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Ducks, ALPB Alumni Return to Diamond Abroad

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You won’t find too many ballplayers stepping on a baseball diamond this time of year in the northeast. Even with temperatures still reaching into the 50’s as we reach late-November, the weather is simply not favorable for those looking to stay in shape during baseball’s offseason. With that in mind, several Long Island Ducks and Atlantic League alumni have received opportunities to make the trek south and play ball outside of the United States this winter.

The Caribbean Winter Leagues have begun in three of the four countries thus far: Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Due to the impact of Hurricane Maria earlier this year, Puerto Rico has yet to see the start of winter baseball. The league, which was slated to begin on November 15, has elected to delay the start of its campaign until January 6 and will hold an abbreviated schedule for this year. In addition, this past week marked the beginning of play “down under” in the Australian Baseball League, where several 2017 Atlantic Leaguers are participating.

Let’s go country by country to highlight those who are taking part in this year’s winter baseball leagues:

VENEZUELA
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Venezuela features eight teams spread out across the country. Since the league opened play back on October 10, each team has played between 30 and 35 games thus far. Leones del Caracas currently maintains a three-and-a-half game lead for first place at 23-12, which can be partially attributed to a terrific pitching staff. 2008 Long Island Duck Jason Simontacchi is the team’s pitching coach, and among those he is watching over are three members of the 2017 Somerset Patriots. They are right-handed pitchers Lucas Irvine and David Kubiak, along with left-hander Efrain Nieves. In addition, outfielder Trayvon Robinson is also on the squad after having spent this past year with the Lancaster Barnstormers. Robinson previously was with the Ducks in spring training prior to the 2015 season before being signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He would go on to play with Somerset and Lancaster in 2016.

Two other former Ducks are also coaching in Venezuela. Tiburones de La Guaira features Luis Rodriguez as its bench coach under manager Ozzie Guillen.  Rodriguez was part of Long Island’s 2004 championship team and most recently served as manager of the Bridgeport Bluefish. York Revolution alumnus Liu Rodriguez is also on the staff as the third base coach. The roster includes eight players who were in the Atlantic League during the 2017 season. Henderson Alvarez, a starting pitcher for the Ducks before making his way back to the Major Leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies, is one of them. The others include Atlantic League Player of the Year Alonzo Harris and Post-Season All-Star Isaias Tejeda (York), 2016 ALPB Pitcher of the Year Jonathan Albaladejo and Ozney Guillen (Bridgeport), 2017 All-Defensive Team selection Jake Hale (Sugar Land), Dustin Antolin (Somerset) and Brad Bergesen (Lancaster). The other squad is Navegantes del Magallanes, which currently has 2008 Duck Richard Hidalgo on staff as an assistant hitting coach. Their roster includes Hassan Pena (Somerset), who leads the league right now with 11 saves, and Jerome Williams (Somerset), who previously went from Lancaster to the big leagues.

Only one other 2017 Duck is playing in the league currently. Right-handed pitcher Wanel Mesa, who made a brief appearance with Long Island in August, is on the roster for Tigres de Aragua. He is teammates with infielder Alberto Callaspo, who began 2017 with Bridgeport and whose rights are now owned by Somerset.

The Venezuelan Winter League’s other four teams combine to include 18 players who spent time in the Atlantic League during the 2017 campaign. Here is a list of those players:

Aguilas de Zulia Bravos de Margarita
Julio DePaula (York, Sugar Land) Manny Corpas (York, Sugar Land)
Cody Hall (Lancaster) Logan Darnell (Somerset)
Reinier Roibal (Bridgeport) Jay Gause (York)
David Vidal (Somerset) Scott Maine (Sugar Land)
Dayron Varona (York) Anthony Marzi (New Britain)
  Felipe Paulino (Sugar Land)
Cardenales de Lara  
Ricardo Gomez (York) Caribes de Anzoategui
Chase Huchingson (York) Daryl Thompson (Southern Maryland)
Ryan Kelly (Somerset) Edwin Garcia (Southern Maryland)
Gustavo Molina (Bridgeport) Michael Crouse (New Britain)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Perez-Cibao

The Dominican Republic has a league that is a bit smaller than Venezuela, hosting just six teams in total. However, the decrease in teams does not represent a major off in terms of Atlantic League talent. A total of 17 Atlantic League alumni from the 2017 season are now playing baseball this winter in the Dominican. The league began play back on October 13, and with approximately 25 games played thus far, the race is tight at the top of the league. Estrellas de Oriente sits in first at 16-9, but they are only ahead by a half-game.

Right behind Estrellas is Gigantes del Cibao at 16-10 thus far. Much of their success thus far has been due to a sparkling team ERA of 2.76 and a league-high 189 strikeouts. Sure enough, their roster includes two members of the 2017 Long Island Ducks. Former Major League pitchers Rafael Perez and Alfredo Simon, who were both in Long Island’s starting rotation, are off to strong starts with the team. Perez has been pitching out of the bullpen and has made nine scoreless appearances, spanning six and one-third innings of work. Simon has pitched in three games (two starts) and has a 1-0 record with a 3.00 ERA over nine innings of action. Also on the club is pitcher Patrick Johnson (Somerset).

Leones del Escogido currently has a member of the 2017 Ducks on its roster along with another pitcher that could potentially be on next year’s roster. Lefty pitcher Dustin Richardson, who began the year with Sugar Land before eventually signing with the Flock, is included on the roster but has yet to appear in a game. Another southpaw, Wander Perez, spent time last year with the Bluefish but now has his rights owned by the Ducks following the Bluefish Player Dispersal Draft. He has walked the only batter than he has faced thus far. Among their teammates are former York Revolution pitcher Edward Paredes, who reached the big leagues with the Dodgers this past year, Yankees outfielder Tyler Austin and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

The following are the remaining 2017 Atlantic Leaguers who are playing in the Dominican Republic:

Aguilas Cibaenas Toros del Este
Angel Franco (York) Bryan Evans (Lancaster)
  Pat McCoy (Southern Maryland)
Estrellas de Oriente Elvin Ramirez (Bridgeport)
Dustin Molleken (Somerset) Cory Riordan (Bridgeport)
  Luis Cruz (York)
Tigres del Licey Jonathan Galvez (Bridgeport)
Keith Hessler (Somerset) Sean Halton (Lancaster)
Kevin Munson (Lancaster)  
Angelys Nina (Bridgeport)  

MEXICO
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Our last stop in the Caribbean takes us south of the border to Mexico. Just like Venezuela, the league features eight teams across the nation. Only nine members of the Atlantic League’s 2017 rosters are currently down in Mexico, but there are four Ducks alumni from previous years playing and two others that are coaching. A three-way tie exists for first place 35 games into the season, which began back on October 10.

Tomateros de Culiacan are one of the three squads sitting at 20-15 thus far. Among their coaching staff is Robinson Cancel, the former big league catcher who put together an excellent season offensively with the Flock in 2010. The roster also includes two players who were in the Atlantic League this past season. Outfielder D’Arby Myers, who ended the year with the league’s highest batting average at .337, is  joined in the outfield by Andy Wilkins. Wilkins began the year with Sugar Land before having his contract purchased by the Minnesota Twins in June.

The other two teams tied with Tomateros are Venados de Mazatlan and Naranjeros de Hermosillo. The roster for Venados currently includes former Ducks pitcher Nick Struck. After spending two seasons with Long Island, the righty pitched in Mexico during the 2017 campaign for Sultanes de Monterrey and went 3-0 with a 2.09 ERA in 41 relief appearances. He has a 1.17 ERA and one save thus far in seven relief appearances with Venados. Naranjeros currently has former Bees pitcher Casey Coleman, who began the season with New Britain before having his contract purchased by the Houston Astros in May.

One game out of first place with a 19-16 record is Charros de Jalisco. Their staff includes 2010 and 2011 Duck Javier Colina as hitting coach. Their roster also includes three Atlantic League alumni from this past season. Joining 2017 ALPB Pitcher of the Year Gaby Hernandez (Southern Maryland) are pitcher Will Oliver (Somerset) and infielder Rico Noel (Lancaster).

Aguilas de Mexicali does not have any players from this past ALPB season but does have two former Ducks on the roster. Right-handed pitcher Ryan Kussmaul, a 2015 Duck who nearly won a championship with the Wichita Wingnuts this past year, has a 1.72 ERA and 10 saves in 16 games thus far. Infielder C.J. Retherford, a 2014 Duck that played in Mexico and for the Sussex County Miners in 2017, has five homers and 18 RBI in 35 games.

Mayos de Navojoa has a roster which includes outfielder Quincy Latimore, who joined the Ducks for spring training back in 2014 before his contract was purchased by the Washington Nationals. Also on the club are infielder Jovan Rosa (New Britain) and pitcher Daniel Moskos (Lancaster). Rounding out the Atlantic League alumni playing in Mexico is infielder Olmo Rosario. He is currently on Caneros de los Mochis, joined by former Patriot and Skeeter Roy Merritt, who pitched in Mexico this past regular season.

AUSTRALIA
Treece-Brisbane

We’ll close out our first look at this year’s winter baseball roster by heading around the world to Australia. The league has just begun for the six teams that make up the circuit, and two squads are out to perfect starts. The Sydney Blue Sox lead the way at 4-0, and although they do not feature any ALPB alumni, the defending champion Brisbane Bandits do. Among the squad, which has started out 3-0, is right-handed pitcher Zac Treece. He won a championship with the club last year and has gone to the Atlantic League Championship Series with the Ducks in each of the past two seasons as well. The side-armer has recorded a strikeout and a walk to this point with Brisbane.

Right behind Brisbane in the standings is the Perth Heat, who jumped out a 3-1 start this year. Their roster includes right-handed pitcher Kyle Simon, who led the Atlantic League with six complete games as a member of the New Britain Bees in 2017. He allowed four runs (two earned) in two and two-thirds innings of relief but struck out five during his only outing thus far.

The roster featuring the most ALPB alumni is that of the Canberra Cavalry. Three players on that squad were in the Atlantic League last year. They include pitchers Frank Gailey and Michael Click, who won a championship with York, and pitcher Brian Grening, who collected the win for the Freedom Division at the Atlantic League All-Star Game while representing Southern Maryland. Finally, pitcher Mark Hamburger is currently with the Melbourne Aces in Australia. The right-hander joined Somerset late in the year and earned the win in Game One of the Liberty Division Championship Series.

That will do it for this look around the winter baseball leagues currently taking place. If you know of any player currently playing abroad that we may have missed in this report, please let us know in the comments section or by filling out a contact form. As the seasons all progress, we will be sure to provide further updates here on the blog. Stay tuned!

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Game 118: Ducks at Bees

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INF Giovanny Alfonzo delivered a game-tying two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning last night, setting the stage for the Long Island Ducks’ eighth waddle-off win of the season.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:35 p.m. at New Britain Stadium (New Britain, Connecticut)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (29-18; 65-52) hit the road to visit the New Britain Bees (19-26, 45-70) for a three-game weekend series in central Connecticut. The Ducks have won 18 of their last 21 games, including three this week in waddle-off fashion. Long Island has also won six straight series, and will look to continue that streak this weekend. Overall tonight will be the 14th meeting of the season between the Bees and the Ducks, and the Ducks currently lead the competitive season series 7-6. Friday’s matchup is the first time the two squads have met since July 19 at Bethpage Ballpark.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters 4-3 in 10 innings on Thursday night in the finale of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

The Ducks struck for the game’s opening run in the second inning on a sacrifice fly to center field by Alex Burg off Skeeters starter Mitch Talbot. Sugar Land responded with a three-run third inning against Ducks starter Alfredo Simon to take a 3-1 lead. Following a triple by Joe Benson and a walk by Josh Prince, both with two outs, Caleb Ramsey hit a three-run home run to right field.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth. Angelo Songco walked and Elmer Reyes doubled with one out in the frame, and Giovanny Alfonzo delivered a two-out, two-run single up the middle to tie the game at three.

After Amalio Diaz escaped second-and-third, two-out jam in the top of the 10th, the Ducks won it in the bottom of the frame. Lew Ford and Marc Krauss each walked with one out against Trey Haley, and Songco followed with the game-winning single through the right side.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Simon tossed eight innings, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five. Talbot pitched six innings of one-run ball, giving up six hits while striking out six. Diaz (4-4) got the win after pitched a scoreless 10th inning, yielding a hit and a walk with two strikeouts. Haley (2-2) took the loss, surrendering the winning run on a hit and two walks in one-third of an inning.

Krauss, Songco and Reyes each had two hits to pace the Ducks offensively, with Songco adding an RBI and two runs.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Tyler Levine answers the call for the Ducks in the series opener. In 20 appearances (five starts) this season, Levine is 3-0 with a 4.40 ERA. In those five previous starts, Levine has notched all three of his wins this season, and sports a 4.56 ERA (13 ER/25.2 IP). However, if you remove one bad start that he had at Bridgeport on July 28, he sports a 2.95 ERA as a starting pitcher this season. Last time out on August 13 at Southern Maryland, Levine got the win after allowing one run on eight hits in five innings of work in a spot start.

Lefty Nick Greenwood gets the start for New Britain. In 10 starts this season, Greenwood is 2-4 with a 4.81 ERA. The second-year Bee hurler allowed two runs on 11 hits in eight innings at Bridgeport in his last start on August 19, getting the win. Like Levine, the southpaw pitches to extreme contact, recording just 24 strikeouts and 16 walks  in 52.1 innings this season, and has allowed a staggering 77 hits, with opposing batters garnering an eye-popping .347 batting average. Greenwood 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:

Long Island Ducks
#28 Jordan Hinshaw – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#23 Alex Burg – C
#19 Derrick Pyles – DH
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#18 Tyler Levine – RHP

New Britain Bees
#3   James Skelton – C
#10 Michael Crouse – CF
#35 Jovan Rosa – 3B
#24 Craig Maddox – DH
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#28 Conor Bierfeldt – LF
#8   Yusuke Kajimoto – RF
#9   Tsuyoshi Fujiwara – 2B
#5   Michael Baca – ss

#23 Nick Greenwood – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: The Bees take 1-0 lead on an RBI groundout from Craig Maddox.

BOT 5: New Britain plates another two on a Michael Crouse single to take a 3-0 lead.

BOT 6: The Bees strike again for a run on a Conor Bierfeldt double and extend their lead to 4-0.

TOP 7: RBI singles by Derrick Pyles and Giovanny Alfonzo cut the Bees lead to 4-2 over the Ducks.

TOP 8: Doubles by Audie Afenir and Ruben Gotay plate a run and slice the Bees lead to 4-3.

FINAL: Bees 5, Ducks 3

W: Greenwood (3-4)
L: Levine (3-1)
SV: Gilbair (15)

Game 117: Ducks vs. Skeeters

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INF Dan Lyons has three straight two-hit games for the Long Island Ducks, who look to wrap up a series win against the Sugar Land Skeeters tonight.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (28-18; 64-52) wrap up their four-game series with the Sugar Land Skeeters (21-23; 51-63) on Thursday night. The Ducks look for the series victory over the Skeeters and have won 17 of their last 20 games, and have a six-game lead in the Liberty Division Second Half Standings over the Bridgeport Bluefish. The Skeeters enter tonight’s contest in third place in the Freedom Division, five games behind the first place York Revolution. Tonight marks the 17th matchup of the season between the two clubs, with the series even at 8-8. This series marks the final trip of the  2017 regular season for the Skeeters.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Sugar Land Skeeters 6-3 on Wednesday night in the third game of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Long Island took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jordan Hinshaw singled off Skeeters starter Sean Gleason and scored on a double play ball following a walk and a single. The Ducks doubled the lead in the third when Hinshaw singled and scored from first on Delta Cleary Jr.’s single along with a fielding error.

Sugar Land tied the game at two in the fifth on a two-run home run to center field by Bryan Pounds off Ducks starter Jake Dunning. A four-run seventh then gave the Skeeters a 6-2 advantage. RBI singles by Joe Benson and Josh Prince, along with a sacrifice fly by Caleb Ramsey and a run-scoring wild pitch, did the damage.

The Ducks attempted a comeback in the ninth, as Dan Lyons’ RBI single closed the gap to 6-3. However, Long Island was unable to pull even.

Gleason (4-7) picked up the win, tossing six innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out five. Dunning (2-1) suffered the loss, yielding six runs (four earned) on nine hits and a walk over six innings with four strikeouts.

Hinshaw and Lyons led the Flock with two hits apiece. Zac Treece pitched two and two-thirds scoreless innings for the Ducks, striking out four.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Alfredo Simon takes the bump for the Ducks in the series finale, looking to wrap up another series win for Long Island. In 11 games (eight starts) this season, Simon is 2-3 with a 4.75 ERA, but has pitched better than those results indicate. In 47.1 innings, Simon has allowed only 48 hits while striking out 43 and walking only 12. In his last five appearances, Simon has combined to issue just two free passes in 23.1 innings, while striking out 25. The right-hander has faced the Skeeters twice this season, and is 1-1 with a 12.60 ERA (7 ER/5 IP), which represents one bad outing (7 ER on June 26) and one good outing (0 R in 3.0 IP on July 25).

Former Long Island Duck Mitch Talbot climbs the hill for the Skeeters, who seek a series split with the Ducks. The ex-big leaguer is 6-3  with a 3.81 ERA on the season in 16 games (14 starts). In his last start on August 19 against York, Talbot allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings, striking out nine and walking one. The right-hander has faced the Ducks once this season, allowing three runs on three hits in five innings, getting the win on June 26 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land.

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

#25 Alfredo Simon – RHP

Sugar Land Skeeters
#7   Josh Prince – 2B
#33 Caleb Ramsey – RF
#9   Wilfredo Rodriguez – DH
#4   Kevin Ahrens – SS
#16 Travis Scott – 1B
#15 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#3   Albert Cordero – C
#36 Hector Olivera – LF
#5   Joe Benson – RF

#24 Mitch Talbot – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 2: A sacrifice fly from Alex Burg scores Angelo Songco as the Ducks jump out to a 1-0 lead on the Skeeters!

TOP 3: A three-run home run for Caleb Ramsey gives the Skeeters a 3-1 lead.

BOT 7: The Ducks still trail the Skeeters 3-1 after seven innings. Alfredo Simon back out to the mound.

BOT 9: Giovanny Alfonzo comes through with a two-run single and the Ducks tie the game at three! We have #FREEBASEBALL at The Duck Pond!

FINAL/10: It’s ANOTHER Waddle-Off Win for the Ducks!

Ducks 4, Skeeters 3

W: Diaz (4-4)
L: Haley (2-2)

Game 113: Ducks vs. Barnstormers

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Five-year MLB veteran Henderson Alvarez takes the mound for Long Island in the rubber game of a three-game series with Lancaster.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

5:05 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (25-17; 61-51) play the rubber game of a their three-game series the Lancaster Barnstormers (24-18; 62-50) tonight at The Duck Pond. The Ducks have won 14 of their last 16 games and have catapulted themselves into first place in the Liberty Division Second Half Standings, enjoying a 4.5 game lead over the Somerset Patriots. Lancaster has dropped 10 of their last 14 games, and find themselves tied with the York Revolution for first place in the Freedom Division.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Lancaster Barnstormers 9-8 on Saturday night in the middle game of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Lancaster put together a three-run third inning against Ducks starter Alfredo Simon to take the first lead of the game. RBI singles by Beau Amaral and Trayvon Robinson along with a sacrifice fly from Sean Halton accounted for the scoring.

Long Island responded with an eight-run fourth inning against Barnstormers starter Luis Gonzalez and reliever John Kuchno to take an 8-3 lead. RBI singles by Delta Cleary Jr. and Elmer Reyes, a three-run double to left-center field by Marc Krauss and a three-run home run to center by Alex Burg, all with two outs, highlighted the frame.

The advantage remained five until the top of the eighth when Lancaster struck for three two-out runs of their own to close the gap to 8-6. Steve Clevenger’s two-run homer to right-center and Nate Coronado’s RBI single did the damage. Sean Halton then knocked a three-run home run off the foul pole in left during the top of the ninth to put the ‘Stormers in front.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Simon pitched five innings, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out four. Gonzalez lasted three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Anthony Carter (4-2) picked up the win with a scoreless eighth inning, and Amalio Diaz (3-4) suffered the loss, surrendering three runs on two hits in the ninth inning with two strikeouts. Scott Shuman earned his first save of the year with a scoreless ninth, striking out two.

Cleary Jr. led the Flock with three hits, while Giovanny Alfonzo added two. Matt Marsh made his debut on the mound for the Ducks and pitched two scoreless innings of relief, giving up two hits and striking out one.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

RHP Henderson Alvarez takes the slab for the Ducks in the Sunday rubber game. In six outings this year, Alvarez is 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA, and has allowed 26 hits, 12 strikeouts and 12 walks in 25.0 innings. The 2014 National League All-Star has been strong in his last two starts, combining for a 2-0 record with a 1.80 ERA, and has allowed seven hits and two runs while striking out five and walking five in 10 innings. Alvarez has not faced Lancaster this season.

Former major leaguer Brad Bergesen climbs the hill for the Barnstormers this evening. Bergesen is 9-7 with a 4.36 ERA in 19 starts this season, and has allowed 129 hits while striking out 69 and walking 20 in 109.1 innings. The right-hander has won five straight decisions, dating back to July 17, and has thrown three quality starts in that span. He sports a solid 12:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in that span, which encompasses 28.1 innings. Bergesen allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits in 5.1 innings at Bridgeport in his last start on August 9.

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
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#19 Derrick Pyles – RF
#24 Audie Afenir – C

#37 Henderson Alvarez – RHP

Lancaster Barnstormers
#3   Beau Amaral – CF
#21 Trayvon Robinson – LF
#4   Garrett Weber – DH
#19 Sean Halton – 3B
#24 Steve Clevenger – 1B
#28 Josh Bell – 2B
#5   Lastings Milledge – RF
#12 Nate Coronado – SS
#32 Anderson De La Rosa – C

#10 Brad Bergesen – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 2: Lancaster gets on the board first with a Nate Coronado RBI single. 1-0 Barnstormers as the Ducks come up to bat.

TOP 3: Josh Bell drives home two runs with an opposite-field double and Lancaster takes a 3-0 lead.

TOP 5: A passed ball allows Sean Halton to score after a triple to extend Lancaster’s lead to 4-0.

BOT 6: A Marc Krauss RBI double and a Ruben Gotay RBI single get the Ducks on the board, but the Barnstormers still lead 4-2.

TOP 8: Angelo Songco swats his 20th home run of the year, a two-run shot to tie the game at 4-4!

TOP 9: The Barnstormers strike back and take a 5-4 lead as Anderson De La Rosa picks up an RBI single.

FINAL: Dan Lyons delivers another waddle-off for the Ducks!

Ducks 6, Barnstormers 5

W: Crider (1-5)
L: Carter (4-3)

Game 112: Ducks vs. Barnstormers

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The Ducks are 14-1 in their last 15 games, and look to resume their winning ways against the Barnstormers tonight at The Duck Pond.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (25-16; 61-50) continue their homestand tonight by battling the Lancaster Barnstormers (23-18; 61-50) in the middle game of a three-game series. The Ducks have won 14 of their last 15 games and have catapulted themselves into first place in the Liberty Division Second Half Standings, enjoying a 4.5 game lead over the Bridgeport Bluefish. Lancaster has dropped 10 of their last 13 games, and find themselves tied with the York Revolution for first place in the Freedom Division.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers 10-1 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Long Island opened the scoring in the second on an RBI single to right field by Ruben Gotay. A five-spot in the fifth inning against Lancaster starter Joe Gardner extended the advantage to 6-0. A two-run home run to left-center by Anthony Vega, an RBI single by Marc Krauss and a two-run single by Elmer Reyes highlighted the inning.

The Ducks continued to pound away with a four-run seventh against reliever R.J. Hively. Gotay’s solo homer, and RBI single by Dan Lyons and RBI doubles from Vega and Delta Cleary Jr. did the damage.

Ducks starter Jake Dunning (2-0) earned the win, tossing five scoreless innings, allowing six hits and a walk while striking out six. Gardner (0-3) took the loss, giving up six runs on nine hits and three walks in four and one-third innings with four strikeouts. Zac Treece, Tyler Wilson and Dennis O’Grady each threw a scoreless inning of relief for Long Island.

Eight Ducks batters had at least one hit in the game, with seven of them registering multiple hits. Vega led the Flock with three hits, three RBI and two runs scored while also picking up a defensive assist in right field. Cleary Jr. added three hits, an RBI and a run, while Gotay and Reyes each had two hits and two RBI.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Long Island right-hander Alfredo Simon gets the start in tonight’s ballgame. In 10 appearances (seven starts) Simon is 2-3 with a 4.67 ERA, and ha struck out 39 and walked only 12 in 42.1 innings pitched. The former big leaguer nearly threw a no-hitter in his last start on August 8 in game one of a doubleheader against Southern Maryland. In a seven-inning complete game, Simon allowed only three hits and struck out seven after not allowing a hit through 6.1 innings. In two starts against Lancaster this year, the righty is 0-1 with a 7.27 ERA (7 ER/8.2 IP), but last faced the club on July 6, getting no decision.

Luis Gonzalez toes the rubber tonight for the Lancaster Barnstormers, marking his third appearance with the club and first start. In two previous relief outings, the left-hander has no record and a 1.80 ERA, striking out two and walking three in five innings of work. The 34-year-old is in his 16th professional season, and his fourth in the Atlantic League. Gonzalez pitched for the Bridgeport Bluefish in 2010 and 2011, and spent time with Lancaster in the 2016 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:

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

#25 Alfredo Simon – RHP

Lancaster Barnstormers
#3   Beau Amaral – CF
#21 Traybon Robinson – LF
#8   Cole Garner – DH
#19 Sean Halton – 3B
#4   Garrett Weber – 2B
#24 Steve Clevenger – 1B
#5   Lastings Milledge – RF
#12 Nate Coronado – SS
#7   Tyler Clark – C

#37 Luis Gonzalez – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 2: No score through two innings at The Duck Pond. Alfredo Simon back to the hill to keep it going!

TOP 3: Lancaster rallies for three runs to take a 3-0 lead. Top of the lineup coming up for the Ducks.

BOT 4: The Ducks erupt for eight runs, highlighted by a mammoth 3-run homer by Alex Burg and a 3-run double from Marc Krauss! 8-3 Ducks lead!

TOP 8: The Barnstormers plate three runs, but the Ducks hang on to their 8-6 lead.

TOP 9: The Barnstomers take a 9-8 lead on a three-run home run from Sean Halton.

FINAL: Barnstormers 9, Ducks 8.

W: Carter (4-2)
L: Diaz (3-4)
SV: Shuman (1)

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