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Game 114: Ducks vs. Skeeters

John Brownell (7)

All-time Long Island Ducks wins leader RHP John Brownell takes the mound to begin a four-game series with the Sugar Land Skeeters.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

Coming off of a waddle-off win last night, the Long Island Ducks (26-17; 62-51) welcome the Sugar Land Skeeters (20-21; 50-61) to Bethpage Ballpark to begin a four-game series. The Ducks have won 15 of their last 17 games, and have a 5.5 game lead in the Liberty Division Second Half Standings. The Skeeters enter tonight’s contest in third place in the Freedom Division, three games behind the Lancaster Barnstormers and York Revolution. Tonight marks the 14th matchup of the season between the two clubs, with Sugar Land owning a 7-6 advantage in the season series. This series marks the final trip of the  2017 regular season for the Skeeters.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers 6-5 in walk-off fashion on Sunday evening in the rubber game of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

The Barnstormers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI single by Nate Coronado off Ducks starter Henderson Alvarez. Josh Bell’s two-out, two-run double in the third stretched the lead to 3-0, and a passed ball that plated Sean Halton in the fourth extended the advantage to four.

Long Island closed to within 4-2 in the sixth on an RBI double by Marc Krauss and an RBI single by Ruben Gotay off Barnstormers starter Brad Bergesen. Angelo Songco tied the game at four in the eighth with a two-out, two-run homer to right on the first pitch he saw.

Lancaster took the lead back in the ninth on an RBI single up the middle by Anderson De La Rosa that scored Lastings Milledge. However, the Ducks answered back in the bottom of the frame to earn the win. Following back-to-back hits by Derrick Pyles and Audie Afenir, Delta Cleary Jr. laced an RBI single to right-center to tie the game at five. Dan Lyons followed with a sac fly to center that plated the winning run.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Alvarez pitched seven innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks with one strikeout. Bergesen lasted six and two-thirds innings, yielding two runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Patrick Crider (1-5) collected the win after striking out Beau Amaral for the final out of the ninth inning. Anthony Carter (4-3) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on three hits in one-third of an inning.

Five different Ducks collected two hits to lead the way. Songco finished with two hits, two RBI and a run, while Krauss totaled two hits, and RBI and two runs.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Staff ace John Brownell takes the mound for Long Island in the series opener. In 19 starts this season, Brownell is 8-3 with a 3.53 ERA, and has struck out 75 while walking 35 and allowing 120 hits in 114.2 innings. Last time out at Somerset in game two of a doubleheader on August 16, the right-hander allowed four runs on five hits and one walk in 5.2 innings, striking out a season-high seven. The sixth-year Duck has seen limited action in August, throwing a total of 10.2 innings across two starts. He is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA (8 ER/10.2 IP) and has allowed 15 hits, nine runs, and has a 9:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Against the Skeeters this year, Brownell is 1-0 with a 1.15 ERA (2 ER/15.2 IP) in two starts, striking out seven, walking three and yielding just nine hits.

Right-hander Brett Marshall answers the call for Sugar Land, making his 23rd start of the season and 24th overall appearance. On the year, Marshall is 7-7 with a 4.30 ERA, and has struck out 75 and walked an incredible 71 while allowing 124 hits in 129.1 innings. Last time out, Marshall allowed one run on five hits in five innings on August 16 against York, getting no decision in a 4-3 Revolution victory. The former New York Yankees prospect has vaced Long Island twice this season, posting a 0-1 record with a 3.00 ERA (4 ER/12 IP). True to form, he has struck out eight and walked six in those outings, while allowing seven hits.

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
#23 Alex Burg – C
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#19 Derrick Pyles – RF
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B

#7   John Brownell – RHP

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

#2   Brett Marshall – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 3: We’ve got a good pitcher’s duel brewing tonight. No score between the Ducks and Skeeters.

TOP 4: The Skeeters get on the board with a two-run homer from Travis Scott. 2-0 Sugar Land.

BOT 5: The Ducks string together four straight hits to plate three runs and take a 3-2 lead!

BOT 8: The birthday boy @TheDannyLyons smacks a solo home run and the Ducks take a 4-3 lead!

FINAL: Ducks 4, Skeeters 3.

W: Wilson (1-2)
L: Johnston (1-3)
SV: Diaz (13)

Game #107: Ducks at Patriots

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

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

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

SUNDAY’S RECAP: 

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

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

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

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

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

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

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

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

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#37 Henderson Alvarez – RHP

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

#5   David Kubiak – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Game 105: Ducks at Blue Crabs

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Anthony Vega and the Ducks are hoping to run their winning streak to nine games tonight.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:35 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium (Waldorf, Maryland)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (19-15; 55-49) continue their week-long matchup with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-21; 51-52) tonight in the third game of a four-game series. Long Island has won the first five games of the seven-game home-and-home mega-series. The Ducks have an 11-7 edge in the season series thus far, and have a 5-4 advantage in Waldorf. This series will wrap up the season series between the two teams, and the Blue Crabs are the first team that the Ducks will finish their slate of games with in the 2017 season.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks won their eighth straight game on Friday night at Regency Furniture Stadium, defeating the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 8-4 in a rain-shortened eight-inning affair.

The Ducks took an early lead, scoring twice in the top of the first inning against Blue Crabs starter Drew Hayes. Marc Krauss grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Quintin Berry with the first run of the game, and scored on an Angelo Songco double to give Long Island a 2-0 lead.

In the top of the second, the Ducks rallied for four runs on five hits against Hayes (6-6), including a two-run double from Krauss and another RBI double off the bat of Songco to extend a 6-0 advantage. Krauss finished the game 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs.

Southern Maryland got on the board in the bottom of the second against Rafael Perez with a Tucker Nathans sacrifice fly making it 6-1 Ducks. Long Island tacked on runs in the fourth and sixth innings, while the Blue Crabs added runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh.

In the top of the ninth, Cody Hebner walked pinch hitter Derrick Pyles leading off. Heavy rains then began and the tarp was called for and the game was called after a 32-minute delay.

Perez (8-7) got the win, allowing four runs on nine hits in seven innings, walking one and striking out two. Rob Rogers added a scoreless inning of relief.

The Ducks set a new franchise record by pounding out nine doubles, surpassing the previous mark of eight set on May 31, 2013 at York. Songco and Audie Afenir had two two-baggers each, while five other Ducks had one. Eight out of the nine Long Island batters in the starting lineup had at least one hit.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Jake Dunning takes the mound for the Ducks in Saturday’s matchup, making his first start of the season. In seven appearances as a reliever, the right-hander has no record and a 1.69 ERA, with eight strikeouts and five walks allowed in 10.2 innings pitched. Dunning spent time in the 2013 and 2014 seasons with the San Francisco Giants, and is a former 33rd round pick out of Indiana University. Dunning celebrates his 29th birthday today, and will be facing the Blue Crabs for the first time this season.

Southern Maryland sends David Russo to the mound to try to put an end to the Ducks’ eight-game winning streak. In 22 appearances (three starts) this season, Russo is 0-1 with a 4.83 ERA. He has struck out 26 and walked an incredible 18 in 31.2 innings pitched this year. The lefty last pitched on August 8 at Bethpage Ballpark against the Ducks, allowing a run on one hit in two innings of relief. Russo faced the Ducks just one other time this year – in a 1.2 inning scoreless relief appearance on Opening Day.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#45 Jake Dunning – RHP

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
#4   Jose Lozada – 2B
#9   Edwin Garcia – SS
#10 L.J. Hoes – DH
#6   Patrick Palmeiro – 3B
#12 Devon Rodriguez – 1B
#27 Cory Vaughn – CF
#35 Tucker Nathans – LF
#32 Luis Alen – C
#23 Zach Cone – RF

#13 David Russo – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 2: Jake Dunning looks sharp through two innings, setting the Crabs down 1-2-3. No score as we head to the third.

TOP 3: The Ducks score three times and take a 3-0 lead over the Blue Crabs!

BOT 5: Giovanny Alfonzo makes an acrobatic play at third base to retire the side. Ducks lead 3-0!

TOP 6: The Ducks break the game open by sending 11 to the plate and scoring six runs in the inning to take a 9-0 lead!

BOT 7: The Blue Crabs strike for five runs, but the Ducks still lead 9-5.

Tonight’s game has been called in the top of the ninth due to inclement weather.

FINAL/8: Ducks 9, Crabs 5
W: Dunning (1-0)
L: Russo (0-2)

Game 102: Ducks vs. Blue Crabs

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The Ducks have won five in a row and enter play today in a share of first place in the Liberty Division Second Half Standings.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

After  sweeping a doubleheader last night, the Long Island Ducks (16-15; 52-49) have won five games in a row and go for the series sweep of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-18; 51-49) tonight. After tonight’s contest, both clubs will head to Waldorf, Maryland to begin a four-game series. These five games complete a run of seven games in six days between the inter-divisional rivals which completes their season series. The Blue Crabs are the first team that the Ducks will finish their slate of games with in the 2017 season.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks swept a single admission doubleheader from the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Tuesday night at Bethpage Ballpark, routing the Blue Crabs 10-0 in game one before rallying for a 4-2 victory in game two.

Ducks starter Alfredo Simon (2-3) was the story in game one, as the right-hander came within two outs of completing a no-hitter. The right-hander allowed just two walks over the first six and one-third innings and struck out seven batters. After retiring 11 consecutive batters, his no-hit bid came to an end on a one-out single in the seventh by Michael Snyder. Southern Maryland would collect two more singles before a groundout ended the game. Simon threw 108 pitches in the outing, 65 of them for strikes.

Long Island took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on RBI singles from Giovanny Alfonzo and Dan Lyons. Four more runs in the third extended the advantage to six. Angelo Songco’s two-run double and RBI singles from Anthony Vega and Alfonzo did the damage.

The offense continued in the fifth inning when Ruben Gotay crushed a solo home run to left field off Blue Crabs starter Eric Fornataro. A three-spot in the sixth rounded out the scoring, as sacrifice flies from Delta Cleary Jr. and Songco, along with an RBI single by Gotay, highlighted the inning.

Fornataro (0-4) suffered the loss, giving up six runs on nine hits and a walk in three innings with two strikeouts. Alfonzo led the Flock with three hits and two RBI. Gotay, Vega and Lyons each added two hits, while Songco drove in three runs.

The Ducks plated the first run of game two in the third inning when Alex Burg scored from third on a passed ball by Blue Crabs catcher Ryan Wiggins. Southern Maryland answered in the fourth when Snyder hit a two-run homer to center field off Ducks starter Tyler Levine.

It stayed 2-1 until the bottom of the sixth when Long Island rallied for three runs off Blue Crabs starter Brian Grening to take a 4-2 lead. Elmer Reyes’ two-run double to left and a sac fly off the bat of Burg accounted for the scoring.

Levine did not factor into the decision but pitched four and one-third innings of two-run ball, yielding two hits and two walks with a strikeout. Rob Rogers (4-0) collected the win after pitching one and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit. Grening (7-5) took the loss, surrendering four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in five and one-third innings with one strikeout. Amalio Diaz picked up his seventh save with a scoreless ninth.

Reyes and Angelo Songco each had two hits to lead the offense.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks go for the sweep of the Blue Crabs tonight behind former major leaguer Henderson Alvarez. In four starts this season, the right-hander is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA, and has allowed 19 hits, struck out seven and walked seven in 15 innings. Alvarez, who was signed in July, has been in the process of being stretched out to full strength and completed five innings for the first time in his last start on August 4. In an 11-10 win over Bridgeport, Alvarez allowed five runs on nine hits, striking out one and walking one while getting no decision. He has not faced the Blue Crabs this season.

The active Atlantic League ERA leader Gaby Hernandez takes the mound for the Blue Crabs in the series finale. In 17 starts, Hernandez is 8-2 with a sparkling 2.56 ERA, and has notched 111 strikeouts against 25 walks in 108.2 innings pitched. Last time out, Hernandez allowed only one run on three hits to the Somerset Patriots on August 4, but got the loss in a 1-0 Pats win. Against Long Island this season, the Atlantic League All-Star has no record and a 5.40 ERA after allowing three runs in five innings in his only start against the Ducks on May 6 at Bethpage Ballpark.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#37 Henderson Alvarez – RHP

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
#4   Jose Lozada – 3B
#9   Edwin Garcia – SS
#10 L.J. Hoes – 2B
#16 Michael Snyder – DH
#27 Cory Vaughn – CF
#6   Patrick Palmeiro – 1B
#35 Tucker Nathans – RF
#32 Luis Alen – C
#7   Alex Glenn – LF

#18 Gaby Hernandez – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 3: The Blue Crabs get on the board with a Cory Vaughn RBI double and take a 1-0 lead.

BOT 3: The Ducks retaliate with a big inning plating four runs and taking a 4-1 lead.

TOP 6: John Lannan throws a scoreless inning of relief and the Ducks still lead 4-1.

FINAL: Ducks 4, Blue Crabs 1

W: Alvarez (1-1)
L: Hernandez (8-3)
SV: Diaz (8)

The Ducks sweep the Blue Crabs and have won six straight!

Game 99: Ducks vs. Bluefish

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Alex Burg helped power the Ducks to victory last night and looks to help the club to three in a row.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

After a pair of exciting wins on Friday and Saturday nights, the Long Island Ducks (13-15; 49-49) look to make it three in a row against the Bridgeport Bluefish (15-14; 56-43) this evening. This contest is pivotal for the Ducks, who enter Sunday’s matchup 1.5 games behind the Bluefish and Somerset Patriots in the Liberty Division Second Half standings. Bridgeport took two-of-three from Long Island at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard last weekend, but the Ducks can clinch at least a tie of the 2017 Ferry Cup Series, which favors the Ducks by a 9-7 margin through 16 contests. Today’s game wraps up a stretch of seven games between the cross-sound rivals in 10 days.

Previous to the win last night, the Ducks had not won back-to-back games since July 4 and 5 against the Lancaster Barnstormers at Bethpage Ballpark. Long Island has not won three consecutive games since June 30-July 1, when the club swept the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at home in a three-game series. With 41 games remaining in the 2017 regular season, the Liberty Division is shaping up for a ferocious pennant chase, with the Somerset Patriots, Bridgeport Bluefish, and Long Island Ducks all separated by 1.5 games from the Second Half Championship.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish 4-3 before a past-capacity crowd of 7,038 on Saturday night in the third game of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Jose Gil gave the Bluefish a 1-0 lead in the second with a solo home run to right field off Ducks starter Matt Larkins. In the bottom of the frame, Alex Burg went the opposite way to right for a solo homer of his own off Bluefish starter Reinier Roibal.

Bridgeport went back in front in the fourth on an RBI single to right by Tony Abreu. However, Long Island responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-2 lead. Marc Krauss drilled a solo homer to right, and Angelo Songco scored on a double play ball.

Another run came across for the Flock in the sixth when Dan Lyons was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, forcing home Elmer Reyes. A run-scoring groundout off the bat of Ozney Guillen in the eighth trimmed Ducks’ lead to 4-3.

Bridgeport then nearly tied the game twice, but they came up short. Following a two-out walk to Gil in the eighth, Abreu lined a double to left-center. However, a perfect relay from Krauss to Lyons to Burg nailed Gil at the plate. The Bluefish then put the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at first with two outs in the ninth. However, Amalio Diaz induced a double play ball from Angelys Nina and a flyout from Luis Hernandez to end the game.

Larkins (5-6) earned the win, pitching six innings of two-run ball and allowing four hits and two walks while striking out six. Roibal (1-1) suffered the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks over six innings with five strikeouts. Diaz picked up his fifth save with one and one-third scoreless innings, yielding two hits.

Burg had three hits, an RBI and a run to lead the Flock offensively, while Delta Cleary Jr. added two hits.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks look to take the series finale and win their third consecutive game behind left-handed pitcher Rafael Perez. In 18 starts this season, Perez is 6-7 with a 4.66 ERA and has struck out 70 and walked 21 in 88.2 innings pitched. However, you can break the former Cleveland Indian’s season up into two distinct sections. In his first 11 starts of the year through June 23, Perez was 5-2 with a 3.43 ERA (22 ER/57.2 IP). Since that point, the southpaw has made seven starts, and sports a 1-5 record with an 8.13 ERA (28 ER/31 IP). Perez has made one start against Bridgeport this season, throwing four shutout innings on June 2 at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, getting no decision as the Ducks won 6-0.

The Bluefish aim for a split of the four-game series with right-handed pitcher Charles Brewer taking the mound. Brewer has made 18 starts this season and is 7-4 with a 4.23 ERA, striking out 88 and walking 34 in 100 innings pitched. Last time out, Brewer notched a quality start against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, allowing two runs on four hits in six innings, walking one and striking out six. The August 1 outing marked the third-straight quality start for the first-year Atlantic Leaguer. Brewer faced Long Island on May 24, getting hung with the loss after allowing six runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings in a 7-5 Ducks triumph.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

Bridgeport Bluefish
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#11 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#32 Welington Dotel – CF
#27 Daniel Fields – LF
#5   Jose Gil – C
#20 Jonathan Galvez – 1B
#6   Tony Abreu – DH
#7   Angel Rosa – 2B
#13 Ozney Guillen – RF

#18 Charles Brewer – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 2: WOW! Ruben Gotay with a fantastic diving stop at third base helps Rafael Perez set the Bluefish down 1-2-3. We’re still scoreless.

BOT 4: The Ducks grab a 2-0 lead thanks to an RBI single by Anthony Vega and a bases-loaded walk from Quintin Berry.

TOP 7: Ruben Gotay makes two huge plays in the field and the Ducks still lead 2-0 as it’s time to stretch at Bethpage Ballpark!

FINAL: Ducks 2, Bluefish 1

W: Perez (7-7)
L: Brewer (7-5)
SV: Diaz (6)

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