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Game 102: Ducks at Blue Crabs

The Ducks look to get back on track against the Blue Crabs

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

7:15 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium (Waldorf, Md.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks open a three-game series with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Wednesday night. The Blue Crabs won the previous series between the two teams, scoring nine runs in each of the final two games. Long Island now leads the season series 9-6 and are 4-2 against Southern Maryland on the road. The Ducks are one and a half games ahead of Somerset for first place in the Liberty Division standings and four in front of New Britain.

LAST GAME RECAP: 

The Bees offense exploded after being shutout on Saturday, defeating the Ducks 10-2 in the series finale.

The Bees struck first in the very first inning with a two-out two-run homer off the bat of Matt Tuiasosopo. An RBI single by James Skelton in the third inning, and a two-run homer from Joe Poletsky in the fourth put the Ducks in a 5-0 hole.

The Ducks cut into the lead in the top of the fifth, when David Washington sent a lead-off home run over the right-field wall. Jovan Rosa of the Bees matched Washington with a solo shot in the sixth to push the score to 6-1.

An RBI double by Taylor Ard in the eighth inning made the score 6-2, but that was as close as the Ducks would get. New Britain scored four runs in the bottom half of the inning. Jamar Walton’s two-run triple, and RBI singles by Jonathan Galvez and Vicente Conde did the damage.

Matt Larkins suffered the loss, allowing six runs on nine hits over six innings, striking out five. Mark Hamburger earned the win, pitching six innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and a walk, adding three punchouts. Jose Cuas struck out the side in order in an inning of relief.

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 

ON THE MOUND:

John Brownell will take the mound for the Ducks tonight for the series opener. The team’s pitching coach will look to bounce back after a loss to Southern Maryland last week. Brownell threw five and two-thirds innings and gave up five runs on 11 hits and one walk. Overall, the franchise leader in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and starts is 8-10 with a 4.48 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) this season. The righty is 10-7 with a 3.52 ERA in 19 starts against the Blue Crabs in his career.

Casey Delgado takes on the Ducks tonight. The righty threw six shutout innings against the Road Warriors in his last start, allowing six hits and a walk while striking out three on August 16. The victory improved his record to 5-8 this season with a 4.50 ERA. Delgado started his professional career in the Frontier League, spending two-and-a-half seasons there before joining the Mets organization. The Florida native was with Double-A Binghamton for the majority of the last two years.

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 – 1B
#30 David Washington – LF
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#27 Dioner Navarro – C
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
#5   Teodoro Martinez – RF
#9   Edwin Garcia – SS
#12 Devon Rodriguez – 1B
#13 Jon Griffin – DH
#19 Frank Martinez – 3B
#15 Angelys Nina – 2B
#27 Cory Vaughn – CF
#3   Kalaika Kahoohalahala – RF
#17 Jose Gonzalez – C

#11 Casey Delgado – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE: Tonight’s start time has been pushed back to 7:15 p.m. Stay tuned for further updates.

TOP 1: An RBI double by Taylor Ard gives the Ducks an early 1-0 lead!

BOT 1: John Brownell retires the side in order in his first inning of work!

TOP 2: Cody Puckett drives in a run with a base hit to left field! 2-0 Ducks!

BOT 2: An RBI double by Angelys Nina cuts the Ducks’ lead to 2-1.

TOP 3: Ducks plate four after RBIs by Taylor Ard, David Washington, Miles Williams, and Dioner Navarro to make it 6-1 Ducks!

BOT 6: Blue Crabs score three runs in the frame to make the score 6-4 Ducks.

TOP 7: Jordany Valdespin hits his 11th homer of the season! It’s 7-4 Ducks!

FINAL: Fernando Abad gets his first save as a Duck as Long Island wins the series opener 7-4!

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Game 102: Ducks at Blue Crabs

The Ducks look to get back on track against the Blue Crabs

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks open a three-game series with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Tuesday night. The Blue Crabs won the previous series between the two teams, scoring nine runs in each of the final two games. Long Island now leads the season series 9-6 and are 4-2 against Southern Maryland on the road. The Ducks are one and a half games ahead of Somerset for first place in the Liberty Division standings and four in front of New Britain.

LAST GAME RECAP: 

The Bees offense exploded after being shutout on Saturday, defeating the Ducks 10-2 in the series finale.

The Bees struck first in the very first inning with a two-out two-run homer off the bat of Matt Tuiasosopo. An RBI single by James Skelton in the third inning, and a two-run homer from Joe Poletsky in the fourth put the Ducks in a 5-0 hole.

The Ducks cut into the lead in the top of the fifth, when David Washington sent a lead-off home run over the right-field wall. Jovan Rosa of the Bees matched Washington with a solo shot in the sixth to push the score to 6-1.

An RBI double by Taylor Ard in the eighth inning made the score 6-2, but that was as close as the Ducks would get. New Britain scored four runs in the bottom half of the inning. Jamar Walton’s two-run triple, and RBI singles by Jonathan Galvez and Vicente Conde did the damage.

Matt Larkins suffered the loss, allowing six runs on nine hits over six innings, striking out five. Mark Hamburger earned the win, pitching six innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and a walk, adding three punchouts. Jose Cuas struck out the side in order in an inning of relief.

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 

ON THE MOUND:

The series opener features a matchup of southpaws on the mound. Left-hander Jake Fisher will get the start, coming in with a 6-6 record and a 3.93 ERA over 17 starts this season. He most recently pitched last Wednesday against the Blue Crabs, struggling in a 9-1 loss. In five innings, Fisher allowed seven runs (six earned) on nine hits while striking out four batters. The second-year Duck has made four starts against Southern Maryland in 2018, yielding 18 runs on 37 hits in 21 and one-third innings, totaling a 7.17 ERA.

Southern Maryland will counter with lefty David Wayne Russo, who makes his 30th appearance of the season and sixth start. Thus far, he is 2-4 with a 4.83 ERA. He went a strong six innings in his most recent start, allowing just one hit and one run against the Ducks last Wednesday.

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 – 1B
#30 David Washington – LF
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#27 Dioner Navarro – C
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#13 Jake Fisher – LHP

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
#5   Teodoro Martinez – RF
#9   Edwin Garcia – SS
#12 Devon Rodriguez – 1B
#13 Jon Griffin – DH
#19 Frank Martinez – 3B
#15 Angelys Nina – 2B
#27 Cory Vaughn – CF
#3   Kalaika Kahoohalahala – RF
#17 Jose Gonzalez – C

#8   David Wayne Russo – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: David Washington hits his 20th home run of the season! A GRAND SLAM to make it 4-0 Ducks early on!

BOT 2: The rain has started to come down very heavily here in Maryland, and we are now in a rain delay. Stay tuned for updates.

UPDATE: Tonight’s game against the Blue Crabs has been officially postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a single admission doubleheader tomorrow at 6:00 p.m.

Game 101: Ducks at Bees

The Ducks look to take the rubber match against the Bees

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

5:05 p.m. at New Britain Stadium (New Britain, Conn.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and New Britain Bees conclude their three-game series on Sunday evening. This will be the 15th of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Bees this season and the 55th all-time meeting between the two teams. The all-time series is tied at 27 games apiece, but the Ducks have an 8-6 lead in 2018. The Bees own a 17-11 record against the Flock in New Britain. The Ducks bring a 23-14 second half record to Friday’s game, sitting in first place in the Liberty Division by two and a half games. The Bees are five and a half games back of the Ducks with a 17-19 second half record

YESTERDAY’S RECAP:

Ducks pitching showed up in a big way yesterday, defeating the New Britain Bees 3-0 to even up the series.

Miles Williams opened the scoring in the second inning with his second home run in as many games. He was quickly followed by Dioner Navarro, who hit his first home run as a Duck in the third inning to give Long Island a 2-0 lead.

The Ducks finalized their scoring in the sixth inning when Daniel Fields doubled and later scored on a passed ball. Fernando Abad and Logan Ondrusek each pitched scoreless innings of relief to keep the Ducks ahead. Francisco Rodriguez shut the door with a scoreless ninth.

Hector Silvestre picked up the win, dealing six shutout frames, allowing just five hits and two walks, striking out two. Chris Reed took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits over three innings of work, striking out four. Rodriguez earned his 23rd save with a scoreless ninth inning, striking out two.

YESTERDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Matt Larkins will look to win the rubber match tonight. The right-hander enters with a 6-3 record and a 3.93 ERA through 14 starts in 2018. Larkins is coming off a no-decision against the Blue Crabs in which he gave up four runs through five innings on 10 hits, striking out five.

Mark Hamburger will start in the series finale for the New Britain Bees. The Minnesota native had a solid outing last time out, earning the win after giving up two runs on five hits in six innings of work against the York Revolution four nights ago. He comes into this start with an 8-8 record and a 4.65 ERA over 19 starts. Hamburger reached the majors in 2011 with the Texas Rangers, who later reached the World Series. Since his brief major league stint, the righty has pitched in the Padres, Astros, and Twins organization. He made a name for himself in the American Association with the St. Paul Saints before joining the Somerset Patriots during their playoff push last year.

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
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#9   Anthony Vega – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

New Britain Bees
#15 Darren Ford – CF
#3   James Skelton – C
#14 Jason Rogers – 1B
#7   Matt Tuiasosopo – DH
#35 Jovan Rosa – LF
#11 Jamar Walton – RF
#10 Jonathan Galvez – 2B
#23 Joe Poletsky – 3B
#4   Vicente Conde – SS

#5   Mark Hamburger – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: Bees strike first with a two-run home run by Matt Tuiasosopo.

BOT 3: Bees add another on a James Skelton RBI single to make it 3-0.

BOT 4: A two-run homer by Joe Poletsky pushes the Bees’ lead to 5-0.

TOP 5: David Washington hits his team-leading 19th home run over the right-field wall! Ducks trail 5-1.

BOT 7: Jose Cuas comes on and strikes out the side in order in his inning of work!

FINAL: Ducks fall in the series finale 10-2.

Game 100: Ducks at Bees

The Ducks attempt to snap a three-game losing streak tonight

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:35 p.m. at New Britain Stadium (New Britain, Conn.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and New Britain Bees continue their three-game series on Saturday night. This will be the 13th of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Bees this season and the 54th all-time meeting between the two teams. The Bees hold a one-game lead in the all-time series at 27-26, but the Ducks have a 7-6 lead in 2018. The Bees own a 17-10 record against the Flock in New Britain. The Ducks bring a 22-14 second half record to Friday’s game, sitting in first place in the Liberty Division by one and a half games. The Bees are four and a half games back of the Ducks with a 17-18 second half record

YESTERDAY’S RECAP:

The Ducks current skid continued, falling to the New Britain Bees by a score of 7-5 in the series opener.

After three scoreless innings on each side, the Ducks struck first with four runs in the fourth inning off of Bees starter Kyle Simon. An RBI single by David Washington, a two-run double by Ramon Cabrera, and a solo home run by Miles Williams did the damage.

Long Island added to their lead in the next inning when Daniel Fields and Lew Ford hit two-out doubles to extend the lead to 5-0. New Britain answered quickly in the bottom half of the frame with five runs of their own. Jamar Walton started the comeback with a two-run home run off Ducks starter Chris Pike. Vinny Siena followed with an RBI double, then a Deibinson Romero sacrifice fly brought the Bees within one. Jason Rogers tied the game at five with a two-out single.

The Bees took the lead in the sixth after an RBI double by Jonathan Galvez and an RBI single from Darren Ford. The Ducks were unable to cut into the lead from that point on.

Simon picked up the win, lasting seven innings despite allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out eight. Dennis O’Grady took the loss, conceding two runs in the sixth inning. Evan Scribner earned his 20th save with a scoreless ninth inning, striking out two.

YESTERDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Left-hander Hector Silvestre will start the second game of the series for the Ducks. The 25-year-old last pitched on Sunday against the York Revolution, taking a no-decision in the Ducks’ 6-5 victory. He lasted four and one-third innings, allowing five runs off seven hits and three walks. Tonight will be Silvestre’s fifth start of the year (sixth appearance).

Former first-round draft pick Chris Reed has been called upon by the Bees. After starting the season in the Marlins organization, the lefty has made 10 appearances out of the bullpen, allowing four runs in 12 innings of work thus far. Reed enters tonight with four consecutive scoreless appearances under his belt. The Connecticut resident reached the major leagues in 2015 with the Marlins, pitching in two games.

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 – 1B
#30 David Washington – LF
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#27 Dioner Navarro – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#33 Hector Silvestre – LHP

New Britain Bees
#15 Darren Ford – CF
#10 Jonathan Galvez – 2B
#24 Deibinson Romero – 3B
#14 Jason Rogers – DH
#7   Matt Tuiasosopo – LF
#35 Jovan Rosa – 1B
#11 Jamar Walton – RF
#30 Ryan Wagner – C
#16 Vinny Siena – SS

#33 Chris Reed – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 2: Miles Williams homers for the second straight night to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead!

TOP 3: Dioner Navarro hits his first home run as a Duck over the left-field wall to give the Flock a 2-0 lead!

TOP 6: A passed ball scores the third run of the ballgame for the Ducks! 3-0!

BOT 7: Fernando Abad pitches a scoreless inning of relief after replacing Hector Silvestre, who threw six shutout innings tonight!

FINAL: K-Rod strikes out two on his way to his 23rd save of the season! Ducks shutout the Bees 3-0!

Game 99: Ducks at Bees

The Ducks look to stay on top of the Liberty Division against the Bees

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:35 p.m. at New Britain Stadium (New Britain, Conn.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and New Britain Bees open a three-game series on Friday night. This will be the 12th of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Bees this season and the 53rd all-time meeting between the two teams. The Ducks and Bees are tied in the all-time series at 26 games apiece, but the Ducks have a 7-5 lead in 2018. The Bees own a 16-10 record against the Flock in New Britain. The Ducks bring a 22-13 second half record to Friday’s game, sitting in first place in the Liberty Division by two games. The Bees are five and a half games back of the Ducks with a 16-18 second half record

WEDNESDAY’S RECAP:

The Ducks suffered their first series loss since July 22nd, falling to the Blue Crabs 9-1.

The Ducks opened the scoring in the second inning on Dioner Navarro’s sacrifice fly to left field off Blue Crabs starter David Wayne Russo. Southern Maryland responded with two runs in the third on Angelys Nina’s RBI double and Ryan Strausborger’s sac fly to right.

Three more runs in the fourth inning off Ducks starter Jake Fisher extended the Blue Crabs lead to 5-1. A two-run home run to left field by Frank Martinez and an RBI single to right field by Strausborger did the damage. Southern Maryland rounded out their scoring with two more runs in the sixth and a pair of runs in the eighth.

Russo earned the win, tossing six innings of one-run ball, allowing one hit and four walks while striking out five. Fisher took the loss, giving up seven runs (six earned) on nine hits over five innings with four strikeouts. Carlos Pimentel struck out the side in a 1-2-3 seventh inning for Long Island, while Fernando Abad pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Flock.

WEDNESDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Chris Pike will start for the Ducks in a spot start scenario, but it will be his second consecutive start. The righty owns a 7.10 ERA in four appearances with the Ducks thus far, allowing five runs in six and one-third innings of work. Pike lasted three and one-third innings on August 6 against the Patriots, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks in a 7-2 victory. The Long Island native was primarily a starter in the Tampa Bay Rays organization from 2014 to 2017, reaching Triple-A last year. The 25-year-old was also a participant in the Ducks open tryout before the season.

Atlantic League mainstay Kyle Simon will face the Ducks on Friday. The 6’6″ right-hander is 7-6 this season with a 4.04 ERA over 18 appearances (17 starts). Simon last appeared on August 12th, taking the loss against Lancaster after allowing four runs in five innings of work. After spending the first four seasons of his career in the Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles organizations, reaching Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2014, Simon has been an Atlantic League arm since 2015. Simon was named an All-Star in 2016 with the Bees, pitching to the tune of a 2.77 ERA over 120 and one-third innings.

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
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#9   Anthony Vega – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#21 Chris Pike – RHP

New Britain Bees
#8   Darren Ford – CF
#3   James Skelton – C
#24 Deibinson Romero – DH
#14 Jason Rogers – 1B
#7   Matt Tuiasosopo – LF
#35 Jovan Rosa – 3B
#11 Jamar Walton – RF
#10 Jonathan Galvez – 2B
#16 Vinny Siena – SS

#18 Kyle Simon – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: Chris Pike starts the game the right way, retiring the side in order!

TOP 4: HUGE inning for the Ducks, who plated four runs after an RBI single by David Washington, a two-run double by Ramon Cabrera, and Miles Williams’ first homer as a Duck!

TOP 5: A pair of two-out doubles by Daniel Fields and Lew Ford extend the Ducks’ lead to 5-0!

BOT 5: Bees storm back with five runs in the frame to tie the game.

BOT 6: Bees take a 7-5 lead with a pair of runs in the inning.

FINAL: Evan Scribner converts his 20th save of the season and the Ducks fall 7-5 in the series opener.

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