Game 9: Ducks vs. Revolution
The final game of a four-game series between the Ducks and the Revolution will take place this afternoon at Bethpage Ballpark, with first pitch slated for 1:35 p.m. The Ducks, who are 4-4 on the season and sit two games behind the Somerset Patriots in the Liberty Division standings, are looking to earn a split of the series. The Revolution, who come in at 6-3 and lead the Freedom Division by a half-game over the Lancaster Barnstormers, will be going for a series victory.
Yesterday featured a split of the day/night doubleheader at the Duck Pond. Despite Shaun Garceau allowing four runs in four innings, the Ducks still carried a 5-4 lead into the fifth inning. However, one aspect of Long Island’s game that had been great to start the year, the defense, struggled in the fifth inning. Errors by Cody Puckett and Ryan Strieby aided York in scoring four runs, all unearned against Steve Garrison, and put the Revs up 8-5. Keith Castillo’s two-run homer in the ninth nearly brought the Flock back, but the Ducks stranded the tying run on first in an 8-7 defeat.
Bobby Blevins took the spotlight for the majority of game two. The Ducks starter was outstanding for seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out eight, the most he’s ever had in a Ducks uniform. Dan Lyons (RBI double) and Fehlandt Lentini (two-run single) erased a 2-0 Revolution lead in the fifth inning, but Blevins would be denied a win in the eighth. Jeremy Accardo’s first run allowed of the year was a solo homer to Sean Smith that tied the game at three. However, Puckett lifted the Flock back in front in the bottom of the inning with another clutch two-out single that scored Lew Ford. Leo Rosales closed the door in the ninth, and the Ducks earned a 4-3 victory.
Here are some of the key contributors from yesterday’s doubleheader:
Cody Puckett: 4-7, RBI, 3 R, BB
Fehlandt Lentini: 3-8, 2B, 4 RBI, BB, SB
Dan Lyons: 3-6, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, Sac Bunt
Bobby Blevins: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 92 pitches, 63 strikes
Ducks Bullpen: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 12 K
In Sunday’s finale, the Ducks will be using reliever Casey Barnes as the starter. Due to two doubleheaders in the past three days, the Ducks want to avoid throwing starters on short rest. Therefore, he and Fernando Hernandez are slated to combine for the bulk of today’s innings. He has made three appearances this year, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out four in 4.1 innings. He’ll be opposed by Revolution veteran Chris Cody, who led the Atlantic League in strikeouts a year ago with 139. Cody earned a no-decision his first time out on April 24 against Camden. The southpaw lasted three innings, surrendering a run on four hits and a walk while striking out three.
Here are some notes for today’s game:
Ducks vs. Revolution: Today marks the fourth meeting of the season between the Ducks and Revolution and the fourth of 10 meetings between the two at Bethpage Ballpark in 2014. The Revs lead the season series two games to one. Long Island and York have played 138 games against each other all-time, with the Ducks holding a 71-67 advantage in the series and a 43-28 lead in Central Islip.
Castillo Crushes One: Keith Castillo’s two-run home run in game one on Saturday was his second home run of the year which leads the team. The catcher also hit a two-run homer in game two of a doubleheader in Southern Maryland this past Thursday. Castillo has already launched more homers this season than in his last two years combined when he hit one in 58 games. The longball also gave the Ducks homers in four consecutive games after they hadn’t gone deep in their first three.
Oh What a Relief They Are: The Ducks bullpen pitched a total of seven innings in Saturday’s doubleheader and allowed only one earned run. Long Island relievers have now given up just four earned runs over 32.1 innings this year, good for a 1.11 ERA. In that span, the relievers have also allowed 25 hits and 13 walks while striking out 31. As for the starters, they’ve walked just six batters while striking out 39 in 40.1 innings thus far.
Strikeout Artists: Ducks pitchers set a season-high with 13 strikeouts in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader. Their previous high was 10, done on Friday night against the Revolution. Between the two games, the Ducks pitching staff combined to strike out 25 batters. Bobby Blevins earned eight strikeouts in game two to set a new season-high for a Ducks pitcher, exceeding the previous mark of six. It was also the most punchouts for Blevins in a single game while wearing a Ducks uniform. Long Island’s pitching staff has now struck out an Atlantic League leading 70 batters in 72 and two-thirds innings this season.
Countdown to 6 Million: The combined attendance of 9,645 at Bethpage Ballpark during Saturday’s doubleheader increased the Ducks all-time attendance to 5,956,272, an Atlantic League record. Long Island is now just 43,728 fans away from reaching the magical 6 million fan mark. Upon doing so, the Ducks will have achieved the milestone faster than any other professional sports team with a ballpark the size of Bethpage Ballpark (capacity, 6,002).
On the Air: Today’s game will be broadcast live with streaming video on the Ducks official YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE. It can also be heard on the radio at 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Marc Schwartz will call the action.
Here are today’s starting lineups:
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – LF
#15 Jon Myers – 3B
#22 Joash Brodin – 1B
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#33 Ryan Strieby – DH
#13 Adam Bailey – RF
#2 Cody Puckett – 2B
#27 Keith Castillo – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#6 Casey Barnes – RHP
#12 Sean Smith – CF
#21 Wilson Valdez – SS
#4 Eric Patterson – RF
#2 Chad Tracy – 1B
#14 Johan Limonta – DH
#11 Ofilio Castro – 3B
#1 Steve Bumbry – LF
#34 Salvador Paniagua – C
#26 Brandon Chaves – 2B
#29 Chris Cody – LHP
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UPDATE (1:40): We are underway at Bethpage Ballpark! Casey Barnes on the mound for the Flock.
UPDATE (1:56): Barnes struck out the side in the first but the Revs compiled four singles and a walk in between for two runs.
UPDATE (2:07): The Ducks answer back with a run on Lew Ford’s RBI infield single! He’s now tied with Fehalndt Lentini for the team-lead with seven RBI.
UPDATE (2:32): The Revolution strike for two more in the third on a RBI triple by Chad Tracy and a RBI groundout from Johan Limonta. Now a 4-1 game.
UPDATE (2:48): More two-out thunder from the Flock! Lentini scores on a passed ball, and Adam Bailey follows with a three-run homer to right! Ducks take a 5-4 lead after three.
UPDATE (2:56): Fernando Hernandez replaces Barnes in the fourth. Final line for Barnes: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 69 pitches, 40 strikes.
UPDATE (3:18): York pulls even at five in the fifth on a two-out throwing error by Jon Myers.
UPDATE (3:34): Ford puts the Ducks back in front with a RBI double, and Ryan Strieby follows with a two-run blast to right! 8-5 Ducks after five innings. Josh Lansford comes in to pitch the sixth.
UPDATE (3:47): Both sides retired in order in the sixth. Eric Niesen now in to pitch the seventh with the Ducks up 8-5.
UPDATE (4:03): After Niesen allowed two hits, Brett Lorin allows a two-out, two-run single by Salvador Paniagua in the seventh. Ducks lead has shrunk to 8-7 as we hit the seventh inning stretch.
UPDATE (4:24): Ducks in front 8-7 as we head to the ninth. Leo Rosales will try and earn his fourth save of the year.
UPDATE (4:31): Rosales works a scoreless ninth, and the Ducks win it 8-7 to earn a split of the series! Recap upcoming on LIDucks.com!