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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)

Game 111: Ducks vs. Barnstormers

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Angelo Songco and the Ducks look to stay in the swing of things as they return home Friday night.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

Winners of 13 of their last 14, the Long Island Ducks (24-16; 60-50) return home to begin a seven game homestand by welcoming the Lancaster Barnstormers (23-17; 61-49) to the Duck Pond. The Ducks are coming off of a 7-1 road trip, sweeping the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs and taking three of four from the Somerset Patriots to establish a four-game lead in the Liberty Division Second Half Standings. The Barnstormers are currently in first place in the Freedom Division, sporting a one-game lead over the York Revolution.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 5-4 on Thursday night in the finale of a four-game series at TD Bank Ballpark.

The Patriots struck first in the third inning on RBI doubles from Justin Trapp and Kyle Roller off Ducks reliever Wanel Mesa. Another balk by Mesa in the fourth scored Olmo Rosario from third to extend Somerset’s lead to 3-0.

Long Island responded with a five-run fifth inning to swipe the lead from Somerset. Alex Burg was hit by a pitch, Giovanny Alfonzo walked and Anthony Vega singled to load the bases with one out. Delta Cleary Jr. delivered an RBI single to close the gap to 3-1, and Marc Krauss followed with a two-out grand slam to right field off Patriots starter Will Oliver.

Somerset trimmed the Ducks’ lead to one in the sixth when Kyle Roller scored on a passed ball. They then put the tying run on second in both the seventh and ninth innings but could not pull even.

Ducks starter Rafael Perez did not factor into the decision, giving up a hit and a walk in two innings with one strikeout. Mesa (1-0) collected the win despite giving up three runs on three hits and two walks in two innings of work. Oliver (5-4) suffered the loss, surrendering five runs on five hits and two walks in four and two-thirds innings with eight strikeouts. Amalio Diaz earned his 11th save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Krauss led Long Island with two hits and four RBI, while Vega added two hits as well.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks hand the ball to righty Jake Dunning in the opener with the Barnstormers. In eight appearances (one start) with the Ducks this season, the former big leaguer is 1-0 with a 1.14 ERA. He has struck out eight and walked six in 15.2 innings pitched. In his last outing on August 12 at Southern Maryland, Dunning tossed five shutout innings, allowing three hits and walking one, getting the win in a rain-shortened 9-5  Ducks win. Dunning began the season in the Chicago White Sox organization, splitting time with Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte.

Right-hander Joe Gardner heads to the mound for Lancaster in the opener, making his fifth appearance and fourth overall start. So far, Gardner is 0-2 with an ugly 9.20 ERA, and has allowed an unbelievable 30 hits and 13 walks against nine strikeouts in just 14.2 innings, good for a WHIP of 2.93. In his last start on August 13 against Somerset, Gardner was true to form, allowing five runs (four earned) on 10 hits in 4.2 innings, walking four, striking out one, and getting the loss in a 6-1 Patriots winner. Gardner appeared in six games down the stretch with the Barnstormers last year, posting a 3-1 record with a significantly better 4.21 ERA.

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
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#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

#45 Jake Dunning – RHP

Lancaster Barnstormers
#3   Beau Amaral – CF
#21 Traybon Robinson – LF
#8   Cole Garner – RF
#19 Sean Halton – DH
#4   Garrett Weber – 2B
#31 Steve Clevenger – 1B
#28 Josh Bell – 3B
#12 Nate Coronado – SS
#30 Anderson De La Rosa – C

#33 Joe Gardner – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 2: Jake Dunning looks 💪💪💪 on the mound and has thrown two scoreless innings. 0-0 as @MarcKrauss25 leads off!

BOT 2: Ruben Gotay comes through with an RBI single to score Angelo Songco and give the Ducks a 1-0 lead!

TOP 5: Anthony Vega throws out a runner at the plate to preserve the Ducks 1-0 lead.

BOT 5: Anthony Vega smacks a two-run homer as the Ducks pile on five runs and take a 6-0 lead!

TOP 6: As the inning has been completed, the tarp has been called for and we are in a rain delay.

The tarp is off the field and we are scheduled to restart tonight’s game at 9:25. The Ducks lead heading to the bottom of the sixth.

BOT 7: Ruben Gotay smacks a solo home run to highlight a four-run outburst as we extend our lead over the Barnstormers to 10-0!

FINAL: Ducks 10, Barnstormers 1.

W: Dunning (2-0)
L: Gardner (0-3)

Vega: 3-5, HR, 2B, 3 RBIs, 3 R

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!

Games 100 & 101: Ducks vs. Blue Crabs

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Alfredo Simon aims to lead the Ducks to a fourth-straight win tonight in game one against Southern Maryland.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:00 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (14-15; 50-49) are riding their first three-game winning streak in six weeks and take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-16; 51-47) to begin a three-game series with a doubleheader tonight. The twinbill is necessitated by a postponement of Monday’s regularly scheduled game due to inclement weather. The Ducks and Blue Crabs will play each seven games against each other in the next seven days, with the first three matchups at Bethpage Ballpark, with the remaining four skirmishes hosted at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland. Through the first 13 games of the season between the two clubs, Southern Maryland holds a 7-6 advantage. This seven games in seven days stretch will complete the season series with the Blue Crabs, the first opponent that the Ducks will finish their regular season schedule against.

SUNDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish 2-1 on Sunday evening in the finale of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

After trading zeroes for the first three innings, the Ducks plated both of their runs in the fourth inning against Bluefish starter Charles Brewer. An RBI single by Anthony Vega and a bases loaded walk to Quintin Berry that scored Alex Burg did the damage.

Long Island held Bridgeport off the scoreboard until the top of the ninth inning. Jose Gil’s RBI single cut the Ducks’ lead to 2-1, and the Bluefish put the tying run at second and the go-ahead run at first with one out. However, Amalio Diaz got Tony Abreu to fly out to left and Angel Rosa to ground into a game-ending fielder’s choice to preserve the win.

Ducks starter Rafael Perez (7-7) earned the win, firing six scoreless innings and allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out three. Brewer (7-4) suffered the loss, yielding two runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts over fine innings. Diaz picked up his sixth save by retiring the final two batters of the game.

Vega, Burg and Elmer Reyes each had two hits to pace the Flock.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND (GAME 1):

Long Island begins the series by handing the ball to Alfredo Simon. In nine appearances (six starts) this season, Simon is 1-3 with a 5.60 ERA and one save. The former major leaguer has struck out 32 and walked 10 in 35.1 innings, but hasn’t allowed a walk in his last three outings (11.1 IP) while fanning 14. In his last start on August 2 at York, Big Pasta allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out seven in 4.1 innings, getting the loss in a 4-3 Revs win. Simon has faced the Blue Crabs once this year, getting no decision on July 1 at Bethpage Ballpark, allowing three runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings in a 10-8 Ducks win.

Southern Maryland rolls with a familiar face who is new to the team in former New Britain Bees righty Eric Fornataro. In two starts with the Blue Crabs, Fornataro is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA, and with New Britain this year he was 0-2 with a 5.85 ERA in 15 games (nine starts). He has appeared against the Ducks three times this year while with the Bees, last throwing an inning in relief on July 17, allowing a run on three hits. The Houston, Texas native had a brief MLB career, appearing in eight games with St. Louis in 2014.

ON THE MOUND (GAME 2):

In the second game of the doubleheader, Tyler Levine gets the call for the Ducks. Levine has made 18 appearances (three starts) this season, and is 2-0 with a 4.79 ERA for Long Island. In his last appearance on August 3 against Bridgeport, he threw an inning in relief, allowing two runs on three hits. The right-hander has struggled lately for the Tucks, posting a 8.71 ERA in his last three outings (10 ER/10.1 IP). The East Meadow, NY native has faced Southern Maryland once this season, tossing a clean inning of relief on July 8 at Regency Furniture Stadium.

The Blue Crabs send right-handed pitcher Brian Grening to the mound in the back end of the twin bill. Grening has made 19 starts this year and is 7-4 with a 2.96 ERA for the Blue Crabs in 2017, and has been with the club since the 2014 campaign. In his last start on August 1 against Bridgeport, Grening lasted just 1.2 innings, allowing a run on two hits before being removed from the game after facing just seven batters. The Newport Beach native walked on at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in college and was originally drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 38th round in the 2008 MLB Draft. This year against the Ducks, Grening is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in three starts, allowing seven runs (six earned) on 21 hits in 21 innings, striking out nine and walking two.

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 (GAME 1):

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

#25 Alfredo Simon – RHP

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

#15 Eric Fornataro – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Alfredo Simon strikes out two in a scoreless first inning. No score as the Ducks come to the plate for the first time. 🔥🔥

BOT 2: Back-to-back RBI singles for @Gio_Alfonzo2 and @TheDannyLyons put the Ducks up 2-0 in G1 of our doubleheader with Southern Maryland!

BOT 3: The Ducks break out the bats and score four runs on five hits and take a 6-0 lead over the Blue Crabs in G1 of the twin bill!

BOT 5: Ruben Gotay smacks a solo home run to extend our lead to 7-0 in G1 of the doubleheader.

FINAL (G1): Ducks 10, Blue Crabs 0

W: Simon (2-3)
L: Fornataro (0-2)

Alfredo Simon: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K.

LIVE GAME UPDATES (GAME TWO):

BOT 2: Both pitchers look sharp early in game two as we are scoreless with Southern Maryland.

BOT 3: Alex Burg races home on a passed ball and the Ducks grab a 1-0 lead!

TOP 4: Southern Maryland gets on the board with a two-run home run from Michael Snyder and takes a 2-1 lead.

FINAL: Ducks 4, Blue Crabs 2.

W: Rogers (4-0)
L: Grening (7-5)
SV: Diaz (7)

The Ducks have won five in a row and are now in first place!

Game 89: Ducks vs. Skeeters

Ducks Win (19)GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (8-10, 44-44) square off against the Sugar Land Skeeters (8-10, 38-50) in the rubber game of a three-game series. The skirmish wraps up a short three-game homestand for Long Island after which the club departs for a six-game road trip to Bridgeport and York. Tonight’s game marks the 13th game of the year between the Skeeters and the Ducks, with Sugar Land owning a 7-5 advantage thus far.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks took an early lead but fell to the Sugar Land Skeeters 5-4 Wednesday afternoon at Bethpage Ballpark.

Long Island took the lead in the bottom of the first inning when Anthony Vega and Delta Cleary Jr. drew back-to-back walks against Sugar Land starting pitcher Bobby Blevins. After a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third, Marc Krauss tripled to centerfield to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead.

It was Krauss’ first three-base hit of the season, and his first since 2015 while playing for the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens of the International League.

Krauss was in the middle of the action again in the bottom of the third, this time scoring Jordan Pacheco with an RBI double, and later coming home to score on an Angelo Songco single.

Staked to a 4-0 lead through three innings, Ducks starter Matt Larkins pitched effectively into the sixth inning, during which he allowed a two-run home run to Josh Prince. Larkins threw 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out four.

The Skeeters got within a run by scoring a tally in the seventh off Rob Rogers, and tied the game at four in the eighth with a score against Jake Dunning. In the top of the ninth, David Aardsma allowed a run to hand Sugar Land a 5-4 lead, which was saved by Mark Haynes.

ON THE MOUND: Rafael Perez takes the mound for the Ducks in the rubber game of the series, looking to right the ship of what has been a turbulent month of July. Overall in 16 starts this season, Perez is 6-6 with a 4.22 ERA, but in July he is just 1-3 with an unsightly 6.30 ERA (14 ER/20.0 IP). He has pitched well against Sugar Land this year, notching a 1-1 record with a 3.27 ERA (4 ER/11.0 IP) in two outings. Last time out, Perez allowed four runs on seven hits in four innings at Lancaster on July 21, getting tagged with the loss.

The Skeeters send lefty Dustin Richardson to the hill to make a spot start, which is his first start of the season. In 37 relief appearances, the former Long Island Duck is 1-4 with a 3.99 ERA and four saves. He has made four appearances against Long Island this year, an has not allowed a hit or a run in 2.2 innings. The southpaw spent parts of two seasons in the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox, making 39 appearances.

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

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

Skeeters
#5 Joe Benson – RF
#11 Cole Gillespie – CF
#21 Anthony Giansanti – SS
#9 Wilfredo Rodriguez – DH
#15 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#16 Travis Scott – 1B
#3 Albert Cordero – C
#18 Dickie Thon – 2B
#6 Derek Miller – LF

#34 Dustin Richardson – LHP

UPDATE (7:03) – TOP 1: The Skeeters plate three runs on four hits and take a 3-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:20) – BOT 1: @MarcKrauss25 hits his sixth home run in his last 10 games and we’re tied at 3!

UPDATE (7:49) – BOT 2: The Ducks score a pair of runs thanks to a Quintin Berry triple! Sugar Land leads 7-5.

UPDATE (8:24) – TOP 4: John Lannan holds the Skeeters off the board and we remain tied 8-8!

UPDATE (9:21) – TOP 7: Eury De La Rosa works around a pair of walks to keep the game tied at eight as the Ducks turn their third double play of the game.

UPDATE (10:11) – FINAL: Ducks 9, Skeeters 8

W: De La Rosa (3-1)
L: Corpas (0-4)
SV: Diaz (4)

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