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ALCS Game 3: Ducks at Revolution

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The Ducks and Revs play postseason baseball in York for the first time since 2011

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Atlantic League Championship Series shifts west to Pennsylvania for Game Three between the Long Island Ducks and York Revolution. York has a two games to none lead in the best-of-five series. The Ducks are playing in their sixth ALCS all-time (fifth in the past seven seasons) and have won three Atlantic League championships in franchise history. 2017 marks the third time the Revolution have reached the Championship Series, with their previous two visits resulting in victories over the Bridgeport Bluefish (2010) and Ducks (2011).

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

Just like in Game One, the Ducks and Revolution played a back-and-forth affair in Game Two that saw York finish on top by a run in a 5-4 final.

The two sides traded single runs in the first inning. Alonzo Harris opened the game with a solo home run to left field off Ducks starter Jake Fisher to give the Revs the early lead. However, in the bottom of the inning, Elmer Reyes singled to left and scored all the way from first when Lew Ford’s grounder to third was thrown down the right field line by Chase Simpson.

Fisher would settle in to retire the next 12 batters he faced, and Alex Burg gave Long Island the lead with two outs in the fourth when he launched and opposite-field solo homer to right off Revolution starter Frank Gailey. York would reclaim the lead though with single runs in the sixth and seventh. Following back-to-back singles to begin the sixth, Harris lifted a sac fly to left-center that plated Ryan Dent. One inning later, a two-out double by Isaias Tejeda was followed by an RBI single to center from Travis Witherspoon that put the Revolution ahead 3-2.

Long Island fought back to tie the game up in the bottom of the seventh. They loaded the bases to begin the inning when Ruben Gotay was hit by a pitch, Burg walked and Delta Cleary Jr. reached on a bunt single. After Gailey struck out Anthony Vega, Grant Sides (3-0) came in and struck out Dan LyonsGiovanny Alfonzo would come through though with two outs, legging out an infield single to short that plated pinch-runner Jordan Hinshaw.

Fisher (1-1) stayed in to begin the eighth but ran into trouble, allowing a leadoff single to Simpson. Two batters later, Jared Mitchell drove him in from second to give York a 4-3 lead. Following a bunt single, Rob Rogers came on and retired Telvin Nash on a groundout to third, but Mitchell scored an important insurance run.

The Ducks continued to show great resolve, as they rallied in the bottom of the frame. Following a walk by Marc Krauss and a single by pinch-hitter Angelo Songco with one out, closer Chase Huchingson was summoned by manager Mark Mason. Burg reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Krauss after a call initial ruling him out was overturned when umpired deemed Nash dropped the ball at first. After a walk to Cleary Jr., the Ducks had the tying run at second and the go-ahead run at first, but Vega grounded into a force out that ended the inning. Long Island managed just a two-out walk in the ninth.

YESTERDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks will turn to veteran right-hander John Brownell in hopes of keeping their season alive. He will start for the first time since Game One of the Liberty Division Championship Series against Somerset. In that game, he was tagged for 13 hits and seven runs (four earned) over five and one-third innings, walking one and striking out four. The two-time Atlantic League champion will look to bounce back in what will be his first-ever Game Three postseason start with the Flock. Brownell is 5-3 with a 3.86 ERA in 10 playoff starts as a Duck. This year, he faced the Revolution four times during the regular season and posted a 2-1 record with a 4.57 ERA. Most recently, he fired a complete game to earn the win in the opener of a doubleheader on September 7. He allowed just one run on four hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out six.

York meanwhile will go with right-hander Victor Mateo in search of a three-game series sweep. The first-year Rev took the ball last for the Revolution in Game Two of the Freedom Division Championship Series against Southern Maryland. He collected the win in the outing, going five and one-third innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks with a strikeout. It was a strong bounce-back after he allowed six runs (five earned) in four and two-thirds innings to Lancaster during his final regular season start. Mateo made five starts against the Ducks this season and went 0-2 with a 6.47 ERA. He faced Long Island twice in a span of five days earlier this month in York. In the first outing, the Dominican Republic native allowed four runs in five and one-third innings while opposing Brownell on September 7. He then yielded just one unearned run on two hits but walked five in five innings on Sept. 11, taking a no-decision in York’s 2-1 win.

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
#23 Alex Burg – C
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – 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

#9   Victor Mateo – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (6:41): Game Three of the Atlantic League Championship Series is underway in York, Pa.!

UPDATE (7:13): END 2: We are scoreless at PeoplesBank Park. John Brownell has a pair of strikeouts, working around a hit in each inning thus far.

UPDATE (7:21): TOP 3: Ducks strike first! An RBI single to right field by Giovanny Alfonzo scores Anthony Vega with the game’s first run!

UPDATE (7:50): BOT 4: Brownell works around a leadoff double from Silva and strands two Revs on the basepaths! Ducks maintain a 1-0 lead through four.

UPDATE (8:06): TOP 5: Vega scampers home from third on a wild pitch to extend Long Island’s lead to 2-0!

UPDATE (8:45): BOT 6: York gets on the scoreboard with a two-out RBI single by Isaias Tejeda. However, Rob Rogers comes in and strands three on base.

UPDATE (9:03): BOT 7: Elmer Reyes flashes the leather! He makes a diving stop to his left to rob Jared Mitchell of a two-out hit!

UPDATE (9:27): BOT 8: Telvin Nash’s two-run home run to center has put the Revolution in front 3-2.

UPDATE (9:43): FINAL: The Revolution win the game 3-2 and the series 3-0 to earn the Atlantic League championship. Congratulations to the organization.

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ALCS Game 2: Ducks vs. Revolution

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LHP Jake Fisher will look to lead the Long Island Ducks to victory in Game Two of the Atlantic League Championship Series tonight.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

After a tough loss last night in Game 1, the Long Island Ducks and York Revolution continue the 2017 Atlantic League Championship Series tonight. The Ducks are in the ALCS for the fifth time in the last seven seasons, are seeking to capture their fourth league title overall. The Ducks and Revolution are meeting in the championship series for the second time overall and the first time since 2011.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the York Revolution 8-7 on Wednesday night in Game One of the Atlantic League Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark. York now leads the best-of-five series one game to none.

The Revolution jumped out to an early 4-0 lead with a run in the first inning and three in the third against Ducks starter Matt Larkins. Jared Mitchell’s RBI single to right and Michael Burgess’ three-run homer to left did the damage.

Long Island responded with four runs in the fifth against Revs starter Jay Gause and reliever Joe Van Meter to tie the game at four. Dan Lyons’ two-run double to left-center and Lew Ford’s two-run single to left highlighted the inning.

The Ducks took a 5-4 lead in the sixth on a two-out RBI single to center by Delta Cleary Jr. However, York went in front with a pair of two-out runs in the seventh, courtesy of Isaias Tejeda’s bases loaded walk and Travis Witherspoon’s RBI single. Long Island pulled even at six in the bottom of the frame on Ford’s two-out RBI infield single to short.

York took the lead for good in the eighth on RBI singles from Alonzo Harris and Rubi Silva. Giovanny Alfonzo closed the gap to 8-7 in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly to right, but the Ducks were unable to even the score back up.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Larkins pitched five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five. Gause lasted four and one-third innings, yielding three runs on three hits and four walks with three strikeouts. Grant Sides (2-0) collected the win despite allowing a run on two walks in two-thirds of an inning. James Jones (0-1) suffered the loss, surrendering two runs on two hits and a walk. Chase Huchingson collected his second save of the playoffs with one and two-thirds scoreless innings.

Ford led the Flock with three hits and three RBI. Cleary Jr. added two hits an RBI and two runs, while Lyons drove in and scored two runs apiece.

YESTERDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Newcomer Jake Fisher takes the ball for the Ducks in Game Two, coming off of a magnificent performance in the Liberty Division Championship Series. Fisher threw a complete game at TD Bank Ballpark against the Patriots, allowing one run on six hits, striking out nine and walking two. In two regular season starts with Long Island, the southpaw recorded no record and a 2.76 ERA (4 ER/13.0 IP). Previous to his short stint with the Ducks, Fisher spent four seasons with the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League.

The Revolution counter with left-hander Frank Gailey in the second game of the series. Gailey went 14-9 with a 4.11 ERA in 28 starts during the 2017 regular season, striking out 112 and walking 58 in 153.0 innings. In his lone playoff start at Southern Maryland in Game 3 of the Freedom Division Championship Series, the Philadelphia native allowed seven runs (six earned) on six hits in 4.1 innings, getting the loss. Gailey was 3-1 with a 3.48 ERA against the Ducks in four starts during the regular season.

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
#30 Ruben Gotay – DH
#23 Alex Burg – C
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#25 Jake Fisher – LHP

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

#29 Frank Gailey – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1 | Alonzo Harris leads the game off with a solo home run as the Revolution take a 1-0 lead.

BOT 1 | The Ducks pull even at 1-1 as Elmer Reyes races home on a York miscue.

BOT 4 | Alex Burg hits a solo home run to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead

TOP 6 | The Revs tie the game at 2-2 on a sac fly by Alonzo Harris.

TOP 7 | York takes a 3-2 lead on a Travis Witherspoon RBI single.

BOT 7 | Giovanny Alfonzo ties the game with an infield single and we’re now knotted up at 3-3 with the Revolution!

TOP 8 | The Revs strike for two runs and take a 5-3 lead over the Ducks. #RallyTime

BOT 8 | The Ducks get a run back on an Alex Burg groundout to narrow the gap to 5-4.

FINAL | Revolution 5, Ducks 4

W: Sides (3-0)
L: Fisher (1-1)
SV: Hutchingson (3)

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)

2016 — WHAT A SEASON!

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The Long Island Ducks have finished off their 17th season of play in the Atlantic League, a year that featured some incredible moments on the field and record-setting milestones off of it. After battling through the adversity of several key injuries and multiple players having their contracts purchased, the team put together a rally to advance to their fourth Atlantic League Championship Series in the past six seasons. Bethpage Ballpark also welcomed its 7 millionth fan since the gates opened in April of 2000, as the Ducks became the first Atlantic League franchise to reach that mark. Although their championship dreams came up a little bit short against the Sugar Land Skeeters, there was plenty for the Ducks and their fans to be proud of this past season.

Let’s take a look back on some of the incredible accomplishments achieved by the Ducks during the 2016 season:

* During the final regular season home game at Bethpage Ballpark, which was also Fan Appreciation Day, the Ducks became the first team in the Atlantic League to welcome their 7 millionth fan through the gates. Victoria Sardegna of Riverhead passed through the turnstiles on that Sunday afternoon to become the lucky fan that helped Long Island reach the milestone. In addition, the Ducks hosted 13 past-capacity crowds during the season and have now welcomed a league record 663 sold out crowds all-time. On July 3, a franchise record 7,602 fans packed the “Duck Pond” to watch the Flock close out the first half with a 5-2 win over the Skeeters. The crowd surpassed the previous mark of 7,582 set on July 4, 2009. Overall, the Ducks led the Atlantic League in attendance for the 14th time in 17 seasons at 5,265 and welcomed a total of 366,117 fans through the gates in 2016 (regular season and playoffs).

* For the second consecutive season, a lucky fan went home $10,000 richer after coming to a Ducks game. On Wednesday, May 25, Tyler Colvin hit a grand slam during the fifth inning of Long Island’s 15-5 win over the Bridgeport Bluefish. Being that the fifth was the designated “grand slam inning” as part of Winning Inning Wednesday, Andrew Kratzer of Wantagh was the lucky fan to take home the big prize. One year earlier, Ducks season ticket holder Ginny Steel of Amityville won $10,000 after the Ducks scored seven runs in the seventh inning of their 10-9 win over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on June 10.

* With a first half record of 40-30, the Ducks captured the 2016 First Half Liberty Division title, finishing two games ahead of the Somerset Patriots. The achievement guaranteed the Ducks their 11th postseason berth in franchise history, all coming in the past 13 seasons. It was also the first time the team won the first half since doing so in 2012 when they finished with a record of 39-31. Overall, it was Long Island’s fifth First Half title.

* In the playoffs, the Ducks became just the second team in Atlantic League history to overcome an 0-2 deficit and win a postseason series. Long Island fell behind against Somerset in the Liberty Division Championship Series after dropping Game One, 3-2 in 11 innings, and Game Two, 10-0, both on the road at TD Bank Ballpark. Pushed to the brink of elimination, the Ducks rose to the occasion at home and completely shut down the Patriots’ lineup. The Ducks pulled off 7-1, 2-0 and 5-1 victories to claim their fifth division title in franchise history. Somerset had previously been the only other team to pull off such a comeback, doing so in the 2001 Atlantic League Championship Series against the Newark Bears.

* A grand total of seven Ducks players had their contracts purchased by outside organizations in 2016. Prior to the start of the season, pitcher Bruce Kern’s contract was purchased by the Kansas City Royals while infielder Mark Minicozzi’s contract was purchased by Vaqueros Laguna in the Mexican League. Long Island’s first player to have his contract purchased during the season was infielder Nate Freiman, who went to the Boston Red Sox organization. He would then go on to help Team Israel secure a berth in the World Baseball Classic next spring. In July, four starting pitchers would go on to have their contracts purchased. Among them were right-hander Mark Blackmar (Washington Nationals), Jack Snodgrass (Texas Rangers), Darin Downs (Uni-President Lions, Taiwan) and Kern (Brother Elephants, Taiwan). Finally, Eury De La Rosa’s contract was purchased by the Houston Astros in August.

* John Brownell etched his name even further into franchise history by surpassing three team records, all of which had been held by lefty great Randy Leek. After surpassing Leek for the most strikeouts in team history during the 2015 campaign, Brownell took over the team lead in wins, games started and innings pitched in 2016. The wins that the right-hander achieved to both tie and surpass Leek in that category were vintage performances as well. Brownell threw a complete game on June 5 against Sugar Land to equal the record, yielding just one run on four hits and a walk while striking out seven. Then on July 2, also facing the Skeeters, he pitched eight and one-third innings of one-run ball to overtake the record and lead the Ducks to a 6-1 win. Coincidentally, that was also the victory that secured Long Island’s First Half Liberty Division title.

* Fehlandt Lentini put together one of the best seasons of his professional career, one that has now spanned 16 seasons. The third-year Duck led the Atlantic League in hits (179), runs (108), doubles (42) and at bats (571) while also becoming one of three players in league history to play in all 140 games during the regular season (Lew Ford, Ducks, 2014 and Jovan Rosa, New Britain, 2016). In addition Lentini ranked second in the league in total bases (260), extra-base hits (57), stolen bases (51) and stolen base percentage (.911), third in triples (6) and fifth in batting average (.313) and runs batted in (75). The 39-year-old earned his second Atlantic League All-Star Game selection and went on to bat .281 with two doubles, two RBI, three runs and two stolen bases in the postseason.

* Mike Dowd was voted by fans as the Delmonte-Smelson Team Most Valuable Player. The catcher impressed in his first season with the Flock all around the field. He led all Atlantic League qualifying catchers with a .284 batting average. He has also set career-highs in hits (94), runs (37), at bats (331) and games played (95). His four homers and 43 runs batted in also tied career-highs, set in 2013 and 2012, respectively. Behind the plate, he has helped guide a pitching staff that led the league in earned run average (3.87), strikeouts (1,084) and lowest opponents’ batting average (.260).

Everyone with the Long Island Ducks organization would like to thank each and every fan who came out to the ballpark and showed their support for the team throughout the 2016 season. Without your devotion to the team, both at home and on the road, none of the above accomplishments would have been possible. Before you know it, the 2017 season will be upon us; we can’t wait to see you all back here at Bethpage Ballpark for the 18th season of Ducks baseball!

ALCS Game Three: Ducks vs. Skeeters

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, NY)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks return home looking to experience déjà vu all over again, needing a repeat of their miraculous performance in the Liberty Division Championship Series in order to claim the Atlantic League trophy. The Ducks trail the Sugar Land Skeeters two games to none just as they did against the Somerset Patriots. Down 2-0 last weekend, the Ducks topped the Patriots in three straight games to win the series. Against Sugar Land at home, the Ducks have posted a 6-4 record, outscoring the Skeeters 47-30 in 2016.

GAME TWO RESULT: With a late-inning home run, the Skeeters escaped the Ducks to win Game Two, 2-0.

Both starting pitchers had tremendous outings. Sugar Land’s Michael Nix fired six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Matt Larkins followed suit, pitching five scoreless innings as well.

However, with two outs in the sixth, Larkins hit Skeeters batter Jeremy Barfield. The Ducks starter was lifted for left-handed reliever Patrick Crider, who came on to face Sugar Land lefty Travis Scott. Crider’s first pitch was cranked over the right-field wall. Scott’s home run gave the Skeeters a 2-0 lead.

Nix grabbed the win, while Larkins suffered the tough-luck loss for Long Island. He yielded just two hits and one run over five and two-thirds innings.

Delta Cleary Jr.’s three hits, along with Tyler Colvin’s double, led the Flock offensively.

ON THE MOUND: Nick Struck finds himself in a familiar situation, looking to pitch well in a must-win playoff game for the Ducks. Struck beat the Somerset Patriots six days ago in the Liberty Division Championship Series, facing an 0-2 hole. The Oregon native tossed seven innings of one-run ball, allowing just four hits and two walks with three strikeouts in a 4-1 Long Island victory. The right-hander faced the Skeeters on August 20 at Constellation Field, a game in which the Ducks won in extra innings, 5-4. In that contest, he worked five and one-third innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

Sean Gallagher makes his second postseason appearance for Sugar Land. Gallagher started Game One of the Freedom Division Championship Series but did not factor into the decision. He surrendered one earned run over five innings, striking out two. Against Long Island on September 14, his most recent meeting against the Flock, Gallagher yielded three runs on four hits and two walks, fanning five over five innings in a 4-3 Skeeters loss. Overall, the Texas native has faced Long Island five times, posting a 1-2 record but a strong ERA of 2.03.

FOLLOW ALONG:  Fans can watch live via the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will be available online below. 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 look at Long Island’s all-time playoff history, please CLICK HERE.

Ducks
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#27 Anthony Vega – LF

#24 Nick Struck – RHP

Skeeters
#7 Josh Prince – 2B
#9 Rene Tosoni – CF
#29 Jeremy Barfield – RF
#16 Travis Scott – DH
#24 Delwyn Young – 1B
#14 Lance Zawadski – SS
#5 Wilfredo Rodriguez – C
#26 Jeff Dominguez – LF
#10 Juan Martinez – 3B

#36 Sean Gallagher – RHP

UPDATE (7:00): BOT 1: The Ducks strike first with a double steal! Fehlandt Lentini scores from third base, giving Long Island a 1-0 lead over the Sugar Land Skeeters.

UPDATE (7:29): END 3: Cody Puckett flies out to center field, stranding the bases loaded. Long Island still leads Sugar Land 1-0.

UPDATE (7:39): TOP 4: Lance Zawadski’s two-run double gives Sugar Land a 2-1 lead over Long Island.

UPDATE (8:00): BOT 5: Long Island takes the lead! Ford doubles in a run and then scores on a Skeeters error! The Ducks have a 3-2 advantage.

UPDATE (8:09): TOP 6: HUGE! After a Skeeters leadoff triple by Rene Tosoni, Nick Struck gets the next three to keep the Ducks in front 3-2!

UPDATE (8:26): TOP 7: Sugar Land plates three runs, taking a 5-3 lead over Long Island. Prince’s two-run single highlights the inning.

UPDATE (9:19): FINAL: The Ducks fall 5-3 to the Skeeters in Game Three. Congrats to the Sugar Land Skeeters organization on winning the Atlantic League Championship!

 

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