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Game 73: Ducks vs. Patriots

The Ducks open up an important series against the Somerset Patriots

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Ducks look to open up a series against the first place Somerset Patriots on the right note. Long Island comes in at 6-3 in the second half, just one game back of the Patriots, who are 7-2 in the second half of the season. This will be the 10th of 18 scheduled games between the two teams this season and their 355th all-time meeting. The Patriots are winning the all-time series by just two games, 178-176, and are up 6-3 on the Ducks in 2018. However, the Ducks hold a 93-85 advantage against Somerset at Bethpage Ballpark.

THURSDAY’S RECAP: 

The Ducks and Bees went back and forth on Thursday night, with Long Island coming out on top in an instant classic by a score of 9-8.

The Ducks jumped out to a 4-0 lead quickly, started by a first-inning run by Jordany Valdespin on an error by the Bees. Three more came across in the next inning on a Daniel Fields sacrifice fly, a run-scoring groundout by Dan Lyons, and a bunt single by Emilio Bonifacio.

The Bees plated a pair in the third inning, but the Ducks answered with a Fields home run and an RBI single by Travis Snider. Jonathan Galvez drove in a run in the sixth inning to make it 6-3 Ducks. Then the Bees jumped in front in the eighth after a grand slam by Jamar Walton on the first pitch he saw.  Matt Tuiasosopo added a solo home run in the ninth to give the Bees a two-run cushion.

Bonifacio then drove in Lyons in the bottom of the ninth, but was then thrown out trying to steal second. Snider tripled off the wall with two outs and the bases empty, then Lew Ford drilled a game-winning two-run home run over the left field wall to walk-off the Bees.

Bennett Parry took a no-decision after going six innings and allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk, along with four strikeouts. Mark Hamburger of the Bees went five innings in his start and allowed six runs (five earned) on 10 hits and two walks, striking out three. Jose Cuas picked up the win in his first appearance at Bethpage Ballpark despite allowing a run on three hits in the ninth inning. Evan Scribner took a rare loss, giving up three runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning.

THURSDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 

ON THE MOUND:

John Brownell will open the series for the Ducks. The team’s pitching coach will look to keep his two-start win streak alive after defeating the York Revolution in his last appearance. Brownell went six innings and allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk while adding five strikeouts in a 13-4 victory. Overall, the franchise leader in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and starts is 5-7 with a 4.12 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) this season. Brownell is 1-1 in his starts against the Patriots this season, allowing just four runs over 13 innings of work.

David Kubiak will take the mound against the Ducks tonight. The 6’7″ righty is coming off a brilliant start against the Barnstormers in which he dealt seven innings of one-run ball, allowing just four hits and three walks while striking out five. The second-year Patriot is 5-1 with a 2.31 ERA this season over nine starts. The New York native pitched to a 5-10 record over 21 appearances (18 starts) with a 3.83 ERA, striking out 117 batters to 34 walks, earning an All-Star selection last season. Kubiak made three appearances at Double-A in the New York Yankees organization in 2016 between stints with the Bridgeport Bluefish.

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
#35 Taylor Ard –  3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#28 Daniel Fields – Lf
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#25 Craig Massey – 2B
#11 Ramon Flores – LF
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#19 Jermaine Curtis – 3B
#47 Endy Chavez – DH
#4   Yovan Gonzalez – C
#9   Mike Blanke – 1B
#5   Mike Fransoso – CF
#1   Justin Trapp – RF

#24 David Kubiak – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 3: Patriots strike first after RBI singles by Ramon Flores, Jermaine Curtis, and Yovan Gonzalez.

TOP 4: Ramon Flores homers to give the Patriots a 4-0 lead.

BOT 4: The Ducks are on the board after David Washington doubles home a run!

BOT 6: Jordany Valdespin drives in a pair with a bloop single to left! Ducks are within one, it’s 4-3 Patriots!

BOT 6: Dan Lyons dribbled a ball down the third base line and reached first to tally his 1,000 hit in his professional career! Congrats Dan!

TOP 7: The Patriots strike back with a pair of runs of their own after an RBI single and sacrifice fly. They lead 6-3.

TOP 9: Ramon Flores hits his second home run of the night to make it 7-3 Patriots. Then an RBI double from Endy Chavez extends their lead.

FINAL: The Ducks fall to the Patriots 8-3.

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Game 72: Ducks vs. Bees

The Ducks look to take the series from the New Britain Bees on Thursday

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and New Britain Bees finish a three-game series on Thursday night. This will be the 11th of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Bees this season and the 51st all-time meeting between the two teams. The Bees have a slim lead in the all-time series at 26-25, but the Ducks have a 6-4 lead in 2018. The Ducks own a 15-10 record at home against New Britain. The Ducks bring 35-36 record to Thursday’s game, with a 5-3 record in the second half while New Britain holds a 37-34 record, standing at 4-4 in the second half.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP:

The Ducks struggled in the morning game of the doubleheader yesterday, walking 12 batters en route to a 7-2 loss to the Bees.

The Bees kicked off their offense in the second inning with a bases-loaded walk immediately followed by a base hit to take a 3-0 lead. Another bases-loaded walk in the following inning extended the Bees lead to 4-0.

The Ducks answered in the bottom of the third with a solo home run off the bat of Emilio BonifacioDaniel Fields followed with an RBI double later in the inning to pull the Ducks within two. The Bees tacked on three more runs in the fourth inning following a pair of bases-loaded walks and an RBI single.

Andy Van Hekken earned the win for the Bees, lasting five and one-third innings and giving up two runs on 10 hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Lee Sosa took the loss for the Ducks, giving up four runs (three earned) on two hits and seven walks in two and two-thirds innings along with five strikeouts.

Ducks pitching recovered in the second game, shutting out the Bees 3-0 over nine innings.

Taylor Ard delivered the first runs of the ballgame in the third inning with a two-run double to left-center field. Ard came through again in the fifth inning with a sacrifice fly to left to push the score to 3-0.

Jake Fisher was excellent in his start, earning the win after pitching six and one-third scoreless innings and allowing six hits, striking out seven. Rainy Lara took the loss for the Bees, allowing three runs on eight hits in four and two-thirds innings of work. Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth inning to collect his 15th save of the season.

WEDNESDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

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 6-1 record with a 2.60 ERA over 12 starts thus far. His 104 strikeouts lead the Atlantic League this season, and his ERA places him second in the circuit. However, the California native was excellent yet again in his last start, throwing seven shutout innings and allowing just four hits against the Skeeters on July 8. The lefty also pitched a scoreless inning in the Atlantic League All-Star Game three days later. Parry is 1-1 against the Bees this season with a 6.30 ERA.

Mark Hamburger will start in the series finale for the New Britain Bees. The Minnesota native struggled in his last start, allowing six runs (four earned) in six innings on nine hits and two walks last Friday. He comes into this start with a 6-5 record and a 3.80 ERA over 13 starts, including a victory over the Ducks on July 5. Hamburger reached the majors in 2011 with the Texas Rangers, who later reached the World Series. Since his brief major league stint, the righty has pitched in the Padres, Astros, and Twins organization. He made a name for himself in the American Association with the St. Paul Saints before joining the Somerset Patriots during their playoff push last year.

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
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#28 Daniel Fields – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#32 Bennett Parry – LHP

New Britain Bees
#8   Darren Ford – CF
#11 Brock Stassi – DH
#24 Deibinson Romero – 3B
#14 Jason Rogers – 1B
#7   Matt Tuiasosopo – LF
#10 Jonathan Galvez – 2B
#23 Jamar Walton – RF
#30 Ryan Wagner – C
#35 Vicente Conde – SS

#5   Mark Hamburger – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Bennett Parry shuts down the first three batters he sees, including a strikeout of Home Run Derby champ Deibinson Romero!

BOT 1: Jordany Valdespin swipes home plate after an error to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead!

BOT 2: A Daniel Fields sacrifice fly, a Dan Lyons ground-out, and a bunt single from Jordany Valdespin bring in three more runs for the Ducks to make it 4-0!

TOP 3: The Bees plate a pair to cut the Ducks lead in half. It’s 4-2.

BOT 4: A solo blast over the left-center field wall by Fields and an RBI single up the middle by Travis Snider restore Long Island’s four-run lead at 6-2!

TOP 6: The Bees score a run on a grounder that just sneaks out of the infield to make it 6-3 Ducks.

TOP 8: A grand slam from Jamar Walton pushes the Bees ahead 7-6.

FINAL: LEW FORD WALKS IT OFF WITH A TWO-RUN BLAST TO LEFT!!! DUCKS WIN 9-8!

Game 67: Ducks at Revolution

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The Ducks begin their post All-Star break schedule with a weekend trip to York

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks resume the second half of the 2018 season tonight when they open a three-game series in Pennsylvania against the York Revolution. After a four-day break for the Atlantic League All-Star Game, the Ducks will bring a 3-0 record in the second half into this series. The Revolution have won two of their first three games in the second half, and both teams currently sit in first place in their respective divisions. Long Island has won five of their eight meetings with York thus far, including three of four at PeoplesBank Park back in early-June.

LAST GAME RECAP:

The Ducks last took the field on Sunday evening, when they held on late for a 5-3 victory over the Sugar Land Skeeters to complete a three-game sweep.

Ducks starter Bennett Parry and Skeeters starter Ben Griset dueled over the first four innings of the game, with neither pitcher yielding a run. However, in the fifth, Cody Puckett ended a 43-game home run drought with a leadoff solo blast over the left field wall. Later in the frame, Audie Afenir double to right, and Jordany Valdespin brought him home with a two-out RBI single to right.

It remained 2-0 until the bottom of the eighth when Austin Adams took over on the mound for the Skeeters. He allowed a one-out single to Lew Ford, a two-out single to Taylor Ard and a two-out walk to David Washington. That set the stage for Puckett, who drove a 1-1 pitch into the left-center field gap for a bases-clearing, three-run double that put the Flock up 5-0.

Francisco Rodriguez entered in the ninth inning for a second straight night to try and close out the game. However, the righty ran into trouble, yielding three runs on two hits, two walks and a sacrifice fly. With the tying run coming up to the plate, the closer induced a flyout to left by Derek Norris and struck out All-Star Matt Chavez swinging to seal the series sweep.

Parry collected the win after tossing seven scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and four walks while striking out 10. Griset took the loss, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk in seven innings.

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ALL-STAR GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks will give the ball to Lee Sosa in the first game out of the All-Star break. The right-hander last pitched on July 4th when he start Long Island’s 5-3 win in Connecticut over the New Britain Bees. He pitched two innings after starting just three days prior, allowing a run on one hit and two walks while striking out two. Thus far, the Bronx native has compiled an 0-1 record with a 5.74 ERA in nine appearances (three starts) with the Ducks this year. He has faced York twice, once in relief and once as a starter, and has given up five runs in four and two-thirds innings of work.

York will counter with left-hander Robert Carson, who started the All-Star Game for the Freedom Division and allowed a first-inning solo homer to Somerset Patriots outfielder Julio Borbon. The southpaw has a 5-3 record with a 2.25 ERA in 20 appearances this year, four of which are starts. His last start with the Revs came on July 4th against the Sugar Land Skeeters when he took the loss despite allowing just three runs, four hits and a walk over six innings while striking out a season-high eight batters. Carson has pitched in three games against Long Island this year (two starts). He has totaled a 1-0 record with a 2.19 ERA, conceding five runs (three earned) in 12 and one-third innings.

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
#35 Taylor Ard – 1B
#30 David Washington – LF
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#14 Lee Sosa – RHP

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

#28 Robert Carson – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Ducks strike first in York on a two-out RBI single to left-center field from Taylor Ard!

END 2: Back-to-back scoreless innings to start the game from right-hander Lee Sosa! Five of his six outs recorded have been groundouts.

BOT 4: The Revolution plate five runs (three earned) on five hits and an error to take a 5-1 lead.

BOT 5: A sac fly off the bat of Luis Cruz and a two-out, three-run home run from Ryan Dent increase the Revolution lead to 9-1.

BOT 6: The Revolution plate seven more runs on eight more hits.

BOT 8: Newcomer Jose Cuas takes over on the mound in the eighth inning and retires all three batters he faces on popouts!

FINAL: Ducks drop the series opener in York to the Revolution. Back at it tomorrow night at 6:30 for the middle game of the series.

 

2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game

The best the Atlantic League has to offer will compete at Bethpage Ballpark at the 2018 All-Star Game

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Liberty Division All-Stars look to put an end to the Freedom Division All-Stars’ reign over the Atlantic League’s Mid-Summer Classic. Freedom’s side has won the previous six matchups between the divisions dating back to 2011. This will be Long Island’s third time hosting the All-Star game, with the most recent occurring in 2010, and the first occurring in 2002.

FIRST HALF RECAP:

The Somerset Patriots and Sugar Land Skeeters clinched playoff spots after winning their respective divisions following 63 games. The Patriots rode a hot start to a first-half title, fending off a late push from the New Britain Bees, who pulled within two games by the end of the half. Somerset’s first-half record was 35-28, while the Sugar Land Skeeters held the best record in the league as a whole at 41-22. The Skeeters were trailing the Lancaster Barnstormers late in the half, but took six games from them in a seven-game series near the end of the midseason.

ON THE MOUND:

Bennett Parry has been arguably the best pitcher in the Atlantic League this year, and starts for the Liberty Division tonight. The 6-foot-6 lefty owns a 6-1 record with a 2.60 ERA over 12 starts thus far. His 104 strikeouts lead the Atlantic League this season, and his ERA places him third in the circuit. The California native was brilliant once again in his last start, throwing seven shutout innings against the Skeeters just three days ago, striking out 10.

The Freedom Division will have Robert Carson start tonight, who began the season in the bullpen before transitioning to a starting role. The Mississippi native earned a quality start but took the loss in his last outing, going six innings and allowing three runs in a 3-2 loss to the Sugar Land Skeeters last Wednesday. 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.

ALL-STAR GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Freedom Division All-Stars
#7   Darian Sandford – CF
#19 Frank Martinez – 3B
#15 Welington Dotel – LF
#2   Blake Gailen – RF
#26 Matt Chavez – 1B
#6   Vladimir Frias – SS
#21 Courtney Hawkins – DH
#5   Ryan Casteel – C
#9   Edwin Garcia – 2B

#34 Robert Carson – LHP

Liberty Division All-Stars
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Julio Borbon – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#14 Jason Rogers – 1B
#23 Jamar Walton – RF
#24 Deibinson Romero – 3B
#6   Mike Fransoso – LF
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#2   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS

#32 Bennett Parry – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Ducks starter Bennett Parry starts the All-Star Game with a one-two-three inning for the Liberty Division!

BOT 1: Julio Borbon of the Somerset Patriots starts the scoring with an absolute bomb to right field! 1-0 Liberty!

TOP 2: Cory Riordan of the Somerset Patriots follows Bennett Parry’s lead and retires the side in the second inning.

BOT 2: Catcher Ryan Casteel of the Lancaster Barnstormers turns a great double play to highlight York’s Mitch Atkins’ inning of work!

BOT 3: Konner Wade of the Sugar Land Skeeters draws a double play to get out of a two-on one-out jam, keeping the Freedom Division ahead 3-1!

TOP 4: Pitcher Rainy Lara of the New Britain Bees knocks down a grounder towards Jordany Valdespin to end the inning! Still 3-1 Freedom.

BOT 4: Third double play turned by the Freedom Division in four innings as Nate Reed of the @gobarnstormers keeps the lead for Freedom at 3-1.

TOP 5: Duane Below of the Somerset Patriots deals a perfect inning for the Liberty Division!

BOT 5: A couple of Somerset Patriots come through after Mike Fransoso doubles home a run, and Alfredo Rodriguez gets a run-scoring base hit off Southern Maryland Blue Crabs pitcher Sam Runion! All tied at three!

BOT 6: York’s Grant Sides grants a two-out walk but gets the next batter to ground out to keep the score at 3-3!

TOP 7: Perfect inning for Ducks sidearmer Wander Perez! Still 3-3 into the seventh inning stretch!

BOT 7: Nice and easy one-two-three inning for Lancaster Barnstormers submariner Garrett Granitz! Pitching is taking over here at Bethpage Ballpark!

TOP 8: Road Warriors closer Andrew Johnston keeps the game tied, forcing a ground-out with a man on to end the inning!

BOT 8: Scott Shuman of the Lancaster Barnstormers gets into trouble with a runner in scoring position, but gets a clutch strikeout to end the inning!

TOP 9: New Britain Bees closer Evan Scribner looks brilliant while striking out the side for the Liberty Division! Tied at three heading into the bottom of the ninth!

FINAL: Alfredo Rodriguez of the Somerset Patriots walks it off with a single down the line! 4-3 Liberty! What a game!

Game 66: Ducks vs. Skeeters

The Ducks look to stay unbeaten in the second half of play with a sweep of the Skeeters

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

Long Island has an overall record of 32-33, and a second-half record of 2-0 coming into this game. Sugar Land clinched a playoff spot with a 41-22 record in the first half, but has started the second half 0-2. This will be the 12th of 18 scheduled games between the two teams this season and their 131st all-time meeting. The Skeeters have a two-game lead on the Ducks in the all-time series, going 66-64 against the Flock, while winning the 2018 series 6-5. Long Island has defended their home at a 40-27 rate from the Skeeters. Last season’s series between the two teams ended in an even split, 10-10.

LAST GAME RECAP:

The Ducks continued their strong start to the second half with a 7-5 victory in the second game of a three-game set against the Sugar Land Skeeters.

The Skeeters struck first with a solo home run in the very first inning by Matt Chavez. Dan Lyons then pushed the Ducks ahead with a two-run homer that snuck over the left field wall in the third inning.

A base hit by Albert Cordero in the top of the sixth inning knotted the game at two, but it didn’t stay that way for long. In the bottom half of the inning, David Washington annihilated a ball to right field with the bases loaded to give the Ducks a 6-2 lead.

The Skeeters stormed back in the next inning with a sacrifice fly followed by a two-run home run off the bat of Courtney Hawkins to cut the Ducks lead to 6-5. Long Island got a valuable insurance run in the bottom half of the inning when Lew Ford hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Lyons.

Francisco Rodriguez shut the door in the ninth to convert his 14th save of the season, stranding a runner at second. Tyler Badamo earned his first win as a Duck, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four. Ben Rowen took the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits in two innings of work.

SATURDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Bennett Parry has been arguably the best pitcher in the Atlantic League this year, and starts tonight against the Skeeters. The 6-foot-6 lefty owns a 5-1 record with a 2.88 ERA over 11 starts thus far. His 94 strikeouts lead the Atlantic League this season, and his ERA places him third in the circuit. However, the California native struggled in his last start, allowing six runs in five innings of work in the series opener against the Bees last Tuesday. Parry dominated the Skeeters earlier this season, striking out 14 over five and two-thirds innings on May 30.

Ben Griset will start for the Skeeters tonight, sporting a record of 2-2 with a 4.86 ERA this season. The Modesto, Calif., native has returned to the Skeeters rotation after easing back from injury with a pair of relief appearances in early June. The lefty has not been helped by his defense in his last two starts, going six total innings and allowing seven runs, but only three earned runs. Griset spent his last three seasons in the Mets’ organization, pitching out of the bullpen for Double-A Binghamton and earning a 4-1 record with a 2.39 ERA.

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 – LF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#35 Taylor Ard – 1B
#30 David Washington – DH
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#9   Anthony Vega – CF
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#32 Bennett Parry – LHP

Sugar Land Skeeters
#27 Barrett Barnes – CF
#33 Derek Norris – DH
#16 Matt Chavez – 1B
#12 Courtney Hawkins – LF
#3   Albert Cordero – C
#29 Denis Phipps – RF
#4   Colin Walsh – 2B
#20 Javier Betancourt – 3B
#7   Alvaro Rondon – SS

#23 Ben Griset – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Two strikeouts already on the board for Ducks starter Bennett Parry! Four away from 100 at the midway point of the season!

TOP 3: With two on and nobody out, Bennett Parry escapes the inning with the bases loaded, striking out two more! Scoreless after three.

BOT 3: Jordany Valdespin walks and extends the on-base streak to 30 games! Incredible!

TOP 5: Bennett Parry strikes out the side to bring his season total to 102! The next highest in the league is 66 FYI.

BOT 5: Ducks score two in the inning after a home run from Cody Puckett and an RBI single by Jordany Valdespin!

TOP 6: Bennett Parry strands the runners at the corners with his 10th strikeout of the ballgame! 2-0 Ducks!

BOT 8: Cody Puckett adds a bases-clearing double to his big day! He’s 2-4 with a homer, a double, and 4 RBI!

FINAL: Sugar Land makes it close with a three-run ninth, but the Ducks hold on for a 5-3 win and a sweep to open the second half!

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