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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!

Game 81: Ducks vs. Bees

DE6I0525GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (40-40, 4-6) take on the New Britain Bees (31-48, 5-4) to open up a three-game series Monday night at Bethpage Ballpark. This marks the first of 10 second-half games between Long Island and New Britain, and the first trip to the Island for the Bees since April 28-30.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Somerset Patriots 3-2 on Sunday night in the finale of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Somerset took an early 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and second inning off Ducks starter Dennis O’Grady. A wild pitch that plated Alfredo Rodriguez and a solo home run to right-center field off the bat of Carlos Guzman did the damage. The Patriots added an insurance run in the eighth inning on back-to-back doubles by Christian Marrero and pinch-hitter Adam Donachie.

Long Island put together a ninth inning rally against Patriots reliever Ronnie Shaban. RBI doubles from Marc Krauss and Ruben Gotay trimmed the deficit to 3-2. However, the Ducks were unable to plate the tying run.

Somerset starter Lucas Irvine (6-2) earned the win with six shutout innings, allowing one hit and four walks while striking out five. O’Grady (4-6) took the loss, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks over six innings with two strikeouts. Ronnie Shaban collected his sixth save of the year despite allowing two runs on two hits and a walk in the ninth.

ON THE MOUND: Tyler Levine gets the start for the Ducks in the series opener this evening. In 15 appearances (one start), the right-hander is 2-0 with a 3.19 ERA. Used mostly in mop-up duty, Levine is working on a streak of 4.1 consecutive scoreless innings, and since the beginning of June sports a 1.00 ERA (1 ER/9 IP). The East Meadow, N.Y. native last pitched on July 8, throwing a 1-2-3 inning of relief at Southern Maryland. In his one start this year on May 3 at York, Levine got the win throwing seven innings and allowing two runs on four hits, walking one and striking out a season-high five.

The Bees send southpaw Greg Nappo to the mound to oppose Levine, making his fourth appearance and second start with the team. The lefty has no record and a 6.00 ERA with New Britain, having allowed six hits, walking one and striking out one in six innings. Before joining the Bees, Nappo was pitching in the Miami Marlins organization, where he split time this year with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (AA, Southern League) and the New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA, Pacific Coast League).

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
#47 Quintin Berry – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#15 Jordan Pacheco – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#18 Tyler Levine – RHP

Bees
#8 Yusuke Kajimoto – 2B
#3 James Skelton – C
#35 Jovan Rosa – 3B
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#28 Conor Bierfeldt – LF
#19 Jordan Hinshaw – RF
#10 Michael Crouse – CF
#6 Jamar Walton – DH
#2 Jake McGuiggan – SS

#12 Greg Nappo – LHP

UPDATE (6:42) – TOP 1: The Bees take a 1-0 lead on a Jovan Rosa solo home run.

UPDATE (7:07) – BOT 2: Alex Burg crushes a baseball for his seventh home run of the season and the Ducks are tied at one with the Bees!

UPDATE (7:17) – TOP 3: The Bees add a run and take a 2-1 lead on the Ducks.

UPDATE (8:26) – BOT 6: Angelo Songco connects for a two-run homer and the Ducks grab a 4-2 lead.

UPDATE (8:47) – BOT 8: Elmer Reyes lines a single to center to score Lew Ford and the Ducks have a 5-2 lead! @TheDA52 in to close!

UPDATE (9:07) – FINAL: Ducks 5, Bees 3. W: Rogers (2-0) L: Fry (0-3) SV: Aardsma (9)

Game 80: Ducks vs. Patriots

de6i7448.jpgGAME TIME/LOCATION: 5:05 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (40-39, 4-5) take on the Somerset Patriots (45-33, 3-5) in the rubber game of a three-game series. The Ducks currently sit in third place on the Liberty Division standings, only two games behind the Bridgeport Bluefish for first place in the second half standings, while the Patriots sit in fourth, 2.5 games back.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 7-4 on Saturday night in the middle game of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Long Island opened the scoring with a three-run second inning against Patriots starter Will Oliver. A two-run double by Jordan Pacheco and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Dan Lyons highlighted the inning. Scott Kelly hit an inside-the-park solo homer in the third inning off Ducks starter Rafael Perez, but an RBI single in the bottom of the frame by Ruben Gotay made it a 4-1 game.

Somerset grabbed another run in the fourth on an RBI single by Carlos Guzman, but the Ducks responded once again with an RBI double off the bat of Quintin Berry in the bottom of the inning to get their three-run advantage back. In the sixth, Lyons drove an opposite-field two-run homer to increase Long Island’s advantage to 7-2.

The Patriots tried to rally back in the eighth inning, plating a pair of runs on an RBI infield single from Kelly and a bases loaded walk to Alfredo Rodriguez. However, Lew Ford ran down a fly ball to left from Christian Marrero to strand the tying runs on base.

Perez (6-5) earned the win, tossing six innings and allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight. Oliver (3-2) suffered the loss, surrendering seven runs on eight hits and two walks over six innings with six strikeouts. David Aardsma collected his eighth save of the season with one and one-third scoreless innings of relief.

Pacheco led the Flock with three hits, while Lyons added two. Lyons drove in three runs and scored twice, while Pacheco picked up two RBI and a run.

ON THE MOUND: Dennis O’Grady heads to the mound in the rubber game for the Ducks, making his 17th appearance and 13th start of the season. O’Grady is 4-5 with a 5.17 ERA in 73 innings this year, and has allowed 74 hits while recording 59 strikeouts and 39 walks. In his last outing on July 7 at Southern Maryland, the righty allowed four runs on six hits in 5.1 innings, and got no decision in a 5-4 Blue Crabs victory. Over his last three starts, O’Grady has a less-than-stellar 4:8 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 18 innings.

The Patriots send Lucas Irvine to the bump in Sunday’s contest, making his 15th start of the season. Irvine is 5-2 with a 4.26 ERA on the campaign, and has allowed a staggering 83 hits in 76 innings, while striking out 50 and walking 28. The 6-1 right-hander was marvelous in his last start on July 9 against Sugar Land, allowing a run on seven hits in 7.2 innings in a 2-1 Patriots win. Irvine is 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA (3 ER/9.0 IP) in his two starts against 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
#47 Quintin Berry – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#11 Anthony Vega – RF

#17 Dennis O’Grady – RHP

Patriots
#8 Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#14 Christian Marrero – 1B
#1 Justin Pacchioli – CF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#4 Yovan Gonzalez – C
#13 Carlos Guzman – 3B
#33 Zach Racusin – RF
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#2 Scott Kelly – 2B

#16 Lucas Irvine – RHP

UPDATE (5:16) – TOP 1: The Patriots grab a 1-0 lead when Alfredo Rodriguez scores on a wild pitch.

UPDATE (5:34) – TOP 2: Somerset adds a run on a solo home run and takes a 2-0 lead.

UPDATE (6:23) – BOT 4: The Ducks still trail the Patriots 2-0.

UPDATE (7:01) – TOP 7: John Lannan throws a scoreless inning of relief as the Patriots still have a 2-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:18) – TOP 8: Dan Lyons makes a pair of great plays, but Somerset scores a run to extend a 3-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:53) – FINAL: Patriots 3, Ducks 2

W: Irvine (6-2)
L: O’Grady (4-6)
SV: Shaban (6)

Berry: 0-1, 3 BB, SB

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