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Games 70 and 71: Ducks vs. Bees

The Ducks welcome the Bees to Bethpage Ballpark for a day/night doubleheader

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

11:05 a.m. and 6:35 p.m. day/night doubleheader at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and New Britain Bees start a three-game series with a doubleheader. This will be the 10th and 11th of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Bees this season and the 50th and 51st all-time meeting between the two teams. The Bees have a slim one-game lead in the all-time series at 25-24, but the Ducks have a 5-4 lead in 2018, and a 14-9 record at home against New Britain. The Ducks bring a 34-35 record to Wednesday’s games, going 4-2 in the second half so far, while New Britain holds a 36-33 record with an even 3-3 second-half record.

LAST GAME RECAP:

The Ducks dropped the series finale against the York Revolution in a tight 2-1 game.

The Revolution got on the board right away after Jared Mitchell scored on a throwing error by Ducks starter Tyler Badamo in the first inning. Another unearned run came across in the sixth inning after a two-out error followed by an RBI double.

David Washington got the Ducks on the board with a monstrous shot to straight-away center field in the seventh inning, but that was all the offense Long Island could muster.

Badamo took the loss after allowing a pair of unearned runs on five hits and a walk, striking out five over five and two-thirds innings. Mitch Atkins earned the win for the Revs, going seven strong innings and allowing one run on six hits, a walk and four strikeouts. Grant Sides shut the door in the ninth to earn his eighth save of the season.

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Lee Sosa will start the seven-inning morning game of the doubleheader. The New Yorker struggled mightily in his last start, allowing seven runs (five earned) against York on Friday in four and one-third innings. The SUNY Binghamton alum threw three scoreless innings in the start before York rallied for five runs in the fourth inning. Sosa had been largely successful out of the bullpen this season owning a 2.16 ERA prior to joining the rotation. His ERA now sits at 6.75 in 10 appearances (four starts). The righty was an All-Star as a starting pitcher in the Canadian-American League in 2016.

Andy Van Hekken will make his 13th start for the Bees during the day game. The 38-year-old is 3-5 with a 3.95 ERA thus far. Most recently, he faced the Ducks in Connecticut on the Fourth of July, going five and two-thirds scoreless innings and striking out five, but taking a no-decision as the Ducks stormed back in the eighth inning to win 5-3. Van Hekken reached the Major Leagues 16 years ago with the Detroit Tigers and pitched a complete game shutout in his debut. The Michigan native has spent his last six seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization and made a quick stop in the Japanese Pacific League in 2016. Van Hekken was successful in Korea, with a 3.56 ERA and 73-42 record across the six seasons.

Jake Fisher takes on the Bees in the nightcap of the doubleheader, looking to get back on track after taking the loss in his last three starts. Fisher’s last start came nearly two weeks ago, on July 5th against the Bees. The lefty was forced out of the contest after four and one-third innings after a line-drive caught him on the back of the head. The Oklahoma native was a 2018 Atlantic League All-Star and is currently 3-4 with a 4.29 ERA.

Rainy Lara will start against the Ducks tonight, making his 13th appearance and 11th start of the season. The former Bridgeport Bluefish pitcher went six and two-thirds innings against the Somerset Patriots in his last outing, surrendering three runs on four hits and earning the win regardless. Lara is 5-3 this season with a 3.51 ERA. The Dominican Republic native has been an Atlantic League All-Star the past two seasons, and pitched at the Triple-A level with the New York Mets organization in both 2015 and 2016.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for today’s games, 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 today’s games 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
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 1B
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#28 Daniel Fields – LF
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#14 Lee Sosa – RHP

New Britain Bees
#8   Darren Ford – CF
#11 Brock Stassi – 1B
#24 Deibinson Romero – 3B
#14 Jason Rogers – DH
#23 Jamar Walton – RF
#10 Jonathan Galvez – 2B
#13 Ozney Guillen – LF
#30 Ryan Wagner – C
#35 Vicente Conde – SS

#22 Andy Van Hekken – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Lee Sosa strikes out a pair in a scoreless first inning to kick off our doubleheader!

TOP 2: Three runs for the Bees come across after a bases-loaded walk followed by a base hit.

TOP 3: Another bases-loaded walk leads to a 4-0 lead for the Bees.

BOT 3: Emilio Bonifacio sends a solo shot over the left field wall, then Daniel Fields drives in a run with a double down the right field line! Ducks now trail 4-2.

TOP 4: Bees plate three after several walks and an RBI single. They lead 7-2.

FINAL: Ducks fall in the first half of the doubleheader by a score of 7-2.

STARTING LINEUPS GAME TWO:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – DH
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#9   Anthony Vega – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#13 Jake Fisher – LHP

New Britain Bees
#8   Darren Ford – CF
#11 Brock Stassi – LF
#24 Deibinson Romero – DH
#14 Jason Rogers – 1B
#7   Matt Tuiasosopo – RF
#10 Jonathan Galvez – 2B
#16 Vinny Siena – SS
#30 Ryan Wagner – C
#35 Vicente Conde – 3B

#26 Rainy Lara – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

END 1: No score after one inning at Bethpage Ballpark. Jake Fisher retired the side in order in the first.

BOT 3: Taylor Ard gives the Ducks the lead with a two-out, two-run double to left-center! He’s now on a 13-game hitting streak, the longest by a Duck this season!

TOP 5: Fisher strikes out the side and strands a pair of runners on base! Ducks maintain a 2-0 lead.

BOT 5: A sac fly to left field by Ard brings home Emilio Bonifacio and increases Long Island’s lead to three!

END 7: Still a 3-0 ballgame after seven innings. Dennis O’Grady stranded two on base in the seventh after six and one-third shutout innings from Fisher!

FINAL: K-Rod gets save #15 as the Ducks shutout the Bees 3-0!

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Game 69: Ducks at Revolution

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The Ducks and Revs battle for the series win this afternoon (Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

1:00 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park (York, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

It’s a Sunday matinee and the rubber game of a three-game series this afternoon between the Long Island Ducks and York Revolution. The Ducks enter the game at 4-1 in the second half, just one game behind the Somerset Patriots in the Liberty Division, and 34-34 overall this year. The Revolution are now tied with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs for first in the Freedom Division at 3-2 in the second half, and they have a 35-33 overall record. Long Island is now victorious in six of their 10 meetings with York this year and has a 4-2 record at PeoplesBank Park.

LAST GAME RECAP:

After getting blown out on Friday night, the Ducks returned the favor on Saturday evening with a 13-4 triumph over the Revolution.

Long Island took a 1-0 lead into the third inning after Travis Snider drove in a run with a groundout in the first. Then, for the second time this year, the Ducks plated eight runs in the third with right-hander Dominic Severino on the mound. Jordany Valdespin and Taylor Ard had RBI singles in the frame, Lew Ford went the opposite way for a two-run triple, Daniel Fields lined a two-run single to center, and a pair of runs scored on a little league home run for Dan Lyons, who went from home to third on a throwing error and then scored from third on another throwing error.

The Revolution looked to make a comeback against John Brownell, who did not allow a hit over the first three innings. However, Welington Dotel lifted an opposite-field solo homer to right in the fourth to put the Revs on the board. An RBI double by Jared Mitchell and a run-scoring infield single by Alexi Casilla in the fifth closed the gap to 9-3. Zach Wilson then connected for an RBI double in the sixth to make it a five-run game. York would get no closer though.

The Ducks took advantage of an error in the eighth to plate four unearned runs with two outs against southpaw Luke Westphal. Snider grounded a two-run double down the left field line, and Ford followed with a two-run home run to right-center. The bullpen trio of Wander PerezDennis O’Grady and Colton Murray locked the game down with a perfect final three innings, and they combined for five strikeouts. Murray struck out the side in the ninth to seal the deal.

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks will have Tyler Badamo toe the rubber in the series finale on Sunday. The right-hander has turned in back-to-back quality starts to begin his Ducks career, combining to yield just five runs in 13 innings of work and posting a 1-1 record. He most recently pitched on July 7th against the Skeeters and tossed six innings of two-run ball, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out four in Long Island’s 7-5 win. Overall with the Ducks, Bees and Skeeters this year, Badamo is 3-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 11 games (10 starts). Today will be his first start of the season against the Revolution, though he threw five innings of one-run ball against them in 2017 while pitching for Bridgeport.

2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game selection Mitch Atkins will take the mound for the Revolution. The righty pitched a scoreless inning of relief in Wednesday’s All-Star Game for the Freedom Division, yielding just one walk in the second. He brings a 6-3 overall record and a 4.43 ERA over 13 starts into Sunday’s ballgame. Prior to the All-Star appearance, Atkins last pitched for the Revs on July 6th when he tossed a complete game shutout against the Blue Crabs. The former big leaguer gave up just three hits over nine innings and struck out 10 batters, throwing 114 pitches (77 strikes). He comes into the game having won six consecutive starts and posting a 2.25 ERA in that span after going 0-3 with a 7.09 ERA in his first seven starts of the season. He is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his two starts against the Ducks.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for today’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 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
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – DH
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#9   Anthony Vega – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#25 Tyler Badamo – RHP

York Revolution
#2   Jared Mitchell – RF
#4   Alexi Casilla – 2B
#15 Welington Dotel – LF
#29 Melky Mesa – DH
#21 Michael Burgess – 1B
#11 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#30 Tyler Clark – C
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF

#16 Mitch Atkins – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: Revolution plate an unearned run in the first on a double, a sac bunt and a throwing error. York leads 1-0.

END 3: Back-to-back scoreless frames for Tyler Badamo, who has struck out four batters thus far!

BOT 6: A two-out error leads to York’s second run of the game, as Michael Burgess connects for an RBI double. 2-0 Revolution.

TOP 7: David Washington slugs a solo home run over the batter’s eye in center field! His 10th longball of the season cuts the deficit to 2-1.

MID 8: Still a 2-1 game in favor of York. Wander Perez takes over after one and one-third scoreless innings from Dennis O’Grady.

FINAL: A leadoff walk goes for naught, as the Ducks drop the series finale to the Revolution 2-1. We’ll see you back on Long Island Tuesday night as we open a homestand against the New Britain Bees!

Game 68: Ducks at Revolution

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Long Island looks to rebound from a series-opening loss (Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park (York, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and York Revolution play the middle game of a three-game series in Pennsylvania. Entering Saturday’s game, the Ducks sit one game behind the Patriots for first place in the second half Liberty Division standings at 3-1. The Revolution are also 3-1 in the second half and maintain a one game lead over Southern Maryland for first place in the Freedom Division. Long Island has taken five of the nine meetings between the Ducks and Revs thus far, including three of five in York.

LAST GAME RECAP:

Despite a strong first three innings from starter Lee Sosa, the Ducks could not contain a strong Revolution offense over the middle three innings, as York claimed the series opener 16-1 on Friday.

The Ducks took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on three singles, including a two-out RBI base hit from Taylor Ard. However, they left two on base in the inning and proceeded to leave five on base over the first three innings of the game. York took advantage in the fourth inning after Sosa allowed just one walk over three scoreless innings to begin the game. The Revs sent 10 men to the plate and plated five runs on five hits and one error, which led to two unearned runs in the inning.

York continued to swing the bats in the fifth against Sosa and then Branden Pinder. Sosa walked Melky Mesa and Michael Burgess on four pitches each before he was lifted from the game. Pinder then allowed a single to Zach Wilson, a sac fly to Luis Cruz and a two-out, three-run home run to Ryan Dent. Leading 9-1, the Revolution then tacked on seven more runs against Pinder and Carlos Pimentel in the sixth inning. York collected seven consecutive hits in the inning, the first five off Pinder, and finished the frame with eight hits overall.

Jose Cuas was the only Ducks pitcher to avoid yielding runs, as he tossed a perfect eighth inning in his debut with the Flock. Ard, Travis Snider and Dan Lyons each had two hits for Long Island, who collected 10 hits in the game but left eight men on base.

ON THE MOUND:

John Brownell will look to even the series for the Ducks on Saturday night. The seventh-year Duck is coming off his longest start of the season, in which he went eight innings and threw 141 pitches in a 12-4 win over the Sugar Land Skeeters on July 6th. He allowed just two runs over eight innings, with both runs coming on a two-run homer in the first by Colin Walsh. The righty gave up eight hits and five walks but stranded 10 men on base while striking out four. Brownell has faced the Revolution twice this season and has yet to allow an earned run in 13 and two-thirds innings of work. He’s given up just one unearned run on nine hits and four walks while striking out eight. Overall, Brownell is now 4-7 in 13 games (12 starts) this season and has lowered his ERA from 6.53 to 3.96 over his past seven starts, with a 2.13 ERA in that span.

York will give the ball to Dominic Severino in the middle game of the set. The right-hander comes into tonight’s start with a 4-4 record and a 4.37 ERA, also pitching in 13 games (12 starts). His most recent outing was also his longest, as he tossed seven innings and alloewd just one unearned run in a 4-3 loss to the Blue Crabs on July 8th. Severino took a no-decision but gave up only seven hits and no walks while striking out five batters. It was an impressive turnaround for the Connecticut native, who had five runs in five innings combined during his first two starts after returning for a rib injury that caused him to miss 12 days. Severino was roughed up in his lone start against the Ducks this year, allowing nine runs on 10 hits and a walk over two and two-thirds innings on June 8th in York.

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
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#28 Daniel Fields – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

York Revolution
#2   Jared Mitchell – RF
#4   Alexi Casilla – 2B
#15 Welington Dotel – LF
#29 Melky Mesa – DH
#21 Michael Burgess – 1B
#14 Zach Wilson – 3B
#20 Luis Cruz – C
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF

#26 Dominic Severino – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: A grounder to short by Travis Snider scores Jordany Valdespin with the opening run of the ballgame!

TOP 3: For the second time this year, the Ducks score eight runs in the third inning at York! Eight runs on eight hits and two errors balloon Long Island’s lead to 9-0!

BOT 4: Welington Dotel’s opposite-field solo home run to right has put the Revs on the scoreboard. Ducks lead is now 9-1.

BOT 5: An RBI double by Jared Mitchell and an RBI infield single by Alexi Casilla have closed the gap to 9-3 in favor of the Flock.

BOT 6: An RBI double to left-center by Zach Wilson makes it a 9-4 ballgame.

BOT 7: All-Star Wander Perez with a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh after taking over for Brownell!

TOP 8: CLUTCH two-out hits for the Flock! Snider sneaks a two-run double down the left field line, and Ford follows with a two-run home run to right-center! Ducks now lead 13-4!

BOT 8: A 1-2-3 eighth inning for Dennis O’Grady, who gets two groundouts and a strikeout! Onto the ninth we go.

FINAL: Colton Murray strikes out the side in the ninth! Nine up and nine down tonight for the Ducks bullpen! Long Island tops York 13-4 to even the series at one!

Game 67: Ducks at Revolution

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The Ducks begin their post All-Star break schedule with a weekend trip to York

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park (York, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks resume the second half of the 2018 season tonight when they open a three-game series in Pennsylvania against the York Revolution. After a four-day break for the Atlantic League All-Star Game, the Ducks will bring a 3-0 record in the second half into this series. The Revolution have won two of their first three games in the second half, and both teams currently sit in first place in their respective divisions. Long Island has won five of their eight meetings with York thus far, including three of four at PeoplesBank Park back in early-June.

LAST GAME RECAP:

The Ducks last took the field on Sunday evening, when they held on late for a 5-3 victory over the Sugar Land Skeeters to complete a three-game sweep.

Ducks starter Bennett Parry and Skeeters starter Ben Griset dueled over the first four innings of the game, with neither pitcher yielding a run. However, in the fifth, Cody Puckett ended a 43-game home run drought with a leadoff solo blast over the left field wall. Later in the frame, Audie Afenir double to right, and Jordany Valdespin brought him home with a two-out RBI single to right.

It remained 2-0 until the bottom of the eighth when Austin Adams took over on the mound for the Skeeters. He allowed a one-out single to Lew Ford, a two-out single to Taylor Ard and a two-out walk to David Washington. That set the stage for Puckett, who drove a 1-1 pitch into the left-center field gap for a bases-clearing, three-run double that put the Flock up 5-0.

Francisco Rodriguez entered in the ninth inning for a second straight night to try and close out the game. However, the righty ran into trouble, yielding three runs on two hits, two walks and a sacrifice fly. With the tying run coming up to the plate, the closer induced a flyout to left by Derek Norris and struck out All-Star Matt Chavez swinging to seal the series sweep.

Parry collected the win after tossing seven scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and four walks while striking out 10. Griset took the loss, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk in seven innings.

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ALL-STAR GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks will give the ball to Lee Sosa in the first game out of the All-Star break. The right-hander last pitched on July 4th when he start Long Island’s 5-3 win in Connecticut over the New Britain Bees. He pitched two innings after starting just three days prior, allowing a run on one hit and two walks while striking out two. Thus far, the Bronx native has compiled an 0-1 record with a 5.74 ERA in nine appearances (three starts) with the Ducks this year. He has faced York twice, once in relief and once as a starter, and has given up five runs in four and two-thirds innings of work.

York will counter with left-hander Robert Carson, who started the All-Star Game for the Freedom Division and allowed a first-inning solo homer to Somerset Patriots outfielder Julio Borbon. The southpaw has a 5-3 record with a 2.25 ERA in 20 appearances this year, four of which are starts. His last start with the Revs came on July 4th against the Sugar Land Skeeters when he took the loss despite allowing just three runs, four hits and a walk over six innings while striking out a season-high eight batters. Carson has pitched in three games against Long Island this year (two starts). He has totaled a 1-0 record with a 2.19 ERA, conceding five runs (three earned) in 12 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
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 1B
#30 David Washington – LF
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#14 Lee Sosa – RHP

York Revolution
#2   Jared Mitchell – RF
#4   Alexi Casilla – 2B
#15 Welington Dotel – LF
#29 Melky Mesa – DH
#21 Michael Burgess – 1B
#14 Zach Wilson – 3B
#20 Luis Cruz – C
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF

#28 Robert Carson – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Ducks strike first in York on a two-out RBI single to left-center field from Taylor Ard!

END 2: Back-to-back scoreless innings to start the game from right-hander Lee Sosa! Five of his six outs recorded have been groundouts.

BOT 4: The Revolution plate five runs (three earned) on five hits and an error to take a 5-1 lead.

BOT 5: A sac fly off the bat of Luis Cruz and a two-out, three-run home run from Ryan Dent increase the Revolution lead to 9-1.

BOT 6: The Revolution plate seven more runs on eight more hits.

BOT 8: Newcomer Jose Cuas takes over on the mound in the eighth inning and retires all three batters he faces on popouts!

FINAL: Ducks drop the series opener in York to the Revolution. Back at it tomorrow night at 6:30 for the middle game of the series.

 

Game 41: Ducks vs. Blue Crabs

The Ducks open up a nine-game homestand with a matchup against the Blue Crabs

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs meet to open up their third series against each other. This will be the seventh of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Blue Crabs this season and the 204th all-time meeting between the two teams. Long Island holds a 106-97 advantage all-time, with a 60-47 edge at home. The Ducks bring a 22-18 record to Tuesday’s game, winning three in a row and trailing the division-leading Somerset Patriots by just one and a half games. Southern Maryland is 15-24, sitting in last place in the Freedom Division.

LAST GAME RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks closed out a very successful four-game series against the York Revolution behind a complete game shutout from Matt Larkins. It was the second complete game of the series for the Ducks rotation, and the first nine-inning complete game shutout for the Flock in 2018.

Taylor Ard provided the only necessary offense for the Ducks with a first-inning home run to score Travis Snider and himself. The shot to left field was his third of the season, and all that was needed in the 2-0 victory.

Larkins earned the victory, going the distance while allowing eight hits (all singles), striking out six and not walking a batter. York’s starter Pat McCoy took the loss despite dealing five scoreless innings after allowing the two-run home run in the first inning.

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 

ON THE MOUND:

Bennett Parry has been the shining star of the Ducks staff this season and gets the start tonight against the Blue Crabs. The 6-foot-6 lefty owns a 2-0 record with a 2.01 ERA over six starts thus far, allowing one run or less in his last five appearances. Parry allowed six hits over six innings and allowed one run in his previous start last Tuesday against the Barnstormers.

Drake Britton will be the starting pitcher for the Blue Crabs opposite Parry. Britton is 2-2 with a 6.55 ERA in six appearances (five starts) and is looking to recover from giving up five runs in four innings in his last start on May 30. The lefty reached the major leagues in 2013 with the Boston Red Sox, and has made 25 appearances in the bigs dating back to 2013 and 2014. Britton spent last season with the Bridgeport Bluefish, going 4-1 with a 3.68 ERA in 34 appearances, striking out 19. The Texas native has made five career appearances against the Ducks, going 2-0 and not allowing a run.

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
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#30 David Washington – LF
#35 Taylor Ard – 1B
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#12  Dan Lyons – SS

#32 Bennett Parry – LHP

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
#4   Ryan Strausborger – LF
#9   Edwin Garcia – SS
#5   Teodoro Martinez – CF
#26 Angelo Songco – RF
#19 Frank Martinez – 3B
#12 Devon Rodriguez – 1B
#13 Jon Griffin – DH
#6   Ryan Wagner – C
#15 Angelys Nina – 2B

#50 Drake Britton – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Bennett Parry strikes out the first two batters while retiring the side to kick off the series opener!

BOT 2: David Washington hits one a long way to left center for his seventh home run of the season and a 1-0 Ducks lead!

BOT 3: It’s now 2-0 as Emilio Bonifacio scores Jordany Valdespin with a sacrifice fly to right!

TOP 4: Southern Maryland cuts the lead to 2-1 with a sacrifice fly.

TOP 5: The Blue Crabs have tied things up at two with a two-out single.

BOT 5: FIVE RUNS come across for the Flock after RBI singles from Jordany Valdespin and Travis Snider followed by a two-run bomb by Lew Ford! 7-2 Ducks!

TOP 6: 10 strikeouts now for Bennett Parry as he sets down two in the frame! His third double-digit strikeout game of the season!

TOP 7: Make it 12 Ks for Bennett Parry as he cruises through another inning!

FINAL: Ducks win 7-2 behind a pair of home runs and a great pitching performance!

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