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LDCS Game 3: Ducks at Patriots

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Rob Rogers and the Ducks bullpen turned in another great performance on Thursday

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

With a brilliant 4-1 win last night, the Long Island Ducks enter the pivot game of the best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series even with the Somerset Patriots 1-1. The regular season series between Long Island and Somerset was remarkably competitive, with the Ducks claiming 11 victories and the Patriots nine. This marks the third straight year that the two rivals have met in the opening round of the playoffs, with each team having won one playoff series.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 4-1 on Thursday night in Game Two of the Liberty Division Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark. The best-of-five series is now tied at one game apiece.

Long Island took an early 1-0 lead on Lew Ford’s first-inning RBI single through the left side, which scored Giovanny Alfonzo when left fielder Aharon Eggleston’s throw to the plate sailed wild.

In the bottom of the fourth, a wild pitch scored Alex Burg and a two-out RBI single to left field by Elmer Reyes off Patriots starter Mike Antonini pushed the Ducks lead to 3-0.

Somerset closed to within two in the fifth on a two-out RBI single to center by Kyle Roller off Ducks starter Matt Larkins. David Vidal then hit a grounder up the middle with the tying runs on, but Dan Lyons made a diving stop and got the force out at second base to end the inning.

The Patriots threatened again in the sixth, collecting a single and two walks with two outs to force Larkins from the game. However, Rob Rogers came in and got Alfredo Rodriguez to fly out to right, ending the threat. Burg followed with a leadoff solo homer to right field in the bottom of the sixth off Patriots reliever Lucas Irvine to put the game out of reach.

Though Larkins (1-0) didn’t have his best “stuff” on Thursday, he willed his way through a gutsy 5.2 innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and seven walks while striking out four. After struggling some in the playoffs with Long Island in 2016, the right-hander’s performance in Game Two was exactly what the team needed to gain momentum in the series as it heads to Somerset.

Antonini (0-1) took the loss, yielding three runs on seven hits and a walk in four innings with four strikeouts. Amalio Diaz earned his first save of the postseason with a scoreless ninth inning.

Burg finished 3-4 with a home run, RBI and two runs scored. Five Ducks relievers combined to give up just two hits in 3.1 scoreless innings while striking out three.

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Southpaw Jake Fisher takes the bump for the Ducks in the all-important third game of this best-of-five series. After being acquired in a September trade with the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League, Fisher made two starts with Long Island, collecting no record and a 2.26 ERA (4 ER/13.0 IP). In his last start on September 14 at Lancaster Fisher stymied the Barnstormers bats, allowing just one run on four hits in seven splendid innings of work. This will be first playoff appearance for the lefty and his first start against the Patriots.

Somerset responds with right-hander Will Oliver. Oliver has been a thorn in the Ducks playoff side before, as in 2015 he threw a compete-game, three-hit shutout in Game Four of the Liberty Division Championship Series with the Patriots facing elimination. However, this is 2017, where the righty was 8-6 with a 4.78 ERA in 23 games (17 starts) during the regular season. In his last start on September 13 against the New Britain Bees, Oliver allowed three runs on four hits in six innings, getting the win in a 7-5 Somerset triumph. The Ducks also beat Oliver in Game Five of last year’s Liberty Division Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark, tagging him for five runs (two earned) in seven innings.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks playoff 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.

For a complete history of the Ducks in the playoffs, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#25 Jake Fisher – LHP

Somerset Patriots
#15 Justin Trapp – RF
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#19 Olmo Rosario – LF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#14 David Vidal – 3B
#37 Joe Maloney – 1B
#5   D’Vontrey Richardson – CF
#9   Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#21 Adam Donachie – C

#26 Will Oliver – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (7:20): TOP 1: What a start! Ducks plate three runs in the first to go in front 3-0! RBIs from Lew Ford, Marc Krauss & Angelo Songco.

UPDATE (7:38): BOT 2: Jake Fisher works around a one-out double to keep Somerset off the scoreboard, striking out a pair in the inning!

UPDATE (8:09): BOT 4: Krauss ➡️ Dan Lyons ➡️ Krauss. 3-6-3 double play ends another scoreless inning for Fisher!

UPDATE (8:41): TOP 6: A two-out RBI single by Lyons, followed by an RBI double from Giovanny Alfonzo, has extended the lead to 5-0!

UPDATE (9:11): TOP 8: Anthony Vega launches a towering solo homer to right field! His first longball of the postseason puts Long Island in front 6-0!

UPDATE (9:22): END 8: Eight scoreless innings for Ducks starter Jake Fisher, who has struck out eight and has allowed just four hits and two walks!

UPDATE (9:48): FINAL: Jake Fisher with the complete game effort & nine strikeouts! Ducks win Game Three 6-1 & take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series!

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LDCS Game 2: Ducks vs. Patriots

Marc Krauss (15)

2017 Long Island Ducks MVP Marc Krauss will try to lead the team to victory in game two of the Liberty Division Championship Series to even the best-of-five series at one.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

After a 7-1 loss last night, the Long Island Ducks enter the pivot game of the best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series trailing the Somerset Patriots 1-0. The regular season series between Long Island and Somerset was remarkably competitive, with the Ducks claiming 11 victories and the Patriots nine. This marks the third straight year that the two rivals have met in the opening round of the playoffs, with each team having won one playoff series.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Somerset Patriots 7-1 on Wednesday night in Game One of the Liberty Division Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark. The Patriots now lead the best-of-five series one game to none.

Somerset opened the scoring with a five-run third inning against Ducks starter John Brownell. RBI singles by Olmo Rosario and Joe Maloney, along with a pair of errors that plated runs, highlighted the frame.

Long Island closed to within 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth on three singles off Patriots starter Mark Hamburger, including an RBI base hit from Anthony Vega. However, a two-run sixth inning for Somerset put the game out of reach. RBI singles by Rosario and Kyle Roller did the damage.

Hamburger (1-0) earned the win, tossing seven innings of one-run ball, allowing eight hits and a walk while striking out seven. Brownell (0-1) suffered the loss, surrendering seven runs (four earned) on 13 hits and a walk in five and one-third innings with four strikeouts. Three Long Island relievers combined to pitch two and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief, yielding three hits and striking out three.

Elmer Reyes, Lew Ford and Alex Burg each had two hits to lead the Flock offensively.

LDCS PREVIEW:

ON THE MOUND:

Right-hander Matt Larkins takes the mound for the Ducks in game two of this best-of-five series. During the regular season, Larkins went 9-7 with 3.69 ERA in 27 appearances (26 starts) and struck out a team-high 139 batters in 156.0 innings. Last time out on September 13 at Lancaster, Larkins twirled a quality start of seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out eight in a no decision. The Idaho resident was 2-1 with a 3.30 ERA (11 ER/30.0 IP) against the Patriots, and had two of his signature games – carrying a no-hitter into the ninth inning on June 15, and striking out a career-high 12 on August 16, both times at TD Bank Ballpark.

The Patriots look to lefty Mike Antonini in tonight’s ballgame. The southpaw was 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA in nine starts with Somerset this season, striking out 47 and walking 10 in 39.0 innings pitched. Antonini lasted only three innings in his last start on September 15 at Bridgeport, allowing one run on two hits, walking one and striking out two. The 2007 Mets draft pick is in his fourth year in the Atlantic League, having previously spent time with the now-defunct Camden Riversharks in 2013, and the soon-to-be-defunct Bridgeport Bluefish in 2015 and 2016.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

For today’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

For a complete history of the Ducks in the playoffs, 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

Somerset Patriots
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#19 Olmo Rosario – LF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#14 David Vidal – 3B
#5   D’Vontrey Richardson – CF
#13 Carlos Guzman – 1B
#15 Justin Trapp – 2B
#21 Adam Donachie – C

#10 Mike Antonini – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: Leeeeeewwwwwww Ford drives in the first run of the game plating Giovanny Alfonzo to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.

BOT 5: The Ducks maintain their 3-1 lead over Somerset in game two.

BOT 6: Alex Burg knocks a homer over the wall in right to extend the lead to 4-1 over the @SOMPatriots.

FINAL: Ducks 4, Patriots 1

W: Larkins (1-0)
L: Antonini (0-1)
SV: Diaz (1)

 

LDCS Game 1: Ducks vs. Patriots

John Brownell (7)

RHP John Brownell leads the charge as the Ducks begin their quest for a fourth Atlantic League Championship tonight against the Somerset Patriots.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

For the second year in a row, the Long Island Ducks meet the Somerset Patriots in the best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series. In 2016, the Ducks and Patriots battled in an epic series where the Long Island erased a two-games-to-none deficit to win 3-2 and advance to the Atlantic League Championship Series. During the 2017 regular season, the Ducks beat the Patriots 11 times in 20 battles, including two waddle-off wins and three extra-inning games.

SUNDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Sugar Land Skeeters 6-2 on Sunday afternoon at Constellation Field in the final game of the 2017 regular season.

The Skeeters took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Anthony Giansanti’s sacrifice fly to center field off Ducks starter Tyler Levine. A two-out RBI double by Wilfredo Rodriguez in the third extended the advantage to two.

Sugar Land doubled their lead to 4-0 in the seventh on a two-run home run to right by Caleb Ramsey. Long Island closed to within two in the eighth on an RBI double to left by Delta Cleary Jr. and an RBI single to right by Angelo Songco. However, the Skeeters got the runs back in the bottom of the inning on sac flies from Dickie Thon and Ramsey.

Skeeters starter Alberto Rodriguez (1-0) earned the win, tossing six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out seven. Levine (3-3) took the loss, yielding two runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings with three strikeouts. Felipe Paulino picked up his 16th save by recording the game’s final four outs.

LDCS PREVIEW:

ON THE MOUND:

Staff ace John Brownell will take the mound in the series opener for the Ducks. In his sixth season with the Ducks, Brownell registered a 10-5 record with a 3.44 ERA in 24 starts, striking out 96 and walking 51 in 146.1 innings pitched. Against Somerset this season, the all-time franchise leader in wins had no record and a 4.59 ERA in three starts, striking out 11, walking six and allowing 18 hits in 17.2 IP as opponents hit .257 against him. In his last start on September 12, Brownell turned in a quality start but got tagged with the loss at Lancaster, allowing three runs on six hits in 6.2 innings.

Somerset counters with new acquisition Mark Hamburger, who made just one outing during the regular season with the Patriots after coming over from the St. Paul Saints of the American Association. Hamburger was grilled by the New Britain Bees for two runs on five hits in seven innings in his first start, getting no decision in a 5-2 Bees triumph. The right-hander had five unspectacular appearances for the Texas Rangers in 2011, and most recently was 13-6 with an also unspectacular 4.13 ERA with the Saints. The Patriots have confirmed that for an additional $2, Hamburger will be served with a side of fries and an ice-cold Pepsi.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

For today’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

For a complete history of the Ducks in the playoffs, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#23 Alex Burg – C
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – DF
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#15 Justin Trapp – RF
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#19 Olmo Rosario – LF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#14 David Vidal – 3B
#37 Joe Maloney – 1B
#5   D’Vontrey Richardson – CF
#9   Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#4   Yovan Gonzalez – C

#27 Mark Hamburger – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 2: John Brownell strikes out the side to keep the game scoreless! 🔥🔥🔥

TOP 3: The Patriots take a 5-0 lead capitalizing on two miscues.

BOT 4: The Ducks take a bite out of Mark Hamburger and cut the deficit to 5-1 Patriots.

TOP 6: Somerset plates another pair of runs as they take a 7-1 advantage in game one.

FINAL: Patriots 7, Ducks 1

W: Hamburger (1-0)
L: Brownell (0-1)

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