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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.

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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)

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!

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