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Game 54: Ducks at Barnstormers

Vega-Running-5-17-17GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:30 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (27-26) continue their six-game road trip by beginning a three-game series with the Lancaster Barnstormers (28-25). Tonight’s contest is the first time that the Ducks will play the Barnstormers on the road this season, and is just the fifth matchup between the clubs this year. Lancaster has won three of the first four games, all coming at Bethpage Ballpark in May.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 3-1 on a near-historic night at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, N.J. on Thursday.

Ducks starter Matt Larkins (2-5) nearly made history, coming just three outs shy of pitching the second no-hitter in franchise history (Rod Henderson, 5/25/01 vs. Atlantic City). The right-hander retired the first 20 batters he faced before allowing a two-out walk in the seventh inning to Carlos Guzman, ending his bid for a perfect game. He set down the next four hitters in order to bring a no-hitter into the ninth. However, he surrendered a leadoff solo home run to Chris Grayson that ended his chance at history.

“It was a little bit of a let down,” Larkins commented following the game. “You want to get through nine with it. It’s one of those things that doesn’t happen too often. I threw a good changeup down and away, and he kind of just got enough of it to get it out. I have no problem with the pitch; He just did a good job of hitting it.”

Larkins finished his night with eight and one-third innings pitched, yielding just the homer and two walks while striking out seven batters. He threw 99 pitches while earning the victory, 67 of which were strikes.

“I felt good pretty much the whole game,” Larkins commented following the game. “I think I knew pretty much the whole game what was going on. It was just one of those nights where I had a really good sinker going – had a lot of movement on it – and then really good command of the other two pitches.”

The Ducks (27-26) were kept off the scoreboard by Patriots starter Lucas Irvine until the top of the seventh inning, when Long Island broke through against reliever Duane Below. Delta Cleary Jr.’s two-out single and Giovanny Alfonzo’s RBI double put the Flock ahead 1-0. Long Island added single runs in the eighth and ninth to build a 3-0 lead on RBI singles by Angelo Songco and Dan Lyons.

Following Grayson’s homer in the ninth, Somerset (32-21) put the tying runs on base via a one-out walk to Scott Kelly and a two-out walk to Carlos Guzman. However, Chin-Hui Tsao struck out former Duck Mark Minicozzi to end the ballgame.

Irvine took a no-decision for the Patriots, tossing six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out five. Below (3-1) suffered the loss, surrendering two runs on four hits and a walk in two innings of relief with four strikeouts. Tsao collected his seventh save of the season after recording the final two outs of the game, both on strikeouts.

Marc Krauss led the Flock offensively with two hits in the victory, while Elmer Reyes added a hit and three walks.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks begin the series by sending Alfredo Simon to the mound to make his Long Island debut. The nine-year MLB vet was a National League All-Star in 2014 while pitching with the Cincinnati Reds, going 15-10 with a 3.44 ERA in 196.1 innings. In 2016, Simon appeared in 15 games (11 starts) with Cincinnati, in his second stint with the club, going 2-7 with a 9.36 ERA. “Big Pasta” also pitched for the Baltimore Orioles and Detriot Tigers in his big league career.

Lancaster counters with Atlantic League veteran Bryan Evans, in his third season with the club. Evans is 3-2 with a 4.88 ERA in his first nine starts of the season, which marks his third with the Barnstormers. The 30-year-old has not faced the Ducks yet this season, but in his last start on June 10, he allowed one run on three hits in six innings to get the win over the York Revolution. Evans was an Atlantic League All-Star in 2016, and was the Barnstormers’ Opening Day starter in 2015 and 2016. Last year, he set the franchise record with 130 strikeouts, including a single-game record 13 against the Ducks on August 14.

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:

Ducks
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – RF
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#25 Alfredo Simon – RHP

Barnstormers
#6 Rico Noel – CF
#15 Caleb Gindl – RF
#2 Blake Gailen – DH
#18 K.C. Hobson – 1B
#19 Sean Halton – 3B
#4 Garrett Weber – 2B
#21 Trayvon Robinson – LF
#32 Anderson De La Rosa – C
#1 Vladimir Frias – SS

#20 Bryan Evans – RHP

UPDATE (7:03) – BOT 2: Elmer Reyes has made a pair of great defensive plays and we are scoreless heading to the third.

UPDATE (8:01) – BOT 4: The Barnstormers take a 4-0 lead as they rally against Alfredo Simon.

UPDATE (8:14) – TOP 5: The Ducks get on the board as Elmer Reyes drives home Delta Cleary Jr. with a base hit. 4-1 Barnstormers.

UPDATE (9:43) – TOP 8: Marc Krauss drives a solo home run to right field and the Ducks climb back to within three. 5-2 Barnstormers.

UPDATE (10:03) – BOT 8: The Barnstormers tack on two insurance runs to extend a 7-2 lead.

Game 53: Ducks at Patriots

DE6I0525GAME TIME/LOCATION: 7:05 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark (Bridgewater, N.J.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (26-26) continue their three-game series with the Liberty Division-leading Somerset Patriots (32-20) tonight. The Ducks and Patriots are separated by six games in the standings and will play each other five times in the final 18 games of the first half.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks fell to the Somerset Patriots 7-6 in a walk off Wednesday night at TD Bank Ballpark in the middle game of a three-game series.

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the third, when the Patriots sent nine batters to the plate and scored three runs against John Brownell. The big blow in the frame was a two-run home run by Somerset catcher Adam Donachie.

The Ducks would get on the board against Patriots starter Dave Kubiak in the top of the fifth when Marc Krauss launched a solo home run to right field. The blast was Krauss’ fifth of the season and second in his last two games played.

In the bottom of the fifth, Somerset pulled back ahead by three when Greg Golson walked, stole second base, and scored on an Aharon Eggleston double. Brownell was done after the fifth, allowing four runs on seven hits, walking four and striking out three. He did not factor into the decision.

Long Island broke out the bats and took a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh against four Somerset pitchers, with the highlight coming on an Alex Burg three-run, opposite-field home run. However, the Patriots answered back with two runs off Eury De La Rosa in the bottom of the frame to claim a 6-5 advantage.

Dan Lyons drove a double off the wall to lead off the top of the ninth against Jon Hunton, and he scored two batters later on an Anthony Vega sacrifice fly to tie the game at six.

With two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Carlos Guzman and Alfredo Rodriguez collected back-to-back singles against Patrick Crider, and pinch hitter Yovan Gonzalez won the game with another base hit to left, scoring Guzman.

Crider (0-3) was tagged with the loss for the Ducks, while Will Oliver (2-0) got the win after a scoreless inning of relief for the Patriots.

ON THE MOUND: Long Island looks to salvage the final game of this three-game series with Matt Larkins on the mound. The right-hander sports a deceptive 1-5 record and 5.26 ERA heading into tonight’s outing, as he has thrown three straight quality starts. In those three combined starts, Larkins has a 1-1 record with a 2.41 ERA (5 ER/18.2 IP), and has struck out 16 and walked six. The UC-Riverside product has faced the Somerset Patriots just once this year, allowing one unearned run on three hits in four innings in his first start of the year on April 26.

The Patriots counter with right-hander Lucas Irvine, who enters the matchup with a 3-1 record and a 4.88 ERA. However, that number is skewed by a few bad starts in May, as Irvine is 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA (5 ER/18.0 IP) in his last three outings. Last time out, the Kansas City, Missouri native allowed three runs on six hits in six innings at the New Britain Bees on June 9, getting the win in a 12-7 Somerset triumph. Irvine has not faced the Ducks this season.

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:

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

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Patriots
#2 Scott Kelly – 3B
#7 Greg Golson – RF
#13 Carlos Guzman – 1B
#32 Mark Minicozzi – DH
#4 Yovan Gonzalez – C
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#9 Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#33 Chris Grayson – CF
#8 Alfredo Rodriguez – SS

#16 Lucas Irvine – RHP

UPDATE (7:39) – BOT 2: Matt Larkins looks sharp tonight. No score as we head to the third.

UPDATE (8:10) – BOT 4: Matt Larkins is still cruising. We go to the fifth, still scoreless.

UPDATE (8:41) – BOT 6: We are still scoreless as Matt Larkins has been really good tonight. #Understatement

UPDATE (8:52) – TOP 7: The Ducks take a 1-0 lead on a Giovanny Alfonzo double!

UPDATE (9:16) – TOP 8: The Ducks tack on another as Angelo Songco makes it 2-0 with an RBI single.

UPDATE (9:26) – BOT 8: Matt Larkins has only allowed one baserunner. The Ducks lead 2-0.

UPDATE (9:36) – TOP 9: Dan Lyons comes through with an RBI single and the Ducks lead it 3-0!

UPDATE (9:53) – FINAL: Ducks 3, Patriots 1

W: Larkins (2-5)
L: Below (3-1)
SV: Tsao (7)

Game 50: Ducks vs. Bluefish

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

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (25-24) look to take the rubber game of a three-game series the Bridgeport Bluefish (28-22) this afternoon at Bethpage Ballpark. The first two games of the series have been decided by a total of three runs, and the 2017 Ferry Cup currently swings in favor of the Ducks by a five games to four margin. Today’s contest will be the final game between the Ducks and Bluefish of the first half.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks entertained a standing-room-only crowd of 7,186 Saturday night at Bethpage Ballpark by defeating the Bridgeport Bluefish 3-1.

Bridgeport got on the board first with a solo home run from Andrew Lambo to lead off the top of the third against Matt Larkins, but could muster nothing more.

In the top of the fourth, Lew Ford knotted the score at one with a solo shot of his own against Bluefish starter Jonathan Albaladejo. The Ducks tacked on two more in the fifth on a solo homer from Dan Lyons and an RBI fielder’s choice groundout from Angelo Songco.

Larkins (1-5) was terrific, turning in 6.2 innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and walking tow and striking out three. The outing marked the right-hander’s third straight quality start.

In a bases loaded, two-out jam in the seventh, Patrick Crider entered and struck out Lambo to end the threat. Bridgeport would not push a runner into scoring position for the rest of the game.

Amalio Diaz worked around a two-out infield single in the eighth to preserve the 3-1 lead, and Chin-Hui Tsao nailed down his sixth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks send right-hander Dennis O’Grady to the mound in the rubber game of the series with the Bluefish. The Duke product is making his 11th overall appearance and seventh start of the season, and has a 2-2 record and 3.15 ERA. In his last outing on June 7 at the New Britain Bees, O’Grady threw five innings of one-run ball, striking out seven but issuing four walks. The Floral Park native has an impressive 9.0 K/9 rate, but is issuing a troublesome 4.5 BB/9 this season. O’Grady has made one appearance against the Bluefish this season, throwing two shutout innings on June 2.

The Bluefish roll with lefty Chris Rearick in the series finale, making his ninth start of the season. The southpaw is 4-1 with a 3.38 ERA on the season, and defeated Long Island in his last start on June 4. In that outing at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, Rearick threw six innings and allowed just one run on four hits, walking two and striking out seven. He also defeated the Ducks on May 24 at Bridgeport, fanning a season-high 10 in six shutout innings of work.

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:

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – LF
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#17 Dennis O’Grady – RHP

Bluefish
#2 Luis Hernandez – SS
#10 D’Arby Myers – CF
#6 Tony Abreu – 2B
#15 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#11 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#27 Daniel Fields – DH
#20 Jonathan Galvez – LF
#35 Andrew Lambo – RF
#25 Santiago Nessy – C

#26 Chris Rearick – LHP

UPDATE (2:36) – BOT 3: No score here yet as the Ducks and Bluefish are locked in a Sunday pitcher’s duel.

UPDATE (3:10) – TOP 5: The Bluefish score to take a 1-0 lead

UPDATE (3:55) – BOT 6: The Ducks erupt for five to take a 5-1 lead.

UPDATE (4:21) – TOP 8: Patrick Crider spins a 1-2-3 inning and we take a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth!

UPDATE (4:32) – BOT 8: The Ducks score three more runs thanks to home runs from Angelo Songco and Marc Krauss! We now lead Bridgeport 8-1!

UPDATE (4:43) – FINAL: Ducks 8, Bluefish 1

W: De La Rosa (2-1)
L: Burawa (2-2)

Game 49: Ducks vs. Bluefish

DE6I0705GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (24-24) continue a three-game home series with the Bridgeport Bluefish (28-21) tonight at Bethpage Ballpark. The 2017 Ferry Cup has seen no shortage of excitement, including a one-run victory for the Bluefish last night. Following tonight’s game, fans in attendance will be treated to a fireworks spectacular.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks trailed the Bridgeport Bluefish by four runs twice on Friday night at Bethpage Ballpark, but were able to push the tying run into scoring position in the ninth before falling, 5-4.

The Bluefish took the lead in the top of the second, plating a pair of runs against Ducks starter John Brownell. The righty yielded another pair of runs in the top of the third as Bridgeport jumped out to a 4-0 lead.

Long Island answered with a run in the bottom of the third against Bridgeport starter Cory Riordan. Fehlandt Lentini doubled down the right field line with two outs, and Anthony Vega followed with a broken bat single on the next pitch to score Lentini.

Brownell (4-1) allowed just one more run in his seven innings of work, striking out three and not issuing a walk while allowing a season-high 11 hits. The all-time franchise leader in wins completed seven innings for the fourth consecutive start.

Trailing 5-1, the Ducks mounted a rally against Riordan (4-2) in the bottom of the seventh to pull within a pair of runs. Vega laced a one-out double down the right field to score Lentini from first base and advanced to third on the throw home. Elmer Reyes followed with a sacrifice fly to push Long Island within 5-3.

Jim Fuller and Rob Rogers each contributed scoreless innings of relief work in the eighth and ninth, respectively, while Drake Britton threw a 1-2-3 eighth for Bridgeport.

In the ninth, David Carpenter allowed a one-out double to Dan Lyons, who scored two batters later on a base-hit from Vega to cut the deficit to 5-4. Vega stole second to get into scoring position with two outs, but Reyes grounded out to shortstop to end the game.

Vega starred offensively for the Ducks, finishing 3-for-4 with three RBIs, a double, a walk, a run scored and a stolen base. In the game, the Patchogue native doubled his season RBI output from three to six. Lyons also tallied hits in his last three at-bats, going 3-for-4 with a double and a run.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks hand the ball to Matt Larkins in the middle game of the series with Bridgeport, making his ninth start of the season. After a rough stretch, the righty has put together a stretch of two straight quality starts (12.0 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 13 K). Despite this, Larkins is still 0-5 on the season with a 5.92 ERA. Tonight marks the Idaho resident’s third start of the season against Bridgeport, and he is 0-2 in his previous two outings with a 4.09 ERA. Last time out on June 4, Larkins allowed three runs on six hits in six innings at the Bluefish, striking out a season-high seven and not issuing a walk.

Bridgeport will call on former major leaguer Jonathan Albaladejo to climb the hill against the Ducks. Albaladejo is in his second season with the Bluefish, and was an All-Star in 2016. This year, the righty is 3-4 with a 5.66 ERA in eight starts. This will be Albaladejo’s second start against the Ducks, and hie is 0-2 with an ugly 7.71 ERA. Last time out, the Tampa, Florida resident allowed eight runs on 10 hits in 4.2 innings against Long Island on June 3, in a 10-1 Ducks triumph.

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:

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – LF
#23 Alex Burg – C
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Bluefish
#2 Luis Hernandez – SS
#10 D’Arby Myers – CF
#6 Tony Abreu – 2B
#15 Sean Burroughs – DH
#5 Jose Gil – C
#27 Daniel Fields – LF
#11 Jose Cuevas – 1B
#35 Andrew Lambo – RF
#3 Angelys Nina – 3B

#34 Jonathan Albaladejo – RHP

UPDATE (7:04) – BOT 2: We’re still scoreless through two innings as Matt Larkins and Jonathan Albaladejo are locked in an early pitcher’s duel.

UPDATE (7:19) – TOP 3: The Bluefish take a 1-0 lead on a solo home run from Andrew Lambo.

UPDATE (7:39) – BOT 4: The Ducks get on the board thanks to a solo home run from LEEEEEEWWWWWWWW Ford! All tied at one!

UPDATE (7:58) – BOT 5: The Ducks strike for two more, including a solo home run from Dan Lyons to take a 3-1 lead!

UPDATE (8:51) – TOP 7: Amalio Diaz spins a scoreless inning of relief to keep the Ducks ahead 3-1!

UPDATE (9:13) – FINAL: Ducks 3, Bluefish 1

W: Larkins (1-5)
L: Albaladejo (3-5)
SV: Tsao (6)

 

Game 38: Ducks vs. Skeeters

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Dan Lyons and the Ducks look to exact revenge on the Sugar Land Skeeters tonight at Bethpage Ballpark

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (18-19) welcome the Sugar Land Skeeters (19-19) to Bethpage Ballpark for the first time this season. The last time these two clubs squared off was in the 2016 Atlantic League Championship Series, won by the Skeeters. With the first matchup of the year against the Skeeters, the Ducks will have played each Atlantic League foe at least one time in 2017.

SUNDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks scored their third waddle-off win of the season Sunday afternoon, defeating the Lancaster Barnstormers 5-4 in 10 innings at Bethpage Ballpark.

With two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Dan Lyons ripped a double to left-center off Barnstormers reliever Cody Hall to plate Jordan Pacheco with the game-winning run.

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth, when Elmer Reyes stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and delivered a two-run single off Nate Reed to hand Long Island a 2-0 lead.

Lancaster answered back int he top of the sixth against John Brownell, cutting the deficit to 2-1 courtesy of a Sean Halton sacrifice fly.

Ducks catcher Alex Burg led off the bottom of the sixth with his first triple of the season, and scored two batters later on an RBI single from Cody Puckett, extending the lead to 3-1.

However, in the top of the seventh, Brownell allowed a two-run home run to Anderson De La Rosa to tie the game at three.

The Ducks starter got no decision while completing seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out three. Brownell registered his fifth quality start in seven outings to begin the year.

Long Island regained the lead with small ball tactics in the bottom of the eighth, when Lyons connected for a sacrifice fly to score Marc Krauss, who had walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Puckett. Puckett hurt his knee on the play and had to be removed from the game in favor of Pacheco.

The Barnstormers tied the game in the top of the ninth, when David Aardsma allowed a single to Trayvon Robinson, scoring Rico Noel to tie the game at four. Jim Fuller worked around an error by Pacheco in the top of the 10th, setting the stage for Lyons’ heroics.

After Pacheco singled with one out, Giovanny Alfonzo struck out for the second out in the frame. Lyons battled Hall and worked a 3-2 count before delivering the waddle-off hit. The hit capped one of the finest offensive games of the season for the Ducks shortstop, who went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks hand the ball to Matt Larkins in the opener of the series with Sugar Land. Larkins is looking for a reversal of fortunes, and has pitched far better than his 0-4 record with a 7.26 ERA would indicate. The right-hander has been plagued by poor luck and poor run support this season. In his last start on May 24, Larkins allowed two runs on five hits in five innings at Bridgeport, and was tagged with the loss. Against Sugar Land in the playoffs last year, Larkins allowed a run on two hits in 5.2 innings, and got the loss.

The Skeeters turn to Jake Hale to set the tone for the series. The 6-7 right-hander is 3-1 on the season with a 3.04 ERA and is in his second season with Sugar Land. He anchored the rotation for the club after joining the team midway through the 2016 season and has gotten off to an equally handsome start in 2017. In his last outing on May 21 against the York Revolution, Hale was touched up for five runs on nine hits in 6.1 innings, getting no decision in an eventual 6-5 win for the Skeeters. Hale has recorded five quality starts in his first seven starts of the season.

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:

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#26 Angelo Songco – LF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Skeeters
#6 Derek Miller – CF
#4 Kevin Ahrens – 2B
#35 Andy Wilkins – 1B
#36 Hector Olivera – LF
#16 Travis Scott – DH
#14 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#3 Albert Cordero – C
#11 Ryan Jackson – SS
#5 Joe Benson – RF

#28 Jake Hale – RHP

UPDATE (6:49) – TOP 1: The Skeeters get on the board first and take a 1-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:20) – TOP 3: We’re settling in nicely into a pitcher’s duel tonight. 1-0 Skeeters heading into the bottom of the third.

UPDATE (8:17) – END 6: Matt Larkins is done after six strong innings, and Zac Treece comes in to replace him for the seventh. Still 1-0 Sugar Land.

UPDATE (8:50) – TOP 8: Amalio Diaz comes in and strikes out two in the frame. Skeeters lead 2-0.

UPDATE (9:15) – BOT 8: The Ducks get on the board on an RBI single from Giovanny Alfonzo, but still trail 2-1 to the Skeeters.

UPDATE (9:34) – BOT 9: It’s time for #FREEBASEBALL! Marc Krauss smashes a solo homer to knot the game at two!

UPDATE (10:12) – FINAL/11, It’s ANOTHER waddle-off for Giovanny Alfonzo:

Ducks 3, Skeeters 2.

W: Levine (2-0)
L: Gleason (1-2)

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