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Game 131: Ducks vs. Bluefish

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INF Ruben Gotay and the Long Island Ducks continue their sprint toward the 2017 postseason tonight against the Bridgeport Bluefish.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

After a pair of rainouts and a doubleheader split on the road this week, the Long Island Ducks (71-59, 35-25) return home for their final homestand of the 2017 regular season. In the three-game home set, the Bridgeport Bluefish (71-60, 30-31) make their final trip to Bethpage Ballpark. Long Island enters tonight’s game with a magic number of five over Bridgeport to clinch a spot in the 2017 Atlantic League Playoffs, and needs just one win in the series to hold all tiebreakers with their cross-sound rivals. One Ducks victory in the series also clinches the 2017 Ferry Cup, the final edition of the historic rivalry.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks split a single admission doubleheader with York Revolution on Thursday night at PeoplesBank Park, taking game one 5-1 before falling in game two 4-3.

Long Island plated a run in the first inning of game one on Lew Ford’s RBI single to center field. Giovanny Alfonzo extended the lead to 4-0 in the second with a three-run home run to left-center off Revolution starter Victor Mateo.

York got on the scoreboard in the third when Jared Mitchell lifted a sacrifice fly to center off Ducks starter John Brownell. The Revs got no closer though, as a two-out RBI double by Marc Krauss in the seventh rounded out the scoring.

Brownell (10-4) earned the win with a complete game effort, tossing seven innings of one-run ball, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out six. Mateo (6-9) took the loss, yielding four runs on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts in five and one-third innings.

Elmer Reyes led the Flock with three hits in the game, while Alfonzo added two hits, three RBIs and a run.

York jumped out to a 4-0 lead in game two with a three-run second inning and another run in the third against Ducks starter Matt Larkins. A bases loaded walk to Chase Simpson, a two-out, two-run single by Mitchell and a solo homer to right by Michael Burgess did the damage.

The Ducks closed to within 4-3 with a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth off Revolution starter Frank Gailey. An RBI single to right by Derrick Pyles and a two-run homer to left-center by Jordan Hinshaw cut the deficit to one. Long Island put the tying and go-ahead runs on in the sixth but could not pull even.

Gailey (13-9) got the win, pitching five innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts in five innings. Larkins (9-7) suffered the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings while striking out six. Chase Huchingson collected his fourth save with a scoreless seventh.

Pyles had two hits to lead the Ducks in game two.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Newly-acquired lefty Jake Fisher gets the start for the Ducks tonight, making his team debut. Fisher has spent the past four seasons pitching in the Frontier League with the Windy City Thunderbolts. This year in 20 starts, Fisher recorded a 10-7 record with a 2.80 ERA, and led the league with 120 strikeouts against only 29 walks in 138 innings. The workhorse threw eight-or-more innings in nine starts, and lasted at least seven innings in 12 of his outings. The crown jewel of his season came on August 12 against the Traverse City Beach Bums, when Fisher tossed a complete game, five-hit shutout, striking out 11 and walking only one.

Bridgeport counters with righty Ross Seaton, who makes his ninth start of his second season with Bridgeport. Seaton is 2-3 with a 5.20 ERA and has allowed 55 hits and walked 21 while striking out 32 in 45 innings. He has faced the Ducks once this year, allowing six runs on six hits in five innings in his season debut on July 28, getting no decision in an 8-7 Bridgeport comeback win. Last time out, Seaton held the York Revolution to one run on seven hits in five innings, getting the win in an 8-4 Bluefish victory.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s doubleheader, 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 twin bill 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 – LF
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#23 Alex Burg – C
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B

#25 Jake Fisher – LHP

Bridgeport Bluefish
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#11 Jose Cuevas – 2B
#25 Welington Dotel – CF
#20 Jonathan Galvez – 1B
#35 Andrew Lambo – LF
#32 Gustavo Molina – C
#3   Angelys Nina – 3B
#13 Ozney Guillen – RF
#5   Jose Gil – DH

#29 Ross Seaton – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 2: We’re still scoreless after two as Jake Fisher looks 💪💪💪 early in his Ducks debut!

TOP 3: Welington Dotel hits a two-run home run to give the @BPTBluefish a 2-0 lead.

BOT 4: Elmer Reyes doubles to drive home two runs and tie the game up at 2-2!

BOT 5: Delta Cleary Jr. and Angelo Songco pick up RBIs and the Ducks take a 4-2 lead.

TOP 8: The Bluefish rally for three runs and take a 6-4 lead.

FINAL: Bluefish 6, Ducks 5.

W: Britton (4-1)
L: Jones (0-1)

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Game 119: Ducks at Bees

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New Britain Stadium will play host to the middle game of a three-game series between the Long Island Ducks and the New Britain Bees on Saturday night.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:35 p.m. at New Britain Stadium (New Britain, Connecticut)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (29-19; 65-53) continue their three-game weekend series with the New Britain Bees (19-26, 45-70) tonight at The Beehive. The Ducks have won 18 of their last 22 games, including three this week in waddle-off fashion. Long Island has also won six straight series, and will look to continue that streak this weekend. Tonight marks the 15th meeting of the season between the Bees and the Ducks, with the season series currently deadlocked 7-7. Including Saturday’s skirmish, the two squads will meet six times in the next 10 days to complete their regular season series.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks fell to the New Britain Bees 5-3 on Friday night at New Britain Stadium in the opening game of a three-game series.

New Britain took the lead in the bottom of the first when Tyler Levine walked James Skelton and allowed a double to Michael Crouse to lead off the game. Two batters later Craig Maddox grounded out to second base to plate Skelton and give the Bees a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fifth, Crouse padded the Bees advantage with a two-run single, and Conor Bierfeldt doubled home a run in the sixth to expand the gap to 4-0. Levine (3-1) allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings of work, striking out three and walking one.

Long Island got on the board in the top of the seventh, when Derrick Pyles drove Ruben Gotay home with a single off Nick Greenwood. Giovanny Alfonzo followed with an RBI single off reliever Nate Roe to cut the lead to 4-2. Greenwood (3-4) was charged with two runs on six hits in 6.2 innings, striking out five and not issuing a walk.

The Ducks struck again in the top of the eighth, with Gotay collecting an RBI double to plate Audie Afenir and slice the deficit to 4-3. However, the Bees added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, and Sean Gilblair finished off the 5-3 win for his 15th save of the season.

Jordan Hinshaw went 3-for-5 with a double in his first game back against the Bees after he was traded from the club to the Ducks on August 22. Gotay added two hits, and Zac Treece struck out the side in order in his one inning of relief.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

RHP John Brownell gets the start for the Long Island Ducks in the middle game of the three-game series with the Bees. In 20 starts this season, the right-hander is 8-3 with a 3.54 ERA, and has struck out 79 while walking 38 in 119.2 innings pitched. Brownell has faced the Bees once this season, getting no decision on May 11 at New Britain Stadium, when he allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits in six innings, striking out five and walking one in a 4-3 Bees victory. In his last start on August 21 against Sugar Land, Brownell allowed two runs in five innings, walking three and striking out four while getting no decision.

New Britain sends RHP Kyle Simon to the hill to counter Brownell, looking to clinch a series win. Simon has won each of his last three starts, and is 9-10 overall in 23 appearances (18 starts) with a 4.19 ERA. He leads the Atlantic League with four complete games, and third with 135.1 innings pitched. Simon has faced the Ducks twice this season, once in relief and once as a starter, and is 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA (4 ER/7.0 IP). Last time out against the Bridgeport Bluefish on August 20, Simon allowed one run on five hits in seven innings, striking out four without a walk while getting the win.

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
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#23 Alex Burg – 2B
#19 Derrick Pyles – LF
#24 Audie Afenir – C

#7   John Brownell – RHP

New Britain Bees
#3   James Skelton – C
#10 Michael Crouse – CF
#35 Jovan Rosa – 3B
#24 Craig Maddox – DH
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#28 Conor Bierfeldt – LF
#8   Yusuke Kajimoto – RF
#9   Tsuyoshi Fujiwara – 2B
#5   Michael Baca – SS

#18 Kyle Simon – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: John Brownell strikes out two in a scoreless first inning for the Ducks. No score heading to the second.

TOP 4: The Ducks get on the board with four straight singles! 2-0 Long Island on top of the @NewBritainBees!

TOP 7: The Ducks go down in the seventh, but still hold a 2-0 lead on the @NewBritainBees.

FINAL: Ducks 3, Bees 0.

W: Brownell (9-3)
L: Simon (9-11)
SV: Diaz (13)

Game 115: Ducks vs. Skeeters

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INF Ruben Gotay has been in the middle of many Long Island rallies this season, leading the team with a .405 on-base percentage.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (26-17; 63-51) continue their four-game series with the Sugar Land Skeeters (20-22; 50-62) on Tuesday night. The Ducks have won 16 of their last 18 games, and have a six-game lead in the Liberty Division Second Half Standings over the Bridgeport Bluefish. The Skeeters enter tonight’s contest in third place in the Freedom Division, four games behind the first place York Revolution. Tonight marks the 15th matchup of the season between the two clubs, with the series knotted at seven wins for each team. This series marks the final trip of the  2017 regular season for the Skeeters.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters 4-3 on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Sugar Land took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on a two-run home run to right-center field off Ducks starter John Brownell. Long Island bounced back with a three-spot in the fifth off Skeeters starter Brett Marshall to go in front 3-2. An RBI single by Giovanny Alfonzo and errors which scored Derrick Pyles and Alfonzo highlighted the scoring.

The Skeeters tied the game in the top of the eighth on an RBI single to right by Caleb Ramsey. However, Dan Lyons drilled a leadoff solo homer to left-center in the bottom of the frame to put the Ducks back on top for good.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Brownell lasted five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four. Marshall pitched seven innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Tyler Wilson (1-2) got the win after recording an inning-ending double play in the eighth to keep the game tied at three. Andrew Johnston (1-3) suffered the loss, surrendering Lyons’ game-winning blast in the eighth. Amalio Diaz earned his 12th save of the year with a perfect ninth, striking out two.

Lyons, Alfonzo and Pyles each had two hits to pace the Flock.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Workhorse Matt Larkins takes the bump for Long Island in the second game of the four-game series. In 22 appearances (21 starts) Larkins is 7-6 with a 3.80 ERA, and has struck out 107 and walked just 30 while allowing 123 hits in 125.1 innings pitched. The right-hander leads the Ducks in both innings and strikeouts this season. In his last three starts, Larkins has notched three quality starts, and is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA (4 ER/22 IP) and has allowed just 13 hits, five walks and struck out 22 batters. The Idaho resident has already set a career high in strikeouts, surpassing his previous career-best of 98 punch-outs with Amarillo of the American Association in 2014. Larkins has faced Sugar Land three times this season, and has no record despite a 1.93 ERA.

Former Long Island Duck Bobby Blevins gets the ball for Sugar Land this evening. In 22 games (18 starts) this season the right-hander has struggled, recording a 4-7 record with a 5.54 ERA. His last win cam on June 1 at Bethpage Ballpark against Long Island. Last time out, Blevins allowed five runs on six hits in six innings against the York Revolution on August 17, but got no decision in a 7-6 Skeeters victory. The 32-year-old spent parts of five seasons as a Duck, compiling a 17-22 record with the Flock. Blevins has posted mixed results against his former team, going 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA in four games against the Ducks, holding batters to a .219 batting average.

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
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#30 Ruben Gotay – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#19 Derrick Pyles – RF
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Sugar Land Skeeters
#7   Josh Prince – 2B
#21 Anthony Giansanti – CF
#9   Wilfredo Rodriguez – C
#4   Kevin Ahrens – SS
#16 Travis Scott – DH
#15 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#36 Hector Olivera – LF
#33 Caleb Ramsey – 1B
#5   Joe Benson – RF

#19 Bobby Blevins – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 3: Still no score between the Ducks and Skeeters as Matt Larkins and Bobby Blevins have matched zeros.

BOT 6: Marc Krauss crushes a monster two-run home run to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead over the Skeeters!

TOP 7: Caleb Ramsey hits a solo home run to give the Skeeters their first run. Ducks still lead 2-1.

TOP 8: The Skeeters tie the game at two with an unearned run in the frame.

BOT 10: We are still tied at two with Sugar Land as the game heads to the 11th!

FINAL: It’s ANOTHER waddle-off winner for the Ducks!

Ducks 3, Skeeters 2.

W: Wilson (2-2)
L: Haynes (1-4)

Game 114: Ducks vs. Skeeters

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All-time Long Island Ducks wins leader RHP John Brownell takes the mound to begin a four-game series with the Sugar Land Skeeters.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

Coming off of a waddle-off win last night, the Long Island Ducks (26-17; 62-51) welcome the Sugar Land Skeeters (20-21; 50-61) to Bethpage Ballpark to begin a four-game series. The Ducks have won 15 of their last 17 games, and have a 5.5 game lead in the Liberty Division Second Half Standings. The Skeeters enter tonight’s contest in third place in the Freedom Division, three games behind the Lancaster Barnstormers and York Revolution. Tonight marks the 14th matchup of the season between the two clubs, with Sugar Land owning a 7-6 advantage in the season series. This series marks the final trip of the  2017 regular season for the Skeeters.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers 6-5 in walk-off fashion on Sunday evening in the rubber game of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

The Barnstormers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI single by Nate Coronado off Ducks starter Henderson Alvarez. Josh Bell’s two-out, two-run double in the third stretched the lead to 3-0, and a passed ball that plated Sean Halton in the fourth extended the advantage to four.

Long Island closed to within 4-2 in the sixth on an RBI double by Marc Krauss and an RBI single by Ruben Gotay off Barnstormers starter Brad Bergesen. Angelo Songco tied the game at four in the eighth with a two-out, two-run homer to right on the first pitch he saw.

Lancaster took the lead back in the ninth on an RBI single up the middle by Anderson De La Rosa that scored Lastings Milledge. However, the Ducks answered back in the bottom of the frame to earn the win. Following back-to-back hits by Derrick Pyles and Audie Afenir, Delta Cleary Jr. laced an RBI single to right-center to tie the game at five. Dan Lyons followed with a sac fly to center that plated the winning run.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Alvarez pitched seven innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks with one strikeout. Bergesen lasted six and two-thirds innings, yielding two runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Patrick Crider (1-5) collected the win after striking out Beau Amaral for the final out of the ninth inning. Anthony Carter (4-3) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on three hits in one-third of an inning.

Five different Ducks collected two hits to lead the way. Songco finished with two hits, two RBI and a run, while Krauss totaled two hits, and RBI and two runs.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Staff ace John Brownell takes the mound for Long Island in the series opener. In 19 starts this season, Brownell is 8-3 with a 3.53 ERA, and has struck out 75 while walking 35 and allowing 120 hits in 114.2 innings. Last time out at Somerset in game two of a doubleheader on August 16, the right-hander allowed four runs on five hits and one walk in 5.2 innings, striking out a season-high seven. The sixth-year Duck has seen limited action in August, throwing a total of 10.2 innings across two starts. He is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA (8 ER/10.2 IP) and has allowed 15 hits, nine runs, and has a 9:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Against the Skeeters this year, Brownell is 1-0 with a 1.15 ERA (2 ER/15.2 IP) in two starts, striking out seven, walking three and yielding just nine hits.

Right-hander Brett Marshall answers the call for Sugar Land, making his 23rd start of the season and 24th overall appearance. On the year, Marshall is 7-7 with a 4.30 ERA, and has struck out 75 and walked an incredible 71 while allowing 124 hits in 129.1 innings. Last time out, Marshall allowed one run on five hits in five innings on August 16 against York, getting no decision in a 4-3 Revolution victory. The former New York Yankees prospect has vaced Long Island twice this season, posting a 0-1 record with a 3.00 ERA (4 ER/12 IP). True to form, he has struck out eight and walked six in those outings, while allowing seven hits.

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
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#19 Derrick Pyles – RF
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Sugar Land Skeeters
#5   Joe Benson – RF
#7   Josh Prince – 2B
#21 Anthony Giansanti – CF
#4   Kevin Ahrens – SS
#15 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#16 Travis Scott – 1B
#9   Wilfredo Rodriguez – DH
#33 Caleb Ramsey – LF
#3   Albert Cordero – C

#2   Brett Marshall – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 3: We’ve got a good pitcher’s duel brewing tonight. No score between the Ducks and Skeeters.

TOP 4: The Skeeters get on the board with a two-run homer from Travis Scott. 2-0 Sugar Land.

BOT 5: The Ducks string together four straight hits to plate three runs and take a 3-2 lead!

BOT 8: The birthday boy @TheDannyLyons smacks a solo home run and the Ducks take a 4-3 lead!

FINAL: Ducks 4, Skeeters 3.

W: Wilson (1-2)
L: Johnston (1-3)
SV: Diaz (13)

Game 106: Ducks at Blue Crabs

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Alfredo Simon gets the ball again coming off his best start of the season as the Ducks look for their 10th win in a row.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

2:05 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium (Waldorf, Maryland)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (20-15; 56-49) complete their week-long matchup with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-22; 51-53) tonight in the final game of a four-game series. Long Island has won the first six games of the seven-game home-and-home mega-series. The Ducks have an 12-7 edge in the season series thus far, and have a 6-4 advantage in Waldorf. This series will wrap up the season series between the two teams, and the Blue Crabs are the first team that the Ducks will finish their slate of games with in the 2017 season.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 9-5 on Saturday night in a rain-shortened eight-inning contest at Regency Furniture Stadium. The win was extended the Ducks’ season-long winning streak to nine games.

The Ducks loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the third against Blue Crabs starter David Russo, and Ruben Gotay delivered a two-run single to open the scoring. Elmer Reyes added an RBI double in the frame to push the Ducks lead to 3-0.

In the top of the sixth, Long Island broke the game open with a six run outburst against three Southern Maryland pitchers. Quintin Berry highlighted the frame with a two-run single, while Giovanny Alfonzo, Delta Cleary Jr. and Derrick Pyles all had run-scoring hits to give the Ducks a 9-0 lead.

The Blue Crabs fought back in the bottom of the seventh, scoring five runs against John Lannan to narrow the gap to 9-5. In the bottom of the eighth, the Blue Crabs threatened against Patrick Crider, but he was able to escape the two-on, two-out jam.

Right as the top of the ninth was about to get underway, heavy rains began and the tarp was brought on to the field. After a 30-minute delay, the game was called due to inclement weather.

Jake Dunning got the win for Long Island after throwing five shutout innings to improve to 1-0 on the season. David Russo got tagged with the loss to fall to 0-2 after yielding six runs in 5.1 innings.

Gotay led the offense by going 2-for-3 with three RBIs, while Berry went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, two walks and two runs scored.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Alfredo Simon takes the mound for the Ducks this afternoon, looking to build on the momentum of his last start against the Blue Crabs. In game one of a doubleheader Tuesday night at Bethpage Ballpark, Simon took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, eventually finishing off a three-hit shutout. Overall, Simon is 2-3 with a 4.68 ERA on the season in 10 appearances (seven starts). In his last four appearances (two starts) the righty sports a stellar 1.96 ERA (4 ER/18.1 IP).

The Blue Crabs send right-hander Eric Fornataro to the bump, a familiar face for the Ducks who faced him in game one of Tuesday’s doubleheader. Long Island scored six runs on nine hits against him in a 10-0 victory. Fornataro began the year with the New Britain Bees before being traded to Southern Maryland on July 24 as the player to be named later to complete an earlier trade. Overall in 18 games (12 starts) the former big leaguer is 0-4 with a 6.28 ERA.

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
#47 Quintin Berry – CF
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#23 Angelo Songco – 1B
#19 Derrick Pyles – DH
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#18 Tyler Levine – RHP

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
#4   Jose Lozada – 2B
#9   Edwin Garcia – SS
#10 L.J. Hoes – DH
#6   Patrick Palmeiro – 1B
#27 Cory Vaughn – CF
#35 Tucker Nathans – RF
#32 Luis Alen – C
#1   Brian Bistagne – 2B
#7   Alex Glenn – LF

#15 Eric Fornataro – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 3: A two-run single form Angelo Songco gives the Ducks a 2-0 lead!

BOT 4: The Blue Crabs grab a run to narrow our lead to 2-1.

TOP 6: The Ducks add another run on a Quintin Berry RBI double and lead 3-1!

TOP 8: Dan Lyons crushes a two-run homer and the Ducks take a 5-1 lead!

FINAL: Ducks 5, Blue Crabs 2.

W: Levine (3-0)
L: Fornataro (0-5)
SV: Diaz (9)

10 wins in a row for the Ducks!

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