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Game 115: Ducks vs. Skeeters

Ruben Gotay (1)

INF Ruben Gotay has been in the middle of many Long Island rallies this season, leading the team with a .405 on-base percentage.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (26-17; 63-51) continue their four-game series with the Sugar Land Skeeters (20-22; 50-62) on Tuesday night. The Ducks have won 16 of their last 18 games, and have a six-game lead in the Liberty Division Second Half Standings over the Bridgeport Bluefish. The Skeeters enter tonight’s contest in third place in the Freedom Division, four games behind the first place York Revolution. Tonight marks the 15th matchup of the season between the two clubs, with the series knotted at seven wins for each team. This series marks the final trip of the  2017 regular season for the Skeeters.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters 4-3 on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Sugar Land took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on a two-run home run to right-center field off Ducks starter John Brownell. Long Island bounced back with a three-spot in the fifth off Skeeters starter Brett Marshall to go in front 3-2. An RBI single by Giovanny Alfonzo and errors which scored Derrick Pyles and Alfonzo highlighted the scoring.

The Skeeters tied the game in the top of the eighth on an RBI single to right by Caleb Ramsey. However, Dan Lyons drilled a leadoff solo homer to left-center in the bottom of the frame to put the Ducks back on top for good.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Brownell lasted five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four. Marshall pitched seven innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Tyler Wilson (1-2) got the win after recording an inning-ending double play in the eighth to keep the game tied at three. Andrew Johnston (1-3) suffered the loss, surrendering Lyons’ game-winning blast in the eighth. Amalio Diaz earned his 12th save of the year with a perfect ninth, striking out two.

Lyons, Alfonzo and Pyles each had two hits to pace the Flock.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Workhorse Matt Larkins takes the bump for Long Island in the second game of the four-game series. In 22 appearances (21 starts) Larkins is 7-6 with a 3.80 ERA, and has struck out 107 and walked just 30 while allowing 123 hits in 125.1 innings pitched. The right-hander leads the Ducks in both innings and strikeouts this season. In his last three starts, Larkins has notched three quality starts, and is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA (4 ER/22 IP) and has allowed just 13 hits, five walks and struck out 22 batters. The Idaho resident has already set a career high in strikeouts, surpassing his previous career-best of 98 punch-outs with Amarillo of the American Association in 2014. Larkins has faced Sugar Land three times this season, and has no record despite a 1.93 ERA.

Former Long Island Duck Bobby Blevins gets the ball for Sugar Land this evening. In 22 games (18 starts) this season the right-hander has struggled, recording a 4-7 record with a 5.54 ERA. His last win cam on June 1 at Bethpage Ballpark against Long Island. Last time out, Blevins allowed five runs on six hits in six innings against the York Revolution on August 17, but got no decision in a 7-6 Skeeters victory. The 32-year-old spent parts of five seasons as a Duck, compiling a 17-22 record with the Flock. Blevins has posted mixed results against his former team, going 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA in four games against the Ducks, holding batters to a .219 batting average.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Sugar Land Skeeters
#7   Josh Prince – 2B
#21 Anthony Giansanti – CF
#9   Wilfredo Rodriguez – C
#4   Kevin Ahrens – SS
#16 Travis Scott – DH
#15 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#36 Hector Olivera – LF
#33 Caleb Ramsey – 1B
#5   Joe Benson – RF

#19 Bobby Blevins – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 3: Still no score between the Ducks and Skeeters as Matt Larkins and Bobby Blevins have matched zeros.

BOT 6: Marc Krauss crushes a monster two-run home run to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead over the Skeeters!

TOP 7: Caleb Ramsey hits a solo home run to give the Skeeters their first run. Ducks still lead 2-1.

TOP 8: The Skeeters tie the game at two with an unearned run in the frame.

BOT 10: We are still tied at two with Sugar Land as the game heads to the 11th!

FINAL: It’s ANOTHER waddle-off winner for the Ducks!

Ducks 3, Skeeters 2.

W: Wilson (2-2)
L: Haynes (1-4)

Game 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.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

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.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

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.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

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.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#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


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

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 #110: Ducks at Patriots

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Giovanny Alfonzo & the Flock look to start a new winning streak in Thursday’s series finale

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (23-16; 59-50) vie for a victory in both the current four-game series and the season series against Somerset Patriots (19-19; 61-47) in Thursday’s series finale. The Ducks had taken the first six games of the road trip and 12 consecutive games overall, tying the franchise record set from July 5-20 of 2006, before it came to an end on Wednesday night. Long Island still leads the season series between the two teams 10-9, though Somerset has taken five of the nine meetings thus far in New Jersey. This will be the final game between the two teams during the 2017 regular season.

WEDNESDAY’S GAME TWO RECAP: 

Despite taking an early lead and then rallying late to tie it, the Ducks could not hold off the Patriots in the nightcap of Wednesday’s doubleheader, falling by a 7-5 margin.

Lew Ford gave the Ducks the early lead with an opposite-field solo homer in the first inning off Patriots starter Efrain Nieves. Long Island then had chances in the next two innings to extend the lead but were unable to do so, including first-and-second with no outs in the second and first-and-second with two outs in the third.

The Ducks managed to add a run to their lead in the sixth when they strung together three singles and a walk, including an RBI base hit to right by Alex Burg. Nieves bounced back to strike out a pair though and strand two more on the bases.

Ducks starter John Brownell was magnificent over the first five innings, yielding just a double and a walk while retiring 11 straight between the second and fifth innings. However, Somerset got to the Ducks’ veteran in the sixth. A single by Scott Kelly, an RBI double by Alfredo Rodriguez and a sac fly off the bat of Justin Trapp tied the game at two. Following a strikeout of Justin Pacchioli, Brownell allowed back-to-back two-out solo homers to Kyle Roller and Olmo Rosario that gave the Patriots the lead.

Marc Krauss closed the gap to one in the seventh with an RBI double but was stranded at second, and Trapp pushed the lead back to two in the bottom of the frame with a two-out RBI single. Burg came up clutch again in the eighth, launching a mammoth two-run homer to straightaway center field off Ronnie Shaban (4-4) that tied the ballgame at five. However, Carlos Guzman connected for a long two-run homer of his own in the bottom of the inning off Tyler Wilson (0-2), pitching for the first time in nearly three months, that put Somerset back on top for good at 7-5. Dustin Molleken pitched a scoreless ninth to nail down his second save of the season.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks turn to left-hander Rafael Perez to start the final game of the eight-game road swing. The southpaw comes in with an 8-7 record and a 4.42 ERA in 20 starts this season. He has won each of his past two outings, including a victory in Southern Maryland on Friday. The 35-year-old tossed seven innings in the 8-4 win, allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out seven. Perez has a 2.77 ERA in his past two starts (4 ER/13.0 IP), following up a stretch in which he posted a 10.24 ERA and two losses in three straight starts (11 ER/9.2 IP). Tonight is the Freeport resident’s fifth start of the year against Somerset, and he has a 1-1 record with a 5.21 ERA thus far. Perez has a 10.13 ERA in two starts at TD Bank Ballpark (9 ER/8.0 IP) compared to a 1.64 ERA in two starts vs. the Patriots on Long Island (2 ER/11.0 IP).

Opposing Perez will be Will Oliver for the Patriots. The right-hander enters with a 5-3 record and a 5.09 ERA in 17 games (11 starts) thus far in 2017. He turned in his best outing of the season in his last start, firing eight innings of one-run ball in an 8-2 win at Lancaster on Friday. The 30-year-old gave up seven hits and two walks while striking out eight in the outing, one shy of his season-high. Oliver will be making his fourth appearance (third start) of 2017 against the Flock, and he has totaled a 1-1 record with a 7.15 ERA. The California native pitched a scoreless inning of relief at TD Bank Ballpark but surrendered nine runs on 15 hits and four walks over 10 and one-third innings in his two starts at Bethpage Ballpark.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

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

#26 Will Oliver – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (7:43): BOT 2: Excellent work from Rafael Perez, who works out of a first-and-second, no-out jam! Still scoreless after two innings.

UPDATE (8:19): BOT 3: Wanel Mesa has taken over on the mound, and after a bizarre inning, Somerset has a 2-0 lead.

UPDATE (8:35): BOT 4: Somerset tacks on a run courtesy of a balk from Mesa. 3-0 Patriots after four.

UPDATE (8:49): TOP 5: An RBI single by Delta Cleary Jr. and a GRAND SLAM by Marc Krauss have put the Flock in front 5-3!

UPDATE (9:30): BOT 6: Somerset scratches out a run thanks to an error and a passed ball. Ducks lead is now 5-4 after six.

UPDATE (9:55): BOT 7: Patrick Crider comes into the ballgame and strikes out Kyle Roller to strand two on base! Ducks still maintain a 5-4 advantage.

UPDATE (10:40): FINAL: Ducks win it 5-4!! They take 3 of 4 in the series and win the season series over the Patriots as well! 7-1 on the road trip!

Game #109: Ducks at Patriots

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

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

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

GAME ONE RECAP: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

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

Efrain Nieves will counter for the Patriots on Wednesday evening. The southpaw has compiled a 2-2 record with a 3.50 ERA in 10 games (seven starts) this season. He most recently took the mound last Thursday at Lancaster and earned the win. The 27-year-old pitched six innings of one-run ball in the 9-3 victory, giving up just three hits and two walks while striking out four. Nieves has allowed two runs or less in four straight outings and three runs or less in six straight. Tonight will be his second start of the year against the Ducks. His first came on July 14 at Bethpage Ballpark, and he yielded a run on three hits and four walks over four innings with two strikeouts, taking a no-decision.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#7   John Brownell – RHP

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

#22 Efrain Nieves – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Game 97: Ducks vs. Bluefish

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Dan Lyons and the Ducks look to get on the right track tonight against Bridgeport.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (11-15; 47-49) continue their four-game series with the Bridgeport Bluefish (15-12; 56-41) at Bethpage Ballpark. This series is pivotal for the Ducks, who enter Friday’s matchup 3.5 games behind the Bluefish in the Liberty Division Second Half standings. Bridgeport took two-of-three from Long Island at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard last weekend, but the 2017 Ferry Cup Series is tied at seven through 14 meetings. This four-game set wraps up a stretch of seven games between the cross-sound rivals in 10 days.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Bridgeport Bluefish 8-2 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Both sides traded zeroes until the fourth inning when the Bluefish plated four runs against Ducks starter John Brownell. A two-run home run to center field by Daniel Fields, a run-scoring error and an RBI single by D’Arby Myers did the damage. Jonathan Galvez hit a two-out solo homer to left-center in the fifth which extended the lead to five.

Long Island cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI ground rule double from Alex Burg and a two-out RBI single by Quintin Berry off Bluefish starter Manny Parra. However, a two-run homer to left by Welington Dotel in the sixth pushed their advantage to 7-2. Fields’ second longball of the night, a solo shot to left in the seventh, rounded out the scoring.

Parra (1-0) earned the win, pitching five and two-thirds innings of two-run ball, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out seven. Brownell (8-3) suffered the loss, surrendering five runs (four earned) on 10 hits over five innings with two strikeouts. Zac Treece tossed two scoreless innings for the Ducks, striking out four batters.

Burg and Jordan Pacheco led the Flock with two hits apiece.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks send former major leaguer Henderson Alvarez to the mound to make his fourth start of the season. In his first three outings, Alvarez is 0-1 with a stellar 0.90 ERA. He has struck out six and walked six while allowing 10 hits in 10 innings while still being stretched out. In his last start at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on July 30, Alvarez got no decision while tossing four scoreless innings, striking out a season-high five while walking three and allowing three hits. He left the game with a 7-0 lead, but the Bluefish won 8-7 after an eighth-inning comeback.

The Bluefish respond with Rainy Lara, who matched up against Alvarez in that July 30 game. The Ducks battered Lara for seven runs on 11 hits in five innings, and Lara has an ERA of 11.40 in his last three starts (19 ER/ 15.0 IP) and has allowed 33 hits in that span. Overall, the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star is 7-6 with a 4.01 ERA, and has allowed 111 hits in 98.2 innings, walking 38 and striking out 56. Lara is in his first season with the Bluefish after spending the first seven years of his career in the New York Mets organization, reaching as high as Triple-A.

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 8-4 BP.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#47 Quintin Berry – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#34 Marc Krauss – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#23 Alex Burg – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#37 Henderson Alvarez – RHP

Bridgeport Bluefish
#10 D’Arby Myers – CF
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#11 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#27 Daniel Fields – LF
#20 Jonathan Galvez – 1B
#6   Tony Abreu – 2B
#40 Gustavo Molina – C
#35 Andrew Lambo – DH
#32 Welington Dotel – RF

#14 Rainy Lara – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

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UPDATE (6:56): TOP 1: RBI singles by Jose Cuevas and Jonathan Galvez give the Bluefish an early 2-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:14): BOT 1: A three-run frame puts the Flock on top 3-2! Marc Krauss picked up an RBI triple & Angelo Songco had a sacrifice fly.

UPDATE (7:44): END 3: Still a 3-2 game in favor of Long Island after three innings of play.

UPDATE (8:15): BOT 4: A five-run fourth inning for Long Island puts them ahead 8-2! Six hits in the frame for the Ducks!

UPDATE (8:26): TOP 5: Bridgeport responds with a three-run fifth inning to cut into the Ducks’ lead. Now an 8-5 ballgame.

UPDATE (9:17): BOT 6: After a five-run top of the sixth gave Bridgeport the lead, Angelo Songco has delivered a two-out, two-run single to tie it at 10!

UPDATE (10:15): END 8: Neither side is able to push across the go-ahead run in the seventh or eighth. Still tied at 10 as we head to the ninth.

UPDATE (10:40): FINAL: Jordan Pacheco delivers a bases loaded, waddle-off single to right, and the Ducks defeat the Bluefish 11-10 in a wild one!

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