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Game #107: Ducks at Patriots

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The Ducks begin a crucial four-game series against the division-rival Patriots

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (21-15; 57-49) begin the second leg of their eight-game road trip as they open a four-game series with the Somerset Patriots. Long Island has won the first four games of their road swing, all in Southern Maryland, and has now won 10 consecutive games overall. The Ducks and Patriots are all even at eight wins apiece in the season series between the two teams, though Somerset has won four of the six meetings thus far in New Jersey. This will be the final series between the two teams during the 2017 regular season.

SUNDAY’S RECAP: 

A strong spot-start by Tyler Levine and some more timely hitting helped the Flock cement a second straight sweep of the Blue Crabs, as they earned a 5-2 win on Sunday afternoon in Southern Maryland.

Levine (3-0), who was given the starting nod after Alfredo Simon was scratched with a finger issue, held the Blue Crabs in check over the first five innings. The only run he surrendered came in the fourth inning when he allowed a triple to Tucker Nathans followed by an RBI ground rule double from Luis Alen. The East Meadow native scattered eight hits but did not walk a batter, and he stranded five Blue Crabs runners on base.

The Ducks’ red-hot offense once again plated the game’s first runs when two came home in the third inning against Blue Crabs starter Eric Fornataro (0-5). Following a walk by Quintin Berry, a single by Anthony Vega and a stolen base by each, Angelo Songco delivered a one-out, two-run single to give the Ducks the lead. After Southern Maryland’s run in the fourth, Long Island got the two-run advantage back in the sixth when Dan Lyons scored on a two-out RBI double by Berry.

Lyons stretched the lead to 5-1 in the eighth inning when he launched a two-run home run off of Jesse Beal following a leadoff double by Giovanny Alfonzo. All Southern Maryland could manage the rest of the way was a two-out solo homer by Cory Vaughn in the bottom of the frame.

Long Island’s bullpen turned in a solid effort to seal the victory. Patrick Crider and Dennis O’Grady each pitched a scoreless inning, and Rob Rogers gave up just the longball to Vaughn while inducing three groundouts. Amalio Diaz sealed the deal for his ninth save with a scoreless ninth, working around a leadoff single.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Former big leaguer Henderson Alvarez will get the start in the series opener. The right-hander comes in with a 1-1 record and a 3.15 ERA through his first five starts of the season. He pitched five innings of one-run ball in his most recent outing on August 9 against the Blue Crabs at Bethpage Ballpark. The 27-year-old worked around four hits and four walks to strand eight runners on base while striking out two. Four Long Island relievers would come on to seal his first win with the Flock. Tonight will be his second road start of the year after he threw four scoreless frames and struck out a season-high five on July 30 at Bridgeport. It will also be his first-ever start against Somerset.

Meanwhile, David Kubiak will get the ball for the Patriots. The righty has made 19 appearances (16 starts) this year and has a 5-9 record with a 3.85 ERA. His 106 strikeouts rank second in the Atlantic League behind Southern Maryland’s Gaby Hernandez (119), and he has walked just 29 batters in 102 and two-thirds innings of work. Kubiak took the loss in his most recent outing, allowing four runs (three earned) in six innings last Wednesday against York. He gave up seven hits and walked two while striking out seven, the same total he had struck out in each of his previous three starts. The Long Island native (Riverhead) has alternated wins and losses in each of his past four starts, throwing seven scoreless innings in each of his two wins. Kubiak has made four starts against the Ducks this year and is 1-1 with a 3.33 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 24 and one-third innings.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#37 Henderson Alvarez – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#15 Justin Trapp – CF
#19 Olmo Rosario – 2B
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#14 Christian Marrero – RF
#32 Mark Minicozzi – 3B
#13 Carlos Guzman – 1B
#21 Adam Donachie – C
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF

#5   David Kubiak – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (7:18): TOP 1: Marc Krauss delivers a two-strike, two-out, two-run home run to right field, giving the Flock an early 2-0 lead!

UPDATE (7:42): BOT 2: Somerset scratches out a run on a sacrifice fly to left off the bat of Carlos Guzman. 2-1 Long Island

UPDATE (8:15): END 4: Henderson Alvarez works around a pair of two-out singles to keep Somerset off the scoreboard. Still 2-1 Ducks after four innings.

UPDATE (8:26): TOP 5: Quintin Berry steals third base with two outs and scores on a throwing error! Ducks regain their two-run lead at 3-1!

UPDATE (8:47): BOT 6: Patrick Crider twirls a scoreless sixth inning, striking out two! Alvarez tosses five innings of one-run ball for the Flock!

UPDATE (9:06): BOT 7: Rob Rogers works around a leadoff double and a pair of 3-0 counts to pitch a scoreless seventh! Onto the eighth we go.

UPDATE (9:30): BOT 8: Dennis O’Grady works around a leadoff single & strikes out Kyle Roller, who represented the tying run! We head to the ninth, 3-1 Ducks

UPDATE (10:11): FINAL: Krauss makes a spectacular catch, smacking into the wall for the final out! Ducks win 3-2 for their 11th straight victory!

Game 102: Ducks vs. Blue Crabs

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The Ducks have won five in a row and enter play today in a share of first place in the Liberty Division Second Half Standings.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

After  sweeping a doubleheader last night, the Long Island Ducks (16-15; 52-49) have won five games in a row and go for the series sweep of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-18; 51-49) tonight. After tonight’s contest, both clubs will head to Waldorf, Maryland to begin a four-game series. These five games complete a run of seven games in six days between the inter-divisional rivals which completes their season series. The Blue Crabs are the first team that the Ducks will finish their slate of games with in the 2017 season.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks swept a single admission doubleheader from the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Tuesday night at Bethpage Ballpark, routing the Blue Crabs 10-0 in game one before rallying for a 4-2 victory in game two.

Ducks starter Alfredo Simon (2-3) was the story in game one, as the right-hander came within two outs of completing a no-hitter. The right-hander allowed just two walks over the first six and one-third innings and struck out seven batters. After retiring 11 consecutive batters, his no-hit bid came to an end on a one-out single in the seventh by Michael Snyder. Southern Maryland would collect two more singles before a groundout ended the game. Simon threw 108 pitches in the outing, 65 of them for strikes.

Long Island took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on RBI singles from Giovanny Alfonzo and Dan Lyons. Four more runs in the third extended the advantage to six. Angelo Songco’s two-run double and RBI singles from Anthony Vega and Alfonzo did the damage.

The offense continued in the fifth inning when Ruben Gotay crushed a solo home run to left field off Blue Crabs starter Eric Fornataro. A three-spot in the sixth rounded out the scoring, as sacrifice flies from Delta Cleary Jr. and Songco, along with an RBI single by Gotay, highlighted the inning.

Fornataro (0-4) suffered the loss, giving up six runs on nine hits and a walk in three innings with two strikeouts. Alfonzo led the Flock with three hits and two RBI. Gotay, Vega and Lyons each added two hits, while Songco drove in three runs.

The Ducks plated the first run of game two in the third inning when Alex Burg scored from third on a passed ball by Blue Crabs catcher Ryan Wiggins. Southern Maryland answered in the fourth when Snyder hit a two-run homer to center field off Ducks starter Tyler Levine.

It stayed 2-1 until the bottom of the sixth when Long Island rallied for three runs off Blue Crabs starter Brian Grening to take a 4-2 lead. Elmer Reyes’ two-run double to left and a sac fly off the bat of Burg accounted for the scoring.

Levine did not factor into the decision but pitched four and one-third innings of two-run ball, yielding two hits and two walks with a strikeout. Rob Rogers (4-0) collected the win after pitching one and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit. Grening (7-5) took the loss, surrendering four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in five and one-third innings with one strikeout. Amalio Diaz picked up his seventh save with a scoreless ninth.

Reyes and Angelo Songco each had two hits to lead the offense.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks go for the sweep of the Blue Crabs tonight behind former major leaguer Henderson Alvarez. In four starts this season, the right-hander is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA, and has allowed 19 hits, struck out seven and walked seven in 15 innings. Alvarez, who was signed in July, has been in the process of being stretched out to full strength and completed five innings for the first time in his last start on August 4. In an 11-10 win over Bridgeport, Alvarez allowed five runs on nine hits, striking out one and walking one while getting no decision. He has not faced the Blue Crabs this season.

The active Atlantic League ERA leader Gaby Hernandez takes the mound for the Blue Crabs in the series finale. In 17 starts, Hernandez is 8-2 with a sparkling 2.56 ERA, and has notched 111 strikeouts against 25 walks in 108.2 innings pitched. Last time out, Hernandez allowed only one run on three hits to the Somerset Patriots on August 4, but got the loss in a 1-0 Pats win. Against Long Island this season, the Atlantic League All-Star has no record and a 5.40 ERA after allowing three runs in five innings in his only start against the Ducks on May 6 at Bethpage Ballpark.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for today’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of 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
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – DH
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#37 Henderson Alvarez – RHP

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
#4   Jose Lozada – 3B
#9   Edwin Garcia – SS
#10 L.J. Hoes – 2B
#16 Michael Snyder – DH
#27 Cory Vaughn – CF
#6   Patrick Palmeiro – 1B
#35 Tucker Nathans – RF
#32 Luis Alen – C
#7   Alex Glenn – LF

#18 Gaby Hernandez – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 3: The Blue Crabs get on the board with a Cory Vaughn RBI double and take a 1-0 lead.

BOT 3: The Ducks retaliate with a big inning plating four runs and taking a 4-1 lead.

TOP 6: John Lannan throws a scoreless inning of relief and the Ducks still lead 4-1.

FINAL: Ducks 4, Blue Crabs 1

W: Alvarez (1-1)
L: Hernandez (8-3)
SV: Diaz (8)

The Ducks sweep the Blue Crabs and have won six straight!

Games 100 & 101: Ducks vs. Blue Crabs

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Alfredo Simon aims to lead the Ducks to a fourth-straight win tonight in game one against Southern Maryland.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:00 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (14-15; 50-49) are riding their first three-game winning streak in six weeks and take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-16; 51-47) to begin a three-game series with a doubleheader tonight. The twinbill is necessitated by a postponement of Monday’s regularly scheduled game due to inclement weather. The Ducks and Blue Crabs will play each seven games against each other in the next seven days, with the first three matchups at Bethpage Ballpark, with the remaining four skirmishes hosted at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland. Through the first 13 games of the season between the two clubs, Southern Maryland holds a 7-6 advantage. This seven games in seven days stretch will complete the season series with the Blue Crabs, the first opponent that the Ducks will finish their regular season schedule against.

SUNDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish 2-1 on Sunday evening in the finale of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

After trading zeroes for the first three innings, the Ducks plated both of their runs in the fourth inning against Bluefish starter Charles Brewer. An RBI single by Anthony Vega and a bases loaded walk to Quintin Berry that scored Alex Burg did the damage.

Long Island held Bridgeport off the scoreboard until the top of the ninth inning. Jose Gil’s RBI single cut the Ducks’ lead to 2-1, and the Bluefish put the tying run at second and the go-ahead run at first with one out. However, Amalio Diaz got Tony Abreu to fly out to left and Angel Rosa to ground into a game-ending fielder’s choice to preserve the win.

Ducks starter Rafael Perez (7-7) earned the win, firing six scoreless innings and allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out three. Brewer (7-4) suffered the loss, yielding two runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts over fine innings. Diaz picked up his sixth save by retiring the final two batters of the game.

Vega, Burg and Elmer Reyes each had two hits to pace the Flock.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND (GAME 1):

Long Island begins the series by handing the ball to Alfredo Simon. In nine appearances (six starts) this season, Simon is 1-3 with a 5.60 ERA and one save. The former major leaguer has struck out 32 and walked 10 in 35.1 innings, but hasn’t allowed a walk in his last three outings (11.1 IP) while fanning 14. In his last start on August 2 at York, Big Pasta allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out seven in 4.1 innings, getting the loss in a 4-3 Revs win. Simon has faced the Blue Crabs once this year, getting no decision on July 1 at Bethpage Ballpark, allowing three runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings in a 10-8 Ducks win.

Southern Maryland rolls with a familiar face who is new to the team in former New Britain Bees righty Eric Fornataro. In two starts with the Blue Crabs, Fornataro is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA, and with New Britain this year he was 0-2 with a 5.85 ERA in 15 games (nine starts). He has appeared against the Ducks three times this year while with the Bees, last throwing an inning in relief on July 17, allowing a run on three hits. The Houston, Texas native had a brief MLB career, appearing in eight games with St. Louis in 2014.

ON THE MOUND (GAME 2):

In the second game of the doubleheader, Tyler Levine gets the call for the Ducks. Levine has made 18 appearances (three starts) this season, and is 2-0 with a 4.79 ERA for Long Island. In his last appearance on August 3 against Bridgeport, he threw an inning in relief, allowing two runs on three hits. The right-hander has struggled lately for the Tucks, posting a 8.71 ERA in his last three outings (10 ER/10.1 IP). The East Meadow, NY native has faced Southern Maryland once this season, tossing a clean inning of relief on July 8 at Regency Furniture Stadium.

The Blue Crabs send right-handed pitcher Brian Grening to the mound in the back end of the twin bill. Grening has made 19 starts this year and is 7-4 with a 2.96 ERA for the Blue Crabs in 2017, and has been with the club since the 2014 campaign. In his last start on August 1 against Bridgeport, Grening lasted just 1.2 innings, allowing a run on two hits before being removed from the game after facing just seven batters. The Newport Beach native walked on at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in college and was originally drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 38th round in the 2008 MLB Draft. This year against the Ducks, Grening is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in three starts, allowing seven runs (six earned) on 21 hits in 21 innings, striking out nine and walking two.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for today’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of 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 (GAME 1):

Long Island Ducks
#47 Quintin Berry – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#25 Alfredo Simon – RHP

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
#4   Jose Lozada – 3B
#9   Edwin Garcia – SS
#10 L.J. Hoes – 2B
#16 Michael Snyder – DH
#23 Zach Cone – CF
#6   Patrick Palmeiro – 1B
#37 Tucker Nathans – LF
#32 Luis Alen – C
#7   Alex Glenn – RF

#15 Eric Fornataro – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Alfredo Simon strikes out two in a scoreless first inning. No score as the Ducks come to the plate for the first time. 🔥🔥

BOT 2: Back-to-back RBI singles for @Gio_Alfonzo2 and @TheDannyLyons put the Ducks up 2-0 in G1 of our doubleheader with Southern Maryland!

BOT 3: The Ducks break out the bats and score four runs on five hits and take a 6-0 lead over the Blue Crabs in G1 of the twin bill!

BOT 5: Ruben Gotay smacks a solo home run to extend our lead to 7-0 in G1 of the doubleheader.

FINAL (G1): Ducks 10, Blue Crabs 0

W: Simon (2-3)
L: Fornataro (0-2)

Alfredo Simon: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K.

LIVE GAME UPDATES (GAME TWO):

BOT 2: Both pitchers look sharp early in game two as we are scoreless with Southern Maryland.

BOT 3: Alex Burg races home on a passed ball and the Ducks grab a 1-0 lead!

TOP 4: Southern Maryland gets on the board with a two-run home run from Michael Snyder and takes a 2-1 lead.

FINAL: Ducks 4, Blue Crabs 2.

W: Rogers (4-0)
L: Grening (7-5)
SV: Diaz (7)

The Ducks have won five in a row and are now in first place!

Game 91: Ducks at Bluefish

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Marc Krauss carries a 13-game hitting streak into tonight’s matchup with the Bluefish.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:12 p.m. at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport, Conn.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

After a heartbreaking loss last night, the Long Island Ducks (9-11, 45-45) take on the Bridgeport Bluefish (12-9, 53-38) Saturday night at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Friday night’s 8-7 win for Bridgeport propelled them into first place in the Liberty Division Second Half Standings, and extended their lead over Long Island by 2.5 games. The Ducks currently enjoy a narrow 6-5 advantage in the 2017 Ferry Cup series.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks fell to the Bridgeport Bluefish 8-7 Friday night at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in the opener of a three-game series.

The Ducks (9-11; 45-45) took the lead in the top of the third inning, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring six runs on five hits against Bluefish starter Ross Seaton. The frame was highlighted by a two-run single from Delta Cleary Jr. and RBI doubles from Jordan Pacheco and Angelo Songco.

Bridgeport (12-9; 53-38) answered back against Long Island starter Tyler Levine with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, led by a two-run home run from Daniel Fields.

The Bluefish took a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the fifth while chasing Levine with one out and sending nine batters to the dish. Levine allowed six runs on six hits in 4.1 innings, walking four and striking out three and getting no decision.

In the top of the ninth, Elmer Reyes led off by lacing a ground rule double off Elvin Ramirez and was pinch run for by Dan Lyons. Ruben Gotay grounded out to advance Lyons to third, and an opposite-field single by Giovanny Alfonzo plated Lyons to tie the game at seven.

Two Long Island errors and an intentional walk in the bottom of the ninth loaded the bases with one out for Jose Gil, who lifted a sacrifice fly off David Aardsma to score D’Arby Myers with the winning run. Ramirez got the win to improve to 3-1, while Aardsma got the loss, dropping to 1-2 on the season.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Staff ace John Brownell gets the ball in the middle game of the three-game series with Bridgeport. The right-hander makes his 17th start of the season and owns a 7-2 record with a 3.27 ERA so far. Brownell is coming off of a rough start his last time out against the Lancaster Barnstormers on July 23 in which he allowed five runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings, getting the loss. However, the 34-year-old has pitched well against the Bluefish this season, going 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA in three starts. Brownell has thrown seven innings in each of those outings, which include two quality starts.

Bridgeport answers with rookie righty Mike Aquilino, who will be making just his third start of the season. So far, the University of New Haven product has no record and a 3.48 ERA in two starts, and has struck out three and walked eight in 10.1 innings pitched while allowing 10 hits. The 28-year-old graduated from the University of New Haven in 2012 where he was teammates with 2017 Long Island Duck Henry Hirsch.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for today’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of 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
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#15 Jordan Pacheco – 1B
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Bridgeport Bluefish
#10 D’Arby Myers – CF
#2   Luis Hernandez – SS
#11 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#15 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#31 Gustavo Molina – C
#27 Daniel Fields – LF
#32 Wellington Dotel – DH
#6   Tony Abreu – 2B
#13 Ozney Guillen – RF

#22 Mike Aquilino – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Angelo Songco goes yard for the 19th time this season and the Ducks take a 3-0 lead!

BOT 1: The Bluefish answer back with a run in the bottom of the first, but the Ducks still lead 3-1.

TOP 2: Jordan Pacheco smacks a three-run double and the Ducks extend the lead to 6-1 over Bridgeport!

TOP 3: Another one! Dan Lyons hits a ground rule double to score Angelo Songco and give the Ducks a 7-1 lead over Bridgeport!

TOP 4: The Ducks rally for three more runs and take a 10-1 lead as Marc Krauss extends his hitting streak to 14 with an RBI double.

BOT 6: Alfedo Simon throws a 1-2-3 inning out of the bullpen. John Brownell’s final line: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. Ducks lead 10-1!

TOP 9: Angelo Songco drives a single to plate Delta Cleary Jr. and the Ducks lead runs to 11-1!

FINAL: Ducks 11, Bluefish 1

W: Brownell (8-2)
L: Aquilino (0-1)
SV: Simon (1)

Game 90: Ducks at Bluefish

IMG_8619GAME TIME/LOCATION: 7:12 p.m. at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport, Conn.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (9-10, 45-44) begin a six-game road trip by taking on the Bridgeport Bluefish (11-9, 52-38) Friday night in Bridgeport. After alternating wins and losses in 13 consecutive contests, the Ducks look to win two in a row for the first time since July 4th and 5th. The Bluefish enter the three-game series in second place in the Liberty Division Second Half Standings, 0.5 games behind the Somerset Patriots, while the Ducks sit in third, 2.0 games back.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters 9-8 on Thursday night in the final game of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Sugar Land took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on RBI singles by Anthony Giansanti and Wilfredo Rodriguez, along with a sacrifice fly from Bryan Pounds, off Ducks starter Rafael Perez. Long Island answered back in the bottom of the inning, as Marc Krauss crushed a three-run home run to right field off Skeeters starter Dustin Richardson.

A four-spot for the Skeeters in the second put them back ahead 7-3, with a three-run homer to left-center by Pounds doing most of the damage. The Ducks closed to within 7-5 in the bottom of the frame on Quintin Berry’s RBI triple and a run-scoring groundout from Delta Cleary Jr. 

Following an RBI single by Joe Benson in the third that pushed the Skeeters lead to three, the Ducks tied the game at eight with a three-spot in the bottom of the third. Angelo Songco’s opposite-field two-run homer to left-center and a fielding error that scored Ruben Gotay highlighted the frame.

It remained even until the seventh when Gotay’s two-out RBI single through the left side scored Krauss to put Long Island on top for good, 9-8.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Perez pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk. Richardson lasted two innings, surrendering five runs on four hits and two walks. Eury De La Rosa (3-1) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief, yielding a hit and a walk. Manny Corpas (1-4) suffered the loss, allowing a run on six hits in two innings with two strikeouts. Amalio Diaz earned his fourth save of the year with a scoreless ninth, striking out the side.

Every Ducks starter had at least one hit. Krauss led the Flock with three hits, three RBI and three runs, while Berry, Cleary Jr. and Dan Lyons each added two hits.

ON THE MOUND: Tyler Levine heads to the slab for the Ducks, making his third start of the season and his 17th overall appearance of the season. Overall, Levine is 2-0 with a 3.26 ERA, and has struck out 20 and walked 11 in 30.1 innings pitched this season. Last time out on July 17, Levine went five solid innings against the New Britain Bees, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out five and walking two while getting no decision. The East Meadow, N.Y. native has not faced the Bluefish this season.

Bridgeport answers with Ross Seaton, making his first appearance of his second season with the Bluefish. The righty went 1-3 with a 4.83 ERA in nine starts with the club in 2016, and is in his 10th season of professional baseball. Seaton began his career in the Houston Astros organization from 2008-14, and spent 2015 in the Detroit Tigers system, reaching as high as Triple-A. The 27-year-old pitcher was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of Second Baptist School in Houston, Texas.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for today’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of 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:

Ducks
#47 Quintin Berry – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#34 Marc Krauss – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#11 Anthony Vega – LF

#18 Tyler Levine – RHP

Bluefish
#10 D’Arby Myers – CF
#2 Luis Hernandez – SS
#11 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#15 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#5 Jose Gil – C
#27 Daniel Fields – LF
#32 Wellington Dotel – DH
#35 Andrew Lambo – RF
#7 Angel Rosa – 2B

#29 Ross Seaton – RHP

UPDATE (7:41) – BOT 2: Pitching has dominated early as we are scoreless with the Bluefish heading to the third. Neither team has a hit yet.

UPDATE (8:07) – TOP 3: The Ducks erupt for six runs on five hits and take a 6-0 lead on the Bluefish!

UPDATE (8:37) – BOT 4: The Bluefish plate three runs to get on the board, but the Ducks still lead 6-3!

UPDATE (9:07) – BOT 5: Bridgeport plates four runs to take a 7-6 lead.

UPDATE (10:19) – TOP 9: Giovanny Alfonzo drives in Dan Lyons with a single to tie the game at 7!

UPDATE (10:31) – FINAL: Bluefish 8, Ducks 7

W: Ramirez (3-1)
L: Aardsma (1-2)

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