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ALCS Game 3: Ducks at Revolution

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The Ducks and Revs play postseason baseball in York for the first time since 2011

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park (York, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Atlantic League Championship Series shifts west to Pennsylvania for Game Three between the Long Island Ducks and York Revolution. York has a two games to none lead in the best-of-five series. The Ducks are playing in their sixth ALCS all-time (fifth in the past seven seasons) and have won three Atlantic League championships in franchise history. 2017 marks the third time the Revolution have reached the Championship Series, with their previous two visits resulting in victories over the Bridgeport Bluefish (2010) and Ducks (2011).

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

Just like in Game One, the Ducks and Revolution played a back-and-forth affair in Game Two that saw York finish on top by a run in a 5-4 final.

The two sides traded single runs in the first inning. Alonzo Harris opened the game with a solo home run to left field off Ducks starter Jake Fisher to give the Revs the early lead. However, in the bottom of the inning, Elmer Reyes singled to left and scored all the way from first when Lew Ford’s grounder to third was thrown down the right field line by Chase Simpson.

Fisher would settle in to retire the next 12 batters he faced, and Alex Burg gave Long Island the lead with two outs in the fourth when he launched and opposite-field solo homer to right off Revolution starter Frank Gailey. York would reclaim the lead though with single runs in the sixth and seventh. Following back-to-back singles to begin the sixth, Harris lifted a sac fly to left-center that plated Ryan Dent. One inning later, a two-out double by Isaias Tejeda was followed by an RBI single to center from Travis Witherspoon that put the Revolution ahead 3-2.

Long Island fought back to tie the game up in the bottom of the seventh. They loaded the bases to begin the inning when Ruben Gotay was hit by a pitch, Burg walked and Delta Cleary Jr. reached on a bunt single. After Gailey struck out Anthony Vega, Grant Sides (3-0) came in and struck out Dan LyonsGiovanny Alfonzo would come through though with two outs, legging out an infield single to short that plated pinch-runner Jordan Hinshaw.

Fisher (1-1) stayed in to begin the eighth but ran into trouble, allowing a leadoff single to Simpson. Two batters later, Jared Mitchell drove him in from second to give York a 4-3 lead. Following a bunt single, Rob Rogers came on and retired Telvin Nash on a groundout to third, but Mitchell scored an important insurance run.

The Ducks continued to show great resolve, as they rallied in the bottom of the frame. Following a walk by Marc Krauss and a single by pinch-hitter Angelo Songco with one out, closer Chase Huchingson was summoned by manager Mark Mason. Burg reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Krauss after a call initial ruling him out was overturned when umpired deemed Nash dropped the ball at first. After a walk to Cleary Jr., the Ducks had the tying run at second and the go-ahead run at first, but Vega grounded into a force out that ended the inning. Long Island managed just a two-out walk in the ninth.

YESTERDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks will turn to veteran right-hander John Brownell in hopes of keeping their season alive. He will start for the first time since Game One of the Liberty Division Championship Series against Somerset. In that game, he was tagged for 13 hits and seven runs (four earned) over five and one-third innings, walking one and striking out four. The two-time Atlantic League champion will look to bounce back in what will be his first-ever Game Three postseason start with the Flock. Brownell is 5-3 with a 3.86 ERA in 10 playoff starts as a Duck. This year, he faced the Revolution four times during the regular season and posted a 2-1 record with a 4.57 ERA. Most recently, he fired a complete game to earn the win in the opener of a doubleheader on September 7. He allowed just one run on four hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out six.

York meanwhile will go with right-hander Victor Mateo in search of a three-game series sweep. The first-year Rev took the ball last for the Revolution in Game Two of the Freedom Division Championship Series against Southern Maryland. He collected the win in the outing, going five and one-third innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks with a strikeout. It was a strong bounce-back after he allowed six runs (five earned) in four and two-thirds innings to Lancaster during his final regular season start. Mateo made five starts against the Ducks this season and went 0-2 with a 6.47 ERA. He faced Long Island twice in a span of five days earlier this month in York. In the first outing, the Dominican Republic native allowed four runs in five and one-third innings while opposing Brownell on September 7. He then yielded just one unearned run on two hits but walked five in five innings on Sept. 11, taking a no-decision in York’s 2-1 win.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks playoff 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.

For a complete history of the Ducks in the playoffs, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#7   John Brownell – RHP

York Revolution
#2   Alonzo Harris – LF
#10 Jared Mitchell – RF
#6   Rubi Silva – 2B
#23 Telvin Nash – 1B
#21 Michael Burgess – DH
#16 Isaias Tejeda – C
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#27 Chase Simpson – 3B

#9   Victor Mateo – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (6:41): Game Three of the Atlantic League Championship Series is underway in York, Pa.!

UPDATE (7:13): END 2: We are scoreless at PeoplesBank Park. John Brownell has a pair of strikeouts, working around a hit in each inning thus far.

UPDATE (7:21): TOP 3: Ducks strike first! An RBI single to right field by Giovanny Alfonzo scores Anthony Vega with the game’s first run!

UPDATE (7:50): BOT 4: Brownell works around a leadoff double from Silva and strands two Revs on the basepaths! Ducks maintain a 1-0 lead through four.

UPDATE (8:06): TOP 5: Vega scampers home from third on a wild pitch to extend Long Island’s lead to 2-0!

UPDATE (8:45): BOT 6: York gets on the scoreboard with a two-out RBI single by Isaias Tejeda. However, Rob Rogers comes in and strands three on base.

UPDATE (9:03): BOT 7: Elmer Reyes flashes the leather! He makes a diving stop to his left to rob Jared Mitchell of a two-out hit!

UPDATE (9:27): BOT 8: Telvin Nash’s two-run home run to center has put the Revolution in front 3-2.

UPDATE (9:43): FINAL: The Revolution win the game 3-2 and the series 3-0 to earn the Atlantic League championship. Congratulations to the organization.

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LDCS Game 2: Ducks vs. Patriots

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2017 Long Island Ducks MVP Marc Krauss will try to lead the team to victory in game two of the Liberty Division Championship Series to even the best-of-five series at one.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

After a 7-1 loss last night, the Long Island Ducks enter the pivot game of the best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series trailing the Somerset Patriots 1-0. The regular season series between Long Island and Somerset was remarkably competitive, with the Ducks claiming 11 victories and the Patriots nine. This marks the third straight year that the two rivals have met in the opening round of the playoffs, with each team having won one playoff series.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Somerset Patriots 7-1 on Wednesday night in Game One of the Liberty Division Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark. The Patriots now lead the best-of-five series one game to none.

Somerset opened the scoring with a five-run third inning against Ducks starter John Brownell. RBI singles by Olmo Rosario and Joe Maloney, along with a pair of errors that plated runs, highlighted the frame.

Long Island closed to within 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth on three singles off Patriots starter Mark Hamburger, including an RBI base hit from Anthony Vega. However, a two-run sixth inning for Somerset put the game out of reach. RBI singles by Rosario and Kyle Roller did the damage.

Hamburger (1-0) earned the win, tossing seven innings of one-run ball, allowing eight hits and a walk while striking out seven. Brownell (0-1) suffered the loss, surrendering seven runs (four earned) on 13 hits and a walk in five and one-third innings with four strikeouts. Three Long Island relievers combined to pitch two and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief, yielding three hits and striking out three.

Elmer Reyes, Lew Ford and Alex Burg each had two hits to lead the Flock offensively.

LDCS PREVIEW:

ON THE MOUND:

Right-hander Matt Larkins takes the mound for the Ducks in game two of this best-of-five series. During the regular season, Larkins went 9-7 with 3.69 ERA in 27 appearances (26 starts) and struck out a team-high 139 batters in 156.0 innings. Last time out on September 13 at Lancaster, Larkins twirled a quality start of seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out eight in a no decision. The Idaho resident was 2-1 with a 3.30 ERA (11 ER/30.0 IP) against the Patriots, and had two of his signature games – carrying a no-hitter into the ninth inning on June 15, and striking out a career-high 12 on August 16, both times at TD Bank Ballpark.

The Patriots look to lefty Mike Antonini in tonight’s ballgame. The southpaw was 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA in nine starts with Somerset this season, striking out 47 and walking 10 in 39.0 innings pitched. Antonini lasted only three innings in his last start on September 15 at Bridgeport, allowing one run on two hits, walking one and striking out two. The 2007 Mets draft pick is in his fourth year in the Atlantic League, having previously spent time with the now-defunct Camden Riversharks in 2013, and the soon-to-be-defunct Bridgeport Bluefish in 2015 and 2016.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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 LIDucks.com 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.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

For a complete history of the Ducks in the playoffs, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#19 Olmo Rosario – LF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#14 David Vidal – 3B
#5   D’Vontrey Richardson – CF
#13 Carlos Guzman – 1B
#15 Justin Trapp – 2B
#21 Adam Donachie – C

#10 Mike Antonini – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: Leeeeeewwwwwww Ford drives in the first run of the game plating Giovanny Alfonzo to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.

BOT 5: The Ducks maintain their 3-1 lead over Somerset in game two.

BOT 6: Alex Burg knocks a homer over the wall in right to extend the lead to 4-1 over the @SOMPatriots.

FINAL: Ducks 4, Patriots 1

W: Larkins (1-0)
L: Antonini (0-1)
SV: Diaz (1)

 

LDCS Game 1: Ducks vs. Patriots

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RHP John Brownell leads the charge as the Ducks begin their quest for a fourth Atlantic League Championship tonight against the Somerset Patriots.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

For the second year in a row, the Long Island Ducks meet the Somerset Patriots in the best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series. In 2016, the Ducks and Patriots battled in an epic series where the Long Island erased a two-games-to-none deficit to win 3-2 and advance to the Atlantic League Championship Series. During the 2017 regular season, the Ducks beat the Patriots 11 times in 20 battles, including two waddle-off wins and three extra-inning games.

SUNDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Sugar Land Skeeters 6-2 on Sunday afternoon at Constellation Field in the final game of the 2017 regular season.

The Skeeters took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Anthony Giansanti’s sacrifice fly to center field off Ducks starter Tyler Levine. A two-out RBI double by Wilfredo Rodriguez in the third extended the advantage to two.

Sugar Land doubled their lead to 4-0 in the seventh on a two-run home run to right by Caleb Ramsey. Long Island closed to within two in the eighth on an RBI double to left by Delta Cleary Jr. and an RBI single to right by Angelo Songco. However, the Skeeters got the runs back in the bottom of the inning on sac flies from Dickie Thon and Ramsey.

Skeeters starter Alberto Rodriguez (1-0) earned the win, tossing six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out seven. Levine (3-3) took the loss, yielding two runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings with three strikeouts. Felipe Paulino picked up his 16th save by recording the game’s final four outs.

LDCS PREVIEW:

ON THE MOUND:

Staff ace John Brownell will take the mound in the series opener for the Ducks. In his sixth season with the Ducks, Brownell registered a 10-5 record with a 3.44 ERA in 24 starts, striking out 96 and walking 51 in 146.1 innings pitched. Against Somerset this season, the all-time franchise leader in wins had no record and a 4.59 ERA in three starts, striking out 11, walking six and allowing 18 hits in 17.2 IP as opponents hit .257 against him. In his last start on September 12, Brownell turned in a quality start but got tagged with the loss at Lancaster, allowing three runs on six hits in 6.2 innings.

Somerset counters with new acquisition Mark Hamburger, who made just one outing during the regular season with the Patriots after coming over from the St. Paul Saints of the American Association. Hamburger was grilled by the New Britain Bees for two runs on five hits in seven innings in his first start, getting no decision in a 5-2 Bees triumph. The right-hander had five unspectacular appearances for the Texas Rangers in 2011, and most recently was 13-6 with an also unspectacular 4.13 ERA with the Saints. The Patriots have confirmed that for an additional $2, Hamburger will be served with a side of fries and an ice-cold Pepsi.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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 LIDucks.com 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.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

For a complete history of the Ducks in the playoffs, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#23 Alex Burg – C
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – DF
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#15 Justin Trapp – RF
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#19 Olmo Rosario – LF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#14 David Vidal – 3B
#37 Joe Maloney – 1B
#5   D’Vontrey Richardson – CF
#9   Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#4   Yovan Gonzalez – C

#27 Mark Hamburger – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 2: John Brownell strikes out the side to keep the game scoreless! 🔥🔥🔥

TOP 3: The Patriots take a 5-0 lead capitalizing on two miscues.

BOT 4: The Ducks take a bite out of Mark Hamburger and cut the deficit to 5-1 Patriots.

TOP 6: Somerset plates another pair of runs as they take a 7-1 advantage in game one.

FINAL: Patriots 7, Ducks 1

W: Hamburger (1-0)
L: Brownell (0-1)

Game 136: Ducks at Barnstormers

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Matt Larkins takes the mound for game two of the series in Lancaster

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:30 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (35-30; 71-64) take on the Lancaster Barnstormers (35-30; 73-62) in the middle game of their three-game series. Long Island remains two games ahead of the Bridgeport Bluefish for first place in the second half Liberty Division standings, while Lancaster still sits two games behind the York Revolution for first in the Freedom Division. Tonight is the 19th meeting of the year between the Ducks and Barnstormers, with Lancaster holding an 11-7 advantage.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Ducks were unable to complete a late game rally, dropping their second consecutive game on the road trip by a one-run margin.

Just like on Monday in York, the Ducks took the first lead of the game. Delta Cleary Jr. began the third inning with a single and moved to second on a groundout. Giovanny Alfonzo followed with a single to right field, and Cleary Jr. came home to score on an error by right fielder Cole Garner. The lead lasted until the bottom of the fifth when Josh Bell led off the frame with a fly ball to right that just cleared the wall for a solo home run.

Ducks starter John Brownell had given up just one run over the first six innings before taking the mound for the seventh with his pitch count still low. Lancaster loaded the bases with one out on a double, a broken bat single and a walk. Brownell (10-5) induced a fielder’s choice to get the lead runner at home for the second out of the inning and got ahead 0-2 on Beau Amaral. However, Amaral connected on the next pitch for an RBI single, and Garner followed with a bases loaded walk to put the Barnstormers ahead 3-1.

Long Island immediately tried to pull even in the eighth. Marc Krauss doubled with one out, and Ruben Gotay drew a two-out walk. Alex Burg followed with a single to left field just out of the reach of a diving Amaral, scoring Krauss from second. Pinch-runner Jordan Hinshaw was waved around third to try and score the tying run, but a relay throw got him at home plate for the final out. The Ducks were then retired 1-2-3 in the ninth by Anthony Carter, who collected the save.

Tommy Shirley started for Lancaster and gave up a run on six hits and three walks over five innings while striking out six. R.J. Hively (6-0) got the win with two scoreless innings of relief after taking over for an injured John Kuchno.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks will give the ball to Matt Larkins for game two of the three-game set. The right-hander has totaled a 9-7 record and a 3.68 ERA in 26 games (25 starts). He ranks fourth in the league in ERA along with third in strikeouts (131), third in complete games (4) and first in shutouts (3). The 28-year-old took the loss his last time out, falling to the Revolution in game two of last Thursday’s doubleheader. In five innings, he allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out six. Larkins’ lone start of the season against Lancaster came on July 5 when he tossed a complete game one-hit shutout at Bethpage Ballpark in a 1-0 win. He allowed just a single to Vladimir Frias and two walks while striking out 10.

Scott Sebald will make his second start in a Barnstormers uniform on Wednesday night. The left-hander took the loss in his first outing on Thursday in New Britain, surrendering nine runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks over four innings while striking out five. Four runs came in the first inning, three of which scored on a pair of home runs. The 23-year-old began the season with the Normal Cornbelters of the Frontier League, where he compiled a 9-2 record and a 2.89 ERA in 22 games (15 starts). He struck out 87 batters while walking just 29 in 109 innings of work.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Lancaster Barnstormers
#4   Darian Sandford – CF
#3   Beau Amaral – LF
#8   Cole Garner – DH
#19 Sean Halton – 3B
#15 Caleb Gindl – RF
#12 Nate Coronado – SS
#24 Steve Clevenger – 1B
#32 Anderson De La Rosa – C
#2   Lance Zawadzki – 2B

#41 Scott Sebald – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (6:42): TOP 1: Lew Ford gives the Ducks an early lead with a two-out solo homer down the left field line! It’s his ninth longball of the year.

UPDATE (7:12): BOT 2: Excellent work by Matt Larkins, who pitches out of a first-and-second, no-out jam! Still 1-0 Long Island.

UPDATE (7:22): TOP 3: An RBI infield single by Elmer Reyes brings home Delta Cleary Jr., doubling Long Island’s lead to two!

UPDATE (7:35): BOT 3: A two-out RBI double by Sean Halton has trimmed the Ducks’ lead to 2-1.

UPDATE (8:06): END 5: Neither side crosses home plate in the fourth or fifth. We head to the sixth with the Ducks still on top 2-1.

UPDATE (8:15): TOP 6: Another two-out solo blast! This time, it’s Ruben Gotay who launches one over the wall! His sixth homer gives the Ducks a 3-1 lead.

UPDATE (8:26): BOT 6: Caleb Gindl lines a two-out, two-run home run over the wall in right to tie the ballgame at three apiece.

UPDATE (8:57): TOP 8: A fielding error and a throwing error on the same play allow Giovanny Alfonzo to score from second! Ducks go back in front 4-3!

UPDATE (9:12): BOT 8: Another two-out rally for Lancaster ties the game. Cole Garner doubles, and two batters later, Gindl hits an RBI single.

UPDATE (9:28): END 9: Neither side pushes a run across in the ninth. Bonus baseball coming up in Lancaster, with the score tied at four.

UPDATE (9:42): TOP 10: Halton’s throw sails over the head of Steve Clevenger, allowing Alfonzo to score! Ducks take a 5-4 lead!

UPDATE (9:54): TOP 10: More offense from the Flock! Elmer Reyes scores on an error, and Angelo Songco clears the bases with a three-run double! 9-4 Flock!

UPDATE (10:06): FINAL: Amalio Diaz strikes out the side in the 10th! Ducks win the ballgame 9-4 to even the series!

Game 135: Ducks at Barnstormers

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Long Island opens a three-game midweek series in Lancaster

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:30 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (35-29; 71-63) begin the second leg of their seven-game road trip as they open up a three-game series with the Lancaster Barnstormers (34-30; 72-62). Long Island remains two games ahead of the Bridgeport Bluefish for first place in the second half Liberty Division standings, while Lancaster is now two games behind the York Revolution for first in the Freedom Division. Tonight is the 18th meeting of the year between the Ducks and Barnstormers, with Lancaster holding a 10-7 advantage.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

A great pitcher’s duel between Ducks starter Zac Treece and Revolution starter Victor Mateo, along with both bullpens, highlighted Monday’s game in York, but it was the Revolution who came away with a 2-1 win.

Treece (6-2), making a spot start for the Flock, and Mateo traded zeroes over the first four innings of the game, with the Ducks’ right-hander facing the minimum 12 batters. Mateo walked three in the second inning, including a pair with two outs, but was able to work out of the jam. Long Island finally broke through in the fifth when Giovanny Alfonzo singled with one out, stole second base and came around to score on a fielder’s choice off Marc Krauss’ bat, coupled with a throwing error on the play by Ryan Dent.

The Revolution answered back in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at one. With one out, Rubi Silva lifted a solo home run to left-center field on the first pitch he saw in a York uniform. Treece bounced back to strike out two and keep the game tied. He went back out for the sixth inning and allowed a double to Dent to begin the inning. A groundout moved him to third, and Alonzo Harris followed with an RBI single to put York in front.

Long Island’s bullpen took over from there. Tyler Wilson was able to strike out Isaias Tejeda and Telvin Nash with two on in the sixth, and Dennis O’Grady worked out of a first-and-second, one-out jam in the seventh, getting a strikeout and a groundout. Dustin Richardson tossed a scoreless eighth for the Ducks.

York’s bullpen was superb as well to preserve the 2-1 victory. Joe Van Meter (3-2) and Grant Sides each worked around a baserunner in the sixth and seventh, respectively. Ricardo Gomez pitched a scoreless eighth, and Chase Huchingson worked around a leadoff single in the ninth for his fifth save.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Game one of the series in Lancaster will feature John Brownell on the mound for the Ducks. The right-hander comes in with a 10-4 record and the AtlaPntic League’s second-best ERA at 3.41 in 23 starts. In his last outing, he tossed a complete game to defeat the York Revolution in game one of this past Thursday’s doubleheader. In the 34-year-old’s seven innings of one-run ball, he gave up just four hits and two walks while striking out six, as the Ducks earned a 5-1 win. Tonight will be Brownell’s fourth start of the season against the Barnstormers. He has put together a 1-1 record with a 5.60 ERA in his three previous outings and a 6-6 mark with a 4.42 ERA in 19 games (18 starts) all-time against Lancaster.

The Barnstormers have tabbed Tommy Shirley to begin the series. The southpaw has struggled this season, going 3-5 with a 6.96 ERA in 13 games (11 starts). He lasted just three and two-thirds innings in his previous start, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits and six walks with three strikeouts. However, he received a no-decision as Lancaster defeated New Britain 11-10 last Wednesday. Shirley has allowed 14 runs (13 earned) over 14 and two-thirds innings in his previous three starts and 25 runs (21 earned) over 23 and two-thirds in his last five starts. The Pennsylvania native’s lone start against the Ducks came on July 6 at Bethpage Ballpark, and he surrendered four runs on five hits and three walks in three innings of work, 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
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – RF
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – DH
#23 Alex Burg – C
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Lancaster Barnstormers
#4   Darian Sandford – CF
#3   Beau Amaral – LF
#8   Cole Garner – RF
#19 Sean Halton – 3B
#15 Caleb Gindl – DH
#12 Nate Coronado – SS
#24 Steve Clevenger – C
#28 Josh Bell – 1B
#2   Lance Zawadzki – 2B

#44 Tommy Shirley – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (6:42): END 1: Both sides go in order in their half of the first inning. No score after one.

UPDATE (7:05): BOT 2: John Brownell gets Lance Zawadzki to pop out to right, stranding the bases loaded.

UPDATE (7:23): TOP 3: Giovanny Alfonzo singles to right, and Delta Cleary Jr. comes home to score on a fielding error! 1-0 Ducks!

UPDATE (8:09): BOT 5: Josh Bell’s fly ball to right clears the wall for a solo home run, tying the ballgame at one apiece.

UPDATE (8:27): BOT 6: John Brownell strikes out Caleb Gindl! His 667th strikeout as a Duck ties him with Corey Thurman for second on the Atlantic League’s all-time list!

UPDATE (8:49): BOT 7: A two-out RBI single by Beau Amaral followed by a bases loaded walk to Cole Garner have put Lancaster in front 3-1.

UPDATE (9:22): FINAL: Long Island drops the series opener to the Barnstormers 3-2. Game two of the series is tomorrow at 6:30 pm.

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