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Ducks, ALPB Alumni Return to Diamond Abroad

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You won’t find too many ballplayers stepping on a baseball diamond this time of year in the northeast. Even with temperatures still reaching into the 50’s as we reach late-November, the weather is simply not favorable for those looking to stay in shape during baseball’s offseason. With that in mind, several Long Island Ducks and Atlantic League alumni have received opportunities to make the trek south and play ball outside of the United States this winter.

The Caribbean Winter Leagues have begun in three of the four countries thus far: Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Due to the impact of Hurricane Maria earlier this year, Puerto Rico has yet to see the start of winter baseball. The league, which was slated to begin on November 15, has elected to delay the start of its campaign until January 6 and will hold an abbreviated schedule for this year. In addition, this past week marked the beginning of play “down under” in the Australian Baseball League, where several 2017 Atlantic Leaguers are participating.

Let’s go country by country to highlight those who are taking part in this year’s winter baseball leagues:

VENEZUELA
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Venezuela features eight teams spread out across the country. Since the league opened play back on October 10, each team has played between 30 and 35 games thus far. Leones del Caracas currently maintains a three-and-a-half game lead for first place at 23-12, which can be partially attributed to a terrific pitching staff. 2008 Long Island Duck Jason Simontacchi is the team’s pitching coach, and among those he is watching over are three members of the 2017 Somerset Patriots. They are right-handed pitchers Lucas Irvine and David Kubiak, along with left-hander Efrain Nieves. In addition, outfielder Trayvon Robinson is also on the squad after having spent this past year with the Lancaster Barnstormers. Robinson previously was with the Ducks in spring training prior to the 2015 season before being signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He would go on to play with Somerset and Lancaster in 2016.

Two other former Ducks are also coaching in Venezuela. Tiburones de La Guaira features Luis Rodriguez as its bench coach under manager Ozzie Guillen.  Rodriguez was part of Long Island’s 2004 championship team and most recently served as manager of the Bridgeport Bluefish. York Revolution alumnus Liu Rodriguez is also on the staff as the third base coach. The roster includes eight players who were in the Atlantic League during the 2017 season. Henderson Alvarez, a starting pitcher for the Ducks before making his way back to the Major Leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies, is one of them. The others include Atlantic League Player of the Year Alonzo Harris and Post-Season All-Star Isaias Tejeda (York), 2016 ALPB Pitcher of the Year Jonathan Albaladejo and Ozney Guillen (Bridgeport), 2017 All-Defensive Team selection Jake Hale (Sugar Land), Dustin Antolin (Somerset) and Brad Bergesen (Lancaster). The other squad is Navegantes del Magallanes, which currently has 2008 Duck Richard Hidalgo on staff as an assistant hitting coach. Their roster includes Hassan Pena (Somerset), who leads the league right now with 11 saves, and Jerome Williams (Somerset), who previously went from Lancaster to the big leagues.

Only one other 2017 Duck is playing in the league currently. Right-handed pitcher Wanel Mesa, who made a brief appearance with Long Island in August, is on the roster for Tigres de Aragua. He is teammates with infielder Alberto Callaspo, who began 2017 with Bridgeport and whose rights are now owned by Somerset.

The Venezuelan Winter League’s other four teams combine to include 18 players who spent time in the Atlantic League during the 2017 campaign. Here is a list of those players:

Aguilas de Zulia Bravos de Margarita
Julio DePaula (York, Sugar Land) Manny Corpas (York, Sugar Land)
Cody Hall (Lancaster) Logan Darnell (Somerset)
Reinier Roibal (Bridgeport) Jay Gause (York)
David Vidal (Somerset) Scott Maine (Sugar Land)
Dayron Varona (York) Anthony Marzi (New Britain)
  Felipe Paulino (Sugar Land)
Cardenales de Lara  
Ricardo Gomez (York) Caribes de Anzoategui
Chase Huchingson (York) Daryl Thompson (Southern Maryland)
Ryan Kelly (Somerset) Edwin Garcia (Southern Maryland)
Gustavo Molina (Bridgeport) Michael Crouse (New Britain)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Perez-Cibao

The Dominican Republic has a league that is a bit smaller than Venezuela, hosting just six teams in total. However, the decrease in teams does not represent a major off in terms of Atlantic League talent. A total of 17 Atlantic League alumni from the 2017 season are now playing baseball this winter in the Dominican. The league began play back on October 13, and with approximately 25 games played thus far, the race is tight at the top of the league. Estrellas de Oriente sits in first at 16-9, but they are only ahead by a half-game.

Right behind Estrellas is Gigantes del Cibao at 16-10 thus far. Much of their success thus far has been due to a sparkling team ERA of 2.76 and a league-high 189 strikeouts. Sure enough, their roster includes two members of the 2017 Long Island Ducks. Former Major League pitchers Rafael Perez and Alfredo Simon, who were both in Long Island’s starting rotation, are off to strong starts with the team. Perez has been pitching out of the bullpen and has made nine scoreless appearances, spanning six and one-third innings of work. Simon has pitched in three games (two starts) and has a 1-0 record with a 3.00 ERA over nine innings of action. Also on the club is pitcher Patrick Johnson (Somerset).

Leones del Escogido currently has a member of the 2017 Ducks on its roster along with another pitcher that could potentially be on next year’s roster. Lefty pitcher Dustin Richardson, who began the year with Sugar Land before eventually signing with the Flock, is included on the roster but has yet to appear in a game. Another southpaw, Wander Perez, spent time last year with the Bluefish but now has his rights owned by the Ducks following the Bluefish Player Dispersal Draft. He has walked the only batter than he has faced thus far. Among their teammates are former York Revolution pitcher Edward Paredes, who reached the big leagues with the Dodgers this past year, Yankees outfielder Tyler Austin and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

The following are the remaining 2017 Atlantic Leaguers who are playing in the Dominican Republic:

Aguilas Cibaenas Toros del Este
Angel Franco (York) Bryan Evans (Lancaster)
  Pat McCoy (Southern Maryland)
Estrellas de Oriente Elvin Ramirez (Bridgeport)
Dustin Molleken (Somerset) Cory Riordan (Bridgeport)
  Luis Cruz (York)
Tigres del Licey Jonathan Galvez (Bridgeport)
Keith Hessler (Somerset) Sean Halton (Lancaster)
Kevin Munson (Lancaster)  
Angelys Nina (Bridgeport)  

MEXICO
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Our last stop in the Caribbean takes us south of the border to Mexico. Just like Venezuela, the league features eight teams across the nation. Only nine members of the Atlantic League’s 2017 rosters are currently down in Mexico, but there are four Ducks alumni from previous years playing and two others that are coaching. A three-way tie exists for first place 35 games into the season, which began back on October 10.

Tomateros de Culiacan are one of the three squads sitting at 20-15 thus far. Among their coaching staff is Robinson Cancel, the former big league catcher who put together an excellent season offensively with the Flock in 2010. The roster also includes two players who were in the Atlantic League this past season. Outfielder D’Arby Myers, who ended the year with the league’s highest batting average at .337, is  joined in the outfield by Andy Wilkins. Wilkins began the year with Sugar Land before having his contract purchased by the Minnesota Twins in June.

The other two teams tied with Tomateros are Venados de Mazatlan and Naranjeros de Hermosillo. The roster for Venados currently includes former Ducks pitcher Nick Struck. After spending two seasons with Long Island, the righty pitched in Mexico during the 2017 campaign for Sultanes de Monterrey and went 3-0 with a 2.09 ERA in 41 relief appearances. He has a 1.17 ERA and one save thus far in seven relief appearances with Venados. Naranjeros currently has former Bees pitcher Casey Coleman, who began the season with New Britain before having his contract purchased by the Houston Astros in May.

One game out of first place with a 19-16 record is Charros de Jalisco. Their staff includes 2010 and 2011 Duck Javier Colina as hitting coach. Their roster also includes three Atlantic League alumni from this past season. Joining 2017 ALPB Pitcher of the Year Gaby Hernandez (Southern Maryland) are pitcher Will Oliver (Somerset) and infielder Rico Noel (Lancaster).

Aguilas de Mexicali does not have any players from this past ALPB season but does have two former Ducks on the roster. Right-handed pitcher Ryan Kussmaul, a 2015 Duck who nearly won a championship with the Wichita Wingnuts this past year, has a 1.72 ERA and 10 saves in 16 games thus far. Infielder C.J. Retherford, a 2014 Duck that played in Mexico and for the Sussex County Miners in 2017, has five homers and 18 RBI in 35 games.

Mayos de Navojoa has a roster which includes outfielder Quincy Latimore, who joined the Ducks for spring training back in 2014 before his contract was purchased by the Washington Nationals. Also on the club are infielder Jovan Rosa (New Britain) and pitcher Daniel Moskos (Lancaster). Rounding out the Atlantic League alumni playing in Mexico is infielder Olmo Rosario. He is currently on Caneros de los Mochis, joined by former Patriot and Skeeter Roy Merritt, who pitched in Mexico this past regular season.

AUSTRALIA
Treece-Brisbane

We’ll close out our first look at this year’s winter baseball roster by heading around the world to Australia. The league has just begun for the six teams that make up the circuit, and two squads are out to perfect starts. The Sydney Blue Sox lead the way at 4-0, and although they do not feature any ALPB alumni, the defending champion Brisbane Bandits do. Among the squad, which has started out 3-0, is right-handed pitcher Zac Treece. He won a championship with the club last year and has gone to the Atlantic League Championship Series with the Ducks in each of the past two seasons as well. The side-armer has recorded a strikeout and a walk to this point with Brisbane.

Right behind Brisbane in the standings is the Perth Heat, who jumped out a 3-1 start this year. Their roster includes right-handed pitcher Kyle Simon, who led the Atlantic League with six complete games as a member of the New Britain Bees in 2017. He allowed four runs (two earned) in two and two-thirds innings of relief but struck out five during his only outing thus far.

The roster featuring the most ALPB alumni is that of the Canberra Cavalry. Three players on that squad were in the Atlantic League last year. They include pitchers Frank Gailey and Michael Click, who won a championship with York, and pitcher Brian Grening, who collected the win for the Freedom Division at the Atlantic League All-Star Game while representing Southern Maryland. Finally, pitcher Mark Hamburger is currently with the Melbourne Aces in Australia. The right-hander joined Somerset late in the year and earned the win in Game One of the Liberty Division Championship Series.

That will do it for this look around the winter baseball leagues currently taking place. If you know of any player currently playing abroad that we may have missed in this report, please let us know in the comments section or by filling out a contact form. As the seasons all progress, we will be sure to provide further updates here on the blog. Stay tuned!

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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.

Game 119: Ducks at Bees

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New Britain Stadium will play host to the middle game of a three-game series between the Long Island Ducks and the New Britain Bees on Saturday night.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:35 p.m. at New Britain Stadium (New Britain, Connecticut)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (29-19; 65-53) continue their three-game weekend series with the New Britain Bees (19-26, 45-70) tonight at The Beehive. The Ducks have won 18 of their last 22 games, including three this week in waddle-off fashion. Long Island has also won six straight series, and will look to continue that streak this weekend. Tonight marks the 15th meeting of the season between the Bees and the Ducks, with the season series currently deadlocked 7-7. Including Saturday’s skirmish, the two squads will meet six times in the next 10 days to complete their regular season series.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks fell to the New Britain Bees 5-3 on Friday night at New Britain Stadium in the opening game of a three-game series.

New Britain took the lead in the bottom of the first when Tyler Levine walked James Skelton and allowed a double to Michael Crouse to lead off the game. Two batters later Craig Maddox grounded out to second base to plate Skelton and give the Bees a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fifth, Crouse padded the Bees advantage with a two-run single, and Conor Bierfeldt doubled home a run in the sixth to expand the gap to 4-0. Levine (3-1) allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings of work, striking out three and walking one.

Long Island got on the board in the top of the seventh, when Derrick Pyles drove Ruben Gotay home with a single off Nick Greenwood. Giovanny Alfonzo followed with an RBI single off reliever Nate Roe to cut the lead to 4-2. Greenwood (3-4) was charged with two runs on six hits in 6.2 innings, striking out five and not issuing a walk.

The Ducks struck again in the top of the eighth, with Gotay collecting an RBI double to plate Audie Afenir and slice the deficit to 4-3. However, the Bees added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, and Sean Gilblair finished off the 5-3 win for his 15th save of the season.

Jordan Hinshaw went 3-for-5 with a double in his first game back against the Bees after he was traded from the club to the Ducks on August 22. Gotay added two hits, and Zac Treece struck out the side in order in his one inning of relief.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

RHP John Brownell gets the start for the Long Island Ducks in the middle game of the three-game series with the Bees. In 20 starts this season, the right-hander is 8-3 with a 3.54 ERA, and has struck out 79 while walking 38 in 119.2 innings pitched. Brownell has faced the Bees once this season, getting no decision on May 11 at New Britain Stadium, when he allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits in six innings, striking out five and walking one in a 4-3 Bees victory. In his last start on August 21 against Sugar Land, Brownell allowed two runs in five innings, walking three and striking out four while getting no decision.

New Britain sends RHP Kyle Simon to the hill to counter Brownell, looking to clinch a series win. Simon has won each of his last three starts, and is 9-10 overall in 23 appearances (18 starts) with a 4.19 ERA. He leads the Atlantic League with four complete games, and third with 135.1 innings pitched. Simon has faced the Ducks twice this season, once in relief and once as a starter, and is 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA (4 ER/7.0 IP). Last time out against the Bridgeport Bluefish on August 20, Simon allowed one run on five hits in seven innings, striking out four without a walk while getting the win.

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
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#23 Alex Burg – 2B
#19 Derrick Pyles – LF
#24 Audie Afenir – C

#7   John Brownell – RHP

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

#18 Kyle Simon – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: John Brownell strikes out two in a scoreless first inning for the Ducks. No score heading to the second.

TOP 4: The Ducks get on the board with four straight singles! 2-0 Long Island on top of the @NewBritainBees!

TOP 7: The Ducks go down in the seventh, but still hold a 2-0 lead on the @NewBritainBees.

FINAL: Ducks 3, Bees 0.

W: Brownell (9-3)
L: Simon (9-11)
SV: Diaz (13)

Game 117: Ducks vs. Skeeters

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INF Dan Lyons has three straight two-hit games for the Long Island Ducks, who look to wrap up a series win against the Sugar Land Skeeters tonight.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (28-18; 64-52) wrap up their four-game series with the Sugar Land Skeeters (21-23; 51-63) on Thursday night. The Ducks look for the series victory over the Skeeters and have won 17 of their last 20 games, and have a six-game lead in the Liberty Division Second Half Standings over the Bridgeport Bluefish. The Skeeters enter tonight’s contest in third place in the Freedom Division, five games behind the first place York Revolution. Tonight marks the 17th matchup of the season between the two clubs, with the series even at 8-8. This series marks the final trip of the  2017 regular season for the Skeeters.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Sugar Land Skeeters 6-3 on Wednesday night in the third game of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Long Island took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jordan Hinshaw singled off Skeeters starter Sean Gleason and scored on a double play ball following a walk and a single. The Ducks doubled the lead in the third when Hinshaw singled and scored from first on Delta Cleary Jr.’s single along with a fielding error.

Sugar Land tied the game at two in the fifth on a two-run home run to center field by Bryan Pounds off Ducks starter Jake Dunning. A four-run seventh then gave the Skeeters a 6-2 advantage. RBI singles by Joe Benson and Josh Prince, along with a sacrifice fly by Caleb Ramsey and a run-scoring wild pitch, did the damage.

The Ducks attempted a comeback in the ninth, as Dan Lyons’ RBI single closed the gap to 6-3. However, Long Island was unable to pull even.

Gleason (4-7) picked up the win, tossing six innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out five. Dunning (2-1) suffered the loss, yielding six runs (four earned) on nine hits and a walk over six innings with four strikeouts.

Hinshaw and Lyons led the Flock with two hits apiece. Zac Treece pitched two and two-thirds scoreless innings for the Ducks, striking out four.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Alfredo Simon takes the bump for the Ducks in the series finale, looking to wrap up another series win for Long Island. In 11 games (eight starts) this season, Simon is 2-3 with a 4.75 ERA, but has pitched better than those results indicate. In 47.1 innings, Simon has allowed only 48 hits while striking out 43 and walking only 12. In his last five appearances, Simon has combined to issue just two free passes in 23.1 innings, while striking out 25. The right-hander has faced the Skeeters twice this season, and is 1-1 with a 12.60 ERA (7 ER/5 IP), which represents one bad outing (7 ER on June 26) and one good outing (0 R in 3.0 IP on July 25).

Former Long Island Duck Mitch Talbot climbs the hill for the Skeeters, who seek a series split with the Ducks. The ex-big leaguer is 6-3  with a 3.81 ERA on the season in 16 games (14 starts). In his last start on August 19 against York, Talbot allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings, striking out nine and walking one. The right-hander has faced the Ducks once this season, allowing three runs on three hits in five innings, getting the win on June 26 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land.

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 – LF
#34 Marc Krauss – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#25 Alfredo Simon – RHP

Sugar Land Skeeters
#7   Josh Prince – 2B
#33 Caleb Ramsey – RF
#9   Wilfredo Rodriguez – DH
#4   Kevin Ahrens – SS
#16 Travis Scott – 1B
#15 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#3   Albert Cordero – C
#36 Hector Olivera – LF
#5   Joe Benson – RF

#24 Mitch Talbot – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 2: A sacrifice fly from Alex Burg scores Angelo Songco as the Ducks jump out to a 1-0 lead on the Skeeters!

TOP 3: A three-run home run for Caleb Ramsey gives the Skeeters a 3-1 lead.

BOT 7: The Ducks still trail the Skeeters 3-1 after seven innings. Alfredo Simon back out to the mound.

BOT 9: Giovanny Alfonzo comes through with a two-run single and the Ducks tie the game at three! We have #FREEBASEBALL at The Duck Pond!

FINAL/10: It’s ANOTHER Waddle-Off Win for the Ducks!

Ducks 4, Skeeters 3

W: Diaz (4-4)
L: Haley (2-2)

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