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Game 59: Ducks vs. Patriots

DE6I0525GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (29-29) host the Somerset Patriots (36-22) for a single admission doubleheader tonight to begin a four-game series. The twin bill is necessitated by Monday night’s inclement weather. The Ducks and Patriots are meeting for their second series in a week’s time, with Somerset taking two of three at TD Bank Ballpark. However, Long Island swept a three-game series in May at Bethpage Ballpark. Entering this series, the Patriots lead the Ducks by seven games in the standings with 14 games remaining in the half.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks split a single admission doubleheader with the Somerset Patriots on Tuesday night at Bethpage Ballpark, winning the opener 8-4 before falling in game two 8-2.

Somerset took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game one on an RBI single by Greg Golson off Ducks starter Henry Hirsch. Long Island answered in the bottom of the frame with an RBI single from Angelo Songco off Patriots starter Lucas Irvine. An RBI triple from Scott Kelly in the second put the Patriots back on top, but Lew Ford’s run-scoring groundout and another RBI single from Songco in the third put the Ducks ahead 3-2.

The Patriots briefly tied the game in the top of the fourth on an RBI double by Alfredo Rodriguez. However, a four-run bottom of the frame gave Long Island the lead for good at 7-3. Run-scoring doubles from Anthony Vega and Songco, along with a two-run single by Elmer Reyes, highlighted the inning.

Both sides traded runs in the fifth to round out the scoring. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Aharon Eggleston and an RBI double by Fehlandt Lentini made it an 8-4 ballgame.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Hirsch pitched three and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on five hits and four walks while striking out three. Irvine lasted three innings, yielding three runs on seven hits and a walk with one strikeout. John Lannan (1-0) collected the win in his Ducks debut after recording the final out of the fourth inning to strand two on base. Logan Darnell (3-2) suffered the loss, surrendering five runs on six hits and a walk in three innings.

Christian Marrero opened the scoring for the Patriots in game two with an RBI double in the second inning off Ducks starter Matt Larkins. Two more runs in the fourth on Tyler Bortnick’s RBI single and a wild pitch increased the lead to three.

Somerset doubled their lead with a three-run fifth inning. Carlos Guzman’s RBI single and a two-run home run to left field by Kyle Roller did the damage. Vega put the Ducks on the scoreboard with a two-run home run to center field off Patriots starter Will Oliver in the bottom of the fifth.

Oliver did not factor into the decision but pitched four and one-third innings of two-run ball, giving up seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Duane Below (4-1) picked up the win after pitching two and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief, yielding just one hit while striking out two. Larkins (2-6) took the loss, allowing six runs on nine hits and a walk over five innings with six strikeouts.

Vega and Songco each finished the day with three hits and three RBI to lead the Flock, while Vega scored four times.

ON THE MOUND: Long Island sends right-hander Alfredo Simon to the mound to make his second start with the club. Simon is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA, having allowed four runs in four innings against the Lancaster Barnstormers on June 16. “Big Pasta” has spent parts of nine seasons in Major League Baseball from 2008-2016 with the Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers. In 2014, he made the National League All-Star team as a starting pitcher with the Reds.

Somerset counters with MLB veteran Jerome Williams, making his eighth start with the club. Williams is 2-3 with a 5.40 ERA on the season, and is coming off a no decision in his last start against York, where he allowed one run on five hits in 6.1 innings. Williams spent time in the big leagues with the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals.

 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#25 Alfredo Simon – RHP

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

#47 Jerome Williams – RHP

UPDATE (7:47) – BOT 3: Great pitcher’s duel so far tonight. Still no score at Bethpage Ballpark.

UPDATE (8:11) – TOP 5: Dan Lyons makes not one, but two spectacular defensive gems in the inning to keep the game scoreless!

UPDATE (8:52) – BOT 6: Marc Krauss hits a home run over the wall in center to put the Ducks up 2-0 on New Jersey (SP).

UPDATE (9:31) – TOP 8: New Jersey (SP) ties the game at two with a pair of runs.

UPDATE (9:49) – BOT 8: We grab the lead right back thanks to RBI hits from Alex Burg and Giovanny Alfonzo. 4-2 Ducks to the ninth.

Game 55: Ducks at Barnstormers

IMG_2028GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:30 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (27-27) take on the Lancaster Barnstormers (29-25) in the middle game of a three-game series tonight at Clipper Magazine Stadium. The Barnstormers have won four out of the first five matchups with the Ducks this season, including taking three of four at Bethpage Ballpark last month.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks pounded out 10 hits, but fell to the Lancaster Barnstormers 7-3 on Friday night in the opening game of a three-game series at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

Long Island (27-27) starter Alfredo Simon was perfect through three innings in his Ducks debut, but ran into trouble in the fourth, allowing four runs on three hits. The big blow was a two-run home run from Garrett Weber.

The Ducks got on the board in the top of the fifth against Bryan Evans (4-2) of the Barnstormers (29-25) when Elmer Reyes drove home Delta Cleary Jr. with an RBI single to cut the lead to 4-1.

Simon (0-1) lasted four innings in his first outing of the season, allowing four runs on three hits, walking one and striking out four. Henry Hirsch relieved him and threw two scoreless innings before Jim Fuller yielded a run in the bottom of the seventh to give Lancaster a 5-1 lead.

Marc Krauss hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth bringing the Ducks to within 5-2, but the Barnstormers answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame to extend a 7-2 advantage.

In the top of the ninth, Anthony Vega scored on a Lew Ford single to narrow the gap to 7-3, and the Ducks eventually loaded the bases to bring the tying run to the plate. However, they couldn’t break through against Anthony Carter, who recorded his 12th save of the season.

ON THE MOUND: Long Island sends Dennis O’Grady to the mound to make his eighth start of the season and his 12th overall appearance. O’Grady is 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA on the season, and has struck out 45 batters in 45.0 innings this year. Last time out on June 11 against Bridgeport, the righty lasted five innings, allowing one run on four hits, walking three and striking out five. In his one previous outing against Lancaster this season, O’Grady was roughed up – allowing a season-high six runs on nine hits in four innings in game one of a May 27 doubleheader.

The Barnstormers will roll with southpaw Rommie Lewis, making his 10th start of the season and 11th overall appearance. Lewis is in his fifth year in the Atlantic League, having previously spent three years with York and one with Bridgeport. Lewis has been struggling lately for Lancaster, sporting a 9.64 ERA (15 ER/14.0 IP) over his last three starts. The lefty has lost his last four decisions, and is 2-5 overall on the season with a 6.94 ERA. Lewis has not faced Long Island yet in 2017.

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#17 Dennis O’Grady – RHP

Barnstormers
#6 Rico Noel – CF
#2 Blake Gailen – DH
#15 Caleb Gindl – RF
#18 K.C. Hobson – 1B
#19 Sean Halton – 3B
#5 Lastings Milledge – LF
#4 Garrett Weber – 2B
#32 Anderson De La Rosa – C
#1 Vladimir Frias – SS

#54 Rommie Lewis – LHP

UPDATE (7:05) – BOT 1: The Barnstormers hit two home runs in the first and take a 4-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:24) – BOT 2: The Barnstormers plate another run and takes a 5-0 lead.

UPDATE (8:18) – BOT 5: The Barnstormers pick up another run and stake a 6-0 lead.

UPDATE (8:51) – BOT 6: The Barnstormers score another four tallies and take a 10-0 lead.

UPDATE (9:34) – FINAL: Barnstormers 10, Ducks 0

W: Lewis (3-5)
L: O’Grady (2-3)

Game 53: Ducks at Patriots

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

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

#16 Lucas Irvine – RHP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Game 49: Ducks vs. Bluefish

DE6I0705GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (24-24) continue a three-game home series with the Bridgeport Bluefish (28-21) tonight at Bethpage Ballpark. The 2017 Ferry Cup has seen no shortage of excitement, including a one-run victory for the Bluefish last night. Following tonight’s game, fans in attendance will be treated to a fireworks spectacular.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks trailed the Bridgeport Bluefish by four runs twice on Friday night at Bethpage Ballpark, but were able to push the tying run into scoring position in the ninth before falling, 5-4.

The Bluefish took the lead in the top of the second, plating a pair of runs against Ducks starter John Brownell. The righty yielded another pair of runs in the top of the third as Bridgeport jumped out to a 4-0 lead.

Long Island answered with a run in the bottom of the third against Bridgeport starter Cory Riordan. Fehlandt Lentini doubled down the right field line with two outs, and Anthony Vega followed with a broken bat single on the next pitch to score Lentini.

Brownell (4-1) allowed just one more run in his seven innings of work, striking out three and not issuing a walk while allowing a season-high 11 hits. The all-time franchise leader in wins completed seven innings for the fourth consecutive start.

Trailing 5-1, the Ducks mounted a rally against Riordan (4-2) in the bottom of the seventh to pull within a pair of runs. Vega laced a one-out double down the right field to score Lentini from first base and advanced to third on the throw home. Elmer Reyes followed with a sacrifice fly to push Long Island within 5-3.

Jim Fuller and Rob Rogers each contributed scoreless innings of relief work in the eighth and ninth, respectively, while Drake Britton threw a 1-2-3 eighth for Bridgeport.

In the ninth, David Carpenter allowed a one-out double to Dan Lyons, who scored two batters later on a base-hit from Vega to cut the deficit to 5-4. Vega stole second to get into scoring position with two outs, but Reyes grounded out to shortstop to end the game.

Vega starred offensively for the Ducks, finishing 3-for-4 with three RBIs, a double, a walk, a run scored and a stolen base. In the game, the Patchogue native doubled his season RBI output from three to six. Lyons also tallied hits in his last three at-bats, going 3-for-4 with a double and a run.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks hand the ball to Matt Larkins in the middle game of the series with Bridgeport, making his ninth start of the season. After a rough stretch, the righty has put together a stretch of two straight quality starts (12.0 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 13 K). Despite this, Larkins is still 0-5 on the season with a 5.92 ERA. Tonight marks the Idaho resident’s third start of the season against Bridgeport, and he is 0-2 in his previous two outings with a 4.09 ERA. Last time out on June 4, Larkins allowed three runs on six hits in six innings at the Bluefish, striking out a season-high seven and not issuing a walk.

Bridgeport will call on former major leaguer Jonathan Albaladejo to climb the hill against the Ducks. Albaladejo is in his second season with the Bluefish, and was an All-Star in 2016. This year, the righty is 3-4 with a 5.66 ERA in eight starts. This will be Albaladejo’s second start against the Ducks, and hie is 0-2 with an ugly 7.71 ERA. Last time out, the Tampa, Florida resident allowed eight runs on 10 hits in 4.2 innings against Long Island on June 3, in a 10-1 Ducks triumph.

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – LF
#23 Alex Burg – C
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Bluefish
#2 Luis Hernandez – SS
#10 D’Arby Myers – CF
#6 Tony Abreu – 2B
#15 Sean Burroughs – DH
#5 Jose Gil – C
#27 Daniel Fields – LF
#11 Jose Cuevas – 1B
#35 Andrew Lambo – RF
#3 Angelys Nina – 3B

#34 Jonathan Albaladejo – RHP

UPDATE (7:04) – BOT 2: We’re still scoreless through two innings as Matt Larkins and Jonathan Albaladejo are locked in an early pitcher’s duel.

UPDATE (7:19) – TOP 3: The Bluefish take a 1-0 lead on a solo home run from Andrew Lambo.

UPDATE (7:39) – BOT 4: The Ducks get on the board thanks to a solo home run from LEEEEEEWWWWWWWW Ford! All tied at one!

UPDATE (7:58) – BOT 5: The Ducks strike for two more, including a solo home run from Dan Lyons to take a 3-1 lead!

UPDATE (8:51) – TOP 7: Amalio Diaz spins a scoreless inning of relief to keep the Ducks ahead 3-1!

UPDATE (9:13) – FINAL: Ducks 3, Bluefish 1

W: Larkins (1-5)
L: Albaladejo (3-5)
SV: Tsao (6)

 

Game 44: Ducks at Bluefish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: For today’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

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

#26 Chris Rearick – LHP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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