Game 61: Ducks at Revolution

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When the Long Island Ducks take the field today against the York Revolution, they will be playing their final road game of the first half. It has been a difficult road trip for the Ducks, who won an exciting 4-3 ballgame Thursday before dropping the last two games to a Revolution team that is currently tied with the Lancaster Barnstormers for first place in the Freedom Division. The Ducks currently trail the Somerset Patriots by six games in the Liberty Division with nine games left in the first half. The magic number for Somerset to clinch the division currently stands at four, meaning any combination of Patriots wins and Ducks losses totaling four will clinch the first half crown for Somerset.

York controlled the ballgame last night en route to a 7-1 victory at Santander Stadium. On the first pitch from John Brownell in the bottom of the first inning Justin Green lifted a solo home to left-center field to give the Revs a 1-0 lead. Keith Castillo tied the ballgame in the top of the second inning on a RBI groundout, but that was all the Ducks would produce in terms of runs.

The Revolution scored the final six runs of the ballgame to earn their second straight win. An Ofilio Castro RBI groundout and Travis Garcia RBI double in the fourth inning gave York a 3-1 lead over Long Island. Johan Limonta extended the lead to three with a solo home run in the sixth before three more runs in the eighth, highlighted by a two-run double from Salvador Paniagua, put the game out of reach. The Flock were held to just four hits on the evening, and held without a hit for the final four innings.

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

Tonight, Bobby Blevins takes the hill, looking to end the two-game skid for the Ducks. Blevins was roughed up for nine runs (eight earned) on 11 hits, including four home runs, in his last start against the Sugar Land Skeeters. Still, Blevins owns a solid 4-2 record with a 4.08 ERA and 52 strikeouts to 14 walks over 72 and two-thirds innings of work. Earlier this season, Blevins held York to two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings in a no-decision on May 3.

Blevins will work against York southpaw Logan Williamson tonight in the series finale. Williamson makes his fourth start of the year for the Revolution. He enters 0-1 with a 4.39 ERA and 12 strikeouts to eight walks in 14 and one-third innings. After throwing no more than four innings in each of his first two starts, Williamson tossed seven strong innings in his last start, yielding two runs on nine hits in a losing effort to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs last Monday.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Revolution: Tonight marks the eighth meeting of the season between the Ducks and Revolution, and fourth of 10 games between them in York. The Revolution currently lead the season series 4-3. Long Island and York have played 142 games against each other all-time, with the Ducks holding a 73-69 advantage in the series. However, the Revolution have a 41-29 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 .361 batting average, which is 22 points higher than Lancaster’s Cole Garner (.339). His 11 home runs are tied with Lancaster’s Brock Kjeldgaard for second in the league, one behind Garner’s 12, and his 52 RBI are seven better than Garner’s 45. Ford is also leading the league in runs (48) and on-base percentage (.440).

Hitting Streak Snapped: Fehlandt Lentini’s hit streak ended at 21 consecutive games Saturday night. It was the longest hitting streak in the Atlantic League this season, and finished just four games shy of the franchise record for longest hitting streak (Mel Stocker, 25 games, May 17-June 19, 2006). During the streak, Lentini hit .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 runs (43) and fourth batting average (.329).

Brendan on the Bases: With a walk on Saturday, Brendan Harris extended his on-base streak to 12 consecutive games. During the streak, the former big leaguer is batting .351 (13-for-37) with three doubles, two homers, seven RBI, nine runs and 10 walks. Harris has scored a run in eight of those 12 games and has drawn a walk in six straight games. He has at least one hit in nine of the 12 games and a RBI or run scored in 11 of the 12 contests.

Multi-Hit Night: With two hits on Saturday night, Joash Brodin collected his 11th two-hit game of the season. The third-year Duck now has 15 multi-hit games in 2014. It was also Brodin’s first multi-hit game of the year against the Revolution.

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:

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

#18 Bobby Blevins – RHP

#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

#26 Logan Williamson – LHP

Stay tuned here for updates throughout the game as the Ducks look win their final road game of the first half!

UPDATE (5:26) Back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the first from Justin Greene and Wilson Valdez have the Revs on top 2-0.

UPDATE (6:05): A wild pitch from Bobby Blevins with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third inning extends the York lead to 3-0.

UPDATE (6:22): A solo home run from Travis Garcia in the bottom of the fourth inning increases the Revolution lead to 4-0.

UPDATE (6:43): A RBI single from Limonta and a two-run double from Garcia in the fifth chase Blevins from the game and give York a 7-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:10): York adds two more runs in the sixth to increase its lead to 9-0.

UPDATE (7:51): FINAL: York defeats Long Island 10-0. The Ducks now return home for an 11 game homestand, starting tomorrow against the Bridgeport Bluefish.


Posted on June 29, 2014, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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