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LDCS Game Five: Ducks at Patriots

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Long Island and Somerset play decisive Game Five for fourth time in six years

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

5:05 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark (Bridgewater, N.J.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

In true Ducks-Patriots fashion, the two teams will need a fifth game to determine the 2018 Liberty Division champion. Tonight’s Game Five comes after the Ducks outscored the Patriots 20-3 in back-to-back victories on Long Island to open the series before the Patriots outscored the Ducks 13-7 in consecutive victories at TD Bank Ballpark to tie the series. This marks the third time in the past four seasons the teams have needed a decisive Game Five in the Liberty Division Championship Series and the fourth time in six years the two have played a Game Five in the postseason (2013 Atlantic League Championship Series. The Ducks have won two of the previous three (2013, 2016), while the Patriots claimed Game Five in 2015. Long Island is 4-2 all-time in Game Five postseason matchups, including a 1-1 road record, both at TD Bank Ballpark.

GAME FOUR RECAP: 

Long Island led the Atlantic League with 120 home runs during the 2018 regular season, while Somerset finished at the bottom of the circuit with 63 homers. However, the Ducks two homers on Saturday night could not outdo the Patriots three, as the hosts claimed Game Four of the Liberty Division Championship Series 5-3.

Lorenzo Barcelo fell behind early in the ballgame. After the Ducks missed out with runners at first-and-second and one out in the top of the first, three singles in the bottom of the inning, including back-to-back two-out hits by Jayce Boyd and Ramon Flores, gave the Patriots a 1-0 lead. The Ducks again had chances in the second (first-and-second, no out) and third (first-and-second, two outs) but could not plate a run in either situation. Somerset took advantage in the third, as a one-out solo homer to right by Craig Massey, who hit three homers in the regular season, and a two-out solo homer to right by Endy Chavez, who had two longballs during the season, extended Somerset’s lead to three.

The Ducks were able to trim their deficit to three with the use of the longball as well. Daniel Fields uncorked a one-out solo blast over the scoreboard in right field off Patriots starter Rick Teasley to give the Flock their first run of the night. One inning later, Rubi Silva launched his first homer of the postseason with a two-out solo shot the opposite-way to left-center. Long Island then drew back-to-back walks against reliever Ryan Webb, but Mike Antonini came in and got Fields to fly out to deep right-center, ending the threat.

Somerset would then put the game out of reach in the bottom of the sixth against Barcelo. The right-hander allowed a leadoff walk to Flores before inducing a pair of popouts. However, with two outs in the inning, Mike Fransoso, who hit just two home runs all season, crushed a two-run homer to right that restored Somerset’s three-run advantage at 5-2.

Hector Silvestre tossed a pair of scoreless innings in relief to give the Ducks a chance at coming back. Long Island failed to score with runners at first-and-second with nobody out in the eighth but did rally in the ninth. A leadoff walk to Jordany Valdespin and a two-out RBI double by Taylor Ard trimmed the gap to 5-3. However, David Washington struck out to end the ballgame, capping an 0-for-9 performance by the Ducks with runners in scoring position.

GAME FOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks will hand the ball to Dennis O’Grady on Sunday evening in hopes of keeping their postseason run going. The right-hander spent most of his season as a reliever before making four starts late in the year. He compiled a 6-4 record with a 3.82 ERA overall in 2018, including a 1-1 mark with a 3.12 ERA as a starter. He last pitched on Friday in Sugar Land, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks over six innings while striking out three, taking a hard-luck loss in a 3-1 defeat. The Floral Park native made 10 appearances against Somerset this season, all in relief, and was 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA, yielding four runs (three earned) in 10.2 innings. In the 2017 playoffs, O’Grady tossed three scoreless innings for the Ducks, yielding two hits and a walk while striking out two.

Meanwhile, a familiar face will be on the mound for the Patriots. Five-year Ducks veteran Bobby Blevins will make the start, as Somerset added him to the roster as an injury replacement for Vince Molesky, who was roughed up by the Ducks in Game One and is now done for the season with a shoulder injury. Blevins made one spot-start for the Patriots this year, coming on July 24th when he threw six scoreless innings in a 4-1 win over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out two. The righty also made three appearances (one start) with the Quebec Capitales of the Can-Am League in the regular season, going 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA. However, he posted a 6.39 ERA in three postseason games for Quebec (one start), yielding nine runs on 19 hits in 12.2 innings. In his five seasons with the Ducks, Blevins compiled a 17-22 record with a 3.88 ERA in 73 regular season games (69 starts). He also made five postseason starts with the Flock, going 2-2 with a 4.80 ERA over 30 innings of work.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live 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 Ducks Video Center on the homepage. 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. For the full Ducks playoff history, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#38 Ramon Cabrera – C
#23 Rubi Silva – LF
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#17 Dennis O’Grady – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#25 Craig Massey – 2B
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#47 Endy Chavez – DH
#17 Jayce Boyd – 1B
#11 Ramon Flores – LF
#21 Nate Coronado – 3B
#1   Justin Trapp – RF
#5   Mike Fransoso – CF
#4   Yovan Gonzalez – C

#9   Bobby Blevins – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

END 1: Both sides are retired in order during the first inning of the ballgame. Game Five is underway at TD Bank Ballpark!

TOP 2: A leadoff double by Taylor Ard and a two-out RBI infield single from Rubi Silva gives the Ducks an early 1-0 lead!

BOT 3: A two-run single up the middle by Endy Chavez following a single and two walks gives the Patriots a 2-1 advantage.

TOP 5: A two-out RBI single through the right side by David Washington has tied up the ballgame at two! It’s his ninth run batted in of the postseason!

BOT 6: Fernando Abad enters the game in the sixth and retires the side in order with two strikeouts!

END 8: Nine up and nine down for Fernando Abad over three perfect innings of relief tonight! We head to the ninth with the score even at two.

BOT 9: Francisco Rodriguez works around a leadoff double to strand the winning run in scoring position! We’ll need extra innings to determine the 2018 Liberty Division champion!

TOP 10: TWO-OUT RALLY! Three consecutive singles by Taylor Ard, Washington and Ramon Cabrera give the Ducks a 3-2 lead!

FINAL: Matt Larkins comes out of the bullpen and nails down the save!! Ducks win it 3-2 in 10 innings and are the Liberty Division Champions for a third consecutive season!!!

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LDCS Game Four: Ducks at Patriots

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Ducks go for series victory, while Patriots look to force decisive Game Five

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

After seeing an eight-game winning streak against the Patriots come to an end, the Ducks will battle the Somerset Patriots in Game Four of the Liberty Division Championship Series. Long Island will be looking to win the series in four games for a second consecutive year after dispatching the Patriots in Game Four of the 2017 LDCS at TD Bank Ballpark. The Ducks maintain a lead in the all-time postseason series at 13-9, though the Patriots have a 7-4 edge in New Jersey. Long Island holds a slim 182-181 lead in the all-time regular season series after the teams split their 18 meetings this year.

GAME THREE RECAP: 

For the third consecutive game, the Ducks were able to build an early lead. However, the Patriots offense awoke late in the game to keep their season alive, with Somerset claiming Game Three 8-4.

Both Brett Marshall and David Kubiak pitched three scoreless innings to begin the night, but it was Kubiak who blinked first on Friday. Following a one-out single by Taylor ArdDavid Washington launched his third home run in the past two nights, going the other way for a two-run homer to left field. After Marshall worked out of a first-and-second, two-out jam in the third and a first-and-second, no-out jam in the fourth, he was unable to remain flawless in the fifth. After a pair of soft-hit singles in the frame, Jayce Boyd went the other way to right for an RBI double that trimmed the Ducks lead to 2-1.

Long Island grabbed the two-run advantage right back in the sixth when Lew Ford and Ard connected for back-to-back doubles off of Kubiak. However, that was the last time the Ducks would lead in the game. Marshall allowed a leadoff single and a one-out RBI double to Mike Fransoso in the bottom of the inning that made it a 3-2 game. Jose Cuas took over on the mound but allowed an RBI single to Yovan Gonzalez that tied the game at three.

Craig Massey followed with a comebacker to the mound, but second base umpire Jorge Teran deemed Cuas’ throw to second pulled Dan Lyons’ foot off the bag. After an argument by Kevin Baez that led to his ejection, the Patriots took advantage of the error. A walk to Alfredo Rodriguez, an RBI fielder’s choice by Endy Chavez and an RBI single by Body gave Somerset a 5-3 edge, their first lead of the series.

Long Island was able to get back within one in the top of the seventh when Jordany Valdespin doubled with two outs and came home on an RBI single to right by Daniel Fields. However, Carlos Pimentel, who has been outstanding of late, had a rare rough outing in the bottom of the seventh that put the game out of reach. A one-out walk to Fransoso, a single by Gonzalez, and a two-out walk to Rodriguez loaded up the bases for Chavez. The former Met followed by ripping a double to right-center that cleared the Patriots, increasing their lead to 8-4.

GAME THREE HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Game Four of the series will see Lorenzo Barcelo take the mound for the Ducks. The righty posted a 2-1 record with a 4.20 ERA in 12 appearances for the Ducks this season (five starts). He started the final game of the regular season on Sunday in Texas and was limited to just three innings so he could get necessary work in. He allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits without walking or striking out a batter. Barcelo also started the series opener in Sugar Land and struck out nine batters over six innings of two-run ball (one earned). The 41-year-old pitched twice against Somerset in the regular season, both in relief and both at TD Bank Ballpark. He allowed a run on four hits in two innings combined while striking out one. Barcelo previously pitched in the Atlantic League playoffs with the York Revolution in 2011, going 1-1 with a 1.85 ERA in two starts.

Somerset will hand the ball to Rick Teasley as they look to force a decisive Game Five. The southpaw turned in a 4-5 record with a 3.60 ERA in 16 games (15 starts) this season. He also pitched on Sunday and took the loss in a 6-1 defeat in York to close the regular season. In four and two-thirds innings, he allowed three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five batters. Teasley has not pitched five innings or more since July 19th at Southern Maryland, as he battled an arm injury. The 27-year-old’s lone start against the Ducks this year came on May 1st in Bridgewater, N.J. He allowed three runs on four hits and a walk over four innings, striking out three in a 6-4 loss.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live 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 Ducks Video Center on the homepage. 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. For the full Ducks playoff history, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#38 Ramon Cabrera – C
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#23 Rubi Silva – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#34 Lorenzo Barcelo – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#25 Craig Massey – 2B
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#47 Endy Chavez – DH
#17 Jayce Boyd – 1B
#11 Ramon Flores – LF
#21 Nate Coronado – 3B
#1   Justin Trapp – RF
#5   Mike Fransoso – CF
#4   Yovan Gonzalez – C

#37 Rick Teasley – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: Back-to-back two-out singles by Jayce Boyd and Ramon Flores give the Patriots a 1-0 lead.

BOT 3: Solo home runs by Craig Massey and Endy Chavez extend Somerset’s lead to 3-0.

TOP 5: Daniel Fields gets the Ducks on the scoreboard with a mammoth solo home run over the scoreboard in right field!! His first longball of the postseason closes the gap to 3-1!

TOP 6: Rubi Silva crushes an opposite-field solo home run to left-center! His first longball of the playoffs makes it a 3-2 ballgame!

BOT 6: A two-out, two-run home run by Mike Fransoso restores Somerset’s three-run lead at 5-2.

BOT 7: Hector Silvestre works his way into and out of trouble, escaping a first-and-second, no-out jam!

FINAL: Taylor Ard grabs a two-out RBI double, but the Ducks cannot complete the comeback. Patriots win 5-3. Winner-take-all Game Five tomorrow evening at 5:05 p.m.

LDCS Game Three: Ducks at Patriots

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The Ducks attempt to sweep the Patriots in the LDCS

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

For the fourth year in a row, the Long Island Ducks face the Somerset Patriots in the Liberty Division Championship Series. After outscoring the Patriots 20-3 in the first two games of the series, the Ducks have a chance to sweep the Patriots on the road, and for the third straight time in 2018. The Ducks have claimed the last two playoff series between the two teams, winning 3-1 in 2017 and 3-2 in 2016. This year, the rivals have been very evenly matched, splitting the season series at 9-9. However, the Ducks have won their past eight meetings against Somerset. The road team has had the advantage throughout the year, with each team going 5-4 when visiting the other in the regular season.

GAME TWO RECAP: 

David Washington and Jake Fisher were the top performers in a huge 11-1 win in Game Two against the Somerset Patriots.

For the second night in a row, the Ducks put together a three-run third inning to take the lead. An RBI single to right field by Jordany Valdespin and a two-run triple to right by Daniel Fields highlighted the inning. A five-run fifth for the Flock off Patriots starter Stephen Perakslis extended the lead to eight. A sac fly off the bat of Valdespin, an RBI infield single by Lew Ford and a three-run home run to left by Washington did the damage.

Somerset closed to within 8-1 in the seventh on an RBI single by Mike Fransoso. However, Fisher escaped the jam, stranding two men on base. Washington responded with a three-run homer to right in the bottom of the frame to put the game out of reach at 11-1.

Fisher earned the win, tossing seven innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out three. Perakslis took the loss, surrendering eight runs on 11 hits over four and two-thirds innings with three strikeouts. Carlos Pimentel and Ashur Tolliver each turned in 1-2-3 innings in relief for the Ducks.

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Brett Marshall will get the ball for the Ducks in the potential series-clinching game three. The 28-year-old has three starts with the Ducks this season, going 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA. Marshall rebounded from a tough outing against the Road Warriors by allowing just one earned run through five and one-third innings, giving up five hits and walking four with four strikeouts. The Houston resident ended the season at 6-9 overall this season with a 4.56 ERA in 25 starts, striking out 108 batters and walking 79. The right-hander spent three seasons with the Skeeters from 2015-17, going 17-14 with a 3.93 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 47 games (44 starts).

David Kubiak will take the mound against the Ducks looking to extend the series. The 6’7″ righty ended his season on a low note after returning from injury, giving up nine runs in just three and one-third innings against the New Britain Bees. The second-year Patriot was 8-3 with a 3.40 ERA this season over 14 starts. In his last start against the Ducks on July 30, Kubiak gave up six runs in four and one-third innings. The New York native pitched to a 5-10 record over 21 appearances (18 starts) in 2017 with a 3.83 ERA, striking out 117 batters to 34 walks, earning an All-Star selection last season. Kubiak made three appearances at Double-A in the New York Yankees organization in 2016 between stints with the Bridgeport Bluefish.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live 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 Ducks Video Center on the homepage. 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
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#23 Rubi Silva – LF
#27 Dioner Navarro – C
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#18 Brett Marshall – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#25 Craig Massey – 2B
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#47 Endy Chavez – DH
#17 Jayce Boyd – 1B
#11 Ramon Flores – LF
#21 Nate Coronado – 3B
#1   Justin Trapp – RF
#5   Mike Fransoso – CF
#4   Yovan Gonzalez – C

#24 David Kubiak – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

END 1: Scoreless first inning from both sides as we get underway at TD Bank Ballpark. Brett Marshall struck out Jayce Boyd to strand a runner in scoring position.

BOT 3: Marshall works around a pair of two-out singles by the Patriots to strand both runners on base! Jordany Valdespin also made a fabulous diving play in the inning for out #2!

TOP 4: David Washington does it again! He goes the other way for a two-run home run over the left field wall, his third home run in two nights! He’s tied Brandon Sing (2012 LDCS) for the most homers by a Duck in a single playoff series, and has given the Flock a 2-0 lead tonight!

BOT 4: Marshall works some more magic to get out of a first-and-second, no-out jam, stranding runners at the corners! Excellent defense all around by the Flock in the inning.

BOT 5: Somerset closes to within 2-1 on a pair of soft-hit singles and a two-out RBI double by Jayce Boyd.

TOP 6: Back-to-back one-out doubles by Lew Ford and Taylor Ard restore Long Island’s two-run lead at 3-1!

BOT 6: Somerset plates five runs on four hits, two walks and an error to take their first lead of the series at 5-3.

TOP 7: Ducks close to within a run at 5-4, as Valdespin doubles to left with two outs and comes home on an RBI single to right by Daniel Fields!

BOT 7: A two-out, three-run double by Endy Chavez has given Somerset an 8-4 lead.

FINAL: Ducks threaten but cannot pull even. Patriots take Game Three 8-4. Ducks lead the series two games to one. Game Four will be on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.

LDCS Game Two: Ducks vs. Patriots

The Ducks look to go up 2-0 against the Patriots

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

For the fourth year in a row, the Long Island Ducks will face the Somerset Patriots in the Liberty Division Championship Series. After a dominant 9-2 victory last night, Long Island looks to take both games in Bethpage Ballpark before heading to Somerset. The Ducks have claimed the last two playoff series between the two teams, winning 3-1 in 2017 and 3-2 in 2016. This year, the rivals have been very evenly matched, splitting the season series at 9-9. However, the Ducks have won their past seven meetings against Somerset. The road team has had the advantage throughout the year, with each team going 5-4 when visiting the other in the regular season.

GAME ONE RECAP: 

Somerset’s sloppiness and a solid pitching performance led to a dominant 9-2 victory in the first game of the 2018 playoffs.

Long Island opened the scoring with a three-run third inning off Patriots starter Vince Molesky. Daniel Fields’ two-run triple down the right field line and an RBI single to center by Lew Ford did the damage. One inning later, Jordany Valdespin drove in a run with a triple to right and then came home on a throwing error, extending the lead to 5-0.

Somerset closed to within 5-2 with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings off Ducks starter Matt Larkins on an RBI single by Craig Massey and a solo homer by Ramon Flores. However, two runs in the bottom of the sixth pushed Long Island’s lead back to five at 7-2. A sac fly to center by Fields and an RBI single to right by Ford highlighted the inning. An error that plated David Washington and a sac fly to center by Valdespin in the seventh rounded out the scoring.

Larkins earned the win, tossing six innings of two-run ball, allowing eight hits and one walk while striking out four. Molesky took the loss, surrendering five runs (four earned) on nine hits and a walk over five innings with four strikeouts. Fernando Abad, Taylor Grover and Jose Cuas each tossed a scoreless inning of relief for the Ducks to secure the victory. Valdespin was also just a home run shy of the cycle in his 3-4 night.

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Jake Fisher looks to continue his domination of the Somerset Patriots in Game Two of the LDCS. Fisher closed out the year with an 8-7 record and a 3.92 ERA in 21 starts for Long Island. The lefty has won his last two starts, including a complete game on September 7, allowing just two earned runs in his last 15 innings of work. Fisher has dominated the Patriots throughout his career, going at least eight innings in all three of his starts and allowing just two runs over 25 frames. Most notably, the Oklahoma native dealt a complete game against the Patriots in last year’s LDCS, leading the Ducks to a 6-1 victory at TD Bank Ballpark.

Stephen Perakslis looks to split the series before both teams head to Somerset. The righty went 2-1 in nine starts with a 3.35 ERA. The 27-year-old closed out his season with a no-decision against the Southern Marland Blue Crabs on September 12, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks, striking out five over four innings of work. Perakslis spent the first six years of his career in the Chicago Cubs organization before starting this season with Seattle at the Double-A level.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live 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 Ducks Video Center on the homepage. 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
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#38 Ramon Cabrera – C
#23 Rubi Silva – LF
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#13 Jake Fisher – LHP

Somerset Patriots
#3   Justin Pacchioli – CF
#25 Craig Massey – 2B
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#17 Jayce Boyd – DH
#11 Ramon Flores – LF
#85 Jose Sermo – 1B
#1   Justin Trapp – RF
#5   Mike Fransoso – 3B
#4   Yovan Gonzalez – C

#20 Stephen Perakslis – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 3: Ducks take a 3-0 lead after an RBI single by Jordany Valdespin and a two-run base hit by Daniel Fields!

TOP 4: Four shutout innings so far for Jake Fisher in game two of the LDCS!

TOP 5: A couple of nifty plays in the field by Dan Lyons and Taylor Ard help Jake Fisher keep the Patriots off the board through five! Ducks lead 3-0!

BOT 5: Five runs come across for the Ducks highlighted by a three-run blast by David Washington! It’s 8-0!

TOP 7: Somerset gets one back with a Mike Fransoso single. Ducks up 8-1!

BOT 7: DAVID WASHINGTON DOES IT AGAIN! HIS SECOND THREE-RUN HOMER OF THE NIGHT MAKES IT 11-1!

LDCS Game One: Ducks vs. Patriots

The Ducks attempt to win their third consecutive Liberty Division Championship against the Patriots

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

For the fourth year in a row, the Long Island Ducks will face the Somerset Patriots in the Liberty Division Championship Series. The Ducks have claimed the last two playoff series between the two teams, winning 3-1 in 2017 and 3-2 in 2016. This year, the rivals have been very evenly matched, splitting the season series at 9-9. However, the Ducks have won their six past meetings against Somerset. The road team has had the advantage throughout the year, with each team going 5-4 when visiting the other.

SEASON SERIES RECAP: 

The first six games between the Patriots and Ducks took place inside TD Bank Ballpark. The Ducks took the first game 6-4, but Somerset would go on to take four of the remaining five, with all of the victories being one-run wins for the Patriots. The Ducks dropped the three-game series that followed in Bethpage Ballpark, winning the final game 8-2. Both teams broke out the brooms, with all three sets of games ending in sweeps. The Patriots first swept the Ducks at Bethpage Ballpark, but the Flock responded by running through the Patriots in the next two series to split the 18 games this season.

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks send veteran Matt Larkins to the mound for the playoff opener. The right-hander ended the regular season with a 7-5 record and a 4.56 ERA in 19 starts this season. For the second straight time, rain cut Larkins’ start short. The Idaho native dealt three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit against the Skeeters last Wednesday. His last full outing was a rough one against the Revolution, in which he picked up the loss after giving up season highs in runs (nine) and hits (15). Larkins has made three starts against the Patriots this season, with one being on a limited pitch count. In those starts, he has allowed seven runs (six earned) in 13 innings for a 4.15 ERA. In eight career starts against the Patriots, Larkins is 2-1 with a 3.56 ERA including a complete game.

Vince Molesky will start against the Ducks after spending the first part of the season as a reliever, making 29 appearances and 11 starts with a 7-2 record paired with a 2.65 ERA. Molesky went four innings in his last start, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits, striking out two against the Blue Crabs last Tuesday. Molesky joins the Patriots after spending the first three seasons of his professional career in the Frontier League, where he led the league in strikeouts the past two seasons.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live 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 Ducks Video Center on the homepage. 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
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#38 Ramon Cabrera – C
#23 Rubi Silva – LF
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#25 Craig Massey – 2B
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#47 Endy Chavez – DH
#17 Jayce Boyd – 1B
#11 Ramon Flores – LF
#21 Nate Coronado – 3B
#1   Justin Trapp – RF
#5   Mike Fransoso – 2B
#14 John Nester – C

#26 Vince Molesky – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 3: Matt Larkins has dealt three scoreless frames so far in game one!

BOT 3: A two-run triple by Daniel Fields followed by a Lew Ford RBI single helps the Ducks jump out to a 3-0 lead!

BOT 4: Jordany Valdespin drives in a run with a triple then scores on a throwing error! 5-0 Ducks!

TOP 5: Patriots get one back after an RBI single by Craig Massey. Ducks lead 5-1.

TOP 6: Ramon Flores hits a solo homer to cut into the Ducks’ lead. It’s now 5-2 Long Island.

BOT 6: A Daniel Fields sac fly followed by a Lew Ford RBI single leads to a 7-2 advantage for the Flock!

BOT 7: More runs for the Flock! A run-scoring error and sacrifice fly push the lead to 9-2!

FINAL: Jose Cuas turns a slick 1-6-3 double play to close out a 9-2 victory in game one of the LDCS!

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