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Game 60: Ducks vs. Patriots

lew-ford-5.jpgGAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (30-29) host the Somerset Patriots (36-23) in the final game of a four-game series. Long Island looks for the series win after taking two of the first three games, and would move to within five games of Somerset for the first-half division crown with just 10 games left with a win.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 4-2 on Wednesday night in the third game of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Both sides were held off the scoreboard over the first five and a half innings. Ducks starter Alfredo Simon pitched well in his Bethpage Ballpark debut, throwing five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and four walks while striking out four. Patriots starter Jerome Williams pitched 4.1 innings of scoreless baseball before leaving with an injury and gave up four hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

Long Island broke through in the bottom of the sixth inning on a two-run home run to right-center field by Marc Krauss off of Alex Gouin. Somerset pulled even at two in the top of the eighth with an RBI single by Greg Golson and a bases loaded walk to Christian Marrero from Patrick Crider.

The Ducks took the lead back for good in the bottom of the frame. RBI singles by Alex Burg and Giovanny Alfonzo put the Flock back in front 4-2.

Zac Treece (4-1) picked up the win after recording the final out of the eighth inning, leaving the bases loaded. Justin Wright (2-1) took the loss after surrendering two runs on four hits in his one inning of relief. Amalio Diaz earned his second save of the year with a perfect ninth inning.

Krauss, Burg, Alfonzo and Angelo Songco each had two hits to pace the Flock.

ON THE MOUND: Long Island sends right-hander Dennis O’Grady to the mound to make his ninth start of the season and 13th overall appearance. O’Grady is coming off his roughest start of the season on June 17 at Lancaster when he allowed season-team-highs with nine runs and 12 hits in 5.0 innings of work in a 10-0 Barnstormers win. The right-hander is 3-3 with a 4.32 ERA on the season, and has struck out 50 batters but walked 26 in 50.0 IP.

Somerset counters with Dave Kubiak, making his second start of the series, although his first outing on Monday was cancelled out by rain. Kubiak is 2-5 with a 3.58 ERA on the season in 11 appearances (eight starts). The 6-7 righty has struck out 56 and walked only 15 in 52.2 innings, but has suffered from a lack of run and bullpen support. In his last start which counted for his stats, Kubiak threw 6.1 innings against the Ducks on June 14, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out six and walking two while getting no decision in a 7-6 Patriots 10-inning win.

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
#11 Anthony Vega – CF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – RF
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#17 Dennis O’Grady – RHP

Patriots
#2 Scott Kelly – SS
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#13 Carlos Guzman – 1B
#7 Greg Golson – CF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#32 Mark Minicozzi – 3B
#14 Christian Marrero – RF
#9 Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#4 Yovan Gonzalez – C

#5 Dave Kubiak – RHP

UPDATE (7:09) – TOP 2: The Patriots scratch across a run and take a 1-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:48) – TOP 4: Somerset nets another run and now has a 3-0 lead.

UPDATE (8:03) – TOP 5: A solo home run for Greg Golson puts the Patriots on top 4-0.

UPDATE (8:23) – TOP 6: The Patriots cash in on another run and now lead the Ducks 5-0.

UPDATE (8:51) – TOP 7: Time to stretch. The Patriots lead 7-0.

UPDATE (8:57) – BOT 7: LEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWW Ford smacks his third home run of the season and the Patriots lead is cut to 7-1.

UPDATE (9:09) – TOP 8: Two more runs for the Patriots run the score to 9-1.

UPDATE (9:22) – BOT 8: Jordan Pacheco crushes a monster home run out to left field. 9-2 Somerset.

UPDATE (9:47) – FINAL: Patriots 9, Ducks 2.

W: Kubiak (3-5)
L: O’Grady (3-4)

Game 53: Ducks at Patriots

DE6I0525GAME TIME/LOCATION: 7:05 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark (Bridgewater, N.J.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (26-26) continue their three-game series with the Liberty Division-leading Somerset Patriots (32-20) tonight. The Ducks and Patriots are separated by six games in the standings and will play each other five times in the final 18 games of the first half.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks fell to the Somerset Patriots 7-6 in a walk off Wednesday night at TD Bank Ballpark in the middle game of a three-game series.

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the third, when the Patriots sent nine batters to the plate and scored three runs against John Brownell. The big blow in the frame was a two-run home run by Somerset catcher Adam Donachie.

The Ducks would get on the board against Patriots starter Dave Kubiak in the top of the fifth when Marc Krauss launched a solo home run to right field. The blast was Krauss’ fifth of the season and second in his last two games played.

In the bottom of the fifth, Somerset pulled back ahead by three when Greg Golson walked, stole second base, and scored on an Aharon Eggleston double. Brownell was done after the fifth, allowing four runs on seven hits, walking four and striking out three. He did not factor into the decision.

Long Island broke out the bats and took a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh against four Somerset pitchers, with the highlight coming on an Alex Burg three-run, opposite-field home run. However, the Patriots answered back with two runs off Eury De La Rosa in the bottom of the frame to claim a 6-5 advantage.

Dan Lyons drove a double off the wall to lead off the top of the ninth against Jon Hunton, and he scored two batters later on an Anthony Vega sacrifice fly to tie the game at six.

With two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Carlos Guzman and Alfredo Rodriguez collected back-to-back singles against Patrick Crider, and pinch hitter Yovan Gonzalez won the game with another base hit to left, scoring Guzman.

Crider (0-3) was tagged with the loss for the Ducks, while Will Oliver (2-0) got the win after a scoreless inning of relief for the Patriots.

ON THE MOUND: Long Island looks to salvage the final game of this three-game series with Matt Larkins on the mound. The right-hander sports a deceptive 1-5 record and 5.26 ERA heading into tonight’s outing, as he has thrown three straight quality starts. In those three combined starts, Larkins has a 1-1 record with a 2.41 ERA (5 ER/18.2 IP), and has struck out 16 and walked six. The UC-Riverside product has faced the Somerset Patriots just once this year, allowing one unearned run on three hits in four innings in his first start of the year on April 26.

The Patriots counter with right-hander Lucas Irvine, who enters the matchup with a 3-1 record and a 4.88 ERA. However, that number is skewed by a few bad starts in May, as Irvine is 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA (5 ER/18.0 IP) in his last three outings. Last time out, the Kansas City, Missouri native allowed three runs on six hits in six innings at the New Britain Bees on June 9, getting the win in a 12-7 Somerset triumph. Irvine has not faced the Ducks this season.

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

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Patriots
#2 Scott Kelly – 3B
#7 Greg Golson – RF
#13 Carlos Guzman – 1B
#32 Mark Minicozzi – DH
#4 Yovan Gonzalez – C
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#9 Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#33 Chris Grayson – CF
#8 Alfredo Rodriguez – SS

#16 Lucas Irvine – RHP

UPDATE (7:39) – BOT 2: Matt Larkins looks sharp tonight. No score as we head to the third.

UPDATE (8:10) – BOT 4: Matt Larkins is still cruising. We go to the fifth, still scoreless.

UPDATE (8:41) – BOT 6: We are still scoreless as Matt Larkins has been really good tonight. #Understatement

UPDATE (8:52) – TOP 7: The Ducks take a 1-0 lead on a Giovanny Alfonzo double!

UPDATE (9:16) – TOP 8: The Ducks tack on another as Angelo Songco makes it 2-0 with an RBI single.

UPDATE (9:26) – BOT 8: Matt Larkins has only allowed one baserunner. The Ducks lead 2-0.

UPDATE (9:36) – TOP 9: Dan Lyons comes through with an RBI single and the Ducks lead it 3-0!

UPDATE (9:53) – FINAL: Ducks 3, Patriots 1

W: Larkins (2-5)
L: Below (3-1)
SV: Tsao (7)

Game 44: Ducks at Bluefish

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 1:12 p.m. at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport, Conn.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (21-22) look to complete a series win by taking three of four games against the cross-sound rival Bridgeport Bluefish (24-20). The Ducks currently lead the Ferry Cup Series four games to two and have taken two of three this weekend. Long Island remains six games behind the Somerset Patriots for first place in the Liberty Division standings and two and a half games in back of Bridgeport. The Bluefish currently sit three and a half games out of first place.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Ducks put together their best offensive performance of the season, tying a season-high with 10 runs and setting a new high this year with 16 hits as they routed the Bluefish 10-1.

Long Island scored early and often against Bridgeport starter and defending Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year Jonathan Albaladejo. Lew Ford drove in Anthony Vega with an RBI groundout in the first inning, and Delta Cleary Jr. plated Alex Burg with an RBI single in the second inning to give the Flock an early 2-0 lead.

The Ducks broke the game open with a pair of three-run innings in the fourth and fifth to knock Albaladejo out of the game. In the fourth, Giovanny Alfonzo picked up an RBI single to score Burg, and Vega delivered a two-out, two-run single up the middle. The following inning, Cleary Jr. lifted a sacrifice fly to center that scored Angelo Songco, and Alfonzo came through with a two-out, two-run single to center that ended Albaladejo’s evening.

Two more runs came home in the sixth inning against reliever Alex Burgos to round out Long Island’s scoring for the night. After a pair of walks, Burg picked up his fourth hit of the game with a two-out RBI single to left that scored Vega. Marc Krauss followed with an RBI single to left of his own that scored Songco and made it a 10-0 ballgame.

Meanwhile, John Brownell turned in his third consecutive quality start and defeated the Bluefish for the second time in less than two weeks. The right-hander limited Bridgeport to just one run on eight hits and a walk over seven innings and struck out six batters. He gave up just three singles, only two to the outfield, over the first five innings, but surrendered three singles in the sixth including an RBI base hit from Jonathan Galvez for Bridgeport’s lone run. He yielded two more singles in the seventh but got D’Arby Myers to fly out to center for the final out.

Jim Fuller came on in relief and pitched a scoreless eighth inning, yielding just a walk while striking out two. Zac Treece then twirled a scoreless ninth inning, helped out by two incredible diving stops to either side of him by second baseman Zach Goldstein.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks will hand the ball to Matt Larkins (0-4, 6.18 ERA) in the series finale. The right-hander has looked much stronger in his past two starts, allowing just 11 innings of work between them (2.45 ERA). He took a no-decision on Tuesday night in Long Island’s 3-2 11-inning victory over the Skeeters, giving up one run on four hits and four walks over a season-high six innings of work while striking out a season-high six batters. The second-year Duck faced the Bridgeport on May 24 at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, and though he suffered the loss in game one of a doubleheader, he yielded just two runs on five hits over five innings and struck out two without walking a batter. Overall, Larkins has walked just 12 batters this season while striking out 26 in 32 innings over eight games (seven starts).

Chris Rearick (3-1, 3.68 ERA) will look to salvage a split of the four-game set for the Bluefish. The southpaw has won three consecutive starts, allowing just four runs in 17 innings during that span (2.12 ERA). He last pitched on Tuesday at home against the New Britain Bees and threw six innings of one-run ball, giving up just two hits and two walks while striking out eight batters. The Texas resident opposed Larkins in game one of the twin bill on May 24 and stymied the Ducks’ offense, firing six scoreless frames and yielding just four hits and a walk while striking out a season-high 10 batters. Rearick ranks second in the Atlantic League with 48 strikeouts this year, trailing teammate Cory Riordan by just one.

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:

Ducks
#13 Elmer Reyes – DH
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#23 Alex Burg – C
#26 Angelo Songco – RF
#15 Jordan Pacheco – 1B
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#30 Zach Goldstein – 2B

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Bluefish
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#10 D’Arby Myers – CF
#11 Jose Cuevas – 1B
#15 Sean Burroughs – DH
#20 Jonathan Galvez – RF
#6   Tony Abreu – 2B
#27 Daniel Fields – LF
#25 Santiago Nessy – C
#3   Angelys Nina – 3B

#26 Chris Rearick – LHP

UPDATE (1:29): END 1: Matt Larkins strikes out the side in the first inning! He gets Hernandez swinging & both Myers & Cuevas looking! No score after one.

UPDATE (1:44): TOP 2: Long Island opens the scoring on an RBI single through the drawn-in infield by Giovanny Alfonzo! 1-0 Ducks!

UPDATE (2:13): END 3: The Ducks flash the leather to strand the tying run at third base! Nice plays by Dan Lyons, Jordan Pacheco and Delta Cleary Jr.!

UPDATE (2:33): BOT 4: Three consecutive two-out hits for the Bluefish give them a 2-1 lead. RBIs for Jonathan Galvez and Tony Abreu.

UPDATE (3:02): BOT 6: An RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Abreu increases Bridgeport’s lead to 3-1.

UPDATE (3:24): BOT 7: A two-out, three-run home run to left field by Jose Cuevas increases the Bluefish advantage to 6-1.

UPDATE (3:51): FINAL: Bluefish take the series finale 6-1 to salvage a split of the four-game set. Road trip continues Tuesday in New Britain.

Game 38: Ducks vs. Skeeters

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Dan Lyons and the Ducks look to exact revenge on the Sugar Land Skeeters tonight at Bethpage Ballpark

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (18-19) welcome the Sugar Land Skeeters (19-19) to Bethpage Ballpark for the first time this season. The last time these two clubs squared off was in the 2016 Atlantic League Championship Series, won by the Skeeters. With the first matchup of the year against the Skeeters, the Ducks will have played each Atlantic League foe at least one time in 2017.

SUNDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks scored their third waddle-off win of the season Sunday afternoon, defeating the Lancaster Barnstormers 5-4 in 10 innings at Bethpage Ballpark.

With two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Dan Lyons ripped a double to left-center off Barnstormers reliever Cody Hall to plate Jordan Pacheco with the game-winning run.

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth, when Elmer Reyes stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and delivered a two-run single off Nate Reed to hand Long Island a 2-0 lead.

Lancaster answered back int he top of the sixth against John Brownell, cutting the deficit to 2-1 courtesy of a Sean Halton sacrifice fly.

Ducks catcher Alex Burg led off the bottom of the sixth with his first triple of the season, and scored two batters later on an RBI single from Cody Puckett, extending the lead to 3-1.

However, in the top of the seventh, Brownell allowed a two-run home run to Anderson De La Rosa to tie the game at three.

The Ducks starter got no decision while completing seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out three. Brownell registered his fifth quality start in seven outings to begin the year.

Long Island regained the lead with small ball tactics in the bottom of the eighth, when Lyons connected for a sacrifice fly to score Marc Krauss, who had walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Puckett. Puckett hurt his knee on the play and had to be removed from the game in favor of Pacheco.

The Barnstormers tied the game in the top of the ninth, when David Aardsma allowed a single to Trayvon Robinson, scoring Rico Noel to tie the game at four. Jim Fuller worked around an error by Pacheco in the top of the 10th, setting the stage for Lyons’ heroics.

After Pacheco singled with one out, Giovanny Alfonzo struck out for the second out in the frame. Lyons battled Hall and worked a 3-2 count before delivering the waddle-off hit. The hit capped one of the finest offensive games of the season for the Ducks shortstop, who went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks hand the ball to Matt Larkins in the opener of the series with Sugar Land. Larkins is looking for a reversal of fortunes, and has pitched far better than his 0-4 record with a 7.26 ERA would indicate. The right-hander has been plagued by poor luck and poor run support this season. In his last start on May 24, Larkins allowed two runs on five hits in five innings at Bridgeport, and was tagged with the loss. Against Sugar Land in the playoffs last year, Larkins allowed a run on two hits in 5.2 innings, and got the loss.

The Skeeters turn to Jake Hale to set the tone for the series. The 6-7 right-hander is 3-1 on the season with a 3.04 ERA and is in his second season with Sugar Land. He anchored the rotation for the club after joining the team midway through the 2016 season and has gotten off to an equally handsome start in 2017. In his last outing on May 21 against the York Revolution, Hale was touched up for five runs on nine hits in 6.1 innings, getting no decision in an eventual 6-5 win for the Skeeters. Hale has recorded five quality starts in his first seven starts of the season.

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
#26 Angelo Songco – LF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Skeeters
#6 Derek Miller – CF
#4 Kevin Ahrens – 2B
#35 Andy Wilkins – 1B
#36 Hector Olivera – LF
#16 Travis Scott – DH
#14 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#3 Albert Cordero – C
#11 Ryan Jackson – SS
#5 Joe Benson – RF

#28 Jake Hale – RHP

UPDATE (6:49) – TOP 1: The Skeeters get on the board first and take a 1-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:20) – TOP 3: We’re settling in nicely into a pitcher’s duel tonight. 1-0 Skeeters heading into the bottom of the third.

UPDATE (8:17) – END 6: Matt Larkins is done after six strong innings, and Zac Treece comes in to replace him for the seventh. Still 1-0 Sugar Land.

UPDATE (8:50) – TOP 8: Amalio Diaz comes in and strikes out two in the frame. Skeeters lead 2-0.

UPDATE (9:15) – BOT 8: The Ducks get on the board on an RBI single from Giovanny Alfonzo, but still trail 2-1 to the Skeeters.

UPDATE (9:34) – BOT 9: It’s time for #FREEBASEBALL! Marc Krauss smashes a solo homer to knot the game at two!

UPDATE (10:12) – FINAL/11, It’s ANOTHER waddle-off for Giovanny Alfonzo:

Ducks 3, Skeeters 2.

W: Levine (2-0)
L: Gleason (1-2)

Games 32 and 33: Ducks at Bluefish

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 10:35 a.m. at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport, Conn.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (16-15) face the Bridgeport Bluefish (18-14) in a single admission doubleheader, featuring two seven inning games. Long Island has closed to within a game and a half of the Bridgeport Bluefish in the Liberty Division standings. The Ducks remain three and a half games behind the Somerset Patriots for first place in the division, while Bridgeport is two games back.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: Behind another terrific start from John Brownell, who outdueled the defending ALPB Pitcher of the Year Jonathan Albaladejo, the Ducks struck first in the 2017 Ferry Cup Series with a 3-0 shutout win in Bridgeport.

Brownell (3-0) was in vintage form to earn the win, pitching seven scoreless innings and allowing just six hits and two walks while striking out three. He threw 104 pitches on the night, 68 for strikes, and ended his night with a punchout of Luis Hernandez in a 1-2-3 seventh inning.

The right-hander wiggled his way into and out of trouble during the game, stranding seven runners on base. He allowed three straight batters to reach with two outs in the first but retired Tony Abreu on a flyout. The Bluefish got runners and first and second with one out in the second thanks to a bad bounce off the infield on D’Arby Myers’ humpback liner, but Hernandez and Jose Cuevas both grounded out. Finally in the fifth, Hernandez and Cuevas each singled with one out, but Alberto Callaspo lined to short and Angelys Nina grounded into a force out at second base.

Long Island was held off the scoreboard by Albaladejo (3-2) until the fourth inning when Fehlandt Lentini reached on an error and Angelo Songco smoked a ground rule double down the right field line. That set the stage for Elmer Reyes, who grounded a two-run single through the left side to put the Ducks on top 2-0. Albaladejo pitched scoreless frames in the fifth and sixth, but in the seventh, Alex Burg doubled, Cody Puckett singled, and Delta Cleary Jr. lifted a sac fly to center to round out the scoring.

Amalio Diaz came in to pitch the eighth and allowed an infield single and a walk with two outs, but Abreu popped out to center field. Chin-Hui Tsao closed out the game with a scoreless ninth to earn his second save of the year despite surrendering a single and a two-out walk.

ON THE MOUND: Matt Larkins takes the mound for the Ducks in game one looking to break the recent skid he is on. The right-hander has lost three consecutive starts and has given up 16 runs over 11 innings during those outings. He most recently lasted three innings on May 18 against the York Revolution and allowed six runs on eight hits and a walk in the start with four strikeouts. Larkins’ first two starts meanwhile saw the 28-year-old give up just one unearned run in nine innings. Overall, he is 0-3 with an 8.14 ERA in six games (five starts) this season. Today will be his first-ever outing against the Bridgeport Bluefish.

Chris Rearick will oppose Larkins in the opener of the twinbill. The southpaw enters with a 1-1 record and a 5.10 ERA in five starts thus far, striking out 30 batters while walking 10 in 24 and two-thirds innings. He earned the win during his most recent outing, pitching five innings of three-run ball and surrendering five hits and a walk while striking out five at New Britain on May 17. Prior to that, Rearick had tossed back-to-back starts where he allowed just one run in each on May 5 against Lancaster and May 12 at York. Last year, he made three relief appearances against Long Island while with Sugar Land and gave up five runs on three hits and four walks in three innings of relief.

Game two will see Jack Snodgrass made his 2017 debut after missing the first month of the season with arm soreness. The southpaw made 14 starts for Long Island a year ago and compiled a 6-6 record with a 3.79 ERA and 85 strikeouts over 78 and one-third innings. In addition, 10 of his 14 starts were quality starts. The Texas Rangers then purchased his contract in July, and he went on to make 10 appearances (eight starts) combined between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. During that time, the Bowling Green, Kentucky native went 3-2 with a 4.76 ERA. Snodgrass made one start against Bridgeport a year ago, pitching six innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out six and taking a no-decision in a 2-1 Ducks win.

Charles Brewer will get the ball opposite Snodgrass in game two of the doubleheader. The right-hander has made five starts this season and has compiled a 6.28 ERA despite posting a 3-0 record. He has struck out just 13 and walked eight in 24 and one-third innings of work. Brewer has allowed six runs in each of his past two outings yet has won both thanks to the Bluefish scoring 21 runs combined in the two starts. He gave up six runs (five earned) on six hits and three walks in five and one-third innings most recently in New Britain on May 18. Prior to that, he allowed six runs on six hits and two walks in five innings on May 12 at York. This will be Brewer’s first start against the Ducks after he made four big league appearances with the Diamondbacks in 2013 and pitched in three games (two starts) with Mobile (AA, Diamondbacks) in 2016.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for both games, 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 both 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 (GAME ONE):

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#26 Angelo Songco – LF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#2   Cody Puckett – DH
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Bluefish
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#3   Angelys Nina – 3B
#7   Alberto Callaspo – DH
#15 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#20 Jonathan Galvez – LF
#6   Tony Abreu – 2B
#25 Santiago Nessy – C
#13 Ozney Guillen – RF
#10 D’Arby Myers – CF

#26 Chris Rearick – LHP

UPDATE (10:42): TOP 1: We are underway in Bridgeport as Angelo Songco collects the first hit of the ballgame!

UPDATE (11:00): BOT 2: Back-to-back 1-2-3 innings for Matt Larkins to begin his day! No score after two innings of play.

UPDATE (11:24): BOT 3: Bluefish take a 2-0 lead on an RBI single by D’Arby Myers and an RBI triple from Luis Hernandez.

UPDATE (12:01): BOT 5: Larkins with back-to-back scoreless innings after the two-run third. Bluefish remain in front by a pair.

UPDATE (12:21): BOT 6: Excellent work by Jim Fuller, who strands Angelys Nina at third after he got there with nobody out! Onto the seventh, down by two.

UPDATE (12:31): FINAL: Bluefish 2, Ducks 0 (G1)
W – Rearick (2-1)
L – Larkins (0-4)
S – Carpenter (12)

STARTING LINEUPS (GAME TWO):

Ducks
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#20 Nolan Reimold – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – RF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#15 Dominic Blanco – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#39 Jack Snodgrass – LHP

Bluefish
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#3   Angelys Nina – LF
#7   Alberto Callaspo – 2B
#15 Sean Burroughs – DH
#5   Jose Gil – C
#6   Tony Abreu – 3B
#20 Jonathan Galvez – RF
#11 Jose Cuevas – 1B
#10 D’Arby Myers – CF

#18 Charles Brewer – RHP

UPDATE (1:30): BOT 1: Bluefish strike for four first-inning runs to take an early lead in game two.

UPDATE (1:52): BOT 2: An RBI double to left by Alberto Callaspo increases the Bluefish lead to 5-0.

UPDATE (2:27): TOP 4: Eight men come to the plate, and four runs come across for the Flock! It’s now a one-run ballgame at 5-4 in favor of the Bluefish.

UPDATE (2:43): TOP 5: Elmer Reyes dunks an RBI single into center field, scoring Anthony Vega to tie the game at five!

UPDATE (2:50): TOP 5: Giovanny Alfonzo delivers a two-out RBI single the opposite way to put the Ducks in front 6-5!

UPDATE (3:13): BOT 6: Following two scoreless innings from Eury De La Rosa, Amalio Diaz tosses a 1-2-3 frame in the sixth! 6-5 Ducks as we go to the seventh.

UPDATE (3:25): TOP 7: Marc Krauss grounds an RBI single through the right side to give the Ducks a 7-5 advantage!

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