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Ducks, ALPB Alumni Return to Diamond Abroad


You won’t find too many ballplayers stepping on a baseball diamond this time of year in the northeast. Even with temperatures still reaching into the 50’s as we reach late-November, the weather is simply not favorable for those looking to stay in shape during baseball’s offseason. With that in mind, several Long Island Ducks and Atlantic League alumni have received opportunities to make the trek south and play ball outside of the United States this winter.

The Caribbean Winter Leagues have begun in three of the four countries thus far: Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Due to the impact of Hurricane Maria earlier this year, Puerto Rico has yet to see the start of winter baseball. The league, which was slated to begin on November 15, has elected to delay the start of its campaign until January 6 and will hold an abbreviated schedule for this year. In addition, this past week marked the beginning of play “down under” in the Australian Baseball League, where several 2017 Atlantic Leaguers are participating.

Let’s go country by country to highlight those who are taking part in this year’s winter baseball leagues:


Venezuela features eight teams spread out across the country. Since the league opened play back on October 10, each team has played between 30 and 35 games thus far. Leones del Caracas currently maintains a three-and-a-half game lead for first place at 23-12, which can be partially attributed to a terrific pitching staff. 2008 Long Island Duck Jason Simontacchi is the team’s pitching coach, and among those he is watching over are three members of the 2017 Somerset Patriots. They are right-handed pitchers Lucas Irvine and David Kubiak, along with left-hander Efrain Nieves. In addition, outfielder Trayvon Robinson is also on the squad after having spent this past year with the Lancaster Barnstormers. Robinson previously was with the Ducks in spring training prior to the 2015 season before being signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He would go on to play with Somerset and Lancaster in 2016.

Two other former Ducks are also coaching in Venezuela. Tiburones de La Guaira features Luis Rodriguez as its bench coach under manager Ozzie Guillen.  Rodriguez was part of Long Island’s 2004 championship team and most recently served as manager of the Bridgeport Bluefish. York Revolution alumnus Liu Rodriguez is also on the staff as the third base coach. The roster includes eight players who were in the Atlantic League during the 2017 season. Henderson Alvarez, a starting pitcher for the Ducks before making his way back to the Major Leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies, is one of them. The others include Atlantic League Player of the Year Alonzo Harris and Post-Season All-Star Isaias Tejeda (York), 2016 ALPB Pitcher of the Year Jonathan Albaladejo and Ozney Guillen (Bridgeport), 2017 All-Defensive Team selection Jake Hale (Sugar Land), Dustin Antolin (Somerset) and Brad Bergesen (Lancaster). The other squad is Navegantes del Magallanes, which currently has 2008 Duck Richard Hidalgo on staff as an assistant hitting coach. Their roster includes Hassan Pena (Somerset), who leads the league right now with 11 saves, and Jerome Williams (Somerset), who previously went from Lancaster to the big leagues.

Only one other 2017 Duck is playing in the league currently. Right-handed pitcher Wanel Mesa, who made a brief appearance with Long Island in August, is on the roster for Tigres de Aragua. He is teammates with infielder Alberto Callaspo, who began 2017 with Bridgeport and whose rights are now owned by Somerset.

The Venezuelan Winter League’s other four teams combine to include 18 players who spent time in the Atlantic League during the 2017 campaign. Here is a list of those players:

Aguilas de Zulia Bravos de Margarita
Julio DePaula (York, Sugar Land) Manny Corpas (York, Sugar Land)
Cody Hall (Lancaster) Logan Darnell (Somerset)
Reinier Roibal (Bridgeport) Jay Gause (York)
David Vidal (Somerset) Scott Maine (Sugar Land)
Dayron Varona (York) Anthony Marzi (New Britain)
  Felipe Paulino (Sugar Land)
Cardenales de Lara  
Ricardo Gomez (York) Caribes de Anzoategui
Chase Huchingson (York) Daryl Thompson (Southern Maryland)
Ryan Kelly (Somerset) Edwin Garcia (Southern Maryland)
Gustavo Molina (Bridgeport) Michael Crouse (New Britain)


The Dominican Republic has a league that is a bit smaller than Venezuela, hosting just six teams in total. However, the decrease in teams does not represent a major off in terms of Atlantic League talent. A total of 17 Atlantic League alumni from the 2017 season are now playing baseball this winter in the Dominican. The league began play back on October 13, and with approximately 25 games played thus far, the race is tight at the top of the league. Estrellas de Oriente sits in first at 16-9, but they are only ahead by a half-game.

Right behind Estrellas is Gigantes del Cibao at 16-10 thus far. Much of their success thus far has been due to a sparkling team ERA of 2.76 and a league-high 189 strikeouts. Sure enough, their roster includes two members of the 2017 Long Island Ducks. Former Major League pitchers Rafael Perez and Alfredo Simon, who were both in Long Island’s starting rotation, are off to strong starts with the team. Perez has been pitching out of the bullpen and has made nine scoreless appearances, spanning six and one-third innings of work. Simon has pitched in three games (two starts) and has a 1-0 record with a 3.00 ERA over nine innings of action. Also on the club is pitcher Patrick Johnson (Somerset).

Leones del Escogido currently has a member of the 2017 Ducks on its roster along with another pitcher that could potentially be on next year’s roster. Lefty pitcher Dustin Richardson, who began the year with Sugar Land before eventually signing with the Flock, is included on the roster but has yet to appear in a game. Another southpaw, Wander Perez, spent time last year with the Bluefish but now has his rights owned by the Ducks following the Bluefish Player Dispersal Draft. He has walked the only batter than he has faced thus far. Among their teammates are former York Revolution pitcher Edward Paredes, who reached the big leagues with the Dodgers this past year, Yankees outfielder Tyler Austin and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

The following are the remaining 2017 Atlantic Leaguers who are playing in the Dominican Republic:

Aguilas Cibaenas Toros del Este
Angel Franco (York) Bryan Evans (Lancaster)
  Pat McCoy (Southern Maryland)
Estrellas de Oriente Elvin Ramirez (Bridgeport)
Dustin Molleken (Somerset) Cory Riordan (Bridgeport)
  Luis Cruz (York)
Tigres del Licey Jonathan Galvez (Bridgeport)
Keith Hessler (Somerset) Sean Halton (Lancaster)
Kevin Munson (Lancaster)  
Angelys Nina (Bridgeport)  


Our last stop in the Caribbean takes us south of the border to Mexico. Just like Venezuela, the league features eight teams across the nation. Only nine members of the Atlantic League’s 2017 rosters are currently down in Mexico, but there are four Ducks alumni from previous years playing and two others that are coaching. A three-way tie exists for first place 35 games into the season, which began back on October 10.

Tomateros de Culiacan are one of the three squads sitting at 20-15 thus far. Among their coaching staff is Robinson Cancel, the former big league catcher who put together an excellent season offensively with the Flock in 2010. The roster also includes two players who were in the Atlantic League this past season. Outfielder D’Arby Myers, who ended the year with the league’s highest batting average at .337, is  joined in the outfield by Andy Wilkins. Wilkins began the year with Sugar Land before having his contract purchased by the Minnesota Twins in June.

The other two teams tied with Tomateros are Venados de Mazatlan and Naranjeros de Hermosillo. The roster for Venados currently includes former Ducks pitcher Nick Struck. After spending two seasons with Long Island, the righty pitched in Mexico during the 2017 campaign for Sultanes de Monterrey and went 3-0 with a 2.09 ERA in 41 relief appearances. He has a 1.17 ERA and one save thus far in seven relief appearances with Venados. Naranjeros currently has former Bees pitcher Casey Coleman, who began the season with New Britain before having his contract purchased by the Houston Astros in May.

One game out of first place with a 19-16 record is Charros de Jalisco. Their staff includes 2010 and 2011 Duck Javier Colina as hitting coach. Their roster also includes three Atlantic League alumni from this past season. Joining 2017 ALPB Pitcher of the Year Gaby Hernandez (Southern Maryland) are pitcher Will Oliver (Somerset) and infielder Rico Noel (Lancaster).

Aguilas de Mexicali does not have any players from this past ALPB season but does have two former Ducks on the roster. Right-handed pitcher Ryan Kussmaul, a 2015 Duck who nearly won a championship with the Wichita Wingnuts this past year, has a 1.72 ERA and 10 saves in 16 games thus far. Infielder C.J. Retherford, a 2014 Duck that played in Mexico and for the Sussex County Miners in 2017, has five homers and 18 RBI in 35 games.

Mayos de Navojoa has a roster which includes outfielder Quincy Latimore, who joined the Ducks for spring training back in 2014 before his contract was purchased by the Washington Nationals. Also on the club are infielder Jovan Rosa (New Britain) and pitcher Daniel Moskos (Lancaster). Rounding out the Atlantic League alumni playing in Mexico is infielder Olmo Rosario. He is currently on Caneros de los Mochis, joined by former Patriot and Skeeter Roy Merritt, who pitched in Mexico this past regular season.


We’ll close out our first look at this year’s winter baseball roster by heading around the world to Australia. The league has just begun for the six teams that make up the circuit, and two squads are out to perfect starts. The Sydney Blue Sox lead the way at 4-0, and although they do not feature any ALPB alumni, the defending champion Brisbane Bandits do. Among the squad, which has started out 3-0, is right-handed pitcher Zac Treece. He won a championship with the club last year and has gone to the Atlantic League Championship Series with the Ducks in each of the past two seasons as well. The side-armer has recorded a strikeout and a walk to this point with Brisbane.

Right behind Brisbane in the standings is the Perth Heat, who jumped out a 3-1 start this year. Their roster includes right-handed pitcher Kyle Simon, who led the Atlantic League with six complete games as a member of the New Britain Bees in 2017. He allowed four runs (two earned) in two and two-thirds innings of relief but struck out five during his only outing thus far.

The roster featuring the most ALPB alumni is that of the Canberra Cavalry. Three players on that squad were in the Atlantic League last year. They include pitchers Frank Gailey and Michael Click, who won a championship with York, and pitcher Brian Grening, who collected the win for the Freedom Division at the Atlantic League All-Star Game while representing Southern Maryland. Finally, pitcher Mark Hamburger is currently with the Melbourne Aces in Australia. The right-hander joined Somerset late in the year and earned the win in Game One of the Liberty Division Championship Series.

That will do it for this look around the winter baseball leagues currently taking place. If you know of any player currently playing abroad that we may have missed in this report, please let us know in the comments section or by filling out a contact form. As the seasons all progress, we will be sure to provide further updates here on the blog. Stay tuned!


Game 114: Ducks vs. Skeeters

John Brownell (7)

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


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


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.


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.



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.


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 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.


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


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


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 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.


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


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.


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.



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.


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 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.


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


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


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 #108: Ducks at Patriots

alvarez throwingThe Ducks look to build off of Henderson Alvarez’s strong start last night


11:05 a.m. at TD Bank Ballpark (Bridgewater, N.J.)


The Long Island Ducks (22-15; 58-49) kick off a long day of baseball with the opener of a day/night doubleheader against the Somerset Patriots (18-18; 60-46). Game one will be seven innings, while game two slated for nine. Long Island has won the first five games of their road trip and has now won 11 consecutive games overall. The Ducks also lead the season series between the two teams 9-8, though Somerset has won four of the seven meetings thus far in New Jersey. This will be the final series between the two teams during the 2017 regular season.


In another dramatic pitcher’s duel between the division rivals, the Ducks held on for a 3-2 win to take Tuesday’s series opener at TD Bank Ballpark.

Henderson Alvarez (2-1) and David Kubiak (5-10) started the game for the Ducks and Patriots, respectively, and both pitched well in five innings. Kubiak’s only blemishes came in the first and fifth innings. The righty hit Quintin Berry to lead off the game and then walked Delta Cleary Jr. He bounced back with a flyout that was turned into a double play, but after getting ahead 0-2 on Marc Krauss, the Ducks’ left field launched a two-run home run to right field, his 16th of the year. In the fifth, Berry doubled with one out and then took off for third on a two-out stolen base attempt. The former big leaguer slid in safely, and when Adam Donachie’s throw went into left field, Berry scampered home for Long Island’s third run.

Alvarez surrendered just one run in his five innings of work, and it came in the second inning. Like Kubiak in the first, the righty allowed a walk and a hit by pitch to the first two batters of the inning. Mark Minicozzi grounded into a fielder’s choice, moving Kyle Roller to third, and Carlos Guzman followed with a sacrifice fly to left.

The Ducks and Patriots both got outstanding work from their bullpens. Patrick Crider and Keith Hessler each pitched a scoreless sixth. Rob Rogers and Dustin Antolin each worked around a baserunner for a scoreless seventh. Dennis O’Grady and Duane Below did the same in the eighth, yielding a leadoff single each. Justin Wright surrendered two walks in the ninth but did not allow a run.

That set the stage for the bottom of the ninth, when Amalio Diaz entered the game for the Ducks. After striking out Christian Marrero, he allowed a solo homer to Mark Minicozzi that trimmed Long Island’s lead to one. Diaz bounced back to strike out Guzman for the second out and got ahead 1-2 on Adam Donachie. However, he walked Donachie to put the tying run on base. After getting ahead 1-2 on Aharon Eggleston, the Patriots veteran then walked to represent the winning run at first. Alfredo Rodriguez came to the plate with a chance to win it and got ahead 3-1. He engaged in a nine-pitch at-bat before launching a deep drive to the left field wall. However, Krauss made a fabulous running catch and held on after smacking into the wall for the final out.



Wednesday’s matinee will feature Matt Larkins on the mound for the Flock. The right-hander comes in with a 6-6 record on the season and a 3.87 ERA that’s good for ninth in the Atlantic League. He dazzled in his most recent outing, tossing his second complete game shutout of the season as the Ducks topped the Blue Crabs 1-0 in last Thursday’s road trip opener. The second-year Duck allowed just four hits and two walks in nine innings while striking out four, and he threw a season-high 114 pitches, 71 of which were strikes. Only one Southern Maryland runner, Jose Lozada in the sixth inning, reached third base in the game. Today will be Larkins’ fifth start of the year against Somerset, and he has compiled a 1-1 record with a 3.53 ERA thus far. In his two starts at TD Bank Ballpark, Larkins has surrendered just two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks in 12 and one-third innings of work, taking a no-hitter into the ninth inning on June 15.

The Patriots will counter with newcomer Patrick Johnson, who signed with the club on Tuesday. The righty comes to the Atlantic League for the first time after making one start on August 9 with the Miami Marlins’ Gulf Coast League affiliate. He gave up a run on one hit and one walk in one-third of an inning during the outing. Johnson was 8-7 with a 3.37 ERA in 31 games (21 starts) with the Marlins’ Double-A Affiliate in Jacksonville last year, and he spent the first three seasons of his career in the Colorado Rockies organization. The 29-year-old also has independent baseball experience, pitching with the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association in 2014 and 2015. In the latter of those two, he went 15-1 with a 2.08 ERA and three complete games in 20 starts.


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 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.


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


Long Island Ducks
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#19 Derrick Pyles – LF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#15 Justin Trapp – 2B
#14 Christian Marrero – RF
#19 Olmo Rosario – 3B
#13 Carlos Guzman – DH
#32 Mark Minicozzi – 1B
#7    Greg Golson – CF
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#21 Adam Donachie – C

#34   Patrick Johnson – RHP


UPDATE (11:44): BOT 1: Somerset scratches out the game’s first run on a fielding error that allows Alfredo Rodriguez to score.

UPDATE (12:15): TOP 3: An RBI single by Angelo Songco and a two-out RBI double by Elmer Reyes have put the Ducks on top 2-1!

UPDATE (12:43): BOT 4: Matt Larkins escapes a first-and-second, no-out jam, inducing a double play and striking out Greg Golson! Still 2-1 Long Island

UPDATE (12:59): TOP 5: Giovanny Alfonzo comes up clutch! He drills an 3-2, two-out pitch the opposite way for a grand slam! Ducks now lead 6-1!

UPDATE (1:34): BOT 6: Carlos Guzman lifts a two-run home run over the wall in right, cutting Long Island’s lead to 6-3.

UPDATE (1:46): TOP 7: Reyes launches his fourth home run of the season! The solo blast extends the Ducks’ advantage to 7-3!

UPDATE (1:54): FINAL: Larkins turns in his second complete game of the road trip & strikes out a career-high 12 batters! Ducks take game one 7-3! The Ducks have also now tied a franchise-record with their 12th consecutive victory, equaling their 12-game win streak July 5-20, 2006.

Game #107: Ducks at Patriots

The Ducks begin a crucial four-game series against the division-rival Patriots


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


The Long Island Ducks (21-15; 57-49) begin the second leg of their eight-game road trip as they open a four-game series with the Somerset Patriots. Long Island has won the first four games of their road swing, all in Southern Maryland, and has now won 10 consecutive games overall. The Ducks and Patriots are all even at eight wins apiece in the season series between the two teams, though Somerset has won four of the six meetings thus far in New Jersey. This will be the final series between the two teams during the 2017 regular season.


A strong spot-start by Tyler Levine and some more timely hitting helped the Flock cement a second straight sweep of the Blue Crabs, as they earned a 5-2 win on Sunday afternoon in Southern Maryland.

Levine (3-0), who was given the starting nod after Alfredo Simon was scratched with a finger issue, held the Blue Crabs in check over the first five innings. The only run he surrendered came in the fourth inning when he allowed a triple to Tucker Nathans followed by an RBI ground rule double from Luis Alen. The East Meadow native scattered eight hits but did not walk a batter, and he stranded five Blue Crabs runners on base.

The Ducks’ red-hot offense once again plated the game’s first runs when two came home in the third inning against Blue Crabs starter Eric Fornataro (0-5). Following a walk by Quintin Berry, a single by Anthony Vega and a stolen base by each, Angelo Songco delivered a one-out, two-run single to give the Ducks the lead. After Southern Maryland’s run in the fourth, Long Island got the two-run advantage back in the sixth when Dan Lyons scored on a two-out RBI double by Berry.

Lyons stretched the lead to 5-1 in the eighth inning when he launched a two-run home run off of Jesse Beal following a leadoff double by Giovanny Alfonzo. All Southern Maryland could manage the rest of the way was a two-out solo homer by Cory Vaughn in the bottom of the frame.

Long Island’s bullpen turned in a solid effort to seal the victory. Patrick Crider and Dennis O’Grady each pitched a scoreless inning, and Rob Rogers gave up just the longball to Vaughn while inducing three groundouts. Amalio Diaz sealed the deal for his ninth save with a scoreless ninth, working around a leadoff single.



Former big leaguer Henderson Alvarez will get the start in the series opener. The right-hander comes in with a 1-1 record and a 3.15 ERA through his first five starts of the season. He pitched five innings of one-run ball in his most recent outing on August 9 against the Blue Crabs at Bethpage Ballpark. The 27-year-old worked around four hits and four walks to strand eight runners on base while striking out two. Four Long Island relievers would come on to seal his first win with the Flock. Tonight will be his second road start of the year after he threw four scoreless frames and struck out a season-high five on July 30 at Bridgeport. It will also be his first-ever start against Somerset.

Meanwhile, David Kubiak will get the ball for the Patriots. The righty has made 19 appearances (16 starts) this year and has a 5-9 record with a 3.85 ERA. His 106 strikeouts rank second in the Atlantic League behind Southern Maryland’s Gaby Hernandez (119), and he has walked just 29 batters in 102 and two-thirds innings of work. Kubiak took the loss in his most recent outing, allowing four runs (three earned) in six innings last Wednesday against York. He gave up seven hits and walked two while striking out seven, the same total he had struck out in each of his previous three starts. The Long Island native (Riverhead) has alternated wins and losses in each of his past four starts, throwing seven scoreless innings in each of his two wins. Kubiak has made four starts against the Ducks this year and is 1-1 with a 3.33 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 24 and one-third innings.


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 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.


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Long Island Ducks
#47 Quintin Berry – CF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – RF
#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

#37 Henderson Alvarez – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#15 Justin Trapp – CF
#19 Olmo Rosario – 2B
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#14 Christian Marrero – RF
#32 Mark Minicozzi – 3B
#13 Carlos Guzman – 1B
#21 Adam Donachie – C
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF

#5   David Kubiak – RHP


UPDATE (7:18): TOP 1: Marc Krauss delivers a two-strike, two-out, two-run home run to right field, giving the Flock an early 2-0 lead!

UPDATE (7:42): BOT 2: Somerset scratches out a run on a sacrifice fly to left off the bat of Carlos Guzman. 2-1 Long Island

UPDATE (8:15): END 4: Henderson Alvarez works around a pair of two-out singles to keep Somerset off the scoreboard. Still 2-1 Ducks after four innings.

UPDATE (8:26): TOP 5: Quintin Berry steals third base with two outs and scores on a throwing error! Ducks regain their two-run lead at 3-1!

UPDATE (8:47): BOT 6: Patrick Crider twirls a scoreless sixth inning, striking out two! Alvarez tosses five innings of one-run ball for the Flock!

UPDATE (9:06): BOT 7: Rob Rogers works around a leadoff double and a pair of 3-0 counts to pitch a scoreless seventh! Onto the eighth we go.

UPDATE (9:30): BOT 8: Dennis O’Grady works around a leadoff single & strikes out Kyle Roller, who represented the tying run! We head to the ninth, 3-1 Ducks

UPDATE (10:11): FINAL: Krauss makes a spectacular catch, smacking into the wall for the final out! Ducks win 3-2 for their 11th straight victory!

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