Games 7/8: Ducks vs. Revolution Doubleheader

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Before we get into today’s twinbill at the Duck Pond between the Ducks and Revolution, lets first reflect back on a memorable pre-game celebration at Bethpage Ballpark Friday night. The Ducks held their championship ring and banner raising ceremony to honor the 2013 Atlantic League championship, and the fans in attendance truly enjoyed one final celebration of last year’s amazing run. From the training staff to the coaches to 13 players back with the Ducks this year and three more that came special for the ceremony, it was an emotional celebration for everyone.

Ray Navarrete, the longest tenured Duck in franchise history, received the biggest roar when he was announced as the last person to receive their ring on the field. It was a great opportunity for him to take the field again despite retiring from the game after last season and a final chance for fans to salute him for the work he did on the field for eight years. Here’s a picture of Navarrete with both of his championship rings:

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In addition, John Brownell received a nice ovation when he received his Championship Series Most Valuable Player award on the field during the ceremony. Brownell, like Navarrete, now has two championships with the Ducks, but he is the only pitcher in franchise history to be named MVP of the Championship Series. It was a special moment for the right-hander before he took the mound to start the game.

Another truly emotional moment was when the Ducks remembered the late Diane Barbeisch, a long-time season ticket holder who had been coming to the Duck Pond since the inaugural 2000 season. She sadly passed away after a brave battle with cancer this past fall, and the Ducks made sure to keep her memory everlasting at the ballpark. The team held a moment of silence before the National Anthem, and her seat, Section 109, Row C, Seat 1, has been painted orange and now displays a memorial plaque on it remembering Diane. Here’s a picture of the seat:

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CLICK HERE to read a post we made about Diane after her passing.

Following the festivities, the Ducks looked to make it four wins in a row when they took on the York Revolution. Unfortunately, Long Island’s bats were silenced by Alain Quijano and the Revs bullpen in a 6-1 defeat. Brownell started and made just one bad pitch, a two-run homer by Travis Garcia in the second. He would allow two more in the third inning on a wild pitch and sac fly, but ultimately limited the damage and struck out five. CLICK HERE for a full recap with audio highlights and postgame interviews.

Here are some of the Ducks key stat lines from last night:

Adam Bailey: 2-3, HR, RBI, R, first two hits of 2014
Joash Brodin: 1-4
John Brownell: L, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 101 pitches, 67 strikes

Today, the Ducks and Revolution play two in a day/night doubleheader with games at 1:05 and 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Shaun Garceau will try to rebound from a rough first start of the season in game one. The second-year Duck gave up nine runs in two and one-third innings at Somerset on April 26. He’ll opposed righty Jorge Martinez who also was roughed up his first time out, yielding two runs in one and one-third innings of relief on April 26 against Camden.

Bobby Blevins will look to improve to 2-0 on the young season when he starts game two for Long Island. The righty tossed six innings of three-run ball (two earned) and allowed just one hit in the Ducks’ first win of the year last Sunday at Somerset. Revolution veteran Corey Thurman, entering his seventh season with York, will oppose Blevins. The right-hander gave up three runs in four and one-third innings against Camden on Sunday and took a no-decision in an eventual 5-3 York win.

Here are some key notes for today’s twinbill:

Ducks vs. Revolution: Today marks the second meeting of the season between the Ducks and Revolution and the second of 10 meetings between the two at Bethpage Ballpark in 2014. Long Island and York have played 136 games against each other all-time, with the Ducks holding a 70-66 advantage in the series and a 42-27 lead in Central Islip.

Bailey’s Blast: Adam Bailey’s solo home run in the fifth inning was his first of the 2014 season. Last season, the outfielder finished second on the Ducks with 15 home runs, trailing only Bill Hall (16). Long Island has now gone deep in three consecutive games after not hitting a homer in their first three games of the season.

Oh What a Relief They Are: Despite allowing two runs in three innings on Friday, the Ducks bullpen has been outstanding over the first six games of the season. Long Island relievers have combined to allow just three runs over 25.1 innings, good for a 1.07 ERA. In that span, the relievers have also allowed just 20 hits and 10 walks while striking out 19. As for the starters, they have combined to walk just four batters while striking out 26 over 29 and one-third innings thus far.

Doubleheader Notes: Today is Long Island’s second doubleheader of the season and the first of four scheduled day/night twinbills. Long Island faced Southern Maryland in a  single admission doubleheader on Thursday (two seven inning games) and won both contests by scores of 11-1 and 3-1. The Ducks were 6-6 in doubleheaders a year ago, including a 6-4 mark at Bethpage Ballpark. Long Island and York did not play a doubleheader in 2013, and today is their first twinbill against each other since August 21, 2012 when York won both seven inning games.

Countdown to 6 Million: This season, the Ducks will welcome their 6 millionth fan through the gates at Bethpage Ballpark, doing so faster than any other pro sports franchise with the ballpark the size of the Duck Pond (capacity 6,002). Friday’s crowd of 5,509 increased Long Island’s all-time attendance at Bethpage Ballpark to 5,946,627, an Atlantic League record. That leaves the Ducks just 53,373 fans shy of reaching the magical 6 million fan mark.

On the Air: Game one of today’s doubleheader will be broadcast on the Ducks official YouTube channel. Live streaming video will be available beginning at 12:50 by CLICKING HERE. Michael Polak and David Weiss will call the action. Game two of the twinbill can be heard on Long Island’s home for news, traffic and weather, 103.9-FM LI News Radio beginning at 6:50. YouTube will also have a live video stream of the game, which can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.

Here are the starting lineups for game one:

Ducks
# 24 Fehlandt Lentini – CF
#15 Jon Myers – 3B
#22 Joash Brodin – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#13 Adam Bailey – LF
#33 Ryan Strieby – 1B
#2   Cody Puckett – 2B
#27 Keith Castillo – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#28 Shaun Garceau – RHP

Revolution
#12 Sean Smith – CF
#26 Tim Torres – 2B
#4   Eric Patterson – DH
#14 Johan Limonta – 1B
#1   Steve Bumbry – LF
#11 Ofilio Castro – 3B
#9   Brandon Chaves – SS
#15 Alberto Espinosa – C
#7   Ruddy Yan – RF

#33 Jorge Martinez – RHP

Stay tuned for updates throughout both games of the doubleheader by refreshing this page.

UPDATE (1:18): A lead-off double by Sean Smith, followed by a RBI double from Eric Patterson and a RBI triple from Steve Bumbry off Ducks starter Shaun Garceau give York an early 2-0 lead in the first.

UPDATE (1:36): Ducks answer back! After a catchers interference extends the inning, Bailey drives home two with a double to left-center! 2-2 at the end of the first.

UPDATE (1:41): Ducks starter Shaun Garceau bounces back nicely in the second with a 1-2-3 inning.

UPDATE (2:01): Three more runs come across on four straight hits to give the Ducks a 5-2 lead after two! Dan Lyons with an RBI base hit, followed by a two-run double from Fehlandt Lentini gets the Ducks out in front!

UPDATE (2:12): An RBI triple from Eric Patterson and an RBI ground-out from Johan Limonta brings York back within one through the road third. 5-4 Ducks.

UPDATE (2:32): Garceau escapes a bases loaded jam unscathed to keep the Ducks on top 5-4, heading to the bottom of the fourth.

UPDATE (3:05): Revolution put up four unearned runs against reliever Steve Garrison in the fifth to take an 8-5 lead.

UPDATE (3:17): Eric Niesen strikes out the side in the sixth. York still leads 8-5, heading to the bottom of the sixth inning.

UPDATE (4:04): Jeremy Accardo, the seventh Ducks pitcher used in game one, comes on for the ninth inning. York still leads 8-5.

UPDATE (4:16): We are not done yet, folks! Keith Castillo with a two-run shot, his second homer of the season, to cut the deficit to one! Still no outs in the ninth inning.

UPDATE (4:27): Jon Myers singles with two outs, but the comeback falls short. York wins game one of the doubleheader 8-7. Game two at 7:05, gates at 6:05.

Here are the starting lineups for game one:

Ducks
# 24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Chris McClendon – 3B
#22 Joash Brodin – 1B
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#13 Adam Bailey – LF
#33 Ryan Strieby – DH
#2   Cody Puckett – 2B
#23 Brian Peacock – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#18 Shaun Garceau – RHP

Revolution
#12 Sean Smith – CF
#21 Wilson Valdez – SS
#4   Eric Patterson – RF
#2 Chad Tracy – 1B
#17 Travis Garcia – 3B
#1 Steve Bumbry – LF
#11 Ofilio Castro – 2B
#34 Salvador Paniagua – C
#26 Tim Torress – DH

#35 Corey Thurman – RHP

UPDATE (7:40): Through two innings in game two of today’s doubleheader, we remain scoreless at the Duck Pond.

UPDATE (8:10): York grabs the early lead in the fourth on an RBI double from Chad Tracy and RBI ground-out from Steve Brumby. 2-0 Revolution.

UPDATE (8:43): The Ducks grab the lead with three runs on four hits in the fifth. 3-2 Long Island after five innings. Dan Lyons with an RBI double and Fehlandt Lentini with a two-run single to provide the offense in the fifth for the Flock!

UPDATE (8:52): Ducks starter Bobby Blevins strikes out two in the sixth inning, setting a new season high w/ seven strikeouts on the night! Ducks lead 3-2!

UPDATE (9:18): Blevins exits after seven innings with a 3-2 lead. His line: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 92 pitches, 53 strikes.

UPDATE (9:30): York ties the game with a solo home run from Sean Smith, his first of the year. 3-3, now in the bottom of the eighth.

UPDATE (9:44): Cody Puckett with an RBI base hit, his second hit of the game, and the Ducks take a 4-3 lead in the last of the eighth!

UPDATE (9:54): Leo Rosales strikes out the side and the Ducks win it 4-3!! They earn a split of the doubleheader and improve to 4-4 on the season!

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