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Game 138: Ducks at Skeeters

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The Ducks head to the Lone Star State for the final series of the regular season

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (36-31; 72-65) fly south to begin a three-game series against the Sugar Land Skeeters (35-32; 65-72) that will close out the regular season. Long Island’s lead over the Bridgeport Bluefish for first place in the second half Liberty Division standings is two games. Sugar Land was officially eliminated from playoff contention on Thursday night. Tonight is the 18th meeting of the year between the Ducks and Skeeters, with Long Island holding a 9-8 advantage.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

Thursday’s series finale in Lancaster featured a great start and a tough ending for the Ducks, as they dropped the rubber game of the series 4-3 to the Barnstormers.

Long Island plated three runs in the opening inning against Rommie Lewis, who struggled out of the gate. After Giovanny Alfonzo and Elmer Reyes opened the game with singles, Lewis was able to record a pair of outs. However, Ruben Gotay dunked a two-out RBI single into center field, and Angelo Songco with a two-run single to right. The Ducks nearly added to their lead in the second with runners at the corner and one out, but Lewis pitched out of the jam and was able to settle in after that.

Ducks starter Jake Fisher was superb on the mound once again. He allowed just one run, which came in the second when Sean Halton singled and later scored on a two-out RBI single by Steve Clevenger. Fisher would end up retiring 13 of the final 14 batters he faced in the game from two outs in the third inning through the seventh, collecting three consecutive 1-2-3 innings in the process. He yielded just four hits and a walk in the game while striking out three.

Leading 3-1 in the eighth, Patrick Crider was summoned into the game. He proceeded to allow a double to Josh Bell and an RBI single to Lance Zawadzki that closed the gap to one. Dustin Richardson relieved Crider and retired Darian Sandford on a foul pop and Trayvon Robinson on a groundout. With two outs and Zawadzki at third, Rob Rogers came into the game. After four two-strike foul balls, Garner’s grounder to the left side was thrown low by Dan Lyons and unable to be corralled by Songco. The RBI infield single tied the game at three.

Rogers struck out Halton to avoid any further trouble, and Amalio Diaz then entered the game in the ninth. He recorded two quick outs on a flyout and a groundout but then ran into trouble. Clevenger singled, Bell doubled and Zawadzki was intentionally walked to load the bases for Sandford. The outfielder fell behind 0-2, worked the count to 2-2 and fouled off three two-strike pitches before delivering a game-ending RBI single to center.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Friday’s series opener will feature Matt Marsh on the bump for the Flock. The right-hander will be making his second start with Long Island after pitching three innings against the New Britain Bees on September 3. He gave up two unearned runs on a two-run homer by Craig Maddox, which followed a two-out error in the first inning. That was the only hit Marsh allowed, and he struck out six batters. Overall, the 26-year-old has yielded just one earned run in 13 and one-third innings while striking out 16 batters over nine games with the Ducks. In two appearances against Sugar Land, he has combined to allow two hits over one and one-third innings.

Long Island will get its first look at Patrick Mincey, who makes his second start for the Skeeters. The righty tossed five innings of one-run ball last Friday in game two of a doubleheader against the New Britain Bees, giving up five hits and a walk while striking out three. He took the loss in the 1-0 defeat, allowing only a second inning solo homer to Conor Bierfeldt. The 28-year-old began the season with the Cleburne Railroaders of the American Association and compiled a 10-8 record with a 3.33 ERA and 81 strikeouts to 21 walks over 21 starts. Mincey previously pitched in the Atlantic League with Bridgeport in 2015, going 1-1 with a 3.56 ERA and 26 saves in 51 relief appearances.

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

#36 Matt Marsh – RHP

Sugar Land Skeeters
#7   Josh Prince – 2B
#3   Albert Cordero – C
#11 Cole Gillespie – CF
#16 Travis Scott – 1B
#4   Kevin Ahrens – SS
#15 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#33 Caleb Ramsey – LF
#9   Wilfredo Rodriguez – DH
#5   Joe Benson – RF

#23 Patrick Mincey – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (7:27): BOT 1: Skeeters take an early 2-0 lead on an RBI single by Travis Scott and an RBI double by Bryan Pounds.

UPDATE (8:01): BOT 3: A solo homer to right by Scott extends Sugar Land’s lead to 3-0.

UPDATE (8:30): BOT 4: Matt Marsh has struck out seven batters over four innings, but a couple of wild pitches help the Skeeters plate a fourth run.

UPDATE (8:59): BOT 6: A pair of fine defensive plays highlight a 1-2-3 inning out of the bullpen for Zac Treece!

UPDATE (9:21): TOP 7: Four two-out runs have put put the Ducks on the scoreboard and tied the game at four!

UPDATE (9:38): BOT 7: Dustin Richardson strikes out Bryan Pounds looking to strand a pair on base! Still a 4-4 ballgame after seven.

UPDATE (9:54): TOP 8: RBI singles from Alex Burg and Delta Cleary Jr. have given the Ducks a 6-4 lead!

UPDATE (10:02): BOT 8: A scoreless eighth inning for Dennis O’Grady, who works around a leadoff single! 6-4 Flock as we head to the ninth.

UPDATE (10:27): TOP 9: Two-out RBI singles by Burg and Cleary Jr. have extended Long Island’s lead to 8-4!

UPDATE (10:37): FINAL: Tyler Wilson tosses a scoreless ninth inning, and the Ducks defeat the Skeeters 8-4 in the series opener!

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Game 137: Ducks at Barnstormers

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Southpaws Fisher and Lewis do battle in the rubber game of a three-game series

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:30 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (36-30; 72-64) play the rubber game of their three-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers (35-31; 73-63). Long Island is now three games ahead of the Bridgeport Bluefish for first place in the second half Liberty Division standings with four games remaining this season. Lancaster now sits three games behind the York Revolution for first in the Freedom Division. Tonight is the 20th and final meeting of the year between the Ducks and Barnstormers, with Lancaster holding an 11-8 advantage.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

After the Barnstormers rallied from behind twice to tie the game, the Ducks exploded for five runs in the 10th inning to come away with a 9-4 victory on Wednesday night.

Long Island built a 3-1 lead over the first five and a half innings of the game against Barnstormers starter Scott Sebald. Lew Ford launched a two-out solo homer down the left field line in the first to open the scoring. Elmer Reyes added an RBI infield single in the third to double the lead to two. After Sean Halton’s two-out RBI double in the third made it a one-run game, Ruben Gotay stretched the lead back to two at 3-1 with a two-out solo homer of his own in the sixth.

Lancaster would then inflict some two-out damage of its own to overcome a pair of deficits. After Ducks starter Matt Larkins allowed a one-out single in the sixth, Caleb Gindl came to the plate with two outs in the frame and lined a two-run homer to right that evened the score at three. The Ducks went back in front 4-3 in the eighth. Giovanny Alfonzo doubled and then scored when Reyes’ ground ball to the mound was bobbled by Scott Shuman and then the throw to first missed by Steve Clevenger. However, with two outs in the bottom of the inning, Dustin Richardson allowed a double, an intentional walk and an RBI single by Gindl that tied the game.

It stayed even until the 10th when Kaohi Downing (2-1) went back to the mound for a second inning of work. With one out, Alfonzo doubled for his fourth hit of the night. Reyes followed with a ground ball to third that Halton threw away, allowing Alfonzo to score the go-ahead run. Following a pair of walks, Gotay then hit a grounder to short that Nate Coronado bobbled for an error, scoring Reyes. Angelo Songco then put the capper on a five-run inning with a three-run double to left-center off John Anderson.

Amalio Diaz closed out the game with a scoreless 10th, striking out the side after giving up a leadoff single. Rob Rogers (6-1) got the win after pitching a scoreless ninth inning, working around a one-out single by Anderson De La Rosa. Larkins took a no-decision but struck out eight over seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk. Sebald yielded three runs on six hits over six innings while striking out five.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Jake Fisher will make his first road start for the Flock in Thursday’s series finale. The left-hander pitched well in his Ducks debut last Friday against Bridgeport, taking a no-decision in Long Island’s 6-5 loss. He allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings, walking two and striking out three. The 26-year-old left the game leading 4-3, but the bullpen allowed three runs in the eighth inning. Fisher spent most of the year with the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League where he compiled a 10-7 record with a 2.80 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 20 starts. This will be his first-ever start against the Barnstormers.

Atlantic League veteran Rommie Lewis will take the mound for the Barnstormers. In 26 games (25 starts) this year, he is 9-11 with a 5.09 ERA and 112 strikeouts to 57 walks. He earned the win in his most recent outing, giving up two runs on nine hits and a walk over seven innings in a 7-2 victory over Southern Maryland last Friday. Prior to that, he threw six scoreless innings and took a no-decision in a 2-1 win over Somerset on September 1. Lewis has faced Long Island three times this year and is 2-1 with a 1.90 ERA, allowing four runs over 19 innings of work. The Ducks defeated Lewis the last time they faced him on July 22 at Clipper Magazine Stadium, collecting 11 hits in six 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
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – RF
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#30 Ruben Gotay – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#25 Jake Fisher – LHP

Lancaster Barnstormers
#4   Darian Sandford – CF
#21 Trayvon Robinson – DH
#8   Cole Garner – RF
#19 Sean Halton – 3B
#15 Caleb Gindl – LF
#12 Nate Coronado – SS
#24 Steve Clevenger – C
#28 Josh Bell – 1B
#2   Lance Zawadzki – 2B

#54 Rommie Lewis – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (6:54): TOP 1: Great start for the Flock! Ruben Gotay’s RBI single and Angelo Songco’s two-run single, both with two outs, give the Ducks a 3-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:22): BOT 2: Lancaster gets on the scoreboard courtesy of Steve Clevenger’s two-out RBI single. 3-1 Flock.

UPDATE (8:08): END 5: Jake Fisher with back-to-back 1-2-3 innings in the fourth and fifth! Score remains 3-1 Long Island after five.

UPDATE (8:42): BOT 7: Fisher works around a two-out single and tosses another scoreless inning in the seventh! Ducks maintain a 3-1 advantage.

UPDATE (9:21): BOT 8: Lancaster plates a pair, including one on a two-out RBI infield single by Cole Garner, tying the game at three.

UPDATE (9:44): FINAL: Four straight Barnstormers reach with two outs in the ninth, as Darian Sandford wins the game with a single to center.

Games 129 & 130: Ducks at Revolution

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Following a pair of rainouts, the Ducks and Revolution play a Thursday doubleheader

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

5:00 p.m. single admission doubleheader at PeoplesBank Park (York, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (34-24; 70-58) and York Revolution (32-26; 60-68) will take the field for a day/night doubleheader on Thursday evening. Tuesday’s series opener was postponed due to inclement weather, forcing tonight’s twin bill, while Wednesday’s game was also rained out and rescheduled to Monday, September 11, which had been a schedule off day for both teams. Long Island and York enter the twin bill in first place in their respective divisions, with the Ducks sitting five and a half games ahead of the Bridgeport Bluefish and the Revolution tied with the Lancaster Barnstormers. The Ducks lead the season series 10-7, having taken five of seven meetings thus far in York.

MONDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the New Britain Bees 8-2 in their Labor Day matinee on Monday afternoon, as the teams split the four-game series.

An early error by the Ducks gave the Bees the first lead, as Jon Griffin’s RBI double followed a fielding miscue by Elmer Reyes and a hit by pitch of Craig Maddox. New Britain then used the longball to fuel their offense throughout the rest of the game. Conor Bierfeldt led off the second inning with a solo homer off Ducks starter Jake Dunning, and Michael Crouse followed four batters later with a two-out, two-run homer. In the fifth, Jamar Walton came to the plate with two men on and two outs, and he lined a three-run homer to right.

Long Island also added homer brigade on Monday, though it was not enough to overcome the Bees’ onslaught. Ruben Gotay led off the second inning with a solo home run to left field off Bees starter Greg Nappo. Angelo Songco also went deep for the Flock, lifting a two-out solo homer to right-center in the sixth. However, the Ducks were unable to plate any further runs, leaving a total of eight men on base.

Nappo (3-1) got the win, tossing six innings and allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out eight. Dunning (2-2) was hit with the loss after yielding seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and a walk over five innings while striking out six. Tyler Wilson pitched a scoreless inning of relief, working around two walks. Zac Treece then gave the Ducks three innings out of the bullpen, giving up just one run on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks will begin the doubleheader in York with John Brownell taking the mound. The right-hander has made 22 starts this season and is 9-4 with a 3.52 ERA that ranks third in the Atlantic League. He faced the Revolution his last time out on Thursday and suffered the loss in what was a tale of two outings in one. All seven runs (five earned) he gave up came in the third inning, as he gave up three hits and three walks in the frame while the Ducks made four errors as a team. Outside of that inning, Brownell threw five scoreless innings, yielding just one walk and retiring 15 of the 16 he batters he faced. Tonight will be the 34-year-old’s fourth start of the year against York. He is 1-1 thus far with a 6.14 ERA, allowing 12 runs (10 earned) in 14 and two-thirds innings.

York will send Victor Mateo to the mound, who opposed Brownell on August 31. In the outing, the right-hander lasted just four and one-third innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and a walk with no strikeouts. Long Island scored twice against him in the first, including a solo homer by Marc Krauss, and added single runs in the fourth and fifth. Overall, the 28-year-old is 6-8 with a 4.26 ERA in 23 starts this season. He has faced the Ducks three times this season and is 0-1 with an 8.78 ERA, yielding 13 runs in 13 and one-third innings of work.

Game two will feature Matt Larkins on the rubber for the Flock. The right-hander has compiled a 9-6 record with a 3.56 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) this season. He earned the victory along with his fourth complete game and third shutout of the year in Long Island’s rain-shortened 2-0 win over New Britain on Saturday. The 28-year-old gave up just three hits and two walks over five scoreless innings while striking out six. He also defeated the Revolution with five and two-thirds innings of three-run ball last Monday night during the Ducks’ homestand opener. Larkins has won five of his past six outings and ranks fourth in the ALPB in ERA, second in strikeouts (125) and fifth in innings pitched (144.0). Overall, he has a 1-1 record and a 9.20 ERA in four games (three starts) against York in 2017.

The Revolution will counter with Frank Gailey. He comes in with a league-best 12 wins to go along with nine losses and a 4.46 ERA in 25 starts this year. The southpaw last took the mound on Friday in Bridgeport and earned the win in York’s 10-8 victory. Despite getting the victory, he was knocked around for seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits and two walks in seven and one-third innings while striking out one. Gailey has collected the win in three consecutive outings. Against the Ducks this year, the 31-year-old has a 2-1 record with a 3.45 ERA in three starts.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s doubleheader, 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 twin bill via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS (GAME ONE):

Long Island Ducks
#28 Jordan Hinshaw – 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

#7   John Brownell – RHP

York Revolution
#2   Alonzo Harris – 2B
#10 Jared Mitchell – RF
#16 Isaias Tejeda – C
#23 Telvin Nash – 1B
#21 Michael Burgess – DH
#13 Dayron Varona – LF
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF
#27 Chase Simpson – 3B

#9   Victor Mateo – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (5:13): TOP 1: Lew Ford gives the Flock an early 1-0 lead with an RBI single to center field! It’s his 30th run batted in of the year.

UPDATE (5:20): BOT 1: John Brownell turns in the shutdown inning as he strikes out the side, all swinging! 1-0 Ducks after one.

UPDATE (5:29): TOP 2: Giovanny Alfonzo launches a three-run home run over the left-center field wall! His fourth of the season makes it 4-0 Flock!

UPDATE (6:01): BOT 3: York plates a run on a sac fly from Jared Mitchell, but Brownell gets Michael Burgess to fly out, leaving the bases loaded. 4-1 Ducks

UPDATE (6:36): BOT 5: Brownell works around a pair of singles to keep the Revolution off the scoreboard! Ducks still lead 4-1 after five!

UPDATE (6:54): BOT 6: With the bat & now the glove! Alfonzo, who homered back in the second, makes a great play to rob Burgess of a hit!

UPDATE (7:04): TOP 7: Marc Krauss picks up his team-leading 82nd RBI of the season with a two-out double! Ducks now lead 5-1!

UPDATE (7:14): FINAL: Complete game for John Brownell, who earns his 10th win of the season! Ducks take game one, 5-1!


STARTING LINEUPS (GAME TWO):

Long Island Ducks
#28 Jordan Hinshaw – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#19 Derrick Pyles – DH
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

York Revolution
#2   Alonzo Harris – 2B
#10 Jared Mitchell – RF
#13 Dayron Varona – LF
#23 Telvin Nash – DH
#21 Michael Burgess – 1B
#20 Luis Cruz – C
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF
#27 Chase Simpson – 3B

#29 Frank Gailey – LHP

UPDATE (8:32): BOT 2: The Revolution score three runs on a bases loaded walk to Chase Simpson and a two-out, two-run single by Jared Mitchell.

UPDATE (8:54): BOT 3: A solo home run to right by Michael Burgess gives York its fourth run of the game.

UPDATE (9:04): TOP 4: Derrick Pyles pokes a two-out RBI single to right, scoring Lew Ford! Ducks close to within three at 4-1.

UPDATE (9:28): TOP 5: Jordan Hinshaw launches his first Ducks dinger! His two-run blast to left-center cuts Long Island’s deficit to 4-3.

UPDATE (9:54): BOT 6: Patrick Crider comes into the ballgame and retires York in order on a groundout, a strikeout and a lineout. Still a one-run game.

UPDATE (10:02): FINAL: Ducks drop game two 4-3 to split the twin bill. Final homestand of the season begins tomorrow night against the Bluefish!

Game 120: Ducks at Bees

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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 119: Ducks at Bees

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New Britain Stadium will play host to the middle game of a three-game series between the Long Island Ducks and the New Britain Bees on Saturday night.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:35 p.m. at New Britain Stadium (New Britain, Connecticut)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (29-19; 65-53) continue their three-game weekend series with the New Britain Bees (19-26, 45-70) tonight at The Beehive. The Ducks have won 18 of their last 22 games, including three this week in waddle-off fashion. Long Island has also won six straight series, and will look to continue that streak this weekend. Tonight marks the 15th meeting of the season between the Bees and the Ducks, with the season series currently deadlocked 7-7. Including Saturday’s skirmish, the two squads will meet six times in the next 10 days to complete their regular season series.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks fell to the New Britain Bees 5-3 on Friday night at New Britain Stadium in the opening game of a three-game series.

New Britain took the lead in the bottom of the first when Tyler Levine walked James Skelton and allowed a double to Michael Crouse to lead off the game. Two batters later Craig Maddox grounded out to second base to plate Skelton and give the Bees a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fifth, Crouse padded the Bees advantage with a two-run single, and Conor Bierfeldt doubled home a run in the sixth to expand the gap to 4-0. Levine (3-1) allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings of work, striking out three and walking one.

Long Island got on the board in the top of the seventh, when Derrick Pyles drove Ruben Gotay home with a single off Nick Greenwood. Giovanny Alfonzo followed with an RBI single off reliever Nate Roe to cut the lead to 4-2. Greenwood (3-4) was charged with two runs on six hits in 6.2 innings, striking out five and not issuing a walk.

The Ducks struck again in the top of the eighth, with Gotay collecting an RBI double to plate Audie Afenir and slice the deficit to 4-3. However, the Bees added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, and Sean Gilblair finished off the 5-3 win for his 15th save of the season.

Jordan Hinshaw went 3-for-5 with a double in his first game back against the Bees after he was traded from the club to the Ducks on August 22. Gotay added two hits, and Zac Treece struck out the side in order in his one inning of relief.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

RHP John Brownell gets the start for the Long Island Ducks in the middle game of the three-game series with the Bees. In 20 starts this season, the right-hander is 8-3 with a 3.54 ERA, and has struck out 79 while walking 38 in 119.2 innings pitched. Brownell has faced the Bees once this season, getting no decision on May 11 at New Britain Stadium, when he allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits in six innings, striking out five and walking one in a 4-3 Bees victory. In his last start on August 21 against Sugar Land, Brownell allowed two runs in five innings, walking three and striking out four while getting no decision.

New Britain sends RHP Kyle Simon to the hill to counter Brownell, looking to clinch a series win. Simon has won each of his last three starts, and is 9-10 overall in 23 appearances (18 starts) with a 4.19 ERA. He leads the Atlantic League with four complete games, and third with 135.1 innings pitched. Simon has faced the Ducks twice this season, once in relief and once as a starter, and is 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA (4 ER/7.0 IP). Last time out against the Bridgeport Bluefish on August 20, Simon allowed one run on five hits in seven innings, striking out four without a walk while getting the win.

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 – 1B
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#23 Alex Burg – 2B
#19 Derrick Pyles – LF
#24 Audie Afenir – C

#7   John Brownell – RHP

New Britain Bees
#3   James Skelton – C
#10 Michael Crouse – CF
#35 Jovan Rosa – 3B
#24 Craig Maddox – DH
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#28 Conor Bierfeldt – LF
#8   Yusuke Kajimoto – RF
#9   Tsuyoshi Fujiwara – 2B
#5   Michael Baca – SS

#18 Kyle Simon – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: John Brownell strikes out two in a scoreless first inning for the Ducks. No score heading to the second.

TOP 4: The Ducks get on the board with four straight singles! 2-0 Long Island on top of the @NewBritainBees!

TOP 7: The Ducks go down in the seventh, but still hold a 2-0 lead on the @NewBritainBees.

FINAL: Ducks 3, Bees 0.

W: Brownell (9-3)
L: Simon (9-11)
SV: Diaz (13)

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