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Game 64: Ducks at Skeeters

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 7:05 p.m. CDT at Constellation Field (Sugar Land, Texas)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (33-30) will try to build on their three-game winning streak when they face the Sugar Land Skeeters (26-37) in the fourth game of a seven-game series. Long Island has now won five of their past seven games, while Sugar Land has dropped six consecutive games. The Ducks now lead the season series four games to two over Sugar Land and have taken all three games thus far in Texas.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: An outstanding start from Matt Larkins and a ninth inning rally gave the Ducks a 4-1 victory over the Skeeters on Sunday night.

Larkins and Skeeters starter Brett Marshall locked up in a terrific pitcher’s duel for the majority of the ballgame. Long Island plated a run in the first inning when Fehlandt Lentini tripled and came home on Lew Ford’s RBI groundout. Larkins worked out of a first-and-second, no-out jam in the first, but he surrendered a run in the third when Kevin Ahrens walked with two outs and scored on Travis Scott’s double to right-center.

Both starters would keep their opponent off the scoreboard from that point on. Larkins pitched seven innings of one-run ball, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out six. Marshall lasted six innings, yielding a run on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

The Skeeters threatened to break the tie in the eighth inning when Ahrens walked with one out and went to second on a groundout by Scott. However, Zac Treece (5-1) came on and struck out Bryan Pounds to end the inning. Long Island took the momentum into the ninth and rallied for three runs against reliever Evan Reed (1-1) to take a 4-1 lead. Following a double by Alex Burg with one out, Jordan Pacheco lined an RBI single to right-center on the first pitch to give the Flock a 2-1 lead. Giovanny Alfonzo and Lentini followed later in the frame with two-out RBI singles to extend the advantage to three.

Rob Rogers entered in the ninth inning, in search of his first save of the season. After allowing a leadoff double to Anthony Giansanti, the Long Island native retired the next three hitters on two flyouts and a groundout sandwiched in between to seal the victory.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks will send Alfredo Simon (0-1, 4.00 ERA) to the mound as they go for a guaranteed series victory. The right-hander, who will be making his third start of the year, is coming off of a strong start against the Somerset Patriots on Wednesday at Bethpage Ballpark. In five scoreless innings, the former big leaguer gave up just one hit, a single to Christian Marrero, and four walks while striking out four batters. He threw 83 pitches in the game, 43 for strikes, and left the game with neither side having plated a run. Long Island went on to win the game 4-2. Tonight will be Simon’s first-ever encounter with the Skeeters.

Sugar Land will give the ball to former Duck Mitch Talbot (1-0, 7.20 ERA), who makes his seventh appearance (fifth start) of the season. He most recently pitched last Tuesday in New Britain, earning the victory in Sugar Land’s last win. The former big leaguer tossed five innings of three-run ball, surrendering six hits and one walk while striking out four. He threw 81 pitches in the outing, 50 of them for strikes. Tonight will be his first time facing the Flock after spending time with them in 2014. He made nine appearances (seven starts) for Long Island, compiling a 3-2 record with a 4.14 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 37 innings. His contract was then purchased by the Lamigo Monkeys of the Chinese Professional Baseball League on August 24.

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

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#25 Alfredo Simon – RHP

Skeeters
#7   Josh Prince – 2B
#4   Kevin Ahrens – SS
#21 Anthony Giansanti – CF
#16 Travis Scott – 1B
#15 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#9   Wilfredo Rodriguez – C
#36 Hector Olivera – LF
#38 Joel Guzman – DH
#6   Derek Miller – RF

#24 Mitch Talbot – RHP

UPDATE (6:34): The tarp is on the field in Sugar Land as rain continues to fall. Tonight’s game is still scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. CDT.

UPDATE (6:44): Skeeters have announced that tonight’s game will now begin at 7:25 p.m.

UPDATE (7:59): TOP 1: Great start for the Flock! An RBI groundout from Lew Ford & a two-run single from Elmer Reyes give the Ducks a 3-0 lead!

UPDATE (8:31): BOT 2: Sugar Land strings together seven consecutive two-out hits to take a 6-3 lead over the Ducks.

UPDATE (8:54): BOT 3: A sac fly from Hector Olivera makes it a 7-3 game.

UPDATE (9:15): BOT 4: A two-out, two-run error hands the Skeeters a pair of runs to extend their lead to six.

UPDATE (9:30): BOT 5: Newest Duck Roman Gomez retires the Skeeters in order in his first inning with the Flock!

UPDATE (10:04): TOP 7: Ducks draw a run closer on a two-out RBI double down the right field line by Dan Lyons!

UPDATE (10:22): BOT 7: A two-out RBI single by Derek Miller puts Sugar Land back up by six.

UPDATE (10:48): FINAL: Skeeters get their first win of the series by a 10-4 margin. Long Island will look to start a new winning streak tomorrow night.

Game 63: Ducks at Skeeters

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:05 p.m. CDT at Constellation Field (Sugar Land, Texas)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (32-30) look to make it three consecutive victories in Texas when they battle the Sugar Land Skeeters (26-36) in game three of a seven-game series. Long Island has won four of their past six games, while Sugar Land has lost five consecutive games. Both teams are in third place in their respective division, with the Ducks sitting six games in back of first in the Liberty Division and the Skeeters trailing the Blue Crabs by 10 and a half games in the Freedom Division. The Ducks now lead the season series three games to two over Sugar Land.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Ducks racked up 12 consecutive hits for a second consecutive night and combined that with a quality start from John Brownell to earn a 6-3 win over the Skeeters on Saturday night.

Facing former Duck Bobby Blevins (4-4), the Ducks erupted for three runs in the third inning to take an early lead. Fehlandt Lentini drove in the first run with an RBI double, and two batter later, Lew Ford drove in a pair with a two-run double. Blevins settled in to toss three scoreless innings after that, but the Ducks rallied for a run in the seventh inning. Lentini doubled with two outs, and Anthony Vega followed with a grounder up the third base line. The ball kicked off of Bryan Pounds’ glove for an infield single, and Lentini scored on Pounds’ error to increase Long Island’s lead to 4-0.

Brownell (5-1) dazzled over the first six innings, yielding just two hits and a walk without giving up a run. Sugar Land scratched across a run against him in the seventh when Joel Guzman’s sac fly drove in Pounds. One inning later, Brownell allowed a two-out single to Kevin Ahrens, and Kevin Baez summoned John Lannan to face lefty Travis Scott. Scott drew a walk, setting the stage for Pounds, who drove a two-run triple to right-center field. With the lead now just 4-3, Henry Hirsch came in from the bullpen and struck out Anthony Giansanti to end the threat.

Long Island got their two-run lead back in the ninth against Julio DePaula. Dan Lyons scored from third on a passed ball, and Ford connected for his second double and third RBI of the night, scoring Vega from third. Amalio Diaz came on for the bottom of the ninth and yielded a walk and a single with one out in the frame. However, he induced a ground ball from pinch hitter Lance Zawadzki for a game-ending double play, which was started by an incredible diving stop up the middle from Elmer Reyes.

ON THE MOUND: Matt Larkins (2-6, 5.12 ERA5-) takes the mound in the third game of the series for the Flock. The right-hander is coming off of a tough outing against the Somerset Patriots in game two of Tuesday’s doubleheader. He allowed six runs on nine hits in five innings, walking one while striking out six. Prior to that, the second-year Duck had given up just eight runs over 32 innings in his previous five starts, good for a 2.25 ERA. Larkins has also been terrific on the road this year, compiling a 3.38 ERA in his six games and an even better 2.54 ERA in just his five road starts. The Idaho resident took a no-decision against the Skeeters on May 30 at Bethpage Ballpark, but he pitched well, giving up only one run on four hits and four walks over six innings while striking out six. Long Island won the game in extra innings, 3-2.

The Skeeters will counter with Brett Marshall (5-3, 5.11 ERA) on Sunday evening. The right-hander enters the outing after suffering the loss on Tuesday night in New Britain. He gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks over five and one-third innings and struck out four batters in the 7-4 defeat. Sugar Land has lost each of Marshall’s last two starts, though he turned in a quality start in the first of those two. Tonight will be the third-year Skeeters’ first start of the season against Long Island. In 2016, he went 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in two starts against the Ducks, yielding eight runs on 10 hits and 11 walks in eight innings of work.

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

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#23 Alex Burg – C
#15 Jordan Pacheco – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Skeeters
#7   Josh Prince – 2B
#4   Kevin Ahrens – SS
#16 Travis Scott – 1B
#15 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#21 Anthony Giansanti – RF
#38 Joel Guzman – DH
#36 Hector Olivera – LF
#3   Albert Cordero – C
#6   Derek Miller – CF

#2   Brett Marshall – RHP

UPDATE (6:15): TOP 1: Fehlandt Lentini leads off the game with a triple and scores on a groundout by Lew Ford! Ducks take an early 1-0 lead!

UPDATE (6:26): BOT 1: Skeeters put the first two on, but Matt Larkins retires three straight to keep Sugar Land off the scoreboard!

UPDATE (7:01): BOT 3: After a two-out walk by Kevin Ahrens on a close pitch, Travis Scott drives an RBI double to right-center, tying the game at one.

UPDATE (7:33): END 5: Larkins retires the side in order for the second consecutive inning and has set down seven in a row! Still 1-1 as we go to the sixth.

UPDATE (7:47): BOT 6: Larkins continues dealing, as he strikes out the side! The righty has struck out five tonight!

UPDATE (8:07): BOT 7: Skeeters put runners at the corners with two outs, but Larkins gets Derek Miller to ground out to short! 1-1 as we head to the eighth.

UPDATE (8:28): BOT 8: Patrick Crider and Zac Treece combine for a scoreless eighth inning! We head to the ninth, all tied at one.

UPDATE (8:46): TOP 9: Ducks take the lead! RBI singles from Jordan Pacheco, Giovanny Alfonzo & Lentini put the Flock in front 4-1!

UPDATE (9:04): FINAL: Long Island native Rob Rogers earns his first save of the year, & the Ducks earn their third win in a row, 4-1 over the Skeeters!

Game 59: Ducks vs. Patriots

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (29-29) host the Somerset Patriots (36-22) for a single admission doubleheader tonight to begin a four-game series. The twin bill is necessitated by Monday night’s inclement weather. The Ducks and Patriots are meeting for their second series in a week’s time, with Somerset taking two of three at TD Bank Ballpark. However, Long Island swept a three-game series in May at Bethpage Ballpark. Entering this series, the Patriots lead the Ducks by seven games in the standings with 14 games remaining in the half.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks split a single admission doubleheader with the Somerset Patriots on Tuesday night at Bethpage Ballpark, winning the opener 8-4 before falling in game two 8-2.

Somerset took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game one on an RBI single by Greg Golson off Ducks starter Henry Hirsch. Long Island answered in the bottom of the frame with an RBI single from Angelo Songco off Patriots starter Lucas Irvine. An RBI triple from Scott Kelly in the second put the Patriots back on top, but Lew Ford’s run-scoring groundout and another RBI single from Songco in the third put the Ducks ahead 3-2.

The Patriots briefly tied the game in the top of the fourth on an RBI double by Alfredo Rodriguez. However, a four-run bottom of the frame gave Long Island the lead for good at 7-3. Run-scoring doubles from Anthony Vega and Songco, along with a two-run single by Elmer Reyes, highlighted the inning.

Both sides traded runs in the fifth to round out the scoring. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Aharon Eggleston and an RBI double by Fehlandt Lentini made it an 8-4 ballgame.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Hirsch pitched three and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on five hits and four walks while striking out three. Irvine lasted three innings, yielding three runs on seven hits and a walk with one strikeout. John Lannan (1-0) collected the win in his Ducks debut after recording the final out of the fourth inning to strand two on base. Logan Darnell (3-2) suffered the loss, surrendering five runs on six hits and a walk in three innings.

Christian Marrero opened the scoring for the Patriots in game two with an RBI double in the second inning off Ducks starter Matt Larkins. Two more runs in the fourth on Tyler Bortnick’s RBI single and a wild pitch increased the lead to three.

Somerset doubled their lead with a three-run fifth inning. Carlos Guzman’s RBI single and a two-run home run to left field by Kyle Roller did the damage. Vega put the Ducks on the scoreboard with a two-run home run to center field off Patriots starter Will Oliver in the bottom of the fifth.

Oliver did not factor into the decision but pitched four and one-third innings of two-run ball, giving up seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Duane Below (4-1) picked up the win after pitching two and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief, yielding just one hit while striking out two. Larkins (2-6) took the loss, allowing six runs on nine hits and a walk over five innings with six strikeouts.

Vega and Songco each finished the day with three hits and three RBI to lead the Flock, while Vega scored four times.

ON THE MOUND: Long Island sends right-hander Alfredo Simon to the mound to make his second start with the club. Simon is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA, having allowed four runs in four innings against the Lancaster Barnstormers on June 16. “Big Pasta” has spent parts of nine seasons in Major League Baseball from 2008-2016 with the Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers. In 2014, he made the National League All-Star team as a starting pitcher with the Reds.

Somerset counters with MLB veteran Jerome Williams, making his eighth start with the club. Williams is 2-3 with a 5.40 ERA on the season, and is coming off a no decision in his last start against York, where he allowed one run on five hits in 6.1 innings. Williams spent time in the big leagues with the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals.

 

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

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#25 Alfredo Simon – RHP

Patriots
#2 Scott Kelly – SS
#1 Justin Pacchioli – CF
#13 Carlos Guzman – 1B
#7 Greg Golson – RF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#32 Mark Minicozzi – 3B
#14 Christian Marrero – RF
#9 Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#4 Yovan Gonzalez – C

#47 Jerome Williams – RHP

UPDATE (7:47) – BOT 3: Great pitcher’s duel so far tonight. Still no score at Bethpage Ballpark.

UPDATE (8:11) – TOP 5: Dan Lyons makes not one, but two spectacular defensive gems in the inning to keep the game scoreless!

UPDATE (8:52) – BOT 6: Marc Krauss hits a home run over the wall in center to put the Ducks up 2-0 on New Jersey (SP).

UPDATE (9:31) – TOP 8: New Jersey (SP) ties the game at two with a pair of runs.

UPDATE (9:49) – BOT 8: We grab the lead right back thanks to RBI hits from Alex Burg and Giovanny Alfonzo. 4-2 Ducks to the ninth.

Game 56: Ducks at Barnstormers

img_2033.jpgGAME TIME/LOCATION: 2:00 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, Pa.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (27-28) take on the Lancaster Barnstormers (30-25) to complete a three-game series at Clipper Magazine Stadium this afternoon. The Barnstormers have won the first two games of this series, and have an impressive 5-1 lead in the overall season series. This is the last time that the Ducks and Barnstormers will meet in the first half, but the clubs have 13 scheduled contests in the second half of the season.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Lancaster Barnstormers 10-0 on Saturday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

The Barnstormers got off to a fast start in the bottom of the first, taking the lead two batters in when Blake Gailen connected on a solo home run off Dennis O’Grady. Two batters later, K.C. Hobson cracked a two-run shot and a Garrett Weber RBI double later in the frame ran the Barnstormers lead to 4-0.

In the bottom of the second, Lancaster took a 5-0 lead when Rico Noel doubled and scored on a Gailen single. A fifth-inning solo homer from Hobson ran the advantage to 6-0.

The rout was on in the bottom of the sixth, when the Barnstormers sent 10 batters to the plate and scored four runs to extend a 10-0 advantage. O’Grady (2-3) faced three batters in the inning without recording an out, and ultimately got the loss in going five-plus innings and allowing nine runs on 12 hits.

The Ducks, meanwhile, loaded the bases against Rommie Lewis in the third but could not score, and loaded them again the eighth against reliever Kevin Munson, but again could not score.

After Eury De La Rosa allowed three inherited runners to score in the sixth as well as a run of his own, Tyler Levine threw a scoreless seventh, and Fehlandt Lentini pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, including striking out Hobson.

Lew Ford and Elmer Reyes had two hits each for Long Island, with Reyes’ eighth-inning double representing the only extra-base hit the club recorded.

ON THE MOUND: Long Island looks to salvage the final game of the series behind ace left-hander Rafael Perez. He makes his 10th start of the season this afternoon, and sports a 4-2 record with a 3.80 ERA. The former big-leaguer had a rough outing his last time out on June 13 against the Somerset Patriots, allowing seven runs (five earned) on nine hits in just 3.2 innings, but has been great this year. Removing the nine runs in eight innings that the southpaw has allowed to Somerset this season, his ERA drops down to 2.43. This will be Perez’ first start against Lancaster this season.

The Barnstormers look for the sweep behind lefty and former Duck Jarret Leverett, who makes his 10th start on the season. He is 4-1 with a 5.03 ERA, and earned a win over Long Island on May 27 in his only other start against the Ducks this season. In that outing Leverett allowed four runs on six hits in five innings, but got the win in a 6-4 Barnstormer triumph. Last time out on June 13, the lefty allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits in 6.2 innings at Bridgeport, but got hung with his first loss of the season.

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

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – LF
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – LF
#23 Alex Burg – C
#15 Jordan Pacheco – 1B
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#29 Zach Goldstein – 2B

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

Barnstormers
#6 Rico Noel – CF
#15 Caleb Gindl – RF
#5 Lastings Milledge – DH
#18 K.C. Hobson – 1B
#19 Sean Halton – 3B
#4 Garrett Weber – 2B
#21 Trayvon Robinson – LF
#1 Vladimir Frias – SS
#7 Tyler Clark – C

#26 Jarret Leverett – LHP

UPDATE (2:34) – BOT 2: Rafael Perez has thrown two shutout innings, and we are still scoreless heading to the third.

UPDATE (3:02) – TOP 4: Jordan Pacheco rips a double down the line to highlight a 3-run inning for the Ducks. We lead 3-0!

UPDATE (3:36) – TOP 6: Angelo Songco crushes a three-run home run to put the Ducks on top 6-0!

UPDATE (4:02) – BOT 7: The Barnstormers get on the board with a home run from K.C. Hobson. Now 6-2 Ducks!

UPDATE (4:47) – FINAL: Ducks 6, Barnstormers 2.

W: Perez (5-2)
L: Leverett (4-2)

Game 49: Ducks vs. Bluefish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

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

#34 Jonathan Albaladejo – RHP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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