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Game 115: Ducks vs. Skeeters

Ruben Gotay (1)

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 113: Ducks vs. Barnstormers

Henderson Alvarez (30)

Five-year MLB veteran Henderson Alvarez takes the mound for Long Island in the rubber game of a three-game series with Lancaster.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

5:05 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (25-17; 61-51) play the rubber game of a their three-game series the Lancaster Barnstormers (24-18; 62-50) tonight at The Duck Pond. The Ducks have won 14 of their last 16 games and have catapulted themselves into first place in the Liberty Division Second Half Standings, enjoying a 4.5 game lead over the Somerset Patriots. Lancaster has dropped 10 of their last 14 games, and find themselves tied with the York Revolution for first place in the Freedom Division.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Lancaster Barnstormers 9-8 on Saturday night in the middle game of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Lancaster put together a three-run third inning against Ducks starter Alfredo Simon to take the first lead of the game. RBI singles by Beau Amaral and Trayvon Robinson along with a sacrifice fly from Sean Halton accounted for the scoring.

Long Island responded with an eight-run fourth inning against Barnstormers starter Luis Gonzalez and reliever John Kuchno to take an 8-3 lead. RBI singles by Delta Cleary Jr. and Elmer Reyes, a three-run double to left-center field by Marc Krauss and a three-run home run to center by Alex Burg, all with two outs, highlighted the frame.

The advantage remained five until the top of the eighth when Lancaster struck for three two-out runs of their own to close the gap to 8-6. Steve Clevenger’s two-run homer to right-center and Nate Coronado’s RBI single did the damage. Sean Halton then knocked a three-run home run off the foul pole in left during the top of the ninth to put the ‘Stormers in front.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Simon pitched five innings, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out four. Gonzalez lasted three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Anthony Carter (4-2) picked up the win with a scoreless eighth inning, and Amalio Diaz (3-4) suffered the loss, surrendering three runs on two hits in the ninth inning with two strikeouts. Scott Shuman earned his first save of the year with a scoreless ninth, striking out two.

Cleary Jr. led the Flock with three hits, while Giovanny Alfonzo added two. Matt Marsh made his debut on the mound for the Ducks and pitched two scoreless innings of relief, giving up two hits and striking out one.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

RHP Henderson Alvarez takes the slab for the Ducks in the Sunday rubber game. In six outings this year, Alvarez is 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA, and has allowed 26 hits, 12 strikeouts and 12 walks in 25.0 innings. The 2014 National League All-Star has been strong in his last two starts, combining for a 2-0 record with a 1.80 ERA, and has allowed seven hits and two runs while striking out five and walking five in 10 innings. Alvarez has not faced Lancaster this season.

Former major leaguer Brad Bergesen climbs the hill for the Barnstormers this evening. Bergesen is 9-7 with a 4.36 ERA in 19 starts this season, and has allowed 129 hits while striking out 69 and walking 20 in 109.1 innings. The right-hander has won five straight decisions, dating back to July 17, and has thrown three quality starts in that span. He sports a solid 12:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in that span, which encompasses 28.1 innings. Bergesen allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits in 5.1 innings at Bridgeport in his last start on August 9.

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
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#19 Derrick Pyles – RF
#24 Audie Afenir – C

#37 Henderson Alvarez – RHP

Lancaster Barnstormers
#3   Beau Amaral – CF
#21 Trayvon Robinson – LF
#4   Garrett Weber – DH
#19 Sean Halton – 3B
#24 Steve Clevenger – 1B
#28 Josh Bell – 2B
#5   Lastings Milledge – RF
#12 Nate Coronado – SS
#32 Anderson De La Rosa – C

#10 Brad Bergesen – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 2: Lancaster gets on the board first with a Nate Coronado RBI single. 1-0 Barnstormers as the Ducks come up to bat.

TOP 3: Josh Bell drives home two runs with an opposite-field double and Lancaster takes a 3-0 lead.

TOP 5: A passed ball allows Sean Halton to score after a triple to extend Lancaster’s lead to 4-0.

BOT 6: A Marc Krauss RBI double and a Ruben Gotay RBI single get the Ducks on the board, but the Barnstormers still lead 4-2.

TOP 8: Angelo Songco swats his 20th home run of the year, a two-run shot to tie the game at 4-4!

TOP 9: The Barnstormers strike back and take a 5-4 lead as Anderson De La Rosa picks up an RBI single.

FINAL: Dan Lyons delivers another waddle-off for the Ducks!

Ducks 6, Barnstormers 5

W: Crider (1-5)
L: Carter (4-3)

Game 111: Ducks vs. Barnstormers

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Angelo Songco and the Ducks look to stay in the swing of things as they return home Friday night.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

Winners of 13 of their last 14, the Long Island Ducks (24-16; 60-50) return home to begin a seven game homestand by welcoming the Lancaster Barnstormers (23-17; 61-49) to the Duck Pond. The Ducks are coming off of a 7-1 road trip, sweeping the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs and taking three of four from the Somerset Patriots to establish a four-game lead in the Liberty Division Second Half Standings. The Barnstormers are currently in first place in the Freedom Division, sporting a one-game lead over the York Revolution.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 5-4 on Thursday night in the finale of a four-game series at TD Bank Ballpark.

The Patriots struck first in the third inning on RBI doubles from Justin Trapp and Kyle Roller off Ducks reliever Wanel Mesa. Another balk by Mesa in the fourth scored Olmo Rosario from third to extend Somerset’s lead to 3-0.

Long Island responded with a five-run fifth inning to swipe the lead from Somerset. Alex Burg was hit by a pitch, Giovanny Alfonzo walked and Anthony Vega singled to load the bases with one out. Delta Cleary Jr. delivered an RBI single to close the gap to 3-1, and Marc Krauss followed with a two-out grand slam to right field off Patriots starter Will Oliver.

Somerset trimmed the Ducks’ lead to one in the sixth when Kyle Roller scored on a passed ball. They then put the tying run on second in both the seventh and ninth innings but could not pull even.

Ducks starter Rafael Perez did not factor into the decision, giving up a hit and a walk in two innings with one strikeout. Mesa (1-0) collected the win despite giving up three runs on three hits and two walks in two innings of work. Oliver (5-4) suffered the loss, surrendering five runs on five hits and two walks in four and two-thirds innings with eight strikeouts. Amalio Diaz earned his 11th save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Krauss led Long Island with two hits and four RBI, while Vega added two hits as well.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks hand the ball to righty Jake Dunning in the opener with the Barnstormers. In eight appearances (one start) with the Ducks this season, the former big leaguer is 1-0 with a 1.14 ERA. He has struck out eight and walked six in 15.2 innings pitched. In his last outing on August 12 at Southern Maryland, Dunning tossed five shutout innings, allowing three hits and walking one, getting the win in a rain-shortened 9-5  Ducks win. Dunning began the season in the Chicago White Sox organization, splitting time with Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte.

Right-hander Joe Gardner heads to the mound for Lancaster in the opener, making his fifth appearance and fourth overall start. So far, Gardner is 0-2 with an ugly 9.20 ERA, and has allowed an unbelievable 30 hits and 13 walks against nine strikeouts in just 14.2 innings, good for a WHIP of 2.93. In his last start on August 13 against Somerset, Gardner was true to form, allowing five runs (four earned) on 10 hits in 4.2 innings, walking four, striking out one, and getting the loss in a 6-1 Patriots winner. Gardner appeared in six games down the stretch with the Barnstormers last year, posting a 3-1 record with a significantly better 4.21 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
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#45 Jake Dunning – RHP

Lancaster Barnstormers
#3   Beau Amaral – CF
#21 Traybon Robinson – LF
#8   Cole Garner – RF
#19 Sean Halton – DH
#4   Garrett Weber – 2B
#31 Steve Clevenger – 1B
#28 Josh Bell – 3B
#12 Nate Coronado – SS
#30 Anderson De La Rosa – C

#33 Joe Gardner – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 2: Jake Dunning looks 💪💪💪 on the mound and has thrown two scoreless innings. 0-0 as @MarcKrauss25 leads off!

BOT 2: Ruben Gotay comes through with an RBI single to score Angelo Songco and give the Ducks a 1-0 lead!

TOP 5: Anthony Vega throws out a runner at the plate to preserve the Ducks 1-0 lead.

BOT 5: Anthony Vega smacks a two-run homer as the Ducks pile on five runs and take a 6-0 lead!

TOP 6: As the inning has been completed, the tarp has been called for and we are in a rain delay.

The tarp is off the field and we are scheduled to restart tonight’s game at 9:25. The Ducks lead heading to the bottom of the sixth.

BOT 7: Ruben Gotay smacks a solo home run to highlight a four-run outburst as we extend our lead over the Barnstormers to 10-0!

FINAL: Ducks 10, Barnstormers 1.

W: Dunning (2-0)
L: Gardner (0-3)

Vega: 3-5, HR, 2B, 3 RBIs, 3 R

Game #109: Ducks at Patriots

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The sun shines prior to game two of the day and three of the series in New Jersey

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

7:05 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark (Bridgewater, N.J.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (23-15; 59-49) look to sweep a day/night doubleheader and earn a series victory over the Somerset Patriots (18-19; 60-47) in game two of the twin bill. This game will be slated for nine innings, after Long Island took the opener 7-3 in seven. The Ducks have won the first six games of their road trip and 12 consecutive games overall, tying the franchise record set from July 5-20 of 2006. Long Island also leads the season series between the two teams 10-8, with both sides splitting the eight meetings thus far in New Jersey. This will be the final series between the two teams during the 2017 regular season.

GAME ONE RECAP: 

Another great start and some power from the Flock helped the Ducks take the matinee of the doubleheader by a 7-3 margin.

Long Island fell behind 1-0 in the first inning when Alfredo Rodriguez singled and eventually moved to third on a hit by pitch and a fielder’s choice. With two outs, Olmo Rosario attempted to steal second base. When Audie Afenir threw towards second, Rodriguez broke for the plate. Ducks starter Matt Larkins intercepted the throw, causing Rodriguez to stop, but when Larkins lost the handle on the ball, Rodriguez broke home to score on the error.

The Ducks took over from there though and grabbed their first lead in the third inning against reliever A.J. Achter (2-1), who had taken over after starter Patrick Johnson pitched just one inning. Delta Cleary Jr. began a three-hit day with a single and stole second base. Angelo Songco then delivered a one-out RBI single to tie the game at one. Two batters later, after Songco stole his first base of the year, Elmer Reyes smoked a double down the left field line to put the Flock in front.

In the fifth inning, Long Island would extend their 2-1 lead. Cleary Jr. singled to open the inning, and both Marc Krauss and Songco followed with walks. Connor Root settled down to strike out a pair of hitters, and he worked the count to 3-2 on Giovanny Alfonzo. The Ducks’ third baseman then drilled an opposite-field grand slam over the right field wall, Long Island’s first grand slam of the season, putting the Ducks ahead 6-1.

Carlos Guzman brought the Patriots to within three in the sixth when he lifted a two-run homer to right. However, Reyes pushed the lead back to four at 7-3 in the seventh when he led off the frame with a deep solo homer to left-center.

Larkins (7-6) turned in his second complete game of the road trip, as he pitched all seven innings for the Ducks. He allowed just five hits, four of which were singles, and one walk along the way. In addition, he set a career-high with 12 strikeouts, surpassing his previous high of 10 done on July 5 against Lancaster. After throwing a season-high 114 pitches on Thursday in Southern Maryland, Larkins threw 118 pitches on the afternoon, 79 of which were strikes.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

John Brownell will take the mound for the Ducks in Wednesday’s nightcap. The Ducks’ veteran comes in with an 8-3 record on the year and a 3.38 ERA in 18 starts. His last outing came back on August 3 in the final game before the start of Long Island’s current win streak. The right-hander allowed 10 hits and five runs (four earned) over five innings against Bridgeport while striking out two in an 8-2 defeat. Tonight will be Brownell’s third start of the year against the Patriots and 17th of his career. He has no record and a 3.75 ERA in two starts this season against them and a 2-2 record with a 4.09 ERA in 16 career starts vs. Somerset.

Efrain Nieves will counter for the Patriots on Wednesday evening. The southpaw has compiled a 2-2 record with a 3.50 ERA in 10 games (seven starts) this season. He most recently took the mound last Thursday at Lancaster and earned the win. The 27-year-old pitched six innings of one-run ball in the 9-3 victory, giving up just three hits and two walks while striking out four. Nieves has allowed two runs or less in four straight outings and three runs or less in six straight. Tonight will be his second start of the year against the Ducks. His first came on July 14 at Bethpage Ballpark, and he yielded a run on three hits and four walks over four innings with two strikeouts, 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
#47 Quintin Berry – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#34 Marc Krauss – DH
#30 Ruben Gotay – 1B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#15 Justin Trapp – LF
#1   Justin Pacchioli – CF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#19 Olmo Rosario – 3B
#13 Carlos Guzman – RF
#4   Yovan Gonzalez – C
#21 Adam Donachie – 1B
#2   Scott Kelly – 2B

#22 Efrain Nieves – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

 

UPDATE (7:14): TOP 1: Lew Ford connects for an opposite-field solo home run! His eighth longball of the year gives the Ducks a 1-0 lead!

UPDATE (7:23): BOT 1: John Brownell works around a leadoff double and turns in a scoreless inning to begin his night!

UPDATE (8:32): END 5: Brownell retires the side in order for the third straight inning! He’s set down 11 in a row and has six strikeouts!

UPDATE (8:45): TOP 6: Alex Burg shoots an opposite-field single to right, scoring Ruben Gotay! Ducks extend their lead to 2-0!

UPDATE (9:01): BOT 6: Somerset puts a four-spot on the scoreboard and takes the lead for the first time tonight at 4-2.

UPDATE (9:16): TOP 7: Marc Krauss cuts Somerset’s lead to one with a two-out RBI double to the right-center field gap! 4-3 ballgame.

UPDATE (9:31): BOT 7: Patriots get their two-run advantage back on a two-out RBI single by Justin Trapp following a walk and a hit by pitch. 5-3 game.

UPDATE (9:42): TOP 8: Burg crushes a two-run home run over the center field wall! His 10th longball of the season ties the ballgame at five!

UPDATE (9:52): BOT 8: Carlos Guzman connects for a two-run home run to put the Patriots back on top 7-5.

UPDATE (10:03): FINAL: Ducks drop game two of the twin bill 7-5 to Somerset. Time to start a new winning streak on Thursday night in the road trip finale.

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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