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2019 Schedule Features Many Mouthwatering Matchups

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It’s been a busy past couple of weeks at Bethpage Ballpark! With the Atlantic League awards season now wrapped up, the focus has shifted primarily towards the 2019 season. In recent days, the league’s schedule has been announced for next season, featuring the addition of the High Point Rockers to the eight-team circuit. The North Carolina-based club, which will replace the Road Warriors in the Liberty Division. The league-operated Road Warriors bridged the one-year gap between the end of the Bridgeport Bluefish lease and the completion of construction of the new High Point ballpark, which is slated to open on May 2, 2019. With a schedule now in place, the Ducks also debuted the team’s official logo for the 20th Anniversary Season (pictured above), which will be celebrated in 2019. The logo will be featured on promotional items, merchandise and marketing platforms leading up to and throughout next year.

With the addition of the Rockers to the league, the schedule returns to a 140-game regular season after being trimmed to 126 in 2018. The Ducks will play 70 home games at Bethpage Ballpark along with 70 road games, and the first and second half will be separated by the Atlantic League All-Star Game, which will be played at PeoplesBank Park in York, Pa. on July 10th. The schedule is not completely balanced though, as the Ducks do not play each team 20 times nor have an even home/road or first/second half split with each opponent. This chart helps break down their matchups against league opponents:

OPPONENT

OVERALL GAMES

HOME GAMES

ROAD GAMES

FIRST HALF

SECOND HALF

High Point Rockers

19

9 10 10

9

Lancaster Barnstormers

21

10 11 11

10

New Britain Bees

21

11 10 11

10

Somerset Patriots

19

10

9

9

10

So. Maryland Blue Crabs

21

10

11

10

11

Sugar Land Skeeters

19

10

9

10

9

York Revolution

20

10

10

9

11

Let’s take a look at some of the most notable games/series on the schedule for the 2019 season:

OPENERS

Two games that are always circled on the calendar of every baseball fan are Opening Day and the Home Opener for their favorite team. Sometimes, they end up being on the same date. However, for the Ducks, it has almost always proven to be on separate dates. 2019 will mark the ninth consecutive season in which Long Island begins the season on the road, as they will open against the York Revolution in Pennsylvania. The Ducks and Revs will play a three-game series to kick off the season, with the opener taking place on Friday, April 26th at PeoplesBank Park. The Ducks last opened the season in York on April 24, 2015, coming away with a 5-2 victory. Meanwhile, the Ducks will return home following a week-long trip in Pa. for the Home Opener, which will take place on Friday, May 3rd. Coincidentally, that game will also be against the Revolution, who will be in town for a three-game weekend series. The last time the Ducks played their Home Opener against York was in 2014, when the Flock fell 6-1 on May 2nd.

CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH

After a thrilling Atlantic League Championship Series in 2018 that saw the Ducks and Skeeters need a decisive Game Five to determine a league champion, Ducks fans will surely be wondering when the two sides will collide again. Long Island will face Sugar Land, looking to exact a measure of revenge after this past season’s tough series loss, in Texas from May 10th-12th. Constellation Field was the site of that memorable Game One between the sides that took 13 innings and a total of four hours, 57 minutes. The Ducks will host the Skeeters for the first time in 2019 on Memorial Day Weekend, May 24th-26th, which will mark Sugar Land’s first visit since celebrating the 2018 championship at Bethpage Ballpark.

CAROLINA CLASH

As we detailed earlier, the High Point Rockers will be making their debut in the Atlantic League this season. There is always excitement around a new club when it enters the league, and this should be no different. The team will be playing their home games in a brand new, state-of-the-art ballpark and for a fan base that has shown tremendous support in anticipation of the team’s arrival. The Ducks are slated to get their first look at the Rockers and BB&T Point Ballpark when they make the trek to High Point, N.C. for a three-game set May 21st-23rd. Meanwhile, the Rockers will make their first visit to Long Island for a three-game weekend series June 7th-9th.

DIVISIONAL BATTLE

2018 saw the Ducks and Patriots both clinch postseason berths and meet in the Liberty Division Championship Series for a fourth consecutive year. In what has become an annual installment between the two teams, fans around the Atlantic League often expect the two sides to be in close division races down to the wire during each half. Last year, the two teams played all of their meetings in each half early, with clubs wrapping up their nine first half games against one another by May 27th and their second half meetings by August 8th. That prevented the teams from playing some tense, dramatic games late in the halves. This year will be a different story. Long Island and Somerset will meet nine times in the first half, all during the month of June. During the 20-day span between June 11th and 30th, Long Island will host Somerset for three games and visit the Patriots twice, including a three-game set at TD Bank Ballpark June 28th-30th after which there are just seven games left in the half. These matchups could very well decide the first half Liberty Division champion. Should the Ducks be battling another team for the first half title, June will still be an important month. Of Long Island’s 28 games in June, 23 are against Liberty Division opponents. The Ducks and Patriots will also face off in two important series against Somerset late in the second half, hosting Somerset for four games August 19th-22nd and three more games August 30th-September 1st.

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

The Ducks and the Fourth of July have almost become synonymous with one another on Long Island. Fans have frequently been able to enjoy celebrating the holiday at Bethpage Ballpark in recent years, with the team often having home games on and around the holiday. However, 2018 represented a rare instance when that was not the case, as the team played a three-game set in New Britain July 3rd-5th. That marked just the second time since 2011 the Ducks did not have a home game on July 4th, with 2016 being the other as the team played in Lancaster. However, Long Island hosted home games July 1st-3rd. This year, the Ducks will be back home for a seven-game homestand during the first seven days of July. Long Island will host a four-game series against the Skeeters July 1st-4th to begin the month before welcoming in the Blue Crabs for a three-game set to wrap up the first half. While fireworks dates have yet to be announced, fans can expect to enjoy the best fireworks show on Long Island July 4th! Stay tuned for the announcement of additional fireworks shows, as well as the full promotional schedule.

HOME FINISH

It has not been often that the Ducks have finished the regular season at home in recent years. During each of the past two seasons, the Ducks have ended their year in Texas against the Skeeters, needing road wins to clinch a playoff berth in each season. In fact, you must go all the way back to 2014 to find the last time the Ducks ended their regular season at home. That year, Long Island ended their season with a six-game homestand, including three against the Barnstormers and three against the Blue Crabs. Now, five years later, the Ducks will end the 2019 season with three home games. The Rockers will come to town for the series the weekend of September 20th-22nd. Though the Ducks hope to have a postseason spot clinched prior to that point, it is typically a bit more comfortable for a team to be playing in its home ballpark for games with added importance.

Which games are you most looking forward to in 2019? Let us know in the comments section of this post!

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Game 115: Ducks vs. Bees

The Ducks open a six-game homestand tonight against the New Britain Bees

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and New Britain Bees open up a three-game series on Tuesday night. This will be the 16th of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Bees this season and the 56th all-time meeting between the two teams. The Bees have a one-game lead in the all-time series, ahead 28-27, but the Ducks have an 8-7 lead in 2018. The Ducks own a 16-10 record against the Bees at home and bring a 31-20 second half record to Tuesday’s game, sitting in first place in the Liberty Division by just one game. The Bees are seven and a half games back of the Ducks with a 23-27 second half record.

SUNDAY’S RECAP:

The Ducks were able to salvage a game from the York Revolution, using early offense to win 7-3 in the finale.

Back-to-back hits by Jordany Valdespin and Daniel Fields, along with a run-scoring wild pitch by Revolution starter Logan Williamson, gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead in the first inning. It stayed that way until the fourth inning when Long Island plated three runs to extend their lead to four. An RBI single by Dioner Navarro and a two-out, two-run double by Dan Lyons did the damage.

An RBI ground rule double by Welington Dotel in the bottom of the fourth off Ducks starter Dennis O’Grady brought York to within three. However, Carlos Pimentel struck out two to leave the bases loaded in the inning. Then, a three-run fifth for the Flock put the game out of reach at 7-1. Sacrifice flies from Navarro and Cody Puckett, along with an RBI double by Miles Williams, highlighted the inning.

York closed to within four in the seventh inning on a two-run single to right-center by Henry Castillo. Colton Murray came into the game though and struck out two of the three batters he faced to escape a two-on, no-out jam. York would get no closer, as Logan Ondrusek tossed a 1-2-3 eighth inning and Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth.

O’Grady did not factor into the decision but lasted three and one-third innings, allowing a run on three hits and two walks while striking out three. Pimentel earned the win, tossing one and two-thirds scoreless innings, allowing just one walk while striking out two. Williamson suffered the loss, surrendering seven runs on 10 hits and a walk over four innings with two strikeouts.

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Brett Marshall will make his Ducks debut tonight after representing the piece that completed the Jason Creasy trade with the Blue Crabs. Marshall started his season with the Sugar Land Skeeters and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, accumulating a 5-8 record with a 4.59 ERA with the two teams. The righty earned a win against the Sugar Land Skeeters on August 30th in his last outing, pitching six shutout innings to shutdown the league’s top team. The 28-year-old spent the first six seasons of his career in the New York Yankees organization, reaching the majors in 2013. Marshall collected a 4.50 ERA in three relief appearances with the Bronx Bombers, striking out seven batters.

Atlantic League mainstay Kyle Simon will face the Ducks on Tuesday. The 6’6″ right-hander is 8-7 this season with a 4.10 ERA over 22 appearances (21 starts). Simon last appeared on August 30th, taking the loss against the York Revolution after allowing three runs in seven innings of work on six hits and one walk. After spending the first four seasons of his career in the Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles organizations, reaching Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2014, Simon has been an Atlantic League arm since 2015. Simon was named an All-Star in 2016 with the Bees, pitching to the tune of a 2.77 ERA over 120 and one-third innings.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#38 Ramon Cabrera – C
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#9   Anthony Vega – LF
#2   Cody Puckett – SS

#18 Brett Marshall – RHP

New Britain Bees
#15 Darren Ford – CF
#30 Angelo Songco – 1B
#24 Deibinson Romero – 3B
#14 Jason Rogers – DH
#35 Jovan Rosa – LF
#11 Jamar Walton – RF
#10 Jonathan Galvez – 2B
#3   James Skelton – C
#4   Vicente Conde – SS

#18 Kyle Simon – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: Ducks plate two after an error and an RBI single by David Washington! It’s 2-0 early in this one!

BOT 2: Ducks bring in three more after an RBI triple by Jordany Valdespin, an RBI double by Lew Ford and a base hit by Taylor Ard! It’s 5-0!

TOP 6: Bees get their first run after a wild pitch to make it 5-1 Ducks.

BOT 6: An RBI single by Cody Puckett extends the Ducks’ lead to 6-1!

TOP 7: An RBI single brings in the Bees’ second run of the game. Ducks lead 6-2.

FINAL: Ashur Tolliver strikes out a pair to solidify a 6-2 series-opening win for the Ducks!

Game 114: Ducks at Revolution

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Long Island wraps up Labor Day Weekend Series in York (Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

Long Island closes out a three-game weekend road series against the York Revolution on Sunday afternoon. The Ducks enter the day with a one game lead over the Somerset Patriots in the second half Liberty Division standings, while the York Revolution are six and a half games behind the Sugar Land Skeeters in the Freedom Division. The Revolution have also closed to within a half-game of the Ducks in terms of overall record, should a double wild card scenario come into play. Long Island is 60-53, while York is 59-53.

SATURDAY’S RECAP:

Saturday featured a pitcher’s duel between the Ducks and Revolution, with York coming out on top by a 3-2 margin.

After being robbed on a run in the second inning by Ryan Dent, the Ducks scored twice in the third to take an early 2-0 lead. After back-to-back singles by Jordany Valdespin and Daniel Fields, Revolution starter Troy Terzi balked, allowing Valdespin to score the game’s first run. Taylor Ard later connected for an RBI double that doubled Long Island’s lead. York answered right away though in the third, as a solo home run to left field by Dent in the bottom of the third cut Long Island’s lead to 2-1.

Neither side plated a run again until the bottom half of the sixth. Ducks starter Jake Fisher allowed a one-out double to Alonzo Harris before retiring Alexi Casilla for the second out. However, Melky Mesa’s RBI single to left field tied the game at two. Telvin Nash followed with a single before Jose Cuas came into the ballgame. He then allowed an RBI double to Isaias Tejeda which put the Revolution in front 3-2.

Long Island had chances to tie the game over the final three innings. Dan Lyons picked up a one-out single in the seventh, but Valdespin hit into a double play. Fields drew a leadoff walk in the eighth but was erased on another double play. Miles Williams, who had three hits on the night, singled with two outs in the ninth and went to second on a wild pitch. However, Cody Puckett struck out against Dustin Richardson to end the game.

SATURDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Dennis O’Grady takes the mound for the Ducks in the series finale. The right-hander enters the game at 5-3 on the year with a 3.83 ERA in 49 appearances (one start). He made his first start of the season last Sunday against the Road Warriors, tossing three perfect innings while striking out two. The Floral Park native has pitched five perfect innings over his past three outings, retiring all 15 batters he has faced. O’Grady has struggled though in six appearances against the Revolution this year, giving up five runs (four earned) on nine hits over five innings, going 1-1 with a 7.20 ERA.

Logan Williamson will oppose O’Grady in the matinee for York. The southpaw comes in at 6-4 on the season with a 3.70 ERA over 13 appearances (12 starts). He picked up the win in his most recent outing, tossing five innings of one-run ball, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out seven in an 8-6 win at New Britain on Tuesday. However, Lancaster tagged him for eight runs (seven earned) on 12 hits in the start prior. Williamson’s only start of the year against the Flock came on August 12th when he gave up a run on four hits and four walks while striking out three over six innings, taking a no-decision in a 6-5 loss.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#17 Dennis O’Grady – RHP

York Revolution
#7   Alonzo Harris – CF
#4   Alexi Casilla – 2B
#15 Welington Dotel – LF
#23 Telvin Nash – 1B
#2   Jared Mitchell – RF
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#21 Michael Burgess – DH
#6   Henry Castillo – 3B
#36 Roger Diaz – C

#26 Logan Williamson – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: Jordany Valdespin doubles to lead off the game and later scores on a wild pitch! Ducks take an early 1-0 lead!

BOT 3: Another 1-2-3 inning for Dennis O’Grady, who has faced the minimum nine batters over the first three innings!

TOP 4: Ducks extend their lead to 4-0 with a three-run inning! Dioner Navarro collects an RBI single, and Dan Lyons strokes a two-run double down the left field line!

BOT 4: Revs got on the scoreboard after a fly ball is lost in center field and Welington Dotel follows with an RBI ground-rule double to left-center. Carlos Pimentel comes in though and strikes out a pair to strand the bases loaded.

TOP 5: Three more runs come across for the Flock! An RBI double by Miles Williams and sacrifice flies from Dioner Navarro and Cody Puckett give the Ducks a 7-1 advantage!

END 6: After 1.2 scoreless innings from Carlos Pimentel, Jose Cuas comes in and retires the side in order in the sixth!

BOT 7: A two-run single by Henry Castillo trims Long Island’s lead to 7-3. However, Colton Murray comes in the game, strikes out two and keeps the Ducks in front by four.

BOT 8: Logan Ondrusek comes in out of the bullpen and sets down the Revolution 1-2-3! Onto the ninth we go.

FINAL: Francisco Rodriguez closes out the game with a scoreless ninth, as a nice play by Cody Puckett at third ends the ballgame! Ducks take the series finale 7-3 over the Revolution!

Game 113: Ducks at Revolution

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Ducks look to even series in York on Saturday night

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks play the middle game of their three-game series against the York Revolution. Following Friday’s series opener, the Ducks lead in the second half Liberty Division standings is now at two games over the Somerset Patriots. Meanwhile, the York Revolution remain seven games behind the Sugar Land Skeeters in the second half Freedom Division standings. Overall, the Ducks are 60-52 in 2018, while the Revs are 58-53, as the teams are separated by one and a half games. New Britain is two games behind York and three and a half behind Long Island overall.

FRIDAY’S RECAP:

York broke out the bats in the series opener, as they scored 12 runs on 18 hits in a 12-0 shutout of Long Island.

The Revs scored early and often in the game, plating three runs in the first inning, one in the third, three in the fifth and two in the sixth against Ducks starter Matt Larkins. York added three more runs in the seventh against Wagner Gomez before Anthony Vega came on to pitch the eighth and tossed a 1-2-3 inning in his professional pitching debut.

Telvin Nash led the charge offensively for the Revolution, collecting three hits, two RBIs, two runs and a walk. Melky Mesa also had a big night, finishing with three hits and four runs scored. Catcher Isaias Tejeda, part of the big three in the heart of the Revolution order with Mesa and Nash, picked up two hits and drove in three runs on the night. Every York batter had at least one hit in the game to fuel their performance.

Meanwhile, opportunities were fairly slim for the Ducks to strike against York’s pitching staff. Long Island’s best chance came in the third when they loaded the bases with two outs against Revs starter Joe Van Meter on a single by Dan Lyons and back-to-back walks by Jordany Valdespin and Daniel Fields. However, Lew Ford’s liner to right-center was caught to end the inning. The Ducks has runners at first-and-second with one out in the sixth and first-and-second with no outs in the ninth but came up empty, stranding nine men on base for the game. David Washington and Ramon Cabrera each had two hits for the Flock.

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks will look to bounce back on Saturday night with Jake Fisher getting the start, as he makes his first start since August 15th after missing two with a knee injury. The southpaw is 6-6 on the year with a 4.23 ERA in 18 starts. He was roughed up by the Blue Crabs on August 15th, giving up seven runs (six earned) on nine hits over five innings while striking out four batters. Prior to that outing though, he had given up three earned runs or less in three consecutive starts, yielding seven earned runs in 22 innings (2.86 ERA). Fisher has struggled in two starts against the Revolution this year, both on Long Island, giving up 12 runs (11 earned) over 10 and two-thirds innings of work. However, he has a 3.41 ERA in six starts on the road this season.

After initially appearing like Carl Brice would start for the Revolution, York will hand the ball to righty Troy Terzi on Saturday. He comes in with a 1-0 record and a 4.00 ERA in two starts thus far. Most recently, he pitched six innings against the Blue Crabs on August 26th, yielding five runs (four earned) on six hits while striking out four and picking up a win. Prior to that, he threw three scoreless innings in his professional debut on August 16th against New Britain, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out four. Terzi began 2018 at Keystone College in Pennsylvania, going 9-1 with a 1.85 ERA and 94 strikeouts over 14 games (12 starts) during his senior season. The 24-year-old originally hails from Wallingford, Connecticut.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#13 Jake Fisher – LHP

York Revolution
#7   Alonzo Harris – RF
#4   Alexi Casilla – 2B
#29 Melky Mesa – DH
#23 Telvin Nash – 1B
#37 Isaias Tejeda – C
#15 Welington Dotel – LF
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#6   Henry Castillo – 3B
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF

#18 Troy Terzi – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

END 1: Both sides are retired in order in the first inning. Jake Fisher needs just six pitches to set the Revs down 1-2-3.

TOP 3: Ducks strike first! Jordany Valdespin scores on a balk by Troy Terzi, and Taylor Ard connects for a two-out RBI double! 2-0 Flock.

BOT 3: Ryan Dent hits his second home run in as many nights, bringing York to within a run at 2-1.

END 5: Five innings of two-hit, one-run ball thus far from Fisher! Still 2-1 Ducks after five.

BOT 6: Two-out RBI hits from Melky Mesa and Isaias Tejeda have given York a 3-2 advantage.

END 7: Logan Ondrusek comes out of the bullpen and retires the Revolution in order!

BOT 8: Fernando Abad continuing to throw 🔥🔥🔥! A 1-2-3 eighth inning for the lefty. Onto the ninth inning we go.

FINAL: Ducks get the tying run to second but cannot pull even. Revolution take the ballgame 3-2. Series finale on Sunday at 1:00.

Game 112: Ducks at Revolution

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Long Island opens important Labor Day Weekend series in York, Pa.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks hit the road to begin a three-game weekend series against the York Revolution. Both teams are battling for postseason berths, with the Ducks currently three games ahead of the Somerset Patriots for first place in the second half Liberty Division standings. The Revolution are currently on the outside looking in, as they trail the Sugar Land Skeeters by seven games in the second half Freedom Division standings and the Lancaster Barnstormers by seven games in the wild card standings. Long Island is 30-18 in the second half and 60-51 overall, while York is 25-22 in the second half and 57-53 overall.

THURSDAY’S RECAP:

The Ducks nearly pulled off their largest come-from-behind win of the season but fell a run short, as they dropped their series finale to the Lancaster Barnstormers 9-8 on Thursday night at Bethpage Ballpark.

Long Island fell behind early, as the Barnstormers struck for two runs in the second inning on RBI singles by Vladimir Frias and Rico Noel in an inning that featured two Ducks errors. Taylor Ard put the Ducks on the scoreboard with an RBI double down the right field line off Barnstormers starter John Anderson in the third.

Lancaster then built a 9-2 lead by scoring four unearned runs in the fourth and three more in the sixth off Ducks starter Hector Silvestre. A pair of two-out walks followed by an error eventually led to the four runs scoring the fourth. A two-run double by Ryan Casteel capped the inning. Then, after Cody Puckett scored on a wild pitch in the fourth, the ‘Stormers pulled off a double steal to plate a run in the sixth. Casteel also launched a two-run homer in the inning.

Trailing by seven, the Ducks began their comeback effort in the bottom of the sixth. Nine men came to the plate against Garrett Granitz and Jared Lakins in the frame, with back-to-back two-run singles by Jordany Valdespin and Daniel Fields trimming the deficit to 9-6. However, David Washington struck out as the tying run to end the inning. In the eighth, a two-out, two-run homer to left-center by Ard made it a one-run ballgame at 9-8. However, the final four Ducks hitters in the game were retired in order, allowing Lancaster to take the game and the series.

THURSDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Game one of the series will feature Matt Larkins on the mound for the Ducks. The right-hander comes in with a 7-4 record and a 4.16 ERA in 16 starts this season. He is coming off of a strong outing this past Saturday against the Road Warriors, in which he picked up the win. Larkins tossed seven innings of two-run ball, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out four in a 4-2 win. His best outing of the season came against the Revolution in York, as the 29-year-old tossed a complete game shutout on June 10th in a 2-0 win, yielding eight hits and no walks while striking out six. Tonight will be his second start of the season against the Revs.

The Revolution will give the baseball to Manhasset native Joe Van Meter in the series opener. The right-hander has spent time in the bullpen and as a starter this season, compiling a 3-3 record with a 3.95 ERA in 33 appearances (eight starts). He most recently pitched on Tuesday night against the New Britain Bees, tossing one and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief and allowing one hit and one walk while striking out three. His last start came on August 22nd against Lancaster when he earned the win, pitching seven innings of two-run ball, allowing eight hits and no walks while striking out seven in game two of a doubleheader. This year, Van Meter has gone 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in three games (one start) against the Ducks, giving up 14 hits and six runs in 10 innings.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

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

DUCKS GAME NOTES: 

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

York Revolution
#7   Alonzo Harris – CF
#4   Alexi Casilla – 2B
#29 Melky Mesa – DH
#23 Telvin Nash – 1B
#37 Isaias Tejeda – C
#15 Welington Dotel – LF
#2   Jared Mitchell – RF
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#6   Henry Castillo – 3B

#31 Joe Van Meter – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: A three-run first inning gives the Revolution an early lead. Telvin Nash and Isaias Tejeda had RBI base hits in the inning.

BOT 3: An RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Welington Dotel scores Melky Mesa for York’s fourth run of the night.

BOT 5: Five consecutive two-out hits, including a three-run homer by Ryan Dent, gives York a 7-0 lead.

BOT 6: An RBI double by Telvin Nash and a run-scoring groundout from Dotel add two more runs for the Revs.

BOT 8: Anthony Vega appears on the mound in relief and retires the Revs in order, picking up a strikeout of Henry Castillo!

FINAL: Ducks drop the series opener in York tonight. Back at it for game two of the three-game set on Saturday at 6:30.

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