Game 93: Ducks vs. Revolution

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Baseball has officially returned to Bethpage Ballpark!

The Long Island Ducks have wrapped up a season-long 10-game road trip and now have returned home for a three-game series with the York Revolution. It marks a brief home respite for the team as they continue in the midst of a tough stretch which includes 16-of-19 games on the road. The team will have a day off Tuesday before hitting the road again for six-game Freedom Division swing against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs and the Revolution. It marks a difficult stretch of the season – in the heat of the dog days of summer – for a team that is trying to turn its season around. That process began over the last road trip.

The Flock entered the road trip riding a franchise-high 11-game losing streak, which dated back to Wednesday, July 9 against the Sugar Land Skeeters. Long Island proceeded to drop the first two games of road trip to the Camden Riversharks in difficult fashion – both times carrying leads into the bottom of the ninth inning only to eventually relinquish it. The streak finally ended at 13 Saturday night when the Ducks’ bats woke up with 10-run outburst en route to a 10-5 victory.

Long Island would play seven more games over the road trip, taking four of the remaining seven. The Ducks took three-of-four from the cross-sound rival Bridgeport Bluefish, including a four home run outburst in the opener at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. It marked a successful turn-around series for the Flock before they migrated south on I-95 for the second three-game set of the road trip against Camden. Similar the first three games earlier in the road trip, the Ducks struggled to maintain leads late in the game. A thrilling 8-5 come-from-behind victory in game two highlighted the series for the Flock, but a three-run eighth inning by the ‘Sharks last night spoiled an otherwise successful road trip.

CLICK HERE to view last night’s recap and listen to the audio highlights.

Tonight, the Ducks send John Brownell to the mound for his league-leading 20th start of the year. The 2013 Atlantic League Championship Series MVP enters the ballgame 10-6 on the year with a 4.03 earned run average in a league-leading 129 and one-third innings of work. The righty also leads the league in complete games (4), while ranking second in strikeouts (88). Brownell earned his tenth win of the season his last time out, limiting the Bluefish to four runs (three earned) over seven and one-third innings. In three starts against the Revolution this year, the third-year Duck is 0-3 with a 6.52 ERA.

His counterpart tonight will be long-time Revolution starter Corey Thurman. The seventh-year Rev enters 6-3 this season with a 3.70 ERA. The righty has won each of his last three starts; each time allowing no more than two runs. During this stretch, Thurman has seen his earned run average drop from 4.37 to 3.70. In three starts against Long Island this season, Thurman is 2-0, yielding five runs over 17 innings of work (2.65 ERA).

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Revolution: Tonight marks the 12th meeting of the season between the Ducks and Revolution and eighth of 10 games between them on Long Island. The Revolution currently lead the series eight games to three. Long Island and York have played 146 games against each other all-time, with the series tied at 73. However, the Ducks hold a 44-31 lead at Bethpage Ballpark.

On-Base Machine: Brendan Harris collected a two-run home run on Friday and has now reached base safely in 25 consecutive games. That’s the longest active on-base streak in the Atlantic League. During the streak, Harris is batting .292 (26-for-89) with three doubles, two homers, 14 RBI, 15 runs and 22 walks. The former big leaguer has earned a hit in 20 of the 25 games in that span.

Back with a Bang: After missing four games with a hamstring injury, Adam Bailey has picked up multiple hits in three of his four games since returning to the lineup. In those four games, he is 9-for-19 at the plate with two doubles, two RBI and two runs. Bailey has reached base in seven straight games and is batting .469 (15-for-32) during the streak.

Launching Longballs: After going four consecutive games without hitting a home run, the Ducks hit a pair of homers on Friday night. Cody Puckett’s solo blast in the second inning was his sixth home run of the season. Three of his six homers came during the 10-game road trip. Brendan Harris’ two-run blast was his fourth of the season and first since July 7 at Bethpage Ballpark against Sugar Land.

Mitch Is Masterful: Mitch Talbot continued his success since being moved to the starting rotation with six innings of one-run ball on Friday. In his three starts, the former big leaguer has allowed six runs over 15 innings, good for a 3.60 ERA, and has yielded just 12 hits and four walks while striking out 13.

Starter Success: Ducks starting pitchers had a great road trip overall. In the 10 games away from Bethpage Ballpark, they combined to post a 3.27 ERA, allowing just 27 runs (24 earned) over 66 innings. In those 10 starts, they gave up 60 hits and just 10 walks while striking out 42.

Oh, What A Relief He Is: With a scoreless inning of relief on Friday, Josh Lansford has now tossed four consecutive games without allowing a run and five straight games without surrendering an earned run. In those five games, he has not walked a single batter and has allowed just six walks over 33.1 innings of work this year, an average of 1.6 walks per nine innings.

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. Live streaming video and audio will also be available online by CLICKING HERE. Marc Schwartz will call the play-by-play.

Finally, here are tonight’s lineups:

#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#25 Brendan Harris – 3B
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#13 Adam Bailey – LF
#2   Cody Puckett – 2B
#22 Joash Brodin – 1B
#23 Jan Vazquez – C
#30  Sergio Miranda – DH
#12  Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

#12  Sean Smith – CF
#4   Eric Patterson – RF
#17  Travis Garcia – SS
#2   Chad Tracy – 1B
#37  Bryant Nelson – 3B
#11  Ofilio Castro – 2B
#9    Tim Battle – LF
#20 Angel Flores – DH
#15  Alberto Espinosa – C

#35  Corey Thurman – RHP

Stay tuned here for updates throughout the game as the Ducks look to kick off the homestand with a victory.

UPDATE (8:21): We remain scoreless through five innings at the Duck Pond. Ducks starter John Brownell has allowed just one hit with two strikeouts so far!

UPDATE (8:40): BOT 6: DUCKS BREAK THROUGH!! Dan Lyons with a solo home run, his third of the year, puts the Flock in front 1-0!!

UPDATE (8:51): TOP 7: York evens the ballgame on a RBI single from Ofilio Castro. 1-1 is the score at the seventh inning stretch.

UPDATE (9:27): BOT 8: Ducks regain the lead! Lew Ford with a sacrifice fly to center to put the Flock in front 2-1! Brett Lorin on for the save opportunity

UPDATE (9:32): BALLGAME!! Brett Lorin works a 1-2-3 ninth and the Ducks take the series opener 2-1! Brownell earns his league-leading 11th win of the year!


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