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Ducks Memorable Moment Madness Champion

Ducks Moment Madness Final

Hundreds of votes were cast over the last 24 hours, and thousands of votes were cast throughout the tournament. With a resounding 83.7% of the vote in the finals, your Ducks #MemorableMomentMadness champion is…

Thank you to everyone who voted throughout the tournament and made this an absolute blast! We loved re-living all of the tremendous memories throughout the team’s 20-year history.

2010s Long Island Ducks All-Decade Team

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The current decade officially comes to a close at the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, January 1. At that point, the past 10 years of Ducks baseball officially wraps up and a new chapter begins to be written in the history of the franchise. The first decade of Ducks baseball from 2000-09 saw attendance records be broken, the successful start of professional baseball on Long Island and six consecutive postseason berths. Although the franchise did win its first Atlantic League Championship in 2004, the remainder of the decade saw the club have the opportunity to win a title but come up short in their quest of doing so.

However, the same cannot be said for the current decade that is about to end. As detailed last week, the Ducks were certainly the class of the ALPB during the 2010s. Long Island won three Atlantic League Championships, including back-to-back trophies in 2012 and 2013 and another just this past season. It saw the team earn Liberty Division Championships in seven of the 10 seasons and reach the postseason in eight of them. Add that with more attendance milestones being reached and dozens of player contracts being purchased by Major League Baseball and foreign professional leagues, the 2010s decade is certainly one for the record books for the Ducks and their fans.

Before we put a bow on the 10 years that was, now is as good a time as ever to highlight the best players to wear the Ducks uniform during the decade. Given the success of the era and all impactful names that came through Central Islip, picking out just a select few is no easy task. However, our blog staff did their best to determine the select few who earned a rightful place on the 2010s Ducks All-Decade Team:

CATCHER: J.R. HOUSE
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House posted one of the most prolific seasons by a catcher in ALPB history. The backstop hit .305 during the incredible 2011 season with 19 home runs, 81 RBIs, 73 runs, 128 hits, 22 doubles and a .365 on-base percentage over 113 games. He also did not make a single error defensively all year, as the former Major Leaguer helped the Ducks reach the Atlantic League Championship Series.

FIRST BASE: DAVID WASHINGTON
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Few players in Ducks history have showcased the power that David Washington has. He helped the Ducks reach the Atlantic League Championship Series in 2018 then returned and won it all in 2019. The former big leaguer combined to hit 47 home runs, drive in 131 runs and score 122 over 217 games during the past two seasons. He also had a flair for the dramatic, highlighted by his game-winning blast in Game Three of the 2018 ALCS.

SECOND BASE: CODY PUCKETT
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Puckett was a model of consistency for the Ducks over his first three seasons in a Ducks uniform. While playing both second and third base, he played over 120 games, hit over .270 and scored over 60 runs in each. He suffered a knee injury in 2017 that ended his season early before returning to play a full season in 2018, totaling five seasons in a Ducks uniform. In that time, he helped the Flock to four playoff berths and three Liberty Division Championships.

SHORTSTOP: DAN LYONS
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The Ducks all-time leader in games played with 888, Lyons became a fixture at shortstop during the decade. In eight seasons with the Flock (2011-18), he totaled 40 homers, 353 RBIs, 423 runs and 755 hits. Not to mention, he earned three Atlantic League All-Star selections (2012, 2015, 2016), the Rawlings Gold Glove Defensive Player of the Year Award (2015), two Atlantic League Championships (2012, 2013) and Championship Series MVP honors (2012).

THIRD BASE: BRYANT NELSON
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“Nelly” was a key contributor to the Ducks back-to-back ALPB Championships in 2012 and 2013. He played over 120 games, collected over 70 RBIs, totaled over 135 hits, scored 72 runs, and hit 30 doubles in each season. The former Red Sox player also earned an Atlantic League All-Star nod during the 2013 season and is one of the league’s all-time greats, spending 11 seasons in the circuit between 2006 and 2016 and playing more games than anyone else (1,013).

LEFT FIELD: LEW FORD
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One of the most beloved players in franchise history, Ford has fashioned a 10-year Ducks career as a player and now coach, all but one of which have come in this decade. He is the Ducks all-time hitting leader with a .320 batting average. The six-year MLB veteran has totaled 921 hits, 75 home runs, 448 RBIs and 483 runs over 751 games with the Flock. He’s been a part of three Atlantic League Championship teams, seven Liberty Division Championship squads, was the 2014 Atlantic League Player of the Year and is a three-time Atlantic League All-Star.

CENTER FIELD: KRAIG BINICK
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Binick burst onto the scene in 2011 when he won the Atlantic League batting title, hitting .343 with the Ducks. He also led the league in on-base percentage (.429), stolen base percentage (.894) and stolen bases (42) that year. The Hicksville native ended up spending three seasons with the Ducks (2011-13), reaching the Atlantic League Championship Series in each and winning two titles along the way. Binick also hit .352 in 26 playoff games.

RIGHT FIELD: ADAM BAILEY
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Bailey demonstrated great power during his two seasons with the Ducks and secured the final out of the team’s 2013 Atlantic League Championship. In 2013 and 2014, he combined to total 35 home runs, 146 RBIs, 119 runs, 277 hits and 47 doubles in 261 games. Bailey also earned a 2014 Atlantic League All-Star Game selection.

DESIGNATED HITTER: RAY NAVARRETE
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The legendary #16 played the back half of his eight-year Ducks career during the decade and helped lead the Flock to two Atlantic League Championships. He also earned ALPB All-Star selections in 2010 and 2012. Navarrete set the Atlantic League record for doubles in a single-season with 50 in 2012, and one year later, hit a legendary three-run homer in Game Five of the Atlantic League Championship Series, his final game in a Ducks uniform. He closed his Ducks career as the franchise leader in hits (963), homers (137), RBIs (548), runs (599), doubles (245) and games played (863) before Dan Lyons broke the latter.

STARTING PITCHER: JOHN BROWNELL
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We follow up one franchise legend with another in the great #7, John Brownell. Arguably the greatest starting pitcher in team history, he spent seven seasons with the Flock from 2012-18. In that time, he became the franchise record holder in wins (65), strikeouts (755), innings pitched (1,005) and starts (154). He also set Ducks single-season records for starts (29, 2014), complete games (7, 2013), innings pitched (202.0, 2014) and strikeouts (147, 2016). The righty earned two Atlantic League Championships as well as Championship Series MVP honors in 2013. He was also named the league’s Pitcher of the Year in 2015 and an All-Star selection in 2017.

CLOSER: LEO ROSALES
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Thanks in part to Rosales’ work on the mound, the Ducks were able to capture consecutive championships in 2012 and 2013. Acquired in a 2012 trade with Camden for outfielder Reid Gorecki, he spent three seasons overall with the Flock, appearing in 54 games and posting 28 saves, a 1.98 ERA, 59 strikeouts and just 24 walks over 54.2 innings. The former big leaguer recorded the save to wrap up the 2013 Atlantic League Championship and earned an Atlantic League All-Star selection 2013 as well.

MANAGER: KEVIN BAEZ
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Much of the Ducks success during the decade can be contributed to the work done by Kevin Baez as manager. From 2011-18, he guided the Flock to seven playoff appearances, six Liberty Division Championships (including two stretches of three in a row) and two Atlantic League Championships. The former Ducks infielder also managed in three Atlantic League All-Star Games during the decade (2012, 2013, 2018).

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Bobby Blevins – Spent parts of five seasons with the Ducks (2012-16) and earned two Atlantic League Championships in the process. Went 15-11 with a 3.23 ERA and 212 strikeouts over 50 games (47 starts) during his first four seasons with the Flock. Turned in three quality starts during the playoffs with Long Island, including both decisive Game Five matchups in 2012.

Delta Cleary Jr. – Played three seasons with the Ducks (2015-17) and hit .297 with 139 RBIs, 172 runs, 395 hits, 52 doubles, eight triples and 91 stolen bases. Reached the playoffs each season and the Atlantic League Championship Series twice.

Amalio Diaz – Appeared in parts of four seasons with the Flock (2015-17, 2019) and was a major piece of the bullpen during each of the first three years. Recorded 34 saves and 204 strikeouts to just 44 walks over 167 innings in a Ducks uniform, compiling a 2.53 ERA. 2017 Atlantic League All-Star.

Mike Loree – Turned in arguably the best single season by a pitcher in franchise history during the 2011 season when he won the pitching Triple Crown. Led the Atlantic League with 14 wins, a 1.98 ERA and 131 strikeouts to win the league’s Pitcher of the Year honors. Had his contract purchased during the season by the Pirates, came back to pitch in the playoffs, then returned in 2012 before heading having his contract purchased again by the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

L.J. Mazzilli – Instrumental in the team’s 2019 Atlantic League Championship, leading the team in hits, RBIs, runs, total bases and doubles while ranking eighth in the Atlantic League in batting (.293) and 10th in RBIs (74). Also batted .400 with 12 hits in eight playoff games. 2019 Atlantic League All-Star.

Deibinson Romero – Earned 2019 Atlantic League Championship Series MVP honors after hitting .444 with two homers and nine RBIs during the series against Sugar Land. Batted .357 with three homers and 11 RBIs in the playoffs after joining the Ducks midseason and hitting .268 with 11 homers and 46 RBIs. 2019 Atlantic League All-Star.

Jordany Valdespin – Earned Atlantic League Player of the Year and Baseball America Independent Leagues Player of the Year honors in 2018 after leading the league in hits (154), runs (94) and triples (7).

 

 

20th Anniversary Team Voting – Shortstop

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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.

Two infielders down; two to go! We’ve covered the right side of the infield in our voting thus far, with the first base and second base positions being voted upon over the past two weeks, respectively. Let’s head over to the left side now and start off our fourth week of voting with the shortstop spot. The nominees for the position feature some of the most notable players to ever wear the Long Island Ducks uniform. All three account for 11 of Long Island’s 13 postseason appearances in franchise history during their time playing with the Ducks, with 2006 and 2009 being the only two seasons in which none of the three took the field with the Flock. Two of the three shortstop nominees also account for all three Ducks championships. It’s a talented trio to say the least, but it will be up to you to help decide which one gets the spot. Here are the nominees for the 20th Anniversary Team shortstop:


Kevin Baez
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While Kevin Baez has become synonymous with the Ducks managerial role over the past eight years, he endeared himself to fans much earlier when he played for the orange and black. The former New York Mets infielder joined the Ducks in 2002 and proved to be a versatile option in the field. He would play second base, shortstop and third base during parts of four seasons in a Ducks uniform, though most of that time was spent at short. After playing 115 games during his first season with the Flock, Baez truly broke out in 2003. He compiled a .293 batting average and a .370 on-base percentage in 92 games that season and played well enough that the Cincinnati Reds purchased his contract during the year. Some of his signature moments with the Ducks came in 2004. He earned Atlantic League All-Star Game MVP honors that season (the final of three consecutive ALPB All-Star selections), connected for the sac fly during the famous August 9th game in Bridgeport that helped clinch the Ducks their first postseason berth ever, and was part of Long Island’s magical run to their first Atlantic League championship. After beginning the 2005 season as a player, he converted to a coaching role during the year. However, his legacy as a shortstop for the Ducks was cemented forever.


Edgardo Alfonzo
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Another former New York Mets infielder is also among the nominees for the shortstop position. After enjoying a 12-year Major League career, eight of which was spent in Flushing, Edgardo Alfonzo joined the Ducks for a pair of seasons in 2007 and 2008. He played 105 games with the Ducks during the first of those two years and hit .266 with five homers, 56 RBIs, 53 runs and 23 doubles. The performance with the Flock as well as in the Venezuelan Winter League helped “Fonzie” garner an opportunity with Tigres de Quintana Roo in the Mexican League to start 2008. Following a solid season south of the border, Alfonzo returned to Long Island and continued to sizzle. In 59 games with the Ducks to end ’08, he batted .329 with eight home runs, 27 RBIs, 76 hits, 13 doubles and a .395 on-base percentage. Alfonzo, who played all four infield positions with the Flock but spent most of his time at short, was also a superb defender, combining to make just 16 errors over his two seasons with Long Island. Not to mention, the Ducks earned postseason berths in both of those years as well.


Dan Lyons
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Although our third and final nominee does not have any Major League experience, he has played more games than any other player in franchise history. Dan Lyons has played 888 regular season games as a member of the Ducks, surpassing Ray Navarrete’s 863-game record this past season, a mark that had stood since he retired in 2013. The feat is even more admirable when you consider that Lyons first joined the Ducks in 2011 as a utility infielder on a team that would win more games than any other in the Atlantic League that year. However, “Shorty” greatly impressed during his 86 games that year, hitting .283 and posting a .971 fielding percentage. The Ducks made him their starting shortstop in 2012, and he proceeded to earn an Atlantic League All-Star Game selection. By season’s end, his spot in Ducks history was written in stone when he laid down a walk-off bunt single in the ninth inning of Game Five in the Atlantic League Championship Series to give the Ducks their first title since 2004. His performance in the series was worthy of earning Championship Series MVP honors. Since that point, Lyons has gone on to collect another Championship ring (2013), be named the first-ever winner of the Rawlings Gold Glove Defensive Player of the Year Award in the Atlantic League (2015) and garner two more All-Star Game nods (2015, 2016). Through eight seasons, he has totaled 40 homers, 353 RBIs, 423 runs and 755 hits. Not to mention, he has proven time and time again to be one of the top defenders in the league.


The choices have been revealed, and the time is now to vote! Simply click the button below to head to the balloting page and select your choice for the 20th Anniversary Team’s shortstop. Vote as often as you’d like over the next week, but only one candidate can be chosen when you do. 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 third base position.

Game 115: Ducks vs. Bees

The Ducks open a six-game homestand tonight against the New Britain Bees

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and New Britain Bees open up a three-game series on Tuesday night. This will be the 16th of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Bees this season and the 56th all-time meeting between the two teams. The Bees have a one-game lead in the all-time series, ahead 28-27, but the Ducks have an 8-7 lead in 2018. The Ducks own a 16-10 record against the Bees at home and bring a 31-20 second half record to Tuesday’s game, sitting in first place in the Liberty Division by just one game. The Bees are seven and a half games back of the Ducks with a 23-27 second half record.

SUNDAY’S RECAP:

The Ducks were able to salvage a game from the York Revolution, using early offense to win 7-3 in the finale.

Back-to-back hits by Jordany Valdespin and Daniel Fields, along with a run-scoring wild pitch by Revolution starter Logan Williamson, gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead in the first inning. It stayed that way until the fourth inning when Long Island plated three runs to extend their lead to four. An RBI single by Dioner Navarro and a two-out, two-run double by Dan Lyons did the damage.

An RBI ground rule double by Welington Dotel in the bottom of the fourth off Ducks starter Dennis O’Grady brought York to within three. However, Carlos Pimentel struck out two to leave the bases loaded in the inning. Then, a three-run fifth for the Flock put the game out of reach at 7-1. Sacrifice flies from Navarro and Cody Puckett, along with an RBI double by Miles Williams, highlighted the inning.

York closed to within four in the seventh inning on a two-run single to right-center by Henry Castillo. Colton Murray came into the game though and struck out two of the three batters he faced to escape a two-on, no-out jam. York would get no closer, as Logan Ondrusek tossed a 1-2-3 eighth inning and Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth.

O’Grady did not factor into the decision but lasted three and one-third innings, allowing a run on three hits and two walks while striking out three. Pimentel earned the win, tossing one and two-thirds scoreless innings, allowing just one walk while striking out two. Williamson suffered the loss, surrendering seven runs on 10 hits and a walk over four innings with two strikeouts.

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Brett Marshall will make his Ducks debut tonight after representing the piece that completed the Jason Creasy trade with the Blue Crabs. 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 righty earned a win against the Sugar Land Skeeters on August 30th in his last outing, pitching six shutout innings to shutdown the league’s top team. 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.

Atlantic League mainstay Kyle Simon will face the Ducks on Tuesday. The 6’6″ right-hander is 8-7 this season with a 4.10 ERA over 22 appearances (21 starts). Simon last appeared on August 30th, taking the loss against the York Revolution after allowing three runs in seven innings of work on six hits and one walk. After spending the first four seasons of his career in the Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles organizations, reaching Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2014, Simon has been an Atlantic League arm since 2015. Simon was named an All-Star in 2016 with the Bees, pitching to the tune of a 2.77 ERA over 120 and one-third innings.

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 – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#38 Ramon Cabrera – C
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#9   Anthony Vega – LF
#2   Cody Puckett – SS

#18 Brett Marshall – RHP

New Britain Bees
#15 Darren Ford – CF
#30 Angelo Songco – 1B
#24 Deibinson Romero – 3B
#14 Jason Rogers – DH
#35 Jovan Rosa – LF
#11 Jamar Walton – RF
#10 Jonathan Galvez – 2B
#3   James Skelton – C
#4   Vicente Conde – SS

#18 Kyle Simon – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: Ducks plate two after an error and an RBI single by David Washington! It’s 2-0 early in this one!

BOT 2: Ducks bring in three more after an RBI triple by Jordany Valdespin, an RBI double by Lew Ford and a base hit by Taylor Ard! It’s 5-0!

TOP 6: Bees get their first run after a wild pitch to make it 5-1 Ducks.

BOT 6: An RBI single by Cody Puckett extends the Ducks’ lead to 6-1!

TOP 7: An RBI single brings in the Bees’ second run of the game. Ducks lead 6-2.

FINAL: Ashur Tolliver strikes out a pair to solidify a 6-2 series-opening win for the Ducks!

Game 106: Ducks vs. Road Warriors

The Ducks go for a five-game win streak against the Road Warriors tonight

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Ducks look to make it four in a row tonight against the Road Warriors. Long Island comes in at 57-48 on the year, and 27-15 in the second half, three and a half games ahead of Somerset for first place in the Liberty Division, while the Road Warriors are 25-81, with a 8-35 second half record, seated at the bottom of the Liberty Division. This will be the 15th of 19 scheduled games between the two teams this season and their 123rd all-time meeting. The Ducks have dominated the series, winning 99 of 122 games, but have a slim 8-6 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: 

The Ducks fought off a late push from the Road Warriors to win the series opener 6-4.

The Ducks jumped out to an early 4-0 lead against Road Warriors starter Alberto Rodriguez. Jordany Valdespin and Daniel Fields scored on a throwing error, a sac fly from Ramon Cabrera brought home Lew Ford and an RBI double by Miles Williams plated David Washington.

The Road Warriors closed to within 4-3 with a run in the second and two in the third off Ducks starter Hector Silvestre. RBI singles by Ermindo Escobar and Melvin Rodriguez-Ortiz, as well as a sac fly from Jorge Fernandez-Diaz, did the damage. Gustavo Pierre then tied the game in the sixth with a solo home run to left.

Long Island responded right away to take the lead, as a sac fly from Williams in the bottom of the sixth brought home Ford with the go-ahead run. Dan Lyons then capped the scoring in the seventh with a leadoff solo homer to left field.

Silvestre picked up the win, tossing six innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out three. Rodriguez took the loss, conceding five runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks over six innings with seven strikeouts. Francisco Rodriguez earned his 24th save of the year with a scoreless ninth inning.

YESTERDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 

ON THE MOUND:

Matt Larkins will look to win the rubber match tonight. The right-hander enters with a 6-4 record and a 4.29 ERA through 15 starts in 2018. Larkins is coming off a loss against the Bees in which he gave up six runs through six innings on nine hits, striking out five.

Raul Rivera is back in the Atlantic League after pitching three games for the Skeeters in 2016. Rivera took the loss in his last start after giving up six runs in five innings on nine hits and three walks against the Lancaster Barnstormers. The Puerto Rican righty is 4-12 with a 4.63 ERA in 20 appearances (18 starts). Rivera spent the first six seasons of his career in the Houston Astros organization before playing in the American Association and Atlantic League.

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

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Road Warriors
#2   Osvaldo Martinez – SS
#5   Melvin Rodriguez – 2B
#24 Jorge Fernandez – CF
#29 Jose Julio-Ruiz – 1B
#17 Gustavo Pierre – 3B
#10 Edwin Gomez – DH
#7   Ermindo Escobar – C
#15 Matt Hibbert – RF
#3   Anthony Ray – LF

#27 Raul Rivera-Alicea – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: RBI singles by Taylor Ard and David Washington give the Ducks a 2-0 lead!

BOT 3: David Washington launches his 21st home run over the left-field wall! Ducks lead 4-0!

TOP 7: A run-scoring error cuts into the Ducks’ lead, it’s now 4-2 Long Island.

FINAL: K-Rod converts his 25th save and the Ducks win 4-2! Five in a row!

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