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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 99: Ducks vs. Bluefish

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Alex Burg helped power the Ducks to victory last night and looks to help the club to three in a row.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

After a pair of exciting wins on Friday and Saturday nights, the Long Island Ducks (13-15; 49-49) look to make it three in a row against the Bridgeport Bluefish (15-14; 56-43) this evening. This contest is pivotal for the Ducks, who enter Sunday’s matchup 1.5 games behind the Bluefish and Somerset Patriots in the Liberty Division Second Half standings. Bridgeport took two-of-three from Long Island at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard last weekend, but the Ducks can clinch at least a tie of the 2017 Ferry Cup Series, which favors the Ducks by a 9-7 margin through 16 contests. Today’s game wraps up a stretch of seven games between the cross-sound rivals in 10 days.

Previous to the win last night, the Ducks had not won back-to-back games since July 4 and 5 against the Lancaster Barnstormers at Bethpage Ballpark. Long Island has not won three consecutive games since June 30-July 1, when the club swept the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at home in a three-game series. With 41 games remaining in the 2017 regular season, the Liberty Division is shaping up for a ferocious pennant chase, with the Somerset Patriots, Bridgeport Bluefish, and Long Island Ducks all separated by 1.5 games from the Second Half Championship.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish 4-3 before a past-capacity crowd of 7,038 on Saturday night in the third game of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Jose Gil gave the Bluefish a 1-0 lead in the second with a solo home run to right field off Ducks starter Matt Larkins. In the bottom of the frame, Alex Burg went the opposite way to right for a solo homer of his own off Bluefish starter Reinier Roibal.

Bridgeport went back in front in the fourth on an RBI single to right by Tony Abreu. However, Long Island responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-2 lead. Marc Krauss drilled a solo homer to right, and Angelo Songco scored on a double play ball.

Another run came across for the Flock in the sixth when Dan Lyons was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, forcing home Elmer Reyes. A run-scoring groundout off the bat of Ozney Guillen in the eighth trimmed Ducks’ lead to 4-3.

Bridgeport then nearly tied the game twice, but they came up short. Following a two-out walk to Gil in the eighth, Abreu lined a double to left-center. However, a perfect relay from Krauss to Lyons to Burg nailed Gil at the plate. The Bluefish then put the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at first with two outs in the ninth. However, Amalio Diaz induced a double play ball from Angelys Nina and a flyout from Luis Hernandez to end the game.

Larkins (5-6) earned the win, pitching six innings of two-run ball and allowing four hits and two walks while striking out six. Roibal (1-1) suffered the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks over six innings with five strikeouts. Diaz picked up his fifth save with one and one-third scoreless innings, yielding two hits.

Burg had three hits, an RBI and a run to lead the Flock offensively, while Delta Cleary Jr. added two hits.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks look to take the series finale and win their third consecutive game behind left-handed pitcher Rafael Perez. In 18 starts this season, Perez is 6-7 with a 4.66 ERA and has struck out 70 and walked 21 in 88.2 innings pitched. However, you can break the former Cleveland Indian’s season up into two distinct sections. In his first 11 starts of the year through June 23, Perez was 5-2 with a 3.43 ERA (22 ER/57.2 IP). Since that point, the southpaw has made seven starts, and sports a 1-5 record with an 8.13 ERA (28 ER/31 IP). Perez has made one start against Bridgeport this season, throwing four shutout innings on June 2 at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, getting no decision as the Ducks won 6-0.

The Bluefish aim for a split of the four-game series with right-handed pitcher Charles Brewer taking the mound. Brewer has made 18 starts this season and is 7-4 with a 4.23 ERA, striking out 88 and walking 34 in 100 innings pitched. Last time out, Brewer notched a quality start against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, allowing two runs on four hits in six innings, walking one and striking out six. The August 1 outing marked the third-straight quality start for the first-year Atlantic Leaguer. Brewer faced Long Island on May 24, getting hung with the loss after allowing six runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings in a 7-5 Ducks triumph.

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
#15 Jordan Pacheco – 1B
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#23 Alex Burg – C
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

Bridgeport Bluefish
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#11 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#32 Welington Dotel – CF
#27 Daniel Fields – LF
#5   Jose Gil – C
#20 Jonathan Galvez – 1B
#6   Tony Abreu – DH
#7   Angel Rosa – 2B
#13 Ozney Guillen – RF

#18 Charles Brewer – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 2: WOW! Ruben Gotay with a fantastic diving stop at third base helps Rafael Perez set the Bluefish down 1-2-3. We’re still scoreless.

BOT 4: The Ducks grab a 2-0 lead thanks to an RBI single by Anthony Vega and a bases-loaded walk from Quintin Berry.

TOP 7: Ruben Gotay makes two huge plays in the field and the Ducks still lead 2-0 as it’s time to stretch at Bethpage Ballpark!

FINAL: Ducks 2, Bluefish 1

W: Perez (7-7)
L: Brewer (7-5)
SV: Diaz (6)

Game 98: Ducks vs. Bluefish

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After a Waddle-Off win last night, the Ducks look to make it two in a row against the Bluefish.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (12-15; 48-49) continue their four-game series with the Bridgeport Bluefish (15-13; 56-42) at Bethpage Ballpark. This series is pivotal for the Ducks, who enter Saturday’s matchup 2.5 games behind the Bluefish in the Liberty Division Second Half standings. Bridgeport took two-of-three from Long Island at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard last weekend, but the 2017 Ferry Cup Series favors the Ducks by a narrow 8-7 margin through 15 contests. This four-game set wraps up a stretch of seven games between the cross-sound rivals in 10 days.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish 11-10 in waddle-off fashion on Friday night in the second game of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Bridgeport took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on RBI singles by Jose Cuevas and Jonathan Galvez off Ducks starter Henderson Alvarez. Long Island answered with a three-run bottom of the first to leapfrog in front. A wild pitch that scored Quintin Berry, an RBI triple by Marc Krauss and a sacrifice fly from Angelo Songco plated the runs.

The Ducks extended the lead to 8-2 with a five-spot in the fourth. RBI doubles from Ruben Gotay and Delta Cleary Jr., an RBI single by Elmer Reyes and a two-run double by Berry highlighted the inning. The Bluefish closed to within 8-5 in the fifth on a pair of run-scoring groundouts and an RBI double by Tony Abreu.

In the sixth, a five-run inning of their own put the Bluefish on top 10-8. Ozney Guillen’s RBI double, Cuevas’ RBI single and a three-run homer to left by Galvez did the damage. However, Long Island answered back again in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 10 on Songco’s two-run single to right.

It remained even until the bottom of the ninth when Long Island broke through for the win. Following a walk to Alex Burg, a single by Dan Lyons and an intentional walk to Cleary Jr., Jordan Pacheco drove a walk-off single to right that scored the winning run.

Neither started factored into the decision. Alvarez lasted five innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and a walk with one strikeout. Lara pitched four and one-third innings, surrendering eight runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out six. Rob Rogers (3-0) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief, giving up a hit and a walk while striking out two. Manny Delcarmen (2-2) took the loss, yielding a run on two hits and two walks in one-third of an inning.

Cleary Jr. and Lyons each had three hits to lead the Flock. Berry, Pacheco and Marc Krauss each added two.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Long Island hands the ball to right-hander Matt Larkins in the pivotal third game of the four-game series tonight. In 19 appearances (18 starts) Larkins is 4-6 with a 4.26 ERA this season, and has struck out 85 while walking just 25 in 103.1 innings pitched. In his last start on July 31 at York, the right-hander didn’t have his best stuff, allowing three runs on eight hits in five innings, but escaped with no decision in a 10-7 Ducks triumph. Larkins has made three previous starts against Bridgeport this season, and is 1-2 with a 3.06 ERA, though he has not faced the club since June 10.

Bridgeport sends Cuban righty Reinier Roibal to the slab. Roibal has made five appearances (three starts) this season, and is 1-0 with a 3.56 ERA. In 17.2 innings pitched, the 10th-year pro has struck out 20 batters and walked nine while allowing 19 hits. In his last outing at Southern Maryland on July 31, Roibal completed his first quality start of the season, allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings, striking out seven and not walking a batter. He has not faced the Ducks this season.

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

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Bridgeport Bluefish
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#11 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#32 Welington Dotel – CF
#27 Daniel Fields – DH
#5   Jose Gil – C
#6   Tony Abreu – 2B
#20 Jonathan Galvez – 1B
#35 Andrew Lambo – RF
#3   Angelys Nina – LF

#16 Reinier Roibal – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 2: The Bluefish take a 1-0 lead on a solo home run from Jose Gil.

BOT 2: That was fast. Alex Burg crushes an opposite-field home run to tie the game at one! Ninth of the year for the All-Star catcher!

TOP 4: Bridgeport adds a run in the top of the second with three hits and takes a 2-1 lead.

BOT 4: Another one! Marc Krauss goes yard for the 15th time this season as the Ducks grab a 3-2 lead over the Bluefish!

BOT 6: Dan Lyons gets hit with a pitch with the bases loaded to bring home another run and the Ducks lead 4-2.

TOP 8: The Bluefish add a run to cut our lead to 4-3, but Dan Lyons throws the potential tying run out at the plate to end the inning!

FINAL: Ducks 4, Bluefish 3

W: Larkins (5-6)
L: Roibal (1-1)
SV: Diaz (5)

Game 97: Ducks vs. Bluefish

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Dan Lyons and the Ducks look to get on the right track tonight against Bridgeport.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (11-15; 47-49) continue their four-game series with the Bridgeport Bluefish (15-12; 56-41) at Bethpage Ballpark. This series is pivotal for the Ducks, who enter Friday’s matchup 3.5 games behind the Bluefish in the Liberty Division Second Half standings. Bridgeport took two-of-three from Long Island at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard last weekend, but the 2017 Ferry Cup Series is tied at seven through 14 meetings. This four-game set wraps up a stretch of seven games between the cross-sound rivals in 10 days.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Bridgeport Bluefish 8-2 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Both sides traded zeroes until the fourth inning when the Bluefish plated four runs against Ducks starter John Brownell. A two-run home run to center field by Daniel Fields, a run-scoring error and an RBI single by D’Arby Myers did the damage. Jonathan Galvez hit a two-out solo homer to left-center in the fifth which extended the lead to five.

Long Island cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI ground rule double from Alex Burg and a two-out RBI single by Quintin Berry off Bluefish starter Manny Parra. However, a two-run homer to left by Welington Dotel in the sixth pushed their advantage to 7-2. Fields’ second longball of the night, a solo shot to left in the seventh, rounded out the scoring.

Parra (1-0) earned the win, pitching five and two-thirds innings of two-run ball, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out seven. Brownell (8-3) suffered the loss, surrendering five runs (four earned) on 10 hits over five innings with two strikeouts. Zac Treece tossed two scoreless innings for the Ducks, striking out four batters.

Burg and Jordan Pacheco led the Flock with two hits apiece.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks send former major leaguer Henderson Alvarez to the mound to make his fourth start of the season. In his first three outings, Alvarez is 0-1 with a stellar 0.90 ERA. He has struck out six and walked six while allowing 10 hits in 10 innings while still being stretched out. In his last start at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on July 30, Alvarez got no decision while tossing four scoreless innings, striking out a season-high five while walking three and allowing three hits. He left the game with a 7-0 lead, but the Bluefish won 8-7 after an eighth-inning comeback.

The Bluefish respond with Rainy Lara, who matched up against Alvarez in that July 30 game. The Ducks battered Lara for seven runs on 11 hits in five innings, and Lara has an ERA of 11.40 in his last three starts (19 ER/ 15.0 IP) and has allowed 33 hits in that span. Overall, the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star is 7-6 with a 4.01 ERA, and has allowed 111 hits in 98.2 innings, walking 38 and striking out 56. Lara is in his first season with the Bluefish after spending the first seven years of his career in the New York Mets organization, reaching as high as Triple-A.

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 8-4 BP.

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#37 Henderson Alvarez – RHP

Bridgeport Bluefish
#10 D’Arby Myers – CF
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#11 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#27 Daniel Fields – LF
#20 Jonathan Galvez – 1B
#6   Tony Abreu – 2B
#40 Gustavo Molina – C
#35 Andrew Lambo – DH
#32 Welington Dotel – RF

#14 Rainy Lara – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

Check back here for live game updates after first pitch.

UPDATE (6:56): TOP 1: RBI singles by Jose Cuevas and Jonathan Galvez give the Bluefish an early 2-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:14): BOT 1: A three-run frame puts the Flock on top 3-2! Marc Krauss picked up an RBI triple & Angelo Songco had a sacrifice fly.

UPDATE (7:44): END 3: Still a 3-2 game in favor of Long Island after three innings of play.

UPDATE (8:15): BOT 4: A five-run fourth inning for Long Island puts them ahead 8-2! Six hits in the frame for the Ducks!

UPDATE (8:26): TOP 5: Bridgeport responds with a three-run fifth inning to cut into the Ducks’ lead. Now an 8-5 ballgame.

UPDATE (9:17): BOT 6: After a five-run top of the sixth gave Bridgeport the lead, Angelo Songco has delivered a two-out, two-run single to tie it at 10!

UPDATE (10:15): END 8: Neither side is able to push across the go-ahead run in the seventh or eighth. Still tied at 10 as we head to the ninth.

UPDATE (10:40): FINAL: Jordan Pacheco delivers a bases loaded, waddle-off single to right, and the Ducks defeat the Bluefish 11-10 in a wild one!

Game 96: Ducks vs. Bluefish

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Marc Krauss looks to power the Ducks as they start a four-game series with the rival Bluefish.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (11-14; 47-48) begin a seven-game homestand tonight by taking on the Bridgeport Bluefish (14-12; 55-14) at Bethpage Ballpark. This four-game series is pivotal for the Ducks, who enter 2.5 games behind the Bluefish in the Liberty Division Second Half standings. Bridgeport took two-of-three from Long Island at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard last weekend, but the 2017 Ferry Cup Series favors the Ducks 7-6 through 13 meetings. This four-game set wraps up a stretch of seven games between the cross-sound rivals in 10 days.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the York Revolution 4-3 on Wednesday night in the finale of a three-game series at PeoplesBank Park.

Marc Krauss gave the Ducks the early lead with a first inning RBI single off Revolution starter Steve Janas. Long Island extended the lead to two in the third on Jordan Pacheco’s run-scoring groundout to shortstop.

The Revolution plated a run in the fourth on Telvin Nash’s RBI single to left. However, Ruben Gotay got the run back for the Flock in the fifth with an RBI single to center. York answered right away though, as Alonzo Harris lifted a three-run home run over the left field wall in the bottom of the fifth to put the Revs on top 4-3.

Janas did not factor into the decision but pitched four and one-third innings of three-run ball, allowing six hits and four walks with two strikeouts. Jared Gaynor (1-0) picked up the win after pitching a scoreless two-thirds of an inning, allowing a hit and a walk. Alfredo Simon (1-3) suffered the loss, yielding four runs on seven hits in four and one-third innings while striking out seven. Brad Allen earned his 14th save with a perfect ninth inning.

Quintin Berry led the Flock with three hits and two stolen bases. Jake Dunning and John Lannan combined to pitch three and one-third scoreless innings of relief for Long Island.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Long Island ace righty John Brownell gets the start for the Ducks to open the series with the rival Bluefish. In 17 starts this season, Brownell is 8-2 with a 3.20 ERA, and has struck out 66 and walked 34 in 104.0 innings pitched. On July 29 at Bridgeport in his last start, the right-hander threw five innings, allowing one run on five hits, striking out five and not issuing a walk. Brownell has fared well against the Bluefish this season, going 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA (6 ER/26.0 IP) in four starts against the foe this year. He has thrown seven innings in three of his four outings against Bridgeport.

Bridgeport responds by sending former major leaguer Manny Parra to the bump, making his Bluefish debut. The southpaw spent eight years in Major League Baseball, pitching with the Milwaukee Brewers (2007-10, 12) and Cincinnati Reds (2013-15). After primarily being a starter for the first four years of his career, Parra has worked exclusively as a reliever since 2012, and owns a 29-41 record with a 4.90 ERA in 628.0 MLB innings across 322 appearances. The 34-year-old began the season with the Iowa Cubs of the Pacific Coast League and went 0-1 with a 14.09 ERA in 7.2 innings across 11 appearances, where he allowed a staggering 16 hits and 14 runs (12 earned).

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

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Bridgeport Bluefish
#10 D’Arby Myers – CF
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#11 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#15 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#20 Jonathan Galvez – DH
#27 Daniel Fields – LF
#40 Gustavo Molina – C
#6   Tony Abreu – 2B
#32 Welington Dotel – RF

#22 Manny Parra – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 2: We are scoreless through two frames at Bethpage Ballpark tonight thanks to some great Ducks defense!

TOP 4: The Bluefish strike for four runs and take a 4-0 lead over the Ducks.

BOT 5: Alex Burg doubles to centerfield to drive in a run and get the Ducks on the board. Bridgeport leads 5-2.

TOP 6: The Bluefish get a couple runs back and take a 7-2 lead.

TOP 7: It’s time to stretch at Bethpage Ballpark, and the Bluefish lead the Ducks, 8-2.

FINAL: Bluefish 8, Ducks 2.

W: Parra (1-0)
L: Brownell (8-3)

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