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2018 Game 4: Ducks at Patriots

TDBankParkAfter taking two of three in Maryland to begin 2018, the Ducks visit the Somerset Patriots

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:35 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark (Bridgewater, N.J.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and Somerset Patriots are set to open up their three-game series. The Ducks head to Somerset with a 2-1 record and look to hand the Patriots their first loss of the young season after Somerset swept the Road Warriors last weekend. This will be the first of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Patriots this season and the 346th all-time matchup between the two teams. Long Island leads by just one game all-time with a 173-172 record against the Patriots, but Somerset has defended TD Bank Ballpark with an 89-81 record against the flock at home. The two teams met in the Liberty Division Championship Series last season, with the Ducks advancing in four games.

LAST GAME RECAP: 

The Ducks’ offense continued to roll on Sunday afternoon, putting up five runs in the first inning en route to a 7-4 victory over the Blue Crabs and claiming their first series win in 2018.

Following up a 12-2 victory is no easy task, but the Ducks were able to jump on Brandon Cumpton quickly thanks to singles from Jordany Valdespin and Tyler Holt right out of the gate, with Valdespin coming around to score following a David Washington single. Perhaps the most important play of the inning spawned from the hustle of the 6’5″ Washington, who beat out a force play at second following an Audie Afenir ground ball. With the bases loaded and two outs, Alec Sole drew a walk to bring home Travis Snider, then Dan Lyons cleared the bases with a double off the left-field wall. A four-run two-out rally gave John Brownell a sizable 5-0 cushion before he stepped on the mound for the first time in 2018.

Brownell allowed a run in his first inning of work, but the Ducks made up for it in the very next inning, with Jordany Valdespin smacking a triple to right center over the glove of Cory Vaughn. Travis Snider was able to advance him 90 feet with a double down the right-field line.

The Blue Crabs cut the lead to two in the third inning following a fielder’s choice and a two-run single by Johnny Bladel after the bases were loaded due to several fielding mishaps from the Ducks.

Long Island was able to knock starter Brandon Cumpton out of the game in the middle of the fifth inning thanks to an Alec Sole single that scored Travis Snider from second, pushing the score to 7-4.

The score remained the same for the final four frames after great work from Ducks relievers Matt MarshRob RogersWander Perez and Vinnie Pestano, who earned his first save as a Long Island Duck. The bullpen limited the Blue Crabs to just four hits for the remainder of the game. John Brownell struck out four and earned his first win as a player-coach despite allowing four runs over five innings of work, while Brandon Cumpton took the loss after seven runs came across over four and two-thirds innings.

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 

ON THE MOUND:

Andrew Barbosa will return to the mound for the Ducks for the first time since 2015 on Sunday. The 6’8″ Puerto Rican had great success during his first stint on Long Island, going 4-1 over nine starts with a 2.82 ERA and striking out 59 batters over 51 innings. The performance caught the eye of the Atlanta Braves, who purchased his contract and assigned him to Double-A Mississippi for the remainder of the season. Barbosa had a great 2016 in the New York Mets organization, dealing a 1.51 ERA across four levels in the organization, including Triple-A Las Vegas. The Florida resident then spent last season exclusively with Triple-A Colorado Springs of the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Barbosa owned a 7-3 record primarily out of the bullpen last year with a 5.29 ERA and 65 strikeouts over 66 and one-third innings. In his lone appearance against the Patriots in 2015, Barbosa tossed seven shutout innings and struck out 10 batters en route to a 3-0 victory.

For the first time in 2018, the Ducks will face a starter who has not reached the major league level. Rick Teasley will take the rubber for the Patriots to start the series, returning for his second season with Somerset. Teasley was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013, then spent 2014-2016 with the Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League, amassing a 28-14 record with a 3.67 ERA and four complete-game shutouts over the three seasons. The lefty is the Miners’ all-time leader in innings pitched and shutouts, and even tossed a no-hitter during his time there. Teasley was used both as a starter and reliever by Somerset last season, making 10 starts across 14 appearances. The Florida native was named an Atlantic League All-Star, posting a 7-2 record with a 2.85 ERA but struck out just 49 batters over 75 and two-thirds innings before his contract was purchased by the ChinaTrust Brothers of the Chinese Professional Baseball League in July. Teasley is 1-0 in three appearances against Long Island, allowing only four runs over 18 and two-thirds innings along with 13 strikeouts.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Ducks Video Center on the homepage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Tyler Holt – CF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#30 David Washington – 1B
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#28 Daniel Fields – LF
#9   Wilkin Castillo – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#21 Andrew Barbosa – LHP

Somerset Patriots
#20 Julio Borbon – CF
#47 Endy Chavez – RF
#1   Justin Trapp – 2B
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#18 Alex Castellanos – 3B
#17 Danny Dorn – LF
#7   Aaron Dudley – 1B
#4   Yovan Gonzalez – C
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS

#37 Rick Teasley – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (6:38): We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our broadcast. We will provide updates as soon as possible. Stand by.

UPDATE (6:41): TOP 1: A triple by Jordany Valdespin and an RBI single by Tyler Holt has given the Ducks an early 1-0 lead!

UPDATE (6:44): TOP 1: Lew Ford adds a sacrifice fly to increase Long Island’s early lead to 2-0!

UPDATE (6:51): BOT 1: Andrew Barbosa retires the Patriots in order in the bottom of the first inning!

UPDATE (7:33): MID 4: The Ducks hold a 3-0 lead in the middle of the fourth inning. Dan Lyons added a sacrifice fly in the second inning for Long Island.

UPDATE (8:03): BOT 5: Somerset closes to within 3-2 on a throwing error by Barbosa and an RBI groundout by Endy Chavez. We apologize for the inconvenience due our broadcast technical difficulties and appreciate your patience.

UPDATE (8:08): TOP 6: Ford crushes a solo blast over both sets of billboards in left field! His first home run of 2018 increases the Ducks lead to 4-2.

UPDATE (8:10): MID 5: Both starters’ nights are complete. Here are their final lines:
Barbosa: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Teasley: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

UPDATE (8:25): TOP 7: Valdespin continues his stellar start to the year with a two-run single to left! Ducks now lead 6-2!

UPDATE (8:44): BOT 7: Patriots get both runs right back on a two-run home run to right off the bat of Julio Borbon. 6-4 Long Island.

UPDATE (9:20): FINAL: Vinnie Pestano works a 1-2-3 ninth inning, and the Ducks take the series opener against the Patriots, 6-4, for their third consecutive win! Thank you to everyone for their patience as we battled through some technical issues tonight. We hope to have everything fixed up before Wednesday night’s game.

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2018 Game 3: Ducks at Blue Crabs

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After earning their first win on Saturday, the Ducks look to claim their first series of 2018 (Photo courtesy of Bert Hindman)

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

2:05 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium (Waldorf, Md.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs play the rubber game of their three-game, season-opening series. The teams have split the first two games of the set, with the Blue Crabs winning on Friday night and the Ducks claiming the victory on Saturday. It is also the third of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Blue Crabs this season and the 200th all-time meeting between the two teams. Long Island holds a 103-96 advantage all-time, but Southern Maryland has a 50-45 edge at Regency Furniture Stadium.

LAST GAME RECAP: 

It was a much better result for the Ducks on Saturday night, as the offense showed just how potent it could be in a 12-2 rout of the Blue Crabs.

After being limited to just four hits on Friday against Daryl Thompson and Southern Maryland’s bullpen, Long Island racked up 11 hits, including three for extra bases, on Saturday. The Ducks started the scoring in the first inning when Jordany Valdespin singled, stole second, moved to third on Tyler Holt’s single and scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Travis Snider. The Blue Crabs evened the game quickly though in the second on Cory Vaughn’s solo homer to left-center.

From there, the Ducks offense took over thanks to two big innings at the plate. With one out in the third inning, five straight Ducks batters would reach base and five runs would come across. After Valdespin’s single and Holt’s walk, Snider reached on an error by second baseman Joey Wong to load the bases. Lew Ford followed with a line drive two-run single to left that put the Ducks back on top, 3-1. The next batter was David Washington, who positively crushed a 1-0 pitch from Blue Crabs starter Sean O’Sullivan over the lawn seating area in right field for a three-run home run.

Single runs for the Ducks in the fourth and seventh, along with a Blue Crabs run in the fifth, made the score 8-2 going into the top of the eighth. Richard Mariano Jr., who had some control issues for the Blue Crabs in the seventh, stayed in to pitch. The decision was unsuccessful, as Wilkin Castillo walked and Dan Lyons was hit by a pitch with one out. That brought up Valdespin, who capped a 4-for-5 day with a three-run homer to right, ending his ledger with three RBI and four runs scored. Washington added his fourth RBI of the night four batters later with an RBI single up the middle.

Jake Fisher started and earned the win for the Ducks with five innings of two-run ball. He allowed eight hits but no walks and struck out three. O’Sullivan took the loss, giving up six runs (five earned) over three inning. Long Island’s bullpen was nearly perfect, as Ashur TolliverJake Dunning, and Carlos Pimentel combined for three hitless innings of relief and five strikeouts. The only base runner they allowed was a hit by pitch of Vaughn in the ninth.

SATURDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 

ON THE MOUND:

Ducks veteran and now pitching coach John Brownell will start Sunday’s matinee. The right-hander, who had pitched on Opening Day the past four seasons, will be facing the Blue Crabs for the 17th time of his career. He has a 9-5 record and a 2.89 ERA all-time against Southern Maryland and was 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts against them last year. Overall, Brownell posted a 10-5 record and a 3.44 ERA in 2017, earning his first Atlantic League All-Star Game selection. His ERA ranked third-best in the Atlantic League, while his 10 victories were good for fifth. The Omaha resident is Long Island’s all-time leader in wins (56), innings pitched (875.2), strikeouts (667) and starts (133).

The Ducks will be facing their third former Major Leaguer in a row on Sunday, as the Blue Crabs give the ball to Brandon Cumpton. The right-hander reached The Show in 2013 and 2014 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, going 5-5 with a 4.02 ERA in 22 games (15 starts). 2017 represented a return to action for Cumpton for the first time since 2014 after missing two seasons due to Tommy John Surgery. The procedure was needed after suffering a torn UCL in spring training prior to the 2015 season. At three different levels with the Pirates organization last year, he combined for a 5-4 record and a 3.86 ERA in 24 games out of the bullpen. He was invited to spring training with the Texas Rangers earlier this year but was released on March 20.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for today’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Ducks Video Center on the hompage. 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 today’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Tyler Holt – CF
#23 Travis Snider – DH
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#30 David Washington – 1B
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#6   Alec Sole – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#14 Robert Garcia – RF

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
#1 Joey Wong – 2B
#9 Edwin Garcia – SS
#12 Devon Rodriguez – 1B
#19 Frank Martinez – DH
#2   Johnny Bladel – LF
#27 Cory Vaughn – CF
#23 Austin Green – C
#5   Teodoro Martinez – RF
#7   Andrew Daniel – 3B

#32 Brandon Cumpton – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (2:26): TOP 1: What a start! The Ducks bat around in the opening inning and score five runs to take an early lead! A two-out, three-run double by Dan Lyons highlighted the inning.

UPDATE (2:37): BOT 1: The Blue Crabs get on the scoreboard courtesy of Frank Martinez’s run-scoring fielder’s choice.

UPDATE (2:47): TOP 2: The Ducks get the run right back on an RBI double from Travis Snider! 6-1 Flock.

UPDATE (3:12): BOT 3: Three runs come across for Southern Maryland, including a two-out, two-run single by Johnny Bladel. 6-4 Long Island.

UPDATE (3:44): TOP 5: Long Island native Alec Sole delivers a two-out RBI single to increase the Ducks lead to 7-4!

UPDATE (4:04): END 6: Matt Marsh relieves Brownell in the sixth and retires the side in order! Still 7-4 Ducks as we move to the seventh.

UPDATE (4:38): END 8: Vinnie Pestano comes in to work out of a jam in the eighth, stranding two runners in scoring position! Onto the ninth we go.

UPDATE (4:49): FINAL: Pestano nails down a five-out save for his first save with the Flock! Ducks win this one, 7-4, and take the series from the Blue Crabs!

2018 Game 2: Ducks at Blue Crabs

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Long Island looks to even their season-opening road series at one

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs reconvene for the middle game of their three-game, season-opening series. It is also the second of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Blue Crabs this season and the second nine games coming in Waldorf. The Blue Crabs have a 1-0 edge overall and at home after earning a victory on Opening Day.

LAST GAME RECAP: 

Friday represented a tough start to the season for the Flock, as the Blue Crabs came away with a 6-1 Opening Day win at home. It was essentially a script flip for Southern Maryland, who fell to Long Island, 7-1, at home on Opening Day in 2017.

The Blue Crabs pounded out 15 hits against Ducks pitching on the night, with 13 of them being singles. In addition, the hits came in bunches. Southern Maryland strung together three consecutive two-out singles in the first off Ducks starter Jair Jurrjens to take a 1-0 lead. Then in the fourth, they collected five straight one-out hits to balloon their advantage to four. Matt Marsh took over on the hill for Jurrjens in the fifth but conceded four more hits and two more runs, including three consecutive two-out hits. The Blue Crabs had at least one runner on in every inning, with the exception of the seventh when Dennis O’Grady retired the side in order.

Meanwhile, the Ducks could not put much together offensively against Daryl Thompson, who struck out seven over six innings of one-run ball to earn the win. Lew Ford, who had two hits on the night, stroked a leadoff double in the second inning but was stranded at third base. The Ducks would not register another hit until the sixth inning when Jordany Valdespin launched an opposite-field solo home run off Thompson that got the Ducks on the scoreboard. Thompson had retired 13 of the past 14 Ducks batters before the longball.

Singles by Daniel Fields and Ford were the only remaining hits the Ducks would get on the night.Three Southern Maryland relievers (Sam Runion, Ryan Chaffee and Craig Stem) closed the game out with a scoreless inning apiece. Newcomers Jason Creasy and Wander Perez both tosseds scoreless frames for the Flock as well.

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks will turn to left-hander Jake Fisher as they try to even up the series at one game apiece. The southpaw impressed greatly in 2017 after being acquired from the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League in a September trade. He turned in back-to-back quality starts for Long Island in the regular season and then went on to make two postseason starts. In Game Three of the Liberty Division Championship Series, he silenced a crowd of over 8,000 fans at TD Bank Ballpark by tossing a complete game, yielding just one run and striking out nine to give the Ducks the leg-up in the series. However, his season ended with a loss in Game Two of the Atlantic League Championship Series against York when he surrendered five runs over seven and one-third innings despite walking none and striking out six. Prior to joining the Ducks, Fisher went 10-7 with a 2.80 ERA, four complete games and 120 strikeouts over 20 starts with Windy City. Tonight will be his first-ever outing against the Blue Crabs.

On the other side, the Ducks will get their first look at former Major Leaguer Sean O’Sullivan. The Blue Crabs newcomer brings seven seasons of MLB experience to Waldorf, having spent time with the Los Angeles Angels (2009-10), Kansas City Royals (2010-11), San Diego Padres (2013), Philadelphia Phillies (2014-15) and Boston Red Sox (2016). In 71 big league games (56 starts), the right-hander compiled a 13-23 record with a 6.01 ERA. The San Diego native began 2017 with the Nexen Heroes in Korea and allowed 14 runs over three appearances (two starts). He then joined the Washington Nationals organization where he pitched in 11 games (nine starts) between Low-A Auburn and Triple-A Syracuse. The 30-year-old totaled a 1-2 record and a 5.50 ERA, walking 19 and striking out 24.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Ducks Video Center on the hompage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Tyler Holt – CF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#30 David Washington – 1B
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#28 Daniel Fields – LF
#9   Wilkin Castillo – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#13 Jake Fisher – LHP

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
#1 Joey Wong – 2B
#9 Edwin Garcia – SS
#4 Ryan Strausborger – DH
#6 Xavier Paul – LF
#12 Devon Rodriguez – 1B
#27 Cory Vaughn – CF
#19 Frank Martinez – 3B
#17 Jose Gonzalez – C
#2   Johnny Bladel – RF

#39 Sean O’Sullivan – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (6:46): TOP 1: The Ducks have their first lead of 2018! Travis Snider’s RBI fielder’s choice brings home Jordany Valdespin to put the Flock ahead 1-0.

UPDATE (6:55): BOT 1: Daniel Fields shows of his arm strength, throwing out Ryan Strausborger from left field as he tried to score from second base!

UPDATE (7:13): BOT 2: Southern Maryland ties the game at one on a solo homer to left-center field off the bat of Cory Vaughn.

UPDATE (7:33): TOP 3: Five runs for the Flock! Lew Ford lines a two-run single to left, and David Washington follows with a mammoth three-run homer to right! Ducks take a 6-1 lead.

UPDATE (7:55): TOP 4: Travis Snider’s first hit as a Duck is a two-out RBI single to left! Ducks now lead 7-1.

UPDATE (8:17): BOT 5: A run-scoring groundout off the bat of Ryan Strausborger trims Long Island’s lead to 7-2.

UPDATE (8:45): TOP 7: The Ducks tack on another run after Ford is hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. 8-2 Ducks lead.

UPDATE (9:05): TOP 8: Valdespin’s fourth hit of the night is a three-run homer to right! Washington has added an RBI single as well, increasing the lead to 12-2!

UPDATE (9:14): END 8: Ashur Tolliver, Jake Dunning and Carlos Pimentel have each thrown a perfect inning of relief! We head to the ninth in Southern Maryland.

UPDATE (9:30): FINAL: Ducks earn their first win of the year, defeating the Blue Crabs 12-2!

2018 Game 1: Ducks at Blue Crabs

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The Ducks begin their All-Star Summer on the road at Regency Furniture Stadium

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks play the first of 126 schedule games during the 2018 regular season as they kick off a three-game series agianst the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. This will be the first of 54 road games to be played this year, as the inclusion of a league-operated traveling team, the Road Warriors, to the Atlantic League schedule decreases the amount of road games and overall games. It is also the first of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Blue Crabs this season, with nine of those games coming in Waldorf.

2017 SEASON RECAP: 

2017 represented a bit of a roller coaster season for the Ducks that ended with them celebrating a second consecutive Liberty Division title but falling just short of their ultimate goal: an Atlantic League championship.

The Ducks posted a 73-67 record during the course of the regular season, including a 36-34 mark in the first half and a 37-33 record in the second half. After finishing six games in back of the Somerset Patriots in the first half standings, Long Island was able to hold off a late charge by the Bridgeport Bluefish to claim the Second Half Liberty Division title on the season’s penultimate day. Clinching the postseason berth was due, in large part, to a 12-game winning streak between August 4 and 16, which tied the franchise record for longest winning streak (previously accomplished July 5-20, 2006).

Just like the two years prior, the Ducks would face off against Somerset in the Liberty Division Championship Series, looking to gain a leg up in the rivalry after the Patriots won the division in 2015 and the Ducks rallied from an 0-2 deficit to win the division crown in 2016. Somerset claimed the opening game of the series on Long Island behind a strong start from Mark Hamburger, but the Ducks took over from there. Matt Larkins turned in a strong effort on the mound to even the series in Game Two. Then, as the series shifted to Bridgewater, N.J., Jake Fisher tossed a complete game with nine strikeouts in what was his first ever postseason start. The Game Three win gave the Ducks a 2-1 series lead, and a ninth inning rally the following night earned the Flock its fifth Liberty Division title in the past seven season.

Unfortunately, history continued to repeat itself as the postseason trekked onward for the Ducks. Long Island would match up against the York Revolution in the Atlantic League Championship Series in a battle between the two Second Half champions. The Revs won the first two games of the series on Long Island, both by nailbiting one-run margins. Needing a win in Game Three to stay alive, the Ducks took a lead into the eighth inning at PeoplesBank Park. However, Telvin Nash’s two-run home run to center field gave York the lead for good en route to their third Atlantic League championship and first since 2011, which also came at the expense of the Ducks.

ON THE MOUND:

For the first time since the 2013 season, veteran right-hander John Brownell will not start on Opening Day for the Ducks. Instead, manager Kevin Baez has called upon eight-year Major League veteran Jair Jurrjens to take the mound. The righty has pitched for four different teams in his MLB career, most notably the Atlanta Braves with whom he was a National League All-Star in 2011. Jurrjens is also a two-time National League Pitcher of the Month and was named to Baseball America‘s All-Rookie Team in 2008. Most recently, he made 11 appearances (10 starts) with the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA, Dodgers) in 2017. The 32-year-old compiled a 4-3 record with a 4.64 ERA and 44 strikeouts to 18 walks in 54 and one-third innings.

Countering Jurrjens will be another former big leaguer and an Atlantic League veteran in right-hander Daryl Thompson. The La Plata, Md. native has spent each of the past six seasons as a member of the Blue Crabs and made 26 appearances (25 starts) in 2017. He ranked third in the Atlantic League with 135 strikeouts, fourth in innings pitched (158.1) and seventh in ERA (3.87). He also accrued a 9-7 record and two complete games while walking just 27 batters. Previously, the 32-year-old reach the Major Leagues on two separate occasions with the Cincinnati Reds (2008, 2011), appearing in four games (three starts).

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Ducks Video Center on the hompage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Tyler Holt – CF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#30 David Washington – 1B
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#28 Daniel Fields – LF
#9   Wilkin Castillo – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#33 Jair Jurrjens – RHP

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
#1 Joey Wong – 2B
#9 Edwin Garcia – SS
#4 Ryan Strausborger – LF
#6 Xavier Paul – DH
#12 Devon Rodriguez – 1B
#27 Cory Vaughn – CF
#19 Frank Martinez – 3B
#17 Jose Gonzalez – C
#2   Johnny Bladel – RF

#20 Daryl Thompson – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (6:41): The 2018 Atlantic League season is officially underway for the Ducks and Blue Crabs at Regency Furniture Stadium!

UPDATE (6:55): BOT 1: Three consecutive two-out singles give the Blue Crabs an early 1-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:25): END 3: Jurrjens has bounced back with consecutive scoreless frames. Still a 1-0 ballgame as we move to the fourth.

UPDATE (7:41): BOT 4: The Blue Crabs plate three runs on five consecutive one-out hits. 4-0 Southern Maryland.

UPDATE (8:05): BOT 5: RBIs from Frank Martinez and Jose Gonzalez increase the Blue Crabs lead to six.

UPDATE (8:16): TOP 6: The first Duck dinger of the year goes to…Jordany Valdespin! His opposite field solo home run puts the Ducks on the scoreboard in Southern Maryland!

UPDATE (8:27): BOT 6: Jason Creasy tosses a scoreless inning in his Ducks debut!

UPDATE (8:44): BOT 7: Dennis O’Grady retires the side in order in his first appearance of the 2018 season!

UPDATE (9:01): BOT 8: Wander Perez works into and out of trouble in his Ducks debut, tossing a scoreless eighth.

UPDATE (9:10): FINAL: Southern Maryland takes the opening game of the 2018 season, 6-1. The two teams will meet again on Saturday night at 6:35.

Game 106: Ducks at Blue Crabs

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Alfredo Simon gets the ball again coming off his best start of the season as the Ducks look for their 10th win in a row.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

2:05 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium (Waldorf, Maryland)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (20-15; 56-49) complete their week-long matchup with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-22; 51-53) tonight in the final game of a four-game series. Long Island has won the first six games of the seven-game home-and-home mega-series. The Ducks have an 12-7 edge in the season series thus far, and have a 6-4 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 defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 9-5 on Saturday night in a rain-shortened eight-inning contest at Regency Furniture Stadium. The win was extended the Ducks’ season-long winning streak to nine games.

The Ducks loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the third against Blue Crabs starter David Russo, and Ruben Gotay delivered a two-run single to open the scoring. Elmer Reyes added an RBI double in the frame to push the Ducks lead to 3-0.

In the top of the sixth, Long Island broke the game open with a six run outburst against three Southern Maryland pitchers. Quintin Berry highlighted the frame with a two-run single, while Giovanny Alfonzo, Delta Cleary Jr. and Derrick Pyles all had run-scoring hits to give the Ducks a 9-0 lead.

The Blue Crabs fought back in the bottom of the seventh, scoring five runs against John Lannan to narrow the gap to 9-5. In the bottom of the eighth, the Blue Crabs threatened against Patrick Crider, but he was able to escape the two-on, two-out jam.

Right as the top of the ninth was about to get underway, heavy rains began and the tarp was brought on to the field. After a 30-minute delay, the game was called due to inclement weather.

Jake Dunning got the win for Long Island after throwing five shutout innings to improve to 1-0 on the season. David Russo got tagged with the loss to fall to 0-2 after yielding six runs in 5.1 innings.

Gotay led the offense by going 2-for-3 with three RBIs, while Berry went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, two walks and two runs scored.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Alfredo Simon takes the mound for the Ducks this afternoon, looking to build on the momentum of his last start against the Blue Crabs. In game one of a doubleheader Tuesday night at Bethpage Ballpark, Simon took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, eventually finishing off a three-hit shutout. Overall, Simon is 2-3 with a 4.68 ERA on the season in 10 appearances (seven starts). In his last four appearances (two starts) the righty sports a stellar 1.96 ERA (4 ER/18.1 IP).

The Blue Crabs send right-hander Eric Fornataro to the bump, a familiar face for the Ducks who faced him in game one of Tuesday’s doubleheader. Long Island scored six runs on nine hits against him in a 10-0 victory. Fornataro began the year with the New Britain Bees before being traded to Southern Maryland on July 24 as the player to be named later to complete an earlier trade. Overall in 18 games (12 starts) the former big leaguer is 0-4 with a 6.28 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
#47 Quintin Berry – CF
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#23 Angelo Songco – 1B
#19 Derrick Pyles – DH
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#18 Tyler Levine – RHP

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
#4   Jose Lozada – 2B
#9   Edwin Garcia – SS
#10 L.J. Hoes – DH
#6   Patrick Palmeiro – 1B
#27 Cory Vaughn – CF
#35 Tucker Nathans – RF
#32 Luis Alen – C
#1   Brian Bistagne – 2B
#7   Alex Glenn – LF

#15 Eric Fornataro – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 3: A two-run single form Angelo Songco gives the Ducks a 2-0 lead!

BOT 4: The Blue Crabs grab a run to narrow our lead to 2-1.

TOP 6: The Ducks add another run on a Quintin Berry RBI double and lead 3-1!

TOP 8: Dan Lyons crushes a two-run homer and the Ducks take a 5-1 lead!

FINAL: Ducks 5, Blue Crabs 2.

W: Levine (3-0)
L: Fornataro (0-5)
SV: Diaz (9)

10 wins in a row for the Ducks!

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