Game 59: Ducks at Revolution

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It has been a first half to remember for the Long Island Ducks. The Flock have celebrated last year’s title run, welcomed in the six millionth fan to Bethpage Ballpark and enjoyed not only the 600th home win but also the 1,000th regular season win in franchise history. Though last night’s 4-3 victory over the York Revolution just counts as one win, it continued what has been an impressive first half for Long Island. The Ducks are now 34-24 (second-best record in the Atlantic League) and four games back of the Somerset Patriots for first place in the Liberty Division with a dozen games left in the half. Seems like a tall task, yes, but with all of the theatrics that have already taken place, why not?

Long Island’s 4-3 win last night was the first step in making its playoff push. It did not come easy, as the Ducks fell behind early on a Wilson Valdez RBI double and a Chad Tracy RBI groundout in the bottom of the first inning. Brendan Harris responded in the next frame with a solo home run before the Flock eventually took the lead in the sixth inning. A RBI double from Randy Ruiz and a two-out, two-run double from Joash Brodin put the Ducks in front for good, helping match Long Island’s best record of the year.

Shaun Garceau earned his league-leading eighth win of the year, thanks in large part not only to the timely Ducks hitting in the sixth inning, but also clutch relief pitching. The Revolution put the tying run on base and brought the go-ahead run to the plate in each of the final four innings of the game, but each time failed to capitalize. Brett Lorin, Eric Niesen, Jeremy Accardo and Jon Meloan combined to hold York off the scoreboard for the final three and one-thirds inning to preserve the lead. In addition, Meloan is now eight-for-eight in save opportunities on the year, while as a team the Ducks are 17-for-17.

CLICK HERE to view the recap and listen to the audio highlights from the win.

Tonight, Jared Lansford makes his return to the mound for Long Island against York southpaw Alain Quijano. In his last start, Lansford tossed his first complete game since 2006 as a member of the Kane County Cougars (A, Athletics). The righty allowed just one run on five hits with eight strikeouts over the complete nine innings, while also retiring 20 straight batters at one point. Overall, Lansford enters tonight’s game 3-3 on the year with a 3.52 earned run average.

Quijano makes his 13th start of the season for the Revolution tonight. Quijano has been strong as of late, allowing no more than three runs in each of his last four starts. This year, Quijano is 54 with a 3.72 ERA with 46 strikeouts to 18 walks in 80 innings of work. He earned his first win of the year in the Ducks home opener on May 2, allowing one run on two hits and one walk over six innings.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Revolution: Tonight marks the sixth meeting of the season between the Ducks and Revolution, and second of 10 games between them in York. The Ducks currently lead the season series 3-2. Long Island and York have played 140 games against each other all-time, with the Ducks holding a 73-67 advantage in the series. However, the Revolution have a 39-29 lead at Santander Stadium.

Triple Crown Threat: Lew Ford is among the Atlantic League leaders in all three Triple Crown categories. The outfielder and hitting coach has a .365 batting average, which is 25 points higher than Lancaster’s Cole Garner (.340). His 11 home runs are one behind Garner’s 12 for the league lead, and his 50 RBI are five better than Garner’s 45. Ford is also leading the league in hits (81), runs (47) and total bases (128) and on-base percentage (.440).

Lentini Loves to Hit: With three hits Thursday, Fehlandt Lentini extended his hitting streak to 20 consecutive games. That’s the longest hitting streak in the Atlantic League this season and just five shy of the franchise record for longest hitting streak (Mel Stocker, 25 games, May 17-June 19, 2006). During the streak, Lentini is batting .388 (33-for-85) with six doubles, one homer, 10 RBI and 14 runs. Lentini also currently leads the Atlantic League in doubles (18) and at-bats (246), is tied with Lew Ford for the league-lead in hits (81), ranks second in stolen bases (24) and third in both runs (43) and batting average (.329).

Road Warriors: The Ducks earned their Atlantic League-best 19th road win on Thursday night. Long Island’s road record of 19-12 is tops in the league, a full game and a half better than the Somerset Patriots (17-11). The Ducks have compiled a .268 road batting average, which lead the Atlantic League, and a 3.82 road ERA, which ranks third behind York (3.31) and Sugar Land (3.54).

The Great Garceau: Shaun Garceau continued his stellar starting pitching by earning his Atlantic League leading eighth win on Thursday. He has won each of his last five starts and all eight of his wins have come in his last nine starts. During his five-game win streak, Garceau has compiled a 2.60 ERA, allowing just 10 runs on 29 hits and 13 walks while striking out 29 in 34.2 innings. Over his last nine starts, he has a 2.37 ERA, yielding 17 runs in 64.2 innings. Garceau ranks second with 60 strikeouts.

On the Air: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on Long Island’s home for news, traffic and weather, 103.9 FM LI News Radio, with audio available online 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
#23 Jan Vazquez – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#21 Jared Lansford – RHP

Revolution
#7   Justin Greene – RF
#21 Wilson Valdez – SS
#4    Eric Patterson – LF
#2    Chad Tracy – DH
#14  Johan Limonta – 1B
#11  Ofilio Castro – 2B
#17  Travis Garcia – 3B
#34  Salvador Paniagua – C
#12  Sean Smith – CF

#6    Alain Quijano – LHP

Stay tuned here for updates throughout the game as the Ducks look to continue their success against the Revolution!

UPDATE (6:55): York grabs a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on RBI singles from Eric Patterson and Chad Tracy.

UPDATE (7:24): Jared Lansford works out of a first and second, no-out jam to keep the Revs off the board. York still leads 2-0 after three innings.

UPDATE (7:44): DUCKS LEAD! A five-run outburst in the top of the fourth puts the Flock on top 5-2. RBI hits from Ford, Bailey, Vazquez, Lyons & Lentini!

UPDATE (8:01): York responds with two-run home run from Travis Garcia in the bottom of the fourth inning to trim the Ducks lead to one. 5-4 Flock, end of 4

UPDATE (8:34): A two-run home run from Dan Lyons extends the Ducks lead to 7-4!

UPDATE (8:52): Salvador Paniagua with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to bring the Revolution back within one run.

UPDATE (9:00): Dan Lyons’ homer in the sixth was his first in two years; last one coming as a solo HR on 6/23/12 at Southern Maryland off Hunter Jones!!

UPDATE (9:35): Sean Smith with a RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the ballgame at seven.

UPDATE (9:47): DUCKS REGAIN THE LEAD!! Lew Ford with a sacrifice fly, his league-leading 52nd RBI this year, gives the Ducks a 8-7 lead in the ninth!

UPDATE (10:06): York ties it up in the bottom of the ninth on a two-out RBI single from Johan Limonta. Extra baseball tonight in York, tied at eight.

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