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Game 135: Ducks at Barnstormers

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Long Island opens a three-game midweek series in Lancaster

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:30 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (35-29; 71-63) begin the second leg of their seven-game road trip as they open up a three-game series with the Lancaster Barnstormers (34-30; 72-62). Long Island remains two games ahead of the Bridgeport Bluefish for first place in the second half Liberty Division standings, while Lancaster is now two games behind the York Revolution for first in the Freedom Division. Tonight is the 18th meeting of the year between the Ducks and Barnstormers, with Lancaster holding a 10-7 advantage.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

A great pitcher’s duel between Ducks starter Zac Treece and Revolution starter Victor Mateo, along with both bullpens, highlighted Monday’s game in York, but it was the Revolution who came away with a 2-1 win.

Treece (6-2), making a spot start for the Flock, and Mateo traded zeroes over the first four innings of the game, with the Ducks’ right-hander facing the minimum 12 batters. Mateo walked three in the second inning, including a pair with two outs, but was able to work out of the jam. Long Island finally broke through in the fifth when Giovanny Alfonzo singled with one out, stole second base and came around to score on a fielder’s choice off Marc Krauss’ bat, coupled with a throwing error on the play by Ryan Dent.

The Revolution answered back in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at one. With one out, Rubi Silva lifted a solo home run to left-center field on the first pitch he saw in a York uniform. Treece bounced back to strike out two and keep the game tied. He went back out for the sixth inning and allowed a double to Dent to begin the inning. A groundout moved him to third, and Alonzo Harris followed with an RBI single to put York in front.

Long Island’s bullpen took over from there. Tyler Wilson was able to strike out Isaias Tejeda and Telvin Nash with two on in the sixth, and Dennis O’Grady worked out of a first-and-second, one-out jam in the seventh, getting a strikeout and a groundout. Dustin Richardson tossed a scoreless eighth for the Ducks.

York’s bullpen was superb as well to preserve the 2-1 victory. Joe Van Meter (3-2) and Grant Sides each worked around a baserunner in the sixth and seventh, respectively. Ricardo Gomez pitched a scoreless eighth, and Chase Huchingson worked around a leadoff single in the ninth for his fifth save.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Game one of the series in Lancaster will feature John Brownell on the mound for the Ducks. The right-hander comes in with a 10-4 record and the AtlaPntic League’s second-best ERA at 3.41 in 23 starts. In his last outing, he tossed a complete game to defeat the York Revolution in game one of this past Thursday’s doubleheader. In the 34-year-old’s seven innings of one-run ball, he gave up just four hits and two walks while striking out six, as the Ducks earned a 5-1 win. Tonight will be Brownell’s fourth start of the season against the Barnstormers. He has put together a 1-1 record with a 5.60 ERA in his three previous outings and a 6-6 mark with a 4.42 ERA in 19 games (18 starts) all-time against Lancaster.

The Barnstormers have tabbed Tommy Shirley to begin the series. The southpaw has struggled this season, going 3-5 with a 6.96 ERA in 13 games (11 starts). He lasted just three and two-thirds innings in his previous start, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits and six walks with three strikeouts. However, he received a no-decision as Lancaster defeated New Britain 11-10 last Wednesday. Shirley has allowed 14 runs (13 earned) over 14 and two-thirds innings in his previous three starts and 25 runs (21 earned) over 23 and two-thirds in his last five starts. The Pennsylvania native’s lone start against the Ducks came on July 6 at Bethpage Ballpark, and he surrendered four runs on five hits and three walks in three innings of work, taking a no-decision.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Lancaster Barnstormers
#4   Darian Sandford – CF
#3   Beau Amaral – LF
#8   Cole Garner – RF
#19 Sean Halton – 3B
#15 Caleb Gindl – DH
#12 Nate Coronado – SS
#24 Steve Clevenger – C
#28 Josh Bell – 1B
#2   Lance Zawadzki – 2B

#44 Tommy Shirley – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (6:42): END 1: Both sides go in order in their half of the first inning. No score after one.

UPDATE (7:05): BOT 2: John Brownell gets Lance Zawadzki to pop out to right, stranding the bases loaded.

UPDATE (7:23): TOP 3: Giovanny Alfonzo singles to right, and Delta Cleary Jr. comes home to score on a fielding error! 1-0 Ducks!

UPDATE (8:09): BOT 5: Josh Bell’s fly ball to right clears the wall for a solo home run, tying the ballgame at one apiece.

UPDATE (8:27): BOT 6: John Brownell strikes out Caleb Gindl! His 667th strikeout as a Duck ties him with Corey Thurman for second on the Atlantic League’s all-time list!

UPDATE (8:49): BOT 7: A two-out RBI single by Beau Amaral followed by a bases loaded walk to Cole Garner have put Lancaster in front 3-1.

UPDATE (9:22): FINAL: Long Island drops the series opener to the Barnstormers 3-2. Game two of the series is tomorrow at 6:30 pm.

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Game 124: Ducks vs. Revolution

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The Long Island Ducks look to clinch a series win against the York Revolution tonight in the finale of a four-game series.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (32-21; 68-55) continue their penultimate homestand of the 2017 regular season against the York Revolution (30-23; 58-65) with the finale of their four-game series. Long Island has won two of the first three games of the set and looks for the series victory tonight. The Ducks hold an 10-6 advantage in the first 16 games of the season series. The Ducks are currently on an eight-game homestand which continues with four games against the New Britain Bees this weekend.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks split a single admission doubleheader with the York Revolution on Wednesday night at Bethpage Ballpark, taking game one 5-4 in waddle-off fashion before dropping game two 8-2.

Long Island jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the first two innings of game one against Revolution starter Logan Williamson. RBI doubles by Lew Ford and Marc Krauss in the first and an error that plated Dan Lyons in the second highlighted the scoring.

York closed to within 3-2 in the third on back-to-back two-out solo home runs by Alonzo Harris and Alexi Casilla off Ducks starter Jake Dunning. However, the Ducks got one of the runs back in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single to left by Jordan Hinshaw.

The Revolution pulled even at four with single runs in the fifth and sixth on a wild pitch that scored Chase Simpson and a solo homer to left by Telvin Nash. York put then put the go-ahead runs at first and second with no outs in the sixth, but Rob Rogers escaped the jam. Elmer Reyes followed in the bottom of the seventh with a one-out solo blast over the left field wall to give the Ducks the waddle-off victory.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Dunning pitched five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out nine. Williamson lasted two and two-thirds innings, yielding four runs (three earned) on eight hits and three walks with one strikeout. Amalio Diaz (5-4) collected the win after pitching a scoreless seventh inning, striking out two. Ricardo Gomez (3-4) took the loss after surrendering the game-winning homer.

Hinshaw led the Flock with three hits, while Ford and Reyes each added two.

A four-run second inning put the Revolution on top early in game two. Two-out, two-run home runs by Travis Witherspoon and Casilla off Ducks starter Dennis O’Grady did the damage. The Ducks closed to within 4-2 in the third on an RBI single to left by Delta Cleary Jr. and an RBI double to right-center by Ford off Revolution starter Jay Gause.

York would put the game out of reach with a run in the fourth, two in the sixth and another in the seventh. An RBI double by Witherspoon, a two-run homer to center by Casilla and a solo homer to right by Nash accounted for the scoring.

Gause (9-2) earned the win, tossing six innings of two-run ball, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out five. O’Grady (5-7) took the loss, giving up four runs on five two walks with one strikeout in two innings.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

John Brownell takes the mound for the Ducks in the series finale with the Revolution. The righty ace is 9-3 with a 3.34 ERA this season in 21 starts, and has 82 strikeouts and 42 walks allowed in 126.2 innings. Last time out against the New Britain Bees on August 26, Brownell threw seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits as the Ducks won 3-0 in shutout fashion. In two starts against the Revolution this season, Brownell has struggled, going 1-0, but getting tagged for a 5.19 ERA, walking six and striking out only three in 8.2 innings.

RHP Victor Mateo heads to the hill for the Revs in the series finale. In 22 starts this season, the Dominican righty is 6-8 with a 4.12 ERA, striking out 54 and walking 36 while allowing 141 hits in 122.1 innings pitched. In his last outing on August 26, Mateo allowed five runs on nine hits in four innings against Lancaster, getting the loss. Against the Ducks this season, Mateo has been dreadful, going 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in two starts. In 9.0 innings, the righty has allowed 15 hits, nine runs (all earned) and walked six while striking out just two.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#28 Jordan Hinshaw – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

York Revolution
#2   Alonzo Harris – LF
#4   Alexi Casilla – 2B
#16 Isaias Tejeda – C
#23 Telvin Nash – 1B
#21 Michael Burgess – DH
#10 Jared Mitchell – RF
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF
#34 Carlos Triunfel – 3B

#9   Victor Mateo – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: @MarcKrauss25 hits his 20th home run of the season as the Ducks take a 2-0 lead!

TOP 3: The Revolution take a 7-2 lead.

BOT 4: The Ducks scratch a run back on an Elmer Reyes infield single. Revs lead 7-3.

BOT 5: LEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWW Ford collects an RBI to get the Ducks to within 7-4.

TOP 8: The Revolution add on a run to take an 8-4 lead.

FINAL: Revolution 8, Ducks 5.

W: Click (3-1)
L: Brownell (9-4)

Game 112: Ducks vs. Barnstormers

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The Ducks are 14-1 in their last 15 games, and look to resume their winning ways against the Barnstormers tonight at The Duck Pond.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (25-16; 61-50) continue their homestand tonight by battling the Lancaster Barnstormers (23-18; 61-50) in the middle game of a three-game series. The Ducks have won 14 of their last 15 games and have catapulted themselves into first place in the Liberty Division Second Half Standings, enjoying a 4.5 game lead over the Bridgeport Bluefish. Lancaster has dropped 10 of their last 13 games, and find themselves tied with the York Revolution for first place in the Freedom Division.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers 10-1 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Long Island opened the scoring in the second on an RBI single to right field by Ruben Gotay. A five-spot in the fifth inning against Lancaster starter Joe Gardner extended the advantage to 6-0. A two-run home run to left-center by Anthony Vega, an RBI single by Marc Krauss and a two-run single by Elmer Reyes highlighted the inning.

The Ducks continued to pound away with a four-run seventh against reliever R.J. Hively. Gotay’s solo homer, and RBI single by Dan Lyons and RBI doubles from Vega and Delta Cleary Jr. did the damage.

Ducks starter Jake Dunning (2-0) earned the win, tossing five scoreless innings, allowing six hits and a walk while striking out six. Gardner (0-3) took the loss, giving up six runs on nine hits and three walks in four and one-third innings with four strikeouts. Zac Treece, Tyler Wilson and Dennis O’Grady each threw a scoreless inning of relief for Long Island.

Eight Ducks batters had at least one hit in the game, with seven of them registering multiple hits. Vega led the Flock with three hits, three RBI and two runs scored while also picking up a defensive assist in right field. Cleary Jr. added three hits, an RBI and a run, while Gotay and Reyes each had two hits and two RBI.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Long Island right-hander Alfredo Simon gets the start in tonight’s ballgame. In 10 appearances (seven starts) Simon is 2-3 with a 4.67 ERA, and ha struck out 39 and walked only 12 in 42.1 innings pitched. The former big leaguer nearly threw a no-hitter in his last start on August 8 in game one of a doubleheader against Southern Maryland. In a seven-inning complete game, Simon allowed only three hits and struck out seven after not allowing a hit through 6.1 innings. In two starts against Lancaster this year, the righty is 0-1 with a 7.27 ERA (7 ER/8.2 IP), but last faced the club on July 6, getting no decision.

Luis Gonzalez toes the rubber tonight for the Lancaster Barnstormers, marking his third appearance with the club and first start. In two previous relief outings, the left-hander has no record and a 1.80 ERA, striking out two and walking three in five innings of work. The 34-year-old is in his 16th professional season, and his fourth in the Atlantic League. Gonzalez pitched for the Bridgeport Bluefish in 2010 and 2011, and spent time with Lancaster in the 2016 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:

Long Island Ducks
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#34 Marc Krauss – RF
#30 Ruben Gotay – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#19 Derrick Pyles – DH
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#25 Alfredo Simon – RHP

Lancaster Barnstormers
#3   Beau Amaral – CF
#21 Traybon Robinson – LF
#8   Cole Garner – DH
#19 Sean Halton – 3B
#4   Garrett Weber – 2B
#24 Steve Clevenger – 1B
#5   Lastings Milledge – RF
#12 Nate Coronado – SS
#7   Tyler Clark – C

#37 Luis Gonzalez – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 2: No score through two innings at The Duck Pond. Alfredo Simon back to the hill to keep it going!

TOP 3: Lancaster rallies for three runs to take a 3-0 lead. Top of the lineup coming up for the Ducks.

BOT 4: The Ducks erupt for eight runs, highlighted by a mammoth 3-run homer by Alex Burg and a 3-run double from Marc Krauss! 8-3 Ducks lead!

TOP 8: The Barnstormers plate three runs, but the Ducks hang on to their 8-6 lead.

TOP 9: The Barnstomers take a 9-8 lead on a three-run home run from Sean Halton.

FINAL: Barnstormers 9, Ducks 8.

W: Carter (4-2)
L: Diaz (3-4)
SV: Shuman (1)

Game 86: Ducks at Barnstormers

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 2:00 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, Pa.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (7-8, 43-42) face the Lancaster Barnstormers (8-7, 46-38) in the rubber game of a three-game series. The Ducks remain two and a half games behind Bridgeport for first place in the Liberty Division, while the Barnstormers are still a half-game in front of the York Revolution for first in the Freedom Division. Lancaster has an 8-5 lead in the season series between the two teams and has taken three of five games in Pennsylvania.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: After dropping the series opener by a 5-1 margin on Friday night, the Ducks flipped the script on Saturday evening, using 14 hits to top the Barnstormers 5-1 on Saturday.

After missing out on scoring with the bases loaded in the second inning Friday, the Ducks put a run on the board in the second inning Saturday. Long Island totaled four hits in the frame, including an RBI single up the middle by Dan Lyons off Barnstormers starter Rommie Lewis.

The Ducks then used the home run ball to extend their lead to 4-0. After fouling off four pitches with two strikes, Jordan Pacheco drove a ball over the right field wall in the third for a two-run homer, his second longball in as many nights. Two innings later, Marc Krauss lifted a 3-2 pitch over the picnic tables in right for a towering solo homer, his third longball in the past four games.

Meanwhile, Dennis O’Grady was keeping the Barnstormers bats in check. He began his night with five scoreless innings and pitched out of a first-and-third, no-out jam in the second after Lancaster got runners on base via an error and a deflected comeback that would have otherwise been a double play ball. However, with two outs in the sixth inning, Krauss lost a fly ball in the sky out in left field that resulted in a double for Sean Halton. Cole Garner followed with an RBI single to put the ‘Stormers on the scoreboard.

Jake Dunning took over for O’Grady in the seventh and threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one. Amalio Diaz then pitched the eighth and retired the side in order, striking out two and snaring a comebacker off the bat of Tyler Clark. Long Island then plated an insurance run in the ninth on a two-out RBI single up the middle by Anthony Vega. David Aardsma came on and pitched around a leadoff walk, striking out the final two batters of the game.

O’Grady (5-6) collected the win, pitching six innings of one-run ball. He gave up just three hits and struck out two along the way, and he did not walk a batter for the first time as a starter this year. Lewis (5-7) suffered the loss, giving up four runs on 11 hits and three walks in six innings while striking out three. Delta Cleary Jr. led the Flock with three hits.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks will send John Brownell to the rubber for the series finale on Sunday afternoon. The right-hander enters with a 7-1 record and a 2.95 ERA in 15 starts this year. He will be making his first start since pitching in the All-Star Game at TD Bank Ballpark on July 12. His last outing with the Flock came on July 9 in Southern Maryland when he picked up the win in a 4-3 game. Brownell walked a season-high five batters and threw a season-high 125 pitches, but his seven strikeouts equaled a season-best and he gave up three runs on seven hits over seven innings. The sixth-year Duck has faced the Barnstormers twice this season, both times on Long Island, and he has gone 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA, yielding six runs in 13 innings of work on 13 hits and five walks with seven strikeouts.

Lancaster will give the ball to Brad Bergesen in the rubber game of the set. The right-hander comes in with a 5-6 record and a 4.22 ERA in 14 starts, having walked just 19 batters in 81 innings. His last outing came on Monday in Sugar Land when the Barnstormers shut out the Skeeters 10-0. The former big leaguer threw five scoreless innings, giving up just four hits while walking two batters. Bergesen has given up just one run over 11 innings in his past two starts, including six innings of one-run ball against the Flock on July 5 at Bethpage Ballpark. Both of his starts against the Ducks have come at Bethpage Ballpark, and he has yielded just one run on six hits and a walk while striking out 10 over 11 innings.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for today’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of today’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: For today’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Barnstormers
#3   Beau Amaral – CF
#6   Rico Noel – 2B
#24 Steve Clevenger – 1B
#19 Sean Halton – LF
#8   Cole Garner – RF
#28 Josh Bell – DH
#4   Garrett Weber – 3B
#32 Anderson De La Rosa – C
#12 Nate Coronado – SS

#10 Brad Bergesen – RHP

UPDATE (2:15): END 1: John Brownell retires the side in order in the opening inning, striking out two!

UPDATE (2:57): BOT 3: An RBI double by Nate Coronado and an RBI single by Steve Clevenger put the Barnstormers ahead 2-0.

UPDATE (3:15): BOT 4: Brownell induces a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Coronado to work out of a first and second, one-out jam!

UPDATE (3:24): TOP 5: Marc Krauss unloads a mammoth solo homer to right-center! His 12th of the year & fourth in the past five games! 2-1 Lancaster.

UPDATE (3:46): BOT 5: A three-run inning puts Lancaster in front 5-1. Rico Noel’s RBI single & Cole Garner’s two-out, two-run homer did the damage.

UPDATE (4:06): BOT 6: Another pair of runs come home for the Barnstormers, who extend their lead to 7-1.

UPDATE (4:26): BOT 7: Zac Treece turns in a scoreless seventh inning, inducing a double play from Garrett Weber.

UPDATE (4:46): BOT 8: Just like Treece, Patrick Crider pitches a scoreless inning and induces a double play ball, this time from Beau Amaral.

UPDATE (4:55): FINAL: Angelo Songco launches his team-leading 16th homer of the season in the ninth, but the Ducks fall to the Barnstormers 7-2.

Game 85: Ducks at Barnstormers

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:30 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (6-8, 42-42) play the middle game of their three-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers (8-6, 46-37). The Ducks enter the day two and a half games behind Bridgeport for first place in the Liberty Division, while the Barnstormers are now a half-game in front of the York Revolution for first in the Freedom Division. Lancaster has an 8-4 lead in the season series between the two teams and has taken three of four in Pennsylvania.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: Long Island dropped its series opener to the Barnstormers, falling 5-1 on Friday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

After scoring 13 runs and totaling 17 hits on Wednesday night against New Britain, the Ducks’ offense was stymied by Jarret Leverett, who had previously allowed 15 runs on 25 hits in 10 and one-third innings against the Ducks. Long Island had a chance to draw first blood when they loaded the bases with one out in the second inning. However, Giovanny Alfonzo was robbed of at least two RBI on a leaping catch at first base by Steve Clevenger. Dan Lyons then flew out to left to end the threat.

Lancaster responded by plating three runs against Ducks starter Rafael Perez in the bottom of the inning. Cole Garner lifted a solo homer to right-center field, Anderson De La Rosa collected an RBI double and newcomer Beau Amaral added an RBI single.

Jordan Pacheco, who totaled three hits on the night to lead the Flock, trimmed the deficit to two in the fourth with an opposite-field solo homer to right. However, De La Rosa’s second RBI double of the night in the bottom of the inning pushed the lead back to three at 4-1.

Long Island native John Lannan took over in the fifth inning and retired the first eight batters he faced, striking out five, before allowing a two-out solo homer to Rico Noel in the seventh that rounded out the scoring. Eury De La Rosa, pitching for the first time since June 22 after spending nearly a month on the disabled list, twirled a scoreless eighth inning for Long Island.

Perez (6-6) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks over four innings with two strikeouts while taking the loss. Leverett (6-5) pitched six innings of one-run ball, yielding five hits and a walk with two strikeouts to collect his second straight win.

ON THE MOUND: Dennis O’Grady will take the mound for the Ducks in game two of the series. The right-hander enters with a 4-6 record and a 5.01 ERA in 17 games (13 starts) this season. He turned in a quality start his last time out but suffered a hard luck loss on Sunday against the Somerset Patriots. The Floral Park native pitched six innings of two-run ball, allowing just five hits and two walks while striking out two. Long Island nearly rallied back from a 3-0 deficit in the ninth inning, but Fehlandt Lentini was picked off at second base representing the tying run after entering the game as a pinch runner. O’Grady has struggled in his two outings against the Barnstormers this season, yielding 15 runs on 21 hits in nine innings of work.

Rommie Lewis will get the start for the Barnstormers. The southpaw has made 16 appearances (15 starts) this season and has a 5-6 record with a 5.63 ERA, surrendering 111 hits in 78 and one-third innings. He took the loss this past Sunday in Sugar Land, lasting just four innings and allowing eight runs (seven earned) on six hits and four walks with three strikeouts. It marked his first loss since June 6, which coincidentally was also against the Skeeters. Lewis has been outstanding against the Ducks this season, winning both of his starts and failing to allow a run in 13 innings. Long Island has managed just nine hits and two walks against him while striking out nine times.

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
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#13 Elmer Reyes – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – RF
#15 Jordan Pacheco – 1B
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#23 Alex Burg – C
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#17 Dennis O’Grady – RHP

Barnstormers
#3   Beau Amaral – CF
#6   Rico Noel – 2B
#24 Steve Clevenger – 1B
#19 Sean Halton – LF
#8   Cole Garner – RF
#28 Josh Bell – DH
#4   Garrett Weber – 3B
#32 Anderson De La Rosa – C
#12 Nate Coronado – SS

#54 Rommie Lewis – LHP

UPDATE (6:46): TOP 1: We’re underway in Lancaster, as the Ducks pick up a single and a walk in the first inning.

UPDATE (7:07): TOP 2: Ducks strike first! Long Island collects four hits in the frame, including an RBI single by Dan Lyons!

UPDATE (7:19): BOT 2: Excellent work by Dennis O’Grady, who wiggles out of a first-and-third, no-out jam without surrendering a run!

UPDATE (7:33): TOP 3: Another oppo taco for Jordan Pacheco! He hits a two-run blast to the Faithful Flock in the picnic area in right! 3-0 Long Island

UPDATE (8:14): TOP 5: Marc Krauss clears the picnic tents in right with a towering solo homer! His 11th of the year makes it 4-0 Flock!

UPDATE (8:41): BOT 6: Barnstormers get on the scoreboard thanks to an RBI single from Cole Garner, which followed a lost fly ball in the sky in left.

UPDATE (8:55): MID 7: Jake Dunning takes over for O’Grady. Final line for Dennis: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Second straight quality start!

UPDATE (9:16): BOT 8: Amalio Diaz fires a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two swinging and snaring a comebacker! 4-1 Ducks as we head to the ninth.

UPDATE (9:32): TOP 9: Ducks add a run on a two-out RBI single by Anthony Vega! Long Island now leads 5-1.

UPDATE (9:44): FINAL: David Aardsma strikes out two in a scoreless ninth inning, and the Ducks defeat the Barnstormers 5-1 to even the three-game series!

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