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Game 66: Ducks vs. Skeeters

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

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

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

LAST GAME RECAP:

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

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

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

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

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

SATURDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

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

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

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Ducks Video Center on the homepage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#35 Taylor Ard – 1B
#30 David Washington – DH
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#9   Anthony Vega – CF
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#32 Bennett Parry – LHP

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

#23 Ben Griset – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Game 56: Ducks vs. Revolution

Long Island attempts to maintain their momentum on Wednesday

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks continue their four-game series with the York Revolution on Wednesday night. The Ducks hold a 28-27 record, three games behind the Somerset Patriots for first place in the Liberty Division. The Revolution are even at 27-27 and are third in the Freedom Division, eight games behind the first place Barnstormers. Long Island holds a three-game lead in the all-time series with York, 110-107, and a 4-2 lead in 2018.

TUESDAY’S RECAP:

The bats woke up in the second game of the four-game series against York, scoring five unanswered runs to win 5-3.

The Revolution struck first with an RBI single in the second inning and a two-run home run in the third. The Ducks answered in the bottom half of the inning with a Daniel Fields home run on the first pitch of the frame. Travis Snider followed shortly thereafter with an RBI double.

Long Island jumped ahead in the next inning after RBI singles off the bats of Dan Lyons and Jordany Valdespin to make it 4-3. Lew Ford capped off the scoring in the seventh with a run-scoring base hit of his own.

Bullpen day worked out swimmingly for the Ducks. After starter Lee Sosa’s exited the game following three innings of work, the bullpen arms dominated. For the final six innings, Ducks pitching allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out seven.

Branden Pinder earned the win in his Ducks debut after pitching a scoreless fourth inning. York starter Pat McCoy took the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits over five and two-thirds innings of work. Francisco Rodriguez converted his 11th save of the season, dealing a one-two-three ninth inning.

ON THE MOUND:

Bennett Parry has been fantastic for the Ducks this season and gets the start tonight against the Revolution. The 6-foot-6 lefty owns a 4-0 record with a 1.97 ERA over nine starts thus far. His aforementioned ERA and 80 strikeouts both lead the Atlantic League this season. The California native continued his success in his last start on Friday against the Barnstormers, dealing six innings of two-run ball and striking out 11.

York will send Joe Van Meter to the mound tonight. The righty has pitched in 13 games thus far (five starts), compiling a 3.63 ERA. In Van Meter’s last start against the Road Warriors on Thursday, he struggled through three and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs on nine hits. This is Van Meter’s second year with York and third in the Atlantic League, spending 2016 in Southern Maryland.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Ducks Video Center on the homepage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – SS
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#30 David Washington – 1B
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#9   Anthony Vega – LF

#32 Bennett Parry – LHP

York Revolution
#2   Jared Mitchell – RF
#4   Alexi Casilla – 2B
#15 Welington Dotel – LF
#29 Melky Mesa – DH
#21 Michael Burgess – 1B
#20 Luis Cruz – C
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#12 Nick King – 3B
#7   Tyson Gillies – CF

#31 Joe Van Meter – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Bennett Parry is doing his thing right away, two strikeouts in his first inning of work!

BOT 1: Travis Snider rips a double down the right-field line to drive home Jordany Valdespin! 1-0 Ducks!

BOT 2: The Ducks EXPLODE for five runs highlighted by a Taylor Ard homer and RBI doubles for Anthony Vega and Travis Snider!

TOP 6: Three runs come across for the Revolution to make it 6-3. Bennett Parry has 10 strikeouts thus far.

FINAL: K-Rod gets his 12th save of the season to stop the Revolution by a score of 6-4!

Game 39: Ducks at Revolution

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The Ducks offense was in high gear on Friday night (Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and the York Revolution play the swing game of their four-game weekend series. The Ducks (20-18) remain three and a half games behind the Somerset Patriots for first place in the Liberty Division despite a win on Friday night, while the Revolution (19-16) are still in third place in the Freedom Division but now sit six and a half games behind the Lancaster Barnstormers. Long Island once again leads the all-time series between the clubs, 107-106.

FRIDAY’S RECAP:

The Ducks offense flipped the script with a big performance on Friday night, and Jair Jurrjens led the way on the mound as the Ducks routed the Revolution, 14-3.

Most of the offense came early for the Flock, and most also came with two outs in an inning. David Washington‘s two-out RBI single up the middle in the first and Dan Lyons‘ RBI double to center in the second gave the Ducks an early two-run lead. Then came the third inning.

Long Island loaded the bases with one out on a walk and two singles, but Dominic Severino’s strikeout of Cody Puckett put him in position to escape the inning unharmed. However, things unraveled after a visit to the mound by pitching coach Paul Fletcher. Alec Sole was hit by a pitch to force home a run, Lyons followed with an RBI infield single, Jordany Valdespin laced an RBI single to left field, Taylor Ard socked a two-run single to left and Travis Snider capped the frame with a three-run homer to left-center off reliever Tyler Cravy. All told, the Ducks scored eight two-out runs on six hits to boost their lead to 10-0, in what was Long Island’s largest run-scoring inning of the season.

After York closed within 10-2 in the fifth, the offense got the runs right back in the sixth against former Duck Zac Treece. A single by Washington, an RBI double by Ramon Cabrera and an RBI single by Cody Puckett did the damage. Two innings later, Jake Ezell’s wildness led to two walks and two wild pitches, one of which scored Snider. Cabrera’s sac fly to right rounded out Long Island’s scoring.

Meanwhile, Jurrjens was fantastic on the mound for the Ducks. He pitched all nine innings for his first complete game of the season, did not walk a batter and struck out five. He retired the first 13 Revolution batters in order before conceding three hits and two runs in the fifth on Ryan Dent’s two-run double. Jurrjens escaped a bases loaded, no-out jam in the sixth and surrendered only an unearned run in the ninth on an error a single and a wild pitch. He threw 105 pitches in the outing, 77 of which were strikes.

ON THE MOUND:

John Brownell will start game three of the series for the Ducks, in his first start at York since pitching well in Game Three of the 2017 Atlantic League Championship Series. The right-hander comes in off a terrific relief performance last Sunday against New Britain in which he gave up just one unearned run over six innings out of the bullpen to earn the win in Long Island’s 4-2, 15-inning victory. He gave up three hits and five walks while striking out three in the outing. Previously, Brownell had been roughed up by the Bees on Friday night, allowing eight runs on nine hits in two and two-thirds innings. Overall, the franchise leader in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and starts is 3-4 with a 5.45 ERA in seven games (six starts) this season.

The Revs were slated to start Zac Grotz on Saturday night. However, his contract has been purchased by the New York Mets organization, so it will be Robert Carson on the mound in his place. The southpaw just pitched in relief on Thursday against the Ducks, tossing two and one-third scoreless innings, yielding only a walk to Snider while striking out two. Overall, the former Met is 3-1 with a 1.71 ERA and one save in 14 apperances this year with York, striking out 19 batters and walking seven in 21 innings. Carson pitched with the Mets in 2012 and 2013, serving as teammates with Ducks infielder Jordany Valdespin, and compiled a 6.82 ERA over 31 outings (33 innings). Grotz had a 2.53 ERA, the fifth-best in the Atlantic League, to go along with a 2-1 record in seven games (four starts).

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Ducks Video Center on the homepage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#30 David Washington – LF
#35 Taylor Ard – 1B
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

York Revolution
#2   Jared Mitchell – RF
#4   Alexi Casilla – DH
#15 Welington Dotel – LF
#21 Michael Burgess – 1B
#14 Zach Wilson – 3B
#6   Rubi Silva – 2B
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF
#30 Tyler Clark – C

#28 Robert Carson – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

END 1: We’re scoreless after one inning of play at PeoplesBank Park.

TOP 3: A two-run single to right field by Travis Snider and an RBI fielder’s choice from Lew Ford have given the Ducks a 3-0 lead!

END 4: For the second time tonight, John Brownell induces a double play to end the inning! Four scoreless innings from the right-hander thus far.

BOT 5: Revs plate an unearned run on an RBI fielder’s choice from Jared Mitchell, but Brownell induces yet another inning-ending double play!

BOT 7: Snider makes a SENSATIONAL full extension diving catch to rob Mitchell of a game-tying extra-base hit! Brownell and Wander Perez combine to work out of a first-and-second, no-out jam, keeping the Ducks in front by two.

BOT 8: RBI singles from Michael Burgess and Rubi Silva have tied the ballgame up at three apiece. However, Dennis O’Grady induces an inning-ending double play to keep the ballgame tied. To the ninth we go.

TOP 9: Taylor Ard comes through! His two-out RBI single to left field scores Anthony Vega, who stole both second and third base after pinch-running for Ford! Ducks lead 4-3.

FINAL: Francisco Rodriguez earns his eighth save of the year with a scoreless ninth, striking out two! Ducks defeat the Revolution, 4-3, and have taken two of the first three in the series!

Game 19: Ducks at Patriots

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Following a 4-2 homestand, the Ducks hit the road to face the rival Patriots

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

7:05 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark (Bridgewater, N.J.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Ducks head back on the road following their six-game homestand to face the Somerset Patriots in a three-game weekend series. This is Long Island’s second visit to the Garden State after they dropped two of three to the Patriots May 1-3. Entering the series, the Ducks and Patriots are separated by just one game in the Liberty Division standings, with the Pats at 11-5 overall and the Flock at 11-7. The Ducks and Patriots have played a tightly contested all-time series, with the previous 348 meetings split evenly at 174 apiece. Somerset holds a 91-82 advantage in their home ballpark.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

After taking the series opener, 3-2, on Tuesday night and having Wednesday’s game postponed due to inclement weather, the Ducks completed a series sweep of the Road Warriors by taking both games of Thursday’s doubleheader.

Giovanni Soto stifled the Ducks offense over the first five innings of game one. The Road Warriors southpaw did not allow a single base runner in that time and struck out six batters. However, with the Ducks trailing 1-0 in the sixth, Daniel Fields and Ramon Cabrera picked up back-to-back singles to end the bid at history. Dan Lyons followed with his first home run of the season, a three-run blast to left field that put the Ducks ahead 3-1. David Washington followed later with an RBI double off reliever Luis Cruz.

After Matt Larkins pitched six innings of one-run ball and struck out six for Long Island, Francisco Rodriguez took over in the seventh to earn the save. He allowed a one-out double to Alfredo Silverio but struck out Anthony Ray and Osvaldo Martinez to preserve the 4-1 victory.

In game two, Bennett Parry toed the rubber for Long Island and allowed a leadoff solo homer to Martinez that put the Ducks in an initial hole. However, the southpaw settled in after that point and pitched a complete game, allowing just the one run on three hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out a career-high 11 batters.

Meanwhile, the Ducks offense was in high gear during the second game, rudely greeting Road Warriors starter Brandon Bargas in his Atlantic League debut. The Ducks batted around in both the first and fourth innings, striking for four runs in the first and five in the fourth. RBI singles by Travis Snider and Wilkin Castillo, along with a two-run single by Lyons, highlighted the scoring in the first. Robert Garcia’s mammoth solo homer to left field, Washington’s two-run single, Castillo’s RBI base hit and a sac fly from Lyons did the damage in the fourth. Lyons finished with six RBIs between the two games of the twin bill.

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS: 

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS: 

ON THE MOUND:

For the series opener at Somerset, the Ducks have elected to skip Jair Jurrjens’ turn in the rotation and start Jake Fisher. The southpaw comes in with a 2-0 record and a 3.50 ERA over three starts this season and was spectacular in his most recent outing. He fired eight scoreless innings last Saturday against the Skeeters at home, yielding just six hits and no walks while striking out 10 batters in his best regular season start with Long Island. This will be the 27-year-old’s second start ever (regular season or playoffs) against the Patriots. His first came in Game Three of the 2017 Liberty Division Championship Series, when he pitched a complete game victory and allowed just one run while striking out nine in front of an Atlantic League playoffs record crowd at TD Bank Ballpark.

On the other side, former Major Leaguer Kyle Davies will make his second start of the year for the Patriots. The right-hander pitched a scoreless first inning against Lancaster last Saturday in New Jersey before a rain delay ended his start prematurely. He brings eight seasons of Major League experience to the Patriots, who he signed with on May 7th. Davies most recently made one appearance with the Yankees in 2015 and also spent time with the Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals. He allowed Alex Rodriguez’s 500th career home run as a member of the latter and was 43-65 with a 5.57 ERA over 152 MLB games (144 starts). The 34-year-old did not pitch professionally in 2017.

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 – SS
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#30 David Washington – 1B
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#28 Daniel Fields – LF
#9   Wilkin Castillo – C
#12 Dan Lyons – 2B

#13 Jake Fisher – LHP

Somerset Patriots
#20 Julio Borbon – CF
#47 Endy Chavez – RF
#1   Justin Trapp – 2B
#7   Aaron Dudley – DH
#18 Alex Castellanos – 1B
#25 Craig Massey – 3B
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#5   Mike Fransoso – LF
#9   Adam Weisenburger – C

#31 Kyle Davies – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

END 1: We’re scoreless after an inning of play on this Friday evening!

END 3: Jake Fisher works around the leadoff single to keep the Patriots off the scoreboard. We remain scoreless after three innings.

END 6: Fisher tosses another scoreless inning in the sixth and now has pitched 14 consecutive scoreless innings over his past two starts!

END 8: For the second start in a row, Fisher has tossed eight shutout innings! We head to the ninth in a scoreless ballgame.

FINAL: A fly ball to left field off the bat of Aaron Dudley is misplayed, and Justin Pacchioli comes home with the winning run. Somerset takes the series opener, 1-0.

2018 Game 4: Ducks at Patriots

TDBankParkAfter taking two of three in Maryland to begin 2018, the Ducks visit the Somerset Patriots

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:35 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark (Bridgewater, N.J.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and Somerset Patriots are set to open up their three-game series. The Ducks head to Somerset with a 2-1 record and look to hand the Patriots their first loss of the young season after Somerset swept the Road Warriors last weekend. This will be the first of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Patriots this season and the 346th all-time matchup between the two teams. Long Island leads by just one game all-time with a 173-172 record against the Patriots, but Somerset has defended TD Bank Ballpark with an 89-81 record against the flock at home. The two teams met in the Liberty Division Championship Series last season, with the Ducks advancing in four games.

LAST GAME RECAP: 

The Ducks’ offense continued to roll on Sunday afternoon, putting up five runs in the first inning en route to a 7-4 victory over the Blue Crabs and claiming their first series win in 2018.

Following up a 12-2 victory is no easy task, but the Ducks were able to jump on Brandon Cumpton quickly thanks to singles from Jordany Valdespin and Tyler Holt right out of the gate, with Valdespin coming around to score following a David Washington single. Perhaps the most important play of the inning spawned from the hustle of the 6’5″ Washington, who beat out a force play at second following an Audie Afenir ground ball. With the bases loaded and two outs, Alec Sole drew a walk to bring home Travis Snider, then Dan Lyons cleared the bases with a double off the left-field wall. A four-run two-out rally gave John Brownell a sizable 5-0 cushion before he stepped on the mound for the first time in 2018.

Brownell allowed a run in his first inning of work, but the Ducks made up for it in the very next inning, with Jordany Valdespin smacking a triple to right center over the glove of Cory Vaughn. Travis Snider was able to advance him 90 feet with a double down the right-field line.

The Blue Crabs cut the lead to two in the third inning following a fielder’s choice and a two-run single by Johnny Bladel after the bases were loaded due to several fielding mishaps from the Ducks.

Long Island was able to knock starter Brandon Cumpton out of the game in the middle of the fifth inning thanks to an Alec Sole single that scored Travis Snider from second, pushing the score to 7-4.

The score remained the same for the final four frames after great work from Ducks relievers Matt MarshRob RogersWander Perez and Vinnie Pestano, who earned his first save as a Long Island Duck. The bullpen limited the Blue Crabs to just four hits for the remainder of the game. John Brownell struck out four and earned his first win as a player-coach despite allowing four runs over five innings of work, while Brandon Cumpton took the loss after seven runs came across over four and two-thirds innings.

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 

ON THE MOUND:

Andrew Barbosa will return to the mound for the Ducks for the first time since 2015 on Sunday. The 6’8″ Puerto Rican had great success during his first stint on Long Island, going 4-1 over nine starts with a 2.82 ERA and striking out 59 batters over 51 innings. The performance caught the eye of the Atlanta Braves, who purchased his contract and assigned him to Double-A Mississippi for the remainder of the season. Barbosa had a great 2016 in the New York Mets organization, dealing a 1.51 ERA across four levels in the organization, including Triple-A Las Vegas. The Florida resident then spent last season exclusively with Triple-A Colorado Springs of the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Barbosa owned a 7-3 record primarily out of the bullpen last year with a 5.29 ERA and 65 strikeouts over 66 and one-third innings. In his lone appearance against the Patriots in 2015, Barbosa tossed seven shutout innings and struck out 10 batters en route to a 3-0 victory.

For the first time in 2018, the Ducks will face a starter who has not reached the major league level. Rick Teasley will take the rubber for the Patriots to start the series, returning for his second season with Somerset. Teasley was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013, then spent 2014-2016 with the Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League, amassing a 28-14 record with a 3.67 ERA and four complete-game shutouts over the three seasons. The lefty is the Miners’ all-time leader in innings pitched and shutouts, and even tossed a no-hitter during his time there. Teasley was used both as a starter and reliever by Somerset last season, making 10 starts across 14 appearances. The Florida native was named an Atlantic League All-Star, posting a 7-2 record with a 2.85 ERA but struck out just 49 batters over 75 and two-thirds innings before his contract was purchased by the ChinaTrust Brothers of the Chinese Professional Baseball League in July. Teasley is 1-0 in three appearances against Long Island, allowing only four runs over 18 and two-thirds innings along with 13 strikeouts.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Ducks Video Center on the homepage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Tyler Holt – CF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#30 David Washington – 1B
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#28 Daniel Fields – LF
#9   Wilkin Castillo – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#21 Andrew Barbosa – LHP

Somerset Patriots
#20 Julio Borbon – CF
#47 Endy Chavez – RF
#1   Justin Trapp – 2B
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#18 Alex Castellanos – 3B
#17 Danny Dorn – LF
#7   Aaron Dudley – 1B
#4   Yovan Gonzalez – C
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS

#37 Rick Teasley – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (6:38): We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our broadcast. We will provide updates as soon as possible. Stand by.

UPDATE (6:41): TOP 1: A triple by Jordany Valdespin and an RBI single by Tyler Holt has given the Ducks an early 1-0 lead!

UPDATE (6:44): TOP 1: Lew Ford adds a sacrifice fly to increase Long Island’s early lead to 2-0!

UPDATE (6:51): BOT 1: Andrew Barbosa retires the Patriots in order in the bottom of the first inning!

UPDATE (7:33): MID 4: The Ducks hold a 3-0 lead in the middle of the fourth inning. Dan Lyons added a sacrifice fly in the second inning for Long Island.

UPDATE (8:03): BOT 5: Somerset closes to within 3-2 on a throwing error by Barbosa and an RBI groundout by Endy Chavez. We apologize for the inconvenience due our broadcast technical difficulties and appreciate your patience.

UPDATE (8:08): TOP 6: Ford crushes a solo blast over both sets of billboards in left field! His first home run of 2018 increases the Ducks lead to 4-2.

UPDATE (8:10): MID 5: Both starters’ nights are complete. Here are their final lines:
Barbosa: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Teasley: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

UPDATE (8:25): TOP 7: Valdespin continues his stellar start to the year with a two-run single to left! Ducks now lead 6-2!

UPDATE (8:44): BOT 7: Patriots get both runs right back on a two-run home run to right off the bat of Julio Borbon. 6-4 Long Island.

UPDATE (9:20): FINAL: Vinnie Pestano works a 1-2-3 ninth inning, and the Ducks take the series opener against the Patriots, 6-4, for their third consecutive win! Thank you to everyone for their patience as we battled through some technical issues tonight. We hope to have everything fixed up before Wednesday night’s game.

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