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2018 Divisional Playoff Preview – Ducks vs. Patriots

2018-Divisional-Playoffs-Preview-StoryFourth consecutive season that Long Island battles Somerset for Liberty Division crown

(Central Islip, N.Y., Sept. 18, 2018) – The Atlantic League playoffs are about to begin, and for the fourth consecutive season and 13th time in franchise history, the Long Island Ducks will be playing postseason baseball. The Ducks, who clinched a playoff berth as the Second Half Liberty Division champions this past Saturday, will face the First Half Liberty Division champion Somerset Patriots in the best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series. The winner of the series will move on to the Atlantic League Championship Series, where they will meet the winner of the Freedom Division Championship Series that pits the first and second half champion Sugar Land Skeeters against the wild card winning Lancaster Barnstormers.

SERIES SCHEDULE

Game One Wed., September 19 Patriots at Ducks 6:35 p.m. Bethpage Ballpark
Game Two Thurs., September 20 Patriots at Ducks 6:35 p.m. Bethpage Ballpark
Game Three Fri., September 21 Ducks at Patriots 7:05 p.m. TD Bank Ballpark
Game Four* Sat., September 22 Ducks at Patriots 7:05 p.m. TD Bank Ballpark
Game Five* Sun., September 23 Ducks at Patriots 5:05 p.m. TD Bank Ballpark
*If Necessary        

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD HISTORY

2018 marks the fifth time the Ducks and Patriots will face off in the postseason. Their first-ever meeting came in the 2013 Atlantic League Championship Series when Somerset was still a member of the Freedom Division. Long Island won the first two games at home before going on to win the series in five games, claiming their third Atlantic League championship and second in a row. The sides faced again in the 2015 Liberty Division Championship Series, with the teams splitting the first two games on Long Island before the Patriots overcame a 2-1 series deficit for a 3-2 series victory. In 2016, the two teams met in the Liberty Division Championship Series once again, with the Patriots hosting the first two games at TD Bank Ballpark. Somerset claimed both, but Long Island rallied back with three consecutive wins at home, outscoring Somerset 14-2 to win the Liberty Division championship. Last season, the Ducks claimed the Liberty Division crown for the second straight year after rallying back from a game one loss at home to win the next three games, the latter two of which were in Somerset. The Ducks have an 11-8 advantage in the all-time playoff series with the Patriots. They have won seven of nine meetings at Bethpage Ballpark, while the Patriots have taken six of 10 matchups at TD Bank Ballpark.
During the regular season, the Ducks and Patriots have met a total of 363 times since the Ducks entered the Atlantic League in 2000. The Ducks hold a 182-181 lead in the tightly-contested series, and they have a 96-88 edge on Long Island while the Patriots maintain an 93-86 advantage in New Jersey. The 2018 series was split at nine games apiece, with the Ducks winning the final six games between the two teams. Long Island went 4-5 in Central Islip and won five of the nine games played in Bridgewater. The two teams played nine games against each other in each half, with the Patriots going 6-3 in the first half, and the Ducks taking six of the nine games in the second half. This series will be the first meeting between the teams since the Ducks swept the Patriots at TD Bank Ballpark August 6-8.

ROSTERS

Below are the active Divisional Playoff rosters for the Long Island Ducks and Somerset Patriots (players listed alphabetically by position):

LONG ISLAND DUCKS SOMERSET PATRIOTS
PITCHERS PITCHERS
Fernando Abad (LHP) Dustin Antolin (RHP)
Lorenzo Barcelo (RHP) Mike Antonini (LHP)
Jose Cuas (RHP) Duane Below (LHP)
Jake Fisher (LHP) Chase Huchingson (LHP)
Taylor Grover (RHP) Ryan Kelly (RHP)
Matt Larkins (RHP) Logan Kensing (RHP)
Brett Marshall (RHP) David Kubiak (RHP)
Dennis O’Grady (RHP) Vince Molesky (RHP)
Logan Ondrusek (RHP) Dustin Molleken (RHP)
Carlos Pimentel (RHP) Stephen Perakslis (RHP)
Francisco Rodriguez (RHP) Rick Teasley (LHP)
Hector Silvestre (LHP) Ryan Webb (RHP)
Ashur Tolliver (LHP) Zech Zinicola (RHP)
CATCHERS CATCHERS
Ramon Cabrera Yovan Gonzalez
Dioner Navarro John Nester
INFIELDERS INFIELDERS
Taylor Ard Nate Coronado
Dan Lyons Mike Fransoso
Cody Puckett Craig Massey
Jordany Valdespin Alfredo Rodriguez
David Washington Jose Sermo
Justin Trapp
OUTFIELDERS OUTFIELDERS
Daniel Fields Jayce Boyd
Lew Ford Endy Chavez
Robert Garcia Ramon Flores
Rubi Silva Justin Pacchioli
Miles Williams
COACHES COACHES
Kevin Baez – Manager Brett Jodie – Manager
John Brownell – Pitching Coach Glen Barker – Hitting/Third Base Coach
Lew Ford – Hitting Coach Jon Hunton – Pitching Coach
Bud Harrelson – Coach Fox Beyer – First Base Coach
Alfonso Reda – Bullpen Coach

PITCHING MATCHUPS

The following are the probable pitching matchups for the Liberty Division Championship Series (statistics provided are 2018 records and ERA in Atlantic League play):

GAME ONE
Patriots: RHP Vince Molesky (7-2, 2.65 ERA) vs. Ducks: RHP Matt Larkins (7-5, 4.55 ERA)

GAME TWO

Patriots: RHP Stephen Perakslis (2-1, 3.35 ERA) vs. Ducks: LHP Jake Fisher (8-7, 3.91 ERA)

GAME THREE
Ducks: RHP Brett Marshall (6-9, 4.56 ERA) vs. Patriots: RHP David Kubiak (8-3, 3.40 ERA) or LHP Rick Teasley (4-5, 3.60 ERA)

GAME FOUR

Ducks: RHP Lorenzo Barcelo (2-1, 4.20 ERA) vs. Patriots: LHP Rick Teasley (4-5, 3.60 ERA) or RHP David Kubiak (8-3, 3.40 ERA)

GAME FIVE
Ducks: RHP Dennis O’Grady (6-4, 3.81 ERA) vs. Patriots: TBA

FOLLOW ALONG

Those unable to make it out to the ballpark can follow all the action on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio will be available via BoxCast on the Ducks’ official Facebook page, YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com. Fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of today’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

TICKET LINKS

Tickets to all Ducks home postseason games are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE.

Those wishing to attend Games Three, Four and Five at TD Bank Ballpark can purchase tickets by calling (908) 252-0700 or visiting www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Game 92: Ducks vs. Revolution

The Ducks look to extend their season-long win streak tonight

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

A four-game series between the Long Island Ducks and York Revolution kicks off tonight. The Ducks enter the game at playing their best baseball of the season, winning six straight and taking a one-game lead in the Liberty Division at 19-9 in the second half. The Revolution are 13-15 in the second half, sitting in third place in the Freedom division. Long Island is now victorious in six of their 11 meetings with York this year and are split 2-2 at Bethpage Ballpark.

LAST GAME RECAP:

The Ducks completed another sweep of the Somerset Patriots in an extra-inning thriller, winning 4-3 in 11 innings.

Lew Ford opened the scoring for the Ducks in the first inning with a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Jordany Valdespin. Somerset tied the game in the fourth on an RBI single up the middle by Jayce Boyd off Ducks starter Matt Larkins.

Long Island took the lead back in the fifth, as another sac fly by Ford and an RBI single by Taylor Ard off Patriots starter Stephen Perakslis put the Ducks ahead 3-1. Somerset closed to within a run in the sixth when Matt Oberste’s two-out RBI single to center scored Ramon Flores.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth when an error, a walk and a passed ball allowed Scott Kelly to scamper home with the tying run. The Ducks grabbed the lead back once again at 4-3 in the 11th when Anthony Vega launched a two-out solo homer to right field.

Somerset put the tying and winning runs on base with one out in the bottom of the 11th. However, Ashur Tolliver struck out Justin Pacchioli and Flores to secure the save.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Larkins pitched five innings of one-run ball, allowing five hits and two walks with one strikeout. Perakslis lasted six innings, yielding three runs on nine hits and a walk over six innings with five strikeouts. Dennis O’Grady earned the win after pitching a scoreless 10th inning. Dustin Antolin took the loss, yielding the winning run in the 11th. Tolliver collected his first save with a scoreless bottom of the 11th, working around two hits and a walk while striking out two.

ON THE MOUND:

John Brownell will take the mound for the Ducks in the series opener. The team’s pitching coach will look to continue his three-game win streak after shutting down the Road Warriors in his last start. Brownell went seven shutout innings and allowed just three hits and three walks, striking out four. Overall, the franchise leader in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and starts is 8-8 with a 4.03 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) this season.

2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game selection Mitch Atkins will take the mound for the Revolution. He brings an 8-4 overall record and a 4.04 ERA over 17 starts into Thursday’s ballgame. Atkins last pitched for the Revs on August 4th when he went six innings and allowed three runs (one earned) in a winning effort against the Blue Crabs. The former big leaguer is 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA in his three starts against the Ducks.

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
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 1B
#30 David Washington – RF
#38 Ramon Cabrera – C
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#9   Anthony Vega – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

York Revolution
#7   Alonzo Harris – 2B
#4   Alexi Casilla – 3B
#29 Melky Mesa – DH
#23 Telvin Nash – 1B
#15 Welington Dotel – LF
#2   Jared Mitchell – RF
#20 Luis Cruz – C
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF

#16 Mitch Atkins – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: John Brownell kicks things off with a one-two-three inning, striking out the final batter!

BOT 2: Ducks take a 2-1 lead after their second sac-fly of the game, this one by Dan Lyons!

TOP 4: York Revolution take a 4-2 lead after a two-run homer from Melky Mesa and an RBI single by Luis Cruz.

BOT 5: A solo shot by Jordany Valdespin cuts the Revs lead to 4-3!

TOP 6: An RBI single give the Revs a two-run lead. 5-3.

TOP 8: John Brownell retires the side in order with his pitch count well into triple digits! Looking great late as the Ducks trail 5-3.

TOP 9: A two-run homer gives the Revs a 7-3 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.

FINAL: Ducks are unable to put together a comeback as they fall to the Revs 7-3.

Game 91: Ducks at Patriots

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The Ducks look for sole possession of the division lead for the first time this season

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

11:05 a.m. at TD Bank Ballpark (Bridgewater, N.J.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

The Ducks look for their second-straight sweep of the Somerset Patriots today. The Ducks enter the game tied with the Patriots for first place in the second half Liberty Division standings, in position to take their first division lead all year. Somerset is ahead nine games to eight over the Ducks in 2018, but Long Island has won the last five games between the two teams. The all-time series is currently tied at 181 games apiece, but the Patriots have a 91-85 edge in New Jersey.

TUESDAY’S RECAP: 

The Ducks are playing their best baseball of the season, and last night was no exception, taking down the Patriots 10-7.

The Ducks erupted for four runs in the first inning off Patriots starter Kyle Davies. A solo homer to right field by Daniel Fields and a three-run home run to right off the bat of David Washington did the damage. Three more runs in the second on a bases loaded walk to Fields and a two-run single to right by Travis Snider increased the advantage to seven.

Somerset closed to within 7-5 with two runs in the third inning, one in the fourth and two more in the fifth off Ducks starter Hector Silvestre. Solo homers by Justin Trapp, Matt Oberste and Alfredo Rodriguez highlighted the scoring. Long Island increased the lead back up to four though on Fields’ RBI triple down the right field line in the sixth and Ramon Cabrera’s solo homer to right in the eighth.

The Patriots would rally to within two once again, as Oberste’s two-run single to center in the bottom of the eighth made it a 9-7 game. However, Somerset would get no closer, and Lew Ford’s run-scoring groundout in the ninth put the game out of reach.

Silvestre did not factor into the decision but allowed five runs on six hits and a walk over four and two-thirds innings with four strikeouts. Carlos Pimentel (1-3) earned the win, retiring all four batters he faced in relief, striking out three. Davies (5-6) took the loss, giving up seven runs on five hits and six walks over five innings while striking out five. Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 20th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out two.

TUESDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 

ON THE MOUND:

Matt Larkins will look to complete the sweep today against the Somerset Patriots. The right-hander enters with a 6-3 record and a 3.85 ERA through 12 starts in 2018. Larkins is coming off his second consecutive quality start on August 3  against the Road Warriors, going six and two-thirds innings and allowing three runs on nine hits, striking out seven.

Stephen Perakslis will make his fourth start for the Patriots after being signed just over two weeks ago. Since then, the righty has gone 13 and one-third innings over three starts, allowing five runs for a 3.29 ERA. The 27-year-old is coming off a solid start against the New Britain Bees in which he allowed two runs on two hits and two walks, adding six strikeouts. Perakslis spent the first six years of his career in the Chicago Cubs organization before starting this season with Seattle at the Double-A level.

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
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#38 Ramon Cabrera – DH
#27 Dioner Navarro – C
#2   Cody Puckett – SS
#9   Anthony Vega – RF

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#25 Craig Massey – 2B
#3   Justin Pacchioli – CF
#11 Ramon Flores – LF
#17 Jayce Boyd – 1B
#21 Nate Coronado – 3B
#7   Matt Oberste – DH
#47 Endy Chavez – RF
#9   Mike Blanke – C
#2   Scott Kelly – SS

#20 Stephen Perakslis – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Lew Ford’s sac fly to right field gives the Ducks an early 1-0 lead!

END 3: Good pitcher’s duel brewing here at TD Bank Ballpark! Three scoreless innings thus far for Matt Larkins, who has faced the minimum nine batters.

BOT 4: Somerset ties the game on three soft singles, including an RBI base hit to center from Jayce Boyd.

TOP 5: Ducks get the lead back! Another sac fly for Ford and an RBI single to left for Taylor Ard give the Flock a 3-1 advantage!

BOT 5: Larkins with a BIG strikeout of Justin Pacchioli to strand the bases loaded in the fifth!

BOT 6: A two-out RBI single to center from Matt Oberste trims the Ducks lead to one. It’s a 3-2 ballgame.

BOT 8: Logan Ondrusek yields back-to-back two-out singles but retires Endy Chavez to keep the lead intact! Onto the ninth we go.

BOT 9: An error, two stolen bases and a passed ball brings in the tying run. Ducks and Patriots tied at three, as we go to the 10th.

END 10: Each team gets a hit, but neither plates a run. We go to the 11th.

TOP 11: Ducks take the lead! Anthony Vega crushes a two-out solo home run to right, putting the Flock on top 4-3!

FINAL: Ashur Tolliver strikes out a pair to strand the tying and winning runs on base! Ducks complete a three-game sweep of the Patriots with a 4-3 win in 11 innings and take over sole possession of first place in the Liberty Division!

Game 90: Ducks at Patriots

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The Ducks seek their fifth consecutive victory on Tuesday night

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Ducks and Patriots do battle in the middle game of a three-game series on Tuesday night. Long Island has closed to within one game of first-place Somerset in the second half Liberty Division standings, though the teams are even in the loss column at nine (Somerset has played two more games). The Ducks are now 17-9 in the second half and 47-42 overall, while the Patriots are 19-9 in the second half and 54-37 in 2018. Long Island has won four straight meetings the Patriots and only trails the season series 7-9.

MONDAY’S RECAP: 

Long Island continued to launch the ball over the fence in Monday’s series opener, while the bullpen turned in a terrific performance, lead the Flock to a 7-2 victory.

Patriots starter Duane Below, who had been roughed up in three previous starts against the Ducks this year, got into trouble early once again on Monday. He allowed three runs in the opening inning, including an RBI single by Travis Snider and a two-run home run to left field by Taylor Ard. Below would later allow a solo homer to Cody Puckett in the fifth inning and an RBI single to Puckett in the seventh, ending his night with five runs allowed on nine hits over six and one-third innings.

Chris Pike started the game for the Ducks, as Tyler Badamo was scratched with neck soreness. The Long Island native began his night with three scoreless innings, working around a walk, a single and a pair of errors in the process. He then got into trouble in the fourth, yielding a walk and a hit by pitch with one out to end his day. Fernando Abad came in and allowed a two hits, including a two-run single by Yovan Gonzalez, but Somerset would inch no closer.

Abad retired the next two hitters to end the threat. Lorenzo Barcelo pitched a scoreless fifth, working around a leadoff single. Ashur Tolliver got into trouble in the sixth, yielding two singles and a walk with two outs, but he induced a flyout from Ramon Flores to strand the bases loaded. Dennis O’Grady struck out two in a 1-2-3 seventh, Logan Andrusek struck out two in a scoreless eighth and Colton Murray worked around a leadoff single in the ninth. All told, six Ducks relievers pitched five and two-thirds innings of scoreless baseball, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out seven.

Meanwhile, David Washington launched his second homer in as many days and fourth already in August. His two-run bomb to right off Dustin Molleken in the eighth rounded out the scoring for the evening.

MONDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 

ON THE MOUND:

Left-hander Hector Silvestre will start the middle game of the series for the Ducks. The 25-year-old last pitched on Thursday against the Road Warriors, taking a no-decision in the Ducks 9-7 defeat. He began the night with three scoreless innings, yielding just a double to Gustavo Pierre. However, he ran into trouble in the fourth, conceding two walks, an RBI single by Pierre and a three-run homer by Jorge Fernandez-Diaz. Tonight will be Silvestre’s third start of the year (fourth appearance) and second outing against Somerset. He gave up two runs on two hits and two walks over one and two-thirds innings of relief on July 22nd at Bethpage Ballpark.

Meanwhile, the Patriots will give the ball to eight-year MLB veteran Kyle Davies. The right-hander brings a 5-5 record with a 3.06 ERA over 14 starts into tonight’s game. He last pitched on Thursday at TD Bank Ballpark against the New Britain Bees, taking the loss in a 4-3 defeat. He surrendered three runs on six hits and two walks over six innings while striking out three in the outing. Davies had won five of his previous six starts before Thursday’s game and was 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA in the month of July. The 34-year-old’s only start against the Ducks came on May 18 when he tossed three scoreless and hitless innings, walking one and striking out one in a 1-0 Patriots win.

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
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#38 Ramon Cabrera – C
#9   Anthony Vega – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#33 Hector Silvestre – LHP

Somerset Patriots
#3   Justin Pacchioli – CF
#11 Ramon Flores – LF
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#17 Jayce Boyd – DH
#21 Nate Coronado – 3B
#7   Matt Oberste – 1B
#5   Mike Fransoso – 2B
#1   Justin Trapp – RF
#4   Yovan Gonzalez – C

#31 Kyle Davies – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: The home runs keep on coming! A solo blast for Daniel Fields and a majestic three-run blast for David Washington has given the Ducks an early 4-0 lead!

TOP 2: Four straight walks to begin the inning and a two-run single to right by Travis Snider extend Long Island’s lead to 7-0!

BOT 3: A solo homer by Justin Trapp and an RBI single by Alfredo Rodriguez have put the Patriots on the board.

BOT 4: Matt Oberste’s solo homer to left-center has trimmed Long Island’s lead to 7-3.

BOT 5: It’s now a 7-5 ballgame. A sac fly from Ramon Flores and a solo homer by Rodriguez account for the runs.

TOP 6: A two-out RBI triple down the right field line by Fields extends the Ducks lead to 8-5!

TOP 8: Ramon Cabrera’s got his first home run of the season! His longball to right field gives the Ducks a 9-5 lead!

BOT 8: A two-run single by Oberste trims the lead to 9-7. However, Ashur Tolliver comes in and gets two big outs to strand the tying runs on base!

TOP 9: A run-scoring groundout by Lew Ford adds a run for the Flock in the ninth! 10-7 ballgame.

FINAL: Francisco Rodriguez retires the side 1-2-3 for his 20th save! Ducks win 10-7 to earn their fifth consecutive series win and move into a tie for first place in the second half Liberty Division standings!

Game 89: Ducks at Patriots

The Ducks attempt to pull within one game of the Patriots

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

Another crucial series between the Ducks and Patriots kicks off tonight. The Ducks enter the game just two games behind the Patriots for first place in the second half Liberty Division standings. Somerset is ahead nine games to six over the Ducks in 2018, but Long Island swept the previous series between the two teams. The Patriots now have a 181-179 lead in the all-time series including a 91-83 edge in New Jersey.

SUNDAY’S RECAP: 

The Ducks offense continued to steamroll the Road Warriors, winning 12-3.

The Road Warriors struck first, as Geraldo Valentin lifted a two-run home run to left field in the second inning off Ducks starter Jake Fisher. Long Island responded with a six-run third inning against Road Warriors starter Kelvin Villa to take a 6-2 lead. David Washington’s two-run single to right field, an RBI single to left-center by Cody Puckett and a two-out, three-run homer to left by Dan Lyons did the damage.

Dioner Navarro connected for a two-out RBI single in the fourth, extending the Ducks advantage to five. A sac fly off the bat of Daniel Aldrich in the fifth trimmed the Road Warriors deficit to 7-3. However, a five-run bottom of the eighth for the Flock put the game out of reach. A bases-loaded walk to Travis Snider and a grand slam to left-center by Washington rounded out the scoring.

Fisher earned the win, tossing eight innings of three-run ball, allowing eight hits and a walk while striking out six. Villa took the loss, surrendering six runs on six hits and four walks in three innings with five strikeouts. Jose Cuas pitched a scoreless ninth inning to seal the victory.

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 

ON THE MOUND:

Chris Pike will start for the Ducks in a spot start scenario. The righty has served as a reliever with the Ducks thus far, allowing three runs in three innings of work. However, Pike struck out the side in his last appearance two nights ago without conceding a run. The Long Island native was primarily a starter in the Tampa Bay Rays organization from 2014 to 2017, reaching Triple-A last year. The 25-year-old was also a participant in the Ducks open tryout before the season.

Duane Below will start the series opener for the Patriots. The lefty has struggled mightily against the Ducks recently, allowing 15 runs on 25 hits in his last 10 and one-third innings facing the Flock. Below has had an overall great season, going 6-3 with a 3.90 ERA through 15 starts while earning an Atlantic League All-Star selection. Below reached the major leagues with both the Detroit Tigers and Miami Marlins, appearing in 43 games from 2011 to 2013. The Florida resident is now in his second year with the Patriots, also earning Atlantic League All-Star honors 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 – 2B
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#38 Ramon Cabrera – C
#27 Dioner Navarro – DH
#2   Cody Puckett – SS

#21 Chris Pike – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#25 Craig Massey – 2B
#11 Ramon Flores – LF
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#17 Jayce Boyd – 1B
#21 Nate Coronado – 3B
#5   Mike Fransoso – CF
#1   Justin Trapp – RF
#47 Endy Chavez – DH
#4   Yovan Gonzalez – C

#36 Duane Below – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Great start! A triple by Daniel Fields, an RBI single by Travis Snider and a two-run homer by Taylor Ard have given the Flock an early 3-0 lead!

END 2: Back-to-back scoreless innings to begin the night for Long Island native Chris Pike!

END 3: Pike works around an error to strand a runner in scoring position for the second consecutive inning!

BOT 4: Somerset closes to within a run on a two-run single to left field by Yovan Gonzalez. 3-2 ballgame.

TOP 5: Home run number four on the season for Cody Puckett! His solo blast increases the Ducks lead to 4-2!

BOT 6: Lew Ford races down a fly ball in left field to retire Ramon Flores and leave the bases full of Patriots! Onto the seventh, with the Ducks in front 4-2.

TOP 7: Puckett picks up his second RBI of the night! His single to left scores Ramon Cabrera to give the Flock a 5-2 lead.

TOP 8: David Washington positively crushes a two-run home run over both walls in right field! It’s his team-leading 16th homer of the year and fourth in the past six games! Ducks now lead 7-2.

FINAL: Six Ducks relievers combine for five and two-thirds innings of scoreless baseball, and the Ducks defeat the Patriots 7-2 to earn their fourth consecutive win!

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