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Game 116: Ducks vs. Skeeters

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Catcher Alex Burg’s RBI single in the 11th inning last night delivered the Ducks’ seventh waddle-off win of the season. The Ducks have won 17 of their last 19 games entering tonight.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (28-17; 64-51) continue their four-game series with the Sugar Land Skeeters (20-23; 50-63) on Wednesday night. The Ducks have won 17 of their last 19 games, and have a seven-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, five games behind the first place York Revolution. Tonight marks the 16th matchup of the season between the two clubs, with the series slightly favoring the Ducks, 8-7. 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 3-2 in 11 innings on Tuesday night in the second game of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Both sides traded zeroes for the first five innings of the ballgame. Long Island finally broke the scoreless deadlock in the sixth when Lew Ford doubled and Marc Krauss followed with a two-run home run to right field off Skeeters starter Bobby Blevins.

Sugar Land tied the game at two with single runs in the seventh and eighth against Ducks starter Matt Larkins. A solo homer to left-center by Caleb Ramsey and a fielding error which scored Wilfredo Rodriguez did the damage.

It remained even until the bottom of the 11th inning. A single to right-center by Ford and walks to Delta Cleary Jr. and Ruben Gotay loaded the bases with one out. Alex Burg followed with a two-strike single through the left side to score Ford with the winning run.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Larkins pitched eight innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out six. Blevins tossed six innings, yielding two runs on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Tyler Wilson (2-2) collected the win after pitching a scoreless 11th inning, walking one and striking out one. Mark Haynes (1-4) took the loss, giving up a run on two hits and two walks in one-third of an inning.

Ford led the Flock with three hits and two runs scored. Dan Lyons added two hits, while Krauss drove in two runs.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

RHP Jake Dunning takes the mound for the Ducks looking to keep the club’s three-game winning streak going. In nine games (two starts) Dunning is 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA, striking out 14 and walking seven while yielding 17 hits in 20.2 innings. As a starting pticher, Dunning is responsible for 10 shutout innings, allowing nine hits and a 6:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The former big leaguer has made one relief appearance against the Skeeters this season, coming on July 26, when he allowed a run on two hits in one inning of work.

Sugar Land counters with RHP Sean Gleason in Wednesday’s contest. In 26 games (eight starts) this season Gleason is 3-7 with a 5.15 ERA. Last time out, the third-year Atlantic Leaguer allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits in 6.1 innings in a quality start against the York Revolution, but got no decision in a 6-5 loss on August 18. Against Long Island this season, Gleason is 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA (2 ER/5.2 IP) across three relief appearances, the last of which came on July 27 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
#28 Jordan Hinshaw – 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 – 2B
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#45 Jake Dunning – 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

#10 Sean Gleason – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: The Ducks take an early 1-0 lead on the Skeeters as Marc Krauss grounds into a double play, scoring Jordan Hinshaw.

BOT 3: Jordan Hinshaw races around to score from first base on a hit from Delta Cleary Jr. and the Ducks take a 2-0 lead.

TOP 5: Bryan Pounds hits a two-run home run to tie the game up at two.

TOP 7: The Skeeters strike for four runs to take a 6-4 lead on the Ducks.

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 84: 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 (6-7, 42-41) hit the road for a quick three-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers (7-6, 45-37) that begins on Friday night. The Ducks enter the day a game and a half behind Bridgeport for first place in the Liberty Division, while the Barnstormers are a half-game behind York for first in the Freedom Division. Lancaster has a 7-4 lead in the season series between the two teams and has taken two of three in Pennsylvania.

WEDNESDAY’S RECAP: The Ducks turned in their best offensive performance of the season, pounding out 13 runs on 17 hits to earn a 13-6 win over the New Britain Bees in the rubber game of a three-game series.

After falling behind on a leadoff solo homer by James Skelton, the Ducks went to work in the bottom of the first inning. Marc Krauss launched a two-out, three-run home run to right field off Bees starter Brian Dupra (3-7) to put the Ducks ahead 3-1.

Jamar Walton homered in the second for New Britain, but the Flock responded back with RBI singles in the second from Anthony Vega and Lew Ford to increase the lead to 5-2. Long Island would not take its foot off the gas pedal, continuing to swing away with two runs in the third, four in the fourth and two more in the fifth. Elmer Reyes and Vega both hit two-run homers to help knock Dupra out of the game. Jordan Pacheco added a two-run single, Angelo Songco collected an RBI groundout and Reyes delivered an RBI single.

The Bees made a comeback attempt in the sixth. Three soft singles began the inning, but Ducks starter Matt Larkins (4-6) rebounded to strike out the next two hitters. However, Walton hit the first pitch he saw for a grand slam that closed the gap to 13-6. Larkins escaped further trouble though, and the bullpen trio of Rob Rogers, Zac Treece and John Lannan closed out the game with three scoreless innings.

Vega finished his night with four hits, three RBI and four runs to lead the Flock. Reyes had three hits, three RBI and a run, while Ford had three hits, an RBI and three runs. Krauss finished with two hits, three RBI, three runs and two walks, as Long Island’s offense overwhelmed New Britain.

ON THE MOUND: Long Island opens its series in Lancaster with Rafael Perez on the mound. The southpaw enters with a record of 6-5 and a 3.98 ERA in 15 starts. He has struck out 65 batters this season while walking only 18 in 79 innings of work. The former big leaguer is coming off a win over the Somerset Patriots this past Saturday, as he turned in his first quality start since June 18th and ended a personal three-game losing skid. Perez struck out a season-high eight batters for a second consecutive start and allowed just two runs on six hits and two walks over six innings. The 35-year-old has faced the Barnstormers twice this season, defeating them at Clipper Magazine Stadium on June 18th with seven innings of two-run ball. He fell to the Barnstormers on Long Island July 3rd, yielding four runs in five innings.

Former Duck Jarret Leverett will counter for Lancaster. The left-hander has struggled in 2017, compiling a 5-5 record with a 5.49 ERA in 15 starts. He has surrendered 103 hits in 78 and two-thirds innings of work, walking 30 batters while striking out 56. The Georgia native picked up the win in his last outing, pitching five innings of one-run ball and allowing three hits and four walks while striking out four to defeat the Skeeters in Texas this past Saturday. The Barnstormers had lost each of Leverett’s previous six starts before that, with him taking the loss in five of them. The 27-year-old has lost each of his two starts against the Flock, falling on June 18th in Lancaster and July 4th on Long Island. In the outings, he has combined to give up 15 runs (13 earned) on 25 hits in 10 and one-third 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:

Ducks
#47 Quintin Berry – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#6  Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

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

#26 Jarret Leverett – LHP

UPDATE (7:15): BOT 2: A three-run, five-hit inning puts the Barnstormers ahead early, 3-0. Cole Garner with a solo homer in the frame.

UPDATE (7:39): TOP 4: Oppo taco for Jordan Pacheco, who drives a solo home run over the wall in right! His second of the year trims the deficit to 3-1.

UPDATE (7:59): BOT 4: Anderson De La Rosa’s second RBI double of the game makes it 4-1, but Rafael Perez strands the bases loaded.

UPDATE (8:14): END 5: Long Island native John Lannan retires the side in order in the fifth, striking out a pair!

UPDATE (8:33): END 6: New inning, same result. Lannan strikes out two more and has retired all six batters he’s faced!

UPDATE (8:55): BOT 7: Rico Noel lifts a two-out solo homer to right, putting the Barnstormers ahead by four at 5-1.

UPDATE (9:23): FINAL: Barnstormers take the series opener, 5-1. Game two of the three-game set will take place Saturday night at 6:30.

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 78: Ducks vs. Patriots

Giovanny Alfonzo (2)GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (39-38, 3-4) return to action out of the Atlantic League All-Star break and host the Somerset Patriots (44-32, 2-4) Friday night. The Ducks currently sit in third place on the Liberty Division standings, only one game behind the Bridgeport Bluefish for first place in the second half standings, while the Patriots sit in last, 1.5 games back.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 4-3 Sunday afternoon in the finale of a three-game series at Regency Furniture Stadium.

The Ducks scored two pitches into the game when Fehlandt Lentini crushed a Brian Grening fastball over the wall in left for a leadoff home run. Two batters later, Lew Ford deposited a pitch over the wall in left center for Long Island’s second homer of the frame, and Marc Krauss added a third round-tripper to extend a 3-0 lead.

Southern Maryland responded in the bottom of the second against John Brownell, with Brian Bistagne connecting for a two-run double to narrow the gap to 3-2. The Blue Crabs tied the game at three in the bottom of the third on a Cory Vaughn sacrifice fly.

In the top of the fifth the Ducks regained the lead when Lentini legged out an infield single, and a throwing error allowed him to advance to third. Delta Cleary Jr. lifted a sacrifice fly to center to score Lentini and give Long Island a 4-3 edge.

Brownell (7-1) threw his fourth-straight quality start, and his 10th overall on the season. The righty tossed seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, walking four and striking out seven. Grening (7-3) took the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on 10 hits in eight innings. David Aardsma tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning to lock down his seventh save of the season.

Lentini led the Ducks by going 3-for-5 with a home run, an RBI and two runs scored.

ON THE MOUND: Matt Larkins gets the ball for the Ducks in the first game out of the break, looking to keep his stretch of strong pitching alive. In his last three starts, Larkins is 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA (3 ER/23 IP), and has allowed just 13 hits and has a 21:4 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Overall, the right-hander is 3-6 with a 4.00 ERA in 15 appearances (14 starts) this season. Larkins is enjoying a breakout season, striking out a career-high 7.8 batters per nine innings this year, while allowing fewer hits than he has in any other year of his six-year career.

He will be opposed by left-hander Efrain Nieves, who will be making just his fifth appearance and second start of the year. The second-year Patriot wis 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in a small sample this season, and has walked eight batters and struck out four in eight innings pitched. In his last outing on July 7, Nieves allowed five runs (three earned) on four hits while walking four in three innings against the Sugar Land Skeeters in a 12-0 loss.

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
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – 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

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Patriots
#8 Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#1 Justin Pacchioli – CF
#4 Yovan Gonzalez – C
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#32 Mark Minicozzi – 3B
#13 Carlos Guzman – 1B
#9 Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#33 Zach Racusin – RF

#22 Efrain Nieves – LHP

UPDATE (7:23) – TOP 3: Matt Larkins is sharp again early and we are scoreless at Bethpage Ballpark.

UPDATE (7:35) – BOT 3: The Ducks take a 1-0 lead on Dan Lyons’ third home run of the season!

UPDATE (8:30) – TOP 6: The Patriots get on the board and take a 2-1 lead.

UPDATE (9:11) – BOT 7: Angelo Songco ties the game up with an RBI single! We’re tied at two with the Patriots!

UPDATE (9:29) – TOP 8: The Patriots take a 3-2 lead on a Mark Minicozzi single.

UPDATE (9:56) – FINAL: Patriots 3, Ducks 2.

W: Wright (3-1)
L: Diaz (2-2)
SV: Shaban (5)

 

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