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Game 41: Ducks vs. Blue Crabs

The Ducks open up a nine-game homestand with a matchup against the Blue Crabs

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs meet to open up their third series against each other. This will be the seventh of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Blue Crabs this season and the 204th all-time meeting between the two teams. Long Island holds a 106-97 advantage all-time, with a 60-47 edge at home. The Ducks bring a 22-18 record to Tuesday’s game, winning three in a row and trailing the division-leading Somerset Patriots by just one and a half games. Southern Maryland is 15-24, sitting in last place in the Freedom Division.

LAST GAME RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks closed out a very successful four-game series against the York Revolution behind a complete game shutout from Matt Larkins. It was the second complete game of the series for the Ducks rotation, and the first nine-inning complete game shutout for the Flock in 2018.

Taylor Ard provided the only necessary offense for the Ducks with a first-inning home run to score Travis Snider and himself. The shot to left field was his third of the season, and all that was needed in the 2-0 victory.

Larkins earned the victory, going the distance while allowing eight hits (all singles), striking out six and not walking a batter. York’s starter Pat McCoy took the loss despite dealing five scoreless innings after allowing the two-run home run in the first inning.

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 

ON THE MOUND:

Bennett Parry has been the shining star of the Ducks staff this season and gets the start tonight against the Blue Crabs. The 6-foot-6 lefty owns a 2-0 record with a 2.01 ERA over six starts thus far, allowing one run or less in his last five appearances. Parry allowed six hits over six innings and allowed one run in his previous start last Tuesday against the Barnstormers.

Drake Britton will be the starting pitcher for the Blue Crabs opposite Parry. Britton is 2-2 with a 6.55 ERA in six appearances (five starts) and is looking to recover from giving up five runs in four innings in his last start on May 30. The lefty reached the major leagues in 2013 with the Boston Red Sox, and has made 25 appearances in the bigs dating back to 2013 and 2014. Britton spent last season with the Bridgeport Bluefish, going 4-1 with a 3.68 ERA in 34 appearances, striking out 19. The Texas native has made five career appearances against the Ducks, going 2-0 and not allowing a run.

FOLLOW ALONG:

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Ducks Video Center on the homepage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES:

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#30 David Washington – LF
#35 Taylor Ard – 1B
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#12  Dan Lyons – SS

#32 Bennett Parry – LHP

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
#4   Ryan Strausborger – LF
#9   Edwin Garcia – SS
#5   Teodoro Martinez – CF
#26 Angelo Songco – RF
#19 Frank Martinez – 3B
#12 Devon Rodriguez – 1B
#13 Jon Griffin – DH
#6   Ryan Wagner – C
#15 Angelys Nina – 2B

#50 Drake Britton – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Bennett Parry strikes out the first two batters while retiring the side to kick off the series opener!

BOT 2: David Washington hits one a long way to left center for his seventh home run of the season and a 1-0 Ducks lead!

BOT 3: It’s now 2-0 as Emilio Bonifacio scores Jordany Valdespin with a sacrifice fly to right!

TOP 4: Southern Maryland cuts the lead to 2-1 with a sacrifice fly.

TOP 5: The Blue Crabs have tied things up at two with a two-out single.

BOT 5: FIVE RUNS come across for the Flock after RBI singles from Jordany Valdespin and Travis Snider followed by a two-run bomb by Lew Ford! 7-2 Ducks!

TOP 6: 10 strikeouts now for Bennett Parry as he sets down two in the frame! His third double-digit strikeout game of the season!

TOP 7: Make it 12 Ks for Bennett Parry as he cruises through another inning!

FINAL: Ducks win 7-2 behind a pair of home runs and a great pitching performance!

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Game 40: Ducks at Revolution

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Long Island goes for a series victory on Sunday afternoon (Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

1:00 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park (York, Pa.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks look to take the series from the York Revolution with the finale of a four-game set on Sunday afternoon. The Ducks (21-18) have closed to within two and a half games of the Somerset Patriots for first place in the Liberty Division, while the Revolution (19-17) remain third in the Freedom Division and are now seven and a half games behind the Lancaster Barnstormers. Long Island holds a two-game lead in the all-time series with York, 108-106.

SATURDAY’S RECAP:

Long Island built a lead, lost it, then got it back for good on Saturday night, as the Ducks earned their second win in a row with a 4-3 triumph over the York Revolution.

Third innings have been kind to the Ducks in this series, and it was again on Saturday. After Cody Puckett reached on an error, Jordany Valdespin and Emilio Bonifacio collected back-to-back singles. Travis Snider followed with a two-run single through the right side off Revolution starter Robert Carson to put the Ducks ahead by two. Lew Ford then hustled to beat out a potential double play ball, driving in Bonifacio with the RBI fielder’s choice.

Ducks starter John Brownell worked into and out of trouble over four scoreless innings to begin the game, but the Revs loaded the bases on him in the fifth with a double, a walk and an error. However, the righty got out of them jam by inducing an RBI fielder’s choice from Jared Mitchell and a double play ball. Brownell then got into trouble again int he sixth when he surrendered back-to-back singles to open the frame. He recorded the next two outs though before Wander Perez came in to face Mitchell. The Revolution right fielder smacked a line drive to right, but Snider made an incredible diving catch to keep the Ducks in front.

York got to the Ducks bullpen though in the eighth. After a leadoff hit by pitch, Michael Burgess delivered an RBI single to drive in Alexi Casilla, trimming Long Island’s lead to 3-2. Following a single by Zach Wilson, Rubi Silva laced an RBI single to right that tied the game at three. Dennis O’Grady induced a double play though to keep the game tied.

Long Island got the lead right back in the ninth. After a single began the inning, Ford reached on a fielder’s choice and was replaced on the bases by Anthony Vega. The speedster stole both second and third base, the latter with two outs, setting the stage for Taylor Ard. The first baseman smacked an RBI single to left off hard-throwing Junior Rincon to put the Flock ahead 4-3. Francisco Rodriguez then sealed the deal in the ninth, striking out the first two hitters, allowing a double to Mitchell and responding by inducing a groundout from Casilla.

ON THE MOUND:

For the series finale, the Ducks will hand the ball to Matt Larkins. The right-hander enters with a 3-1 record and a 2.65 ERA through six starts in 2018. He last pitched on Monday against the Barnstormers and earned the win with a quality start. In seven innings of work, he gave up three earned runs (five runs) on seven hits and a walk while striking out three. Larkins left the game with the Ducks trailing 5-3, but a three-run bottom of the seventh gave the Flock, and Larkins, the win. Today is the third-year Duck’s first start of the season against York, but he did face the Revs five times in the 2017 season (four starts) and went 1-2 with an 8.70 ERA.

York will counter with Pat McCoy in hopes of salvaging a split of the series. The southpaw has pitched in two games thus far (one start), compiling a 2.45 ERA. After throwing two and one-third scoreless innings of relief on May 22 at Lancaster, he started against the Bees on the road this past Tuesday. In five innings of work, McCoy allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out two. The 29-year-old began the year with Durango in the Mexican League, going 0-1 with a 6.08 ERA in 15 games out of the bullpen. The 2014 Detroit Tiger spent part of 2017 with Southern Maryland in the Atlantic League, going 2-5 with a 4.76 ERA in 11 starts. His lone start against Long Island came on June 30 at Bethpage Ballpark, in which he took the loss and gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out three over seven and one-third innings.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for today’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Ducks Video Center on the homepage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of today’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#23 Travis Snider – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#6   Alec Sole – 1B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#9   Anthony Vega – RF

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

York Revolution
#6   Rubi Silva – RF
#4   Alexi Casilla – 2B
#15 Welington Dotel – LF
#14 Zach Wilson – 1B
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#29 Melky Mesa – DH
#11 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF
#30 Tyler Clark – C

#37 Pat McCoy – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (12:35): The tarp is on the field in York, and the start of today’s series finale will be delayed by rain. Stay tuned here and on Twitter for updates on the status of the game. Our game broadcast will also begin following the delay.

UPDATE (1:22): The rain continues to fall steadily, and the tarp remains on the field. No official timetable yet on when first pitch is expected.

UPDATE (2:05): The Revolution have just announced a tentative start time of 2:45 p.m. here at PeoplesBank Park. The grounds crew is currently removing the tarp from the field.

TOP 1: Taylor Ard does it again! His two-out, two-strike, two-run home run over the Arch Nemesis in left field gives the Ducks an early 2-0 lead!

END 3: Matt Larkins has allowed two singles but has faced the minimum nine batters through three scoreless innings thus far! 2-0 Ducks as we go to the fourth.

END 5: Back-to-back 1-2-3 innings for Larkins, who has faced the minimum 15 batters over the first five innings! Ducks remain in front by two.

END 6: Larkins works around back-to-back one-out singles, striking out Rubi Silva and inducing a groundout from Alexi Casilla to keep York off the scoreboard!

END 8: Larkins strikes out Tyler Clark to work around a two-out single, and the right-hander has now tossed eight shutout innings this afternoon!

FINAL: Larkins works around a pair of one-out singles to strand the tying runs on base! A complete game shutout for the righty gives the Ducks a 2-0 win over the Revolution, and they take three of four this weekend in York!

 

Game 39: Ducks at Revolution

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The Ducks offense was in high gear on Friday night (Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and the York Revolution play the swing game of their four-game weekend series. The Ducks (20-18) remain three and a half games behind the Somerset Patriots for first place in the Liberty Division despite a win on Friday night, while the Revolution (19-16) are still in third place in the Freedom Division but now sit six and a half games behind the Lancaster Barnstormers. Long Island once again leads the all-time series between the clubs, 107-106.

FRIDAY’S RECAP:

The Ducks offense flipped the script with a big performance on Friday night, and Jair Jurrjens led the way on the mound as the Ducks routed the Revolution, 14-3.

Most of the offense came early for the Flock, and most also came with two outs in an inning. David Washington‘s two-out RBI single up the middle in the first and Dan Lyons‘ RBI double to center in the second gave the Ducks an early two-run lead. Then came the third inning.

Long Island loaded the bases with one out on a walk and two singles, but Dominic Severino’s strikeout of Cody Puckett put him in position to escape the inning unharmed. However, things unraveled after a visit to the mound by pitching coach Paul Fletcher. Alec Sole was hit by a pitch to force home a run, Lyons followed with an RBI infield single, Jordany Valdespin laced an RBI single to left field, Taylor Ard socked a two-run single to left and Travis Snider capped the frame with a three-run homer to left-center off reliever Tyler Cravy. All told, the Ducks scored eight two-out runs on six hits to boost their lead to 10-0, in what was Long Island’s largest run-scoring inning of the season.

After York closed within 10-2 in the fifth, the offense got the runs right back in the sixth against former Duck Zac Treece. A single by Washington, an RBI double by Ramon Cabrera and an RBI single by Cody Puckett did the damage. Two innings later, Jake Ezell’s wildness led to two walks and two wild pitches, one of which scored Snider. Cabrera’s sac fly to right rounded out Long Island’s scoring.

Meanwhile, Jurrjens was fantastic on the mound for the Ducks. He pitched all nine innings for his first complete game of the season, did not walk a batter and struck out five. He retired the first 13 Revolution batters in order before conceding three hits and two runs in the fifth on Ryan Dent’s two-run double. Jurrjens escaped a bases loaded, no-out jam in the sixth and surrendered only an unearned run in the ninth on an error a single and a wild pitch. He threw 105 pitches in the outing, 77 of which were strikes.

ON THE MOUND:

John Brownell will start game three of the series for the Ducks, in his first start at York since pitching well in Game Three of the 2017 Atlantic League Championship Series. The right-hander comes in off a terrific relief performance last Sunday against New Britain in which he gave up just one unearned run over six innings out of the bullpen to earn the win in Long Island’s 4-2, 15-inning victory. He gave up three hits and five walks while striking out three in the outing. Previously, Brownell had been roughed up by the Bees on Friday night, allowing eight runs on nine hits in two and two-thirds innings. Overall, the franchise leader in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and starts is 3-4 with a 5.45 ERA in seven games (six starts) this season.

The Revs were slated to start Zac Grotz on Saturday night. However, his contract has been purchased by the New York Mets organization, so it will be Robert Carson on the mound in his place. The southpaw just pitched in relief on Thursday against the Ducks, tossing two and one-third scoreless innings, yielding only a walk to Snider while striking out two. Overall, the former Met is 3-1 with a 1.71 ERA and one save in 14 apperances this year with York, striking out 19 batters and walking seven in 21 innings. Carson pitched with the Mets in 2012 and 2013, serving as teammates with Ducks infielder Jordany Valdespin, and compiled a 6.82 ERA over 31 outings (33 innings). Grotz had a 2.53 ERA, the fifth-best in the Atlantic League, to go along with a 2-1 record in seven games (four starts).

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Ducks Video Center on the homepage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#30 David Washington – LF
#35 Taylor Ard – 1B
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

York Revolution
#2   Jared Mitchell – RF
#4   Alexi Casilla – DH
#15 Welington Dotel – LF
#21 Michael Burgess – 1B
#14 Zach Wilson – 3B
#6   Rubi Silva – 2B
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF
#30 Tyler Clark – C

#28 Robert Carson – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

END 1: We’re scoreless after one inning of play at PeoplesBank Park.

TOP 3: A two-run single to right field by Travis Snider and an RBI fielder’s choice from Lew Ford have given the Ducks a 3-0 lead!

END 4: For the second time tonight, John Brownell induces a double play to end the inning! Four scoreless innings from the right-hander thus far.

BOT 5: Revs plate an unearned run on an RBI fielder’s choice from Jared Mitchell, but Brownell induces yet another inning-ending double play!

BOT 7: Snider makes a SENSATIONAL full extension diving catch to rob Mitchell of a game-tying extra-base hit! Brownell and Wander Perez combine to work out of a first-and-second, no-out jam, keeping the Ducks in front by two.

BOT 8: RBI singles from Michael Burgess and Rubi Silva have tied the ballgame up at three apiece. However, Dennis O’Grady induces an inning-ending double play to keep the ballgame tied. To the ninth we go.

TOP 9: Taylor Ard comes through! His two-out RBI single to left field scores Anthony Vega, who stole both second and third base after pinch-running for Ford! Ducks lead 4-3.

FINAL: Francisco Rodriguez earns his eighth save of the year with a scoreless ninth, striking out two! Ducks defeat the Revolution, 4-3, and have taken two of the first three in the series!

Game 38: Ducks at Revolution

 

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Long Island looks to even their four-game series in York (Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks take on the York Revolution in the second game of their four-game weekend series. The Ducks (19-18) enter the ballgame still three and a half games behind the Somerset Patriots for first place in the Liberty Division, while the Revolution (19-15) sit in third place in the Freedom Division, five and a half games behind the Lancaster Barnstormers. With York’s win on Thursday, the all-time series between Long Island and York are now tied at 106 wins apiece in the all-time series between the clubs.

THURSDAY’S RECAP:

York’s offense scored early and often on Thursday night, as the Ducks dropped the road trip opener by the final count of 9-2.

The Revolution got to Ducks starter Andrew Barbosa for three runs in the first inning on two hits and a walk. After Welington Dotel’s RBI double opened the scoring, a groundout and a sac fly added to the lead. Barbosa was then forced to exit after one inning, as his shoulder tightness returned. Tyler Honahan made his Ducks debut on the second and hit two batters while allowing a double, but got out of the bases loaded, one-out jam conceding just one run on a sac fly.

Long Island got on the scoreboard in the third inning when Alec Sole and Jordany Valdespin singled with two outs before Sole came home on a passed ball. However, the Revolution kept on swinging, plating two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth. A sac fly by Dotel and an RBI single by Zach Wilson in the fourth off Lee Sosa, and a two-out, two-strike solo homer by Tyler Clark in the fifth off Jake Dunning did the damage.

David Washington connected for a two-out triple in the sixth, part of a three-hit day for the left fielder, and scored on a wild pitch by Revs start Mitch Atkins to trim the deficit to 7-2. However, Ryan Dent’s potential double play ball that would have ended the bottom of the sixth turned into an RBI fielder’s choice and a run-scoring error to round out York’s offense.

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks will hand the ball to Jair Jurrjens for game two of the series. The right-hander will be looking to build upon back-to-back strong starts after missing one with shoulder discomfort. He pitched six innings of one-hit shutout baseball on Sunday against New Britain, allowing just a double and two walks while striking out five. In his past two starts, Jurrjens has given up just one earned run over 11 innings on five hits and three walks while striking out eight. He is 2-2 overall with a 4.00 ERA in five starts this season.

York will counter with Dominic Severino, who is in his first season with the Revolution. The right-hander has a 2-2 record with a 3.68 ERA in seven starts thus far, allowing 37 hits in 36 and two-thirds innings while walking eight and striking out 21. The Connecticut native took the loss in his most recent outing, falling to the Skeeters 8-0 in Sugar Land on Sunday. He allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits and three walks over four and two-thirds innings while striking out just one. Severino went 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA in three starts with the Bridgeport Bluefish in 2017. Included was a five scoreless inning performance against the Ducks at Bethpage Ballpark on September 9 in which he struck out seven.

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
#35 T. Ard – 3B
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#30 David Washington – CF
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#2   Cody Puckett – DH
#6   Alec Sole – 1B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#33 Jair Jurrjens – RHP

York Revolution
#2   Jared Mitchell – RF
#4   Alexi Casilla – 2B
#15 Welington Dotel – LF
#21 Michael Burgess – 1B
#29 Melky Mesa – DH
#6   Rubi Silva – CF
#11 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#20 Luis Cruz – C

#26 Dominic Severino – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: A two-out RBI single up the middle by David Washington gives the Ducks an early 1-0 lead!

TOP 2: Dan Lyons connects for an RBI double to center field, increasing Long Island’s lead to two!

TOP 3: WHAT AN INNING! The Ducks send 11 men to the plate, score eight runs and now have a 10-0 lead! All eight runs came home with two outs in the frame. A two-run single by Taylor Ard and a three-run homer by Travis Snider highlighted Long Island’s largest run-scoring inning of the season.

BOT 5: A two-out, two-run double to right-center from Ryan Dent puts the Revolution on the scoreboard. Ducks lead is now 10-2.

TOP 6: Another two-out rally! Ramon Cabrera’s RBI double and Cody Puckett’s RBI single restores Long Island’s 10-run advantage at 12-2!

BOT 6: Excellent work from Jair Jurrjens, who works out of a bases loaded, no-out jam! He records to pop outs and a strikeout to work around two singles and an error.

TOP 8: Snider walks and scores on a wild pitch, and Lew Ford walks and scores on a sac fly from Cabrera! Ducks now hold a 14-2 lead.

FINAL: Jair Jurrjens tosses his first complete game of the year, and the Ducks defeat the Revolution 14-3! Final line for Jurrjens: 9.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 107 pitches, 78 strikes.

 

Game 37: Ducks at Revolution

 

The Ducks face York in a rematch of last year’s Championship Series

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and York Revolution meet for the first time in 2018 for a four-game series in Pennsylvania. This will be the first of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Revolution this season and the 212th all-time meeting between the two teams. The Ducks lead the Revolution by just one game all-time, 106-105. The Revolution hold a 60-46 record over Long Island at home. The Ducks bring a 19-17 record to Thursday’s game, trailing the Somerset Patriots for the Liberty Division lead by three and a half games. York holds an 18-15 record with trailing the Lancaster Barnstormers by six games for the Freedom Division lead and sitting in third place.

LAST GAME RECAP:

The Ducks secured the series victory against the league-leading Lancaster Barnstormers by showcasing their resiliency, overcoming multiple deficits to win 6-5.

The Barnstormers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning following an RBI double from Carlos Garcia, and a two-run single by Nate Coronado off starter Jake Fisher. The Ducks rallied back with a huge fourth inning. After Brooks Hall struck out the first batter he faced, the next six batters for the Ducks reached base, highlighted by RBI singles from Jordany Valdespin and Emilio Bonifacio, and a two-run single by Lew Ford to push the Ducks in front 4-3.

The Barnstormers tied things up in the sixth, then pulled ahead in the seventh. Their lead did not last long, however, as the Ducks tied it up in the bottom half of the frame, with Travis Snider driving in Bonifacio with a base hit. Taylor Ard then came to the plate as a pinch hitter and drove Snider home to push the Ducks ahead 6-5.

Long Island held the lead in the final two innings, with Wander Perez recording his first save. Dennis O’Grady collected his first win of the season, pitching one and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief. Kevin Munson took the loss, allowing two runs to score in two-thirds of an inning.

ON THE MOUND:

Andrew Barbosa will return to the mound from an extended hiatus due to shoulder tightness. Barbosa last appeared on May 8, leaving his start against the New Britain Bees with the aforementioned injury just one and one-third innings into the ballgame. The 6-foot-8 lefty had great success during his first stint on Long Island in 2015, going 4-1 over nine starts with a 2.82 ERA and striking out 59 batters over 51 innings. His season debut that year was against the Revolution, and the Florida native pitched three scoreless innings, walking three and striking out two.

Mitch Atkins has struggled through his first several starts this season, going 0-3 thus far with a 7.09 ERA. The former major leaguer has allowed five or more runs in four of his seven starts this season, including his last appearance on Saturday against Sugar Land. The righty gave up five runs on eight hits over five and two-thirds innings, striking out seven while taking the loss. Atkins made 10 big league appearances from 2009 to 2011 with the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles. The North Carolina native did not factor into any decisions, and pitched to a 6.75 ERA. This is his third year in the Atlantic League, pitching in parts of 2013 and last season with the Somerset Patriots.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Ducks Video Center on the homepage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – SS
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#30 David Washington – LF
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#9   Anthony Vega – CF
#6   Alec Sole – 1B

#21 Andrew Barbosa – LHP

York Revolution
#2   Jared Mitchell – RF
#4   Alexi Casilla – 2B
#15 Welington Dotel – DH
#14 Zach Wilson – 1B
#6   Rubi Silva – LF
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#11 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF
#30 Tyler Clark – C

#16 Mitch Atkins – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: York strikes for three in the opening inning on an RBI double, a run-scoring groundout and a sacrifice fly.

BOT 2: Tyler Honahan takes over on the mound and works out of a bases loaded, no-out jam, conceding just one run.

TOP 3: Alec Sole and Jordany Valdespin collected back-to-back two-out hits, and Sole then scored on a passed ball! Ducks close to within 4-1.

BOT 3: Lee Sosa comes into the ballgame and works out of a first-and-second, one-out jam, leaving the bases loaded!

BOT 4: Two more runs come across for the Revolution on a sac fly by Welington Dotel and an RBI single by Zach Wilson. 6-1 York.

BOT 5: A two-out solo home run to left by Tyler Clark gives the Revolution their seventh run of the night.

TOP 6: David Washington earns his first triple of the season and then scores with two outs on a wild pitch! Ducks close to within 7-2.

BOT 6: Two more runs come across for the Revs.

FINAL: York claims the series opener 9-2 over the Ducks. Back at it tomorrow night at 6:30 for game two of the four-game set.

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