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Game 62: Ducks at Skeeters

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:05 p.m. CDT at Constellation Field (Sugar Land, Texas)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (31-30) take on the Sugar Land Skeeters (26-35) in game two of a seven-game series. Long Island has now won two of their past three games after taking the opener on Friday, and Sugar Land has now lost four consecutive games dating back to game two of Tuesday’s doubleheader. Both teams are in third place in their respective division, with the Ducks sitting six games in back of first in the Liberty Division and the Skeeters trailing the Blue Crabs by nine and a half games in the Freedom Division. The season series between the teams is tied at two.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: A pair of multi-run innings and a strong start from Rafael Perez led the Ducks to a 5-1 win on Friday night in Texas.

Long Island got their night started in the second inning against Sugar Land starter Jake Hale (4-2). After retiring the first five batters he faced, Hale allowed back-to-back two-out singles to Elmer Reyes and Ruben Gotay. That set the stage for Giovanny Alfonzo, who connected on a two-run double down the right field line.

It remained 2-0 until the top of the sixth inning when the first four Ducks batters picked up hits off of Hale to knock him out of the game. After back-to-back singles by Lew Ford and Angelo Songco, Alex Burg grounded an RBI double down the left field line and Reyes drove a two-run single to left-center. Hale finished with five runs and nine hits allowed in five innings of work.

Meanwhile, Perez (5-2) cruised over the first five innings of the ballgame, retiring 15 of the first 16 batters he faced. His only blemish in that time was a single by Derek Miller in the third. However, he seemed to run out of gas on a hot and humid night in the sixth. Perez allowed back-to-back singles to open the frame and nearly surrendered home runs to both Josh Prince and Anthony Giansanti. However, both balls went just foul down the left field line. Perez retired both but walked Travis Scott with two outs, and that was followed by a passed ball that scored Hector Olivera.

After a walk to Kevin Ahrens that brought the tying run to the plate, Kevin Baez summoned Rob Rogers from the bullpen. The Long Island native got Bryan Pounds to hit into a force out at third on the first pitch he threw to end the threat. Rogers would then pitch back-to-back scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth to keep the 5-1 lead intact. Amalio Diaz got into some trouble in the ninth, allowing a walk and a single to begin the frame. However, he rebounded to strike out the side and seal the win.

ON THE MOUND: Saturday night will feature a pair of former teammates and two-time Atlantic League champions on the mound. John Brownell (4-1, 3.15 ERA) will take the baseball for the Ducks. The right-hander got off to a rough start on Monday night, surrendering six runs in three and two-thirds innings against the Patriots before rain postponed the game and erased the stats. Prior to Monday, he allowed four earned runs in back-to-back starts on June 9 against Bridgeport and June 14 at Somerset, with the Ducks dropping both games. Brownell will be making his first start against the Skeeters this season but has faced them 16 times in his career, compiling an 11-3 record and a 2.48 ERA.

On the other side will be Bobby Blevins (4-3, 4.63 ERA), who spent time with the Ducks from 2012-16 and won championships with Brownell in the first two seasons. The righty took a no-decision his last time out, surrendering three unearned runs on five hits and a walk. He also struck out three in Sugar Land’s 7-6 loss at Bridgeport on Sunday, June 18. Blevins lost his two outings prior to that as well and has compiled a 5.29 ERA in his last three outings (10 ER in 17 innings). The Briarcliff, N.Y. native defeated the Flock in his first matchup with his former team on June 1 at Bethpage Ballpark, tossing six scoreless innings and yielding five hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

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
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Skeeters
#7   Josh Prince – 2B
#4   Kevin Ahrens – SS
#16 Travis Scott – 1B
#15 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#21 Anthony Giansanti – RF
#38 Joel Guzman – DH
#36 Hector Olivera – LF
#9   Wilfredo Rodriguez – C
#6   Derek Miller – CF

#19 Bobby Blevins – RHP

UPDATE (6:22): We are underway in Sugar Land, as both sides trade zeroes in the opening inning.

UPDATE (6:56): TOP 3: Ducks strike first! An RBI double by Fehlandt Lentini and a two-run double by Lew Ford give the Flock an early 3-0 lead!

UPDATE (7:27): END 5: John Brownell tosses his third consecutive 1-2-3 inning and has now retired 10 straight Skeeters! Onto the sixth inning we go.

UPDATE (7:54): TOP 7: A two-out double by Lentini and a single by Anthony Vega, along with an error, give the Ducks a 4-0 lead!

UPDATE (8:06): BOT 7: Sugar Land scratches out a run on a sacrifice fly to right from Joel Guzman. Long Island’s lead is now 4-1.

UPDATE (8:38): BOT 8: A two-out, two-run triple by Bryan Pounds makes it a 4-3 game. However, Henry Hirsch comes on to strike out Anthony Giansanti!

UPDATE (8:52): TOP 9: Ducks get their three-run lead back! Ford’s RBI double and a passed ball give the Flock a 6-3 advantage!

UPDATE (9:07): FINAL: Tremendous diving stop by Elmer Reyes to start a game-ending 4-6-3 double play!! Ducks win again in Texas, 6-3!

Game 61: Ducks at Skeeters

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 7:05 p.m. CDT at Constellation Field (Sugar Land, Texas)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (30-30) embark on their final road trip of the first half and make their first visit of the season to Texas where they will open up a seven-game series against the Sugar Land Skeeters (26-34). Long Island enters the series after splitting a four-game set with the Somerset Patriots, while Sugar Land is coming off of three consecutive defeats in Connecticut to the New Britain Bees after taking the series opener. Both teams are in third place in their respective division, with the Ducks sitting seven games in back of first in the Liberty Division and the Skeeters trailing the Blue Crabs by eight and a half games in the Freedom Division.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: Control issues proved to be a problem for the Ducks’ pitching staff, as they walked a season-high 11 batters in a 9-2 defeat on Thursday night.

Dennis O’Grady (3-4) started for the Ducks and allowed single runs in four consecutive innings from the second through the fifth after a 1-2-3 opening inning. Tyler Bortnick was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Kyle Roller collected an RBI double, O’Grady threw a wild pitch that scored Scott Kelly and a solo homer by Greg Golson did the damage. O’Grady walked five batters and allowed four hits over his five innings of work while striking out five.

Long Island’s relief corps also struggled to keep Somerset at bay. Tyler Levine allowed a run in the sixth on three hits and a bases loaded walk to Aharon Eggleston. Eury De La Rosa gave up an RBI single to Christian Marrero and a bases loaded walk to Kelly in the seventh. Zac Treece then allowed a two-run homer to former-Duck Mark Minicozzi in the eighth after a two-out walk. John Lannan was able to keep Sugar Land off the scoreboard in the ninth, striking out a pair while pitching for the third straight night.

Offensively, the Ducks managed just two hits and a walk over the first six innings of the game against Patriots starter David Kubiak. Long Island broke through in the seventh when Lew Ford led off the frame with a solo homer to left field off of the righty, good for Ford’s third longball of the season. He would finish the night with three hits, coming just a triple shy of the cycle. One inning later, Jordan Pacheco went deep for the first time as a Ducks, crushing a leadoff solo homer off the scoreboard in left-center against Ronnie Shaban. The Ducks put two on base in the ninth but failed to inch closer.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks hand the ball to Rafael Perez (4-2, 3.63 ERA) to kick off the week-long series in Texas. The southpaw is coming off of a terrific outing in his most recent start at Lancaster on June 18, a game which the Ducks won 6-2. He threw seven innings of two-run ball to earn the win, allowing just six hits and one walk while striking out two. His only blemish came in his final inning when K.C. Hobson tagged him for a two-run home run. Perez has allowed three runs or less in seven of his last eight starts, compiling a 2.82 ERA and walking just eight batters over 44 and two-thirds innings in that span. Tonight will be his first-ever start against the Skeeters.

Opposing Perez will be Atlantic League veteran Jake Hale (4-1, 2.65 ERA). The righty is returning to the Skeeters’ rotation tonight after being out of action since June 4 due to injury. During his most recent start on June 4, he earned the win at Somerset with six and one-third innings of two-run ball, yielding five hits while striking out four and not walking a batter. Prior to that, he fired seven shutout innings against the Ducks on Long Island back on May 30, but he took a no-decision after the Ducks rallied for a 3-2 win in 11 innings. Hale has made nine starts this season and has struck out 35 batters while walking just 15 in 57 and two-thirds innings of work.

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
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

Skeeters
#7   Josh Prince – 2B
#21 Anthony Giansanti – RF
#16 Travis Scott – 1B
#4   Kevin Ahrens – SS
#15 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#38 Joel Guzman – DH
#3   Albert Cordero – C
#36 Hector Olivera – LF
#6   Derek Miller – CF

#28 Jake Hale –RHP

UPDATE (7:23): We are underway in Texas, as both sides go in order during their half of the first inning.

UPDATE (7:35): TOP 2: Three straight two-out hits, including a two-run double by Giovanny Alfonzo, give the Ducks an early 2-0 lead!

UPDATE (8:19): MID 5: Ducks maintaining their 2-0 lead at the midway point! Rafael Perez has allowed just one baserunner through the first four innings.

UPDATE (8:35): TOP 6: Four straight hits to open the inning puts the Ducks ahead 5-0! RBI double by Alex Burg & a two-run single by Elmer Reyes!

UPDATE (9:08): BOT 6: Hector Olivera gets the Skeeters on the scoreboard, scoring on a passed ball. However, Rob Rogers strands the bases loaded.

UPDATE (9:45): BOT 8: Rob Rogers with another 1-2-3 innings. He’s thrown two and one-third scoreless innings tonight, yielding just one single!

Update (10:22): FINAL: Amalio Diaz strikes out the side in the ninth inning, and the Ducks top the Skeeters 5-1 in tonight’s series opener!

Games 57 & 58: Ducks vs. Patriots

Larkins-Pitching-at-Somerset-4-26-17GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:00 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (28-28) host the Somerset Patriots (35-21) for a single admission doubleheader tonight to begin a four-game series. The twin bill is necessitated by Monday night’s inclement weather. The Ducks and Patriots are meeting for their second series in a week’s time, with Somerset taking two of three at TD Bank Ballpark. However, Long Island swept a three-game series in May at Bethpage Ballpark. Entering this series, the Patriots lead the Ducks by seven games in the standings with 14 games remaining in the half.

SUNDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers 6-2 in the finale of a three-game series at Clipper Magazine Stadium Sunday afternoon.

The Ducks got on the board in the top of the fourth, when Lew Ford beat out an infield single and scored on a double from Angelo Songco. Two batters later, Jordan Pacheco drilled a double down the left field line to score two more and give Long Island a 3-0 lead.

In the top of the sixth the Ducks tacked on three more and took a 6-0 lead against Barnstormers starter Jarret Leverett thanks to a three-run home run from Songco. The blast was Songco’s team-leading 14th round tripper of the season.

Lancaster got on the board in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run home run from K.C. Hobson. Other than that blip, Rafael Perez was terrific for Long Island earning the win to improve to 5-2 with seven innings of six-hit ball. The former Duck Leverett (4-2) got the loss for the Barnstormers after allowing six runs on 10 hits in six innings.

Eight of the nine Ducks batters in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit, with Ford, Songco and Pacheco each totaling two hits.

ON THE MOUND: Long Island looks to get started on the right foot with Henry Hirsch on the mound in the opener. Hirsch is making his second start and fourth overall appearance, and is 0-1 with a 2.89 ERA. Working in a long relief role, Hirsch threw 4.1 scoreless innings on the recent six-game road trip, including 2.1 frames of one-hit ball against Somerset.

The Patriots send right-hander Lucas Irvine to the bump in game one, making his 10th start of the season. Irvine is 3-1 with a 4.28 ERA, and threw six scoreless innings in his last start against the Ducks on June 15. However, Irvine got no decision as the Ducks won 3-1 behind Matt Larkins’ one-hit performance. The righty has struggled with control this season, and has walked three batters in five of his last six starts.

In game two, the Ducks will send Matt Larkins to the mound, looking to build off the positive momentum of four-straight quality starts. The highlight of the stretch was Larkins’ 8.1 innings of one-hit ball on June 15 at Somerset, when he took a perfect game into the seventh and a no-hitter into the ninth. In his last four outings, the Idaho native has a 2-1 record with a sterling 2.00 ERA (6 ER/27.0 IP) and sports a 23:8 K:BB ratio.

Somerset sends Will Oliver to the mound in game two, making his second start of the season and his eighth overall appearance. Oliver last threw a 1-2-3 inning on June 16 against York and got the win with a perfect 10th inning against the Ducks on June 14. Overall this season, the former Yankees draft pick is 2-0 with a 3.63 ERA. The right-hander went 7-2 with a 3.30 ERA in 16 starts with the Patriots in 2016.

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 (Game One):

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#11 Anthony Vega – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#48 Henry Hirsch – RHP

Patriots
#2 Scott Kelly – SS
#1 Justin Pacchioli – CF
#13 Carlos Guzman – 1B
#7 Greg Golson – RF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#4 Yovan Gonzalez – C
#9 Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#8 Alfredo Rodriguez – SS

#16 Lucas Irvine – RHP

UPDATE (6:15) – TOP 1: The Patriots take an early 1-0 lead in Game One of the twin bill.

UPDATE (6:28) – BOT 1: Angelo Songco ties the game at one with an RBI single to score Anthony Vega!

UPDATE (6:38) – TOP 2: The Patriots take the lead back on and RBI triple from Scott Kelly. 2-1 Somerset leads.

UPDATE (7:14) – BOT 3: RBIs from Lew Ford and Angelo Songco put the good guys back on top 3-2!

UPDATE (7:29) – TOP 4: Somerset ties the game with a run. All knotted up at 3-3 in Game One of the doubleheader.

UPDATE (7:45) – BOT 4: The Ducks score four runs in the inning to take a 7-3 lead!

UPDATE (8:14) – BOT 5: Fehlandt Lentini doubles home a run and the Ducks lead expands to 8-4.

UPDATE (8:46) – FINAL: Ducks 8, Patriots 4.

W: Lannan (1-0)
L: Darnell (3-2)

STARTING LINEUPS (Game Two):

Ducks
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – AB
#23 Alex Burg – C
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Patriots
#33 Chris Grayson – LF
#1 Justin Pacchioli – CF
#13 Carlos Guzman – DH
#21 Adam Donachie – C
#40 Kyle Roller – 1B
#32 Mark Minicozzi – 3B
#14 Christian Marrero – RF
#9 Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#8 Alfredo Rodriguez – SS

#26 Will Oliver – RHP

UPDATE (9:45) – TOP 2: The Patriots grab a 1-0 lead in Game Two.

UPDATE (10:37) – TOP 4: The Patriots score two more and take a 3-0 lead.

UPDATE (10:59) – TOP 5: The Patriots tack on another three runs and have a 6-0 lead.

UPDATE (11:15) – BOT 5: Anthony Vega hits a two-run home run to narrow the Patriots’ lead to 6-2.

UPDATE (11:57) – FINAL: Patriots 8, Ducks 2.

W: Below (4-1)
L: Larkins (2-6)

Game 57: Ducks vs. Patriots

Alex Burg (4)GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (28-28) host the Somerset Patriots (35-21) in a pivotal four-game series in the Liberty Division first-half race. The Ducks and Patriots are meeting for their second series in a week’s time, with Somerset taking two of three at TD Bank Ballpark. However, Long Island swept a three-game series in May at Bethpage Ballpark. Entering this series, the Patriots lead the Ducks by seven games in the standings with 14 games remaining in the half.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers 6-2 in the finale of a three-game series at Clipper Magazine Stadium Sunday afternoon.

The Ducks got on the board in the top of the fourth, when Lew Ford beat out an infield single and scored on a double from Angelo Songco. Two batters later, Jordan Pacheco drilled a double down the left field line to score two more and give Long Island a 3-0 lead.

In the top of the sixth the Ducks tacked on three more and took a 6-0 lead against Barnstormers starter Jarret Leverett thanks to a three-run home run from Songco. The blast was Songco’s team-leading 14th round tripper of the season.

Lancaster got on the board in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run home run from K.C. Hobson. Other than that blip, Rafael Perez was terrific for Long Island earning the win to improve to 5-2 with seven innings of six-hit ball. The former Duck Leverett (4-2) got the loss for the Barnstormers after allowing six runs on 10 hits in six innings.

Eight of the nine Ducks batters in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit, with Ford, Songco and Pacheco each totaling two hits.

ON THE MOUND: Long Island looks to get started on the right foot with ace righty John Brownell on the mound tonight. Brownell is 4-1 with a 3.15 ERA in 11 starts this season. In his last outing on June 14 at Somerset, the right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings, getting no decision in a 7-6 10-inning loss at TD Bank Ballpark. In his last two starts Brownell has struggled some, allowing nine runs (eight earned) on 18 hits in 12.0 innings.

The Patriots send right-hander Dave Kubiak to the bump in the series opener, who is 2-5, 3.59 ERA. In his last start on June 14 against Long Island, Kubiak allowed two runs in 6.1 innings, getting no decision in the same 7-6 10-inning contest as Brownell’s last start. This season Kubiak has been a strong strikeout pitcher, fanning 56 and walking only 15 in 52.2 innings, but owes his poor record to bad run support.

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
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#11 Anthony Vega – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7 John Brownell – RHP

Patriots
#2 Scott Kelly – SS
#7 Greg Golson – LF
#13 Carlos Guzman – 1B
#32 Mark Minicozzi – 3B
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#4 Yovan Gonzalez – C
#14 Christian Marrero – RF
#9 Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#1 Justin Pacchioli – CF

#5 Dave Kubiak – RHP

UPDATE (6:42): TOP 1: Somerset takes an early 2-0 lead on a two-run home run from Carlos Guzman.

UPDATE (7:00): TOP 2: Nice work from John Brownell, as he escapes a first-and-second, no-out jam!

UPDATE (7:12): TOP 3: Another RBI for Guzman on a groundout to first increases Somerset’s lead to 3-0.

UPDATE (7:21): BOT 3: LEWWWWWW!! Lew Ford delivers a two-out, two-run single to bring the Ducks to within a run!

UPDATE (7:33): TOP 4: Three runs have come home, and with two outs, the skies have opened. We’re currently in a rain delay. Stay tuned for updates.

UPDATE (8:27): Tonight’s game has been postponed due to inclement weather. It will be made up as part of a single admission doubleheader Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for tonight’s game may be exchanged at the box office for any remaining 2017 regular season home game, subject to availability.

Game 56: Ducks at Barnstormers

img_2033.jpgGAME TIME/LOCATION: 2:00 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, Pa.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (27-28) take on the Lancaster Barnstormers (30-25) to complete a three-game series at Clipper Magazine Stadium this afternoon. The Barnstormers have won the first two games of this series, and have an impressive 5-1 lead in the overall season series. This is the last time that the Ducks and Barnstormers will meet in the first half, but the clubs have 13 scheduled contests in the second half of the season.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Lancaster Barnstormers 10-0 on Saturday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

The Barnstormers got off to a fast start in the bottom of the first, taking the lead two batters in when Blake Gailen connected on a solo home run off Dennis O’Grady. Two batters later, K.C. Hobson cracked a two-run shot and a Garrett Weber RBI double later in the frame ran the Barnstormers lead to 4-0.

In the bottom of the second, Lancaster took a 5-0 lead when Rico Noel doubled and scored on a Gailen single. A fifth-inning solo homer from Hobson ran the advantage to 6-0.

The rout was on in the bottom of the sixth, when the Barnstormers sent 10 batters to the plate and scored four runs to extend a 10-0 advantage. O’Grady (2-3) faced three batters in the inning without recording an out, and ultimately got the loss in going five-plus innings and allowing nine runs on 12 hits.

The Ducks, meanwhile, loaded the bases against Rommie Lewis in the third but could not score, and loaded them again the eighth against reliever Kevin Munson, but again could not score.

After Eury De La Rosa allowed three inherited runners to score in the sixth as well as a run of his own, Tyler Levine threw a scoreless seventh, and Fehlandt Lentini pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, including striking out Hobson.

Lew Ford and Elmer Reyes had two hits each for Long Island, with Reyes’ eighth-inning double representing the only extra-base hit the club recorded.

ON THE MOUND: Long Island looks to salvage the final game of the series behind ace left-hander Rafael Perez. He makes his 10th start of the season this afternoon, and sports a 4-2 record with a 3.80 ERA. The former big-leaguer had a rough outing his last time out on June 13 against the Somerset Patriots, allowing seven runs (five earned) on nine hits in just 3.2 innings, but has been great this year. Removing the nine runs in eight innings that the southpaw has allowed to Somerset this season, his ERA drops down to 2.43. This will be Perez’ first start against Lancaster this season.

The Barnstormers look for the sweep behind lefty and former Duck Jarret Leverett, who makes his 10th start on the season. He is 4-1 with a 5.03 ERA, and earned a win over Long Island on May 27 in his only other start against the Ducks this season. In that outing Leverett allowed four runs on six hits in five innings, but got the win in a 6-4 Barnstormer triumph. Last time out on June 13, the lefty allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits in 6.2 innings at Bridgeport, but got hung with his first loss of the 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
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – LF
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – LF
#23 Alex Burg – C
#15 Jordan Pacheco – 1B
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#29 Zach Goldstein – 2B

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

Barnstormers
#6 Rico Noel – CF
#15 Caleb Gindl – RF
#5 Lastings Milledge – DH
#18 K.C. Hobson – 1B
#19 Sean Halton – 3B
#4 Garrett Weber – 2B
#21 Trayvon Robinson – LF
#1 Vladimir Frias – SS
#7 Tyler Clark – C

#26 Jarret Leverett – LHP

UPDATE (2:34) – BOT 2: Rafael Perez has thrown two shutout innings, and we are still scoreless heading to the third.

UPDATE (3:02) – TOP 4: Jordan Pacheco rips a double down the line to highlight a 3-run inning for the Ducks. We lead 3-0!

UPDATE (3:36) – TOP 6: Angelo Songco crushes a three-run home run to put the Ducks on top 6-0!

UPDATE (4:02) – BOT 7: The Barnstormers get on the board with a home run from K.C. Hobson. Now 6-2 Ducks!

UPDATE (4:47) – FINAL: Ducks 6, Barnstormers 2.

W: Perez (5-2)
L: Leverett (4-2)

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