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2010s Long Island Ducks All-Decade Team

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The current decade officially comes to a close at the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, January 1. At that point, the past 10 years of Ducks baseball officially wraps up and a new chapter begins to be written in the history of the franchise. The first decade of Ducks baseball from 2000-09 saw attendance records be broken, the successful start of professional baseball on Long Island and six consecutive postseason berths. Although the franchise did win its first Atlantic League Championship in 2004, the remainder of the decade saw the club have the opportunity to win a title but come up short in their quest of doing so.

However, the same cannot be said for the current decade that is about to end. As detailed last week, the Ducks were certainly the class of the ALPB during the 2010s. Long Island won three Atlantic League Championships, including back-to-back trophies in 2012 and 2013 and another just this past season. It saw the team earn Liberty Division Championships in seven of the 10 seasons and reach the postseason in eight of them. Add that with more attendance milestones being reached and dozens of player contracts being purchased by Major League Baseball and foreign professional leagues, the 2010s decade is certainly one for the record books for the Ducks and their fans.

Before we put a bow on the 10 years that was, now is as good a time as ever to highlight the best players to wear the Ducks uniform during the decade. Given the success of the era and all impactful names that came through Central Islip, picking out just a select few is no easy task. However, our blog staff did their best to determine the select few who earned a rightful place on the 2010s Ducks All-Decade Team:

CATCHER: J.R. HOUSE
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House posted one of the most prolific seasons by a catcher in ALPB history. The backstop hit .305 during the incredible 2011 season with 19 home runs, 81 RBIs, 73 runs, 128 hits, 22 doubles and a .365 on-base percentage over 113 games. He also did not make a single error defensively all year, as the former Major Leaguer helped the Ducks reach the Atlantic League Championship Series.

FIRST BASE: DAVID WASHINGTON
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Few players in Ducks history have showcased the power that David Washington has. He helped the Ducks reach the Atlantic League Championship Series in 2018 then returned and won it all in 2019. The former big leaguer combined to hit 47 home runs, drive in 131 runs and score 122 over 217 games during the past two seasons. He also had a flair for the dramatic, highlighted by his game-winning blast in Game Three of the 2018 ALCS.

SECOND BASE: CODY PUCKETT
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Puckett was a model of consistency for the Ducks over his first three seasons in a Ducks uniform. While playing both second and third base, he played over 120 games, hit over .270 and scored over 60 runs in each. He suffered a knee injury in 2017 that ended his season early before returning to play a full season in 2018, totaling five seasons in a Ducks uniform. In that time, he helped the Flock to four playoff berths and three Liberty Division Championships.

SHORTSTOP: DAN LYONS
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The Ducks all-time leader in games played with 888, Lyons became a fixture at shortstop during the decade. In eight seasons with the Flock (2011-18), he totaled 40 homers, 353 RBIs, 423 runs and 755 hits. Not to mention, he earned three Atlantic League All-Star selections (2012, 2015, 2016), the Rawlings Gold Glove Defensive Player of the Year Award (2015), two Atlantic League Championships (2012, 2013) and Championship Series MVP honors (2012).

THIRD BASE: BRYANT NELSON
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“Nelly” was a key contributor to the Ducks back-to-back ALPB Championships in 2012 and 2013. He played over 120 games, collected over 70 RBIs, totaled over 135 hits, scored 72 runs, and hit 30 doubles in each season. The former Red Sox player also earned an Atlantic League All-Star nod during the 2013 season and is one of the league’s all-time greats, spending 11 seasons in the circuit between 2006 and 2016 and playing more games than anyone else (1,013).

LEFT FIELD: LEW FORD
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One of the most beloved players in franchise history, Ford has fashioned a 10-year Ducks career as a player and now coach, all but one of which have come in this decade. He is the Ducks all-time hitting leader with a .320 batting average. The six-year MLB veteran has totaled 921 hits, 75 home runs, 448 RBIs and 483 runs over 751 games with the Flock. He’s been a part of three Atlantic League Championship teams, seven Liberty Division Championship squads, was the 2014 Atlantic League Player of the Year and is a three-time Atlantic League All-Star.

CENTER FIELD: KRAIG BINICK
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Binick burst onto the scene in 2011 when he won the Atlantic League batting title, hitting .343 with the Ducks. He also led the league in on-base percentage (.429), stolen base percentage (.894) and stolen bases (42) that year. The Hicksville native ended up spending three seasons with the Ducks (2011-13), reaching the Atlantic League Championship Series in each and winning two titles along the way. Binick also hit .352 in 26 playoff games.

RIGHT FIELD: ADAM BAILEY
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Bailey demonstrated great power during his two seasons with the Ducks and secured the final out of the team’s 2013 Atlantic League Championship. In 2013 and 2014, he combined to total 35 home runs, 146 RBIs, 119 runs, 277 hits and 47 doubles in 261 games. Bailey also earned a 2014 Atlantic League All-Star Game selection.

DESIGNATED HITTER: RAY NAVARRETE
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The legendary #16 played the back half of his eight-year Ducks career during the decade and helped lead the Flock to two Atlantic League Championships. He also earned ALPB All-Star selections in 2010 and 2012. Navarrete set the Atlantic League record for doubles in a single-season with 50 in 2012, and one year later, hit a legendary three-run homer in Game Five of the Atlantic League Championship Series, his final game in a Ducks uniform. He closed his Ducks career as the franchise leader in hits (963), homers (137), RBIs (548), runs (599), doubles (245) and games played (863) before Dan Lyons broke the latter.

STARTING PITCHER: JOHN BROWNELL
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We follow up one franchise legend with another in the great #7, John Brownell. Arguably the greatest starting pitcher in team history, he spent seven seasons with the Flock from 2012-18. In that time, he became the franchise record holder in wins (65), strikeouts (755), innings pitched (1,005) and starts (154). He also set Ducks single-season records for starts (29, 2014), complete games (7, 2013), innings pitched (202.0, 2014) and strikeouts (147, 2016). The righty earned two Atlantic League Championships as well as Championship Series MVP honors in 2013. He was also named the league’s Pitcher of the Year in 2015 and an All-Star selection in 2017.

CLOSER: LEO ROSALES
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Thanks in part to Rosales’ work on the mound, the Ducks were able to capture consecutive championships in 2012 and 2013. Acquired in a 2012 trade with Camden for outfielder Reid Gorecki, he spent three seasons overall with the Flock, appearing in 54 games and posting 28 saves, a 1.98 ERA, 59 strikeouts and just 24 walks over 54.2 innings. The former big leaguer recorded the save to wrap up the 2013 Atlantic League Championship and earned an Atlantic League All-Star selection 2013 as well.

MANAGER: KEVIN BAEZ
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Much of the Ducks success during the decade can be contributed to the work done by Kevin Baez as manager. From 2011-18, he guided the Flock to seven playoff appearances, six Liberty Division Championships (including two stretches of three in a row) and two Atlantic League Championships. The former Ducks infielder also managed in three Atlantic League All-Star Games during the decade (2012, 2013, 2018).

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Bobby Blevins – Spent parts of five seasons with the Ducks (2012-16) and earned two Atlantic League Championships in the process. Went 15-11 with a 3.23 ERA and 212 strikeouts over 50 games (47 starts) during his first four seasons with the Flock. Turned in three quality starts during the playoffs with Long Island, including both decisive Game Five matchups in 2012.

Delta Cleary Jr. – Played three seasons with the Ducks (2015-17) and hit .297 with 139 RBIs, 172 runs, 395 hits, 52 doubles, eight triples and 91 stolen bases. Reached the playoffs each season and the Atlantic League Championship Series twice.

Amalio Diaz – Appeared in parts of four seasons with the Flock (2015-17, 2019) and was a major piece of the bullpen during each of the first three years. Recorded 34 saves and 204 strikeouts to just 44 walks over 167 innings in a Ducks uniform, compiling a 2.53 ERA. 2017 Atlantic League All-Star.

Mike Loree – Turned in arguably the best single season by a pitcher in franchise history during the 2011 season when he won the pitching Triple Crown. Led the Atlantic League with 14 wins, a 1.98 ERA and 131 strikeouts to win the league’s Pitcher of the Year honors. Had his contract purchased during the season by the Pirates, came back to pitch in the playoffs, then returned in 2012 before heading having his contract purchased again by the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

L.J. Mazzilli – Instrumental in the team’s 2019 Atlantic League Championship, leading the team in hits, RBIs, runs, total bases and doubles while ranking eighth in the Atlantic League in batting (.293) and 10th in RBIs (74). Also batted .400 with 12 hits in eight playoff games. 2019 Atlantic League All-Star.

Deibinson Romero – Earned 2019 Atlantic League Championship Series MVP honors after hitting .444 with two homers and nine RBIs during the series against Sugar Land. Batted .357 with three homers and 11 RBIs in the playoffs after joining the Ducks midseason and hitting .268 with 11 homers and 46 RBIs. 2019 Atlantic League All-Star.

Jordany Valdespin – Earned Atlantic League Player of the Year and Baseball America Independent Leagues Player of the Year honors in 2018 after leading the league in hits (154), runs (94) and triples (7).

 

 

2019 LDCS Game Two: Ducks at Rockers

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Long Island takes aim at 2-0 lead in 2019 LDCS

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:30 p.m. at BB&T Point (High Point, N.C.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Liberty Division Championship Series continues on Wednesday night, as the Ducks and Rockers square off in Game Two at BB&T Point. This year marks Long Island’s fifth consecutive playoff berth and 14th in team history, while High Point becomes the first Atlantic League team to reach the playoffs in its inaugural season outside of the league’s first year in 1999. High Point has an 11-9 edge in 20 games played between the regular season and playoffs Long Island. However, the Ducks lead in games played in North Carolina with a 6-5 record.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Ducks defeated the High Point Rockers 8-7 in Game One of the Liberty Division Championship Series on Tuesday night.

It remained a scoreless affair until David Washington and Vladimir Frias kicked off the fourth inning with back-to-back triples. The Ducks added three more runs in the inning thanks to a two-run double from Steve Lombardozzi and a sacrifice fly by L.J. Mazzilli.

Deibinson Romero lifted a sacrifice fly to left in the top half of the sixth, extending Long Island’s lead to 5-0. In the bottom half of the frame the Rockers scratched their first run across the plate when Quincy Latimore launched a solo home run to center.

The Flock pushed their lead up to 7-1 with RBI singles from Lew Ford and Mazzilli in the top of the seventh. However, a six-run home half of the inning for the Rockers tied the game at seven. The inning was highlighted by a Michael Russell RBI single, a two-run double off the bat of Hector Gomez, a bases loaded walk to Jared Mitchell and a Myles Schroder two-run single.

The comeback was put to a screeching halt though when Romero came up to the plate in the eighth inning and skied a leadoff solo homer to left field. The blast proved to be the difference in the game.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Ducks starting pitcher Darin Down tossed six and one-third innings, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out seven. John Brownell started for the Rockers and lasted six and one-third innings, surrendering seven runs on six hits and eight walks with two strikeouts. Rob Rogers (1-0) picked up the win for Long Island, yielding just one hit in his scoreless one-third of an inning. Sam Runion (0-1) was tagged with the loss for High Point, throwing one inning out of the bullpen, allowing the homer to Romero. Cody Mincey earned the save for the Ducks, his first of the postseason, pitching two scoreless innings and surrendering just one walk while striking out one.

YESTERDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Vin Mazzaro toes the rubber for Long Island tonight in Game Two. In 39 appearances (10 starts) in 2019, the righty posted an 11-4 record with a 3.61 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 92.1 innings pitched. Since making the move to the starting rotation, Mazzaro has amassed an 8-0 record with a 2.15 ERA with 57 strikeouts over 58.2 innings. His last start came at York on September 19, where he tossed six scoreless innings, scattering two hits and three walks while striking out six to earn the win. This will be the first start for Mazzaro against the Rockers. However, he made four relief appearances against them and allowed seven runs on 10 hits and a walk over four innings with three strikeouts.

Craig Stem takes the hill for High Point tonight. The righty has amassed a 5-5 record with a 2.89 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 96.2 innings pitched over 16 starts between Southern Maryland and High Point. His last start was at New Britain on September 19 where he took the loss, throwing six and two-thirds innings, surrendering five runs (four earned) on five hits and three walks while striking out eight. Stem made a pair of starts against Long Island while he was with Southern Maryland earlier this season. He took the loss in both outings but combined to allow just five runs over 14 innings (3.21 ERA) on 12 hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts.

FOLLOW ALONG:

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2019, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live 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 Ducks Video Center on the homepage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a live account of tonight’s game via the Atlantic League website by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE. For a look at the Ducks playoff history, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Rey Fuentes- CF
#2   Steve Lombardozzi – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#11 L.J. Mazzilli – LF
#37 Hector Sanchez – C
#21 Deibinson Romero – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#1   Vladimir Frias – SS

#29 Daniel Fields – RF

#34 Vin Mazzaro – RHP

High Point Rockers
#65 Stephen Cardullo – 1B
#29 Jared Mitchell – RF
#6   Hector Gomez – 3B
#22 Quincy Latimore – LF
#8   Richie Shaffer – DH
#4   Michael Russell – 2B
#11 Myles Schroder – CF
#33 John Nester – C
#1   Giovanny Alfonzo – SS

#48 Craig Stem – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

END 1: Neither side dents home plate in the opening inning of Game Two in the Liberty Division Championship Series.

BOT 2: Myles Schroder grounds an RBI single to left field, scoring Richie Shaffer to give the Rockers a 1-0 lead.

TOP 3: Ducks answer right back! A two-run triple to right-center by Steve Lombardozzi and an RBI single up the middle by Lew Ford have put the Ducks on top 3-1!

END 5: Back-to-back 1-2-3 innings from Vin Mazzaro, who has now retired nine straight batters!

TOP 6: Another three-spot for the Ducks puts the Flock ahead 6-1! Lew Ford grounds an RBI double down the left field line, and L.J. Mazzilli launches a two-run home run to left field!

TOP 7: Daniel Fields with an Oppo Taco! His solo home run over the left field fence extends Long Island’s lead to 7-1!

END 8: Vin Mazzaro strikes out the side in the eighth inning and now has 10 strikeouts over eight innings of one-run ball tonight!

TOP 9: Rey Fuentes strokes an RBI single to center field, scoring Vladimir Frias to increase the Ducks lead to 8-1!

FINAL: Brian Matusz works a scoreless ninth inning, and the Ducks defeat the Rockers 8-1 to take a two games to none lead in the best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series! We’ll see you back on Long Island Friday night for Game Three!

2019 LDCS Game One: Ducks at Rockers

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Ducks embark on fifth consecutive playoff appearance; 14th in team history

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:30 p.m. at BB&T Point (High Point, N.C.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and High Point Rockers face off in Game One of the Liberty Division Championship Series on Tuesday night in North Carolina. This year marks Long Island’s fifth consecutive playoff berth and 14th in team history, while High Point becomes the first Atlantic League team to reach the playoffs in its inaugural season since play began in 1998. All-time, the Ducks are 37-39 in the playoffs, with a 12-24 record on the road. The Rockers held a slim lead in the season series with the Ducks with an 11-8 record. However, the teams split their 10 games played at BB&T Point.

SUNDAY’S RECAP: 

The Ducks took their rubber match with the High Point Rockers, winning 7-6 in 10 innings, in Sunday afternoon’s season finale at Bethpage Ballpark.

A first inning RBI single to right by L.J. Mazzilli gave the Ducks an early 1-0 advantage. However, the Rockers had an answer in the next half inning as they put up five runs against Long Island starting pitcher Brendan Feldmann. An RBI double from Jared Mitchell and a grand slam hit by Michael Russell were responsible for the runs.

The Rockers extended their lead with a solo home run by Mitchell in the third inning, but Deibinson Romero got the run back with an RBI single in the home half of the inning, settling the score at 6-2. The Flock came within two runs in the sixth after Clint Freeman lifted a two-run homer to right field.

An RBI double from David Washington and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Daniel Fields in the eighth inning tied the game at six. It was Fields who came up to the plate again in the 10th inning and drove in Washington with an RBI fielder’s choice to win the game for the Ducks.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Feldmann threw for four innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Rockers starter Edwin Carl pitched four innings, surrendering two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out two batters. Myles Smith (1-1) picked up the win for Long Island with two scoreless innings out of the pen, while accumulating three strikeouts. Richie Shaffer (0-1) was tagged with the loss for High Point, allowing an unearned run in the bottom of the 10th.

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Darin Downs takes the mound for Long Island tonight to begin the postseason. This year, in 21 starts, the lefty amassed a 3-3 record with a 2.63 ERA and 140 strikeouts over 109.2 innings of work. Those 140 strikeouts were tied for second-most in the Atlantic League behind only Daryl Thompson (162). His last start was at York on September 18, where he allowed two runs on three hits and three walks over five innings with seven strikeouts. Despite making 21 starts this year, tonight will be the first time that Downs faces High Point.

Former Long Island Ducks all-time great John Brownell gets the nod tonight for High Point. In three starts with the Rockers during the regular season, the righty posted a 2-0 record with a 1.31 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 20.2 innings pitched. His last start was at New Britain on September 18, where he tossed six and two-thirds innings, yielding two runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out seven batters. Prior to joining the Rockers, Brownell made 19 appearances (18 starts) with the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association. He posted an 8-5 record with a 3.70 ERA and 90 strikeouts over 121.2 innings. This is the first time he will pitch against Long Island, with whom he played seven seasons from 2012-18 and set franchise records for wins (65), strikeouts (755), innings pitched (1,005.0), and starts (154).

FOLLOW ALONG:

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2019, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live 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 Ducks Video Center on the homepage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a live account of tonight’s game via the Atlantic League website by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE. For a look at the Ducks playoff history, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Rey Fuentes- CF
#2   Steve Lombardozzi – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#11 L.J. Mazzilli – LF
#37 Hector Sanchez – C
#21 Deibinson Romero – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#1   Vladimir Frias – SS

#14 D’Arby Myers – RF

#23 Darin Downs – LHP

High Point Rockers
#65 Stephen Cardullo – 1B
#4   Michael Russell – 2B
#6   Hector Gomez – 3B
#22 Quincy Latimore – DH
#8   Richie Shaffer – LF
#29 Jared Mitchell – RF
#11 Myles Schroder – CF
#33 John Nester – C
#1   Giovanny Alfonzo – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

END 1: No score after one here in High Point, as Darin Downs strikes out Jared Mitchell to strand the bases loaded!

TOP 3: The Ducks plate four runs and take the lead over the Rockers! An RBI triple by Vladimir Frias, a two-run double by Steve Lombardozzi and a sac fly from L.J. Mazzilli account for the runs!

END 5: Five strikeouts over five scoreless innings thus far for Darin Downs! Onto the sixth we go, with the Ducks still ahead 4-0!

TOP 6; A sacrifice fly to left field off the bat of Deibinson Romero has extended Long Island’s lead to 5-0!

BOT 6: Quincy Latimore puts the Rockers on the scoreboard with a two-out solo homer to center. Ducks 5, Rockers 1.

TOP 7: The Ducks answer with RBI singles from Lew Ford and L.J. Mazzilli, extending their lead to 7-1!

BOT 7: The Rockers send 11 men to the plate and score six runs to tie the ballgame at seven.

TOP 8: BACK IN FRONT! Deibinson Romero launches a solo homer over the left field fence, putting the Flock ahead 8-7!

FINAL: Cody Mincey nails down the six-out save, and the Ducks take Game One of the Liberty Division Championship Series 8-7 over the Rockers!

20th Anniversary Team Voting – Starting Pitcher (2012-15)

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19 seasons of Long Island Ducks baseball have come and gone. Players from all around the world and of all varieties of baseball experience have worn the Ducks uniform since the first pitch on April 28, 2000. In that time, they have played in front of nearly 8 million fans in Central Islip, and millions more around the rest of the country. Those players and coaches have also earned three Atlantic League Championships, seven Division Championships, 13 half-season Division Championships and over 1,300 victories. As the Ducks 20th Anniversary Season, presented by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, approaches, it is time to determine which members of the Flock have stood above the rest.

The common phrase goes “pitching wins championships,” and that was certainly the case during the next era of our voting. During this four-year stretch, the Ducks claimed back-to-back Atlantic League Championships thanks in large part to some tremendous performances on the mound. One of the nominees for this week’s starting pitcher spot earned Championship Series MVP honors in 2013. Another recorded a pair of quality starts with the Ducks facing elimination in 2012. Our third candidate began as a reliever before converting to a starter and was instrumental in both championship victories. Let’s take a closer look at each of the three nominees:


John Brownell
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After coming to Long Island via a late-season trade in 2012 from the Grand Prairie AirHogs, John Brownell fashioned a Ducks career that spanned parts of seven seasons, including six full years. During that time, he compiled a record of 65-51 with a 3.72 ERA, 755 strikeouts, and 1,005.1 innings pitched over 156 games (154 starts). His wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and starts totals are all Ducks franchise records, and he is also the Atlantic League’s all-time strikeouts king. The right-hander ranks second in league history for innings pitched and third for wins. Not to mention, he’s also the Ducks single-season record holder for starts (29, 2014), complete games (7, 2013), innings pitched (202.0, 2014) and strikeouts (147, 2016). If those impressive numbers aren’t enough, Brownell was a key contributor to Long Island’s back-to-back Atlantic League Championships. He posted a 2.84 ERA in a pair of 2012 postseason starts, which included a win in Game Four of the ALCS with the Ducks facing elimination. The following season, Brownell won all three playoff starts and compiled a 2.88 ERA. Two of those starts came in the Championship Series, where he earned MVP honors after pitching into the ninth inning of the decisive Game Five at Somerset. He would go on to lead Long Island to three more Liberty Division titles (2016-18) and earn an ALPB All-Star Game selection in 2017. Brownell has unquestionably cemented his legacy as one of the franchise’s greatest starting pitchers ever.


Bobby Blevins
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Another vital piece to Long Island’s Championship puzzles was New York native Bobby Blevins. The right-hander also joined the Ducks in a late-season trade from the Rockland Boulders during the 2012 campaign. Manager Kevin Baez slotted Blevins in to start the decisive Game Five during both postseason series that year and boy did he deliver. He fired six innings of three-run ball in the Liberty Division Championship Series, as the Ducks defeated Southern Maryland 5-4, and then tossed six innings of two-run ball with five strikeouts against Lancaster to lead the Ducks to another 5-4 win and their first championship in eight seasons. Blevins was masterful in his lone postseason start one year later, pitching eight innings of one-run ball at Somerset in Game Four of the Atlantic League Championship Series. While impressive in the postseason, his regular season numbers were nothing to scoff at. Between 2012 and 2015, Blevins compiled a 15-10 record with a 3.23 ERA, four complete games, 212 strikeouts, and 317.2 innings over 50 games (47 starts). He spent one final season with the Ducks in 2016 and started Game One of the Atlantic League Championship Series that year before going on to spend time with both the Sugar Land Skeeters and Somerset Patriots in 2017 and 2018, respectively.


Jared Lansford
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Our third and final candidate for this spot on the 20th Anniversary Team enjoyed success as both a starting pitcher and a reliever during his three seasons as a Duck. Jared Lansford served as a late-inning bullpen arm during Long Island’s back-to-back championships runs, making 47 appearances in both 2012 and 2013. He combined to post a 5-3 record with a 3.61 ERA, nine saves, and 88 strikeouts over 104.2 innings of work. The righty’s 2013 success earned him an Atlantic League All-Star Game selection. Lansford was also a perfect 3-0 in 11 postseason appearances, yielding just one run and one walk over 12.1 innings while striking out 13. The California native converted to the starting rotation for the 2014 season and continued his success on the mound. He made 25 starts that year and posted an 8-5 record with a 3.22 ERA, two complete games, and 123 strikeouts over 159.1 innings pitched. Thanks to his performance, Lansford eventually signed in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. He has spent several seasons pitching overseas since.


Three two-time Atlantic League champions are up for selection, but only one will have a spot on the 20th Anniversary Team. Who that will be lies partly in your hands. Cast your vote early and often over the next week for Brownell, Blevins or Lansford by clicking the button below. The winner, along with the remainder of the 20th Anniversary Team, will be unveiled at the beginning of the 2019 season!

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Be sure to check back again next week, as we’ll reveal our group of three nominees for the starting pitcher spot representing the 2016-18 era of Ducks history, the final starter spot on the team.

Game 108: Ducks vs. Barnstormers

The Ducks look to continue their roll against the Lancaster Barnstormers

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and Lancaster Barnstormers open up a four-game series on Tuesday. This will be the 14th of 17 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Barnstormers this season and the 268th all-time meeting between the two teams. Lancaster leads the all-time series by just one game, 134-133, with the Barnstormers up 7-6 in the 2018 series. The Ducks bring a 29-15 second half record into the series opener leading the first half standings by four and a half games. The Barnstormers are six and a half games back of the Sugar Land Skeeters in the second half standings with a 22-19 record, but they hold the first wild card spot with a 60-44 overall record, two and a half games ahead of the Long Island Ducks.

LAST GAME RECAP:

The Ducks completed their second sweep in a row by walking-off the Road Warriors in extra innings.

Neither side dented home plate until the bottom of the sixth inning. Lew Ford opened the inning with a double and came around to score on a sacrifice fly to right field by Ramon Cabrera. The Road Warriors tied the ballgame at one in the eighth inning when Ermindo Escobar singled, moved to second on a balk and scored on a two-out RBI double by Anthony Ray.

It remained 1-1 until the bottom of the 10th inning. David Washington drew a one-out walk then came around to score the winning run on a first-pitch walk-off double to left-center field from Cabrera.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Dennis O’Grady tossed three perfect innings for Long Island, striking out two. Felix Baez-Pool lasted six innings, giving up one run on four hits and three walks while striking out six. Logan Ondrusek collected the win after striking out the side in a scoreless 10th inning. Julio DePaula took the loss, giving up the winning run on one hit and one walk in the 10th.

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

John Brownell will take the mound for the Ducks tonight for the series opener. The team’s pitching coach will look to follow up his win over Southern Maryland last Wednesday. Brownell threw six innings and gave up four runs on eight hits and two walk, striking out three in a 7-4 victory. Overall, the franchise leader in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and starts is 9-10 with a 4.56 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) this season. The righty is 7-8 with a 4.27 ERA in 22 games (21 starts) against the Barnstormers in his career.

Brooks Hall will be on the mound for the Barnstormers. The righty owns a 5.06 ERA with a 9-3 record coming into tonight’s game. Hall is coming off a tough start against the Revolution in which he allowed six runs in just two and one-third innings of work. However, the Barnstormers were still able to win 8-7. The South Carolina native spent his first eight seasons in the Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks organizations, reaching Triple-A in 2016 and 2017, and earning all-star honors at the Advanced-A and Double-A levels.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live 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 Ducks Video Center on the homepage. 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 today’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#38 Ramon Cabrera – C
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#9   Anthony Vega – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Lancaster Barnstormers
#7   Darian Sandford – CF
#16 Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#2   Blake Gailen – RF
#21 Trayvon Robinson – DH
#3   Ryan Casteel – C
#28 Josh Bell – 3B
#27 KC Hobson – 1B
#1   Vladimir Frias – SS
#11 Rico Noel – LF

#24 Brooks Hall – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Barnstormers score first with an RBI single up the middle by Ryan Casteel.

BOT 1: Ducks tie things up at one after an RBI single by Lew Ford!

TOP 3: Barnstormers jump out to a 4-1 lead after plating three runs in the inning.

TOP 4: A sacrifice fly pushes the Barnstormers’ lead to 5-1.

TOP 7: Barnstormers extend their lead to 6-1 after a Rico Noel RBI single.

BOT 7: Miles Williams drives in a run with an RBI single! Ducks are behind 6-2.

FINAL: Ducks fall to the Barnstormers in the series opener by a score of 6-2.

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