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Game 63: Ducks at Skeeters

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:05 p.m. CDT at Constellation Field (Sugar Land, Texas)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (32-30) look to make it three consecutive victories in Texas when they battle the Sugar Land Skeeters (26-36) in game three of a seven-game series. Long Island has won four of their past six games, while Sugar Land has lost five consecutive games. Both teams are in third place in their respective division, with the Ducks sitting six games in back of first in the Liberty Division and the Skeeters trailing the Blue Crabs by 10 and a half games in the Freedom Division. The Ducks now lead the season series three games to two over Sugar Land.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Ducks racked up 12 consecutive hits for a second consecutive night and combined that with a quality start from John Brownell to earn a 6-3 win over the Skeeters on Saturday night.

Facing former Duck Bobby Blevins (4-4), the Ducks erupted for three runs in the third inning to take an early lead. Fehlandt Lentini drove in the first run with an RBI double, and two batter later, Lew Ford drove in a pair with a two-run double. Blevins settled in to toss three scoreless innings after that, but the Ducks rallied for a run in the seventh inning. Lentini doubled with two outs, and Anthony Vega followed with a grounder up the third base line. The ball kicked off of Bryan Pounds’ glove for an infield single, and Lentini scored on Pounds’ error to increase Long Island’s lead to 4-0.

Brownell (5-1) dazzled over the first six innings, yielding just two hits and a walk without giving up a run. Sugar Land scratched across a run against him in the seventh when Joel Guzman’s sac fly drove in Pounds. One inning later, Brownell allowed a two-out single to Kevin Ahrens, and Kevin Baez summoned John Lannan to face lefty Travis Scott. Scott drew a walk, setting the stage for Pounds, who drove a two-run triple to right-center field. With the lead now just 4-3, Henry Hirsch came in from the bullpen and struck out Anthony Giansanti to end the threat.

Long Island got their two-run lead back in the ninth against Julio DePaula. Dan Lyons scored from third on a passed ball, and Ford connected for his second double and third RBI of the night, scoring Vega from third. Amalio Diaz came on for the bottom of the ninth and yielded a walk and a single with one out in the frame. However, he induced a ground ball from pinch hitter Lance Zawadzki for a game-ending double play, which was started by an incredible diving stop up the middle from Elmer Reyes.

ON THE MOUND: Matt Larkins (2-6, 5.12 ERA5-) takes the mound in the third game of the series for the Flock. The right-hander is coming off of a tough outing against the Somerset Patriots in game two of Tuesday’s doubleheader. He allowed six runs on nine hits in five innings, walking one while striking out six. Prior to that, the second-year Duck had given up just eight runs over 32 innings in his previous five starts, good for a 2.25 ERA. Larkins has also been terrific on the road this year, compiling a 3.38 ERA in his six games and an even better 2.54 ERA in just his five road starts. The Idaho resident took a no-decision against the Skeeters on May 30 at Bethpage Ballpark, but he pitched well, giving up only one run on four hits and four walks over six innings while striking out six. Long Island won the game in extra innings, 3-2.

The Skeeters will counter with Brett Marshall (5-3, 5.11 ERA) on Sunday evening. The right-hander enters the outing after suffering the loss on Tuesday night in New Britain. He gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks over five and one-third innings and struck out four batters in the 7-4 defeat. Sugar Land has lost each of Marshall’s last two starts, though he turned in a quality start in the first of those two. Tonight will be the third-year Skeeters’ first start of the season against Long Island. In 2016, he went 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in two starts against the Ducks, yielding eight runs on 10 hits and 11 walks in eight 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
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#23 Alex Burg – C
#15 Jordan Pacheco – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Skeeters
#7   Josh Prince – 2B
#4   Kevin Ahrens – SS
#16 Travis Scott – 1B
#15 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#21 Anthony Giansanti – RF
#38 Joel Guzman – DH
#36 Hector Olivera – LF
#3   Albert Cordero – C
#6   Derek Miller – CF

#2   Brett Marshall – RHP

UPDATE (6:15): TOP 1: Fehlandt Lentini leads off the game with a triple and scores on a groundout by Lew Ford! Ducks take an early 1-0 lead!

UPDATE (6:26): BOT 1: Skeeters put the first two on, but Matt Larkins retires three straight to keep Sugar Land off the scoreboard!

UPDATE (7:01): BOT 3: After a two-out walk by Kevin Ahrens on a close pitch, Travis Scott drives an RBI double to right-center, tying the game at one.

UPDATE (7:33): END 5: Larkins retires the side in order for the second consecutive inning and has set down seven in a row! Still 1-1 as we go to the sixth.

UPDATE (7:47): BOT 6: Larkins continues dealing, as he strikes out the side! The righty has struck out five tonight!

UPDATE (8:07): BOT 7: Skeeters put runners at the corners with two outs, but Larkins gets Derek Miller to ground out to short! 1-1 as we head to the eighth.

UPDATE (8:28): BOT 8: Patrick Crider and Zac Treece combine for a scoreless eighth inning! We head to the ninth, all tied at one.

UPDATE (8:46): TOP 9: Ducks take the lead! RBI singles from Jordan Pacheco, Giovanny Alfonzo & Lentini put the Flock in front 4-1!

UPDATE (9:04): FINAL: Long Island native Rob Rogers earns his first save of the year, & the Ducks earn their third win in a row, 4-1 over the Skeeters!

Game 61: Ducks at Skeeters

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (30-30) embark on their final road trip of the first half and make their first visit of the season to Texas where they will open up a seven-game series against the Sugar Land Skeeters (26-34). Long Island enters the series after splitting a four-game set with the Somerset Patriots, while Sugar Land is coming off of three consecutive defeats in Connecticut to the New Britain Bees after taking the series opener. Both teams are in third place in their respective division, with the Ducks sitting seven games in back of first in the Liberty Division and the Skeeters trailing the Blue Crabs by eight and a half games in the Freedom Division.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: Control issues proved to be a problem for the Ducks’ pitching staff, as they walked a season-high 11 batters in a 9-2 defeat on Thursday night.

Dennis O’Grady (3-4) started for the Ducks and allowed single runs in four consecutive innings from the second through the fifth after a 1-2-3 opening inning. Tyler Bortnick was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Kyle Roller collected an RBI double, O’Grady threw a wild pitch that scored Scott Kelly and a solo homer by Greg Golson did the damage. O’Grady walked five batters and allowed four hits over his five innings of work while striking out five.

Long Island’s relief corps also struggled to keep Somerset at bay. Tyler Levine allowed a run in the sixth on three hits and a bases loaded walk to Aharon Eggleston. Eury De La Rosa gave up an RBI single to Christian Marrero and a bases loaded walk to Kelly in the seventh. Zac Treece then allowed a two-run homer to former-Duck Mark Minicozzi in the eighth after a two-out walk. John Lannan was able to keep Sugar Land off the scoreboard in the ninth, striking out a pair while pitching for the third straight night.

Offensively, the Ducks managed just two hits and a walk over the first six innings of the game against Patriots starter David Kubiak. Long Island broke through in the seventh when Lew Ford led off the frame with a solo homer to left field off of the righty, good for Ford’s third longball of the season. He would finish the night with three hits, coming just a triple shy of the cycle. One inning later, Jordan Pacheco went deep for the first time as a Ducks, crushing a leadoff solo homer off the scoreboard in left-center against Ronnie Shaban. The Ducks put two on base in the ninth but failed to inch closer.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks hand the ball to Rafael Perez (4-2, 3.63 ERA) to kick off the week-long series in Texas. The southpaw is coming off of a terrific outing in his most recent start at Lancaster on June 18, a game which the Ducks won 6-2. He threw seven innings of two-run ball to earn the win, allowing just six hits and one walk while striking out two. His only blemish came in his final inning when K.C. Hobson tagged him for a two-run home run. Perez has allowed three runs or less in seven of his last eight starts, compiling a 2.82 ERA and walking just eight batters over 44 and two-thirds innings in that span. Tonight will be his first-ever start against the Skeeters.

Opposing Perez will be Atlantic League veteran Jake Hale (4-1, 2.65 ERA). The righty is returning to the Skeeters’ rotation tonight after being out of action since June 4 due to injury. During his most recent start on June 4, he earned the win at Somerset with six and one-third innings of two-run ball, yielding five hits while striking out four and not walking a batter. Prior to that, he fired seven shutout innings against the Ducks on Long Island back on May 30, but he took a no-decision after the Ducks rallied for a 3-2 win in 11 innings. Hale has made nine starts this season and has struck out 35 batters while walking just 15 in 57 and two-thirds 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
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

Skeeters
#7   Josh Prince – 2B
#21 Anthony Giansanti – RF
#16 Travis Scott – 1B
#4   Kevin Ahrens – SS
#15 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#38 Joel Guzman – DH
#3   Albert Cordero – C
#36 Hector Olivera – LF
#6   Derek Miller – CF

#28 Jake Hale –RHP

UPDATE (7:23): We are underway in Texas, as both sides go in order during their half of the first inning.

UPDATE (7:35): TOP 2: Three straight two-out hits, including a two-run double by Giovanny Alfonzo, give the Ducks an early 2-0 lead!

UPDATE (8:19): MID 5: Ducks maintaining their 2-0 lead at the midway point! Rafael Perez has allowed just one baserunner through the first four innings.

UPDATE (8:35): TOP 6: Four straight hits to open the inning puts the Ducks ahead 5-0! RBI double by Alex Burg & a two-run single by Elmer Reyes!

UPDATE (9:08): BOT 6: Hector Olivera gets the Skeeters on the scoreboard, scoring on a passed ball. However, Rob Rogers strands the bases loaded.

UPDATE (9:45): BOT 8: Rob Rogers with another 1-2-3 innings. He’s thrown two and one-third scoreless innings tonight, yielding just one single!

Update (10:22): FINAL: Amalio Diaz strikes out the side in the ninth inning, and the Ducks top the Skeeters 5-1 in tonight’s series opener!

Game 59: Ducks vs. Patriots

DE6I0525GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (29-29) host the Somerset Patriots (36-22) for a single admission doubleheader tonight to begin a four-game series. The twin bill is necessitated by Monday night’s inclement weather. The Ducks and Patriots are meeting for their second series in a week’s time, with Somerset taking two of three at TD Bank Ballpark. However, Long Island swept a three-game series in May at Bethpage Ballpark. Entering this series, the Patriots lead the Ducks by seven games in the standings with 14 games remaining in the half.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks split a single admission doubleheader with the Somerset Patriots on Tuesday night at Bethpage Ballpark, winning the opener 8-4 before falling in game two 8-2.

Somerset took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game one on an RBI single by Greg Golson off Ducks starter Henry Hirsch. Long Island answered in the bottom of the frame with an RBI single from Angelo Songco off Patriots starter Lucas Irvine. An RBI triple from Scott Kelly in the second put the Patriots back on top, but Lew Ford’s run-scoring groundout and another RBI single from Songco in the third put the Ducks ahead 3-2.

The Patriots briefly tied the game in the top of the fourth on an RBI double by Alfredo Rodriguez. However, a four-run bottom of the frame gave Long Island the lead for good at 7-3. Run-scoring doubles from Anthony Vega and Songco, along with a two-run single by Elmer Reyes, highlighted the inning.

Both sides traded runs in the fifth to round out the scoring. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Aharon Eggleston and an RBI double by Fehlandt Lentini made it an 8-4 ballgame.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Hirsch pitched three and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on five hits and four walks while striking out three. Irvine lasted three innings, yielding three runs on seven hits and a walk with one strikeout. John Lannan (1-0) collected the win in his Ducks debut after recording the final out of the fourth inning to strand two on base. Logan Darnell (3-2) suffered the loss, surrendering five runs on six hits and a walk in three innings.

Christian Marrero opened the scoring for the Patriots in game two with an RBI double in the second inning off Ducks starter Matt Larkins. Two more runs in the fourth on Tyler Bortnick’s RBI single and a wild pitch increased the lead to three.

Somerset doubled their lead with a three-run fifth inning. Carlos Guzman’s RBI single and a two-run home run to left field by Kyle Roller did the damage. Vega put the Ducks on the scoreboard with a two-run home run to center field off Patriots starter Will Oliver in the bottom of the fifth.

Oliver did not factor into the decision but pitched four and one-third innings of two-run ball, giving up seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Duane Below (4-1) picked up the win after pitching two and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief, yielding just one hit while striking out two. Larkins (2-6) took the loss, allowing six runs on nine hits and a walk over five innings with six strikeouts.

Vega and Songco each finished the day with three hits and three RBI to lead the Flock, while Vega scored four times.

ON THE MOUND: Long Island sends right-hander Alfredo Simon to the mound to make his second start with the club. Simon is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA, having allowed four runs in four innings against the Lancaster Barnstormers on June 16. “Big Pasta” has spent parts of nine seasons in Major League Baseball from 2008-2016 with the Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers. In 2014, he made the National League All-Star team as a starting pitcher with the Reds.

Somerset counters with MLB veteran Jerome Williams, making his eighth start with the club. Williams is 2-3 with a 5.40 ERA on the season, and is coming off a no decision in his last start against York, where he allowed one run on five hits in 6.1 innings. Williams spent time in the big leagues with the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals.

 

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
#23 Alex Burg – C
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#25 Alfredo Simon – RHP

Patriots
#2 Scott Kelly – SS
#1 Justin Pacchioli – CF
#13 Carlos Guzman – 1B
#7 Greg Golson – RF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#32 Mark Minicozzi – 3B
#14 Christian Marrero – RF
#9 Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#4 Yovan Gonzalez – C

#47 Jerome Williams – RHP

UPDATE (7:47) – BOT 3: Great pitcher’s duel so far tonight. Still no score at Bethpage Ballpark.

UPDATE (8:11) – TOP 5: Dan Lyons makes not one, but two spectacular defensive gems in the inning to keep the game scoreless!

UPDATE (8:52) – BOT 6: Marc Krauss hits a home run over the wall in center to put the Ducks up 2-0 on New Jersey (SP).

UPDATE (9:31) – TOP 8: New Jersey (SP) ties the game at two with a pair of runs.

UPDATE (9:49) – BOT 8: We grab the lead right back thanks to RBI hits from Alex Burg and Giovanny Alfonzo. 4-2 Ducks to the ninth.

Games 57 & 58: Ducks vs. Patriots

Larkins-Pitching-at-Somerset-4-26-17GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:00 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (28-28) host the Somerset Patriots (35-21) for a single admission doubleheader tonight to begin a four-game series. The twin bill is necessitated by Monday night’s inclement weather. The Ducks and Patriots are meeting for their second series in a week’s time, with Somerset taking two of three at TD Bank Ballpark. However, Long Island swept a three-game series in May at Bethpage Ballpark. Entering this series, the Patriots lead the Ducks by seven games in the standings with 14 games remaining in the half.

SUNDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers 6-2 in the finale of a three-game series at Clipper Magazine Stadium Sunday afternoon.

The Ducks got on the board in the top of the fourth, when Lew Ford beat out an infield single and scored on a double from Angelo Songco. Two batters later, Jordan Pacheco drilled a double down the left field line to score two more and give Long Island a 3-0 lead.

In the top of the sixth the Ducks tacked on three more and took a 6-0 lead against Barnstormers starter Jarret Leverett thanks to a three-run home run from Songco. The blast was Songco’s team-leading 14th round tripper of the season.

Lancaster got on the board in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run home run from K.C. Hobson. Other than that blip, Rafael Perez was terrific for Long Island earning the win to improve to 5-2 with seven innings of six-hit ball. The former Duck Leverett (4-2) got the loss for the Barnstormers after allowing six runs on 10 hits in six innings.

Eight of the nine Ducks batters in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit, with Ford, Songco and Pacheco each totaling two hits.

ON THE MOUND: Long Island looks to get started on the right foot with Henry Hirsch on the mound in the opener. Hirsch is making his second start and fourth overall appearance, and is 0-1 with a 2.89 ERA. Working in a long relief role, Hirsch threw 4.1 scoreless innings on the recent six-game road trip, including 2.1 frames of one-hit ball against Somerset.

The Patriots send right-hander Lucas Irvine to the bump in game one, making his 10th start of the season. Irvine is 3-1 with a 4.28 ERA, and threw six scoreless innings in his last start against the Ducks on June 15. However, Irvine got no decision as the Ducks won 3-1 behind Matt Larkins’ one-hit performance. The righty has struggled with control this season, and has walked three batters in five of his last six starts.

In game two, the Ducks will send Matt Larkins to the mound, looking to build off the positive momentum of four-straight quality starts. The highlight of the stretch was Larkins’ 8.1 innings of one-hit ball on June 15 at Somerset, when he took a perfect game into the seventh and a no-hitter into the ninth. In his last four outings, the Idaho native has a 2-1 record with a sterling 2.00 ERA (6 ER/27.0 IP) and sports a 23:8 K:BB ratio.

Somerset sends Will Oliver to the mound in game two, making his second start of the season and his eighth overall appearance. Oliver last threw a 1-2-3 inning on June 16 against York and got the win with a perfect 10th inning against the Ducks on June 14. Overall this season, the former Yankees draft pick is 2-0 with a 3.63 ERA. The right-hander went 7-2 with a 3.30 ERA in 16 starts with the Patriots in 2016.

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 (Game One):

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#11 Anthony Vega – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#48 Henry Hirsch – RHP

Patriots
#2 Scott Kelly – SS
#1 Justin Pacchioli – CF
#13 Carlos Guzman – 1B
#7 Greg Golson – RF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#4 Yovan Gonzalez – C
#9 Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#8 Alfredo Rodriguez – SS

#16 Lucas Irvine – RHP

UPDATE (6:15) – TOP 1: The Patriots take an early 1-0 lead in Game One of the twin bill.

UPDATE (6:28) – BOT 1: Angelo Songco ties the game at one with an RBI single to score Anthony Vega!

UPDATE (6:38) – TOP 2: The Patriots take the lead back on and RBI triple from Scott Kelly. 2-1 Somerset leads.

UPDATE (7:14) – BOT 3: RBIs from Lew Ford and Angelo Songco put the good guys back on top 3-2!

UPDATE (7:29) – TOP 4: Somerset ties the game with a run. All knotted up at 3-3 in Game One of the doubleheader.

UPDATE (7:45) – BOT 4: The Ducks score four runs in the inning to take a 7-3 lead!

UPDATE (8:14) – BOT 5: Fehlandt Lentini doubles home a run and the Ducks lead expands to 8-4.

UPDATE (8:46) – FINAL: Ducks 8, Patriots 4.

W: Lannan (1-0)
L: Darnell (3-2)

STARTING LINEUPS (Game Two):

Ducks
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – AB
#23 Alex Burg – C
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Patriots
#33 Chris Grayson – LF
#1 Justin Pacchioli – CF
#13 Carlos Guzman – DH
#21 Adam Donachie – C
#40 Kyle Roller – 1B
#32 Mark Minicozzi – 3B
#14 Christian Marrero – RF
#9 Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#8 Alfredo Rodriguez – SS

#26 Will Oliver – RHP

UPDATE (9:45) – TOP 2: The Patriots grab a 1-0 lead in Game Two.

UPDATE (10:37) – TOP 4: The Patriots score two more and take a 3-0 lead.

UPDATE (10:59) – TOP 5: The Patriots tack on another three runs and have a 6-0 lead.

UPDATE (11:15) – BOT 5: Anthony Vega hits a two-run home run to narrow the Patriots’ lead to 6-2.

UPDATE (11:57) – FINAL: Patriots 8, Ducks 2.

W: Below (4-1)
L: Larkins (2-6)

Game 57: Ducks vs. Patriots

Alex Burg (4)GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (28-28) host the Somerset Patriots (35-21) in a pivotal four-game series in the Liberty Division first-half race. The Ducks and Patriots are meeting for their second series in a week’s time, with Somerset taking two of three at TD Bank Ballpark. However, Long Island swept a three-game series in May at Bethpage Ballpark. Entering this series, the Patriots lead the Ducks by seven games in the standings with 14 games remaining in the half.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers 6-2 in the finale of a three-game series at Clipper Magazine Stadium Sunday afternoon.

The Ducks got on the board in the top of the fourth, when Lew Ford beat out an infield single and scored on a double from Angelo Songco. Two batters later, Jordan Pacheco drilled a double down the left field line to score two more and give Long Island a 3-0 lead.

In the top of the sixth the Ducks tacked on three more and took a 6-0 lead against Barnstormers starter Jarret Leverett thanks to a three-run home run from Songco. The blast was Songco’s team-leading 14th round tripper of the season.

Lancaster got on the board in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run home run from K.C. Hobson. Other than that blip, Rafael Perez was terrific for Long Island earning the win to improve to 5-2 with seven innings of six-hit ball. The former Duck Leverett (4-2) got the loss for the Barnstormers after allowing six runs on 10 hits in six innings.

Eight of the nine Ducks batters in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit, with Ford, Songco and Pacheco each totaling two hits.

ON THE MOUND: Long Island looks to get started on the right foot with ace righty John Brownell on the mound tonight. Brownell is 4-1 with a 3.15 ERA in 11 starts this season. In his last outing on June 14 at Somerset, the right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings, getting no decision in a 7-6 10-inning loss at TD Bank Ballpark. In his last two starts Brownell has struggled some, allowing nine runs (eight earned) on 18 hits in 12.0 innings.

The Patriots send right-hander Dave Kubiak to the bump in the series opener, who is 2-5, 3.59 ERA. In his last start on June 14 against Long Island, Kubiak allowed two runs in 6.1 innings, getting no decision in the same 7-6 10-inning contest as Brownell’s last start. This season Kubiak has been a strong strikeout pitcher, fanning 56 and walking only 15 in 52.2 innings, but owes his poor record to bad run support.

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
#11 Anthony Vega – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7 John Brownell – RHP

Patriots
#2 Scott Kelly – SS
#7 Greg Golson – LF
#13 Carlos Guzman – 1B
#32 Mark Minicozzi – 3B
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#4 Yovan Gonzalez – C
#14 Christian Marrero – RF
#9 Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#1 Justin Pacchioli – CF

#5 Dave Kubiak – RHP

UPDATE (6:42): TOP 1: Somerset takes an early 2-0 lead on a two-run home run from Carlos Guzman.

UPDATE (7:00): TOP 2: Nice work from John Brownell, as he escapes a first-and-second, no-out jam!

UPDATE (7:12): TOP 3: Another RBI for Guzman on a groundout to first increases Somerset’s lead to 3-0.

UPDATE (7:21): BOT 3: LEWWWWWW!! Lew Ford delivers a two-out, two-run single to bring the Ducks to within a run!

UPDATE (7:33): TOP 4: Three runs have come home, and with two outs, the skies have opened. We’re currently in a rain delay. Stay tuned for updates.

UPDATE (8:27): Tonight’s game has been postponed due to inclement weather. It will be made up as part of a single admission doubleheader Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for tonight’s game may be exchanged at the box office for any remaining 2017 regular season home game, subject to availability.

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