting the save in all four of his opportunities, striking out 10 in six and two-thirds innings, yielding just two runs, on a hit and three walks, and holding opponents to a .048 batting average. He struck out Tyler Ladendorf to clinch the Liberty Division Championship and struck out Juan Silverio to wrap up the Atlantic League Championship.

Gold Glove – Vladimir Frias
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He had been one of the best defensive players in the Atlantic League for two seasons prior and continued to show more of the same in 2019. Vladimir Frias earns the Ducks Gold Glove thanks to his fine work at shortstop this past season. Whether it was showing brilliant range on pop-ups to left and center field or laying out for ground balls up the middle and in the hole or throwing perfect bullets to first base, Frias did a little bit of everything at shortstop. He turned in a .964 fielding percentage at shortstop in 128 games played defensively. Additionally, he recorded 290 assists and 196 putouts while helping turn 77 double plays. Those 77 DP’s and 196 putouts were both career-highs for a single season.

“Rookie” of the Year – Joe Iorio
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This award recognizes a Ducks player that greatly excelled in his first season as a member of the Flock. For this year’s honor, we will select the player that Ducks fans voted as the Delmonte-Smelson Team MVP, Joe Iorio. The right-hander came to Long Island after spending four seasons in the Frontier League. Originally given a role as a relief pitcher, he dazzled from the get-go, posting a 0.53 ERA through his first 10 appearances of 2019. He was then, out of need, shifted into the starting rotation and continued to impress. In 19 starts, the 27-year-old went 4-3 with a 3.20 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 104 innings. As the season winded down, Wally Backman needed to move Iorio back into the bullpen, and the Florida resident did so without hesitation. He became a key reliever for the Ducks down the stretch of the regular season and in the postseason as well, appearing in five playoff games. Iorio ended the regular season ranking second on the Flock in innings pitched (128.1), 79 more innings than his previous career high, as well as fourth in ERA (3.09), appearances (32) and strikeouts (92).

Breakout Player of the Year – Vin Mazzaro
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For this honor, we highlight which member of the Ducks opened eyes and impressed greatly as the season wore on. It took some time, but pitcher Vin Mazzaro clearly became the winner by season’s end.  He arrived on Long Island with the expectation of being a key late-inning reliever. However, the righty struggled in his bullpen role, going 3-4 with a 6.15 ERA over 29 appearances. Opponents batted .354 against him as a reliever. At the end of July, the Ducks coaching staff decided to try out Mazzaro in the starting rotation, and that decision would ultimately pay dividends. In 10 regular season starts, the eight-year MLB veteran went 8-0 and compiled a 2.15 ERA, striking out 57 and walking just 15 in 58.2 innings while holding opponents to a .207 batting average. Mazzaro went on to start three postseason games for the Ducks, including Games One and Five of the Atlantic League Championship Series. He won all three outings, conceding just six runs (four earned) in 20.1 innings, good for a minuscule 1.77 ERA. If Deibinson Romero was the top choice for Championship Series MVP, Mazzaro was absolutely option 1A.

Comeback Player of the Year – Lew Ford
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Our next award highlights the player who rebounded best during the 2019 season, whether from a tough previous year or a difficult start to the current season. Our blog staff has selected outfielder and hitting coach Lew Ford for the second consecutive season. Ford played somewhat sparingly throughout the first half of 2019, appearing in just 34 of Long Island’s 70 games. He struggled out of the gate, batting .225 with two homers, 15 RBIs, 14 runs, six doubles and a .279 on-base percentage. After the All-Star break though, everything seemed to change. Ford, who turned 43 in August, found the Fountain of Youth in the second half. He posted an outstanding .363 batting average with 20 RBIs, 11 runs, 61 hits, 11 doubles and even two triples. He also compiled an impressive .412 on-base percentage and a .488 slugging percentage in the second half. The dominance continued into the postseason, where Ford hit .324 with four RBIs and seven runs in eight games.

Teammate of the Year – Hector Sanchez
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Although we did not directly poll each of the players that donned a Ducks uniform this season, we find it hard to believe anyone would not think Hector Sanchez is most deserving of this honor. If any player emulated a “warrior” mentality, the Ducks catcher would be it. Sanchez played in 98 games this season, serving as the team’s primary catcher. As we detailed above, he did a magnificent job leading arguably the best pitching staff in the Atlantic League, one that had 43 different players throw a pitch this year. Defensively, he was exceptional as well, committing just four errors during the season and catching 28 runners attempting to steal bases. Not to mention, Sanchez routinely got injured on foul balls and pitches in the dirt yet almost never had to leave a game due to injury. He wasn’t too bad at the plate either, as he accrued a .273 batting average with nine homers, 58 RBIs, 96 hits and 20 doubles. Sanchez was universally appreciated by his teammates in the clubhouse, and pitchers routinely recognized him for the job he did calling games behind the plate at the clutch hits he came up with at the plate.

Community Award – Clint Freeman and Rob Rogers
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Despite strong representation from throughout the Ducks roster and community functions during the season, our blog staff has selected pitcher/first baseman Clint Freeman and pitcher Rob Rogers to share this honor. In his first season with Long Island, Freeman was routinely signing autographs for Ducks fans. He could be seen often at the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Autograph Booth and next to the field signing for fans. He would frequently catch ceremonial first pitches and thank Ducks sponsors and fans for their support. Freeman also went to Ronkonkoma to take part in a fun-filled day of wiffleball with members of the Beautiful Lives Project, which gives people with disabilities the opportunity to actively participate in events that may not have been available to them previously. Rogers was a repeat volunteer to visit children in local hospitals during the holidays and Valentine’s Day, and he also appeared with the team at parades in the community. He did all of those while simultaneously recovering from Tommy John Surgery. Throughout the season, he was often seen at the Autograph Booth taking pictures with fans and signing baseballs.

Stay tuned all offseason on “Quack of the Bat” for many other updates from the 2019 Atlantic League champions! We’ll have several look-backs on some of the incredible memories made during this past season as well as feature stories and things to look for as the focus shifts towards 2020.

2019 Game 11: Ducks vs. Blue Crabs

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Long Island opens three-game series with Southern Maryland

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Ducks retake the field on Tuesday night to open up a three-game series with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. This is the first time these teams will meet in 2019, however, the two squads will have plenty of time to get acclimated as they face off 21 times throughout the year. In 2018 the Flock went 12-6 when playing the Blue Crabs, bettering their all-time record against Southern Maryland to 114-101.

YESTERDAY’S GAME RECAP: 

The Ducks fell 9-0 in the rain-shortened rubber match of their series with the York Revolution on Sunday evening.

The Revolution came out swinging in the first, scoring four runs off starting pitcher Jake Fisher. Alexi Casilla launched a solo home run with one out, starting a stretch of six hits in seven at bats. Welington Dotel hit a two-run single, followed by an RBI two-bagger off the bat of Henry Castillo.

Castillo hit another RBI double in the fifth inning, plating two runs and extending York’s lead to 6-0. The Revs scored three more runs in the top of the sixth, before the rain started to come down in the seventh inning.

Troy Terzi (1-0) picked up the win for the Revolution, pitching five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and four walks with eight strikeouts. Fisher (1-1) took the loss, letting up four runs on eight hits and a walk in eight and one-third innings.

The Flock were led offensively by Ivan De Jesus Jr. who picked up a hit and drew two walks. Also with a hit and a walk was second baseman Steve Lombardozzi.

ON THE MOUND:

Bennett Parry (1-0) takes the mound for Long Island and make his third start of 2019. In his first start of the season he earned his first win against York, pitching five innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on eight hits and two walks, striking out three. The left hander then followed up that appearance with a no decision in which he went six  innings, allowed one run (earned) on three hits and three walks and struck out five at Lancaster. The San Diego native went 6-1 with a 2.86 ERA in 14 starts with the Ducks last year. Parry had two starts facing the Blue Crabs in 2018, including a spectacular outing at Bethpage Ballpark where he threw for seven innings and picked up the win after he allowed two runs (both earned) on six hits and two walks, striking out 12.

Daryl Thompson takes the mound for Southern Maryland making his third start of the season as well. In his last start he went five and one-third innings allowing two runs (both earned) on seven hits and striking out three. Thompson is in his eighth season with Southern Maryland and eighth in the Atlantic League. He reached the majors twice in his career, doing so in 2008 and 2011, both times with the Cincinnati Reds.

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.

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#32 Bennett Parry – LHP

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
#15 Angelys Nina – 2B
#12 Rubi Silva – CF
#19 Frank Martinez – 3B
#24 Craig Maddox – DH
#3   Jon Griffin – 1B
#8   Charlie Valerio – C
#10 Matt Dean – LF
#9   Edwin Garcia – SS
#23 Tony Thomas – RF

#20 Daryl Thompson – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: Steve Lombardozzi launches his first home run of 2019! The solo shot to right has the Ducks on top 1-0 after one!

TOP 3: Southern Maryland ties the game at one on a sacrifice fly to right field off the bat of Craig Maddox.

BOT 4: L.J. Mazzilli records his first hit and first RBI as a Duck! His RBI single through the drawn in infield has Long Island ahead 2-1 in the fourth!

TOP 5: We’re tied once again. An opposite-field solo homer from Rubi Silva evens the score at two.

TOP 6: Three unearned runs come home for the Blue Crabs, who now have their first lead of the night at 5-2.

BOT 8: DUCKS TIE THE GAME! An RBI single by Lew Ford and bases loaded walks to David Washington and L.J. Mazzilli have evened the score at five!

FINAL: Kirk Nieuwenhuis gives the Ducks a waddle-off win in his first home game with the Flock! His bloop single to right-center scores Vladimir Frias with the winning run! Ducks take the series opener, 6-5!

2019 Game 8: Ducks vs. Revolution

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Ducks return home for the 20th season at Bethpage Ballpark

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Ducks return home for the 2019 home opener, taking on the York Revolution in the first of a three-game series. The Ducks look to extend their winning streak to five consecutive home opener victories. Long Island swept York in three games to open up the 2019 season. In their opening series the Flock outscored their opponent 34-7. Tonight’s matchup is the 233rd game all-time between the two clubs. The Ducks hold the all-time series lead over the Revolution at Bethpage Ballpark with a record of 64-49, along with a 118-114 record in the overall series. 

YESTERDAY’S GAME RECAP: 

An entertaining game led to the Ducks enjoying their third three-game winning streak of the young 2019 season, defeating the Lancaster Barnstormers 5-2.

Long Island took the early lead, putting up two runs in the top half of the first, thanks to a fielding error and a sacrifice fly, scoring Daniel Fields and Lew Ford respectively. After getting the early edge on Lancaster starting pitcher Jonathan Albaladejo, the Flock never looked back.

Although Joe Terdoslavich cut the lead in half in the second with a home run off of Long Island starting pitcher Tim Melville, the Ducks bounced back in the third. Kirk Nieuwenhuis drove in a run on a double to right and David Washington an RBI of his own with a single to center. The Flock added one more in the in sixth when Hector Sanchez laced an RBI double to extend the lead to 5-1.

Lancaster added another run in the eighth thanks to Dan Gamache, who knocked an RBI double to left-center field.

Melville (2-0) pitched six innings, only allowing one run on four hits and a walk, striking out seven to earn his second victory of the season. Albaladejo (0-2) picked up the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in six and one-third innings, striking out four. Jose Cuas earned his first save of 2019, after retiring the final two batters in the ninth.

YESTERDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The 2019 home opener will see Darin Downs make his second start of the season for Long Island. In his season debut the southpaw went four innings allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and one walk, striking out five in the Ducks 8-4 victory at York on Sunday afternoon. Tonight marks his first start at Bethpage Ballpark since the 2016 season. The three-year MLB veteran faced the Revolution twice while with the Ducks, both in 2016, and dominated. He gave up just two runs on eight hits and a walk over 14 innings of work while striking out 21 batters.

Right handed pitcher Dan Minor is making his first start of 2019. He appeared once in relief for the Revolution this season, where he pitched one inning and allowed one run on two hits, striking out one. This is Minor’s first season with York and first in the Atlantic League. He played for Independent Gary of the American Association in 2018, appearing in 15 games.

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.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Rey Fuentes – CF
#2   Steve Lombardozzi – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#30 David Washington – RF
#37 Hector Sanchez – C
#11 Ivan De Jesus Jr. – 3B
#21 Mike Olt – 1B
#29 Daniel Fields – LF
#1   Vladimir Frias – SS

#23 Darin Downs – LHP

York Revolution
#1   J.P. Sportman – CF
#4   Alexi Castilla – 2B
#29 Melky Mesa – DH
#23 Telvin Nash – 1B
#16 Isaias Tejada – C
#15 Welington Dotel – RF
#13 Nate Coronado – 3B
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#2   Justin Trapp – LF

#11 Dan Minor – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Revs strike first when J.P. Sportman doubles and later scores on a throwing error. However, Darin Downs strikes out the side in the inning!

TOP 2: York puts a three-spot on the scoreboard to extend their lead to 4-0.

TOP 3: A wild pitch scores Melky Mesa from third, extending the Revolution lead to 5-0.

BOT 4: David Washington goes the other way for a two-run home run to left-center! His second longball of the year trims York’s lead to 5-2.

MID 6: Three scoreless innings out of the bullpen thus far for Tim Adleman, who has struck out five! Meanwhile, Vladimir Frias has made three outstanding defensive plays at shortstop.

MID 8: Jose Cuas with a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two! He follows four shutout innings from Tim Adleman, who allowed just one hit and struck out six!

BOT 8: The Ducks close to within 5-3 when Steve Lombardozzi is hit by a pitch and later scores on a passed ball!

BOT 9: THE DUCKS TIE IT! A solo homer to right by @dfields_23 and a two-strike, two-out RBI double by Steve Lombardozzi evens the score at five! We’ll need extras to decide this one.

TOP 10: Revolution take the lead back on an RBI groundout from Alexi Casilla. 6-5 York.

FINAL: Revolution hang on to take the opener 6-5 in 10 innings. We’re back at it at 6:35 tomorrow night with the first postgame Fireworks Spectacular of the season.

2019 Game 7: Ducks at Barnstormers

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Ducks look to complete back-to-back series wins on season-opening road trip

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

7:00 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Ducks go for a series victory in Lancaster tonight in the final game of a four-game set. Long Island has taken two of the first three games, both by 5-4 margins, and has now rattled off five wins in the first six games of the season. The Barnstormers meanwhile fell to 2-4 overall on the year. Long Island has closed to within three in the all-time series at 138-135, and Lancaster has a 76-64 edge at Clipper Magazine Stadium. The two sides will meet 18 more times during the 2019 season, including eight times in Pennsylvania.

YESTERDAY’S GAME RECAP: 

An entertaining ballgame saw the Ducks and Barnstormers each play their first extra-inning contest of the season, with the Ducks coming out on top, 5-4.

For just the second time this season, Long Island conceded the game’s first run. Bennett Parry got into one-out trouble in the third, allowing two singles and two walks, with a bases loaded walk to Dan Gamache scoring Anderson De La Rosa. The Ducks answered right back to tie the game, as Barnstormers starter Jared Lakind allowed a pair of two-out walks and an RBI single to Matt den Dekker in the fourth.

Long Island then took the lead in the fifth against Matt Marksberry with two singles followed by an RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Steve Lombardozzi. The advantage was extended to 4-1 in the sixth thanks to four more singles, including RBI base hits from Vladimir Frias and Rey Fuentes.

The Ducks were unable to extend the lead further though, leaving 10 men on base over the first eight innings. Lancaster took advantage in the eighth against Vin Mazzaro, collecting three hits in the frame, including an RBI single by Caleb Gindl and a game-tying, two-out, two-run homer to right off the bat of K.C. Hobson.

After both sides went scoreless in the ninth, the Atlantic League’s new extra-inning rules took effect in the 10th. Mike Olt was placed on second to begin the inning and scored following a wild pitch by Bryan Harper and a sac fly to right from Ivan De Jesus Jr. Lancaster had Darian Sandford placed on second and sacrificed him to third on a bunt. However, Enrique Burgos closed out the win by striking out Joe Terdoslavich and inducing a groundout from Gindl.

Parry ended up allowing a run on three hits and three walks over six innings while striking out five. Burgos pitched two scoreless innings in relief and struck out two to earn his first Ducks win.

YESTERDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The series/road trip finale will see Tim Melville make his second start of the season for Long Island. The right-hander was outstanding in his first outing, tossing six scoreless innings to get the victory in the Ducks 14-0 win at York on Saturday night. Melville allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out six batters and only saw one runner get into scoring position. Tonight marks his first start at Clipper Magazine Stadium. He only faced the Barnstormers once with the Ducks in 2017, taking the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) over three and two-thirds innings on May 27 at Bethpage Ballpark. He did strike out seven in the outing. Melville is back with the Flock after posting a 9-6 record with a 5.33 ERA in 40 games (14 starts) with Norfolk (AAA, Orioles) in 2018.

Atlantic League veteran Jonathan Albaladejo will try and salvage a split of the series for Lancaster. The right-hander made his 2019 debut on Opening Day, taking the loss in a 7-1 defeat against High Point. In the outing, he surrendered two runs on eight hits over five innings while striking out five and walking none. Albaladejo made 23 starts with the Barnstormers in 2018, going 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA and 104 strikeouts to 27 walks in 132.2 innings. The five-year MLB veteran made four starts against Long Island last year and went 0-1 with a 4.63 ERA, allowing 32 hits in 23.1 innings while walking eight and striking out 12. The former Yankee spent two seasons with Bridgeport in the Atlantic League (2016-17) before joining Lancaster last year.

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 hompage. 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.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#1   Vladimir Frias – SS
#29 Daniel Fields – LF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#24 Kirk Nieuwenhuis – CF
#21 Mike Olt – 1B
#30 David Washington – RF
#11 Ivan De Jesus Jr. – 3B
#37 Hector Sanchez – C
#9   Rando Moreno – 2B

#31 Tim Melville – RHP

Lancaster Barnstormers
#7   Darian Sandford – CF
#21 Dan Gamache – 2B
#15 Caleb Gindl – RF
#10 Joe Terdoslavich – DH
#18 K.C. Hobson – 1B
#28 Josh Bell – 3B
#5   Zach Shank – LF
#32 Anderson De La Rosa – C
#3   Melvin Mercedes – SS

#34 Jonathan Albaladejo – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: The Ducks strike early! Daniel Fields singles and scores on a fielding error, and Mike Olt lifts a sacrifice fly to deep left field, putting the Ducks ahead 2-0.

BOT 2: Joe Terdoslavich lifts one just over the wall in right for a solo homer. His second longball of the season trims the Ducks lead to 2-1.

TOP 3: Long Island responds! An RBI double by Kirk Nieuwenhuis and an RBI single by David Washington increases the Ducks lead to three at 4-1!

END 4: Back-to-back scoreless innings for Tim Melville, who has gotten a double play in each inning! Strike-him-out, throw-him-out DP in the third, and a 3-6-3 twin killing in the fourth.

TOP 6: Hector Sanchez smacks an RBI double down the right field line to score Washington! Ducks lead is up to 5-1!

BOT 7: WHAT. A. CATCH! Kirk Nieuwenhuis with a full-extension diving grab in left-center field to rob Zach Shank of an RBI single! Ducks remain on top 5-1.

BOT 8: Lancaster pulls to within three on an RBI double from Dan Gamache. Long Island’s lead is now 5-2.

FINAL: The Ducks keep the Barnstormers off the scoreboard and hang on for a 5-2 victory to take the series in Lancaster! The Flock are coming home with a 6-1 record to begin 2019!

2019 Game 6: Ducks at Barnstormers

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Bennett Parry makes his second start of the year as the Ducks visit the Barnstormers

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

7:00 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

After splitting the first two games of their four-game series, the Ducks battle the Barnstormers in the swing game of the set. Long Island improved their record to 4-1 on the season with Tuesday’s 5-4 win, guaranteeing themselves a winning road trip to begin the season, while Lancaster fell to 2-3. Lancaster now leads the all-time series between the clubs 138-134 and has a 76-63 edge at Clipper Magazine Stadium. The two sides will meet 19 more times during the 2019 season, including nine times in Pennsylvania.

YESTERDAY’S GAME RECAP: 

A four-run third inning proved to be enough for the Ducks on Tuesday, as they defeated the Barnstormers 5-4 to even their series.

Rey Fuentes put the Ducks ahead early when he led off the game with a solo homer to right field. However, K.C. Hobson answered with a three-run blast of his own in the second off Ducks starter Jake Fisher to put Lancaster ahead 3-1.

The lead wouldn’t last long though, as Long Island responded with four runs in the third to take a 5-3 lead and knock Barnstormers starter Scott Shuman out of the game. After a Kirk Nieuwenhuis double, David Washington launched a two-run home run well over the wall in right. Matt den Dekker drew a walk and later scored on a wild pitch after stealing third with two outs. Hector Sanchez then capped the inning with an RBI single to center that plated Ivan De Jesus Jr., who also walked.

Fisher settled in and threw four scoreless innings following the three-run third. He allowed a base runner and recorded an out in the seventh before giving way to Tucker Healy, who allowed an RBI single to pinch-hitter Parker Morin. However, Healy stranded Morin on base to end the threat.

Vin Mazzaro worked around a two-out walk in the eighth to pitch a scoreless inning, and Enrique Burgos pitched around a two-out single in the ninth to record his first save with the Flock and secure the 5-4 win.

YESTERDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Bennett Parry makes his second start of the season for the Ducks on Wednesday night. The southpaw got the ball on Opening Day for the Ducks and battled through five innings to pick up the win. He allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out four batters, throwing 55 of his 81 pitches for strikes. Parry’s only real blemish on the night was a three-run homer in the second inning by Corey Bass. The San Diego native went 6-1 with a 2.86 ERA in 14 starts with the Ducks last year. Three of those starts came against the Barnstormers, and Parry went 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 22 strikeouts over 18 innings. He struck out 11 in six innings of two-run ball on June 22 at Clipper Magazine Stadium in a 5-4 Ducks win.

Parry will be opposed by fellow-southpaw Jared Lakind, who will be making his first career start. The Texas native has made one relief appearance thus far in 2019, yielding three runs on three hits and a walk in one and one-third innings while striking out two against the High Point Rockers on Saturday. Lakind pitched in 41 games with Lancaster a year ago, compiling a 2-3 record with a 3.83 ERA and 38 strikeouts to 13 walks over 42.1 innings of work. He faced the Ducks five times, giving up three unearned runs on nine hits and three walks over seven and two-thirds innings with 10 strikeouts. Prior to joining the Barnstormers, the 27-year-old spent parts of five seasons (2013-17) in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization while also pitching with the Miami Marlins organization in 2017.

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 hompage. 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.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Rey Fuentes – CF
#2   Steve Lombardozzi – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#30 David Washington – RF
#21 Mike Olt – 1B
#11 Ivan De Jesus Jr. – 3B
#17 Matt den Dekker – LF
#38 Ramon Cabrera – C
#1   Vladimir Frias – SS

#32 Bennett Parry – LHP

Lancaster Barnstormers
#7   Darian Sandford – CF
#21 Dan Gamache – 2B
#10 Joe Terdoslavich – DH
#15 Caleb Gindl – RF
#28 Josh Bell – 3B
#18 K.C. Hobson – 1B
#5   Zach Shank – LF
#32 Anderson De La Rosa – C
#3   Melvin Mercedes – SS

#29   Jared Lakind – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

END 2: Back-to-back scoreless innings for Bennett Parry and Jared Lakind to begin the ballgame. Both starters have struck out three thus far.

BOT 3: Lancaster gets on the scoreboard first with two singles and two walks. Dan Gamache’s walk forced in the run.

TOP 4: Ducks tie it up! Back-to-back two-out walks are followed by an RBI single to right from Matt den Dekker! 1-1 ballgame.

TOP 5: An RBI fielder’s choice from Steve Lombardozzi brings home Vladimir Frias to put the Ducks on top, 2-1!

TOP 6: Back-to-back RBI singles from Vladimir Frias and Rey Fuentes extend Long Island’s lead to 4-1!

BOT 7: Kam Mickolio works around a pair of two-out hits to pitch a scoreless seventh inning! Bennett Parry’s final line: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.

BOT 8: An RBI single to left by Caleb Gindl and a two-out, two-run homer to right by K.C. Hobson have tied the ballgame at four.

END 9: Enrique Burgos tosses a scoreless ninth inning, and we’ll have bonus baseball for the first time this season. Onto the 10th we go, tied at four.

TOP 10: Mike Olt starts on second to begin the inning, moves to third on a wild pitch and scores on a sac fly to right off the bat of Ivan De Jesus Jr.! Ducks take a 5-4 lead!

FINAL: Enrique Burgos retires the side in order, stranding the tying run at third! Ducks win this one, 5-4 in 10 innings, to improve to 5-1 on the road trip!

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