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Game 88: Ducks vs. Skeeters

DE6I0705GAME TIME/LOCATION: 11:05 a.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (8-9, 44-43) return home to face the Sugar Land Skeeters (7-10, 37-50) on Camp Day in the middle game of a three-game series. The Ducks look to take the series with the Skeeters with a victory today, and would also even up the 2017 season series. Sugar Land has won six of the first 11 matchups between the two clubs.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters 6-1 on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

An RBI single by Travis Scott in the first inning off Ducks starter Henderson Alvarez gave the Skeeters an early 1-0 lead. Alex Burg tied the game in the bottom of the second with a towering solo home run to left-center field off Sugar Land starter Brett Marshall.

Long Island took the lead in the fourth with a three-run, three-hit frame. A two-run homer to right by Marc Krauss and a sacrifice fly to right off the bat of Giovanny Alfonzo put the Flock ahead 4-1. Angelo Songco rounded out the scoring in the eighth with a two-run blast over the wall in right.

Alvarez did not factor into the decision. He pitched four innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits with a strikeout. Alfredo Simon (1-2) earned the win with three scoreless innings of relief, giving up just one hit while striking out four. Marshall (6-6) took the loss, yielding four runs on five hits and four walks over six innings with four strikeouts. Amalio Diaz and David Aardsma each pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Ducks.

Krauss, Burg and Jordan Pacheco each had two hits to pace the Flock offensively.

ON THE MOUND: Matt Larkins takes the mound for the Ducks in the only morning start at Bethpage Ballpark this season. In 17 appearances (16 starts) this season, the right-hander is 4-6 with a 4.27 ERA, and has struck out 79 and walked 23 in 92.2 innings. His 7.7 strikeouts per nine innings this season is the highest mark of his career, while 2.2 walks per nine innings is in line with the rest of his career numbers. In his last start on July 19 against New Britain, Larkins was roughed up for six runs on 13 hits, but got the win in a 13-6 Ducks triumph. In two outings against the Skeeters, the Idaho native has no record but a 1.38 ERA (2 ER/13.0 IP) and has struck out 12 batters.

Sugar Land calls upon former Duck Bobby Blevins, who will be making his 18th appearance and 14th overall start of the season. The righty is 4-6 with an ugly 5.30 ERA, and has been rocked in his last two outings. In 4.2 innings across his last two appearances on July 15 and 20, Blevins has allowed a staggering 13 runs on 17 hits, for an ERA of 25.05. However, he has pitched well against the Ducks, going 1-1 against his former team in three quality starts.

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.

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Skeeters
#5 Joe Benson – RF
#7 Josh Prince – 2B
#21 Anthony Giansanti – SS
#16 Travis Scott – 1B
#15 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#11 Cole Gillespie – CF
#9 Wilfredo Rodriguez – DH
#18 Dickie Thon – LF
#29 Santiago Nessy – C

#19 Bobby Blevins – RHP

UPDATE (11:32) – BOT 1: Marc Krauss smashes a two-run triple and the Ducks grab an early 2-0 lead!

UPDATE (12:05) – BOT 3: Marc Krauss delivers again! This time a double sparks a two-run inning as the Ducks lead 4-0!

Game 86: Ducks at Barnstormers

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 2:00 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, Pa.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (7-8, 43-42) face the Lancaster Barnstormers (8-7, 46-38) in the rubber game of a three-game series. The Ducks remain two and a half games behind Bridgeport for first place in the Liberty Division, while the Barnstormers are still a half-game in front of the York Revolution for first in the Freedom Division. Lancaster has an 8-5 lead in the season series between the two teams and has taken three of five games in Pennsylvania.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: After dropping the series opener by a 5-1 margin on Friday night, the Ducks flipped the script on Saturday evening, using 14 hits to top the Barnstormers 5-1 on Saturday.

After missing out on scoring with the bases loaded in the second inning Friday, the Ducks put a run on the board in the second inning Saturday. Long Island totaled four hits in the frame, including an RBI single up the middle by Dan Lyons off Barnstormers starter Rommie Lewis.

The Ducks then used the home run ball to extend their lead to 4-0. After fouling off four pitches with two strikes, Jordan Pacheco drove a ball over the right field wall in the third for a two-run homer, his second longball in as many nights. Two innings later, Marc Krauss lifted a 3-2 pitch over the picnic tables in right for a towering solo homer, his third longball in the past four games.

Meanwhile, Dennis O’Grady was keeping the Barnstormers bats in check. He began his night with five scoreless innings and pitched out of a first-and-third, no-out jam in the second after Lancaster got runners on base via an error and a deflected comeback that would have otherwise been a double play ball. However, with two outs in the sixth inning, Krauss lost a fly ball in the sky out in left field that resulted in a double for Sean Halton. Cole Garner followed with an RBI single to put the ‘Stormers on the scoreboard.

Jake Dunning took over for O’Grady in the seventh and threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one. Amalio Diaz then pitched the eighth and retired the side in order, striking out two and snaring a comebacker off the bat of Tyler Clark. Long Island then plated an insurance run in the ninth on a two-out RBI single up the middle by Anthony Vega. David Aardsma came on and pitched around a leadoff walk, striking out the final two batters of the game.

O’Grady (5-6) collected the win, pitching six innings of one-run ball. He gave up just three hits and struck out two along the way, and he did not walk a batter for the first time as a starter this year. Lewis (5-7) suffered the loss, giving up four runs on 11 hits and three walks in six innings while striking out three. Delta Cleary Jr. led the Flock with three hits.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks will send John Brownell to the rubber for the series finale on Sunday afternoon. The right-hander enters with a 7-1 record and a 2.95 ERA in 15 starts this year. He will be making his first start since pitching in the All-Star Game at TD Bank Ballpark on July 12. His last outing with the Flock came on July 9 in Southern Maryland when he picked up the win in a 4-3 game. Brownell walked a season-high five batters and threw a season-high 125 pitches, but his seven strikeouts equaled a season-best and he gave up three runs on seven hits over seven innings. The sixth-year Duck has faced the Barnstormers twice this season, both times on Long Island, and he has gone 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA, yielding six runs in 13 innings of work on 13 hits and five walks with seven strikeouts.

Lancaster will give the ball to Brad Bergesen in the rubber game of the set. The right-hander comes in with a 5-6 record and a 4.22 ERA in 14 starts, having walked just 19 batters in 81 innings. His last outing came on Monday in Sugar Land when the Barnstormers shut out the Skeeters 10-0. The former big leaguer threw five scoreless innings, giving up just four hits while walking two batters. Bergesen has given up just one run over 11 innings in his past two starts, including six innings of one-run ball against the Flock on July 5 at Bethpage Ballpark. Both of his starts against the Ducks have come at Bethpage Ballpark, and he has yielded just one run on six hits and a walk while striking out 10 over 11 innings.

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.

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Barnstormers
#3   Beau Amaral – CF
#6   Rico Noel – 2B
#24 Steve Clevenger – 1B
#19 Sean Halton – LF
#8   Cole Garner – RF
#28 Josh Bell – DH
#4   Garrett Weber – 3B
#32 Anderson De La Rosa – C
#12 Nate Coronado – SS

#10 Brad Bergesen – RHP

UPDATE (2:15): END 1: John Brownell retires the side in order in the opening inning, striking out two!

UPDATE (2:57): BOT 3: An RBI double by Nate Coronado and an RBI single by Steve Clevenger put the Barnstormers ahead 2-0.

UPDATE (3:15): BOT 4: Brownell induces a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Coronado to work out of a first and second, one-out jam!

UPDATE (3:24): TOP 5: Marc Krauss unloads a mammoth solo homer to right-center! His 12th of the year & fourth in the past five games! 2-1 Lancaster.

UPDATE (3:46): BOT 5: A three-run inning puts Lancaster in front 5-1. Rico Noel’s RBI single & Cole Garner’s two-out, two-run homer did the damage.

UPDATE (4:06): BOT 6: Another pair of runs come home for the Barnstormers, who extend their lead to 7-1.

UPDATE (4:26): BOT 7: Zac Treece turns in a scoreless seventh inning, inducing a double play from Garrett Weber.

UPDATE (4:46): BOT 8: Just like Treece, Patrick Crider pitches a scoreless inning and induces a double play ball, this time from Beau Amaral.

UPDATE (4:55): FINAL: Angelo Songco launches his team-leading 16th homer of the season in the ninth, but the Ducks fall to the Barnstormers 7-2.

Game 85: Ducks at Barnstormers

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:30 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (6-8, 42-42) play the middle game of their three-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers (8-6, 46-37). The Ducks enter the day two and a half games behind Bridgeport for first place in the Liberty Division, while the Barnstormers are now a half-game in front of the York Revolution for first in the Freedom Division. Lancaster has an 8-4 lead in the season series between the two teams and has taken three of four in Pennsylvania.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: Long Island dropped its series opener to the Barnstormers, falling 5-1 on Friday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

After scoring 13 runs and totaling 17 hits on Wednesday night against New Britain, the Ducks’ offense was stymied by Jarret Leverett, who had previously allowed 15 runs on 25 hits in 10 and one-third innings against the Ducks. Long Island had a chance to draw first blood when they loaded the bases with one out in the second inning. However, Giovanny Alfonzo was robbed of at least two RBI on a leaping catch at first base by Steve Clevenger. Dan Lyons then flew out to left to end the threat.

Lancaster responded by plating three runs against Ducks starter Rafael Perez in the bottom of the inning. Cole Garner lifted a solo homer to right-center field, Anderson De La Rosa collected an RBI double and newcomer Beau Amaral added an RBI single.

Jordan Pacheco, who totaled three hits on the night to lead the Flock, trimmed the deficit to two in the fourth with an opposite-field solo homer to right. However, De La Rosa’s second RBI double of the night in the bottom of the inning pushed the lead back to three at 4-1.

Long Island native John Lannan took over in the fifth inning and retired the first eight batters he faced, striking out five, before allowing a two-out solo homer to Rico Noel in the seventh that rounded out the scoring. Eury De La Rosa, pitching for the first time since June 22 after spending nearly a month on the disabled list, twirled a scoreless eighth inning for Long Island.

Perez (6-6) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks over four innings with two strikeouts while taking the loss. Leverett (6-5) pitched six innings of one-run ball, yielding five hits and a walk with two strikeouts to collect his second straight win.

ON THE MOUND: Dennis O’Grady will take the mound for the Ducks in game two of the series. The right-hander enters with a 4-6 record and a 5.01 ERA in 17 games (13 starts) this season. He turned in a quality start his last time out but suffered a hard luck loss on Sunday against the Somerset Patriots. The Floral Park native pitched six innings of two-run ball, allowing just five hits and two walks while striking out two. Long Island nearly rallied back from a 3-0 deficit in the ninth inning, but Fehlandt Lentini was picked off at second base representing the tying run after entering the game as a pinch runner. O’Grady has struggled in his two outings against the Barnstormers this season, yielding 15 runs on 21 hits in nine innings of work.

Rommie Lewis will get the start for the Barnstormers. The southpaw has made 16 appearances (15 starts) this season and has a 5-6 record with a 5.63 ERA, surrendering 111 hits in 78 and one-third innings. He took the loss this past Sunday in Sugar Land, lasting just four innings and allowing eight runs (seven earned) on six hits and four walks with three strikeouts. It marked his first loss since June 6, which coincidentally was also against the Skeeters. Lewis has been outstanding against the Ducks this season, winning both of his starts and failing to allow a run in 13 innings. Long Island has managed just nine hits and two walks against him while striking out nine times.

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:

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

#17 Dennis O’Grady – RHP

Barnstormers
#3   Beau Amaral – CF
#6   Rico Noel – 2B
#24 Steve Clevenger – 1B
#19 Sean Halton – LF
#8   Cole Garner – RF
#28 Josh Bell – DH
#4   Garrett Weber – 3B
#32 Anderson De La Rosa – C
#12 Nate Coronado – SS

#54 Rommie Lewis – LHP

UPDATE (6:46): TOP 1: We’re underway in Lancaster, as the Ducks pick up a single and a walk in the first inning.

UPDATE (7:07): TOP 2: Ducks strike first! Long Island collects four hits in the frame, including an RBI single by Dan Lyons!

UPDATE (7:19): BOT 2: Excellent work by Dennis O’Grady, who wiggles out of a first-and-third, no-out jam without surrendering a run!

UPDATE (7:33): TOP 3: Another oppo taco for Jordan Pacheco! He hits a two-run blast to the Faithful Flock in the picnic area in right! 3-0 Long Island

UPDATE (8:14): TOP 5: Marc Krauss clears the picnic tents in right with a towering solo homer! His 11th of the year makes it 4-0 Flock!

UPDATE (8:41): BOT 6: Barnstormers get on the scoreboard thanks to an RBI single from Cole Garner, which followed a lost fly ball in the sky in left.

UPDATE (8:55): MID 7: Jake Dunning takes over for O’Grady. Final line for Dennis: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Second straight quality start!

UPDATE (9:16): BOT 8: Amalio Diaz fires a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two swinging and snaring a comebacker! 4-1 Ducks as we head to the ninth.

UPDATE (9:32): TOP 9: Ducks add a run on a two-out RBI single by Anthony Vega! Long Island now leads 5-1.

UPDATE (9:44): FINAL: David Aardsma strikes out two in a scoreless ninth inning, and the Ducks defeat the Barnstormers 5-1 to even the three-game series!

Game 80: Ducks vs. Patriots

de6i7448.jpgGAME TIME/LOCATION: 5:05 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (40-39, 4-5) take on the Somerset Patriots (45-33, 3-5) in the rubber game of a three-game series. The Ducks currently sit in third place on the Liberty Division standings, only two games behind the Bridgeport Bluefish for first place in the second half standings, while the Patriots sit in fourth, 2.5 games back.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 7-4 on Saturday night in the middle game of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Long Island opened the scoring with a three-run second inning against Patriots starter Will Oliver. A two-run double by Jordan Pacheco and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Dan Lyons highlighted the inning. Scott Kelly hit an inside-the-park solo homer in the third inning off Ducks starter Rafael Perez, but an RBI single in the bottom of the frame by Ruben Gotay made it a 4-1 game.

Somerset grabbed another run in the fourth on an RBI single by Carlos Guzman, but the Ducks responded once again with an RBI double off the bat of Quintin Berry in the bottom of the inning to get their three-run advantage back. In the sixth, Lyons drove an opposite-field two-run homer to increase Long Island’s advantage to 7-2.

The Patriots tried to rally back in the eighth inning, plating a pair of runs on an RBI infield single from Kelly and a bases loaded walk to Alfredo Rodriguez. However, Lew Ford ran down a fly ball to left from Christian Marrero to strand the tying runs on base.

Perez (6-5) earned the win, tossing six innings and allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight. Oliver (3-2) suffered the loss, surrendering seven runs on eight hits and two walks over six innings with six strikeouts. David Aardsma collected his eighth save of the season with one and one-third scoreless innings of relief.

Pacheco led the Flock with three hits, while Lyons added two. Lyons drove in three runs and scored twice, while Pacheco picked up two RBI and a run.

ON THE MOUND: Dennis O’Grady heads to the mound in the rubber game for the Ducks, making his 17th appearance and 13th start of the season. O’Grady is 4-5 with a 5.17 ERA in 73 innings this year, and has allowed 74 hits while recording 59 strikeouts and 39 walks. In his last outing on July 7 at Southern Maryland, the righty allowed four runs on six hits in 5.1 innings, and got no decision in a 5-4 Blue Crabs victory. Over his last three starts, O’Grady has a less-than-stellar 4:8 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 18 innings.

The Patriots send Lucas Irvine to the bump in Sunday’s contest, making his 15th start of the season. Irvine is 5-2 with a 4.26 ERA on the campaign, and has allowed a staggering 83 hits in 76 innings, while striking out 50 and walking 28. The 6-1 right-hander was marvelous in his last start on July 9 against Sugar Land, allowing a run on seven hits in 7.2 innings in a 2-1 Patriots win. Irvine is 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA (3 ER/9.0 IP) in his two starts against the Ducks this season.

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:

Ducks
#47 Quintin Berry – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#11 Anthony Vega – RF

#17 Dennis O’Grady – RHP

Patriots
#8 Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#14 Christian Marrero – 1B
#1 Justin Pacchioli – CF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#4 Yovan Gonzalez – C
#13 Carlos Guzman – 3B
#33 Zach Racusin – RF
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#2 Scott Kelly – 2B

#16 Lucas Irvine – RHP

UPDATE (5:16) – TOP 1: The Patriots grab a 1-0 lead when Alfredo Rodriguez scores on a wild pitch.

UPDATE (5:34) – TOP 2: Somerset adds a run on a solo home run and takes a 2-0 lead.

UPDATE (6:23) – BOT 4: The Ducks still trail the Patriots 2-0.

UPDATE (7:01) – TOP 7: John Lannan throws a scoreless inning of relief as the Patriots still have a 2-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:18) – TOP 8: Dan Lyons makes a pair of great plays, but Somerset scores a run to extend a 3-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:53) – FINAL: Patriots 3, Ducks 2

W: Irvine (6-2)
L: O’Grady (4-6)
SV: Shaban (6)

Berry: 0-1, 3 BB, SB

Game 75: Ducks at Blue Crabs

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium (Waldorf, Md.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (38-36, 2-2) begin their final series before the All-Star break tonight against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (40-32, 2-1). The Ducks swept the last series against the Blue Crabs this past weekend at Bethpage Ballpark, temporarily preventing the club from clinching the Freedom Division First Half Championship.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Lancaster Barnstormers 7-6 on Thursday night in the finale of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

The Ducks dented the scoreboard first with four runs in the second inning off of Barnstormers starter Tommy Shirley. Jordan Pacheco’s RBI double, Giovanny Alfonzo’s RBI single and a two-run double by Fehlandt Lentini highlighted the scoring.

Lancaster rallied back to tie the game with a run in the fourth and three in the fifth off of Ducks starter Alfredo Simon. A run-scoring wild pitch, RBI doubles by Vladimir Frias and Caleb Gindl and an RBI triple by Tyler Clark did the damage.

Lew Ford put the Ducks back in front at 5-4 with a leadoff solo home run to left in the bottom of the fifth. A run-scoring fielder’s choice off the bat of Lastings Milledge in the sixth tied the game once again. Long Island took a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the eighth on Pacheco’s RBI infield single to third base. However, Gindl’s two-run homer to right in the ninth gave the Barnstormers the lead for good.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Simon pitched four and two-thirds innings, yielding four runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Shirley lasted three innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks with one strikeout. Scott Shuman (2-0) collected the win despite allowing a run on two hits and a walk in the eighth. Amalio Diaz (2-1) suffered the loss, surrendering two runs on two hits while striking out four in an inning and two-thirds. Anthony Carter picked up his 16th save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Five different Ducks had two hits apiece to lead the offense. Pacheco and Lentini each drove in two runs.

ON THE MOUND: Dennis O’Grady takes the mound for the Ducks in the series opener, making his 16th appearance and 12th start of the season. Overall, the right-hander is 4-5 with a 5.05 ERA for the Ducks, and has struck out 58 and walked 37 in 67.2 innings. O’Grady has struggled with command this year, walking at least two batters in 10 of his 11 starts, and at least three in eight. Last time out against Southern Maryland on July 2, the gritty righty threw 6.2 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, striking out one and walking two while getting the win.

Meanwhile, Daryl Thompson gets the nod for Southern Maryland after being pushed back a day owing to a rain out yesterday. The All-Star righty is 5-4 with a 3.91 ERA, and in 89.2 innings, has struck out 73 and walked just 14. Last time out, Thompson allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings at Long Island on July 1, but got no decision in a 10-8 Ducks victory. In two starts against the Ducks this year, Thompson is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA.

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#47 Quintin Berry – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#23 Alex Burg – C
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#17 Dennis O’Grady – RHP

Blue Crabs
#4 Jose Lozada – 2B
#9 Edwin Garcia – SS
#29 Zach Wilson – 1B
#16 Michael Snyder – DH
#27 Cory Vaughn – CF
#10 L.J. Hoes – LF
#23 Zach Cone – RF
#32 Luis Alen – C
#6 Patrick Palmeiro – 3B

#20 Daryl Thompson – RHP

UPDATE (6:53) – TOP 1: Angelo Songco lifts a sacrifice fly to score Fehlandt Lentini and the Ducks grab a 1-0 lead!

UPDATE (7:09) – BOT 1: The Blue Crabs plate a run on a sacrifice fly and we are tied at 1.

UPDATE (7:51) – TOP 5: We’ve settled into a great pitcher’s duel, still tied at 1!

UPDATE (8:20) – TOP 6: The Ducks score three times to take a 4-1 lead on the Blue Crabs!

UPDATE (8:35) – BOT 6: The Blue Crabs respond with three runs to tie the game up at four.

UPDATE (8:48) – BOT 8: We have officially entered a rain delay. Stay tuned here and on on the LI Ducks Broadcast Network for updates.

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