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Game 116: Ducks vs. Skeeters

Alex Burg (2)

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 115: Ducks vs. Skeeters

Ruben Gotay (1)

INF Ruben Gotay has been in the middle of many Long Island rallies this season, leading the team with a .405 on-base percentage.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (26-17; 63-51) continue their four-game series with the Sugar Land Skeeters (20-22; 50-62) on Tuesday night. The Ducks have won 16 of their last 18 games, and have a six-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, four games behind the first place York Revolution. Tonight marks the 15th matchup of the season between the two clubs, with the series knotted at seven wins for each team. 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 4-3 on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Sugar Land took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on a two-run home run to right-center field off Ducks starter John Brownell. Long Island bounced back with a three-spot in the fifth off Skeeters starter Brett Marshall to go in front 3-2. An RBI single by Giovanny Alfonzo and errors which scored Derrick Pyles and Alfonzo highlighted the scoring.

The Skeeters tied the game in the top of the eighth on an RBI single to right by Caleb Ramsey. However, Dan Lyons drilled a leadoff solo homer to left-center in the bottom of the frame to put the Ducks back on top for good.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Brownell lasted five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four. Marshall pitched seven innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Tyler Wilson (1-2) got the win after recording an inning-ending double play in the eighth to keep the game tied at three. Andrew Johnston (1-3) suffered the loss, surrendering Lyons’ game-winning blast in the eighth. Amalio Diaz earned his 12th save of the year with a perfect ninth, striking out two.

Lyons, Alfonzo and Pyles each had two hits to pace the Flock.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Workhorse Matt Larkins takes the bump for Long Island in the second game of the four-game series. In 22 appearances (21 starts) Larkins is 7-6 with a 3.80 ERA, and has struck out 107 and walked just 30 while allowing 123 hits in 125.1 innings pitched. The right-hander leads the Ducks in both innings and strikeouts this season. In his last three starts, Larkins has notched three quality starts, and is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA (4 ER/22 IP) and has allowed just 13 hits, five walks and struck out 22 batters. The Idaho resident has already set a career high in strikeouts, surpassing his previous career-best of 98 punch-outs with Amarillo of the American Association in 2014. Larkins has faced Sugar Land three times this season, and has no record despite a 1.93 ERA.

Former Long Island Duck Bobby Blevins gets the ball for Sugar Land this evening. In 22 games (18 starts) this season the right-hander has struggled, recording a 4-7 record with a 5.54 ERA. His last win cam on June 1 at Bethpage Ballpark against Long Island. Last time out, Blevins allowed five runs on six hits in six innings against the York Revolution on August 17, but got no decision in a 7-6 Skeeters victory. The 32-year-old spent parts of five seasons as a Duck, compiling a 17-22 record with the Flock. Blevins has posted mixed results against his former team, going 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA in four games against the Ducks, holding batters to a .219 batting average.

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
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#30 Ruben Gotay – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#19 Derrick Pyles – RF
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B

#44 Matt Larkins – 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

#19 Bobby Blevins – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 3: Still no score between the Ducks and Skeeters as Matt Larkins and Bobby Blevins have matched zeros.

BOT 6: Marc Krauss crushes a monster two-run home run to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead over the Skeeters!

TOP 7: Caleb Ramsey hits a solo home run to give the Skeeters their first run. Ducks still lead 2-1.

TOP 8: The Skeeters tie the game at two with an unearned run in the frame.

BOT 10: We are still tied at two with Sugar Land as the game heads to the 11th!

FINAL: It’s ANOTHER waddle-off winner for the Ducks!

Ducks 3, Skeeters 2.

W: Wilson (2-2)
L: Haynes (1-4)

Game #109: Ducks at Patriots

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The sun shines prior to game two of the day and three of the series in New Jersey

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (23-15; 59-49) look to sweep a day/night doubleheader and earn a series victory over the Somerset Patriots (18-19; 60-47) in game two of the twin bill. This game will be slated for nine innings, after Long Island took the opener 7-3 in seven. The Ducks have won the first six games of their road trip and 12 consecutive games overall, tying the franchise record set from July 5-20 of 2006. Long Island also leads the season series between the two teams 10-8, with both sides splitting the eight meetings thus far in New Jersey. This will be the final series between the two teams during the 2017 regular season.

GAME ONE RECAP: 

Another great start and some power from the Flock helped the Ducks take the matinee of the doubleheader by a 7-3 margin.

Long Island fell behind 1-0 in the first inning when Alfredo Rodriguez singled and eventually moved to third on a hit by pitch and a fielder’s choice. With two outs, Olmo Rosario attempted to steal second base. When Audie Afenir threw towards second, Rodriguez broke for the plate. Ducks starter Matt Larkins intercepted the throw, causing Rodriguez to stop, but when Larkins lost the handle on the ball, Rodriguez broke home to score on the error.

The Ducks took over from there though and grabbed their first lead in the third inning against reliever A.J. Achter (2-1), who had taken over after starter Patrick Johnson pitched just one inning. Delta Cleary Jr. began a three-hit day with a single and stole second base. Angelo Songco then delivered a one-out RBI single to tie the game at one. Two batters later, after Songco stole his first base of the year, Elmer Reyes smoked a double down the left field line to put the Flock in front.

In the fifth inning, Long Island would extend their 2-1 lead. Cleary Jr. singled to open the inning, and both Marc Krauss and Songco followed with walks. Connor Root settled down to strike out a pair of hitters, and he worked the count to 3-2 on Giovanny Alfonzo. The Ducks’ third baseman then drilled an opposite-field grand slam over the right field wall, Long Island’s first grand slam of the season, putting the Ducks ahead 6-1.

Carlos Guzman brought the Patriots to within three in the sixth when he lifted a two-run homer to right. However, Reyes pushed the lead back to four at 7-3 in the seventh when he led off the frame with a deep solo homer to left-center.

Larkins (7-6) turned in his second complete game of the road trip, as he pitched all seven innings for the Ducks. He allowed just five hits, four of which were singles, and one walk along the way. In addition, he set a career-high with 12 strikeouts, surpassing his previous high of 10 done on July 5 against Lancaster. After throwing a season-high 114 pitches on Thursday in Southern Maryland, Larkins threw 118 pitches on the afternoon, 79 of which were strikes.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

John Brownell will take the mound for the Ducks in Wednesday’s nightcap. The Ducks’ veteran comes in with an 8-3 record on the year and a 3.38 ERA in 18 starts. His last outing came back on August 3 in the final game before the start of Long Island’s current win streak. The right-hander allowed 10 hits and five runs (four earned) over five innings against Bridgeport while striking out two in an 8-2 defeat. Tonight will be Brownell’s third start of the year against the Patriots and 17th of his career. He has no record and a 3.75 ERA in two starts this season against them and a 2-2 record with a 4.09 ERA in 16 career starts vs. Somerset.

Efrain Nieves will counter for the Patriots on Wednesday evening. The southpaw has compiled a 2-2 record with a 3.50 ERA in 10 games (seven starts) this season. He most recently took the mound last Thursday at Lancaster and earned the win. The 27-year-old pitched six innings of one-run ball in the 9-3 victory, giving up just three hits and two walks while striking out four. Nieves has allowed two runs or less in four straight outings and three runs or less in six straight. Tonight will be his second start of the year against the Ducks. His first came on July 14 at Bethpage Ballpark, and he yielded a run on three hits and four walks over four innings with two strikeouts, taking a no-decision.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#47 Quintin Berry – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#34 Marc Krauss – DH
#30 Ruben Gotay – 1B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#15 Justin Trapp – LF
#1   Justin Pacchioli – CF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#19 Olmo Rosario – 3B
#13 Carlos Guzman – RF
#4   Yovan Gonzalez – C
#21 Adam Donachie – 1B
#2   Scott Kelly – 2B

#22 Efrain Nieves – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

 

UPDATE (7:14): TOP 1: Lew Ford connects for an opposite-field solo home run! His eighth longball of the year gives the Ducks a 1-0 lead!

UPDATE (7:23): BOT 1: John Brownell works around a leadoff double and turns in a scoreless inning to begin his night!

UPDATE (8:32): END 5: Brownell retires the side in order for the third straight inning! He’s set down 11 in a row and has six strikeouts!

UPDATE (8:45): TOP 6: Alex Burg shoots an opposite-field single to right, scoring Ruben Gotay! Ducks extend their lead to 2-0!

UPDATE (9:01): BOT 6: Somerset puts a four-spot on the scoreboard and takes the lead for the first time tonight at 4-2.

UPDATE (9:16): TOP 7: Marc Krauss cuts Somerset’s lead to one with a two-out RBI double to the right-center field gap! 4-3 ballgame.

UPDATE (9:31): BOT 7: Patriots get their two-run advantage back on a two-out RBI single by Justin Trapp following a walk and a hit by pitch. 5-3 game.

UPDATE (9:42): TOP 8: Burg crushes a two-run home run over the center field wall! His 10th longball of the season ties the ballgame at five!

UPDATE (9:52): BOT 8: Carlos Guzman connects for a two-run home run to put the Patriots back on top 7-5.

UPDATE (10:03): FINAL: Ducks drop game two of the twin bill 7-5 to Somerset. Time to start a new winning streak on Thursday night in the road trip finale.

Game #108: Ducks at Patriots

alvarez throwingThe Ducks look to build off of Henderson Alvarez’s strong start last night

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

11:05 a.m. at TD Bank Ballpark (Bridgewater, N.J.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (22-15; 58-49) kick off a long day of baseball with the opener of a day/night doubleheader against the Somerset Patriots (18-18; 60-46). Game one will be seven innings, while game two slated for nine. Long Island has won the first five games of their road trip and has now won 11 consecutive games overall. The Ducks also lead the season series between the two teams 9-8, though Somerset has won four of the seven meetings thus far in New Jersey. This will be the final series between the two teams during the 2017 regular season.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

In another dramatic pitcher’s duel between the division rivals, the Ducks held on for a 3-2 win to take Tuesday’s series opener at TD Bank Ballpark.

Henderson Alvarez (2-1) and David Kubiak (5-10) started the game for the Ducks and Patriots, respectively, and both pitched well in five innings. Kubiak’s only blemishes came in the first and fifth innings. The righty hit Quintin Berry to lead off the game and then walked Delta Cleary Jr. He bounced back with a flyout that was turned into a double play, but after getting ahead 0-2 on Marc Krauss, the Ducks’ left field launched a two-run home run to right field, his 16th of the year. In the fifth, Berry doubled with one out and then took off for third on a two-out stolen base attempt. The former big leaguer slid in safely, and when Adam Donachie’s throw went into left field, Berry scampered home for Long Island’s third run.

Alvarez surrendered just one run in his five innings of work, and it came in the second inning. Like Kubiak in the first, the righty allowed a walk and a hit by pitch to the first two batters of the inning. Mark Minicozzi grounded into a fielder’s choice, moving Kyle Roller to third, and Carlos Guzman followed with a sacrifice fly to left.

The Ducks and Patriots both got outstanding work from their bullpens. Patrick Crider and Keith Hessler each pitched a scoreless sixth. Rob Rogers and Dustin Antolin each worked around a baserunner for a scoreless seventh. Dennis O’Grady and Duane Below did the same in the eighth, yielding a leadoff single each. Justin Wright surrendered two walks in the ninth but did not allow a run.

That set the stage for the bottom of the ninth, when Amalio Diaz entered the game for the Ducks. After striking out Christian Marrero, he allowed a solo homer to Mark Minicozzi that trimmed Long Island’s lead to one. Diaz bounced back to strike out Guzman for the second out and got ahead 1-2 on Adam Donachie. However, he walked Donachie to put the tying run on base. After getting ahead 1-2 on Aharon Eggleston, the Patriots veteran then walked to represent the winning run at first. Alfredo Rodriguez came to the plate with a chance to win it and got ahead 3-1. He engaged in a nine-pitch at-bat before launching a deep drive to the left field wall. However, Krauss made a fabulous running catch and held on after smacking into the wall for the final out.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Wednesday’s matinee will feature Matt Larkins on the mound for the Flock. The right-hander comes in with a 6-6 record on the season and a 3.87 ERA that’s good for ninth in the Atlantic League. He dazzled in his most recent outing, tossing his second complete game shutout of the season as the Ducks topped the Blue Crabs 1-0 in last Thursday’s road trip opener. The second-year Duck allowed just four hits and two walks in nine innings while striking out four, and he threw a season-high 114 pitches, 71 of which were strikes. Only one Southern Maryland runner, Jose Lozada in the sixth inning, reached third base in the game. Today will be Larkins’ fifth start of the year against Somerset, and he has compiled a 1-1 record with a 3.53 ERA thus far. In his two starts at TD Bank Ballpark, Larkins has surrendered just two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks in 12 and one-third innings of work, taking a no-hitter into the ninth inning on June 15.

The Patriots will counter with newcomer Patrick Johnson, who signed with the club on Tuesday. The righty comes to the Atlantic League for the first time after making one start on August 9 with the Miami Marlins’ Gulf Coast League affiliate. He gave up a run on one hit and one walk in one-third of an inning during the outing. Johnson was 8-7 with a 3.37 ERA in 31 games (21 starts) with the Marlins’ Double-A Affiliate in Jacksonville last year, and he spent the first three seasons of his career in the Colorado Rockies organization. The 29-year-old also has independent baseball experience, pitching with the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association in 2014 and 2015. In the latter of those two, he went 15-1 with a 2.08 ERA and three complete games in 20 starts.

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.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#19 Derrick Pyles – LF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#15 Justin Trapp – 2B
#14 Christian Marrero – RF
#19 Olmo Rosario – 3B
#13 Carlos Guzman – DH
#32 Mark Minicozzi – 1B
#7    Greg Golson – CF
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#21 Adam Donachie – C

#34   Patrick Johnson – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (11:44): BOT 1: Somerset scratches out the game’s first run on a fielding error that allows Alfredo Rodriguez to score.

UPDATE (12:15): TOP 3: An RBI single by Angelo Songco and a two-out RBI double by Elmer Reyes have put the Ducks on top 2-1!

UPDATE (12:43): BOT 4: Matt Larkins escapes a first-and-second, no-out jam, inducing a double play and striking out Greg Golson! Still 2-1 Long Island

UPDATE (12:59): TOP 5: Giovanny Alfonzo comes up clutch! He drills an 3-2, two-out pitch the opposite way for a grand slam! Ducks now lead 6-1!

UPDATE (1:34): BOT 6: Carlos Guzman lifts a two-run home run over the wall in right, cutting Long Island’s lead to 6-3.

UPDATE (1:46): TOP 7: Reyes launches his fourth home run of the season! The solo blast extends the Ducks’ advantage to 7-3!

UPDATE (1:54): FINAL: Larkins turns in his second complete game of the road trip & strikes out a career-high 12 batters! Ducks take game one 7-3! The Ducks have also now tied a franchise-record with their 12th consecutive victory, equaling their 12-game win streak July 5-20, 2006.

Game 104: Ducks at Blue Crabs

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The Ducks shoot for their eighth win in a row tonight against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:35 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium (Waldorf, Md.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (18-15; 54-49) continue their week-long matchup with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-20; 51-51) tonight in the second game of a four-game series. Long Island has won the first four games of the seven-game home-and-home mega-series. The Ducks have a 10-7 edge in the season series thus far, and have split the eight skirmishes in Waldorf. This series will wrap up the season series between the two teams, and the Blue Crabs are the first team that the Ducks will finish their slate of games with in the 2017 season.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 1-0 on Thursday night at Regency Furniture Stadium in the first game of a four-game series. The victory was Long Island’s seventh consecutive win, the club’s longest winning streak of the season.

Pitching ruled the day as Matt Larkins of the Ducks (18-15; 54-49) and Daryl Thompson of the Blue Crabs dominated hitters throughout the night. After a leadoff single in the first by Quintin Berry, Thompson retired 15 Ducks in a row before Giovanny Alfonzo singled in the sixth. In one stretch of his own, Larkins retired 11 straight Blue Crabs (13-20; 51-51) hitters.

Long Island broke through in the eighth against reliever Zack Thornton, who allowed a leadoff double to Alex Burg. Two batters later, the Ducks catcher scored when Jose Lozada fielded an Alfonzo groundball and threw wildly to first for an error.

Larkins (6-6) finished the complete game shutout by working around a leadoff single in the ninth. The right-hander allowed four hits and walked two while striking out four in a dominant performance. This was the second shutout thrown by Larkins this season, with the other coming on July 5 at Bethpage Ballpark against the Lancaster Barnstormers.

Thompson did not factor into the decision despite throwing seven shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out nine. Thornton (2-2) got the loss, allowing the unearned run in his lone stanza of work.

Berry, Burg and Alfonzo had the only three hits of the game for the Ducks.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Left-hander Rafael Perez takes the mound for the Ducks in the second game of the four-game series, looking to keep the ball rolling. In 19 starts this season, Perez is 7-7 with a 4.37 ERA, and has struck out 73 and walked only 23 in 94.2 innings pitched. The southpaw threw six shutout innings in his last start on Sunday against the Bridgeport Bluefish, allowing just one hit and walking two while getting the win in a 2-1 Long Island victory. The former Cleveland Indian has struggled against Southern Maryland in two starts this season, going 0-1 with a 7.88 ERA. However, he did strike out a season-high eight against the Blue Crabs at Regency Furniture Stadium when he last faced the team on July 8. Perez had a rough month of July, posting a 1-3 record with a 7.40 ERA (17 ER/ 20.2 IP). In all other months, the lefty is 6-4 with a 3.53 ERA (29 ER/74 IP).

Southern Maryland sends Drew Hayes to the mound to try to put an end to the Ducks’ winning streak. In 16 starts this year Hayes is 6-5 with a 3.76 ERA, and has struck out 62 while walking 32 in 86.0 innings. The former Cincinnati Reds hurler threw six innings of one-run ball in his last start against the Somerset Patriots. Hayes has lasted exactly six innings in his last three starts, registering two quality starts in the process. The righty is 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA (7 ER/9.0 IP) in two starts against the Ducks this season, coming back-to-back on July 2 at Long Island and July 8 at home.

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
#47 Quintin Berry – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#34 Marc Krauss – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#24 Audie Afenir – C

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
#4   Jose Lozada – 3B
#9   Edwin Garcia – SS
#10 L.J. Hoes – DH
#16 Michael Snyder – 1B
#27 Cory Vaughn – CF
#23 Zach Cone – RF
#35 Tucker Nathans – LF
#25 Ryan Wiggins – C
#1   Brian Bistagne – 2B

#8   Drew Hayes – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Marc Krauss and Angelo Songco both drive in runs in the first as the Ducks take a 2-0 lead!

TOP 2: The Ducks chase home four runs on five hits and take a 6-0 lead!

BOT 2: The Blue Crabs get on the board with a sacrifice fly and cut the Ducks lead to 6-1.

TOP 4: Marc Krauss collects an RBI single and now has 4 RBIs on the night! Ducks lead 7-1!

BOT 4: Southern Maryland gets a run back on a walk and two infield hits. 7-2 Ducks lead.

TOP 6: The Ducks score again thanks to two doubles from Audie Afenir and Delta Cleary Jr, and take an 8-2 lead.

BOT 6: The Blue Crabs grab a run back and now trail 8-3.

Tonight’s game has been called in the top of the ninth due to inclement weather.

FINAL: Ducks 8, Bluecrabs 4.
W: Perez (8-7)
L: Hayes (6-6)

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