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Game 61: Ducks at Bees

The Ducks put an end to the first half with a series against the New Britain Bees

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and New Britain Bees open up a three-game series to close out the first half. This will be the seventh of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Bees this season and the 47th all-time meeting between the two teams. The all-time series is tied at 23, but the Ducks have a 4-2 lead in 2018. The Bees own a 14-9 record when welcoming the Flock to New Britain Stadium. The Ducks bring a 29-31 record to Tuesday’s game, no longer in contention for the first half title in the Liberty Division, while New Britain holds a 31-29 record, and are right behind the Patriots with three games to go in the half.

LAST GAME RECAP:

The Ducks’ skid continued as they were swept by the lowly Road Warriors on Sunday, falling 10-9.

The Road Warriors and Ducks both scored in the first inning. Road Warriors starter Brandon Bargas walked four consecutive batters with two outs to bring in the Ducks’ first run. A pair of runs in both the second and third innings pushed the Road Warriors’ lead to 5-1.

The Flock pulled within one after a three-run fourth inning. Emilio Bonifacio hit an RBI single and Lew Ford followed with a two-run base hit to highlight the frame.

The Road Warriors were able to tack on runs in each of the next four innings to push their lead to 10-4. With their backs against the wall in the bottom of the ninth, the Ducks put forth an incredible rally. Ford hit an RBI single, followed by a two-run double off the bat of Taylor Ard and a run-scoring groundout by David Washington. Anthony Vega brought the Ducks within one run with an RBI single down the right-field line. Unfortunately, the rally fell just short with the tying and winning runs stranded on base.

Bargas took a no-decision after allowing four runs on four walks and six hits in three and two-thirds innings of work. Andres Caceres earned the win for the Road Warriors in his season debut, throwing one and one-third scoreless innings of relief. Lee Sosa took the loss for the Ducks, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits and four walks.

ON THE MOUND:

Bennett Parry has been arguably the best pitcher in the Atlantic League this year, and starts tonight against the Bees. The 6-foot-6 lefty owns a 5-0 record with a 2.23 ERA over 10 starts thus far. His 80 strikeouts lead the Atlantic League this season, and his ERA places him third in the circuit. The California native continued his success in his last start on Wednesday against the Revolution, dealing six innings of three-run ball and striking out 10.

Rainy Lara will start against the Ducks tonight, making his eleventh appearance and ninth start of the season. The former Bridgeport Bluefish pitcher went five innings against the Somerset Patriots in his last outing, surrendering four runs (one earned) on six hits and taking the loss. Lara is 3-3 this season with a 3.25 ERA. The Dominican Republic native was an Atlantic League All-Star last season, and pitched at the Triple-A level with the New York Mets organization in both 2015 and 2016.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live 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 Ducks Video Center on the homepage. 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
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – SS
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#30 David Washington – 1B
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#9   Anthony Vega – LF

#32 Bennett Parry – LHP

New Britain Bees
#8   Darren Ford – CF
#15 Reid Brignac – SS
#24 Deibinson Romero – 3B
#14 Jason Rogers – DH
#11 Brock Stassi – 1B
#7   Matt Tuiasosopo – LF
#23 Jamar Walton – RF
#10 Jonathan Galvez – 2B
#3   James Skelton – C

#26 Rainy Lara – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Lew Ford drives in Emilio Bonifacio with a double to make it 1-0 early!

TOP 2: A two-run home run from Daniel Fields makes it 3-0 Ducks!

BOT 2: Jason Rogers hits a longball of his own to make it 3-1 Ducks.

BOT 4: Big four-run inning for the Bees and they now lead 5-3.

TOP 5: A sacrifice fly and wild pitch tie the ballgame at five for the Ducks!

BOT 6: A sacrifice fly by the Bees pushes their lead to 7-5.

TOP 7: Emilio Bonifacio hits an infield single to bring in a run and makes the score 7-6!

FINAL: Ducks fall in an offensive affair against the New Britain Bees, 8-6.

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Game 57: Ducks vs. Revolution

Long Island attempts to make it three-in-a-row on Thursday

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks close out their four-game series with the York Revolution on Thursday night. The Ducks hold a 29-27 record, three games behind the Somerset Patriots for first place in the Liberty Division. The Revolution are at 27-28 and are third in the Freedom Division, eight games behind the first place Barnstormers. Long Island holds a four-game lead in the all-time series with York, 111-107, and a 5-2 lead in 2018.

WEDNESDAY’S RECAP:

The Ducks offense stayed hot yesterday, scoring six runs in the first two innings to defeat the Revolution 6-4.

Jordany Valdespin and Travis Snider started the outburst in the first inning with a pair of double to plate one run. Taylor Ard followed in the second inning, sending a home run over the left field wall. Four more runs would come across in the inning off of RBI doubles from Anthony Vega and Snider, a base hit by Valdespin, and a run-scoring ground-out by Emilio Bonifacio to make it 6-0.

York was held off the board until the sixth inning, when they plated three runs off a double, a sacrifice fly, and a single to cut Long Island’s lead in half.

The Revolution scored another in the ninth inning off of closer Francisco Rodriguez, but that was all the success they had against him, as he converted his 12th save of the season.

Bennett Parry earned the win after allowing three runs on six hits while striking out 10 and improving his record to 5-0. Joe Van Meter suffered the loss, conceding six runs on 11 hits in four and two-thirds innings of work.

YESTERDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Jake Fisher takes on the Revolution on Thursday night coming off another great performance against the Lancaster Barnstormers in which the lefty went seven and two-thirds innings and struck out eight. Unfortunately, Fisher took the loss in the 3-1 defeat after giving up a pair of runs in the eighth inning. The Oklahoma native is currently 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA. Fisher’s lone start against the Revolution in his career was in last year’s Atlantic League Championship Series in which he went seven and one-third innings and allowed five runs on nine hits, striking out six.

York will have Robert Carson start tonight, who will be making his third start in his 19th appearance this season. The Mississippi native was excellent in his last appearance, dealing seven shutout innings and allowing six hits against the Sugar Land Skeeters in a 4-1 victory for York on Friday. The lefty is a three-year Atlantic League veteran, spending time with the Bridgeport Bluefish and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the past. Carson also has 31 major league appearances under his belt with the Mets dating back to 2012 and 2013.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live 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 Ducks Video Center on the homepage. 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
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#35 Taylor Ard – 1B
#30 David Washington – LF
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#9   Anthony Vega – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#13 Jake Fisher – LHP

York Revolution
#2   Jared Mitchell – RF
#4   Alexi Casilla – 2B
#15 Welington Dotel – LF
#29 Melky Mesa – DH
#21 Michael Burgess – 1B
#11 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#20 Luis Cruz – C
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF

#28 Robert Carson – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: York jumps on the Ducks with a three-run first inning.

BOT 1: Lew Ford comes home on a wild pitch to pull the Ducks within two!

BOT 2: Travis Snider drives in a run and now the Ducks are down just 3-2!

TOP 5: Ducks fall behind after a five-run frame for the Revs.

BOT 6: A two-run home run off the bat of Travis Snider stamps a five-run inning for the Ducks! It’s 9-7 Revs in a close one!

TOP 8: More runs on the board as York plates two in the inning. They lead 12-7.

FINAL: Ducks fall in a shootout by a score of 12-7.

Game 51: Ducks at Barnstormers

The Ducks look to put an end to a three-game losing streak on Friday night against the Barnstormers

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

7:00 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and Lancaster Barnstormers continue their four-game weekend series on Friday night. This will be the eighth of 17 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Barnstormers this season and the 262nd all-time meeting between the two teams. Lancaster is up by just one game in the all-time series, 131-130, winning the 2018 series 4-3 thus far. The Ducks bring a 26-24 record to Friday’s game, trailing the Somerset Patriots for the Liberty Division lead by three and a half games. Lancaster holds a 32-17 record with a one and a half game lead on the Sugar Land Skeeters in the Freedom Division.

LAST GAME RECAP:

The Ducks did not start their weekend as planned, falling 7-3 to the Lancaster Barnstormers on Thursday night.

The Barnstormers started the scoring with a two-run home run to right field from KC Hobson in the bottom of the first inning off starter Matt Larkins. The Ducks answered two innings later following Anthony Vega’s first home run of the season, a solo shot to right field to cut the Barnstormers lead to one.

Vladimir Frias matched Hobson in the fourth inning with a two-run homer of his own to make it 4-1 Lancaster. The Barnstormers added a run in the fifth, then Travis Snider crushed a solo blast over the right field wall in the sixth to bring the score to 5-2.

The Barnstormers separated themselves from the Flock in the bottom half of the sixth with a pair of runs off an RBI single from Darian Sandford and a bases-loaded hit by pitch drawn by Hobson. Emilio Bonifacio cut into the lead with a run-scoring base hit in the top of the seventh inning.

Brooks Hall earned the win, pitching six innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out five. Larkins suffered the loss, yielding seven runs on eleven hits and a walk over five and one-third innings with a pair of strikeouts.

THURSDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Bennett Parry has been the shining star of the Ducks staff this season and gets the start tonight against the Barnstormers. The 6-foot-6 lefty owns a 3-0 record with a 1.89 ERA over eight starts thus far. His aforementioned ERA and 69 strikeouts both lead the Atlantic League this season. The California native continued his success in his last start on Sunday against the Barnstormers, dealing six shutout innings and striking out six. Through two appearances against Lancaster this season, Parry has allowed nine hits over 12 innings and has conceded just one run while striking out 11.

Joe Gardner will face the Ducks tonight. The fifth-year Barnstormer owns a 3-3 record with a 4.56 ERA over eight starts this season. The righty took the loss in his last outing, which occurred at Bethpage Ballpark last Saturday. Gardner lasted five and one-third innings, allowing six runs on four hits and four walks. The California native has spent time in the Indians, Rockies, Cubs and Braves organizations in his career, having his contract purchased by the latter two in 2014.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live 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 Ducks Video Center on the homepage. 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
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#30 David Washington – LF
#35 Taylor Ard – 1B
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#32 Bennett Parry – LHP

Lancaster Barnstormers
#7   Darian Sandford – CF
#2   Blake Gailen – RF
#3   Ryan Casteel – C
#21 Trayvon Robinson – LF
#27 KC Hobson – 1B
#20 Nate Coronado – DH
#1   Vladimir Frias – SS
#6   Carlos Garcia – 3B
#16 Tyler Bortnick – 2B

#18 Joe Gardner – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Ducks strike first with three runs in the inning including Emilio Bonifacio’s first home run as a Long Island Duck!

TOP 3: RBI double for Audie Afenir in his first game back since the beginning of May! It’s 4-0 Ducks!

BOT 3: Barnstormers score a run, but Bennett Parry has six strikeouts through three innings. 4-1 Ducks!

BOT 5: A two-out double by the Barnstormers makes the score 4-2 while Bennett Parry’s strikeout count is at nine.

BOT 6: Another double-digit strikeout game for Bennett Parry! He has 11 through six innings!

TOP 7: A run-scoring double-play makes it 5-2 Ducks!

BOT 7: Barnstormers cut the lead to one after a two-run homer by Blake Gailen. 5-4 Ducks.

BOT 8: Colton Murray has struck out the side in order in two straight appearances!

FINAL: K-Rod retires the side and the Ducks win 5-4!

ALCS Game 1: Ducks vs. Revolution

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The 2017 Liberty Division Champion Long Island Ducks host the York Revolution to begin the Atlantic League Championship Series tonight.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

For the second straight year and the fifth time in the last seven seasons, the Long Island Ducks have reached the Atlantic League Championship Series. The Ducks take on the York Revolution in a best-of-five series to determine the 2017 Atlantic League Champion. The Ducks and Revs previously matched up in the ALCS in 2011, with the Revolution taking the crown in four games. During the regular season, the Ducks went 11-9 against York, although the Revolution won six of the 10 second half meetings. Games 1 and 2 will be played at Bethpage Ballpark, with Games 3, 4 (if necessary) and 5 (if necessary) taking place at PeoplesBank Park in York.

LDCS GAME 4 RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 4-3 on Saturday night in Game Four of the Liberty Division Championship Series at TD Bank Ballpark. The Ducks won the series three games to one and are the 2017 Liberty Division champions.

This marks the second consecutive season that the Ducks defeated the Patriots to claim the division crown. Long Island rallied from a 2-0 series deficit to defeat Somerset in the 2016 Liberty Division Championship Series. The Ducks have now won the Liberty Division championship five times in the past seven seasons, all with Kevin Baez as the team’s manager, and have earned six division titles in franchise history (2004, ’11, ’12, ’13, ’16, ’17).

After Ducks starter Jake Dunning worked out of a second-and-third, no-out jam in the second inning, the Ducks opened the scoring in the third against Patriots starter Patrick Johnson. Delta Cleary Jr. scored from second base on Anthony Vega’s bunt single and a fielding error. Giovanny Alfonzo followed two batters later with an RBI single to right field, scoring Vega.

Long Island extended their lead to 3-0 in the sixth when Marc Krauss singled to right and Angelo Songco followed with an RBI double to right-center. Somerset got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the frame when D’Vontrey Richardson doubled and scored from third with two outs on an RBI infield single from Carlos Guzman off Dunning.

It stayed that way until the eighth when the Patriots rallied with two outs to tie the game at three. RBI singles by Guzman and Yovan Gonzalez did the damage. Long Island answered right back though in the ninth to take a 4-3 lead. Vega walked to open the inning, Dan Lyons was hit by a pitch and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. That set the stage for Alfonzo, who drove in Vega with an RBI fielder’s choice grounder to third.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Dunning pitched five and two-thirds innings, yielding one unearned run on seven hits and a walk while striking out three. Johnson lasted five and one-third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Amalio Diaz (1-0) collected the win after recording the final out of the eighth to keep the game tied and retiring the side in order in the ninth. Dustin Antolin (0-1) took the loss, surrendering the game-winning run in his two-thirds of an inning.

Krauss led the Flock offensively with three hits, while Alfonzo added two RBI.

LDCS GAME 4 HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

RHP Matt Larkins gets the start for the Ducks in the opening game of the Atlantic League Championship Series. The righty went 9-7 with a 3.69 ERA in 27 appearances (26 starts) during the regular season, and led the team with three shutouts. Larkins started game two against the Somerset Patriots in the Liberty Division Championship Series and allowed one run on four hits in 5.2 innings, walking a season-high seven and striking out four in a 4-1 Ducks win. Against the Revolution this season, the California native was 1-2 with a less-than-stellar 8.70 ERA (19 ER/19.2 IP), allowing 34 hits as York batsmen hit .391 against him.

The Revolution counter with right-hander Jay Gause to set the tone in the series. In the regular season, Gause was 10-4 with a 3.67 ERA. In his lone playoff start in Game 1 of the Freedom Division Championship Series against Southern Maryland, he allowed one run on two hits in six innings, getting no decision in a 5-3 Revs victory. The former Astros farmhand made only one start against the Ducks this season, coming on August 30. Gause allowed two runs on three hits in six innings to defeat the Long Island in the outing, striking out five and walking three.

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

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

York Revolution
#2   Alonzo Harris – LF
#10 Jared Mitchell – RF
#6   Rubi Silva – 2B
#23 Telvin Nash – 1B
#21 Michael Burgess – DH
#16 Isaias Tejeda – C
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#27 Chase Simpson – 3B

#39 Jay Gause – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1 | The Revolution take a 1-0 lead on an RBI single from Jared Mitchell.

TOP 3 | York takes a 4-0 lead on a three-run home run from Michael Burgess.

BOT 5 | The Ducks tie the game up at 4-4 thanks to two-run hits from Dan Lyons and Lew Ford.

BOT 6 | Delta Cleary Jr. drives home Alex Burg with a single to give the Ducks a 5-4 lead!

TOP 7 | The Revs mount a two-out rally and take a 6-5 lead over the Ducks.

BOT 7 | The Ducks tie the game at 6-6 thanks to a Lew Ford RBI infield single.

TOP 8 | York rallies for two runs to take an 8-6 lead over the Ducks.

BOT 8 | Giovanny Alfonzo lifts a sacrifice fly to shave a run off the deficit as York still leads, 8-7.

FINAL | Revolution 8, Ducks 7

W: Sides (2-0)
L: Jones (0-1)
SV: Hutchingson (2)

LDCS Game 4: Ducks at Patriots

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Long Island’s offense has racked up 10 runs and 23 hits over the past two games

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks take on the Somerset Patriots in Game Four of the Liberty Division Championship Series. They now hold a two games to one lead in the best-of-five series following a 6-1 win in Game Three on Friday night. 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. It’s also the fourth time in five years they are facing in the postseason going back to the 2013 Atlantic League Championship Series, which the Ducks won in five games.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

An incredible performance by Ducks starter Jake Fisher in the first postseason start of his professional career helped the Ducks to a 6-1 victory in Game Three and a 2-1 lead in the Liberty Division Championship Series.

The southpaw was terrific throughout, mixing up his pitches and location to keep the Patriots off-balance and showcasing a terrific breaking ball. In his nine innings, Fisher allowed just six hits and two walks while striking out nine batters, his most in a Ducks uniform and two shy of his season-high. The 27-year-old threw a total of 115 pitches in the outing, 83 of which were strikes (72.2%). Fisher actually came within one out of becoming the first Duck to ever toss a complete game shutout in the postseason, but he allowed a single to Kyle Roller and an RBI double by David Vidal off the glove of Lew Ford to miss the opportunity.

Long Island’s offense gave their starting pitcher some early comfort, as they plated three runs in the first inning against Patriots starter William Oliver. The Ducks opened the game with four consecutive singles, including a chopper by Ford over the head of Vidal and an RBI single to left-center by Marc Krauss. Angelo Songco drove in the third run of the inning with a fielder’s choice grounder to first base.

Oliver settled in to keep the Ducks off the scoreboard over the next four innings, but Long Island was able to firmly put the game out of reach in the sixth. Alex Burg, who collected his third consecutive multi-hit game in the postseason, doubled to left to begin the inning. Following a sacrifice bunt and a flyout to shallow right, Dan Lyons came through with a two-out RBI single through the left side. Giovanny Alfonzo followed with an RBI double off the wall in left-center that stretched the lead to 5-0.

Anthony Vega rounded out the scoring for the Flock in the eighth with a two-out solo home run over the wall in right off reliever Kyler Newby. Long Island finished the night with 14 hits in the game, as eight of their nine batters registering at least one hit and five turning in multi-hit performances. Krauss led the way with three hits, while Alfonzo, Ford, Burg and Elmer Reyes each added two.

GAME THREE HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

For the second night in a row, the Ducks will send a Jake to the mound. Jake Dunning will start for the Flock in Game Four of the LDCS, as he makes his first postseason start in a Ducks uniform. The right-hander made 14 appearances (seven starts) with the Ducks in 2017, compiling a 2-3 record with a 3.64 ERA and 43 strikeouts to 14 walks in 49 and one-third innings. He tossed six scoreless innings against the Bridgeport Bluefish on September 10 and began his final outing of the year with six innings of one-run ball on September 16 in Sugar Land. However, he was tagged for three runs in the seventh that caused him to take the loss in a 5-3 defeat. Dunning worked out of a bases loaded, no-out jam in the second to allow just one run on a groundout. In the seventh though, he surrendered back-to-back singles and a two-run triple by Joe Benson. The bullpen then conceded two more runs. Tonight will be the former big leaguer’s first-ever outing against the Patriots.

Somerset will send Patrick Johnson to the mound, in need of a win to keep their season alive. The right-hander made seven appearances (five starts) with the Patriots and posted a 2-2 record with a 4.76 ERA and 28 strikeouts to eight walks in 22 and two-thirds innings. His ERA is a bit inflated from his second outing, where he allowed nine runs (eight earned) on seven hits in one and two-thirds innings to the York Revolution. However, since then, 29-year-old has given up only four runs over 20 innings across five games (1.80 ERA). In his last start, he allowed a run on four hits over five innings while striking out five in a 9-2 win at Bridgeport in the regular season finale. Johnson has faced the Ducks just once, coming in his first outing with Somerset. He threw a scoreless inning as the starter in game one of a doubleheader on August 16 but gave up two walks and hit a batter in the frame.

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

#45 Jake Dunning – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#19 Olmo Rosario – RF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#14 David Vidal – 3B
#5   D’Vontrey Richardson – CF
#13 Carlos Guzman – 1B
#4   Yovan Gonzalez – C
#15 Justin Trapp – 2B

#34 Patrick Johnson – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (7:21): END 1: Both pitchers work a scoreless first inning to begin Game Four.

UPDATE (7:42): BOT 2: Jake Dunning escapes a second-and-third, no-out jam to keep Somerset off the scoreboard! A 5-4-3 double play ends the inning!

UPDATE (7:57): TOP 3: A bunt single coupled with a fielding error scores Delta Cleary Jr., and Giovanny Alfonzo delivers an RBI single! Ducks take a 2-0 lead!

UPDATE (8:07): BOT 3: Dunning escapes again! After allowing a pair of two-out singles, he strikes out Kyle Roller for the second time tonight!

UPDATE (8:46): END 5: Five scoreless innings thus far from Jake Dunning to protect Long Island’s 2-0 lead! He has struck out three.

UPDATE (9:00): TOP 6: Angelo Songco laces an RBI double to right-center, scoring Marc Krauss to extend the lead to 3-0!

UPDATE (9:17): BOT 6: Somerset gets on the scoreboard thanks to a two-out infield single from Carlos Guzman. Ducks lead is now 3-1.

UPDATE (10:11): BOT 8: Somerset rallies for a pair of two-out runs to tie up the ballgame. 3-3 as we head to the ninth.

UPDATE (10:40): BALLGAME OVER! Ducks score in the top of the ninth and win it 4-3! They take the series 3-1 and are the 2017 Liberty Division champions!!

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