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Game 22: Ducks vs. Road Warriors

The Ducks look to start another sweep of the Road Warriors on Tuesday

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Ducks will battle the Road Warriors for the second week in a row starting on Tuesday. Long Island comes in at 12-9 on the year, two games behind Somerset for first place in the Liberty Division, while the Road Warriors are 4-18, seated at the bottom of the Liberty Division and on a 12-game losing streak. After the Ducks swept the Road Warriors last week, this will be the fourth of 19 scheduled games between the two teams this season and their 112th all-time meeting. The Ducks have dominated the series, winning 94 of 111 games, including a 17-1 record against the Road Warriors in their last year of action, 2011.

SUNDAY’S RECAP: 

Following an offensive outburst on Saturday in which the Ducks totaled 14 hits and six runs, Long Island was in a prime position to take series from their rival in Somerset on Sunday afternoon. Early runs from the Patriots spoiled the Flock’s chances despite a ninth-inning Ducks rally.

The first run for the Patriots came across in the second inning when a David Washington error scored Alex Castellanos from second base. Somerset tacked on three more in the third inning after an RBI single from Castellanos, and a two-run double with the bases loaded by Mike Fransoso.

Travis Snider cut the lead in half with one swing in the fourth, hitting a two-run home run, his second in as many games. Somerset got an insurance run when Adam Weisenburger hit a solo shot in the sixth frame.

Facing a 5-2 deficit in the ninth inning, Lew Ford kicked things off by reaching base on an error. Cody Puckett drove him in with his third hit of the ballgame, a double to left field. Ramon Cabrera then earned his first RBI with Long Island, grounding out to bring the Ducks within one. With one out and a man on third, the final two batters were unfortunately set down for a 5-4 final score.

Jake Dunning was hit with the loss, going just three innings and allowing four runs on five hits and four walks. Starter Aaron Laffey earned his second straight win for the Patriots. While he was tagged for seven hits, only two baserunners scored through his five and one-third innings of work.

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 

ON THE MOUND:

Matt Larkins will make his second consecutive start against the Road Warriors tonight. The right-hander went six innings for the first time this season in game one of last Thursday’s doubleheader against the Road Warriors, allowing one run on seven hits, striking out six, and bringing his ERA down to 2.81 in the process. That ERA goes along with a 1-0 record and 16 strikeouts to six walks over 16 innings of work thus far. The 29-year-old has given up three earned runs or less in each of his three starts. Larkins was the Ducks leader in strikeouts (139), innings pitched (156.0) and complete games (4) as the workhorse of the rotation in his very successful 2017 campaign.

Giovanni Soto takes the mound against the Ducks after starting opposite Larkins last Thursday. The former big leaguer went five and two-thirds innings his last time out, allowing four runs on three hits and a walk, striking out seven. However, he was perfect through five innings before surrendering all four of his runs in the sixth, including a three-run homer by Dan Lyons. So far, Soto has a 5.21 ERA over 19 innings of work, striking out 20 batters while walking nine. The Puerto Rican lefty reached the Major Leagues with the Cleveland Indians in 2015, appearing in six games without allowing a run.

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 – SS
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – 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 – 2B

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Road Warriors
#2   Osvaldo Martinez – SS
#5   Melvin Rodriguez-Ortiz – 2B
#17 Gustavo Pierre – 3B
#24 Jorge Fernandez-Diaz – RF
#33 Isaac Wenrich – C
#23 Geraldo Valentin – 1B
#10 Edwin Gomez – DH
#14 Alfredo Silverio – LF
#4   Anthony Ray – CF

#35 Giovanni Soto – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

END 1: Scoreless after one inning at Bethpage Ballpark. Matt Larkins struck out two in the top of the inning.

TOP 3: A leadoff solo homer to right field by Alfredo Silverio puts the Road Warriors in front, 1-0.

TOP 4: A two-out RBI double to left-center by Silverio increases the Road Warriors lead to two.

TOP 5: Larkins works out of a second-and-third, one-out jam with a strikeout and a groundout, stranding a pair in scoring position!

TOP 8: Dennis O’Grady works a 1-2-3 inning in relief, retiring the side on just eight pitches! Daniel Schlereth worked a scoreless seventh and struck out two!

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Game 21: Ducks at Patriots

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The Ducks and Patriots close out their weekend series with the rubber game on Sunday

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

1:05 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark (Bridgewater, N.J.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

Long Island and Somerset wrap up their three-game weekend set with the rubber game of the series on Sunday afternoon. The sides have split the first two games, with the Patriots winning 1-0 on Friday night and the Ducks responding with a 6-2 victory on Saturday. Long Island’s win moved them back to within a game of the first place Patriots, with the Ducks holding a 12-8 record and the Pats sitting at 12-6. Somerset now has a 3-2 lead in the 2018 season series, while the all-time regular season series is tied at 175 wins apiece.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

After being shut out offensively and held to just three hits on Friday night, the Ducks responded in a big way on Saturday, collecting 14 hits in a 6-4 victory to even the series.

Long Island went to work right away against Patriots starter Cory Riordan. Following a single and a walk with one out in the first, Lew Ford drove an opposite-field RBI double to right to open the scoring. David Washington followed with a sacrifice fly to center, and Wilkin Castillo subsequently lined an RBI single to right, capping a three-run opening inning.

The Patriots closed to within one in the second inning, as they rallied with two outs against Ducks starter John Brownell. Alfredo Rodriguez drew a two-out walk, Craig Massey was hit by a pitch, and the pair pulled off a double-steal. That set the stage for Yovan Gonzalez, who lined a two-run double to right-center. However, Brownell settled down after that and tossed six innings of two-run ball, yielding just four hits and two walks, to earn his second win and first quality start.

The score remained 3-2 until the top of the seventh when Long Island jumped on reliever Nate Roe. Travis Snider opened the frame with a long solo home run to right, his second of the year, both at Somerset. Ford and Washington then singled, but on Washington’s, Justin Trapp booted the ground ball and then threw the ball into the dugout trying to throw out Ford advancing to third. The error allowed Ford to score and Washington to advance to third. Castillo then followed with an RBI double to right, increasing Long Island’s lead to 6-2.

Rob Rogers took over on the mound in the seventh, retiring all three Patriots he faced on ground balls. Wander Perez worked around a leadoff single in the eighth to pitch a scoreless inning, and Dennis O’Grady danced around a leadoff walk in the ninth to record the final three outs.

SATURDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 

ON THE MOUND:

Jake Dunning will make his second start of the week and of the season in Sunday’s matinee. The right-hander comes in with a 1-1 record and a 2.70 ERA through five games (one start). He pitched very well against the Road Warriors on Tuesday night, conceding just one run, two hits and one walk over five innings of work while striking out two. He threw 71 pitches in the start, 41 of which were strikes. Dunning has never faced the Patriots during the regular season, but he did pitch against them at TD Bank Ballpark in Game Four of the 2017 Liberty Division Championship Series. The former big leaguer gave up just one unearned run over five and two-thirds innings while striking out three, helping the Ducks to their second consecutive division title.

Somerset will give the ball to Aaron Laffey in the series finale. The southpaw comes in with a record of 1-0 and a 3.00 ERA over three starts in 2018. His most recent outing came against the Road Warriors on May 10, and he earned the win, pitching six innings of two-run ball, yielding just three hits and two walks while striking out three. The performance was good for his first quality start of the season as well. None of the former big leaguer’s four starts in 2017 came against Long Island. Laffey was 1-1 with a 2.82 ERA last year before his contract was purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 15. He has eight seasons of MLB experience with six different teams, including the Yankees (2011) and Mets (2013).

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 homepage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of today’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   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – DH
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#30 David Washington – 1B
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#14 Robert Garcia – RF

#45 Jake Dunning – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#20 Julio Borbon – CF
#47 Endy Chavez – RF
#1   Justin Trapp – LF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#18 Alex Castellanos – 3B
#17 Danny Dorn – 1B
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#5   Mike Fransoso – 2B
#9   Adam Weisenburger – C

#14 Aaron Laffey – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

END 1: No score after one here in New Jersey. Both Jake Dunning and Aaron Laffey struck out a batter in the first.

BOT 2: Somerset plates the first run of the game, as Alex Castellanos sneaks home from third base on a fielding error at first base.

BOT 3: A two-out rally in the third yields three runs for the Patriots, who increase their lead to 4-0.

TOP 4: Travis Snider homers for the second day in a row and third time this year at TD Bank Ballpark! His two-run blast to right trims Long Island’s deficit to 4-2.

BOT 6: An opposite-field solo homer by Adam Weisenburger increases Somerset’s lead to 5-2.

BOT 8: Vinnie Pestano strikes out the side in a scoreless eighth inning! He now has 11 K’s in 10 innings of action this season.

FINAL: Ducks plate two in the ninth on Cody Puckett’s RBI double and Ramon Cabrera’s run-scoring groundout. However, the tying run is stranded at third, and Somerset takes the series finale, 5-4.

Game 20: Ducks at Patriots

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Long Island looks to get back in the win column after Friday’s pitcher’s duel

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Ducks and Patriots take the field for the middle game of their three-game series in the Garden State. Somerset now has a 3-1 lead in this year’s season series after claiming Friday’s series opener. Additionally, Long Island now trails the Patriots by two games in the Liberty Division standings as the Ducks get set to play their 20th game of 2018. In what has been an incredibly tight all-time series, Somerset now holds a slim 175-174 all-time lead and a 92-82 advantage at TD Bank Ballpark.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

Friday saw another classic pitcher’s duel between the Ducks and Patriots to kick off the series. However, the Ducks were held off the scoreboard for the second time this season, falling to the Patriots, 1-0.

Starter Jake Fisher was superb on the mound once again for the Flock. The southpaw mimicked his previous start from May 12 against Sugar Land, tossing eight scoreless innings for the second outing in a row. He conceded just four singles on the night and struck out four batters without giving up a single walk. The 27-year-old threw 99 pitches over his eight innings, 70 of which were strikes (71%).

Unfortunately for Fisher, the Patriots pitching staff matched him step for step. Kyle Davies started and threw three hitless innings, yielding just one walk and striking out one. Vince Molesky tossed two and one-third scoreless innings thereafter, and Mike Antonini followed with one and two-thirds innings without allowing a run. Logan Kensing pitched a scoreless eighth, and Ryan Kelly did the same in the ninth.

Heading into the bottom of the ninth, the offenses combined to register just seven hits and two walks. However, Ashur Tolliver had trouble finding the strike zone and walked the first two hitters in the frame. Following a sacrifice bunt by Endy Chavez and an intentional walk to Justin Trapp, Aaron Dudley came to the plate. He lifted an 0-1 pitch to left field that Daniel Fields had trouble fielding with a strong breeze blowing in. The fly ball was dropped, allowing pinch-runner Justin Pacchioli to scamper home from third with the winning run.

FRIDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 

ON THE MOUND:

Game two of the series will feature John Brownell on the mound for Long Island. The right-hander has struggled to begin the year, posting a 1-2 record with a 6.13 ERA through three starts. His most recent outing came last Sunday against the Sugar Land Skeeters in which he suffered the loss, allowing six runs (three earned) over four innings. Three errors made life more challenging for the seventh-year Duck, who had to throw 99 pitches during the outing. Brownell posted a 4.58 ERA over three regular season starts against the Patriots in 2017 and has a 2-2 record with a 4.21 ERA and 78 strikeouts over 17 career regular season starts against Somerset.

On the other side, Cory Riordan will toe the rubber for the Patriots. He enters tonight’s outing a 1-0 record and a 3.56 ERA over three starts to begin the season. The right-hander faced the Ducks back on May 3, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out three in six innings, taking a no-decision in Somerset’s 6-5, 11-inning win. He earned the victory his last time out, pitching 10 days ago against the Road Warriors. The 32-year-old lasted six innings, allowing six hits, four runs (two earned) and two walks while striking out five. All three of his starts thus far have come at home.

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 – SS
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#30 David Washington – 1B
#9   Wilkin Castillo – C
#28 Daniel Fields – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – 2B
#6   Alec Sole – 3B

#7   John Brownell – RHP

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

#22 Cory Riordan – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Three-run first for the Flock! An RBI double by Lew Ford, a sac fly from David Washington and an RBI single by Wilkin Castillo gives the Ducks an early 3-0 lead!

BOT 2: A two-out, two-run double to right-center off the bat of Yovan Gonzalez trims Long Island’s lead to 3-2.

END 4: Back-to-back scoreless innings for John Brownell. After four innings, the Ducks remain on top, 3-2.

TOP 7: The Ducks plate a trio of runs and increase their lead to 6-2! Travis Snider cranked a solo homer to right, Ford scored on an error and Castillo added an RBI double!

END 7: Rob Rogers induces three groundouts for a 1-2-3 inning in relief. Quality start tonight from Brownell, who allows two runs on four hits and two walks in six innings.

FINAL: Wander Perez pitches a scoreless eighth inning, Dennis O’Grady does the same in the ninth, and the Ducks defeat the Patriots 6-2 to even up the series!

 

Game 19: Ducks at Patriots

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Following a 4-2 homestand, the Ducks hit the road to face the rival Patriots

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Ducks head back on the road following their six-game homestand to face the Somerset Patriots in a three-game weekend series. This is Long Island’s second visit to the Garden State after they dropped two of three to the Patriots May 1-3. Entering the series, the Ducks and Patriots are separated by just one game in the Liberty Division standings, with the Pats at 11-5 overall and the Flock at 11-7. The Ducks and Patriots have played a tightly contested all-time series, with the previous 348 meetings split evenly at 174 apiece. Somerset holds a 91-82 advantage in their home ballpark.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

After taking the series opener, 3-2, on Tuesday night and having Wednesday’s game postponed due to inclement weather, the Ducks completed a series sweep of the Road Warriors by taking both games of Thursday’s doubleheader.

Giovanni Soto stifled the Ducks offense over the first five innings of game one. The Road Warriors southpaw did not allow a single base runner in that time and struck out six batters. However, with the Ducks trailing 1-0 in the sixth, Daniel Fields and Ramon Cabrera picked up back-to-back singles to end the bid at history. Dan Lyons followed with his first home run of the season, a three-run blast to left field that put the Ducks ahead 3-1. David Washington followed later with an RBI double off reliever Luis Cruz.

After Matt Larkins pitched six innings of one-run ball and struck out six for Long Island, Francisco Rodriguez took over in the seventh to earn the save. He allowed a one-out double to Alfredo Silverio but struck out Anthony Ray and Osvaldo Martinez to preserve the 4-1 victory.

In game two, Bennett Parry toed the rubber for Long Island and allowed a leadoff solo homer to Martinez that put the Ducks in an initial hole. However, the southpaw settled in after that point and pitched a complete game, allowing just the one run on three hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out a career-high 11 batters.

Meanwhile, the Ducks offense was in high gear during the second game, rudely greeting Road Warriors starter Brandon Bargas in his Atlantic League debut. The Ducks batted around in both the first and fourth innings, striking for four runs in the first and five in the fourth. RBI singles by Travis Snider and Wilkin Castillo, along with a two-run single by Lyons, highlighted the scoring in the first. Robert Garcia’s mammoth solo homer to left field, Washington’s two-run single, Castillo’s RBI base hit and a sac fly from Lyons did the damage in the fourth. Lyons finished with six RBIs between the two games of the twin bill.

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS: 

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS: 

ON THE MOUND:

For the series opener at Somerset, the Ducks have elected to skip Jair Jurrjens’ turn in the rotation and start Jake Fisher. The southpaw comes in with a 2-0 record and a 3.50 ERA over three starts this season and was spectacular in his most recent outing. He fired eight scoreless innings last Saturday against the Skeeters at home, yielding just six hits and no walks while striking out 10 batters in his best regular season start with Long Island. This will be the 27-year-old’s second start ever (regular season or playoffs) against the Patriots. His first came in Game Three of the 2017 Liberty Division Championship Series, when he pitched a complete game victory and allowed just one run while striking out nine in front of an Atlantic League playoffs record crowd at TD Bank Ballpark.

On the other side, former Major Leaguer Kyle Davies will make his second start of the year for the Patriots. The right-hander pitched a scoreless first inning against Lancaster last Saturday in New Jersey before a rain delay ended his start prematurely. He brings eight seasons of Major League experience to the Patriots, who he signed with on May 7th. Davies most recently made one appearance with the Yankees in 2015 and also spent time with the Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals. He allowed Alex Rodriguez’s 500th career home run as a member of the latter and was 43-65 with a 5.57 ERA over 152 MLB games (144 starts). The 34-year-old did not pitch professionally in 2017.

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 – SS
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – 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 – 2B

#13 Jake Fisher – LHP

Somerset Patriots
#20 Julio Borbon – CF
#47 Endy Chavez – RF
#1   Justin Trapp – 2B
#7   Aaron Dudley – DH
#18 Alex Castellanos – 1B
#25 Craig Massey – 3B
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#5   Mike Fransoso – LF
#9   Adam Weisenburger – C

#31 Kyle Davies – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

END 1: We’re scoreless after an inning of play on this Friday evening!

END 3: Jake Fisher works around the leadoff single to keep the Patriots off the scoreboard. We remain scoreless after three innings.

END 6: Fisher tosses another scoreless inning in the sixth and now has pitched 14 consecutive scoreless innings over his past two starts!

END 8: For the second start in a row, Fisher has tossed eight shutout innings! We head to the ninth in a scoreless ballgame.

FINAL: A fly ball to left field off the bat of Aaron Dudley is misplayed, and Justin Pacchioli comes home with the winning run. Somerset takes the series opener, 1-0.

2018 Game 7: Ducks vs. Blue Crabs

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The Ducks open up Bethpage Ballpark for the first time in 2018

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs meet for their second series of the young 2018 season. The Ducks won the first series last weekend, taking the final two games by a combined score of 19-6. This will be the fourth of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Blue Crabs this season and the 201st all-time meeting between the two teams. Long Island holds a 104-96 advantage all-time, with a 58-46 edge at home. The Ducks come into the home opener with an even 3-3 record, looking to put an end to a two-game skid, while Southern Maryland is a lowly 1-5 after being swept by the Lancaster Barnstormers at home.

LAST GAME RECAP: 

A tough to swallow walk-off loss preceded last night’s game and the Ducks had to shake it off in order to begin 2018’s slate of home games with a winning record. Unfortunately, history repeated itself and the Somerset Patriots walked-off again with a 6-5 victory in extra innings.

For the first time since the season opener, the Ducks did not strike first. The Patriots plated three runs in the second inning on four hits. Long Island tied things up with one swing of David Washington’s bat in the top of the second inning.

Somerset reclaimed the lead in the fourth after a solo shot from Mike Fransoso, making the score 4-3. Lew Ford continued his hot start in the sixth inning, hitting a single then coming around to score off a Daniel Fields base hit. The back-and-forth continued in the seventh inning, as the Ducks took a 5-4 lead thanks to an RBI double by Ford. But the lead did not last, as the Patriots scored in the bottom half.

Neither team was able to score in the eighth and ninth innings, and the game went to extras. The game was within inches of ending in the 10th inning, when Robert Garcia threw out Justin Pacchioli at home from right field. The Ducks could not capitalize in the 11th inning, and Somerset took advantage. With the bases juiced and two outs, Pacchioli redeemed himself by hitting a walk-off base-knock and Somerset won their second consecutive game via walk-off.

Dennis O’Grady took the loss after coming out of the bullpen in extra innings. Ducks starter Bennett Parry was knocked around a bit, giving up four runs and eight hits in five innings. Reliever Randy Curry earned the win for the Patriots, setting down the side in the 11th inning.

THURSDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 

ON THE MOUND:

Jair Jurrjens will take the mound for the Ducks after starting on opening day. The former National League All-Star took the loss in his Atlantic League debut on opening day to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Jurrjens spent parts of eight seasons in the big leagues with the Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies, and Baltimore Orioles. Jurrjens burst onto the scene quickly, finishing third in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2008. The Curacao native spent last season with Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Los Angeles Dodgers system, going 4-3 with a 4.64 ERA, striking out 44 batters in 54 and one-third innings.

Sean O’Sullivan will be dealing for the Blue Crabs tonight. The righty spent parts of seven seasons in the major leagues with the Los Angeles Angels, Kansas City Royals, San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, and Boston Red Sox. O’Sullivan spent last season in the Washington Nationals organization, making 10 appearances with Triple-A Syracuse. O’Sullivan started against the Ducks last Saturday, giving up six runs (five earned) in just three innings.

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

#22 Sean O’Sullivan – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: We’re underway from Bethpage Ballpark for the first time in 2018 and Jair Jurrjens has tossed a scoreless first inning!

BOT 2: Back-to-back jacks from David Washington and Cody Puckett make the score 3-0, then Lew Ford clears the bases with a double to left field! 7-0 Ducks!

BOT 3: Three more runs come across after a two-run single from Jordany Valdespin and a run-scoring grounder by Tyler Holt. Double-digits in the third inning!

BOT 4: Doubles galore in the fourth! David Washington, Cody Puckett, and Dan Lyons all hit two-baggers to bring in two more runs!

BOT 5: Want more runs? We got ’em. Four runs come across in the fifth to make it 16-2 Ducks.

BOT 6: The Ducks bat around for the 3rd time! Three more runs score to make it 19-2.

BOT 7: David Washington hits a MOONSHOT over the right field billboards! His second of the game! It’s 20-5 Ducks!

BOT 8: The Ducks have set a franchise record with their 27th run of the game! Doubles from Daniel Fields, Cody Puckett, and a triple from Wilkin Castillo brought in seven runs in the eighth!

FINAL: The Ducks win a historic one, setting the franchise record with a 27-9 victory over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs!

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