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20th Anniversary Team Voting – Third Base

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19 seasons of Long Island Ducks baseball have come and gone. Players from all around the world and of all varieties of baseball experience have worn the Ducks uniform since the first pitch on April 28, 2000. In that time, they have played in front of nearly 8 million fans in Central Islip, and millions more around the rest of the country. Those players and coaches have also earned three Atlantic League Championships, seven Division Championships, 13 half-season Division Championships and over 1,300 victories. As the Ducks 20th Anniversary Season, presented by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, approaches, it is time to determine which members of the Flock have stood above the rest.

We’ve made our way “around the horn” on the infield and have arrived at our final position there: third base. Ducks fans have been able to watch several outstanding players man the hot corner for the Flock over the past 19 seasons. Third base has seen its share of sluggers, stout defenders, former Major Leaguers and those seeking to reach “The Show” for the first time. Our three nominees for the coveted third base slot on the 20th Anniversary Team account for a mixture of all those attributes. While there are many deserving candidates for the role, here is the trio eligible for selection:


Carlos Baerga
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Throughout the history of the Long Island Ducks, a total of 18 players have reached the Major Leagues after playing with the Flock. The first-ever to accomplish the feat was third baseman Carlos Baerga. His time on Long Island was short, as he played with the Ducks only in 2001. Prior to that, he had spent 10 seasons in the big leagues, making him one of the most experienced and well-known players to sign with the club to that point. The veteran made an immediate impact in his 53 games played, compiling a .315 batting average and a .383 on-base percentage. Baerga totaled nine homers, 44 RBIs, 38 runs, 64 hits, and 19 walks to just 24 strikeouts in that span. His numbers were worthy of an Atlantic League All-Star Game selection. MLB teams took notice of his performance, and by December of 2001, he had signed with the Boston Red Sox with the chance to make the club in spring training. Sure enough, he spent all of 2002 with the Boston Red Sox and would go on to play three additional seasons in “The Show” after that.


Bryant Nelson
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Our second nominee for third base came to the Ducks with just one year of MLB experience, playing with the Red Sox in 2002. However, he had a pair of stints with the Ducks and forged a brilliant Atlantic League career. Bryant Nelson first joined the Flock in 2007 after beginning the year in the Mexican League and after making his ALPB debut with Bridgeport in 2006. He would bat .268 with eight homers and 39 RBIs in 77 games, earning another opportunity in Mexico to begin 2008. “Nellie” returned to the Ducks to play 14 games at the end of the 2008 regular season. After going on to spend time over the next three years with three separate Atlantic League teams (Camden, Lancaster and York), he rejoined the Flock for their back-to-back championship seasons of 2012 and 2013. Nelson was a big part of both titles, playing over 120 games, collecting over 70 RBIs, totaling over 135 hits, scoring 72 runs, and hitting 30 doubles in each season. One of the most clutch players in team history, his biggest moment came in Game Five of the 2012 Liberty Division Championship Series when his eighth inning two-run homer sent Bethpage Ballpark into a frenzy and sent the Ducks to the Atlantic League Championship Series for a second consecutive season. Nelson earned an All-Star Game selection in 2013 as well before hitting .278 during the Ducks championship run that year.


Cody Puckett
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Though his Ducks career began at second base, Cody Puckett shifted over to the hot corner shortly thereafter and went on to forge a five-year career thus far with the Flock. Puckett manned second base while Chris McClendon and Brendan Harris played third in 2014, but a year later, he became the full-time third baseman and has been there since. The California native’s first three seasons were a model of consistency in a Ducks uniform, as he played over 120 games, hit over .270 and scored over 60 runs in each. Puckett was selected as an Atlantic League All-Star in 2015 and helped lead Long Island to a postseason berth that same year as well as a Liberty Division championship in 2016. His career took a hit though in 2017 after suffering a season-ending knee injury in late-May, but his work ethic and never-give-up attitude came into the spotlight thereafter. Through a dedication to rehab and training, Puckett was able to earn a spot on the 2018 Ducks roster out of spring training and spent a full, healthy season on Long Island that year. In his five seasons with the Flock, Puckett has totaled 529 hits, 252 RBIs, 238 runs, 79 doubles, and a .270 batting average in 514 games.


You’ve learned all about our nominees, and now you get to make your voice heard. Head on over to our voting page to make your pick for the third baseman on our 20th Anniversary Team. Vote early and vote often over the course of this next week to help determine the player that is a cut above the rest. The winner, along with the remainder of the 20th Anniversary Team, will be unveiled at the beginning of the 2019 season!

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Be sure to check back again next week, as we’ll reveal our three nominees for the left field position.

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ALCS Game Five: Ducks vs. Skeeters

The 2018 Atlantic League Championship will be decided tonight

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

The Ducks have reached the Atlantic League Championship Series for the third straight season, and for the second time in those three years, they will play the Sugar Land Skeeters. The Ducks jumped out to a big lead and held it last night, winning 6-3. Long Island won the 2018 regular season series against the Skeeters by a margin of 10-8, winning five of nine games at home and in Texas. The Ducks won seven of nine second-half games against Sugar Land, including a 4-2 series win to close out the 2018 season. Long Island is coming off a five-game LDCS victory over the Somerset Patriots, while the Skeeters took game five of the FDCS against the Lancaster Barnstormers.

GAME FOUR RECAP:

Two runs in each of the first three innings were all the Ducks needed to force a decisive game five in the Atlantic League Championship Series.

Sugar Land grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the first inning on a two-out RBI double to right field by Matt Chavez off Ducks starter Dennis O’Grady. Long Island responded right away in the bottom of the inning, as Jordany Valdespin and Daniel Fields scored on wild pitches by Skeeters starter Dallas Beeler.

The Ducks extended their lead to 4-1 in the second with three consecutive two-out hits, including a two-run double to right by Valdespin. Two more runs in the third on a two-out, two-run single to center by Cody Puckett widened Long Island’s advantage to five.

The Skeeters closed to within 6-2 in the seventh on Alvaro Rondon’s RBI single to left. Another run in the ninth on back-to-back two-out doubles by Albert Cordero and Denis Phipps made it a 6-3 ballgame, but pinch-hitter Javier Betancourt then struck out to end the ballgame.

O’Grady earned the win, tossing seven innings of two-run ball, allowing six hits and two walks while striking out four. Beeler suffered the loss, surrendering six runs on seven hits and a walk over two and one-third innings with five strikeouts. Carlos Pimentel and Fernando Abad pitched the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to secure the win.

GAME FOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

In a matchup identical to game one, Jake Fisher will close out the postseason for the Ducks. The 2018 Atlantic League All-Star was 8-7 this season with a 3.91 ERA winning three of his last four starts. In the first game of the series, the lefty allowed just two runs through six and two-thirds innings, giving up just four hits in a no-decision. The Oklahoma native has been great against the Skeeters this season, owning a 3-1 record and 0.67 ERA in four regular-season starts (22 innings) against Sugar Land.

James Russell will man the rubber for the Skeeters in the decisive Game Five. The seven-year major league veteran was 8-4 with a 2.36 ERA after joining Sugar Land in late May, making 20 appearances (18 starts). The southpaw made two appearances against the Flock in the regular season, throwing five scoreless innings and giving up three hits through two appearances (one start). In Game One of the series, the Texan gave up a first-inning three-run home run, but did not give up a run for the next five innings despite allowing nine runs and walking four. Russell has played with the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, and Philadelphia Phillies, making 394 MLB appearances to the tune of a 4.09 ERA from 2010 to 2015.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for today’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 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. For the Ducks complete playoff history, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#38 Ramon Cabrera – DH
#30 David Washington – 1B
#27 Dioner Navarro – C
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#13 Jake Fisher – LHP

Sugar Land Skeeters
#27 Barrett Barnes – LF
#21 Anthony Giansanti – CF
#33 Derek Norris – C
#19 Juan Silverio – SS
#16 Matt Chavez – 1B
#3   Albert Cordero – 3B
#10 Tony Thomas – RF
#29 Denis Phipps – DH
#20 Javier Betancourt – 2B

#34 James Russell – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 2: A two-out home run by Denis Phipps gives the Skeeters a 1-0 lead.

TOP 3: An Albert Cordero RBI single gives the Skeeters a 2-0 lead.

BOT 5: Dan Lyons gets the Ducks on the board with a solo homer to left! Ducks trail 3-1.

TOP 6: Skeeters put up another, extending their lead to 4-1.

FINAL: The Ducks are unable to comeback, and the Skeeters win the 2018 Atlantic League Championship by a score of 4-1.

ALCS Game Two: Ducks at Skeeters

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The Ducks look to split the opening two games in Texas before heading home

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

7:50 p.m. CDT/8:50 p.m. EDT at Constellation Field (Sugar Land, Texas)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Ducks have reached the Atlantic League Championship Series for the third straight season, and for the second time in those three years, they will play the Sugar Land Skeeters. The Ducks are looking to bounce back from a series-opening loss that required extra innings. Long Island won the 2018 regular season series against the Skeeters by a margin of 10-8, winning five of nine games at home and in Texas. The Ducks won seven of nine second-half games against Sugar Land, including a 4-2 series win to close out the 2018 season. Long Island is coming off a five-game LDCS victory over the Somerset Patriots, while the Skeeters took game five of the FDCS against the Lancaster Barnstormers.

GAME ONE RECAP:

The Atlantic League Championship Series began the same way both Division Series ended: in extra innings. The Skeeters were able to walk off in the 13th to take a 1-0 series lead by a score of 5-4.

Lew Ford gave the Ducks an early 3-0 lead with a three-run home run to left field in the opening inning off Skeeters starter James Russell. It stayed that way until the bottom of the fifth when Sugar Land closed to within one on an RBI single by Anthony Giansanti and a sacrifice fly to center by Juan Silverio off Ducks starter Jake Fisher.

The Ducks stretched their lead back up to two in the top of the eighth on a mammoth solo homer to left by Cody Puckett. However, a two-run bottom of the inning for the Skeeters against reliever Jose Cuas tied the game at four. A two-out RBI single to right by Tony Thomas followed by an RBI double to left from Derek Norris did the damage.

Both sides would wiggle into and out of trouble over the next four innings. Long Island threatened to take the lead with back-to-back walks to begin the 13th inning, but they could not push across the go-ahead run. In the bottom of the inning, Sugar Land loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. That set the stage for Javier Betancourt, who ended the game with a sac fly to center that scored Thomas.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Fisher lasted six and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out four. Russell pitched six innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and four walks with five strikeouts. Michael Mariot collected the win after pitching a scoreless 13th inning, working around three walks and striking out two. Hector Silvestre took the loss, giving up the winning run on two hits and three walks over one and two-thirds innings of relief.

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Matt Larkins looks to continue his strong postseason and split the series before leaving Texas. The right-hander made two appearances in the LDCS, starting and winning Game One, and converting the series-clinching save in Game Five. In the series-opener, Larkins allowed two runs in six innings in a 9-2 victory. The Idaho native ended the season with a 7-5 record and 4.55 ERA through 19 appearances, including a complete game shutout. Larkins has started against Sugar Land twice this season, dealing eight shutout innings and allowing just four hits.

Konner Wade will be handed the ball in Game Two for the Skeeters. Wade was blown out in his lone postseason start, allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in just two innings of work in Game Three of the series. Wade’s final start of the regular season came against the Ducks, where he gave up four runs (one earned) on three hits and one walk in a 4-2 loss. The Arizona native ended the season with an 8-6 record and a 3.09 ERA that ranked fourth in the Atlantic League. Wade was 1-2 in four starts against the Ducks this season, giving up 19 runs (13 earned) in 22 and one-third innings for a 5.24 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. For the Ducks complete playoff history, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#38 Ramon Cabrera – C
#30 David Washington – 1B
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#23 Rubi Silva – LF
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Sugar Land Skeeters
#21 Anthony Giansanti – CF
#19 Juan Silverio – SS
#16 Matt Chavez – 1B
#3   Albert Cordero – 3B
#10 Tony Thomas – RF
#33 Derek Norris – C
#29 Denis Phipps – DH
#27 Barrett Barnes – LF
#7   Alvaro Rondon – SS

#11 Konner Wade – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE: The Skeeters have announced that first pitch for Game Two of the Atlantic League Championship Series is now slated to take place at 7:50 p.m. Our pre-game show will begin at approximately 7:35.

After a 50-minute rain delay, we are underway at Constellation Field in Game Two of the Atlantic League Championship Series!

END 1: Both Konner Wade and Matt Larkins toss a scoreless first inning of the ballgame.

BOT 3: Skeeters collect four hits and take advantage of two errors to take a 4-0 lead after three.

BOT 4: A leadoff solo homer to left-center by Barrett Barnes makes it a 5-0 ballgame.

BOT 6: Another solo homer by Barnes makes it a 6-0 ballgame. However, Thomas Nicoll comes in and strikes out Juan Silverio in his Ducks debut!

BOT 7: A two-run homer to left by Thomas adds to Sugar Land’s lead.

FINAL: Sugar Land takes Game Two over the Ducks. We’ll see you back on Long Island Friday night at Bethpage Ballpark for Game Three!

Game 120: Ducks vs. Road Warriors

The Ducks attempt to sweep the Road Warriors in their final home game of the season

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

The Ducks look to defeat the Road Warriors for the ninth straight time today. Long Island comes in at 65-54 on the year, and 35-21 in the second half, two and a half games ahead of Somerset for first place in the Liberty Division, while the Road Warriors are 27-93, with a 10-47 second half record, seated at the bottom of the Liberty Division. This will be the final of 19 scheduled games between the two teams this season and their 127th all-time meeting. The Ducks have dominated the series, winning 103 of 126 games, and have a 12-6 lead over the visitors this season. The Ducks put up a 17-1 record against the Road Warriors in their last year of action, 2011.

SATURDAY’S RECAP: 

A couple of big homers led the Ducks to a 9-4 victory over the Road Warriors.

The Road Warriors jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning against Ducks starter Dennis O’Grady. RBI singles by Anthony Ray and Ermindo Escobar, along with a run-scoring fielding error, did the damage. Long Island responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning off Road Warriors starter Kelvin Villa to tie the game. Following walks to David Washington and Dioner Navarro, Cody Puckett launched a two-out three-run home run to left field.

One inning later, the Ducks would take a 7-3 lead with a four-spot. After walks to Lew Ford and Washington as well as an infield single by Miles Williams, Navarro lifted a two-out grand slam over the left field fence. A solo home run to left by Geraldo Valentin in the sixth closed the gap to three, but a run-scoring balk and an RBI infield single by Daniel Fields in the eighth pushed Long Island’s lead to 9-4.

O’Grady picked up the win, tossing five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits while striking out two. Villa suffered the loss, surrendering seven runs on six hits and five walks over seven innings with three strikeouts. Fernando Abad, Logan Ondrusek and Francisco Rodriguez each turned in a scoreless inning of relief for the Flock.

YESTERDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 

ON THE MOUND:

Brett Marshall will start in a Ducks uniform for the second time today. The righty was brilliant in his team debut, lasting six innings and allowing just one run on four hits, striking out seven in a 6-2 victory. Marshall started his season with the Sugar Land Skeeters and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, accumulating a 5-8 record with a 4.59 ERA with the two teams. The 28-year-old spent the first six seasons of his career in the New York Yankees organization, reaching the majors in 2013. Marshall collected a 4.50 ERA in three relief appearances with the Bronx Bombers, striking out seven batters.

Julio DePaula starts for the Road Warriors today, making his 21st appearance of the season and first start. The righty has struggled recently, giving up five runs in his last one and one-third innings pitched over two appearances. DePaula is a seven-year ALPB veteran, representing the Bluefish, Revolution, and Skeeters in years past. The Dominican Republic native reached the majors in 2007 with the Minnesota Twins, making 16 appearances.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for today’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 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
#23 Rubi Silva – 2B
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#38 Ramon Cabrera – C
#30 David Washington – 1B
#27 Dioner Navarro – DH
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#9   Anthony Vega – CF
#29 Steve Longo – SS

#18 Brett Marshall – RHP

Road Warriors
#2   Osvaldo Martinez – SS
#5   Melvin Rodriguez – 2B
#10 Edwin Gomez – 3B
#29 Jose Julio-Ruiz – DH
#24 Jorge Fernandez – RF
#23 Geraldo Valentin – 1B
#3   Anthony Ray – LF
#12 Robert De La Hoz – C
#15 Matt Hibbert – CF

#37 Julio DePaula – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Road Warriors strike first with three runs in the frame.

BOT 1: Ducks come right back with three runs of their own to tie the game up!

TOP 2: Road Warriors jump ahead with an RBI single to make it 4-3.

TOP 6: A two-run double extends the lead for the Road Warriors to 7-3.

FINAL: Ducks fall to the Road Warriors 7-3.

Game 111: Ducks vs. Barnstormers

The Ducks look to split a four-game series with the Barnstormers tonight

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and Lancaster Barnstormers will close out their four-game series tonight. This will be the final of 17 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Barnstormers this season and the 271st all-time meetings between the two teams. Lancaster leads the all-time series by just two games, 136-134, with the Barnstormers up 9-7 in the 2018 series. The Ducks bring a 30-17 second half record into the doubleheader leading the second half standings by four games. The Barnstormers are seven games back of the Sugar Land Skeeters in the second half standings with a 24-20 record, but they hold the first wild-card spot with a 62-45 overall record, three and a half games ahead of the Long Island Ducks.

DOUBLEHEADER RECAP:

The Ducks’ split a single-admission doubleheader against the Barnstormers with a pair of very dramatic games.

David Washington put the Ducks on top in the first inning of game one with an RBI single to right field. Lancaster responded with three runs in the second inning off Ducks starter Chris Pike. An RBI double by Ryan Casteel and a run-scoring fielder’s choice off the bat of Vladimir Frias highlighted the inning.

The Ducks came right back with a three-run bottom of the frame against Barnstormers starter Jonathan Albaladejo. A two-run home run to right by Jordany Valdespin and an RBI double to right by Lew Ford put the Flock back in front 4-3. Lancaster tied the game in the fourth when Josh Bell scored on an error, but another RBI double by Ford in the bottom of the frame gave the Ducks a 5-4 advantage. One inning later, Washington scored on an error to extend the lead to two.

It stayed that way until the top of the seventh inning when two walks were followed by a three-run homer to right off the bat of Bell, putting the ‘Stormers in front 7-6. However, Long Island rallied back in the bottom of the inning. Washington’s mammoth leadoff solo homer tied the game at seven, and following two singles and an intentional walk, Valdespin ended the game with a walk-off single through the left side.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Pike pitched four innings, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks with one strikeout. Albaladejo lasted six innings, yielding six runs (five earned) on 11 hits and two walks while striking out four. Jose Cuas picked up the win after recording the final two outs in the seventh. Kaleb Fleck took the loss, conceding two runs on three hits and a walk in one-third of an inning.

The Barnstormers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of game two on a two-out, two-run single by K.C. Hobson off Ducks starter Lorenzo Barcelo. The Ducks closed the gap to one in the bottom of the inning on a solo home run to right field by Miles Williams off Lancaster starter Ty’Relle Harris.

Travyon Robinson’s solo homer to right in the third restored Lancaster’s two-run lead at 3-1. A run-scoring groundout from Darian Sandford and an RBI single by Robinson in the fourth pushed the advantage to four.

Cody Puckett’s solo homer to left-center in the fifth and a sac fly to center from Washington in the sixth closed the gap to 5-3. The Ducks then rallied once again in the bottom of the seventh, as Williams’ two-out, two-run single to center tied the ballgame at five. Lancaster took the lead back for good though in the eighth on an RBI single to center by Blake Gailen and a run-scoring fielder’s choice off the bat of Robinson.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Barcelo pitched four innings, yielding five runs (four earned) on eight hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Harris lasted five and one-third innings, giving up three runs on three hits while striking out six. Huascar Brazoban picked up the win after tossing one and one-third scoreless innings of relief. Cuas took the loss, surrendering two runs on two hits and two walks in one inning.

WEDNESDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Left-hander Hector Silvestre will start the series finale for the Ducks. The Dominican Republic native is 2-0 with a 6.23 ERA through seven appearances (six starts) this season. The 25-year-old earned his second straight victory in his last start, giving up four runs on 10 hits to the Road Warriors in a 6-4 win.

John Anderson starts the finale for the Barnstormers, making his 10th start and 32nd appearance of 2018. The second-year Barnstormer is 4-2 this season with a 3.01 ERA. He has been excellent lately, allowing just three runs in his last three starts. Anderson allowed two runs on five hits and a walk and added six strikeouts in his last start, a victory over the York Revolution on August 23rd. The lefty pitched in the Blue Jays organization for the first eight seasons of his career.

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
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#35 Taylor Ard – DH
#30 David Washington – 1B
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#27 Dioner Navarro – C
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#33 Hector Silvestre – LHP

Lancaster Barnstormers
#7   Darian Sandford – CF
#16 Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#2   Blake Gailen – RF
#5   Trayvon Robinson – DH
#3   Ryan Casteel – 1B
#28 Josh Bell – 3B
#1   Vladimir Frias – SS
#32 Anderson De La Rosa – C
#11 Rico Noel – LF

#22 John Anderson – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 2: A couple of errors in the infield lead to a 2-0 Barnstormers lead.

BOT 3: Ducks cut into the lead after an RBI double by Taylor Ard! Ducks trail 2-1.

TOP 4: Four runs come in after a two-out error to push the score to 6-1 Barnstormers.

BOT 4: A wild pitch brings in a run for the Ducks! Long Island trails 6-2.

BOT 6: The Ducks rally for four runs in the frame after two-run singles by Daniel Fields and Jordany Valdespin! Ducks down three, it’s 9-6.

BOT 8: Taylor Ard CRUSHES a two-run homer over the scoreboard! Ducks are only down by one after scoring six unanswered! It’s 9-8 Barnstormers.

FINAL: The comeback falls short, as the Barnstormers take the finale 9-8.

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