Game 78: Ducks vs. Revolution

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The Long Island Ducks returned to action Friday night against the York Revolution, but once again fell short. The Ducks losing streak has now hit a season-high six games after a 5-2 loss to York last night. After Long Island finished the first half of the season with a 40-29 record – the third best record in the league – it has been a slow beginning to the second half for the Flock, who are currently six games behind the Bridgeport Bluefish for first place in the Liberty Division. Still with a strong roster, and newly added former Duck Bill Hall, Long Island will look to ends the skid tonight against the Revs.

Last night, the Ducks took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a two-out RBI double from Adam Bailey. Unfortunately, that was all the Ducks offense could muster against York starting pitcher Corey Thurman, who held them in check for the next six innings. Thurman held to the Flock to just that one run over seven innings of work on five hits, including retiring 14 consecutive batters at one point.

Offensively for York, the evened the ballgame in the top of the fourth off Ducks starter John Brownell on a triple from Eric Patterson and a run-scoring throwing error. Two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings for York put them out in front for good. Brownell finished after six innings of three-run ball. Bailey brought Long Island within three runs on a RBI single in the eighth, but Rommie Lewis worked a scoreless ninth inning for the Revs to earn the save and finish the ballgame.

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

Tonight, the Ducks send Bobby Blevins to the mound for his 15th start of the year. The third-year Ducks enters the ballgame 5-3 on the year with a 3.91 earned run average, and has been very strong as of late. Blevins has allowed just one run in two consecutive start, each time working at least seven innings. In 15 innings over the last two starts, Blevins has allowed 12 hits and two walks while striking out four. In two starts against York this year, Blevins is 0-1 and has allowed nine runs (seven earned) over 11.1 innings (5.56 ERA).

His counterpart tonight, York starter Logan Williamson, toes the rubber for the eighth time this season. He enters 2-3 with a 3.30 ERA and 26 strikeouts against 16 walks in 32 and two-thirds innings of work. In his lone start against the Ducks this year, the southpaw tossed six shutout innings on four hits without allowing a walk and striking out six batters.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Revolution: Tonight marks the 10th meeting of the season between the Ducks and Revolution and sixth of 10 games between them on Long Island. The Revolution currently lead the series six games to three. Long Island and York have played 144 games against each other all-time, with the Ducks holding a 73-71 advantage in the series and a 44-29 lead at Bethpage Ballpark.

Fehlandt’s on Fire: Fehlandt Lentini earned another hit on Friday and has now hit safely 39 of his last 39 games, including 17 straight. In the 39 games, he is batting .347 (59-for-170), and in his current 17-game hitting streak, he’s hitting .312 (24-for-77). The first-year Duck currently leads the Atlantic League in hits (107), doubles (27), stolen bases (31) and at-bats (331) while ranking third in runs (56) and fourth in batting average (.323).

Heating Up: Lew Ford picked up another hit on Friday and is continuing to produce at the plate. The 2014 All-Star has multiple hits in seven of his last 14 games and has 23 hits in his last 55 at-bats, good for a .418 batting average. Ford leads the Flock with 31 multi-hit games this year and leads the Atlantic League in hits (107), RBI (60) and games played (77). He ranks second in batting average (.361), runs (60), total bases (161), on-base percentage (.434) and slugging percentage (.544).

Streaks Continue: Adam Bailey earned two hits on Friday and now has a hit in eight consecutive games. In those eight games, he is batting .400 (14-for-35) with two homers, six RBI and six runs. Bailey now has 20 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBI contests. Jon Myers also picked up two hits and has now hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games. He is batting .309 (17-for-55) in that stretch and now has five multi-hit games in 2014.

What Can Brown-ell Do For You? Despite Friday’s loss, John Brownell tossed his fourth straight quality start with six innings of three-run ball. In those four starts, the righty is 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA, having allowed nine runs in 25 innings. The 2013 Atlantic League Championship Series MVP leads the league in wins (9), innings pitched (115.1), complete games (4) and games started (17).

Long Stretches: The Ducks are currently in the middle of a stretch of 19 games in 18 days following the All-Star break before their next scheduled off-day on August 5. Prior to the break, the Ducks also played 19 games in 18 days. Long Island has just four off-days remaining during the regular season.

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 tonight’s lineups:

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#2   Cody Puckett – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#13 Adam Bailey – LF
#6   Bill Hall – DH
#25 Brendan Harris – 3B
#14 Brandon Bantz – C
#22 Joash Brodin – 1B
#30 Sergio Miranda – SS

#18 Bobby Blevins – 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

#26  Logan Williamson – LHP

Stay tuned here for updates throughout the game as the Ducks look to snap their season-long six-game losing streak.

UPDATE (7:25): DUCKS LEAD! Adam Bailey stays hot with a sac fly in the bottom of the first to give the Flock a 1-0 lead!

UPDATE (7:34): A Travis Garcia solo home run in the top of the second evens the ballgame at one.

UPDATE (8:27): Through four innings at the Duck Pond, the game remains tied at one.

UPDATE (8:40): York takes the lead in the top of the fifth inning on a wild pitch with the bases loaded. 2-1 Revolution.

UPDATE (9:13): DUCKS REGAIN THE LEAD! Joash Brodin with a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth gives the Flock a 3-2 lead!

UPDATE (9:41): Make it 4-2 Flock! Adam Bailey with a RBI single in the seventh, his second RBI of the night, to extend the lead for the Ducks!

UPDATE (9:49): York back within a run on a sacrifice fly from Chad Tracy in the top of the eighth. Ducks still lead 4-3

UPDATE (9:56): York ties the game on a Salvador Paniagua sacrifice fly in the eighth. All tied up at four at the Duck Pond

UPDATE (10:24): York takes the lead in the top of the ninth on a Travis Garcia sac fly to center. Revs now lead 5-4.

UPDATE (10:30): Last chance for the Ducks as they trail 5-4 heading to the bottom of the ninth. Top of the order due up for the Flock!

UPDATE (10:38): FINAL: York rallies for three unaswered runs in the final two innings to defeat the Ducks 5-4. Recap to follow shortly.

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Posted on July 19, 2014, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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