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LDCS Game 3: Ducks at Patriots

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Rob Rogers and the Ducks bullpen turned in another great performance on Thursday

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

With a brilliant 4-1 win last night, the Long Island Ducks enter the pivot game of the best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series even with the Somerset Patriots 1-1. The regular season series between Long Island and Somerset was remarkably competitive, with the Ducks claiming 11 victories and the Patriots nine. This marks the third straight year that the two rivals have met in the opening round of the playoffs, with each team having won one playoff series.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 4-1 on Thursday night in Game Two of the Liberty Division Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark. The best-of-five series is now tied at one game apiece.

Long Island took an early 1-0 lead on Lew Ford’s first-inning RBI single through the left side, which scored Giovanny Alfonzo when left fielder Aharon Eggleston’s throw to the plate sailed wild.

In the bottom of the fourth, a wild pitch scored Alex Burg and a two-out RBI single to left field by Elmer Reyes off Patriots starter Mike Antonini pushed the Ducks lead to 3-0.

Somerset closed to within two in the fifth on a two-out RBI single to center by Kyle Roller off Ducks starter Matt Larkins. David Vidal then hit a grounder up the middle with the tying runs on, but Dan Lyons made a diving stop and got the force out at second base to end the inning.

The Patriots threatened again in the sixth, collecting a single and two walks with two outs to force Larkins from the game. However, Rob Rogers came in and got Alfredo Rodriguez to fly out to right, ending the threat. Burg followed with a leadoff solo homer to right field in the bottom of the sixth off Patriots reliever Lucas Irvine to put the game out of reach.

Though Larkins (1-0) didn’t have his best “stuff” on Thursday, he willed his way through a gutsy 5.2 innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and seven walks while striking out four. After struggling some in the playoffs with Long Island in 2016, the right-hander’s performance in Game Two was exactly what the team needed to gain momentum in the series as it heads to Somerset.

Antonini (0-1) took the loss, yielding three runs on seven hits and a walk in four innings with four strikeouts. Amalio Diaz earned his first save of the postseason with a scoreless ninth inning.

Burg finished 3-4 with a home run, RBI and two runs scored. Five Ducks relievers combined to give up just two hits in 3.1 scoreless innings while striking out three.

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Southpaw Jake Fisher takes the bump for the Ducks in the all-important third game of this best-of-five series. After being acquired in a September trade with the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League, Fisher made two starts with Long Island, collecting no record and a 2.26 ERA (4 ER/13.0 IP). In his last start on September 14 at Lancaster Fisher stymied the Barnstormers bats, allowing just one run on four hits in seven splendid innings of work. This will be first playoff appearance for the lefty and his first start against the Patriots.

Somerset responds with right-hander Will Oliver. Oliver has been a thorn in the Ducks playoff side before, as in 2015 he threw a compete-game, three-hit shutout in Game Four of the Liberty Division Championship Series with the Patriots facing elimination. However, this is 2017, where the righty was 8-6 with a 4.78 ERA in 23 games (17 starts) during the regular season. In his last start on September 13 against the New Britain Bees, Oliver allowed three runs on four hits in six innings, getting the win in a 7-5 Somerset triumph. The Ducks also beat Oliver in Game Five of last year’s Liberty Division Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark, tagging him for five runs (two earned) in seven innings.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks playoff 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.

For a complete history of the Ducks in the playoffs, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#25 Jake Fisher – LHP

Somerset Patriots
#15 Justin Trapp – RF
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#19 Olmo Rosario – LF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#14 David Vidal – 3B
#37 Joe Maloney – 1B
#5   D’Vontrey Richardson – CF
#9   Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#21 Adam Donachie – C

#26 Will Oliver – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (7:20): TOP 1: What a start! Ducks plate three runs in the first to go in front 3-0! RBIs from Lew Ford, Marc Krauss & Angelo Songco.

UPDATE (7:38): BOT 2: Jake Fisher works around a one-out double to keep Somerset off the scoreboard, striking out a pair in the inning!

UPDATE (8:09): BOT 4: Krauss ➡️ Dan Lyons ➡️ Krauss. 3-6-3 double play ends another scoreless inning for Fisher!

UPDATE (8:41): TOP 6: A two-out RBI single by Lyons, followed by an RBI double from Giovanny Alfonzo, has extended the lead to 5-0!

UPDATE (9:11): TOP 8: Anthony Vega launches a towering solo homer to right field! His first longball of the postseason puts Long Island in front 6-0!

UPDATE (9:22): END 8: Eight scoreless innings for Ducks starter Jake Fisher, who has struck out eight and has allowed just four hits and two walks!

UPDATE (9:48): FINAL: Jake Fisher with the complete game effort & nine strikeouts! Ducks win Game Three 6-1 & take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series!

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Game 137: Ducks at Barnstormers

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Southpaws Fisher and Lewis do battle in the rubber game of a three-game series

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:30 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (36-30; 72-64) play the rubber game of their three-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers (35-31; 73-63). Long Island is now three games ahead of the Bridgeport Bluefish for first place in the second half Liberty Division standings with four games remaining this season. Lancaster now sits three games behind the York Revolution for first in the Freedom Division. Tonight is the 20th and final meeting of the year between the Ducks and Barnstormers, with Lancaster holding an 11-8 advantage.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

After the Barnstormers rallied from behind twice to tie the game, the Ducks exploded for five runs in the 10th inning to come away with a 9-4 victory on Wednesday night.

Long Island built a 3-1 lead over the first five and a half innings of the game against Barnstormers starter Scott Sebald. Lew Ford launched a two-out solo homer down the left field line in the first to open the scoring. Elmer Reyes added an RBI infield single in the third to double the lead to two. After Sean Halton’s two-out RBI double in the third made it a one-run game, Ruben Gotay stretched the lead back to two at 3-1 with a two-out solo homer of his own in the sixth.

Lancaster would then inflict some two-out damage of its own to overcome a pair of deficits. After Ducks starter Matt Larkins allowed a one-out single in the sixth, Caleb Gindl came to the plate with two outs in the frame and lined a two-run homer to right that evened the score at three. The Ducks went back in front 4-3 in the eighth. Giovanny Alfonzo doubled and then scored when Reyes’ ground ball to the mound was bobbled by Scott Shuman and then the throw to first missed by Steve Clevenger. However, with two outs in the bottom of the inning, Dustin Richardson allowed a double, an intentional walk and an RBI single by Gindl that tied the game.

It stayed even until the 10th when Kaohi Downing (2-1) went back to the mound for a second inning of work. With one out, Alfonzo doubled for his fourth hit of the night. Reyes followed with a ground ball to third that Halton threw away, allowing Alfonzo to score the go-ahead run. Following a pair of walks, Gotay then hit a grounder to short that Nate Coronado bobbled for an error, scoring Reyes. Angelo Songco then put the capper on a five-run inning with a three-run double to left-center off John Anderson.

Amalio Diaz closed out the game with a scoreless 10th, striking out the side after giving up a leadoff single. Rob Rogers (6-1) got the win after pitching a scoreless ninth inning, working around a one-out single by Anderson De La Rosa. Larkins took a no-decision but struck out eight over seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk. Sebald yielded three runs on six hits over six innings while striking out five.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Jake Fisher will make his first road start for the Flock in Thursday’s series finale. The left-hander pitched well in his Ducks debut last Friday against Bridgeport, taking a no-decision in Long Island’s 6-5 loss. He allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings, walking two and striking out three. The 26-year-old left the game leading 4-3, but the bullpen allowed three runs in the eighth inning. Fisher spent most of the year with the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League where he compiled a 10-7 record with a 2.80 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 20 starts. This will be his first-ever start against the Barnstormers.

Atlantic League veteran Rommie Lewis will take the mound for the Barnstormers. In 26 games (25 starts) this year, he is 9-11 with a 5.09 ERA and 112 strikeouts to 57 walks. He earned the win in his most recent outing, giving up two runs on nine hits and a walk over seven innings in a 7-2 victory over Southern Maryland last Friday. Prior to that, he threw six scoreless innings and took a no-decision in a 2-1 win over Somerset on September 1. Lewis has faced Long Island three times this year and is 2-1 with a 1.90 ERA, allowing four runs over 19 innings of work. The Ducks defeated Lewis the last time they faced him on July 22 at Clipper Magazine Stadium, collecting 11 hits in six innings.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#25 Jake Fisher – LHP

Lancaster Barnstormers
#4   Darian Sandford – CF
#21 Trayvon Robinson – DH
#8   Cole Garner – RF
#19 Sean Halton – 3B
#15 Caleb Gindl – LF
#12 Nate Coronado – SS
#24 Steve Clevenger – C
#28 Josh Bell – 1B
#2   Lance Zawadzki – 2B

#54 Rommie Lewis – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (6:54): TOP 1: Great start for the Flock! Ruben Gotay’s RBI single and Angelo Songco’s two-run single, both with two outs, give the Ducks a 3-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:22): BOT 2: Lancaster gets on the scoreboard courtesy of Steve Clevenger’s two-out RBI single. 3-1 Flock.

UPDATE (8:08): END 5: Jake Fisher with back-to-back 1-2-3 innings in the fourth and fifth! Score remains 3-1 Long Island after five.

UPDATE (8:42): BOT 7: Fisher works around a two-out single and tosses another scoreless inning in the seventh! Ducks maintain a 3-1 advantage.

UPDATE (9:21): BOT 8: Lancaster plates a pair, including one on a two-out RBI infield single by Cole Garner, tying the game at three.

UPDATE (9:44): FINAL: Four straight Barnstormers reach with two outs in the ninth, as Darian Sandford wins the game with a single to center.

Game 134: Ducks at Revolution

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RHP Zac Treece takes the mound for his first start of the season (Photo courtesy Joe Doll)

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park (York, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

Necessitated by back-to-back rainouts last week, the Long Island Ducks (71-62, 35-28) hit the road to take on the York Revolution (63-70, 35-28) in a single contest tonight, the only game on the Atlantic League schedule. The Ducks have lost four in a row and have dropped seven of their last 10 games, but still hold a 2.5-game lead over the Bridgeport Bluefish in the Liberty Division Second Half Standings. Entering the final seven games of the 2017 regular season, the Ducks magic number to clinch a playoff spot still stands at five, meaning the Ducks are in control of their own fate.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks got a strong start from right-hander Jake Dunning, but were defeated by the Bridgeport Bluefish 4-1 on Sunday afternoon in the finale of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Both sides traded zeroes until the bottom of the fifth. Alex Burg doubled with one out against Bluefish starter Charles Brewer, and Jordan Hinshaw followed with an RBI single to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.

Bridgeport rallied to tie the game with two outs in the seventh inning. Following a single and two walks, Welington Dotel was hit by a pitch to force in the tying run.

The Bluefish took the lead in the ninth inning. Following two errors to begin the inning, an RBI infield single by Gustavo Molina and a two-run single to center by Angelys Nina did the damage.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Dunning tossed six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out five. Brewer lasted six innings, yielding a run on five hits with four strikeouts. Elvin Ramirez (5-2) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit. Amalio Diaz (5-5) suffered the loss, surrendering three unearned runs on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in one inning. Manny Delcarmen collected his eighth save with a perfect ninth.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Right-hander Zac Treece makes his first start of the season for the Long Island Ducks tonight. In 51 relief appearances this season, Treece is 6-1 with a 3.98 ERA and has struck out 65 and walked 28 in 54.1 innings this season. In his last six appearances dating back to August 23, the righty has a 0.87 ERA (1 ER/10.1 IP), and has struck out 16 and walked only one batter. Tonight marks the first start for Treece in the United States since 2015, when the Arkansas native made one start for the Gary Southshore Rail Cats of the American Association. The side-winder also made one start for the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League during the 2016 campaign.

Meanwhile Victor Mateo strides to the bump for the Revolution tonight. In 24 starts with York this season, the right-hander is a nice 6-9 with a 4.36 ERA and has struck out 56 and walked 39 in 132 innings pitched. Mateo’s last two starts have both come against the Ducks, and he has yielded eight runs on 17 hits in a combined 9.2 innings. He has an 0-1 record in those outings, but the Revs are 1-1 overall in the games. The righty has allowed at least two earned runs in nine consecutive starts, and has allowed three or more in eight of those. He hasn’t completed six innings in a start since August 16.

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

#9   Zac Treece – RHP

York Revolution
#2   Alonzo Harris – 2B
#10 Jared Mitchell – RF
#16 Isaias Tejeda – DH
#23 Telvin Nash – 1B
#13 Dayron Varona – LF
#20 Luis Cruz – C
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#27 Chase Simpson – 3B

#9   Victor Mateo – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (6:51): BOT 1: Zac Treece tosses a scoreless 1st inning in his 1st start as a Duck, thanks in part to a double play nicely begun by Giovanny Alfonzo!

UPDATE (7:11): BOT 2: Alex Burg throws out Dayron Varona trying to steal second, and Treece strikes out a pair! No score after two.

UPDATE (7:24): BOT 3: Third inning, third time Treece faces the minimum three batters! Ducks also turn another double play, their second of the night.

UPDATE (7:41): BOT 4: A 1-2-3 inning for Treece in the fourth, as he strikes out Jared Mitchell and Isaias Tejeda swinging!

UPDATE (7:56): TOP 5: The Ducks take a 1-0 lead when Alfonzo singles, moves to third on a fielder’s choice and scores on a throwing error!

UPDATE (8:06): BOT 5: Rubi Silva hits a first pitch solo homer to left-center field, tying the ballgame at one apiece.

UPDATE (8:39): BOT 6: Revs plate a run on Alonzo Harris’ RBI single, but Tyler Wilson comes on to strike out Tejeda and Nash to the end inning.

UPDATE (9:06): BOT 7: Dennis O’Grady enters and pitches out of a first-and-second, one-out jam to keep it a one-run ballgame!

UPDATE (9:24): BOT 8: Dustin Richardson pitches a scoreless inning, striking out two! 11 strikeouts for Long Island’s pitching staff tonight.

UPDATE (9:33): FINAL: York hangs on with some fine defensive plays to get the 2-1 win. Road trip continues tomorrow night in Lancaster.

Game 128: Ducks vs. Bees

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RHP Jake Dunning looks to lead Long Island to a Labor Day victory against the New Britain Bees this afternoon.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

1:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (34-23; 70-57) finish their eight-game home stand Monday afternoon against the New Britain Bees (23-32; 49-76). This will be the final game between the two teams this year, with the season series favoring the Ducks by a narrow 10-9 margin. Long Island begins play today with a magic number of seven to clinch the Liberty Division Second Half Championship and secure a playoff spot in the 2017 Atlantic League Playoffs.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the New Britain Bees 8-7 on Sunday afternoon in the third game of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

New Britain took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Craig Maddox followed a fielding error with a two-out, two-run home run to left field off Ducks starter Matt Marsh. Long Island responded with three runs in the second off Bees starter Nate Roe to go in front. Angelo Songco’s leadoff solo homer to right and a two-out, two-run single by Jordan Hinshaw highlighted the inning.

The Bees took the lead back with a three-run fourth. Maddox and Jon Griffin scored on a pair of Ducks errors, and Conor Bierfeldt lifted a sacrifice fly to right. Griffin’s two-run homer to right-center in the sixth extended New Britain’s lead to 7-3.

The Ducks came back to tie the ballgame at seven with a four-run sixth inning. A sac fly to center by Elmer Reyes opened the scoring. Alex Burg then followed with a two-run double down the left field line and came around to score from second on a throwing error. Burg put the Flock on top for good in the eighth with a leadoff solo homer to right.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Marsh pitched three innings, allowing two unearned runs on just one hit while striking out six. Roe lasted four innings, surrendering three runs on six hits with four strikeouts. Rob Rogers (5-1) collected the win after pitching a scoreless eighth inning, working around a pair of hits to strand two runners on base. Brandon League (2-3) took the loss, yielding the game-winning run on two hits and a walk in one inning. Amalio Diaz earned his 15th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.

Burg led the offense with two hits, three RBI and two runs scored. Songco added two hits an RBI and two runs scored, while Lew Ford totaled three hits.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Right-hander Jake Dunning takes the hill for Long Island this afternoon. In 11 appearances (four starts) the former big leaguer is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA, allowing 32 hits, striking out 27 and walking 10 in 31.2 innings pitched. Dunning got no decision in his last start against the York Revolution on August 30, allowing four runs on six hits in five innings, striking out a season-high nine in a 5-4 Long Island win. The righty has made one appearance against New Britain this season, throwing a 1-2-3 inning of relief in his Ducks debut on July 18.

New Britain answers with lefty Greg Nappo, who is in his first season with the Bees. Nappo is 2-1 with a 4.03 ERA in 11 appearances (nine starts) after beginning the season in the Miami Marlins organization. In his last start on August 29 at Sugar Land (though the game was played in New Britain owing to Hurricane Harvey) the port paw threw six shutout innings but got no decision in a 1-0 Bees loss. In his lone start against the Ducks this season, Nappo got no decision on July 17, allowing two runs on six hit in five innings.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#28 Jordan Hinshaw – DH
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#23 Alex Burg – C
#19 Derrick Pyles – RF
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B

#45 Jake Dunning – RHP

New Britain Bees
#8   Yusuke Kajimoto – 2B
#10 Michael Crouse – CF
#35 Jovan Rosa – 3B
#24 Craig Maddox – DH
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#6   Jamar Walton – RF
#28 Conor Bierfeldt – LF
#2   Jake McGuiggan – SS
#19 Nick Murphy – C

#12 Greg Nappo – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Jon Griffin’s RBI Double gives the Bees an early 1-0 lead.

TOP 2: The Bees plate three runs on two homers, and take a 4-0 lead.

BOT 2: Ruben Gotay smacks a solo home run to get the Ducks on the board. The Bees lead 4-1.

TOP 5: Jamar Walton hits a three-run home run to give the Bees a 7-1 lead.

BOT 6: Angelo Songco crushes his 23rd home run of the season as the Ducks close the gap to 7-2.

TOP 9: The Bees add an insurance run and lead 8-2 heading to the bottom of the ninth inning.

FINAL: Bees 8, Ducks 2

W: Nappo (3-1)
L: Dunning (2-2)

Game 124: Ducks vs. Revolution

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The Long Island Ducks look to clinch a series win against the York Revolution tonight in the finale of a four-game series.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (32-21; 68-55) continue their penultimate homestand of the 2017 regular season against the York Revolution (30-23; 58-65) with the finale of their four-game series. Long Island has won two of the first three games of the set and looks for the series victory tonight. The Ducks hold an 10-6 advantage in the first 16 games of the season series. The Ducks are currently on an eight-game homestand which continues with four games against the New Britain Bees this weekend.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks split a single admission doubleheader with the York Revolution on Wednesday night at Bethpage Ballpark, taking game one 5-4 in waddle-off fashion before dropping game two 8-2.

Long Island jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the first two innings of game one against Revolution starter Logan Williamson. RBI doubles by Lew Ford and Marc Krauss in the first and an error that plated Dan Lyons in the second highlighted the scoring.

York closed to within 3-2 in the third on back-to-back two-out solo home runs by Alonzo Harris and Alexi Casilla off Ducks starter Jake Dunning. However, the Ducks got one of the runs back in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single to left by Jordan Hinshaw.

The Revolution pulled even at four with single runs in the fifth and sixth on a wild pitch that scored Chase Simpson and a solo homer to left by Telvin Nash. York put then put the go-ahead runs at first and second with no outs in the sixth, but Rob Rogers escaped the jam. Elmer Reyes followed in the bottom of the seventh with a one-out solo blast over the left field wall to give the Ducks the waddle-off victory.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Dunning pitched five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out nine. Williamson lasted two and two-thirds innings, yielding four runs (three earned) on eight hits and three walks with one strikeout. Amalio Diaz (5-4) collected the win after pitching a scoreless seventh inning, striking out two. Ricardo Gomez (3-4) took the loss after surrendering the game-winning homer.

Hinshaw led the Flock with three hits, while Ford and Reyes each added two.

A four-run second inning put the Revolution on top early in game two. Two-out, two-run home runs by Travis Witherspoon and Casilla off Ducks starter Dennis O’Grady did the damage. The Ducks closed to within 4-2 in the third on an RBI single to left by Delta Cleary Jr. and an RBI double to right-center by Ford off Revolution starter Jay Gause.

York would put the game out of reach with a run in the fourth, two in the sixth and another in the seventh. An RBI double by Witherspoon, a two-run homer to center by Casilla and a solo homer to right by Nash accounted for the scoring.

Gause (9-2) earned the win, tossing six innings of two-run ball, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out five. O’Grady (5-7) took the loss, giving up four runs on five two walks with one strikeout in two innings.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

John Brownell takes the mound for the Ducks in the series finale with the Revolution. The righty ace is 9-3 with a 3.34 ERA this season in 21 starts, and has 82 strikeouts and 42 walks allowed in 126.2 innings. Last time out against the New Britain Bees on August 26, Brownell threw seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits as the Ducks won 3-0 in shutout fashion. In two starts against the Revolution this season, Brownell has struggled, going 1-0, but getting tagged for a 5.19 ERA, walking six and striking out only three in 8.2 innings.

RHP Victor Mateo heads to the hill for the Revs in the series finale. In 22 starts this season, the Dominican righty is 6-8 with a 4.12 ERA, striking out 54 and walking 36 while allowing 141 hits in 122.1 innings pitched. In his last outing on August 26, Mateo allowed five runs on nine hits in four innings against Lancaster, getting the loss. Against the Ducks this season, Mateo has been dreadful, going 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in two starts. In 9.0 innings, the righty has allowed 15 hits, nine runs (all earned) and walked six while striking out just two.

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 – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

York Revolution
#2   Alonzo Harris – LF
#4   Alexi Casilla – 2B
#16 Isaias Tejeda – C
#23 Telvin Nash – 1B
#21 Michael Burgess – DH
#10 Jared Mitchell – RF
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF
#34 Carlos Triunfel – 3B

#9   Victor Mateo – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: @MarcKrauss25 hits his 20th home run of the season as the Ducks take a 2-0 lead!

TOP 3: The Revolution take a 7-2 lead.

BOT 4: The Ducks scratch a run back on an Elmer Reyes infield single. Revs lead 7-3.

BOT 5: LEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWW Ford collects an RBI to get the Ducks to within 7-4.

TOP 8: The Revolution add on a run to take an 8-4 lead.

FINAL: Revolution 8, Ducks 5.

W: Click (3-1)
L: Brownell (9-4)

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