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ALCS Game One: Ducks at Skeeters

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The Championship Series begins tonight in Texas between the Ducks and Skeeters

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

7:05 p.m. CDT/8:05 p.m. EDT at Constellation Field (Sugar Land, Texas)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Ducks have reached the Atlantic League Championship Series for the third straight season, and for the second time in those three years, they will play the Sugar Land Skeeters. Long Island won the 2018 season series against the Skeeters by a margin of 10-8, winning five of nine games at home and in Texas. The Ducks won seven of nine second half games against Sugar Land, including a 4-2 series win to close out the 2018 season. Long Island is coming off a five-game LDCS victory over the Somerset Patriots, while the Skeeters took game five of the FDCS against the Lancaster Barnstormers.

LDCS GAME FIVE RECAP:

A back-and-forth series between the Ducks and Patriots ended in a very fitting way, with the Ducks taking the final game by a score of 3-2 in extra innings.

Long Island struck first in the top of the second inning when Taylor Ard doubled and then came home to score on a two-out RBI single by Rubi Silva off Patriots starter Bobby Blevins. Somerset responded in the bottom of the third when Endy Chavez grounded a two-run single up the middle off Ducks starter Dennis O’Grady.

It stayed that way until the fifth when the Ducks tied the game at two. Jordany Valdespin singled and went to second on an error, Daniel Fields walked and David Washington came through with a two-out RBI single to right.

Neither side would push across a run over the next four innings. Fernando Abad pitched three perfect innings in relief for Long Island before Francisco Rodriguez worked around a leadoff double by Ramon Flores in the ninth, stranding the winning run at second base.

With two outs and the bases empty in the top of the 10th, the Ducks rallied off reliever Logan Kensing to take the lead. Following back-to-back singles by Ard and Washington, Ramon Cabrera lifted a single into right-center that put the Flock on top 3-2. Matt Larkins then entered in the bottom of the 10th and worked a scoreless inning to pick up the save and send the Ducks to the Atlantic League Championship Series.

Neither starter factored into the decision. O’Grady lasted five innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks. Blevins pitched six innings of two-run ball, yielding seven hits and two walks while striking out six. Rodriguez picked up the win after a scoreless ninth inning, working around a hit and an intentional walk. Kensing took the loss, conceding the winning run on three hits in the 10th.

LDCS GAME FIVE HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Jake Fisher will kick things off in Game One for the Ducks. The 2018 Atlantic League All-Star was 8-7 this season with a 3.91 ERA and has won three straight starts, giving up three earned runs in 22 innings in that stretch. The lefty was the Game Two starter in the LDCS, going seven innings and allowing one run on four hits in an 11-1 victory over the Patriots. The Oklahoma native has been great against the Skeeters this season, owning a 3-1 record and 0.67 ERA in four starts (22 innings) against Sugar Land.

James Russell will man the rubber for the Skeeters in a lefty-lefty matchup. The seven-year major league veteran is 8-4 with a 2.36 ERA since joining Sugar Land in late May, making 20 appearances (18 starts). The southpaw made two appearances against the Flock this season, throwing five scoreless innings and giving up three hits through two appearances (one start). Russell has played with the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, and Philadelphia Phillies, making 394 MLB appearances to the tune of a 4.09 ERA from 2010 to 2015.

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. For the Ducks complete playoff history, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#38 Ramon Cabrera – DH
#30 David Washington – 1B
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#27 Dioner Navarro – C
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#13 Jake Fisher – LHP

Sugar Land Skeeters
#21 Anthony Giansanti – CF
#19 Juan Silverio – SS
#16 Matt Chavez – 1B
#3   Albert Cordero – 3B
#10 Tony Thomas – RF
#33 Derek Norris – C
#29 Denis Phipps – DH
#27 Barrett Barnes – LF
#7   Alvaro Rondon – SS

#34 James Russell – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: What a start! The Ducks send eight men to the plate, and a three-run home run by Lew Ford gives Long Island an early 3-0 lead!

BOT 1: Jake Fisher gets Tony Thomas to fly out to center field, stranding a pair of runners on base!

BOT 3: Fisher strikes out a pair and has tossed three scoreless innings thus far! Still a 3-0 ballgame after three innings of play.

BOT 5: Sugar Land gets on the scoreboard with an RBI single by Anthony Giansanti and a sac fly to center by Juan Silverio. Long Island’s lead is now 3-2.

BOT 7: Another quality start tonight from Fisher! 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K! He departs with two outs and the bases empty in the seventh.

BOT 8: Two-out RBI hits from Tony Thomas and Derek Norris have tied the ballgame up at four.

END 9: Carlos Pimentel retires the side in order, and we’ll need bonus baseball to decide the winner of Game One! Onto the 10th we go, tied at four.

END 11: Ashur Tolliver induces a groundout from pinch hitter Javier Betancourt, stranding the winning run at third base! Onto the 12th inning we go.

BOT 12: Hector Silvestre works around a pair of walks, inducing a double play off the bat of Albert Cordero! We head to the 13th inning tied at four.

FINAL: Two singles, an intentional walk and a sac fly to center by Javier Betancourt ends the ballgame. Sugar Land takes Game One 5-4 in 13 innings.

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LDCS Game Five: Ducks at Patriots

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Long Island and Somerset play decisive Game Five for fourth time in six years

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

5:05 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark (Bridgewater, N.J.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

In true Ducks-Patriots fashion, the two teams will need a fifth game to determine the 2018 Liberty Division champion. Tonight’s Game Five comes after the Ducks outscored the Patriots 20-3 in back-to-back victories on Long Island to open the series before the Patriots outscored the Ducks 13-7 in consecutive victories at TD Bank Ballpark to tie the series. This marks the third time in the past four seasons the teams have needed a decisive Game Five in the Liberty Division Championship Series and the fourth time in six years the two have played a Game Five in the postseason (2013 Atlantic League Championship Series. The Ducks have won two of the previous three (2013, 2016), while the Patriots claimed Game Five in 2015. Long Island is 4-2 all-time in Game Five postseason matchups, including a 1-1 road record, both at TD Bank Ballpark.

GAME FOUR RECAP: 

Long Island led the Atlantic League with 120 home runs during the 2018 regular season, while Somerset finished at the bottom of the circuit with 63 homers. However, the Ducks two homers on Saturday night could not outdo the Patriots three, as the hosts claimed Game Four of the Liberty Division Championship Series 5-3.

Lorenzo Barcelo fell behind early in the ballgame. After the Ducks missed out with runners at first-and-second and one out in the top of the first, three singles in the bottom of the inning, including back-to-back two-out hits by Jayce Boyd and Ramon Flores, gave the Patriots a 1-0 lead. The Ducks again had chances in the second (first-and-second, no out) and third (first-and-second, two outs) but could not plate a run in either situation. Somerset took advantage in the third, as a one-out solo homer to right by Craig Massey, who hit three homers in the regular season, and a two-out solo homer to right by Endy Chavez, who had two longballs during the season, extended Somerset’s lead to three.

The Ducks were able to trim their deficit to three with the use of the longball as well. Daniel Fields uncorked a one-out solo blast over the scoreboard in right field off Patriots starter Rick Teasley to give the Flock their first run of the night. One inning later, Rubi Silva launched his first homer of the postseason with a two-out solo shot the opposite-way to left-center. Long Island then drew back-to-back walks against reliever Ryan Webb, but Mike Antonini came in and got Fields to fly out to deep right-center, ending the threat.

Somerset would then put the game out of reach in the bottom of the sixth against Barcelo. The right-hander allowed a leadoff walk to Flores before inducing a pair of popouts. However, with two outs in the inning, Mike Fransoso, who hit just two home runs all season, crushed a two-run homer to right that restored Somerset’s three-run advantage at 5-2.

Hector Silvestre tossed a pair of scoreless innings in relief to give the Ducks a chance at coming back. Long Island failed to score with runners at first-and-second with nobody out in the eighth but did rally in the ninth. A leadoff walk to Jordany Valdespin and a two-out RBI double by Taylor Ard trimmed the gap to 5-3. However, David Washington struck out to end the ballgame, capping an 0-for-9 performance by the Ducks with runners in scoring position.

GAME FOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks will hand the ball to Dennis O’Grady on Sunday evening in hopes of keeping their postseason run going. The right-hander spent most of his season as a reliever before making four starts late in the year. He compiled a 6-4 record with a 3.82 ERA overall in 2018, including a 1-1 mark with a 3.12 ERA as a starter. He last pitched on Friday in Sugar Land, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks over six innings while striking out three, taking a hard-luck loss in a 3-1 defeat. The Floral Park native made 10 appearances against Somerset this season, all in relief, and was 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA, yielding four runs (three earned) in 10.2 innings. In the 2017 playoffs, O’Grady tossed three scoreless innings for the Ducks, yielding two hits and a walk while striking out two.

Meanwhile, a familiar face will be on the mound for the Patriots. Five-year Ducks veteran Bobby Blevins will make the start, as Somerset added him to the roster as an injury replacement for Vince Molesky, who was roughed up by the Ducks in Game One and is now done for the season with a shoulder injury. Blevins made one spot-start for the Patriots this year, coming on July 24th when he threw six scoreless innings in a 4-1 win over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out two. The righty also made three appearances (one start) with the Quebec Capitales of the Can-Am League in the regular season, going 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA. However, he posted a 6.39 ERA in three postseason games for Quebec (one start), yielding nine runs on 19 hits in 12.2 innings. In his five seasons with the Ducks, Blevins compiled a 17-22 record with a 3.88 ERA in 73 regular season games (69 starts). He also made five postseason starts with the Flock, going 2-2 with a 4.80 ERA over 30 innings of work.

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. For the full Ducks playoff history, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#38 Ramon Cabrera – C
#23 Rubi Silva – LF
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#17 Dennis O’Grady – RHP

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

#9   Bobby Blevins – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

END 1: Both sides are retired in order during the first inning of the ballgame. Game Five is underway at TD Bank Ballpark!

TOP 2: A leadoff double by Taylor Ard and a two-out RBI infield single from Rubi Silva gives the Ducks an early 1-0 lead!

BOT 3: A two-run single up the middle by Endy Chavez following a single and two walks gives the Patriots a 2-1 advantage.

TOP 5: A two-out RBI single through the right side by David Washington has tied up the ballgame at two! It’s his ninth run batted in of the postseason!

BOT 6: Fernando Abad enters the game in the sixth and retires the side in order with two strikeouts!

END 8: Nine up and nine down for Fernando Abad over three perfect innings of relief tonight! We head to the ninth with the score even at two.

BOT 9: Francisco Rodriguez works around a leadoff double to strand the winning run in scoring position! We’ll need extra innings to determine the 2018 Liberty Division champion!

TOP 10: TWO-OUT RALLY! Three consecutive singles by Taylor Ard, Washington and Ramon Cabrera give the Ducks a 3-2 lead!

FINAL: Matt Larkins comes out of the bullpen and nails down the save!! Ducks win it 3-2 in 10 innings and are the Liberty Division Champions for a third consecutive season!!!

LDCS Game Four: Ducks at Patriots

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Ducks go for series victory, while Patriots look to force decisive Game Five

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

After seeing an eight-game winning streak against the Patriots come to an end, the Ducks will battle the Somerset Patriots in Game Four of the Liberty Division Championship Series. Long Island will be looking to win the series in four games for a second consecutive year after dispatching the Patriots in Game Four of the 2017 LDCS at TD Bank Ballpark. The Ducks maintain a lead in the all-time postseason series at 13-9, though the Patriots have a 7-4 edge in New Jersey. Long Island holds a slim 182-181 lead in the all-time regular season series after the teams split their 18 meetings this year.

GAME THREE RECAP: 

For the third consecutive game, the Ducks were able to build an early lead. However, the Patriots offense awoke late in the game to keep their season alive, with Somerset claiming Game Three 8-4.

Both Brett Marshall and David Kubiak pitched three scoreless innings to begin the night, but it was Kubiak who blinked first on Friday. Following a one-out single by Taylor ArdDavid Washington launched his third home run in the past two nights, going the other way for a two-run homer to left field. After Marshall worked out of a first-and-second, two-out jam in the third and a first-and-second, no-out jam in the fourth, he was unable to remain flawless in the fifth. After a pair of soft-hit singles in the frame, Jayce Boyd went the other way to right for an RBI double that trimmed the Ducks lead to 2-1.

Long Island grabbed the two-run advantage right back in the sixth when Lew Ford and Ard connected for back-to-back doubles off of Kubiak. However, that was the last time the Ducks would lead in the game. Marshall allowed a leadoff single and a one-out RBI double to Mike Fransoso in the bottom of the inning that made it a 3-2 game. Jose Cuas took over on the mound but allowed an RBI single to Yovan Gonzalez that tied the game at three.

Craig Massey followed with a comebacker to the mound, but second base umpire Jorge Teran deemed Cuas’ throw to second pulled Dan Lyons’ foot off the bag. After an argument by Kevin Baez that led to his ejection, the Patriots took advantage of the error. A walk to Alfredo Rodriguez, an RBI fielder’s choice by Endy Chavez and an RBI single by Body gave Somerset a 5-3 edge, their first lead of the series.

Long Island was able to get back within one in the top of the seventh when Jordany Valdespin doubled with two outs and came home on an RBI single to right by Daniel Fields. However, Carlos Pimentel, who has been outstanding of late, had a rare rough outing in the bottom of the seventh that put the game out of reach. A one-out walk to Fransoso, a single by Gonzalez, and a two-out walk to Rodriguez loaded up the bases for Chavez. The former Met followed by ripping a double to right-center that cleared the Patriots, increasing their lead to 8-4.

GAME THREE HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Game Four of the series will see Lorenzo Barcelo take the mound for the Ducks. The righty posted a 2-1 record with a 4.20 ERA in 12 appearances for the Ducks this season (five starts). He started the final game of the regular season on Sunday in Texas and was limited to just three innings so he could get necessary work in. He allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits without walking or striking out a batter. Barcelo also started the series opener in Sugar Land and struck out nine batters over six innings of two-run ball (one earned). The 41-year-old pitched twice against Somerset in the regular season, both in relief and both at TD Bank Ballpark. He allowed a run on four hits in two innings combined while striking out one. Barcelo previously pitched in the Atlantic League playoffs with the York Revolution in 2011, going 1-1 with a 1.85 ERA in two starts.

Somerset will hand the ball to Rick Teasley as they look to force a decisive Game Five. The southpaw turned in a 4-5 record with a 3.60 ERA in 16 games (15 starts) this season. He also pitched on Sunday and took the loss in a 6-1 defeat in York to close the regular season. In four and two-thirds innings, he allowed three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five batters. Teasley has not pitched five innings or more since July 19th at Southern Maryland, as he battled an arm injury. The 27-year-old’s lone start against the Ducks this year came on May 1st in Bridgewater, N.J. He allowed three runs on four hits and a walk over four innings, striking out three in a 6-4 loss.

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. For the full Ducks playoff history, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#38 Ramon Cabrera – C
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#23 Rubi Silva – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#34 Lorenzo Barcelo – RHP

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

#37 Rick Teasley – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: Back-to-back two-out singles by Jayce Boyd and Ramon Flores give the Patriots a 1-0 lead.

BOT 3: Solo home runs by Craig Massey and Endy Chavez extend Somerset’s lead to 3-0.

TOP 5: Daniel Fields gets the Ducks on the scoreboard with a mammoth solo home run over the scoreboard in right field!! His first longball of the postseason closes the gap to 3-1!

TOP 6: Rubi Silva crushes an opposite-field solo home run to left-center! His first longball of the playoffs makes it a 3-2 ballgame!

BOT 6: A two-out, two-run home run by Mike Fransoso restores Somerset’s three-run lead at 5-2.

BOT 7: Hector Silvestre works his way into and out of trouble, escaping a first-and-second, no-out jam!

FINAL: Taylor Ard grabs a two-out RBI double, but the Ducks cannot complete the comeback. Patriots win 5-3. Winner-take-all Game Five tomorrow evening at 5:05 p.m.

LDCS Game Three: Ducks at Patriots

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The Ducks attempt to sweep the Patriots in the LDCS

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

For the fourth year in a row, the Long Island Ducks face the Somerset Patriots in the Liberty Division Championship Series. After outscoring the Patriots 20-3 in the first two games of the series, the Ducks have a chance to sweep the Patriots on the road, and for the third straight time in 2018. The Ducks have claimed the last two playoff series between the two teams, winning 3-1 in 2017 and 3-2 in 2016. This year, the rivals have been very evenly matched, splitting the season series at 9-9. However, the Ducks have won their past eight meetings against Somerset. The road team has had the advantage throughout the year, with each team going 5-4 when visiting the other in the regular season.

GAME TWO RECAP: 

David Washington and Jake Fisher were the top performers in a huge 11-1 win in Game Two against the Somerset Patriots.

For the second night in a row, the Ducks put together a three-run third inning to take the lead. An RBI single to right field by Jordany Valdespin and a two-run triple to right by Daniel Fields highlighted the inning. A five-run fifth for the Flock off Patriots starter Stephen Perakslis extended the lead to eight. A sac fly off the bat of Valdespin, an RBI infield single by Lew Ford and a three-run home run to left by Washington did the damage.

Somerset closed to within 8-1 in the seventh on an RBI single by Mike Fransoso. However, Fisher escaped the jam, stranding two men on base. Washington responded with a three-run homer to right in the bottom of the frame to put the game out of reach at 11-1.

Fisher earned the win, tossing seven innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out three. Perakslis took the loss, surrendering eight runs on 11 hits over four and two-thirds innings with three strikeouts. Carlos Pimentel and Ashur Tolliver each turned in 1-2-3 innings in relief for the Ducks.

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Brett Marshall will get the ball for the Ducks in the potential series-clinching game three. The 28-year-old has three starts with the Ducks this season, going 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA. Marshall rebounded from a tough outing against the Road Warriors by allowing just one earned run through five and one-third innings, giving up five hits and walking four with four strikeouts. The Houston resident ended the season at 6-9 overall this season with a 4.56 ERA in 25 starts, striking out 108 batters and walking 79. The right-hander spent three seasons with the Skeeters from 2015-17, going 17-14 with a 3.93 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 47 games (44 starts).

David Kubiak will take the mound against the Ducks looking to extend the series. The 6’7″ righty ended his season on a low note after returning from injury, giving up nine runs in just three and one-third innings against the New Britain Bees. The second-year Patriot was 8-3 with a 3.40 ERA this season over 14 starts. In his last start against the Ducks on July 30, Kubiak gave up six runs in four and one-third innings. The New York native pitched to a 5-10 record over 21 appearances (18 starts) in 2017 with a 3.83 ERA, striking out 117 batters to 34 walks, earning an All-Star selection last season. Kubiak made three appearances at Double-A in the New York Yankees organization in 2016 between stints with the Bridgeport Bluefish.

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 – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#23 Rubi Silva – LF
#27 Dioner Navarro – C
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#18 Brett Marshall – RHP

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

#24 David Kubiak – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

END 1: Scoreless first inning from both sides as we get underway at TD Bank Ballpark. Brett Marshall struck out Jayce Boyd to strand a runner in scoring position.

BOT 3: Marshall works around a pair of two-out singles by the Patriots to strand both runners on base! Jordany Valdespin also made a fabulous diving play in the inning for out #2!

TOP 4: David Washington does it again! He goes the other way for a two-run home run over the left field wall, his third home run in two nights! He’s tied Brandon Sing (2012 LDCS) for the most homers by a Duck in a single playoff series, and has given the Flock a 2-0 lead tonight!

BOT 4: Marshall works some more magic to get out of a first-and-second, no-out jam, stranding runners at the corners! Excellent defense all around by the Flock in the inning.

BOT 5: Somerset closes to within 2-1 on a pair of soft-hit singles and a two-out RBI double by Jayce Boyd.

TOP 6: Back-to-back one-out doubles by Lew Ford and Taylor Ard restore Long Island’s two-run lead at 3-1!

BOT 6: Somerset plates five runs on four hits, two walks and an error to take their first lead of the series at 5-3.

TOP 7: Ducks close to within a run at 5-4, as Valdespin doubles to left with two outs and comes home on an RBI single to right by Daniel Fields!

BOT 7: A two-out, three-run double by Endy Chavez has given Somerset an 8-4 lead.

FINAL: Ducks threaten but cannot pull even. Patriots take Game Three 8-4. Ducks lead the series two games to one. Game Four will be on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.

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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