Game 58: Ducks at Revolution

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After two timely days off, the Long Island Ducks return to action tonight against the York Revolution at Santander Stadium. Tonight’s game marks the beginning of the stretch run which ends the first half of the season. Entering tonight, the Ducks are 33-24 overall, and five games behind the Somerset Patriots for first place in the Liberty Division. Though the hill to climb might seem steep, there are still 12 games left for the Flock in the first half to leave their mark. This is a Ducks team that has not lost a series since June 2. That includes Long Island taking three-of-four from the Sugar Land Skeeters at Bethpage Ballpark over the weekend.

Long Island took the first three games of the series over the Skeeters thanks in large part to strong starting pitching. In game one of Saturday’s doubleheader, Rob Whitenack held Sugar Land to just one unearned run in six innings of work en route to a 3-1 Ducks victory. Not to be outdone, Jared Lansford tossed his first complete game of the season in game two Saturday, yielding one run on five hits with eight strikeouts over the full nine innings. John Brownell followed Lansford’s complete game with an equally impressive performance Sunday, holding the Skeeters to two runs on six hits, two walks and eight strikeouts for a 3-2 victory.

Sugar Land won the final game of the series 12-5 thanks in large part to the longball. The Skeeters lifted four home runs off Ducks starter Bobby Blevins, and later added a six-run seventh inning to chase Blevins and stay in front of Long Island.

CLICK HERE to view the recap, listen to the audio highlights and watch postgame comments from Kevin Baez and Bobby Blevins.

Tonight, the Ducks take on a York Revolution team that is in the thick of a playoff push with Pennsylvania-rival Lancaster. After the Barnstormers 7-0 victory over Southern Maryland earlier today, the Revolution are now a half-game back of Lancaster for first place in the Freedom Division.

Shaun Garceau toes the rubber for the Ducks tonight against York righty Jorge Martinez. Since struggling early in the season, Garceau has been one of the best pitchers in the Atlantic League. The righty enters a league-best 7-1 with a 4.41 ERA, including wins in his last four starts, and seven of his last eight. His counterpart tonight, Martinez, is 3-1 this year with a 3.45 ERA. Martinez made his first start of the year against the Ducks on May 3, a game in which he allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Revolution: Tonight marks the fifth meeting of the season between the Ducks and Revolution, and first of 10 games between them in York. The series is currently tied at two. Long Island and York have played 139 games against each other all-time, with the Ducks holding a 72-67 advantage in the series. However, the Revolution have a 39-28 lead at Santander Stadium.

Triple Crown Threat: Lew Ford is currently leading the Atlantic League in all three Triple Crown categories. The outfielder and hitting coach has a .373 batting average, which is 37 points higher than Lancaster’s Cole Garner (.336). His 11 home runs are tied with Lancaster’s Cole Garner for the league lead, and his 50 RBI are six better than Garner’s 44. Ford is also leading the league in hits (81), runs (47) and total bases (128) and has reached base safely in 22 of his last 24 games.

Lentini Loves to Hit: With two hits Monday, Fehlandt Lentini extended his hitting streak to 19 consecutive games. That’s the longest hitting streak by a Duck this season. During the streak, Lentini is batting .375 (30-for-80) with six doubles, one homer, 10 RBI and 13 runs. Lentini also currently leads the Atlantic League in doubles (18), stolen bases (24) and at-bats (241), is second in hits (78) and ranks third in runs (42) and batting average (.324).

Hit Parade: With two hits apiece on Monday, Cody Puckett and Fehlandt Lentini both recoreded their 21st multi-hit game of the year, while Randy Ruiz added his ninth multi-hit game. Ruiz now has seven two-hit games this year, while Puckett and Lentini now both have 14 two-hit games. Ruiz also finished with two RBI earning his fifth multi-RBI game of 2014

The Great Garceau: Shaun Garceau has been brilliant for the Ducks of late. He has won each of his last four starts and all seven of his wins have come in the last eight starts. During his four-game win streak, Garceau has compiled a 2.17 ERA, allowing just seven runs on 23 hits and nine walks while striking out 26 in 29 innings. Over his last eight starts, the second-year Duck Has a 2.14 ERA, yielding 14 runs in 59 innings. Garceau is tied for the league lead in wins and ranks third with 57 strikeouts.

On the Air: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on the Ducks official YouTube channel. Live streaming video and audio will be available by CLICKING HERE. Marc Schwartz will call the play-by-play.

Finally, here are tonight’s lineups:

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#2   Cody Puckett – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#50 Randy Ruiz – DH
#25 Brendan Harris – 3B
#13 Adam Bailey – LF
#22 Joash Brodin – 1B
#27 Keith Castillo – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#28 Shaun Garceau – RHP

Revolution
#7   Justin Greene – RF
#21 Wilson Valdez – SS
#4    Eric Patterson – 2B
#2    Chad Tracy – 1B
#14  Johan Limonta – DH
#11  Ofilio Castro – 3B
#20 Jason Repko – LF
#15  Alberto Espinosa – C
#12  Sean Smith – CF

#33 Jorge Martinez – RHP

Stay tuned here for updates throughout the game as the Ducks look to start off the series against the Revolution with a victory!

UPDATE (6:40): We are live from Santander Stadium in York! Apologies for technical difficulties with YouTube. New broadcast link is HERE

UPDATE (6:55): A RBI double from Wilson Valdez and a RBI groundout from Chad Tracy has give York a 2-0 lead in the first.

UPDATE (7:04): Brendan Harris responds with a solo home run, his second of the year, in the top of the second to make it a 2-1 ballgame!

UPDATE (7:45): York still leads the Ducks 2-1 as we move to the top of the fifth inning at Santander Stadium.

UPDATE (8:17): Randy Ruiz with a RBI single in the top of the sixth to chase York starter Jorge Martinez and tie up the ballgame at two!

UPDATE (8:26): DUCKS GRAB THE LEAD!! Joash Brodin with a two-out, two-run double off reliever Ian Durham to give Long Island a 4-2 lead!!

UPDATE (8:30): And with that, we have entered a rain delay at Santander Stadium. Ducks lead 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth. Stay tuned for further details.

UPDATE (8:41): The tarp has now come off the field in York, and we are looking to resume play shortly! Ducks lead 4-2, moving to the bottom of the sixth!

UPDATE (8:57): We are back underway at York! Ducks lead 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth!

UPDATE (9:07): York with a run on a pinch-hit RBI single from Travis Garcia to chase Garceau & trim the Ducks lead to one. Brett Lorin on to hold the lead

UPDATE (9:58): Jeremy Accardo works in and out of danger in the eighth to keep the Ducks on top 4-3, heading to the top of the ninth inning!

UPDATE (10:07): To the bottom of the ninth we go, with the Ducks leading the Revs 4-3. Jon Meloan looking for his eighth save of the year!

UPDATE (10:23): BALLGAME!!! Meloan closes the door and the Ducks defeat the York Revolution 4-3! Garceau earns his league-leading 8th win of the year!

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