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Game 80: Ducks vs. Patriots

de6i7448.jpgGAME TIME/LOCATION: 5:05 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (40-39, 4-5) take on the Somerset Patriots (45-33, 3-5) in the rubber game of a three-game series. The Ducks currently sit in third place on the Liberty Division standings, only two games behind the Bridgeport Bluefish for first place in the second half standings, while the Patriots sit in fourth, 2.5 games back.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 7-4 on Saturday night in the middle game of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Long Island opened the scoring with a three-run second inning against Patriots starter Will Oliver. A two-run double by Jordan Pacheco and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Dan Lyons highlighted the inning. Scott Kelly hit an inside-the-park solo homer in the third inning off Ducks starter Rafael Perez, but an RBI single in the bottom of the frame by Ruben Gotay made it a 4-1 game.

Somerset grabbed another run in the fourth on an RBI single by Carlos Guzman, but the Ducks responded once again with an RBI double off the bat of Quintin Berry in the bottom of the inning to get their three-run advantage back. In the sixth, Lyons drove an opposite-field two-run homer to increase Long Island’s advantage to 7-2.

The Patriots tried to rally back in the eighth inning, plating a pair of runs on an RBI infield single from Kelly and a bases loaded walk to Alfredo Rodriguez. However, Lew Ford ran down a fly ball to left from Christian Marrero to strand the tying runs on base.

Perez (6-5) earned the win, tossing six innings and allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight. Oliver (3-2) suffered the loss, surrendering seven runs on eight hits and two walks over six innings with six strikeouts. David Aardsma collected his eighth save of the season with one and one-third scoreless innings of relief.

Pacheco led the Flock with three hits, while Lyons added two. Lyons drove in three runs and scored twice, while Pacheco picked up two RBI and a run.

ON THE MOUND: Dennis O’Grady heads to the mound in the rubber game for the Ducks, making his 17th appearance and 13th start of the season. O’Grady is 4-5 with a 5.17 ERA in 73 innings this year, and has allowed 74 hits while recording 59 strikeouts and 39 walks. In his last outing on July 7 at Southern Maryland, the righty allowed four runs on six hits in 5.1 innings, and got no decision in a 5-4 Blue Crabs victory. Over his last three starts, O’Grady has a less-than-stellar 4:8 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 18 innings.

The Patriots send Lucas Irvine to the bump in Sunday’s contest, making his 15th start of the season. Irvine is 5-2 with a 4.26 ERA on the campaign, and has allowed a staggering 83 hits in 76 innings, while striking out 50 and walking 28. The 6-1 right-hander was marvelous in his last start on July 9 against Sugar Land, allowing a run on seven hits in 7.2 innings in a 2-1 Patriots win. Irvine is 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA (3 ER/9.0 IP) in his two starts against the Ducks this season.

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:

Ducks
#47 Quintin Berry – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#11 Anthony Vega – RF

#17 Dennis O’Grady – RHP

Patriots
#8 Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#14 Christian Marrero – 1B
#1 Justin Pacchioli – CF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#4 Yovan Gonzalez – C
#13 Carlos Guzman – 3B
#33 Zach Racusin – RF
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#2 Scott Kelly – 2B

#16 Lucas Irvine – RHP

UPDATE (5:16) – TOP 1: The Patriots grab a 1-0 lead when Alfredo Rodriguez scores on a wild pitch.

UPDATE (5:34) – TOP 2: Somerset adds a run on a solo home run and takes a 2-0 lead.

UPDATE (6:23) – BOT 4: The Ducks still trail the Patriots 2-0.

UPDATE (7:01) – TOP 7: John Lannan throws a scoreless inning of relief as the Patriots still have a 2-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:18) – TOP 8: Dan Lyons makes a pair of great plays, but Somerset scores a run to extend a 3-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:53) – FINAL: Patriots 3, Ducks 2

W: Irvine (6-2)
L: O’Grady (4-6)
SV: Shaban (6)

Berry: 0-1, 3 BB, SB

Game 76: Ducks at Blue Crabs

IMG_2079GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium (Waldorf, Md.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (38-37, 2-3) continue their three-game series tonight against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (41-32, 3-1). The Ducks look to rebound from a tough loss Friday night, a tight contest which resulted in a last at-bat win for the Blue Crabs. Including tonight’s game, there are only two games remaining before the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks fell to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 5-4 Friday night at Regency Furniture Stadium in the opener of a three-game series.

Angelo Songco started the scoring for the Ducks in the top of the first by lifting a sacrifice fly to the warning track in right field to score Fehlandt Lentini. Long Island loaded the bases later in the frame, but Southern Maryland starter Daryl Thompson was able to limit the damage.

In the bottom of the first the Blue Crabs got even against Ducks starter Dennis O’Grady, plating a run on a sacrifice fly by Zach Wilson.

The Ducks broke the tie in the top of the sixth, erupting for three runs against Thompson. With two outs, Giovanny Alfonzo lined a single into centerfield to score Marc Krauss, and then Dan Lyons doubled to left to score two more to hand Long Island a 4-1 lead.

Southern Maryland evened the ledger in the bottom of the sixth, responding for three runs against O’Grady, highlighted by a two-run single from Zach Cone.

After a 43-minute rain delay to start the top of the eighth inning the Blue Crabs took the lead for good in the bottom of the eighth, plating an unearned run against Patrick Crider (0-5) to take a 5-4 lead. Cody Eppley worked around a two-out single from Quintin Berry in the top of the ninth to seal his 22nd save of the year and make a winner of Craig Stem (1-1).

Neither starter factored into the decision. O’Grady allowed four runs on six hits in 5.1 innings, walking two and striking out one. Thompson yielded four runs (one earned) on nine hits in six frames, walking one and striking out four.

Berry went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and Krauss added a 2-for-3 day with a walk and a run scored to lead the Ducks on offense.

ON THE MOUND: Left-handed pitcher Rafael Perez takes the mound for the Ducks in the middle game of the three-game series, making his 14th start of the season. Perez is 5-4 with a 3.84 ERA on the season, and has a 49:13 K:BB ratio in 68.0 innings. The southpaw has lost his last two starts as the Ducks have been shutout in both of them, including in his last outing on July 3 against Lancaster. Perez allowed four runs on six hits in five innings in a 5-0 Barnstormers triumph. The lefty has made one start against Southern Maryland this year, resulting in no decision on April 21, where Perez allowed three runs in three innings in his first appearance of the year.

Righty Drew Hayes gets the call for the Blue Crabs to make his 11th start of the season. The former Cincinnati Reds hurler is 3-3 with a 4.70 ERA on the season, and has struck out 39 and walked 21 in 51.2 innings this season. The former Vanderbilt Commodore spent seven years in the Reds system and is in his first year in the Atlantic League with Southern Maryland in 2017. In his last start against Long Island on July 2, Hayes was beat up for six runs on five hits in three innings and got the loss in a 10-5 Ducks win.

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:

Ducks
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

Blue Crabs
#4 Jose Lozada – 2B
#9 Edwin Garcia – SS
#29 Zach Wilson – DH
#16 Michael Snyder – 1B
#27 Cory Vaughn – CF
#10 L.J. Hoes – LF
#23 Zach Cone – RF
#32 Luis Alen – C
#6 Patrick Palmeiro – 3B

#8 Drew Hayes – RHP

UPDATE (7:03) – BOT 1: The Blue Crabs jump out to a 2-0 lead against Rafael Perez.

UPDATE (7:40) – TOP 3: Delta Cleary Jr comes home to score on a wild pitch to cut the Blue Crabs lead to 2-1.

UPDATE (8:01) – BOT 3: A two-run homer from Michael Snyder gives the Blue Crabs a 4-1 advantage.

UPDATE (9:04) – BOT 7: The Blue Crabs strike for three runs to take a 7-1 lead.

UPDATE (9:16) – TOP 8: Anthony Vega triples and scores on a Delta Cleary Jr. sac fly. Southern Maryland leads 7-2.

UPDATE (9:30) – FINAL: Blue Crabs 7, Ducks 2

W: Hayes (4-3)
L: Perez (5-5)

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