Game 120-121: Ducks at Barnstormers

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6 p.m. single admission doubleheader at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, PA)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (23-26, 63-56) and Lancaster Barnstormers (20-29, 55-64) play a single admission doubleheader consisting of two seven-inning games. The Ducks and Barnstormers have now split 16 games with the Ducks winning three of the past five and four of the previous seven. Long Island has struggled at Clipper Magazine Stadium, dropping four of six against its Freedom Division opponent.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: John Brownell twirled seven terrific innings, lifting the Ducks to a 4-1 win over the Barnstormers.

Brownell struck out three and walked three, allowing one run on four hits en route to his ninth victory of the season. Offensively, Matt Wessinger’s RBI infield single in the second inning gave Long Island a 1-0 lead. In the fifth, Anthony Vega cranked a solo home run over the right field fence.

With runners at first and second in the seventh, Dan Lyons, after missing 10 games with an injury, pulled a two-run double down the left field line to give the Ducks a 4-0 advantage. Kevin Ahrens’ solo homer to left-center made it 4-1, but Lancaster ran out of gas.

Joey Maher fell to 1-2, allowing three runs on five hits in six innings. He struck out three and walked three. Todd Coffey nailed down the save in the ninth, despite allowing two hits.

Lyons and Wessinger had two hits apiece, while Vega swiped two bases.

ON THE MOUND GAME ONE: Daniel Herrera gets his third start of the season. The left-handed knuckleballer is winless so far through four appearances with the Ducks this year. His most recent outing, on August 25 against Southern Maryland, did not result in a decision. The Texan allowed five runs on six hits with four strikeouts and three walks in six innings. Herrera, in 11 starts for the Camden Riversharks in 2015, won seven games and tossed 100 innings. He faces the Barnstormers for the second time this season, having faced Lancaster on August 13 at Bethpage Ballpark. Herrera was hit hard, allowing five runs on five hits in three and two-thirds innings.

Connor Root, brought in from the Can-Am League, makes start number three for the Barnstormers. Acquired from Les Capitales de Quebec, Root has yet to last more than three innings in a start. His most recent, on June 21 at Bridgeport, resulted in two runs on four hits with two strikeouts and two walks in three and two-thirds innings. He took the loss in the 6-1 decision. Root hails from Nashua, N.H. and played collegiately at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass.

ON THE MOUND GAME TWO: Puerto Rican native Freddie Cabrera makes his first start for Long Island. Signed on August 23, the 6-foot-5 righty has pitched three innings over two appearances, allowing three runs on four hits. Cabrera has made 12 professional starts. The majority of those starts came during his 2013 campaign with Rancho Cucamonga when the 26-year-old made six starts. Cabrera was drafted in the 26th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He reached as high as Double-A Chattanooga in 2014.

Japanese right-hander Hitoshi Fujie makes his second start and 18th appearance. Fujie’s most recent outing was also his first start. Over three innings, the 30-year-old struck out four and allowed one run on two hits in a 10-2 loss to Bridgeport. He did not receive a decision. Fujie pitched professionally in Japan, tossing six seasons for Yokohama and one for Rakuten. He compiled a 12-14 record and a 4.17 ERA in 166 Japanese Major Leagues appearances.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can listen to both games live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Game two will be featured as the “Ducks Game of the Week” on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Streaming audio will be available online below. 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.

Ducks
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#21 Mike Blanke – 1B
#17 Matt Wessinger – 3B

#13 Daniel Herrera – LHP

Barnstormers
#15 Caleb Gindl – CF
#21 Trayvon Robinson – LF
#18 K.C. Hobson – 1B
#29 Josh Bell – 3B
#3 Mike Jacobs – DH
#12 Kevin Ahrens – 2B
#2 Blanke Gailen – RF
#54 Mike McDade – C
#1 Yusuke Kajimoto – SS

#22 Connor Root – RHP

UPDATE (6:26): TOP 2: Mike Dowd’s sacrifice fly and RBI drives in Lew Ford from third. Long Island 1, Lancaster 0.

UPDATE (6:49): TOP 3: A sacrifice fly and RBI by Delta Cleary Jr. and an RBI infield single from Lew Ford puts the Ducks up 3-0 on the Barnstormers.

UPDATE (7:08): BOT 4: K.C. Hobson’s line drive home run gets the Barnstormers on the board. LI still leads 3-1.

UPDATE (7:34): TOP 6: Mike Dowd drives in two more with a single to left field. Long Island leads Lancaster 5-1.

UPDATE (7:43): BOT 6: Mike Jacobs’ RBI single makes it 5-2, but the Ducks still have a three-run lead over the Barnstormers.

UPDATE (8:09): FINAL: The Ducks beat the Barnstormers 5-2 thanks to six terrific innings from Daniel Herrera & 3 RBIs from Mike Dowd.

GAME TWO

UPDATE (8:41): TOP 1: Hitoshi Fujie tosses a one-two-three inning and we are underway in game two between the Ducks and Barnstormers.

UPDATE (8:55): BOT 2: K.C. Hobson crushes a two-run home run to right field, giving the Barnstormers a 2-0 lead over the Ducks.

UPDATE (9:23): TOP 3: Carlos Hughes’ sacrifice fly to right brings in Matt Wessinger. The Ducks cut the deficit in half, trailing the Barnstormers 2-1.

UPDATE (10:04): END 5: Long Island trails Lancaster 2-1. The Ducks have Cleary Jr., Lew Ford, and Dan Lyons due up in the sixth inning.

UPDATE (10:11): TOP 6: Dan Lyons drives in the tying run on an RBI fielder’s choice. Long Island 2, Lancaster 2.

UPDATE (10:28): BOT 6: Lancaster scores two big runs, taking a 4-2 lead over the Ducks in a seven-inning game. Blanke, Wessinger, and Scura due up for LI.

UPDATE (10:42): FINAL: Lancaster steals game two of the doubleheader, winning 4-2 over the Ducks. It’s Nick Struck against Justin Jacson in game 4 tomorrow.

Game 119: Ducks at Barnstormers

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 7 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster, PA)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (22-26, 62-56) travel to Pennsylvania for a five-game in four-day series against the Lancaster Barnstormers (20-28, 55-63). The Barnstormers currently sit in last place in the Freedom Division, 10 games back of first-place Sugar Land. Lancaster has lost six of its last 10, but currently owns an 8-7 record against Long Island. The Ducks, against the Barnstormers, have been led offensively by Delta Cleary Jr. and Fehlandt Lentini. Cleary Jr. has posted a team-leading .382 batting average in 11 games, while Lentini has clobbered two home runs and driven in 12 runs.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: York’s early home runs provided enough cushion to escape Long Island 5-2 in the series finale Sunday.

Jared Mitchell’s two-run home run and Kevin Rivers’ solo blast against Ducks starter Bobby Blevins gave the Revolution a 3-0 lead in the first inning. In the second, Michael Burgess’ solo home run to left field made it 4-0.

Long Island closed the gap to three on Tyler Colvin’s sacrifice fly in the sixth, but York would extend the lead to four in the seventh. Travis Witherspoon scored from third base on a double play ball. Mike Blanke walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, bringing in the Ducks’ second and final run of the game.

Frank Gailey, who struck out eight over five and two-thirds innings, earned the victory. He allowed just one run on four hits and three walks. Blevins dropped to 2-9 with the loss, allowing four runs on six hits in six innings. The righty struck out six and walked two. Mike DeMark struck out one in a scoreless ninth, earning his 31st save.

Delta Cleary Jr. led Long Island with a pair of hits, while Fehlandt Lentini scored two runs.

ON THE MOUND: John Brownell looks to return to the dominant pitcher he was in July. The right-hander’s month of August has left him 0-3 with a 4.58 earned run average, which is much different than his prior month. In July, the veteran righty went 4-0 with a 2.45 ERA. Brownell’s most recent meeting with Lancaster, on August 12 at home, did not result in a decision. He allowed 10 hits and seven runs in six innings, striking out a season-low two and walking three. The Nebraska native’s past win came on July 27 against New Britain. He struck out seven over seven innings, allowing two runs on nine hits and one walk.

Joey Maher faces the Ducks for the second time this season. Maher tossed five and two-thirds innings of nine-hit ball on August 12 at Bethpage Ballpark. He did not get a decision, striking out five, walking four, and allowing four runs in a 10-7 Lancaster loss. His past outing, an August 24th start against Somerset, was his most effective and efficient. Maher allowed one run on five hits. In seven terrific innings, he struck out one and walked one, leading the Barnstormers to a 4-1 victory. The former New York Yankees draft selection made 19 appearances with Advanced-A Tampa earlier this season.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can listen to all of the action live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming audio will be available online below. 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
#27 Anthony Vega – CF
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – DH
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#21 Mike Blanke – C
#17 Matt Wessinger – 3B
#11 Chris Scura – LF

#7 John Brownell – RHP

Barnstormers
#15 Caleb Gindl – CF
#21 Trayvon Robinson – LF
#18 K.C. Hobson – 1B
#29 Josh Bell – 3B
#44 Sean Halton – RF
#3 Mike Jacobs – DH
#12 Kevin Ahrens – 2B
#7 Dean Wilson – SS
#10 Chase Patterson – C

#33 Joey Maher – RHP

UPDATE (7:27): TOP 2: Matt Wessinger’s RBI infield single brings in Tyler Colvin. Long Island with an early 1-0 lead over Lancaster.

UPDATE (8:18): END 4: John Brownell gets out of a first-and-second jam, keeping it 1-0 Ducks over the Barnstormers.

UPDATE 8:28): TOP 5: Vega clobbers a TOWERING blast to left field. His eighth homer of the season puts the Ducks in front of the Barnstormers 2-0.

UPDATE (9:04): TOP 7: Dan Lyons crushed a two-run double down the left field line. Long Island takes a 4-0 lead over Lancaster.

UPDATE (9:11): BOT 7: Kevin Ahrens’ solo home run gets the Barnstormers on the board, but the Ducks still lead 4-1.

UPDATE (9:50): FINAL: The Ducks take game one, beating the Barnstormers 4-1.  Todd Coffey grabs the save, while John Brownell grabs the win.

Game 118: Ducks vs. Revolution

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 5:05 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, NY)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (22-25, 62-55) battle the York Revolution (26-21, 66-51) in the rubber match of a three-game series. The Revs lead the series, winning eight of the 12 games against the Ducks this season. Tyler Colvin’s .375 batting average leads Long Island in the head-to-head series, while Fehlandt Lentini has swiped four bases and has hit .347. These two teams have seven more games to play before season’s end, playing three more at Bethpage Ballpark in September and four in York.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: The Ducks fell to the York Revolution, 13-0, in the middle game of the series, evening the set at one game apiece.

Michael Rockett’s three hits and three RBIs lead the Revs. He, along with Joel Guzman and Bryan Pounds, mashed home runs. Guzman compiled three hits and four runs batted in, while Josh Wilson tallied two hits, two RBIs, and two runs scored. Catcher Isaias Tejeda had two hits, an RBI, and a run.

Fehlandt Lentini and Tyler Colvin each tallied two hits. Lentini slammed two doubles.

York starter Micah Owings earned the victory, shutting out Long Island over six innings. He surrendered four hits and three walks, striking out 10. Mike Jackson Jr. suffered the loss, yielding eight runs on six hits and four walks. Over four innings, Jackson Jr. struck out three.

ON THE MOUND: Bobby Blevins looks to capitalize on his past outing, when the veteran right-hander beat Southern Maryland for his second win of the season. Over six and one-third innings, Blevins struck out five, allowing one run on six hits and a walk. At home, the New York native has put together quality starts in four of his past five, posting an ERA of 2.87. His only action against the Revolution this season came on June 30 when Blevins allowed two runs on six hits in three and two-third innings, striking out five.

Frank Gailey looks for his first victory in more than a month. Gailey has pitched well of late, however, putting together a stretch of three quality starts between August 6-16. In three combined starts, the Philadelphia native allowed three runs on 20.2 innings, fanning 21 batters along the way. York’s offense, in those three games, averaged just 2.67 runs per nine innings. The 30-year-old lefty struck out seven over five innings against Sugar Land in his past start, on August 23, allowing five runs on four hits, but did not factor in the decision, in an 8-7 York victory.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can watch all of the action live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will be available online below. 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.

Ducks
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – DH
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#21 Mike Blanke – C
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#17 Matt Wessinger – 3B
#11 Chris Scura – RF
#47 Carlos Hughes – SS

#18 Bobby Blevins – RHP

Revolution
#1 Travis Witherspoon – CF
#10 Jared Mitchell – RF
#28 Joel Guzman – 3B
#15 Kevin Rivers – LF
#16 Isaias Tejeda – 1B
#2 Michael Rockett – 2B
#9 Keith Castillo – C
#21 Michael Burgess – DH
#4 Josh Wilson – SS

#29 Frank Gailey – LHP

UPDATE (5:20): TOP 1: The York Revolution hit two home runs, a two-run shot from Jared Mitchell and a solo home run from Kevin Rivers, taking a 3-0 lead.

UPDATE (5:37): TOP 2: York’s Michael Burgess hits a solo homer to left, pushing the Revolution’s lead to 4-0.

UPDATE (6:21): END 4: The Ducks still trail 4-0 heading to the fifth. Bobby Blevins with four strikeouts for Long Island.

UPDATE (7:00): BOT 6: Tyler Colvin’s sacrifice fly and RBI pulls Long Island to within three. York 4, Long Island 1.

UPDATE (7:11): TOP 7: The Revs grab a run on a double play. Travis Witherspoon scores from third, giving York a 5-1 lead over the Ducks.

UPDATE (7:33): BOT 7: Mike Blanke walks with the bases loaded, bringing in Fehlandt Lentini from third. The Ducks cut the deficit to 5-2.

Game 117: Ducks vs. Revolution

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, NY)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (22-24, 62-54) look to take game two of a three-game series with the York Revolution (25-21, 65-51). The Ducks have now taken three of the past four games from the Revolution, despite losing six of the first seven games. Saturday marks the 12th meeting of the season between the two teams who have already clinched a spot in the 2016 Atlantic League Playoffs.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: A pair of home runs, and a sensational seven innings from Nick Struck, boosted the Ducks over the Revolution 3-0 in game one of a three-game set.

Ruben Gotay clobbered a solo home run over the right-field fence in the bottom of the second inning against York’s Tony Pena. Mike Blanke extended the lead to 3-0 in the fifth, when the Ducks’ third baseman cranked a two-run home run to left field.

That was all Long Island starter Nick Struck would need. The right-hander earned the victory with seven shutout innings, striking out four. He allowed three hits and three walks. Pena suffered the loss, surrendering three runs on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts over seven innings. Todd Coffey earned his 22nd save with a scoreless ninth.

ON THE MOUND: Mike Jackson Jr. takes the baseball for the third time in a Ducks uniform. The former Sonoma Stomper, who was acquired via trade, is 0-2 with an 8.73 earned run average following losses to New Britain and Sugar Land. Jackson Jr. went 8-2 in the Pacific Association, striking out 61 in 76 innings. His most recent outing, against the Skeeters on August 21, resulted in nine runs allowed on 12 hits. In five and one-third innings, the Pittsburgh native struck out five and walked one.

Micah Owings, a former third round draft selection by Arizona in 2005, faces Long Island for the second time. Owings has won two of his past three starts, toppling Lancaster and New Britain. He did not factor into the decision on June 20 against the Flock, despite striking out six over five innings, allowing two runs on five hits. The Georgia native pitched with the Diamondbacks in 2011, going 8-0 with a 3.57 ERA en route to Arizona’s NL West Championship.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can listen to all of the action live on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM, LI News Radio. Streaming video and audio will be available online by CLICKING HERE. 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.

Ducks
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#21 Mike Blanke – C
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#17 Matt Wessinger – 3B
#47 Carlos Hughes – SS

#30 Mike Jackson Jr. – RHP

Revolution
#1 Travis Witherspoon – CF
#10 Jared Mitchell – RF
#28 Joel Guzman – DH
#15 Kevin Rivers – 1B
#16 Isaias Tejeda – C
#7 Andres Perez – 2B
#2 Michael Rockett – LF
#14 Bryan Pounds 3B
#4 Josh Wilson – SS

#37 Micah Owings – RHP

UPDATE (7:23): TOP 2: The York Revolution plate three in the inning, highlighted by Josh Wilson’s two-run single.

UPDATE (8:02): TOP 4: Bryan Pounds hits a two-run home run to left field, giving the York Revolution a 5-0 lead over the Ducks.

UPDATE (8:29): TOP 5: Joel Guzman’s two-run home run highlights a four-run inning for York. The Ducks trail 9-0.

UPDATE (9:15): TOP 7: Michael Rockett’s two-run home run put York in front of Long Island 11-0.

UPDATE (10:10): FINAL: The Ducks drop the middle game of a three-game series, losing 13-0 to the Revolution.

Game 116: Ducks vs. Revolution

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, NY)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The York Revolution (25-20, 65-50) of the Freedom Division returns to Bethpage Ballpark to open up a three-game series with the Long Island Ducks (21-24, 61-54). The Ducks have dropped seven of the 10 meetings so far with 10 more games to play against the Revs. The last head-to-head meeting, a series on Long Island in late June, resulted in the Ducks taking two of three games. Fehlandt Lentini and Tyler Colvin have combined for a .365 batting average against York this season, while Cody Puckett has driven in a team-high seven runs.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: Despite fighting back from a four-run deficit, the Ducks dropped the series finale to the Blue Crabs, losing 7-6.

Down 5-1 in the bottom of the second, the Ducks mounted a comeback. Mike Blanke’s two-run home run to left field, his ninth of the season, pulled Long Island within two runs. Fehlandt Lentini made it 5-4 with an RBI single which scored Anthony Vega. Three innings later, in the fifth, Mike Dowd tied the ballgame at five with an RBI single.

However, Southern Maryland grabbed two decisive runs in the seventh. Michael Snyder and Jamar Walton each drove in runs with run-scoring singles, giving the Blue Crabs a 7-5 lead. Long Island cut the deficit to one in the bottom of the inning on Delta Cleary Jr.’s sacrifice fly, but could not muster the full comeback.

Ducks starter Daniel Herrera did not factor into the decision, but lasted six innings, surrendering five runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Gaby Hernandez was the winning pitcher, allowing six runs (five earned on nine hits and a walk. He struck out four in six innings. Reliever Patrick Crider took the loss, yielding two runs on three hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. Blue Crabs closer Cody Eppley collected his 25th save in the ninth, tossing a scoreless frame.

Lentini, Blanke, and Tyler Colvin each collected two hits, while Vega scored two runs.

ON THE MOUND: Nick Struck makes his fifth start and fourth consecutive for the Ducks. The right-hander, who has transitioned from reliever to starter, is 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA as a starting pitcher. The Oregon native tossed five and one-third innings against Sugar Land on August 20, striking out four and walking one. The righty did not get a decision, despite allowing just two runs on four hits in the Ducks’ 5-4 victory. On August 14 against Lancaster, Struck fanned a season-high seven batters, allowing two earned runs on seven hits in five and two-thirds innings. Long Island bats did not support Struck, who exited the ballgame trailing 3-0 in an eventual 12-0 loss to the Barnstormers.

Former big leaguer Tony Pena enters tonight’s game having won two of his past three starts. With a myriad of runs behind him, Pena tossed six innings of six-hit ball, allowing two runs with two strikeouts in his past outing. He improved to 7-7 in the 12-3 victory over Lancaster on August 19. Pena is coming off of a tough stretch of seven consecutive losses. From June 12-August 4, Pena lost seven of his 10 starts, receiving just 2.9 runs from his offense. Pena’s earned run average sat at 7.06 during the stretch. Against the Ducks, the Dominican is 1-1, allowing six runs on 15 hits in 14 innings with 12 strikeouts.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can listen to all of the action live on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM, LI News Radio. Streaming video and audio will be available below. 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.

Ducks
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#21 Mike Blanke – 3B
#17 Matt Wessinger – SS

#24 Nick Struck – RHP

Revolution
#1 Travis Witherspoon – CF
#10 Jared Mitchell – RF
#16 Isaias Tejeda – C
#15 Kevin Rivers – LF
#28 Joel Guzman – 1B
#2 Michael Rockett – 2B
#21 Michael Burgess – DH
#14 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#13 Brandon Chaves – SS

#45 Tony Pena – RHP

UPDATE (7:08): BOT 2: Ruben Gotay clobbers one to right! His solo homer gives the Ducks a 1-0 lead over the York Revolution.

UPDATE (7:52): BOT 5: Mike Blanke hits a MOON SHOT to left field. It’s a two-run bomb, giving Long Island a 3-0 lead over York.

UPDATE (8:25): END 7: The Ducks lead the Revolution 3-0. Nick Struck: 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 4 K, 3 BB.

UPDATE (8:55): FINAL: Todd Coffey gets the save and the Ducks win! Long Island tops the York Revolution 3-0 in the series opener.

 

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