Game 60: Ducks at Revolution

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The Long Island Ducks are two games into their final road trip of the first half, and have already been a part of some very exciting baseball. Thursday night, the Ducks won an exciting 4-3 ballgame, holding on to a one-run lead over the final four innings thanks to clutch relief pitching. A similar story began to unfold last night, but ultimately ended with a different result. In a game both teams needed to win, an Eric Patterson RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the York Revolution a thrilling 9-8 victory.

The Ducks fell behind early in last night’s ballgame for the second straight day. RBI singles from Patterson and Chad Tracy gave York a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Similar to Thursday night though, the Ducks gained the lead thanks to a big inning later in the game. This time, it was a five-run fourth, highlighted by RBI base hits from Lew Ford, Adam Bailey, Jan Vazquez, Dan Lyons and Fehlant Lentini. A two-run home run from Travis Garcia in the bottom of the fourth brought the Revolution within one run. The drama was just beginning.

Dan Lyons launched his first home run of the year – a two-run shot in the top of the sixth – to increase Long Island’s lead to 7-4. York immediately responded again with a two-run homer from Salvador Paniagua the next half inning to come back within one run. After a controversial call at home plate in the bottom of the seventh that kept the Flock in front, a two-out RBI double from Sean Smith in the bottom of the eighth tied up the ballgame at seven. Lew Ford regained the lead for the Ducks on a sac fly in the top of the ninth, but another two-out RBI hit, this one by Johan Limonta, evened the game at eight in the bottom of the ninth. Patterson then won it for the Revs in the tenth.

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

Tonight, John Brownell takes the mound for Long Island against York righty Corey Thurman. Brownell, making his team-leading 13th start of the year, enters 7-3 with a 3.68 ERA, 65 strikeouts against 24 walks in 83 innings of work. Brownell has tossed three complete games this season, all of which have come in his last five starts. His last time out, Brownell limited the Sugar Land Skeeters to two run on six hits over nine innings with eight strikeouts.

His counterpart tonight, Thurman, enters with a 2-1 record and a 4.24 ERA. In eight starts, Thurman has struck out 24 batters against nine walks. The righty received a no-decision in his lone start against the Ducks this year on May 3, allowing three runs over five innings of work. In his last three starts, Thurman has lowered his ERA from 6.05 to 4.24.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Revolution: Tonight marks the seventh meeting of the season between the Ducks and Revolution, and third of 10 games between them in York. The season series is currently tied at three. Long Island and York have played 141 games against each other all-time, with the Ducks holding a 73-68 advantage in the series. However, the Revolution have a 40-29 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 23 points higher than Lancaster’s Cole Garner (.341). His 11 home runs are one behind Garner’s 12 for the league lead, and his 52 RBI are seven better than Garner’s 45. Ford is also leading the league in runs (48), total bases (129) and on-base percentage (.439).

Lentini Loves to Hit: With two hits Friday, Fehlandt Lentini extended his hitting streak to 21 consecutive games. That’s the longest hitting streak in the Atlantic League this season and just four shy of the franchise record for longest hitting streak (Mel Stocker, 25 games, May 17-June 19, 2006). During the streak, Lentini is batting .393 (35-for-89) with seven doubles, one homer, 11 RBI and 14 runs. Lentini also currently leads the Atlantic League in hits (83), doubles (19), stolen bases (25) and ranks third in both runs (43) and batting average (.332).

Lyons Longball: Dan Lyons’ two-run home run in the sixth inning on Friday was his first home run of the season. It was also his first homer since June 23, 2012 when he hit a leadoff solo homer in the eighth inning off Blue Crabs starter Hunter Jones in a 3-1 win at Southern Maryland. The homer snapped a spa of 234 consecutive regular season games without a longball for Lyons.

Brendan on the Bases: With a hit and two walks o Friday, Brendan Harris extended his on-base streak to 11 consecutive games. During the streak, the former big leaguer is batting .382 (13-for-34) with three doubles, two homers, seven RBI, nine runs and 10 walks. Harris has scored a run in eight consecutive games and has drawn a walk in five straight games. He has at least one hit in nine of the 11 games and a RBI or run scored in each of the 11 contests.

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
#27 Keith Castillo – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7  John Brownell – 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

#35 Corey Thurman – RHP

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

UPDATE (6:53): Justin Greene with a solo home run on the first pitch of the bottom of the first against John Brownell to give the Revs a 1-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:05): The Ducks tie the game at one in the top of the second inning on a RBI groundout from Keith Castillo!

UPDATE (7:49): York takes a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth on a RBI groundout from Ofilio Castro and a RBI double from Travis Garcia.

UPDATE (8:20): Johan Limonta extends the York lead to 4-1 with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

UPDATE (9:06): Revs plate three in the eighth on RBI single from Chad Tracy and two-run double from Salvador Paniagua. Ducks trail 7-1 heading to the ninth

UPDATE (9:18): Final: The York Revolution defeat the Long Island Ducks 7-1. Recap to follow shortly.

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