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Game 138: Ducks at Skeeters

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The Ducks head to the Lone Star State for the final series of the regular season

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

7:05 p.m. CDT at Constellation Field (Sugar Land, Texas)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (36-31; 72-65) fly south to begin a three-game series against the Sugar Land Skeeters (35-32; 65-72) that will close out the regular season. Long Island’s lead over the Bridgeport Bluefish for first place in the second half Liberty Division standings is two games. Sugar Land was officially eliminated from playoff contention on Thursday night. Tonight is the 18th meeting of the year between the Ducks and Skeeters, with Long Island holding a 9-8 advantage.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

Thursday’s series finale in Lancaster featured a great start and a tough ending for the Ducks, as they dropped the rubber game of the series 4-3 to the Barnstormers.

Long Island plated three runs in the opening inning against Rommie Lewis, who struggled out of the gate. After Giovanny Alfonzo and Elmer Reyes opened the game with singles, Lewis was able to record a pair of outs. However, Ruben Gotay dunked a two-out RBI single into center field, and Angelo Songco with a two-run single to right. The Ducks nearly added to their lead in the second with runners at the corner and one out, but Lewis pitched out of the jam and was able to settle in after that.

Ducks starter Jake Fisher was superb on the mound once again. He allowed just one run, which came in the second when Sean Halton singled and later scored on a two-out RBI single by Steve Clevenger. Fisher would end up retiring 13 of the final 14 batters he faced in the game from two outs in the third inning through the seventh, collecting three consecutive 1-2-3 innings in the process. He yielded just four hits and a walk in the game while striking out three.

Leading 3-1 in the eighth, Patrick Crider was summoned into the game. He proceeded to allow a double to Josh Bell and an RBI single to Lance Zawadzki that closed the gap to one. Dustin Richardson relieved Crider and retired Darian Sandford on a foul pop and Trayvon Robinson on a groundout. With two outs and Zawadzki at third, Rob Rogers came into the game. After four two-strike foul balls, Garner’s grounder to the left side was thrown low by Dan Lyons and unable to be corralled by Songco. The RBI infield single tied the game at three.

Rogers struck out Halton to avoid any further trouble, and Amalio Diaz then entered the game in the ninth. He recorded two quick outs on a flyout and a groundout but then ran into trouble. Clevenger singled, Bell doubled and Zawadzki was intentionally walked to load the bases for Sandford. The outfielder fell behind 0-2, worked the count to 2-2 and fouled off three two-strike pitches before delivering a game-ending RBI single to center.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Friday’s series opener will feature Matt Marsh on the bump for the Flock. The right-hander will be making his second start with Long Island after pitching three innings against the New Britain Bees on September 3. He gave up two unearned runs on a two-run homer by Craig Maddox, which followed a two-out error in the first inning. That was the only hit Marsh allowed, and he struck out six batters. Overall, the 26-year-old has yielded just one earned run in 13 and one-third innings while striking out 16 batters over nine games with the Ducks. In two appearances against Sugar Land, he has combined to allow two hits over one and one-third innings.

Long Island will get its first look at Patrick Mincey, who makes his second start for the Skeeters. The righty tossed five innings of one-run ball last Friday in game two of a doubleheader against the New Britain Bees, giving up five hits and a walk while striking out three. He took the loss in the 1-0 defeat, allowing only a second inning solo homer to Conor Bierfeldt. The 28-year-old began the season with the Cleburne Railroaders of the American Association and compiled a 10-8 record with a 3.33 ERA and 81 strikeouts to 21 walks over 21 starts. Mincey previously pitched in the Atlantic League with Bridgeport in 2015, going 1-1 with a 3.56 ERA and 26 saves in 51 relief appearances.

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

#36 Matt Marsh – RHP

Sugar Land Skeeters
#7   Josh Prince – 2B
#3   Albert Cordero – C
#11 Cole Gillespie – CF
#16 Travis Scott – 1B
#4   Kevin Ahrens – SS
#15 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#33 Caleb Ramsey – LF
#9   Wilfredo Rodriguez – DH
#5   Joe Benson – RF

#23 Patrick Mincey – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (7:27): BOT 1: Skeeters take an early 2-0 lead on an RBI single by Travis Scott and an RBI double by Bryan Pounds.

UPDATE (8:01): BOT 3: A solo homer to right by Scott extends Sugar Land’s lead to 3-0.

UPDATE (8:30): BOT 4: Matt Marsh has struck out seven batters over four innings, but a couple of wild pitches help the Skeeters plate a fourth run.

UPDATE (8:59): BOT 6: A pair of fine defensive plays highlight a 1-2-3 inning out of the bullpen for Zac Treece!

UPDATE (9:21): TOP 7: Four two-out runs have put put the Ducks on the scoreboard and tied the game at four!

UPDATE (9:38): BOT 7: Dustin Richardson strikes out Bryan Pounds looking to strand a pair on base! Still a 4-4 ballgame after seven.

UPDATE (9:54): TOP 8: RBI singles from Alex Burg and Delta Cleary Jr. have given the Ducks a 6-4 lead!

UPDATE (10:02): BOT 8: A scoreless eighth inning for Dennis O’Grady, who works around a leadoff single! 6-4 Flock as we head to the ninth.

UPDATE (10:27): TOP 9: Two-out RBI singles by Burg and Cleary Jr. have extended Long Island’s lead to 8-4!

UPDATE (10:37): FINAL: Tyler Wilson tosses a scoreless ninth inning, and the Ducks defeat the Skeeters 8-4 in the series opener!

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Game 137: Ducks at Barnstormers

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Southpaws Fisher and Lewis do battle in the rubber game of a three-game series

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (36-30; 72-64) play the rubber game of their three-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers (35-31; 73-63). Long Island is now three games ahead of the Bridgeport Bluefish for first place in the second half Liberty Division standings with four games remaining this season. Lancaster now sits three games behind the York Revolution for first in the Freedom Division. Tonight is the 20th and final meeting of the year between the Ducks and Barnstormers, with Lancaster holding an 11-8 advantage.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

After the Barnstormers rallied from behind twice to tie the game, the Ducks exploded for five runs in the 10th inning to come away with a 9-4 victory on Wednesday night.

Long Island built a 3-1 lead over the first five and a half innings of the game against Barnstormers starter Scott Sebald. Lew Ford launched a two-out solo homer down the left field line in the first to open the scoring. Elmer Reyes added an RBI infield single in the third to double the lead to two. After Sean Halton’s two-out RBI double in the third made it a one-run game, Ruben Gotay stretched the lead back to two at 3-1 with a two-out solo homer of his own in the sixth.

Lancaster would then inflict some two-out damage of its own to overcome a pair of deficits. After Ducks starter Matt Larkins allowed a one-out single in the sixth, Caleb Gindl came to the plate with two outs in the frame and lined a two-run homer to right that evened the score at three. The Ducks went back in front 4-3 in the eighth. Giovanny Alfonzo doubled and then scored when Reyes’ ground ball to the mound was bobbled by Scott Shuman and then the throw to first missed by Steve Clevenger. However, with two outs in the bottom of the inning, Dustin Richardson allowed a double, an intentional walk and an RBI single by Gindl that tied the game.

It stayed even until the 10th when Kaohi Downing (2-1) went back to the mound for a second inning of work. With one out, Alfonzo doubled for his fourth hit of the night. Reyes followed with a ground ball to third that Halton threw away, allowing Alfonzo to score the go-ahead run. Following a pair of walks, Gotay then hit a grounder to short that Nate Coronado bobbled for an error, scoring Reyes. Angelo Songco then put the capper on a five-run inning with a three-run double to left-center off John Anderson.

Amalio Diaz closed out the game with a scoreless 10th, striking out the side after giving up a leadoff single. Rob Rogers (6-1) got the win after pitching a scoreless ninth inning, working around a one-out single by Anderson De La Rosa. Larkins took a no-decision but struck out eight over seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk. Sebald yielded three runs on six hits over six innings while striking out five.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Jake Fisher will make his first road start for the Flock in Thursday’s series finale. The left-hander pitched well in his Ducks debut last Friday against Bridgeport, taking a no-decision in Long Island’s 6-5 loss. He allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings, walking two and striking out three. The 26-year-old left the game leading 4-3, but the bullpen allowed three runs in the eighth inning. Fisher spent most of the year with the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League where he compiled a 10-7 record with a 2.80 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 20 starts. This will be his first-ever start against the Barnstormers.

Atlantic League veteran Rommie Lewis will take the mound for the Barnstormers. In 26 games (25 starts) this year, he is 9-11 with a 5.09 ERA and 112 strikeouts to 57 walks. He earned the win in his most recent outing, giving up two runs on nine hits and a walk over seven innings in a 7-2 victory over Southern Maryland last Friday. Prior to that, he threw six scoreless innings and took a no-decision in a 2-1 win over Somerset on September 1. Lewis has faced Long Island three times this year and is 2-1 with a 1.90 ERA, allowing four runs over 19 innings of work. The Ducks defeated Lewis the last time they faced him on July 22 at Clipper Magazine Stadium, collecting 11 hits in six innings.

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 – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#25 Jake Fisher – LHP

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

#54 Rommie Lewis – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (6:54): TOP 1: Great start for the Flock! Ruben Gotay’s RBI single and Angelo Songco’s two-run single, both with two outs, give the Ducks a 3-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:22): BOT 2: Lancaster gets on the scoreboard courtesy of Steve Clevenger’s two-out RBI single. 3-1 Flock.

UPDATE (8:08): END 5: Jake Fisher with back-to-back 1-2-3 innings in the fourth and fifth! Score remains 3-1 Long Island after five.

UPDATE (8:42): BOT 7: Fisher works around a two-out single and tosses another scoreless inning in the seventh! Ducks maintain a 3-1 advantage.

UPDATE (9:21): BOT 8: Lancaster plates a pair, including one on a two-out RBI infield single by Cole Garner, tying the game at three.

UPDATE (9:44): FINAL: Four straight Barnstormers reach with two outs in the ninth, as Darian Sandford wins the game with a single to center.

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.

Game 114: Ducks vs. Skeeters

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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)

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