Game 77: Ducks vs. Revolution

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Baseball has returned, and it feels so good!

With the Atlantic League All-Star break now in the rear-view mirror, teams across the league will begin to turn their focus back towards the early stages of the second-half push. With the second half of the season a week in, the Long Island Ducks currently find themselves in last place in the Liberty Division standings after getting swept on the road by the Lancaster Barnstormers. Since a tough 4-3 defeat to the ‘Stormers Sunday, the Ducks, save for three players, had four days with some rest and relaxation to get ready for the upcoming series.

Adam Bailey, Lew Ford, and Shaun Garceau each made the trip down to Sugar Land, Texas for the ALPB All-Star game, and each received playing time. Ford started the game in center field and hit third for the Atlantic League All-Star team. The former big leaguer went 1-4 with a triple and a run scored, while Bailey went hitless in two at bats and Garceau allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and one walk with one strikeout in one inning of relief.

Now, after four days without Ducks baseball, the Flock have returned to Bethpage Ballpark tonight to begin a three-game series with the Freedom Division first half champions York Revolution. Tonight marks the first game of a six-game homestand for the Ducks, as they take on the cross-sound Bridgeport Bluefish. Long Island was last home Wednesday, July 9 against the Sugar Land Skeeters in a game in which the Ducks dropped 5-2. The Ducks will look to end a season-high five game losing streak tonight against the Revs.

John Brownell makes his team-leading 17th start of the year for the Flock tonight. The 2013 Atlantic League Championship Series MVP enters the game with a 9-4 record and a 3.86 ERA. Brownell currently leads the league in innings pitched (109.1) and strikeouts (81), while tied with Lancaster starter Chris Schwinden in wins (9). The righty has tossed three-straight quality starts, but has struggled against the Revolution this year. In two starts against York, Brownell is 0-2 and has allowed 11 runs over 13 and one-third innings (7.43 ERA) on 17 hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts.

His counterpart tonight is long-time Revolution starter Corey Thurman. The righty, now in his seventh year with York, is the franchise-leader in wins (59), strikeouts (620) and innings pitched (882.0). This season, Thurman is 3-3 with a 4.37 ERA in 12 starts, striking out 37 batters against 16 walks over 59 and two-thirds innings of work. Thurman is 1-0 in two starts against Long Island this year, including allowing just one run over five innings at Santander Stadium on June 28.

In addition, the Ducks announced today that they have signed and activated former major-leaguer and 2013 Duck Bill Hall. Last year, Hall led the Flock in home runs (16) and walks (45), while ranking second in RBI (63). The 34-year-old is a veteran of 11 seasons at the Major League level, spending time with six teams (Brewers, Mariners, Red Sox, Astros, Giants and Orioles). He has a .248 batting average in 1,054 career games with 125 homers, 440 RBI, 210 doubles and 21 triples.

Here are the tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Revolution: Tonight marks the ninth meeting of the season between the Ducks and Revolution and fifth of 10 games between them on Long Island. The Revolution currently lead the series five games to three. Long Island and York have played 143 games against each other all-time, with the Ducks holding a 73-70 advantage in the series and a 44-28 lead at Bethpage Ballpark.

Fehlandt’s on Fire: Fehlandt Lentini earned another hit on Sunday and has now hit safely 37 of his last 38 games, including 16 straight. In the 35 games, he is batting .352 (58-for-165), and in his current 16-game hitting streak, he’s hitting .319 (23-for-72). The first-year Duck currently leads the Atlantic League in hits (106), doubles (27), stolen bases (31) and at-bats (326) while ranking third in runs (56) and fourth in batting average (.325).

Heating Up: Lew Ford picked up another hit on Sunday and is continuing to produce at the plate. The 2014 All-Star has multiple hits in seven of his last 13 games and has 22 hits in his last 51 at-bats, good for a .431 batting average. Ford leads the Flock with 31 multi-hit games this year and leads the Atlantic League in hits (106), RBI (60) and games played (76). He ranks second in batting average (.363), runs (59), total bases (160), on-base percentage (.436) and slugging percentage (.548).

Three’s Company: For just the second time in 2014 and first since May 17, the Ducks earned multiple triples in a single game on Sunday. Fehlandt Lentini picked up a RBI triple in the fifth inning, which was his second three-bagger of the year. His first came on May 20 against Southern Maryland. Dan Lyons collected his sixth triple of the year, which is good for third in the Atlantic League.

Streaks Continue: Adam Bailey earned two hits on Sunday and now has a hit in seven consecutive games. In those seven games, he is batting .387 (12-for-31) with two homers, four RBI and six runs. Jon Myers has now hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games and is batting .294 (15-for-51) in that stretch.

What Can Brown-ell Do For You? Despite earning a no-decision, John Brownell tossed his third
consecutive quality start on Sunday with six innings of three-run ball. In those three starts, the right-hander is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA, having allowed six runs in 19 innings. The 2013 Atlantic League Championship Series MVP currently leads the league in wins (9), innings pitched (109.1), strikeouts (81), complete games (4) and games started (16).

On the Air: Today’s game will be broadcast live on Long Island’s home for news, traffic and weather, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Live streaming video and audio will also be available online by CLICKING HERE. Michael Polak will call the play-by-play.

Finally, here are this afternoon’s starting lineups:

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – CF
#2 Cody Puckett – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#13 Adam Bailey – RF
#25 Brendan Harris – 3B
#14 Brandon Bantz – C
#22 Joash Brodin – 1B
#15 Jon Myers – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7 John Brownell – RHP

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

#35 Corey Thurman – RHP

Keep it here for updates throughout the game as the Ducks look to end a five-game losing skid!

UPDATE (7:16): Underway at the Duck Pond as John Brownell works a scoreless top of the first inning. Follow all of the action here: 

UPDATE (7:25): DUCKS LEAD! Adam Bailey with a RBI double in the bottom of the first inning to give the Flock a 1-0 lead over the Revolution!

UPDATE (7:48): The video for tonight’s broadcast is back up! CLICK HERE to follow all of the action!

UPDATE (8:02): York evens the ballgame in the top of the fourth on a Eric Patterson triple combined with a throwing error. 1-1, bottom of the fourth.

UPDATE (8:38): York takes the lead in the top of the sixth on a run-scoring double play groundout and a RBI single from Salvador Paniagua. 3-1 Revs.

UPDATE (9:02): The Revolution add two more runs in the top of the seventh on a RBI single from Wilson Valdez and a sac fly from Travis Garcia. 5-1 Revs.

UPDATE (9:46): Adam Bailey with his second RBI single of the ball game, this time in the bottom of the eighth, brings the Flock within three runs. 5-2 Revs.

UPDATE (9:54): Last chance for the Flock as we head to the bottom of the ninth at the Duck Pond. York leads 5-2.

UPDATE (10:07): FINAL: The York Revolution take game one of the weekend series at the Duck Pond with a 5-2 victory. Recap to follow shortly.

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Posted on July 18, 2014, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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