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2017 “Quack of the Bat” Ducks Team Awards

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It’s officially awards season in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball! Now that the 2017 season has come to a close, the league has begun handing out its post-season awards to celebrate individual and team achievements from this past season. Among the Ducks to have been honored thus far are outfielder Marc Krauss, who has been selected to the league’s Post-Season All-Star Team, and infielder Elmer Reyes, who was named to the Red, White and Blue All-Defensive Team. The Atlantic League will unveil its club awards on Wednesday to round out its awards announcements.

We also decided to get into the spirit of handing out accolades by announcing our annual “Quack of the Bat” Ducks Team Awards. Long Island’s hometown team saw its share of outstanding performances this past year en route to a fifth Liberty Division championship in the past seven seasons and a second consecutive Atlantic League Championship Series appearance. Although the team fell just short of its ultimate goal in bringing home the Atlantic League title, there were plenty of individual achievements to be proud of. Here are our choices for the “Quack of the Bat” Team Awards:

Player of the Year – Marc Krauss
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He was voted by the fans as the Delmonte-Smelson Team MVP, and we at “Quack of the Bat” could not have agreed with the selection more. Krauss’ first season with the Ducks was an all-around success, especially at the plate. He led all Ducks players and ranked in the top five of the Atlantic League in runs batted in (84), runs scored (75), walks (83), extra-base hits (53), on-base percentage (.400) and slugging percentage (.508). In addition, the former big leaguer led the team in doubles (30), ranked second in home runs (21) and sat third in games played (126). Krauss’ season was fueled by a tremendous second half that helped the Ducks clinch the Second Half Liberty Division title and a spot in the postseason for the 12th time in the past 14 seasons.

Starting Pitcher of the Year – Matt Larkins
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Long Island saw its share of tremendous starting pitching this season. Two hurlers had their contracts purchased by Major League organizations (Tim Melville, Henderson Alvarez), and both of them eventually returned to the game’s highest level. However, our choice for Starting Pitcher of the Year was Matt Larkins. In his first full season with the Flock, the right-hander impressed across the board. He led the Ducks and ranked second in the league with 139 strikeouts, trailing only the league’s Pitcher of the Year Gaby Hernandez (150). He was also the league leader in shutouts (3) and the team leader in both innings pitched (156.0) and complete games (4). Both totals ranked in the league’s top five. Finally, the Idaho resident posted the league’s fourth-best ERA at 3.69, trailing only John Brownell for the team lead (3.44).  Larkins’ season was highlighted by several historic performances. He took a no-hitter into the ninth inning on June 15 at Somerset, tossed a complete game, one-hit shutout against the Barnstormers on July 5 and struck out a career-high 12 batters in a complete game win over Somerset on August 16.

Relief Pitcher of the Year – Amalio Diaz
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In his third season with the Ducks, Amalio Diaz once again proved to be a dominant force at the back end of the bullpen. The right-hander led all Ducks relief pitchers (minimum 25 games) with a 2.25 earned run average. He was also second among relievers with 66 strikeouts and 56 innings pitched, trailing only Zac Treece. The Venezuela native ranked third on the team in appearances (57) and allowed just 14 earned runs and 22 walks all season. He took over the closer’s role after injuries to David Aardsma and posted 15 saves during the regular season. Diaz began the season with 11 consecutive scoreless appearances and allowed an earned run in just one of his first 26 games and two of his final 13 (playoffs included).

Gold Glove – Marc Krauss
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Although Reyes was chosen to the league’s Red, White and Blue All-Defensive Team, we at “Quack of the Bat” are going to recognize Marc Krauss for his defensive efforts this year. The Ohio native split time and first base and both corner outfield spots during 2017. He made just one error in 63 games at first base, posting a .998 fielding percentage. He also played 49 games in the outfield during the regular season and committed just two errors while adding five assists and accruing a .978 fielding percentage. Krauss was splendid with the leather no matter which position he played, and his versatility was a big help for manager Kevin Baez.

“Rookie” of the Year – Giovanny Alfonzo
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This award recognizes which Ducks player excelled the most in his first season as a member of the Flock. The unanimous choice for this year’s honor goes to infielder Giovanny Alfonzo. Playing just his third season of professional baseball, he finished the year as the team leader in batting with a .309 average, ranking him sixth in the Atlantic League. After initially being signed as the team’s utility infielder, he took over the starting third base job following Cody Puckett’s injury and ran with it. The 24-year-old surpassed his career-highs in nearly every offensive category, ending the year with four homers, 45 RBI, 39 runs, 112 hits, 17 doubles and 10 stolen bases in 106 games played. Alfonzo then went on to post five RBI in the playoffs, tying Lew Ford for the team lead, and added seven hits.

Breakout Player of the Year – Jake Fisher
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For this honor, we highlight which member of the Ducks opened eyes and surprised the most after joining the team. Though his time with the Ducks was short in 2017, Jake Fisher made a quick impression on the coaching staff and front office. The starting pitcher joined Long Island in September via a trade from the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League. He made two regular season starts and combined to allow just four runs on 11 hits and three walks in 13 innings of work. The southpaw was then handed the ball in Game Three of the Liberty Division Championship Series at Somerset. In front of an Atlantic League postseason record crowd of 8,131, Fisher fired a complete game, yielding only one run on six hits and two walks while striking out nine. The performance gave the Ducks a 2-1 series lead en route to their second straight Liberty Division championship. He then pitched into the eighth inning of Game Two in the Atlantic League Championship Series against York, and although he took the loss, he struck out six without walking a batter and had given up just three runs over his first seven innings.

Unsung Hero Award – Alex Burg and Rob Rogers
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While many players seemed to gravitate towards the spotlight, there were several others this year who did yeoman’s work under-the-radar. Their accomplishments were certainly integral to the team, and thus, we have decided to recognize their efforts with the Unsung Hero Award. The honor this year will be shared by catcher Alex Burg and relief pitcher Rob Rogers.

One of Burg’s biggest contributions this season was how he managed the Ducks’ pitching staff. The catcher developed a strong relationship with his starters and relievers and turned in well-called games on a nightly basis. Not to mention, his 98 games behind the plate this season were 73 more than he had ever caught in a single season previously. Burg then excelled offensively in the playoffs, leading the team with a .348 batting average and two home runs.

Rogers came to the Flock as a spring training invitee and proceeded to become a vital piece in the back end of the bullpen. The right-hander appeared in 58 games this season, the second-most among Ducks pitchers and a career-high. He turned in a 6-1 record with a 3.93 ERA, two saves and 40 strikeouts in 66 and one-third innings. The Islip resident filled various roles throughout the season, from closer to set-up man to long man out of the bullpen, and he was willing to do anything needed all year. Rogers was also terrific in the playoffs, tossing three and one-third scoreless innings over five games and getting some crucial outs along the way.

Community Award – Angelo Songco
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Although everyone on the Ducks roster makes it a point to be active members in the Long Island community, Angelo Songco certainly stood out to our blog staff in 2017. He was a frequent presence at various team functions during the course of the season, assisting with the team’s annual Youth Baseball Camps and Kids Club Day. When he wasn’t in the starting lineup, Songco could often be found at the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Autograph Booth greeting fans and signing autographs. The infielder was also often one of the first players down on the field to sign autographs prior to Sunday home games.

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LDCS Game 3: Ducks at Patriots

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Rob Rogers and the Ducks bullpen turned in another great performance on Thursday

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

With a brilliant 4-1 win last night, the Long Island Ducks enter the pivot game of the best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series even with the Somerset Patriots 1-1. The regular season series between Long Island and Somerset was remarkably competitive, with the Ducks claiming 11 victories and the Patriots nine. This marks the third straight year that the two rivals have met in the opening round of the playoffs, with each team having won one playoff series.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 4-1 on Thursday night in Game Two of the Liberty Division Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark. The best-of-five series is now tied at one game apiece.

Long Island took an early 1-0 lead on Lew Ford’s first-inning RBI single through the left side, which scored Giovanny Alfonzo when left fielder Aharon Eggleston’s throw to the plate sailed wild.

In the bottom of the fourth, a wild pitch scored Alex Burg and a two-out RBI single to left field by Elmer Reyes off Patriots starter Mike Antonini pushed the Ducks lead to 3-0.

Somerset closed to within two in the fifth on a two-out RBI single to center by Kyle Roller off Ducks starter Matt Larkins. David Vidal then hit a grounder up the middle with the tying runs on, but Dan Lyons made a diving stop and got the force out at second base to end the inning.

The Patriots threatened again in the sixth, collecting a single and two walks with two outs to force Larkins from the game. However, Rob Rogers came in and got Alfredo Rodriguez to fly out to right, ending the threat. Burg followed with a leadoff solo homer to right field in the bottom of the sixth off Patriots reliever Lucas Irvine to put the game out of reach.

Though Larkins (1-0) didn’t have his best “stuff” on Thursday, he willed his way through a gutsy 5.2 innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and seven walks while striking out four. After struggling some in the playoffs with Long Island in 2016, the right-hander’s performance in Game Two was exactly what the team needed to gain momentum in the series as it heads to Somerset.

Antonini (0-1) took the loss, yielding three runs on seven hits and a walk in four innings with four strikeouts. Amalio Diaz earned his first save of the postseason with a scoreless ninth inning.

Burg finished 3-4 with a home run, RBI and two runs scored. Five Ducks relievers combined to give up just two hits in 3.1 scoreless innings while striking out three.

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Southpaw Jake Fisher takes the bump for the Ducks in the all-important third game of this best-of-five series. After being acquired in a September trade with the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League, Fisher made two starts with Long Island, collecting no record and a 2.26 ERA (4 ER/13.0 IP). In his last start on September 14 at Lancaster Fisher stymied the Barnstormers bats, allowing just one run on four hits in seven splendid innings of work. This will be first playoff appearance for the lefty and his first start against the Patriots.

Somerset responds with right-hander Will Oliver. Oliver has been a thorn in the Ducks playoff side before, as in 2015 he threw a compete-game, three-hit shutout in Game Four of the Liberty Division Championship Series with the Patriots facing elimination. However, this is 2017, where the righty was 8-6 with a 4.78 ERA in 23 games (17 starts) during the regular season. In his last start on September 13 against the New Britain Bees, Oliver allowed three runs on four hits in six innings, getting the win in a 7-5 Somerset triumph. The Ducks also beat Oliver in Game Five of last year’s Liberty Division Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark, tagging him for five runs (two earned) in seven innings.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks playoff 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.

For a complete history of the Ducks in the playoffs, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#23 Alex Burg – C
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#25 Jake Fisher – LHP

Somerset Patriots
#15 Justin Trapp – RF
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#19 Olmo Rosario – LF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#14 David Vidal – 3B
#37 Joe Maloney – 1B
#5   D’Vontrey Richardson – CF
#9   Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#21 Adam Donachie – C

#26 Will Oliver – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (7:20): TOP 1: What a start! Ducks plate three runs in the first to go in front 3-0! RBIs from Lew Ford, Marc Krauss & Angelo Songco.

UPDATE (7:38): BOT 2: Jake Fisher works around a one-out double to keep Somerset off the scoreboard, striking out a pair in the inning!

UPDATE (8:09): BOT 4: Krauss ➡️ Dan Lyons ➡️ Krauss. 3-6-3 double play ends another scoreless inning for Fisher!

UPDATE (8:41): TOP 6: A two-out RBI single by Lyons, followed by an RBI double from Giovanny Alfonzo, has extended the lead to 5-0!

UPDATE (9:11): TOP 8: Anthony Vega launches a towering solo homer to right field! His first longball of the postseason puts Long Island in front 6-0!

UPDATE (9:22): END 8: Eight scoreless innings for Ducks starter Jake Fisher, who has struck out eight and has allowed just four hits and two walks!

UPDATE (9:48): FINAL: Jake Fisher with the complete game effort & nine strikeouts! Ducks win Game Three 6-1 & take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series!

Game 128: Ducks vs. Bees

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RHP Jake Dunning looks to lead Long Island to a Labor Day victory against the New Britain Bees this afternoon.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

1:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (34-23; 70-57) finish their eight-game home stand Monday afternoon against the New Britain Bees (23-32; 49-76). This will be the final game between the two teams this year, with the season series favoring the Ducks by a narrow 10-9 margin. Long Island begins play today with a magic number of seven to clinch the Liberty Division Second Half Championship and secure a playoff spot in the 2017 Atlantic League Playoffs.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the New Britain Bees 8-7 on Sunday afternoon in the third game of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

New Britain took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Craig Maddox followed a fielding error with a two-out, two-run home run to left field off Ducks starter Matt Marsh. Long Island responded with three runs in the second off Bees starter Nate Roe to go in front. Angelo Songco’s leadoff solo homer to right and a two-out, two-run single by Jordan Hinshaw highlighted the inning.

The Bees took the lead back with a three-run fourth. Maddox and Jon Griffin scored on a pair of Ducks errors, and Conor Bierfeldt lifted a sacrifice fly to right. Griffin’s two-run homer to right-center in the sixth extended New Britain’s lead to 7-3.

The Ducks came back to tie the ballgame at seven with a four-run sixth inning. A sac fly to center by Elmer Reyes opened the scoring. Alex Burg then followed with a two-run double down the left field line and came around to score from second on a throwing error. Burg put the Flock on top for good in the eighth with a leadoff solo homer to right.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Marsh pitched three innings, allowing two unearned runs on just one hit while striking out six. Roe lasted four innings, surrendering three runs on six hits with four strikeouts. Rob Rogers (5-1) collected the win after pitching a scoreless eighth inning, working around a pair of hits to strand two runners on base. Brandon League (2-3) took the loss, yielding the game-winning run on two hits and a walk in one inning. Amalio Diaz earned his 15th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.

Burg led the offense with two hits, three RBI and two runs scored. Songco added two hits an RBI and two runs scored, while Lew Ford totaled three hits.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Right-hander Jake Dunning takes the hill for Long Island this afternoon. In 11 appearances (four starts) the former big leaguer is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA, allowing 32 hits, striking out 27 and walking 10 in 31.2 innings pitched. Dunning got no decision in his last start against the York Revolution on August 30, allowing four runs on six hits in five innings, striking out a season-high nine in a 5-4 Long Island win. The righty has made one appearance against New Britain this season, throwing a 1-2-3 inning of relief in his Ducks debut on July 18.

New Britain answers with lefty Greg Nappo, who is in his first season with the Bees. Nappo is 2-1 with a 4.03 ERA in 11 appearances (nine starts) after beginning the season in the Miami Marlins organization. In his last start on August 29 at Sugar Land (though the game was played in New Britain owing to Hurricane Harvey) the port paw threw six shutout innings but got no decision in a 1-0 Bees loss. In his lone start against the Ducks this season, Nappo got no decision on July 17, allowing two runs on six hit in five 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 – DH
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#23 Alex Burg – C
#19 Derrick Pyles – RF
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B

#45 Jake Dunning – RHP

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
#2   Jake McGuiggan – SS
#19 Nick Murphy – C

#12 Greg Nappo – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Jon Griffin’s RBI Double gives the Bees an early 1-0 lead.

TOP 2: The Bees plate three runs on two homers, and take a 4-0 lead.

BOT 2: Ruben Gotay smacks a solo home run to get the Ducks on the board. The Bees lead 4-1.

TOP 5: Jamar Walton hits a three-run home run to give the Bees a 7-1 lead.

BOT 6: Angelo Songco crushes his 23rd home run of the season as the Ducks close the gap to 7-2.

TOP 9: The Bees add an insurance run and lead 8-2 heading to the bottom of the ninth inning.

FINAL: Bees 8, Ducks 2

W: Nappo (3-1)
L: Dunning (2-2)

Game 124: Ducks vs. Revolution

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The Long Island Ducks look to clinch a series win against the York Revolution tonight in the finale of a four-game series.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (32-21; 68-55) continue their penultimate homestand of the 2017 regular season against the York Revolution (30-23; 58-65) with the finale of their four-game series. Long Island has won two of the first three games of the set and looks for the series victory tonight. The Ducks hold an 10-6 advantage in the first 16 games of the season series. The Ducks are currently on an eight-game homestand which continues with four games against the New Britain Bees this weekend.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks split a single admission doubleheader with the York Revolution on Wednesday night at Bethpage Ballpark, taking game one 5-4 in waddle-off fashion before dropping game two 8-2.

Long Island jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the first two innings of game one against Revolution starter Logan Williamson. RBI doubles by Lew Ford and Marc Krauss in the first and an error that plated Dan Lyons in the second highlighted the scoring.

York closed to within 3-2 in the third on back-to-back two-out solo home runs by Alonzo Harris and Alexi Casilla off Ducks starter Jake Dunning. However, the Ducks got one of the runs back in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single to left by Jordan Hinshaw.

The Revolution pulled even at four with single runs in the fifth and sixth on a wild pitch that scored Chase Simpson and a solo homer to left by Telvin Nash. York put then put the go-ahead runs at first and second with no outs in the sixth, but Rob Rogers escaped the jam. Elmer Reyes followed in the bottom of the seventh with a one-out solo blast over the left field wall to give the Ducks the waddle-off victory.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Dunning pitched five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out nine. Williamson lasted two and two-thirds innings, yielding four runs (three earned) on eight hits and three walks with one strikeout. Amalio Diaz (5-4) collected the win after pitching a scoreless seventh inning, striking out two. Ricardo Gomez (3-4) took the loss after surrendering the game-winning homer.

Hinshaw led the Flock with three hits, while Ford and Reyes each added two.

A four-run second inning put the Revolution on top early in game two. Two-out, two-run home runs by Travis Witherspoon and Casilla off Ducks starter Dennis O’Grady did the damage. The Ducks closed to within 4-2 in the third on an RBI single to left by Delta Cleary Jr. and an RBI double to right-center by Ford off Revolution starter Jay Gause.

York would put the game out of reach with a run in the fourth, two in the sixth and another in the seventh. An RBI double by Witherspoon, a two-run homer to center by Casilla and a solo homer to right by Nash accounted for the scoring.

Gause (9-2) earned the win, tossing six innings of two-run ball, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out five. O’Grady (5-7) took the loss, giving up four runs on five two walks with one strikeout in two innings.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

John Brownell takes the mound for the Ducks in the series finale with the Revolution. The righty ace is 9-3 with a 3.34 ERA this season in 21 starts, and has 82 strikeouts and 42 walks allowed in 126.2 innings. Last time out against the New Britain Bees on August 26, Brownell threw seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits as the Ducks won 3-0 in shutout fashion. In two starts against the Revolution this season, Brownell has struggled, going 1-0, but getting tagged for a 5.19 ERA, walking six and striking out only three in 8.2 innings.

RHP Victor Mateo heads to the hill for the Revs in the series finale. In 22 starts this season, the Dominican righty is 6-8 with a 4.12 ERA, striking out 54 and walking 36 while allowing 141 hits in 122.1 innings pitched. In his last outing on August 26, Mateo allowed five runs on nine hits in four innings against Lancaster, getting the loss. Against the Ducks this season, Mateo has been dreadful, going 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in two starts. In 9.0 innings, the righty has allowed 15 hits, nine runs (all earned) and walked six while striking out just two.

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 – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

York Revolution
#2   Alonzo Harris – LF
#4   Alexi Casilla – 2B
#16 Isaias Tejeda – C
#23 Telvin Nash – 1B
#21 Michael Burgess – DH
#10 Jared Mitchell – RF
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF
#34 Carlos Triunfel – 3B

#9   Victor Mateo – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: @MarcKrauss25 hits his 20th home run of the season as the Ducks take a 2-0 lead!

TOP 3: The Revolution take a 7-2 lead.

BOT 4: The Ducks scratch a run back on an Elmer Reyes infield single. Revs lead 7-3.

BOT 5: LEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWW Ford collects an RBI to get the Ducks to within 7-4.

TOP 8: The Revolution add on a run to take an 8-4 lead.

FINAL: Revolution 8, Ducks 5.

W: Click (3-1)
L: Brownell (9-4)

Game 121: Ducks vs. Revolution

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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)

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