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Schedule Released; Ducks Acquire Rights of Six Players

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The 2018 Atlantic League schedule has officially been released, and the Long Island Ducks now know who and when they are playing during the upcoming All-Star Summer. There were many important notes that came out of this year’s schedule release, and if you happened to miss the announcement, let’s summarize some of the key things to know:

  • The 2018 season will feature a 126-game schedule with two 63-game halves.
  • With the addition of the Road Warriors, a league-operated travel team, the Ducks will play 72 home games and 54 road games to make up the 126-game slate (normally 70 home, 70 road, 140 total).
  • The Ducks’ regular season begins on the road against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (for the second year in a row) on Friday, April 27.
  • The 2018 Home Opener for Long Island will be on Friday, May 4 against the Blue Crabs at 6:35 pm.
  • Bethpage Ballpark will host the Atlantic League All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 11 at 6:35 pm.
  • First Liberty Division Championship Series rematch vs. Somerset Patriots: May 1-3 in New Jersey (Home: May 25-27).
  • First Atlantic League Championship Series rematch vs. York Revolution: June 7-10 in Pennsylvania (Home: June 25-28).

The following is the complete 2018 Long Island Ducks Schedule (click to enlarge):

There is so much to look forward to during the Ducks’ 19th season of play, between the increased amount of games played on Long Island, the All-Star Game coming to Central Islip for a third time in franchise history and so much more. Fans can secure their seats for every game now with season ticket packages currently on sale. Here is a timeline of when other ticket options will become available for fans:

Group Ticket Packages & Experiences: Wednesday, November 8 at 10:00 am

10-Game Mini Plans: Monday, November 13 at 10:00 am

Birthday Party Packages: January 2018 (Date TBD)

Promotional Schedule Release & Individual Game Tickets: March 2018 (Dates TBD)


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In other league news, the seven clubs returning from the 2017 season all took part in a Dispersal Draft on Wednesday morning. This draft was held to allow teams the opportunity to obtain the 2018 negotiating rights of players whose rights had been controlled by the Bridgeport Bluefish. This included players who were on Bridgeport’s active roster, inactive list, disabled list or had their contracts purchased from the Bluefish during the course of this past season. Those not included were players who had been released or traded by Bridgeport. Rather than having all Bluefish players become free agents and all seven teams battling for their services, teams drafted in order (based on 2017 overall regular season win-loss record) to obtain the rights to desired players they hope to sign for 2018.

The Ducks, with a record of 73-67 in 2017, had the fifth pick in the draft. Three rounds were held for teams to make selections, with additional rounds all optional. Four teams made selections in the fourth round (New Britain, Sugar Land, York and Long Island). The Ducks would make two more selections after the fourth round, while the Bees made four additional selections. Let’s take a look at the six players whose negotiating rights Long Island obtained during the Bluefish Player Dispersal Draft:

FIRST ROUND: DANIEL FIELDS (OF)
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Fields brings a little bit of everything to the table should the Ducks eventually sign him. The outfielder played in 85 games for Bridgeport in 2017 and showcased an ability to get on base as well as some power. He compiled a .297 batting average and 88 hits to go along with a .387 on-base percentage and an .873 OPS. The 26-year-old finished the season with 12 home runs, 51 RBI, 54 runs scored, 18 doubles and 37 walks. Although Fields did not possess tremendous speed (one triple, one stolen base) and was a bit strikeout-prone (90 K’s) in 2017, he has 36 triples and 93 stolen bases in 787 career games. Defensively, Fields made just three errors in 63 games played in the outfield last year and posted a .990 fielding percentage in his seven seasons of affiliated baseball before joining the Atlantic League. The Detroit native reached the Major Leagues with his hometown Tigers in 2015, picking up a double and a run scored in his lone big league game. He spent six seasons in the Tigers organization before splitting 2016 in the White Sox and Dodgers’ systems, reaching Triple-A with both.

SECOND ROUND: VINNIE PESTANO (RHP)
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Like Fields, Pestano is also a former Major Leaguer. The right-handed reliever has six seasons of MLB time with the Cleveland Indians (2010-14) and Los Angeles Angels (2014-15). In 223 career appearances, he accrued an impressive 2.98 ERA, 11 saves and 244 strikeouts in 202 and two-thirds innings, good for a 10.8 K/9 ratio. The 32-year-old impressed out of Bridgeport’s bullpen in 2017, pitching in 26 games and going 1-1 with a 3.25 ERA, one save and 30 strikeouts to just five walks in 27 and two-thirds innings. With the Bluefish bidding for a playoff berth, he tossed 10 consecutive scoreless appearances from August 16 to September 7 spanning a total of 11 and one-third innings. The California native also threw two scoreless innings at Bethpage Ballpark, striking out three. Prior to joining Bridgeport, Pestano made eight appearances with the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa. in 2016, yielding four runs in 10 and two-thirds innings while striking out 16 and walking one. Not to mention, he was once referenced in an episode of “How I Met Your Mother” by Ted Mosby (Season 8, Episode 4)!

THIRD ROUND: WANDER PEREZ (LHP)
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Dominant left-handed relief pitchers are not easy to come by, but the Ducks got the rights to one in the third round on Wednesday. Perez compiled a miniscule 1.71 ERA in 22 games for the Bluefish this past year, surrendering just four earned runs in 21 innings of work. He also struck out 25 batters while yielding only five walks and picked up a save along the way. After joining the team at the end of July, the 32-year-old made 15 consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run to encompass the month of August. He also pitched three and one-third scoreless innings on Long Island, striking out six. The Dominican Republic native also was a member of the Bluefish in 2015, tossing five and two-thirds scoreless innings over six games. Perez has previous experience in the Chicago White Sox organization and began 2017 with Lehigh Valley (AAA, Phillies).

FOURTH ROUND: ELVIN RAMIREZ (RHP)
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The Ducks inked the rights to a third consecutive relief pitcher in the fourth round with Ramirez. The right-hander had tremendous success for Bridgeport last year just like Pestano and Perez, going 5-2 with a 2.16 ERA and two saves in 31 games for the Bluefish. He struck out 30 batters in 33 and one-third innings while walking just six, including none in his final nine outings of the season. The 30-year-old joined Bridgeport at the end of June and began his tenure by not allowing an earned run in 11 straight outings, spanning 11 and two-thirds innings. He then went 13 consecutive outings with no earned runs from August 4 to September 12. The Dominican Republic native also pitched four and two-thirds scoreless innings on Long Island in 2017. Ramirez reached the big leagues with the Mets in 2012, striking out 22 batters in 21 and one-third innings. Control can sometimes be an issue, as he walked 20 batters with the Mets and 260 in affiliated ball experience over 463 and one-third innings, but he averages over seven strikeouts per nine innings. In addition to spending six seasons in the Mets organization, Ramirez has also pitched in the Angels and Reds’ systems.

FIFTH ROUND: MANNY PARRA (LHP)
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Parra marked the fourth pitcher and second lefty whose rights the Ducks acquired. The southpaw joined the Bluefish late in the 2017 season and made nine starts with mixed results. He was 3-4 overall with a 5.87 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 46 innings. He allowed 19 walks but surrendered 60 hits. The 35-year-old began his Bluefish career with a strong performance against the Ducks, pitching five and two-thirds innings of two-run ball while striking out seven at Bethpage Ballpark. He then bounced back after a couple of tough outings to allow three earned runs or less in five of his final six starts. The California native carries eight seasons of MLB experience, including five with the Brewers (2007-10, ’12) and three with the Reds (2013-15). He was 29-41 with a 4.90 ERA and 592 strikeouts in 322 games (74 starts) at the game’s highest level. Parra began 2017 with Triple-A Iowa in the Cubs organization and has split time throughout his career as a starter and a reliever.

SIXTH ROUND: SEAN BURROUGHS (INF)
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Ducks fans are surely familiar with Burroughs. The former big league infielder spent parts of the 2015 and 2016 seasons in a Ducks uniform and also donned a Bluefish jersey for parts of four years (2014-17). He has showcased a tremendous hitting ability since entering the Atlantic League, compiling a .334 batting average, 144 RBI, 145 runs, 67 doubles, 115 walks and a .394 on-base percentage in 336 games. In his two seasons with Long Island, the California native combined for a .321 batting average and 33 RBI in 79 games. He also brought a very likable personality to the clubhouse, always sporting a big smile and sharing laughs around the batting cage and dugout. Last year with Bridgeport, the seven-year MLB veteran ranked second in the Atlantic League with a .328 batting average. However, fans wondering why he was not drafted earlier on Wednesday must remember that he played in just 92 games last year after twice leaving the team (6/27-7/19 and 9/5-end of season)  for the birth and care of his son, Knox. Though he has not announced his official retirement, it certainly remains possible.

Stay tuned for more news and notes as the offseason progresses. Over the next couple of months leading into the holidays, we will be highlighting which Ducks alumni are playing winter baseball in the Caribbean or overseas. In addition, we will also have feature articles on members of the 2017 Ducks and eventually will count down some of the top moments from this past season.

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Game 134: Ducks at Revolution

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RHP Zac Treece takes the mound for his first start of the season (Photo courtesy Joe Doll)

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

Necessitated by back-to-back rainouts last week, the Long Island Ducks (71-62, 35-28) hit the road to take on the York Revolution (63-70, 35-28) in a single contest tonight, the only game on the Atlantic League schedule. The Ducks have lost four in a row and have dropped seven of their last 10 games, but still hold a 2.5-game lead over the Bridgeport Bluefish in the Liberty Division Second Half Standings. Entering the final seven games of the 2017 regular season, the Ducks magic number to clinch a playoff spot still stands at five, meaning the Ducks are in control of their own fate.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks got a strong start from right-hander Jake Dunning, but were defeated by the Bridgeport Bluefish 4-1 on Sunday afternoon in the finale of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Both sides traded zeroes until the bottom of the fifth. Alex Burg doubled with one out against Bluefish starter Charles Brewer, and Jordan Hinshaw followed with an RBI single to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.

Bridgeport rallied to tie the game with two outs in the seventh inning. Following a single and two walks, Welington Dotel was hit by a pitch to force in the tying run.

The Bluefish took the lead in the ninth inning. Following two errors to begin the inning, an RBI infield single by Gustavo Molina and a two-run single to center by Angelys Nina did the damage.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Dunning tossed six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out five. Brewer lasted six innings, yielding a run on five hits with four strikeouts. Elvin Ramirez (5-2) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit. Amalio Diaz (5-5) suffered the loss, surrendering three unearned runs on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in one inning. Manny Delcarmen collected his eighth save with a perfect ninth.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Right-hander Zac Treece makes his first start of the season for the Long Island Ducks tonight. In 51 relief appearances this season, Treece is 6-1 with a 3.98 ERA and has struck out 65 and walked 28 in 54.1 innings this season. In his last six appearances dating back to August 23, the righty has a 0.87 ERA (1 ER/10.1 IP), and has struck out 16 and walked only one batter. Tonight marks the first start for Treece in the United States since 2015, when the Arkansas native made one start for the Gary Southshore Rail Cats of the American Association. The side-winder also made one start for the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League during the 2016 campaign.

Meanwhile Victor Mateo strides to the bump for the Revolution tonight. In 24 starts with York this season, the right-hander is a nice 6-9 with a 4.36 ERA and has struck out 56 and walked 39 in 132 innings pitched. Mateo’s last two starts have both come against the Ducks, and he has yielded eight runs on 17 hits in a combined 9.2 innings. He has an 0-1 record in those outings, but the Revs are 1-1 overall in the games. The righty has allowed at least two earned runs in nine consecutive starts, and has allowed three or more in eight of those. He hasn’t completed six innings in a start since August 16.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#28 Jordan Hinshaw – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#9   Zac Treece – RHP

York Revolution
#2   Alonzo Harris – 2B
#10 Jared Mitchell – RF
#16 Isaias Tejeda – DH
#23 Telvin Nash – 1B
#13 Dayron Varona – LF
#20 Luis Cruz – C
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#27 Chase Simpson – 3B

#9   Victor Mateo – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (6:51): BOT 1: Zac Treece tosses a scoreless 1st inning in his 1st start as a Duck, thanks in part to a double play nicely begun by Giovanny Alfonzo!

UPDATE (7:11): BOT 2: Alex Burg throws out Dayron Varona trying to steal second, and Treece strikes out a pair! No score after two.

UPDATE (7:24): BOT 3: Third inning, third time Treece faces the minimum three batters! Ducks also turn another double play, their second of the night.

UPDATE (7:41): BOT 4: A 1-2-3 inning for Treece in the fourth, as he strikes out Jared Mitchell and Isaias Tejeda swinging!

UPDATE (7:56): TOP 5: The Ducks take a 1-0 lead when Alfonzo singles, moves to third on a fielder’s choice and scores on a throwing error!

UPDATE (8:06): BOT 5: Rubi Silva hits a first pitch solo homer to left-center field, tying the ballgame at one apiece.

UPDATE (8:39): BOT 6: Revs plate a run on Alonzo Harris’ RBI single, but Tyler Wilson comes on to strike out Tejeda and Nash to the end inning.

UPDATE (9:06): BOT 7: Dennis O’Grady enters and pitches out of a first-and-second, one-out jam to keep it a one-run ballgame!

UPDATE (9:24): BOT 8: Dustin Richardson pitches a scoreless inning, striking out two! 11 strikeouts for Long Island’s pitching staff tonight.

UPDATE (9:33): FINAL: York hangs on with some fine defensive plays to get the 2-1 win. Road trip continues tomorrow night in Lancaster.

Game 133: Ducks vs. Bluefish

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RHP Jake Dunning looks to put an end to the Long Island Ducks three-game losing streak and continue the club’s push toward the 2017 playoffs.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

1:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (71-61, 35-27) play their final home game of the 2017 regular season this afternoon against the Bridgeport Bluefish (73-60, 32-31). The contest is pivotal in the 2017 Liberty Division Second Half playoff race, with the Ducks and Bluefish separated by only 3.5 games. The winner of today’s contest will hold the all-important tie-breaker in the division race. This game also represents the final game ever between two of the most-storied rivals in Atlantic League history as Bridgeport will cease operations at the end of the season. The final edition of the Ferry Cup Rivalry is currently in favor of the Ducks 10-9, with the Bluefish needing a win today to force a split in the series.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Bridgeport Bluefish 4-0 on Saturday night in the middle game of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Ozney Guillen opened the scoring in the second inning with a two-out, two-run single to left field off Ducks starter Bruce Kern. Bridgeport added a third run in the fourth when Andrew Lambo scored from third base on a double play ball.

It stayed 3-0 until to the top of the eighth when a two-out RBI single to center by Lambo plated Bridgeport’s fourth run.

Bluefish starter Dominic Severino (1-0) earned the win, pitching five scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out seven. Kern (0-1) took the loss, giving up two runs on three hits with one strikeout in one and two-thirds innings. Five Ducks relievers combined to allow just two runs and strike out seven batters over seven and two-thirds innings of work.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Jake Dunning heads to the mound this afternoon, looking to put an end to the Long Island Ducks’ three-game losing streak and snap a personal two-game losing skid. The right-hander is 2-2 with a 3.92 ERA in 12 games (five starts) during the season, striking out 33 and walking 11 in 36.2 innings pitched. Last time out against the New Britain Bees on September 4, Dunning allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in five innings, striking out six and walking just one. He has faced the Bluefish three times this season in reliev, allowing one run in 5.1 innings.

The Bluefish answer with Charles Brewer, making his 25th start of the season. The former big leaguer is 8-6 with a 4.23 ERA, striking out 111 and walking 53 while allowing 155 hits in 134 innings. In his last start on September 5 against Sugar Land, Brewer allowed three runs on five hits in six innings to notch a quality start and got no decision in a 5-4 Bridgeport win. Brewer didn’t walk a batter in that start, breaking a stretch where he had walked four batters in three consecutive starts. Against Long Island this season, the righty is 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA in two starts, striking out 10 and walking seven in 9.1 innings.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s doubleheader, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s twin bill via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#28 Jordan Hinshaw – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#45 Jake Dunning – RHP

Bridgeport Bluefish
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#11 Jose Cuevas – 2B
#25 Welington Dotel – CF
#20 Jonathan Galvez – 1B
#35 Andrew Lambo – LF
#32 Gustavo Molina – C
#3   Angelys Nina – 3B
#13 Ozney Guillen – RF
#29 Santiago Nessy – DH

#16 Charles Brewer – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 3: Heading to the fourth inning, the Ducks and Bluefish are still scoreless.

BOT 5: An RBI single from Jordan Hinshaw breaks the scoreless tie and gives the Ducks a 1-0 lead!

TOP 7: The Bluefish get on the board with a run to tie the game at one.

TOP 9: The Bluefish rally for thee runs and take a 4-1 lead.

FINAL: Bluefish 4, Ducks 1

W: Ramirez (5-2)
L: Diaz (5-5)
SV: Delcarmen (8)

Game 132: Ducks vs. Bluefish

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OF/Bench Coach Lew Ford and the Long Island Ducks are out for revenge against the Bridgeport Bluefish tonight.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

After a pair of rainouts and a doubleheader split on the road this week, the Long Island Ducks (71-59, 35-25) return home for their final homestand of the 2017 regular season. In the three-game home set, the Bridgeport Bluefish (71-60, 30-31) make their final trip to Bethpage Ballpark. Long Island enters tonight’s game with a magic number of five over Bridgeport to clinch a spot in the 2017 Atlantic League Playoffs, and needs just one win in the series to hold all tiebreakers with their cross-sound rivals. One Ducks victory in the series also clinches the 2017 Ferry Cup, the final edition of the historic rivalry.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Bridgeport Bluefish 6-5 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Bridgeport took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a two-out, two-run home run to center field by Welington Dotel off Ducks starter Jake Fisher. Long Island answered back to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out, two-run double to right by Elmer Reyes off Bluefish starter Ross Seaton.

Two more runs came home for the Flock in the fifth to give them a 4-2 advantage. Delta Cleary Jr.’s RBI double to left with one out and Angelo Songco’s RBI single to center with two outs highlighted the inning.

The Bluefish closed to within one in the sixth when Angelys Nina hit a two-out RBI single to left. It stayed 4-3 until the top of the eighth when Bridgeport sent eight men to the plate and scored three runs to take a 6-4 lead. A sacrifice fly to right by Nina and RBI singles by Ozney Guillen and Luis Hernandez did the damage.

Long Island tried to rally in the bottom of the ninth, as Marc Krauss launched a two-out solo homer to right-center. However, the Ducks could not pull even.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Fisher pitched six innings of three-run ball in his Ducks debut, allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Seaton lasted six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Drake Britton (4-1) collected the win after pitching a scoreless seventh inning, yielding two hits and striking out one. James Jones (0-1) took the loss, surrendering two runs on two hits in the eighth. Manny Delcarmen picked up his seventh save despite allowing a run in the ninth.

Reyes led the Flock with two hits and two RBI, while Krauss added two hits an RBI and a run. Both Songco and Alex Burg had two hits as well.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Long Island native Bruce Kern makes his 2017 season debut with the Ducks in tonight’s contest. The righty returns for his third season with the Ducks after beginning the season with the Chinatrust Brothers in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. In 2016 Kern was an Atlantic League All-Star, going 4-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 18 games (11 starts) with the Ducks. The Yaphank, New York native posted a stellar 61:18 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 62.1 innings, in which he allowed just 60 hits.

Bridgeport counters with righty Dominic Severino, who is making his second appearance of the year with the Bluefish. Severino threw four shutout innings, allowing three hits, no walks and recording seven strikeouts in his first game on September 3 against York. Severino hails from Cheshire, Connecticut and attended Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, where he was a two-way player — pitching as well as manning first base. Severino began the season with the Old Orchard Beach Surge in the Empire League, where he went 3-3 with a 4.11 ERA and 3 saves in 15 games (five starts).

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s doubleheader, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s twin bill 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
#28 Jordan Hinshaw – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#34 Marc Krauss – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#11 Bruce Kern – RHP

Bridgeport Bluefish
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#11 Jose Cuevas – 2B
#25 Welington Dotel – CF
#20 Jonathan Galvez – 1B
#35 Andrew Lambo – LF
#32 Gustavo Molina – C
#3   Angelys Nina – 3B
#13 Ozney Guillen – RF
#5   Jose Gil – DH

#36 Dominic Severino – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 2: Ozney Guillen collects a two-run single to give the Bluefish a 2-0 lead.

TOP 4: The Bluefish strike for another run and have taken a 3-0 lead.

TOP 7: Dustin Richardson pitches strong in his 2017 Ducks debut, but the Bluefish still lead 3-0.

TOP 8: Bridgeport tacks on another run and now holds a 4-0 lead.

FINAL: Bluefish 4, Ducks 0.

W: Severino (1-0)
L: Kern (0-1)

Game 131: Ducks vs. Bluefish

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INF Ruben Gotay and the Long Island Ducks continue their sprint toward the 2017 postseason tonight against the Bridgeport Bluefish.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

After a pair of rainouts and a doubleheader split on the road this week, the Long Island Ducks (71-59, 35-25) return home for their final homestand of the 2017 regular season. In the three-game home set, the Bridgeport Bluefish (71-60, 30-31) make their final trip to Bethpage Ballpark. Long Island enters tonight’s game with a magic number of five over Bridgeport to clinch a spot in the 2017 Atlantic League Playoffs, and needs just one win in the series to hold all tiebreakers with their cross-sound rivals. One Ducks victory in the series also clinches the 2017 Ferry Cup, the final edition of the historic rivalry.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks split a single admission doubleheader with York Revolution on Thursday night at PeoplesBank Park, taking game one 5-1 before falling in game two 4-3.

Long Island plated a run in the first inning of game one on Lew Ford’s RBI single to center field. Giovanny Alfonzo extended the lead to 4-0 in the second with a three-run home run to left-center off Revolution starter Victor Mateo.

York got on the scoreboard in the third when Jared Mitchell lifted a sacrifice fly to center off Ducks starter John Brownell. The Revs got no closer though, as a two-out RBI double by Marc Krauss in the seventh rounded out the scoring.

Brownell (10-4) earned the win with a complete game effort, tossing seven innings of one-run ball, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out six. Mateo (6-9) took the loss, yielding four runs on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts in five and one-third innings.

Elmer Reyes led the Flock with three hits in the game, while Alfonzo added two hits, three RBIs and a run.

York jumped out to a 4-0 lead in game two with a three-run second inning and another run in the third against Ducks starter Matt Larkins. A bases loaded walk to Chase Simpson, a two-out, two-run single by Mitchell and a solo homer to right by Michael Burgess did the damage.

The Ducks closed to within 4-3 with a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth off Revolution starter Frank Gailey. An RBI single to right by Derrick Pyles and a two-run homer to left-center by Jordan Hinshaw cut the deficit to one. Long Island put the tying and go-ahead runs on in the sixth but could not pull even.

Gailey (13-9) got the win, pitching five innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts in five innings. Larkins (9-7) suffered the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings while striking out six. Chase Huchingson collected his fourth save with a scoreless seventh.

Pyles had two hits to lead the Ducks in game two.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Newly-acquired lefty Jake Fisher gets the start for the Ducks tonight, making his team debut. Fisher has spent the past four seasons pitching in the Frontier League with the Windy City Thunderbolts. This year in 20 starts, Fisher recorded a 10-7 record with a 2.80 ERA, and led the league with 120 strikeouts against only 29 walks in 138 innings. The workhorse threw eight-or-more innings in nine starts, and lasted at least seven innings in 12 of his outings. The crown jewel of his season came on August 12 against the Traverse City Beach Bums, when Fisher tossed a complete game, five-hit shutout, striking out 11 and walking only one.

Bridgeport counters with righty Ross Seaton, who makes his ninth start of his second season with Bridgeport. Seaton is 2-3 with a 5.20 ERA and has allowed 55 hits and walked 21 while striking out 32 in 45 innings. He has faced the Ducks once this year, allowing six runs on six hits in five innings in his season debut on July 28, getting no decision in an 8-7 Bridgeport comeback win. Last time out, Seaton held the York Revolution to one run on seven hits in five innings, getting the win in an 8-4 Bluefish victory.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s doubleheader, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s twin bill 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
#28 Jordan Hinshaw – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#23 Alex Burg – C
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B

#25 Jake Fisher – LHP

Bridgeport Bluefish
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#11 Jose Cuevas – 2B
#25 Welington Dotel – CF
#20 Jonathan Galvez – 1B
#35 Andrew Lambo – LF
#32 Gustavo Molina – C
#3   Angelys Nina – 3B
#13 Ozney Guillen – RF
#5   Jose Gil – DH

#29 Ross Seaton – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 2: We’re still scoreless after two as Jake Fisher looks 💪💪💪 early in his Ducks debut!

TOP 3: Welington Dotel hits a two-run home run to give the @BPTBluefish a 2-0 lead.

BOT 4: Elmer Reyes doubles to drive home two runs and tie the game up at 2-2!

BOT 5: Delta Cleary Jr. and Angelo Songco pick up RBIs and the Ducks take a 4-2 lead.

TOP 8: The Bluefish rally for three runs and take a 6-4 lead.

FINAL: Bluefish 6, Ducks 5.

W: Britton (4-1)
L: Jones (0-1)

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