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ALCS Game 3: Ducks at Revolution

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The Ducks and Revs play postseason baseball in York for the first time since 2011

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park (York, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Atlantic League Championship Series shifts west to Pennsylvania for Game Three between the Long Island Ducks and York Revolution. York has a two games to none lead in the best-of-five series. The Ducks are playing in their sixth ALCS all-time (fifth in the past seven seasons) and have won three Atlantic League championships in franchise history. 2017 marks the third time the Revolution have reached the Championship Series, with their previous two visits resulting in victories over the Bridgeport Bluefish (2010) and Ducks (2011).

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

Just like in Game One, the Ducks and Revolution played a back-and-forth affair in Game Two that saw York finish on top by a run in a 5-4 final.

The two sides traded single runs in the first inning. Alonzo Harris opened the game with a solo home run to left field off Ducks starter Jake Fisher to give the Revs the early lead. However, in the bottom of the inning, Elmer Reyes singled to left and scored all the way from first when Lew Ford’s grounder to third was thrown down the right field line by Chase Simpson.

Fisher would settle in to retire the next 12 batters he faced, and Alex Burg gave Long Island the lead with two outs in the fourth when he launched and opposite-field solo homer to right off Revolution starter Frank Gailey. York would reclaim the lead though with single runs in the sixth and seventh. Following back-to-back singles to begin the sixth, Harris lifted a sac fly to left-center that plated Ryan Dent. One inning later, a two-out double by Isaias Tejeda was followed by an RBI single to center from Travis Witherspoon that put the Revolution ahead 3-2.

Long Island fought back to tie the game up in the bottom of the seventh. They loaded the bases to begin the inning when Ruben Gotay was hit by a pitch, Burg walked and Delta Cleary Jr. reached on a bunt single. After Gailey struck out Anthony Vega, Grant Sides (3-0) came in and struck out Dan LyonsGiovanny Alfonzo would come through though with two outs, legging out an infield single to short that plated pinch-runner Jordan Hinshaw.

Fisher (1-1) stayed in to begin the eighth but ran into trouble, allowing a leadoff single to Simpson. Two batters later, Jared Mitchell drove him in from second to give York a 4-3 lead. Following a bunt single, Rob Rogers came on and retired Telvin Nash on a groundout to third, but Mitchell scored an important insurance run.

The Ducks continued to show great resolve, as they rallied in the bottom of the frame. Following a walk by Marc Krauss and a single by pinch-hitter Angelo Songco with one out, closer Chase Huchingson was summoned by manager Mark Mason. Burg reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Krauss after a call initial ruling him out was overturned when umpired deemed Nash dropped the ball at first. After a walk to Cleary Jr., the Ducks had the tying run at second and the go-ahead run at first, but Vega grounded into a force out that ended the inning. Long Island managed just a two-out walk in the ninth.

YESTERDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks will turn to veteran right-hander John Brownell in hopes of keeping their season alive. He will start for the first time since Game One of the Liberty Division Championship Series against Somerset. In that game, he was tagged for 13 hits and seven runs (four earned) over five and one-third innings, walking one and striking out four. The two-time Atlantic League champion will look to bounce back in what will be his first-ever Game Three postseason start with the Flock. Brownell is 5-3 with a 3.86 ERA in 10 playoff starts as a Duck. This year, he faced the Revolution four times during the regular season and posted a 2-1 record with a 4.57 ERA. Most recently, he fired a complete game to earn the win in the opener of a doubleheader on September 7. He allowed just one run on four hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out six.

York meanwhile will go with right-hander Victor Mateo in search of a three-game series sweep. The first-year Rev took the ball last for the Revolution in Game Two of the Freedom Division Championship Series against Southern Maryland. He collected the win in the outing, going five and one-third innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks with a strikeout. It was a strong bounce-back after he allowed six runs (five earned) in four and two-thirds innings to Lancaster during his final regular season start. Mateo made five starts against the Ducks this season and went 0-2 with a 6.47 ERA. He faced Long Island twice in a span of five days earlier this month in York. In the first outing, the Dominican Republic native allowed four runs in five and one-third innings while opposing Brownell on September 7. He then yielded just one unearned run on two hits but walked five in five innings on Sept. 11, taking a no-decision in York’s 2-1 win.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks playoff 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.

For a complete history of the Ducks in the playoffs, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#7   John Brownell – RHP

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

#9   Victor Mateo – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (6:41): Game Three of the Atlantic League Championship Series is underway in York, Pa.!

UPDATE (7:13): END 2: We are scoreless at PeoplesBank Park. John Brownell has a pair of strikeouts, working around a hit in each inning thus far.

UPDATE (7:21): TOP 3: Ducks strike first! An RBI single to right field by Giovanny Alfonzo scores Anthony Vega with the game’s first run!

UPDATE (7:50): BOT 4: Brownell works around a leadoff double from Silva and strands two Revs on the basepaths! Ducks maintain a 1-0 lead through four.

UPDATE (8:06): TOP 5: Vega scampers home from third on a wild pitch to extend Long Island’s lead to 2-0!

UPDATE (8:45): BOT 6: York gets on the scoreboard with a two-out RBI single by Isaias Tejeda. However, Rob Rogers comes in and strands three on base.

UPDATE (9:03): BOT 7: Elmer Reyes flashes the leather! He makes a diving stop to his left to rob Jared Mitchell of a two-out hit!

UPDATE (9:27): BOT 8: Telvin Nash’s two-run home run to center has put the Revolution in front 3-2.

UPDATE (9:43): FINAL: The Revolution win the game 3-2 and the series 3-0 to earn the Atlantic League championship. Congratulations to the organization.

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Game 135: Ducks at Barnstormers

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Long Island opens a three-game midweek series in Lancaster

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (35-29; 71-63) begin the second leg of their seven-game road trip as they open up a three-game series with the Lancaster Barnstormers (34-30; 72-62). Long Island remains two games ahead of the Bridgeport Bluefish for first place in the second half Liberty Division standings, while Lancaster is now two games behind the York Revolution for first in the Freedom Division. Tonight is the 18th meeting of the year between the Ducks and Barnstormers, with Lancaster holding a 10-7 advantage.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

A great pitcher’s duel between Ducks starter Zac Treece and Revolution starter Victor Mateo, along with both bullpens, highlighted Monday’s game in York, but it was the Revolution who came away with a 2-1 win.

Treece (6-2), making a spot start for the Flock, and Mateo traded zeroes over the first four innings of the game, with the Ducks’ right-hander facing the minimum 12 batters. Mateo walked three in the second inning, including a pair with two outs, but was able to work out of the jam. Long Island finally broke through in the fifth when Giovanny Alfonzo singled with one out, stole second base and came around to score on a fielder’s choice off Marc Krauss’ bat, coupled with a throwing error on the play by Ryan Dent.

The Revolution answered back in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at one. With one out, Rubi Silva lifted a solo home run to left-center field on the first pitch he saw in a York uniform. Treece bounced back to strike out two and keep the game tied. He went back out for the sixth inning and allowed a double to Dent to begin the inning. A groundout moved him to third, and Alonzo Harris followed with an RBI single to put York in front.

Long Island’s bullpen took over from there. Tyler Wilson was able to strike out Isaias Tejeda and Telvin Nash with two on in the sixth, and Dennis O’Grady worked out of a first-and-second, one-out jam in the seventh, getting a strikeout and a groundout. Dustin Richardson tossed a scoreless eighth for the Ducks.

York’s bullpen was superb as well to preserve the 2-1 victory. Joe Van Meter (3-2) and Grant Sides each worked around a baserunner in the sixth and seventh, respectively. Ricardo Gomez pitched a scoreless eighth, and Chase Huchingson worked around a leadoff single in the ninth for his fifth save.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Game one of the series in Lancaster will feature John Brownell on the mound for the Ducks. The right-hander comes in with a 10-4 record and the AtlaPntic League’s second-best ERA at 3.41 in 23 starts. In his last outing, he tossed a complete game to defeat the York Revolution in game one of this past Thursday’s doubleheader. In the 34-year-old’s seven innings of one-run ball, he gave up just four hits and two walks while striking out six, as the Ducks earned a 5-1 win. Tonight will be Brownell’s fourth start of the season against the Barnstormers. He has put together a 1-1 record with a 5.60 ERA in his three previous outings and a 6-6 mark with a 4.42 ERA in 19 games (18 starts) all-time against Lancaster.

The Barnstormers have tabbed Tommy Shirley to begin the series. The southpaw has struggled this season, going 3-5 with a 6.96 ERA in 13 games (11 starts). He lasted just three and two-thirds innings in his previous start, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits and six walks with three strikeouts. However, he received a no-decision as Lancaster defeated New Britain 11-10 last Wednesday. Shirley has allowed 14 runs (13 earned) over 14 and two-thirds innings in his previous three starts and 25 runs (21 earned) over 23 and two-thirds in his last five starts. The Pennsylvania native’s lone start against the Ducks came on July 6 at Bethpage Ballpark, and he surrendered four runs on five hits and three walks in three innings of work, taking a no-decision.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#7   John Brownell – RHP

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

#44 Tommy Shirley – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (6:42): END 1: Both sides go in order in their half of the first inning. No score after one.

UPDATE (7:05): BOT 2: John Brownell gets Lance Zawadzki to pop out to right, stranding the bases loaded.

UPDATE (7:23): TOP 3: Giovanny Alfonzo singles to right, and Delta Cleary Jr. comes home to score on a fielding error! 1-0 Ducks!

UPDATE (8:09): BOT 5: Josh Bell’s fly ball to right clears the wall for a solo home run, tying the ballgame at one apiece.

UPDATE (8:27): BOT 6: John Brownell strikes out Caleb Gindl! His 667th strikeout as a Duck ties him with Corey Thurman for second on the Atlantic League’s all-time list!

UPDATE (8:49): BOT 7: A two-out RBI single by Beau Amaral followed by a bases loaded walk to Cole Garner have put Lancaster in front 3-1.

UPDATE (9:22): FINAL: Long Island drops the series opener to the Barnstormers 3-2. Game two of the series is tomorrow at 6:30 pm.

Game 134: Ducks at Revolution

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RHP Zac Treece takes the mound for his first start of the season (Photo courtesy Joe Doll)

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park (York, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

Necessitated by back-to-back rainouts last week, the Long Island Ducks (71-62, 35-28) hit the road to take on the York Revolution (63-70, 35-28) in a single contest tonight, the only game on the Atlantic League schedule. The Ducks have lost four in a row and have dropped seven of their last 10 games, but still hold a 2.5-game lead over the Bridgeport Bluefish in the Liberty Division Second Half Standings. Entering the final seven games of the 2017 regular season, the Ducks magic number to clinch a playoff spot still stands at five, meaning the Ducks are in control of their own fate.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks got a strong start from right-hander Jake Dunning, but were defeated by the Bridgeport Bluefish 4-1 on Sunday afternoon in the finale of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Both sides traded zeroes until the bottom of the fifth. Alex Burg doubled with one out against Bluefish starter Charles Brewer, and Jordan Hinshaw followed with an RBI single to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.

Bridgeport rallied to tie the game with two outs in the seventh inning. Following a single and two walks, Welington Dotel was hit by a pitch to force in the tying run.

The Bluefish took the lead in the ninth inning. Following two errors to begin the inning, an RBI infield single by Gustavo Molina and a two-run single to center by Angelys Nina did the damage.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Dunning tossed six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out five. Brewer lasted six innings, yielding a run on five hits with four strikeouts. Elvin Ramirez (5-2) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit. Amalio Diaz (5-5) suffered the loss, surrendering three unearned runs on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in one inning. Manny Delcarmen collected his eighth save with a perfect ninth.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Right-hander Zac Treece makes his first start of the season for the Long Island Ducks tonight. In 51 relief appearances this season, Treece is 6-1 with a 3.98 ERA and has struck out 65 and walked 28 in 54.1 innings this season. In his last six appearances dating back to August 23, the righty has a 0.87 ERA (1 ER/10.1 IP), and has struck out 16 and walked only one batter. Tonight marks the first start for Treece in the United States since 2015, when the Arkansas native made one start for the Gary Southshore Rail Cats of the American Association. The side-winder also made one start for the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League during the 2016 campaign.

Meanwhile Victor Mateo strides to the bump for the Revolution tonight. In 24 starts with York this season, the right-hander is a nice 6-9 with a 4.36 ERA and has struck out 56 and walked 39 in 132 innings pitched. Mateo’s last two starts have both come against the Ducks, and he has yielded eight runs on 17 hits in a combined 9.2 innings. He has an 0-1 record in those outings, but the Revs are 1-1 overall in the games. The righty has allowed at least two earned runs in nine consecutive starts, and has allowed three or more in eight of those. He hasn’t completed six innings in a start since August 16.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#9   Zac Treece – RHP

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

#9   Victor Mateo – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (6:51): BOT 1: Zac Treece tosses a scoreless 1st inning in his 1st start as a Duck, thanks in part to a double play nicely begun by Giovanny Alfonzo!

UPDATE (7:11): BOT 2: Alex Burg throws out Dayron Varona trying to steal second, and Treece strikes out a pair! No score after two.

UPDATE (7:24): BOT 3: Third inning, third time Treece faces the minimum three batters! Ducks also turn another double play, their second of the night.

UPDATE (7:41): BOT 4: A 1-2-3 inning for Treece in the fourth, as he strikes out Jared Mitchell and Isaias Tejeda swinging!

UPDATE (7:56): TOP 5: The Ducks take a 1-0 lead when Alfonzo singles, moves to third on a fielder’s choice and scores on a throwing error!

UPDATE (8:06): BOT 5: Rubi Silva hits a first pitch solo homer to left-center field, tying the ballgame at one apiece.

UPDATE (8:39): BOT 6: Revs plate a run on Alonzo Harris’ RBI single, but Tyler Wilson comes on to strike out Tejeda and Nash to the end inning.

UPDATE (9:06): BOT 7: Dennis O’Grady enters and pitches out of a first-and-second, one-out jam to keep it a one-run ballgame!

UPDATE (9:24): BOT 8: Dustin Richardson pitches a scoreless inning, striking out two! 11 strikeouts for Long Island’s pitching staff tonight.

UPDATE (9:33): FINAL: York hangs on with some fine defensive plays to get the 2-1 win. Road trip continues tomorrow night in Lancaster.

Games 129 & 130: Ducks at Revolution

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

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

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

MONDAY’S RECAP: 

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

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

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

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

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

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

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

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

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

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS (GAME ONE):

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

#7   John Brownell – RHP

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

#9   Victor Mateo – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


STARTING LINEUPS (GAME TWO):

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

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

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

#29 Frank Gailey – LHP

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

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

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

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

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

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

Game #125: Ducks vs. Bees

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Lew Ford brings a 15-game on-base streak into tonight’s series opener with the Bees

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (32-22; 68-56) open up the second half of their eight-game homestand when they welcome in the New Britain Bees (22-30; 48-74) for a four-game series. This will be the final series between the two teams this year. They have split the first 16 games against one another overall as well as the first six games on Long Island and all 10 meetings in Connecticut. The Ducks enter off a series split with the York Revolution, while the Bees come in having dropped three of four to the Skeeters.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

In the final game of a four-game set, the Ducks fell to the York Revolution 8-5, as one big inning proved too much to overcome.

Things started well for the Flock, as they plated two runs in the first inning off Victor Mateo. Delta Cleary Jr. drove in Jordan Hinshaw with an RBI single after he singled to open the first and moved to third on an error. Two batters later, Marc Krauss unloaded a solo home run to right field for his 20th longball of the season, tying him with Angelo Songco for the team lead.

After John Brownell (9-4) yielded just one walk over the first two innings, he struggled in the third, as did Long Island’s defense. Travis Witherspoon walked to begin in the inning, and when Carlos Triunfel laid down a bunt to follow, no one covered first. Brownell’s throw to first sailed away for the first of four errors in the frame by Long Island. Alonzo Harris’ RBI single and an RBI groundout tied the game at two. After two more walks, Michael Burgess put York in front with a two-run double. Fielding errors by Elmer Reyes and Cleary Jr. with a throwing error by Alex Burg sandwiched in between, helped York put up a seven-spot.

Long Island was able to close within 7-4 on RBI singles by Reyes in the fourth and Lew Ford in the fifth. However, the Flock left three on base over the two innings and then left three more on in the sixth when they loaded the bases with no one out but failed to score against Joe Van Meter.

Jared Mitchell drove in York’s eighth run in the eighth courtesy of a two-out RBI single. The Ducks then tried to mount a rally in the ninth, as Hinshaw walked, Cleary Jr. and Ford single and Krauss lifted a sac fly to center. However, the Ducks could not get any closer. Michael Click (3-1), who recorded two outs with the tying run at the plate in the fifth, got the win for York.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

In Friday’s series opener, the Ducks will have Tyler Levine faced the Bees for a second consecutive outing. The right-hander will make his 22nd appearance (7th start) of the year and is 3-1 with a 4.58 ERA. He took the mound against the Bees a week ago, suffering his first loss in a 5-3 defeat. Levine threw a season-high 100 pitches and pitched six innings of four-run ball, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out three. Overall, he has faced New Britain four times (two starts) and is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 13 innings. He defeated the Bees with five innings of two-run ball on July 17 at Bethpage Ballpark.

New Britain will counter with Kyle Simon, who leads the Atlantic League with five complete games this year and ranks third with 144 and one-third innings pitched. He comes into the day at 9-11 on the season with a 4.11 ERA. The righty lost to the Ducks on Saturday night in Connecticut despite pitching all nine innings. Simon allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts but was outdueled by Brownell as the Flock won 3-0. The California native has made three appearances (two starts) against Long Island this year and is 1-2 with a 3.94 ERA and eight strikeouts in 16 innings.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#28 Jordan Hinshaw – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#18 Tyler Levine – RHP

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

#18 Kyle Simon – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (6:48): TOP 1: The Bees get out to an early lead on a grand slam to right-center field off the bat of Craig Maddox.

UPDATE (7:09): TOP 2: Four more runs, including a three-run homer by Jon Griffin, extend New Britain’s lead to eight.

UPDATE (7:40): TOP 4: Two more homers increase New Britain’s advantage to 11-0.

UPDATE (8:03): TOP 5: Jose Velez comes out of the bullpen and retires the Bees in order! He strikes out two and records a broken bat groundout.

UPDATE (8:18): TOP 6: Three more batters, three more strikeouts for Velez! He’s got 5 K’s in two innings for the Flock, retiring the side 1-2-3 twice.

UPDATE (8:32): BOT 6: CHALLENGE MET! Angelo Songco’s two-run homer to right is the 100th of the year for the Ducks! They’ve met the Chapey’s Home Run Challenge! By meeting the challenge, Chapey & Sons Funeral Home will donate $5,000 to the QuackerJack Foundation!

UPDATE (8:42): TOP 7: Tyler Wilson twirls a 1-2-3 seventh inning, and Ducks pitchers have retired 10 Bees batters in a row.

UPDATE (9:37): FINAL: Bees take the series opener tonight 16-2. Ducks look to bounce back tomorrow night at 6:35.

 

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