Blog Archives

Ducks, ALPB Alumni Return to Diamond Abroad

Estadio-ucv

You won’t find too many ballplayers stepping on a baseball diamond this time of year in the northeast. Even with temperatures still reaching into the 50’s as we reach late-November, the weather is simply not favorable for those looking to stay in shape during baseball’s offseason. With that in mind, several Long Island Ducks and Atlantic League alumni have received opportunities to make the trek south and play ball outside of the United States this winter.

The Caribbean Winter Leagues have begun in three of the four countries thus far: Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Due to the impact of Hurricane Maria earlier this year, Puerto Rico has yet to see the start of winter baseball. The league, which was slated to begin on November 15, has elected to delay the start of its campaign until January 6 and will hold an abbreviated schedule for this year. In addition, this past week marked the beginning of play “down under” in the Australian Baseball League, where several 2017 Atlantic Leaguers are participating.

Let’s go country by country to highlight those who are taking part in this year’s winter baseball leagues:

VENEZUELA
Alvarez-La-Guaira

Venezuela features eight teams spread out across the country. Since the league opened play back on October 10, each team has played between 30 and 35 games thus far. Leones del Caracas currently maintains a three-and-a-half game lead for first place at 23-12, which can be partially attributed to a terrific pitching staff. 2008 Long Island Duck Jason Simontacchi is the team’s pitching coach, and among those he is watching over are three members of the 2017 Somerset Patriots. They are right-handed pitchers Lucas Irvine and David Kubiak, along with left-hander Efrain Nieves. In addition, outfielder Trayvon Robinson is also on the squad after having spent this past year with the Lancaster Barnstormers. Robinson previously was with the Ducks in spring training prior to the 2015 season before being signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He would go on to play with Somerset and Lancaster in 2016.

Two other former Ducks are also coaching in Venezuela. Tiburones de La Guaira features Luis Rodriguez as its bench coach under manager Ozzie Guillen.  Rodriguez was part of Long Island’s 2004 championship team and most recently served as manager of the Bridgeport Bluefish. York Revolution alumnus Liu Rodriguez is also on the staff as the third base coach. The roster includes eight players who were in the Atlantic League during the 2017 season. Henderson Alvarez, a starting pitcher for the Ducks before making his way back to the Major Leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies, is one of them. The others include Atlantic League Player of the Year Alonzo Harris and Post-Season All-Star Isaias Tejeda (York), 2016 ALPB Pitcher of the Year Jonathan Albaladejo and Ozney Guillen (Bridgeport), 2017 All-Defensive Team selection Jake Hale (Sugar Land), Dustin Antolin (Somerset) and Brad Bergesen (Lancaster). The other squad is Navegantes del Magallanes, which currently has 2008 Duck Richard Hidalgo on staff as an assistant hitting coach. Their roster includes Hassan Pena (Somerset), who leads the league right now with 11 saves, and Jerome Williams (Somerset), who previously went from Lancaster to the big leagues.

Only one other 2017 Duck is playing in the league currently. Right-handed pitcher Wanel Mesa, who made a brief appearance with Long Island in August, is on the roster for Tigres de Aragua. He is teammates with infielder Alberto Callaspo, who began 2017 with Bridgeport and whose rights are now owned by Somerset.

The Venezuelan Winter League’s other four teams combine to include 18 players who spent time in the Atlantic League during the 2017 campaign. Here is a list of those players:

Aguilas de Zulia Bravos de Margarita
Julio DePaula (York, Sugar Land) Manny Corpas (York, Sugar Land)
Cody Hall (Lancaster) Logan Darnell (Somerset)
Reinier Roibal (Bridgeport) Jay Gause (York)
David Vidal (Somerset) Scott Maine (Sugar Land)
Dayron Varona (York) Anthony Marzi (New Britain)
  Felipe Paulino (Sugar Land)
Cardenales de Lara  
Ricardo Gomez (York) Caribes de Anzoategui
Chase Huchingson (York) Daryl Thompson (Southern Maryland)
Ryan Kelly (Somerset) Edwin Garcia (Southern Maryland)
Gustavo Molina (Bridgeport) Michael Crouse (New Britain)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Perez-Cibao

The Dominican Republic has a league that is a bit smaller than Venezuela, hosting just six teams in total. However, the decrease in teams does not represent a major off in terms of Atlantic League talent. A total of 17 Atlantic League alumni from the 2017 season are now playing baseball this winter in the Dominican. The league began play back on October 13, and with approximately 25 games played thus far, the race is tight at the top of the league. Estrellas de Oriente sits in first at 16-9, but they are only ahead by a half-game.

Right behind Estrellas is Gigantes del Cibao at 16-10 thus far. Much of their success thus far has been due to a sparkling team ERA of 2.76 and a league-high 189 strikeouts. Sure enough, their roster includes two members of the 2017 Long Island Ducks. Former Major League pitchers Rafael Perez and Alfredo Simon, who were both in Long Island’s starting rotation, are off to strong starts with the team. Perez has been pitching out of the bullpen and has made nine scoreless appearances, spanning six and one-third innings of work. Simon has pitched in three games (two starts) and has a 1-0 record with a 3.00 ERA over nine innings of action. Also on the club is pitcher Patrick Johnson (Somerset).

Leones del Escogido currently has a member of the 2017 Ducks on its roster along with another pitcher that could potentially be on next year’s roster. Lefty pitcher Dustin Richardson, who began the year with Sugar Land before eventually signing with the Flock, is included on the roster but has yet to appear in a game. Another southpaw, Wander Perez, spent time last year with the Bluefish but now has his rights owned by the Ducks following the Bluefish Player Dispersal Draft. He has walked the only batter than he has faced thus far. Among their teammates are former York Revolution pitcher Edward Paredes, who reached the big leagues with the Dodgers this past year, Yankees outfielder Tyler Austin and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

The following are the remaining 2017 Atlantic Leaguers who are playing in the Dominican Republic:

Aguilas Cibaenas Toros del Este
Angel Franco (York) Bryan Evans (Lancaster)
  Pat McCoy (Southern Maryland)
Estrellas de Oriente Elvin Ramirez (Bridgeport)
Dustin Molleken (Somerset) Cory Riordan (Bridgeport)
  Luis Cruz (York)
Tigres del Licey Jonathan Galvez (Bridgeport)
Keith Hessler (Somerset) Sean Halton (Lancaster)
Kevin Munson (Lancaster)  
Angelys Nina (Bridgeport)  

MEXICO
Struck-Venados

Our last stop in the Caribbean takes us south of the border to Mexico. Just like Venezuela, the league features eight teams across the nation. Only nine members of the Atlantic League’s 2017 rosters are currently down in Mexico, but there are four Ducks alumni from previous years playing and two others that are coaching. A three-way tie exists for first place 35 games into the season, which began back on October 10.

Tomateros de Culiacan are one of the three squads sitting at 20-15 thus far. Among their coaching staff is Robinson Cancel, the former big league catcher who put together an excellent season offensively with the Flock in 2010. The roster also includes two players who were in the Atlantic League this past season. Outfielder D’Arby Myers, who ended the year with the league’s highest batting average at .337, is  joined in the outfield by Andy Wilkins. Wilkins began the year with Sugar Land before having his contract purchased by the Minnesota Twins in June.

The other two teams tied with Tomateros are Venados de Mazatlan and Naranjeros de Hermosillo. The roster for Venados currently includes former Ducks pitcher Nick Struck. After spending two seasons with Long Island, the righty pitched in Mexico during the 2017 campaign for Sultanes de Monterrey and went 3-0 with a 2.09 ERA in 41 relief appearances. He has a 1.17 ERA and one save thus far in seven relief appearances with Venados. Naranjeros currently has former Bees pitcher Casey Coleman, who began the season with New Britain before having his contract purchased by the Houston Astros in May.

One game out of first place with a 19-16 record is Charros de Jalisco. Their staff includes 2010 and 2011 Duck Javier Colina as hitting coach. Their roster also includes three Atlantic League alumni from this past season. Joining 2017 ALPB Pitcher of the Year Gaby Hernandez (Southern Maryland) are pitcher Will Oliver (Somerset) and infielder Rico Noel (Lancaster).

Aguilas de Mexicali does not have any players from this past ALPB season but does have two former Ducks on the roster. Right-handed pitcher Ryan Kussmaul, a 2015 Duck who nearly won a championship with the Wichita Wingnuts this past year, has a 1.72 ERA and 10 saves in 16 games thus far. Infielder C.J. Retherford, a 2014 Duck that played in Mexico and for the Sussex County Miners in 2017, has five homers and 18 RBI in 35 games.

Mayos de Navojoa has a roster which includes outfielder Quincy Latimore, who joined the Ducks for spring training back in 2014 before his contract was purchased by the Washington Nationals. Also on the club are infielder Jovan Rosa (New Britain) and pitcher Daniel Moskos (Lancaster). Rounding out the Atlantic League alumni playing in Mexico is infielder Olmo Rosario. He is currently on Caneros de los Mochis, joined by former Patriot and Skeeter Roy Merritt, who pitched in Mexico this past regular season.

AUSTRALIA
Treece-Brisbane

We’ll close out our first look at this year’s winter baseball roster by heading around the world to Australia. The league has just begun for the six teams that make up the circuit, and two squads are out to perfect starts. The Sydney Blue Sox lead the way at 4-0, and although they do not feature any ALPB alumni, the defending champion Brisbane Bandits do. Among the squad, which has started out 3-0, is right-handed pitcher Zac Treece. He won a championship with the club last year and has gone to the Atlantic League Championship Series with the Ducks in each of the past two seasons as well. The side-armer has recorded a strikeout and a walk to this point with Brisbane.

Right behind Brisbane in the standings is the Perth Heat, who jumped out a 3-1 start this year. Their roster includes right-handed pitcher Kyle Simon, who led the Atlantic League with six complete games as a member of the New Britain Bees in 2017. He allowed four runs (two earned) in two and two-thirds innings of relief but struck out five during his only outing thus far.

The roster featuring the most ALPB alumni is that of the Canberra Cavalry. Three players on that squad were in the Atlantic League last year. They include pitchers Frank Gailey and Michael Click, who won a championship with York, and pitcher Brian Grening, who collected the win for the Freedom Division at the Atlantic League All-Star Game while representing Southern Maryland. Finally, pitcher Mark Hamburger is currently with the Melbourne Aces in Australia. The right-hander joined Somerset late in the year and earned the win in Game One of the Liberty Division Championship Series.

That will do it for this look around the winter baseball leagues currently taking place. If you know of any player currently playing abroad that we may have missed in this report, please let us know in the comments section or by filling out a contact form. As the seasons all progress, we will be sure to provide further updates here on the blog. Stay tuned!

Advertisements

Game 121: Ducks vs. Revolution

DE6I0705

RHP Matt Larkins kicks off an eight-game homestand on the mound for the Long Island Ducks, who welcome the York Revolution to the Duck Pond.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (30-20; 66-54) return home to begin their penultimate homestand of the year against the York Revolution (29-21; 57-63). The Ducks have not played the Revs at Bethpage Ballpark since May 18, with Long Island holding an 8-5 advantage in the season series. The Ducks are embarking on an eight-game homestand that features four games with the Revolution and four with the New Britain Bees this weekend.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks fell to the New Britain Bees 8-7 on Sunday afternoon at New Britain Stadium in the finale of a three-game series.

Delta Cleary Jr. created havoc on the basepaths in the top of the first which led to a Long Island run. On an attempted steal of second base, catcher Ivan Villaescusa’s throw sailed into centerfield, and Cleary Jr. raced to third. Centerfielder Michael Crouse’s throw to third bounded into the Ducks dugout, allowing a run to score, giving Long Island a 1-0 lead.

The Ducks tacked on another tally against Jonathan Pettibone in the top of the second on an Audie Afenir RBI double, and Marc Krauss clobbered a two-run home run in the third to put the club ahead 4-0. The round-tripper was Krauss’ 19th of the season, the second most on the team.

New Britain responded with five runs in the bottom of the fourth against Rafael Perez, highlighted by a grand slam by Jon Griffin to take a 5-4 lead. However, the Ducks regained a 6-5 advantage by plating a pair of runs off Pettibone in the top of the fifth.

The Bees got back-to-back RBI singles from Crouse and Jovan Rosa in the bottom of the fifth to take a 7-6 lead, but a wild pitch from Brandon Fry scored Jordan Hinshaw in the top of the sixth to even the score at seven all.

In the bottom of the eighth, Rob Rogers allowed a leadoff double to Rosa, who was pinch-ran for by Jake McGuiggan. A sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch brought McGuiggan in to score and gave the Bees an 8-7 advantage.

Brandon League (2-2) got the win in relief for the Bees, while Rogers (4-1) took the loss for the Ducks. Shawn Gilblair set Long Island down in the ninth to earn his 16th save of the season. Five Ducks batters finished with two hits, while Krauss paced the Ducks with two RBIs.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Long Island sends RHP Matt Larkins to the mound in the opener with the York Revolution. In a team-leading 22 starts (23 overall appearances), Larkins is 7-6 with a 3.65 ERA, and has struck out 113 batters and walked just 32 in 133.1 innings. In his last start on August 22, the right-hander threw eight innings against the Sugar Land Skeeters, allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits, striking out six and walking two. Larkins is 0-1 against York this season with a 12.00 ERA (12 ER/9.0 IP) in three appearances (two starts).

The Revolution hand the ball to LHP Jared Gaynor, who will be making his first start of the season. Gaynor has made 11 appearances, and is 1-0 with a 4.35 ERA, allowing 16 hits and striking out eight and walking three in 10.1 innings. In two appearances against the Ducks this season, Gaynor is 1-0 and has allowed just one hit in 1.1 combined innings. The southpaw is in his first year with the Revolution after spending the 2014 and 2015 seasons in the American Association and taking the 2016 season off.

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
#28 Jordan Hinshaw – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#34 Marc Krauss – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

York Revolution
#10 Jared Mitchell – RF
#4   Alexi Casilla – 2B
#16 Isaias Tejeda – C
#21 Michael Burgess – DH
#23 Telvin Nash – 1B
#13 Dayron Varona – LF
#20 Luis Cruz – 3B
#27 Chase Simpson – SS
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF

#36 Jared Gaynor – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 2: The Ducks and the York Revolution are scoreless after two innings at Bethpage Ballpark.

TOP 3: The Revolution strike first for a run on a sacrifice fly and take a 1-0 lead over the Ducks.

BOT 5: Delta Cleary Jr’s inside the park home run highlights a four-run outburst as the Ducks take a 4-1 lead!

TOP 6: The Revolution grab two runs, but the Ducks maintain a 4-3 lead!

BOT 7: Dan Lyons races home on a passed ball and the Ducks lead is now 5-3 over the York Revolution!

FINAL: Ducks 5, Revolution 4

W: Larkins (8-6)
L: Gaynor (1-1)
SV: Diaz (14)

Game 120: Ducks at Bees

Lew Ford (5)

OF/Bench Coach Lew Ford has reached base in 11 straight games for the Long Island Ducks, who look for their seventh-straight series win on Sunday at New Britain.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

1:35 p.m. at New Britain Stadium (New Britain, Connecticut)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (30-19; 66-53) take on the New Britain Bees (19-27, 45-71) in the rubber game of a three-game series at New Britain Stadium. The Ducks have won 19 of their last 23 games, including three this week in waddle-off fashion. Long Island has also won six straight series, and will look to continue that streak with a win today. This afternoon marks the 16th meeting of the season between the Bees and the Ducks, with the season series favoring Long Island 8-7. Today is the final game of the season series at New Britain, with a four-game series set for Bethpage Ballpark from August 31-September 3.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

Three Long Island Ducks pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout of the New Britain Bees on Saturday night, as the Ducks won the middle game of a three-game series 3-0 at New Britain Stadium.

Long Island struck first in the top of the fourth inning against New Britain starter Kyle Simon. The Ducks strung together four consecutive two-out singles to take a 2-0 advantage, with Ruben Gotay and Elmer Reyes picking up RBIs.

The Bees had runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings against John Brownell (9-3), but could not score. The right-hander threw seven shutout innings, allowing two hits while walking four and striking out three. Brownell earned his first win in his last four starts, dating back to July 29 at Bridgeport.

In the top of the ninth, the Ducks added an insurance run against Simon (9-11) when Reyes’ sacrifice fly scored Marc Krauss from third to put the Ducks up 3-0. Despite the loss, Simon threw his Atlantic League-leading fifth complete game of the season, surrendering three runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out three.

Patrick Crider worked around a two-out double in the eighth to twirl a scoreless frame, and Amalio Diaz recorded his 13th save of the season by setting the Bees down 1-2-3 in the ninth.

The shutout was the seventh of the season recorded by the Long Island pitching staff, and the third in the month of August. Krauss led the Ducks offensively, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Reyes was 1-for-3 with 2 RBIs.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

For the first time in 10 days, LHP Rafael Perez takes the mound for the Long Island Ducks. In 21 starts, Perez is 8-7 with a 4.34 ERA and has struck out 81 and walked 25 in 103.2 innings. In his last start on August 17 at Somerset, Perez lasted just 2.0 innings, allowing no runs on one hit before being lifted. In his two starts against New Britain this season, the southpaw is 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA (1 ER/9.0 IP) and has fanned 10 batters. Both of his starts against the Bees came in the first half at New Britain Stadium.

New Britain sends RHP Jonathan Pettibone to the hill in the rubber game of the series with Long Island. In 19 starts the ex-Philadelphia Phillie is 2-6 with a 4.48 ERA, and has struck out 54 and walked 27 in 86.1 innings while allowing 100 hits. In his last start on August 22 at Bridgeport, Pettibone surrendered two runs (one earned) on four hits in 7.0 innings, walking three and striking out two. The righty has faced the Ducks twice and has no record despite throwing 9.0 shutout innings.

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
#28 Jordan Hinshaw – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#34 Marc Krauss – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#23 Alex Burg – 2B
#19 Derrick Pyles – LF
#24 Audie Afenir – C

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

New Britain Bees
#8   Yusuke Kajimoto – 2B
#10 Michael Crouse – CF
#35 Jovan Rosa – 3B
#24 Craig Maddox – DH
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#6   Jamar Walton – RF
#28 Conor Bierfeldt – LF
#5   Michael Baca – SS
#7   Ivan Villaescusa – C

#32 Jonathan Pettibone – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: The Ducks capitalize on two Bees errors and take an early 1-0 lead!

TOP 2: Audie Afenir crushes an opposite-field double to drive in Elmer Reyes and collect his first Ducks RBI! Ducks lead the Bees 2-0.

TOP 3: @MarcKrauss25 smacks a two-run home run over the wall in right to put the Ducks ahead 4-0!

BOT 4: The Bees strike for five runs and take a 5-4 lead heading to the fifth.

TOP 5: RBI singles from Elmer Reyes and Derrick Pyles and the Ducks regain a 6-5 lead!

TOP 6: A wild pitch scores Jordan Hinshaw from third base and the Ducks have tied the Bees at 7 all!

BOT 8: The Bees take an 8-7 lead as pinch runner Jake McGuiggan scores on a wild pitch.

FINAL: Bees 8, Ducks 7

W: League (2-2)
L: Rogers (4-1)
SV: Gilblair (16)

Game 111: Ducks vs. Barnstormers

Songco-Hits-Homer-4-29-17

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

FullSizeRender (1)
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!

%d bloggers like this: