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Game 111: Ducks vs. Barnstormers

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Angelo Songco and the Ducks look to stay in the swing of things as they return home Friday night.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

Winners of 13 of their last 14, the Long Island Ducks (24-16; 60-50) return home to begin a seven game homestand by welcoming the Lancaster Barnstormers (23-17; 61-49) to the Duck Pond. The Ducks are coming off of a 7-1 road trip, sweeping the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs and taking three of four from the Somerset Patriots to establish a four-game lead in the Liberty Division Second Half Standings. The Barnstormers are currently in first place in the Freedom Division, sporting a one-game lead over the York Revolution.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 5-4 on Thursday night in the finale of a four-game series at TD Bank Ballpark.

The Patriots struck first in the third inning on RBI doubles from Justin Trapp and Kyle Roller off Ducks reliever Wanel Mesa. Another balk by Mesa in the fourth scored Olmo Rosario from third to extend Somerset’s lead to 3-0.

Long Island responded with a five-run fifth inning to swipe the lead from Somerset. Alex Burg was hit by a pitch, Giovanny Alfonzo walked and Anthony Vega singled to load the bases with one out. Delta Cleary Jr. delivered an RBI single to close the gap to 3-1, and Marc Krauss followed with a two-out grand slam to right field off Patriots starter Will Oliver.

Somerset trimmed the Ducks’ lead to one in the sixth when Kyle Roller scored on a passed ball. They then put the tying run on second in both the seventh and ninth innings but could not pull even.

Ducks starter Rafael Perez did not factor into the decision, giving up a hit and a walk in two innings with one strikeout. Mesa (1-0) collected the win despite giving up three runs on three hits and two walks in two innings of work. Oliver (5-4) suffered the loss, surrendering five runs on five hits and two walks in four and two-thirds innings with eight strikeouts. Amalio Diaz earned his 11th save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Krauss led Long Island with two hits and four RBI, while Vega added two hits as well.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks hand the ball to righty Jake Dunning in the opener with the Barnstormers. In eight appearances (one start) with the Ducks this season, the former big leaguer is 1-0 with a 1.14 ERA. He has struck out eight and walked six in 15.2 innings pitched. In his last outing on August 12 at Southern Maryland, Dunning tossed five shutout innings, allowing three hits and walking one, getting the win in a rain-shortened 9-5  Ducks win. Dunning began the season in the Chicago White Sox organization, splitting time with Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte.

Right-hander Joe Gardner heads to the mound for Lancaster in the opener, making his fifth appearance and fourth overall start. So far, Gardner is 0-2 with an ugly 9.20 ERA, and has allowed an unbelievable 30 hits and 13 walks against nine strikeouts in just 14.2 innings, good for a WHIP of 2.93. In his last start on August 13 against Somerset, Gardner was true to form, allowing five runs (four earned) on 10 hits in 4.2 innings, walking four, striking out one, and getting the loss in a 6-1 Patriots winner. Gardner appeared in six games down the stretch with the Barnstormers last year, posting a 3-1 record with a significantly better 4.21 ERA.

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
#11 Anthony Vega – 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
#23 Alex Burg – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#45 Jake Dunning – RHP

Lancaster Barnstormers
#3   Beau Amaral – CF
#21 Traybon Robinson – LF
#8   Cole Garner – RF
#19 Sean Halton – DH
#4   Garrett Weber – 2B
#31 Steve Clevenger – 1B
#28 Josh Bell – 3B
#12 Nate Coronado – SS
#30 Anderson De La Rosa – C

#33 Joe Gardner – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 2: Jake Dunning looks 💪💪💪 on the mound and has thrown two scoreless innings. 0-0 as @MarcKrauss25 leads off!

BOT 2: Ruben Gotay comes through with an RBI single to score Angelo Songco and give the Ducks a 1-0 lead!

TOP 5: Anthony Vega throws out a runner at the plate to preserve the Ducks 1-0 lead.

BOT 5: Anthony Vega smacks a two-run homer as the Ducks pile on five runs and take a 6-0 lead!

TOP 6: As the inning has been completed, the tarp has been called for and we are in a rain delay.

The tarp is off the field and we are scheduled to restart tonight’s game at 9:25. The Ducks lead heading to the bottom of the sixth.

BOT 7: Ruben Gotay smacks a solo home run to highlight a four-run outburst as we extend our lead over the Barnstormers to 10-0!

FINAL: Ducks 10, Barnstormers 1.

W: Dunning (2-0)
L: Gardner (0-3)

Vega: 3-5, HR, 2B, 3 RBIs, 3 R

Game #110: Ducks at Patriots

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Giovanny Alfonzo & the Flock look to start a new winning streak in Thursday’s series finale

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (23-16; 59-50) vie for a victory in both the current four-game series and the season series against Somerset Patriots (19-19; 61-47) in Thursday’s series finale. The Ducks had taken the first six games of the road trip and 12 consecutive games overall, tying the franchise record set from July 5-20 of 2006, before it came to an end on Wednesday night. Long Island still leads the season series between the two teams 10-9, though Somerset has taken five of the nine meetings thus far in New Jersey. This will be the final game between the two teams during the 2017 regular season.

WEDNESDAY’S GAME TWO RECAP: 

Despite taking an early lead and then rallying late to tie it, the Ducks could not hold off the Patriots in the nightcap of Wednesday’s doubleheader, falling by a 7-5 margin.

Lew Ford gave the Ducks the early lead with an opposite-field solo homer in the first inning off Patriots starter Efrain Nieves. Long Island then had chances in the next two innings to extend the lead but were unable to do so, including first-and-second with no outs in the second and first-and-second with two outs in the third.

The Ducks managed to add a run to their lead in the sixth when they strung together three singles and a walk, including an RBI base hit to right by Alex Burg. Nieves bounced back to strike out a pair though and strand two more on the bases.

Ducks starter John Brownell was magnificent over the first five innings, yielding just a double and a walk while retiring 11 straight between the second and fifth innings. However, Somerset got to the Ducks’ veteran in the sixth. A single by Scott Kelly, an RBI double by Alfredo Rodriguez and a sac fly off the bat of Justin Trapp tied the game at two. Following a strikeout of Justin Pacchioli, Brownell allowed back-to-back two-out solo homers to Kyle Roller and Olmo Rosario that gave the Patriots the lead.

Marc Krauss closed the gap to one in the seventh with an RBI double but was stranded at second, and Trapp pushed the lead back to two in the bottom of the frame with a two-out RBI single. Burg came up clutch again in the eighth, launching a mammoth two-run homer to straightaway center field off Ronnie Shaban (4-4) that tied the ballgame at five. However, Carlos Guzman connected for a long two-run homer of his own in the bottom of the inning off Tyler Wilson (0-2), pitching for the first time in nearly three months, that put Somerset back on top for good at 7-5. Dustin Molleken pitched a scoreless ninth to nail down his second save of the season.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks turn to left-hander Rafael Perez to start the final game of the eight-game road swing. The southpaw comes in with an 8-7 record and a 4.42 ERA in 20 starts this season. He has won each of his past two outings, including a victory in Southern Maryland on Friday. The 35-year-old tossed seven innings in the 8-4 win, allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out seven. Perez has a 2.77 ERA in his past two starts (4 ER/13.0 IP), following up a stretch in which he posted a 10.24 ERA and two losses in three straight starts (11 ER/9.2 IP). Tonight is the Freeport resident’s fifth start of the year against Somerset, and he has a 1-1 record with a 5.21 ERA thus far. Perez has a 10.13 ERA in two starts at TD Bank Ballpark (9 ER/8.0 IP) compared to a 1.64 ERA in two starts vs. the Patriots on Long Island (2 ER/11.0 IP).

Opposing Perez will be Will Oliver for the Patriots. The right-hander enters with a 5-3 record and a 5.09 ERA in 17 games (11 starts) thus far in 2017. He turned in his best outing of the season in his last start, firing eight innings of one-run ball in an 8-2 win at Lancaster on Friday. The 30-year-old gave up seven hits and two walks while striking out eight in the outing, one shy of his season-high. Oliver will be making his fourth appearance (third start) of 2017 against the Flock, and he has totaled a 1-1 record with a 7.15 ERA. The California native pitched a scoreless inning of relief at TD Bank Ballpark but surrendered nine runs on 15 hits and four walks over 10 and one-third innings in his two starts 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
#11 Anthony Vega – 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 – SS
#23 Alex Burg – C
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

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

#26 Will Oliver – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (7:43): BOT 2: Excellent work from Rafael Perez, who works out of a first-and-second, no-out jam! Still scoreless after two innings.

UPDATE (8:19): BOT 3: Wanel Mesa has taken over on the mound, and after a bizarre inning, Somerset has a 2-0 lead.

UPDATE (8:35): BOT 4: Somerset tacks on a run courtesy of a balk from Mesa. 3-0 Patriots after four.

UPDATE (8:49): TOP 5: An RBI single by Delta Cleary Jr. and a GRAND SLAM by Marc Krauss have put the Flock in front 5-3!

UPDATE (9:30): BOT 6: Somerset scratches out a run thanks to an error and a passed ball. Ducks lead is now 5-4 after six.

UPDATE (9:55): BOT 7: Patrick Crider comes into the ballgame and strikes out Kyle Roller to strand two on base! Ducks still maintain a 5-4 advantage.

UPDATE (10:40): FINAL: Ducks win it 5-4!! They take 3 of 4 in the series and win the season series over the Patriots as well! 7-1 on the road trip!

Game 105: Ducks at Blue Crabs

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Anthony Vega and the Ducks are hoping to run their winning streak to nine games tonight.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (19-15; 55-49) continue their week-long matchup with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-21; 51-52) tonight in the third game of a four-game series. Long Island has won the first five games of the seven-game home-and-home mega-series. The Ducks have an 11-7 edge in the season series thus far, and have a 5-4 advantage 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 won their eighth straight game on Friday night at Regency Furniture Stadium, defeating the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 8-4 in a rain-shortened eight-inning affair.

The Ducks took an early lead, scoring twice in the top of the first inning against Blue Crabs starter Drew Hayes. Marc Krauss grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Quintin Berry with the first run of the game, and scored on an Angelo Songco double to give Long Island a 2-0 lead.

In the top of the second, the Ducks rallied for four runs on five hits against Hayes (6-6), including a two-run double from Krauss and another RBI double off the bat of Songco to extend a 6-0 advantage. Krauss finished the game 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs.

Southern Maryland got on the board in the bottom of the second against Rafael Perez with a Tucker Nathans sacrifice fly making it 6-1 Ducks. Long Island tacked on runs in the fourth and sixth innings, while the Blue Crabs added runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh.

In the top of the ninth, Cody Hebner walked pinch hitter Derrick Pyles leading off. Heavy rains then began and the tarp was called for and the game was called after a 32-minute delay.

Perez (8-7) got the win, allowing four runs on nine hits in seven innings, walking one and striking out two. Rob Rogers added a scoreless inning of relief.

The Ducks set a new franchise record by pounding out nine doubles, surpassing the previous mark of eight set on May 31, 2013 at York. Songco and Audie Afenir had two two-baggers each, while five other Ducks had one. Eight out of the nine Long Island batters in the starting lineup had at least one hit.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Jake Dunning takes the mound for the Ducks in Saturday’s matchup, making his first start of the season. In seven appearances as a reliever, the right-hander has no record and a 1.69 ERA, with eight strikeouts and five walks allowed in 10.2 innings pitched. Dunning spent time in the 2013 and 2014 seasons with the San Francisco Giants, and is a former 33rd round pick out of Indiana University. Dunning celebrates his 29th birthday today, and will be facing the Blue Crabs for the first time this season.

Southern Maryland sends David Russo to the mound to try to put an end to the Ducks’ eight-game winning streak. In 22 appearances (three starts) this season, Russo is 0-1 with a 4.83 ERA. He has struck out 26 and walked an incredible 18 in 31.2 innings pitched this year. The lefty last pitched on August 8 at Bethpage Ballpark against the Ducks, allowing a run on one hit in two innings of relief. Russo faced the Ducks just one other time this year – in a 1.2 inning scoreless relief appearance on Opening Day.

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 – DH
#30 Ruben Gotay – 1B
#19 Derrick Pyles – LF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#45 Jake Dunning – RHP

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
#4   Jose Lozada – 2B
#9   Edwin Garcia – SS
#10 L.J. Hoes – DH
#6   Patrick Palmeiro – 3B
#12 Devon Rodriguez – 1B
#27 Cory Vaughn – CF
#35 Tucker Nathans – LF
#32 Luis Alen – C
#23 Zach Cone – RF

#13 David Russo – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 2: Jake Dunning looks sharp through two innings, setting the Crabs down 1-2-3. No score as we head to the third.

TOP 3: The Ducks score three times and take a 3-0 lead over the Blue Crabs!

BOT 5: Giovanny Alfonzo makes an acrobatic play at third base to retire the side. Ducks lead 3-0!

TOP 6: The Ducks break the game open by sending 11 to the plate and scoring six runs in the inning to take a 9-0 lead!

BOT 7: The Blue Crabs strike for five runs, but the Ducks still lead 9-5.

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

FINAL/8: Ducks 9, Crabs 5
W: Dunning (1-0)
L: Russo (0-2)

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)

Games 100 & 101: Ducks vs. Blue Crabs

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Alfredo Simon aims to lead the Ducks to a fourth-straight win tonight in game one against Southern Maryland.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:00 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (14-15; 50-49) are riding their first three-game winning streak in six weeks and take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-16; 51-47) to begin a three-game series with a doubleheader tonight. The twinbill is necessitated by a postponement of Monday’s regularly scheduled game due to inclement weather. The Ducks and Blue Crabs will play each seven games against each other in the next seven days, with the first three matchups at Bethpage Ballpark, with the remaining four skirmishes hosted at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland. Through the first 13 games of the season between the two clubs, Southern Maryland holds a 7-6 advantage. This seven games in seven days stretch will complete the season series with the Blue Crabs, the first opponent that the Ducks will finish their regular season schedule against.

SUNDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish 2-1 on Sunday evening in the finale of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

After trading zeroes for the first three innings, the Ducks plated both of their runs in the fourth inning against Bluefish starter Charles Brewer. An RBI single by Anthony Vega and a bases loaded walk to Quintin Berry that scored Alex Burg did the damage.

Long Island held Bridgeport off the scoreboard until the top of the ninth inning. Jose Gil’s RBI single cut the Ducks’ lead to 2-1, and the Bluefish put the tying run at second and the go-ahead run at first with one out. However, Amalio Diaz got Tony Abreu to fly out to left and Angel Rosa to ground into a game-ending fielder’s choice to preserve the win.

Ducks starter Rafael Perez (7-7) earned the win, firing six scoreless innings and allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out three. Brewer (7-4) suffered the loss, yielding two runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts over fine innings. Diaz picked up his sixth save by retiring the final two batters of the game.

Vega, Burg and Elmer Reyes each had two hits to pace the Flock.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND (GAME 1):

Long Island begins the series by handing the ball to Alfredo Simon. In nine appearances (six starts) this season, Simon is 1-3 with a 5.60 ERA and one save. The former major leaguer has struck out 32 and walked 10 in 35.1 innings, but hasn’t allowed a walk in his last three outings (11.1 IP) while fanning 14. In his last start on August 2 at York, Big Pasta allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out seven in 4.1 innings, getting the loss in a 4-3 Revs win. Simon has faced the Blue Crabs once this year, getting no decision on July 1 at Bethpage Ballpark, allowing three runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings in a 10-8 Ducks win.

Southern Maryland rolls with a familiar face who is new to the team in former New Britain Bees righty Eric Fornataro. In two starts with the Blue Crabs, Fornataro is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA, and with New Britain this year he was 0-2 with a 5.85 ERA in 15 games (nine starts). He has appeared against the Ducks three times this year while with the Bees, last throwing an inning in relief on July 17, allowing a run on three hits. The Houston, Texas native had a brief MLB career, appearing in eight games with St. Louis in 2014.

ON THE MOUND (GAME 2):

In the second game of the doubleheader, Tyler Levine gets the call for the Ducks. Levine has made 18 appearances (three starts) this season, and is 2-0 with a 4.79 ERA for Long Island. In his last appearance on August 3 against Bridgeport, he threw an inning in relief, allowing two runs on three hits. The right-hander has struggled lately for the Tucks, posting a 8.71 ERA in his last three outings (10 ER/10.1 IP). The East Meadow, NY native has faced Southern Maryland once this season, tossing a clean inning of relief on July 8 at Regency Furniture Stadium.

The Blue Crabs send right-handed pitcher Brian Grening to the mound in the back end of the twin bill. Grening has made 19 starts this year and is 7-4 with a 2.96 ERA for the Blue Crabs in 2017, and has been with the club since the 2014 campaign. In his last start on August 1 against Bridgeport, Grening lasted just 1.2 innings, allowing a run on two hits before being removed from the game after facing just seven batters. The Newport Beach native walked on at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in college and was originally drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 38th round in the 2008 MLB Draft. This year against the Ducks, Grening is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in three starts, allowing seven runs (six earned) on 21 hits in 21 innings, striking out nine and walking two.

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 (GAME 1):

Long Island Ducks
#47 Quintin Berry – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#25 Alfredo Simon – RHP

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
#4   Jose Lozada – 3B
#9   Edwin Garcia – SS
#10 L.J. Hoes – 2B
#16 Michael Snyder – DH
#23 Zach Cone – CF
#6   Patrick Palmeiro – 1B
#37 Tucker Nathans – LF
#32 Luis Alen – C
#7   Alex Glenn – RF

#15 Eric Fornataro – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Alfredo Simon strikes out two in a scoreless first inning. No score as the Ducks come to the plate for the first time. 🔥🔥

BOT 2: Back-to-back RBI singles for @Gio_Alfonzo2 and @TheDannyLyons put the Ducks up 2-0 in G1 of our doubleheader with Southern Maryland!

BOT 3: The Ducks break out the bats and score four runs on five hits and take a 6-0 lead over the Blue Crabs in G1 of the twin bill!

BOT 5: Ruben Gotay smacks a solo home run to extend our lead to 7-0 in G1 of the doubleheader.

FINAL (G1): Ducks 10, Blue Crabs 0

W: Simon (2-3)
L: Fornataro (0-2)

Alfredo Simon: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K.

LIVE GAME UPDATES (GAME TWO):

BOT 2: Both pitchers look sharp early in game two as we are scoreless with Southern Maryland.

BOT 3: Alex Burg races home on a passed ball and the Ducks grab a 1-0 lead!

TOP 4: Southern Maryland gets on the board with a two-run home run from Michael Snyder and takes a 2-1 lead.

FINAL: Ducks 4, Blue Crabs 2.

W: Rogers (4-0)
L: Grening (7-5)
SV: Diaz (7)

The Ducks have won five in a row and are now in first place!

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