Game 99: Ducks at Revolution

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146.

That number is the theme of the day. 146. That is how many pitches John Brownell threw in last nights ballgame against the Southern Maryland at Regency Furniture Stadium. It marked the most pitches thrown by a Duck pitcher in a single game this year, and boy was it worth it! The third-year Duck was already leading the Atlantic League in wins (11), innings pitched (137.1) and complete games (4) entering last night, but that did not stop him from tossing arguably his best start of the year. Brownell improved on all of those numbers as he tossed his first complete game of the 2014 campaign. The Oklahoma native allowed just four hits and three walks while striking out eight last night en route to his league-leading 12th win of the year. There have now been just six complete game shutouts this season, and the Ducks have two of them; the other coming from Shaun Garceau (May 25 at Sugar Land).

The shutout was the right-hander’s first since a rain-shortened seven inning shutout against the Bridgeport Bluefish on July 12, 2013. In fact, Brownell led the Atlantic League in complete games (7) and shutouts (2) last year, and is currently on pace once again to do the same this year. Now in 2014, the Ducks ace leads the league in wins (12), innings pitched (146.1), complete games (5) and shutouts (1), while ranking second in strikeouts (99).

Offensively last night, the Ducks used two big innings to provide more than enough offense for Brownell. Long Island got the scoring started in the top of the first on a two-run home run from second-year Duck Bill Hall – his second of the year. The 2-0 lead held for the Flock until the top of the sixth, when Long Island opened up the ballgame with four runs off Blue Crabs starter Gabby Hernandez. Seven batters came to plate in the inning before Southern Maryland recorded an out. In that span, RBI singles from Brendan Harris, Cody Puckett and Evan Crawford, along with a run-scoring balk from Hernandez,  plated four runs to provided the final score of the ballgame.

CLICK HERE to read a full recap from Friday’s game, complete with audio highlights and the box score.

The Flock have now migrated northwest from Southern Maryland to York, Penn. for a three-game series against the 1st half Freedom Division champion York Revolution. Tonight, Long Island will send right-hander Bobby Blevins to the mound for his 19th start of the year. The third-year Duck enters the ballgame 6-3 with a 3.40 earned run average (sixth best in the Atlantic League) and 75 strikeouts against just 23 walks over 124 and one-third innings pitched. Blevins has tossed six consecutive quality starts, including arguably his best start of the season his last time out. Against this very same York team, Blevins worked his first complete game of the year, yielding just one run on five hits over nine innings at the Duck Pond. The Briarcliffe, N.Y. native has allowed no more than two runs in each of his last two starts. Overall against York this year, Blevins is 1-1 in four starts, having allowed 12 runs (10 earned) over 27 and one-third innings.

His counterpart for the Revs is righty Scott Gorgen, who makes his 22nd appearance (15th start) of the year. After beginning the season with the Camden Riversharks, Gorgen has appeared in 10 games (six starts) with the Revolution. Overall, Gorgen enters today’s ballgame 4-7 with a 6.32 ERA. In five appearances against the Ducks this year, Gorgen is 2-0, having allowed 13 runs (11 earned) over 21 and two-thirds innings (4.57 ERA).

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Revolution: Tonight marks the 15th meeting of the season between the Ducks and Revolution and fifth of 10 games between them in York. The Revolution currently lead the series nine games to five. Long Island and York have played 149 games against each other all-time, with the Ducks holding a slim 75-74 lead in the series, with the Revs holding a 42-29 advantage at Santander Stadium.

Have a Day, Harris: Brendan Harris had another two hits Friday. Harris now has multiple hits in his last three games, and 18 two-hits contests and 21 multi-hit contests on the year. In addition, the former big leaguer has now reached base safely in 30 of his last 31 games dating back to July 1, with the lone exception coming on August 4 against York. Of those 30 games, he has hit safely in 24 of them and earned a walk in 21. The first-year Duck leads the team with 48 walks in 2014.

Approaching Milestones: Joash Brodin is two doubles away from 100 for his career…Lew Ford is two games away from 1,000 in his minor league career…Dan Lyons is eight hits away from 600 in his career…Cody Puckett is six RBI away from 400 for his career…Eric Niesen is three games away from 300 for his career.

On the Air: Tonight’s game will be broadcast on Long Island’s home for news, traffic and weather 103.9 LI News Radio, with live audio also available online by CLICKING HERE. Marc Schwartz will call the play-by-play.

Finally, here are tonight’s starting lineups:

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

#18 Bobby Blevins – RHP

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

#16  Scott Gorgen – RHP

Keep it here for updates throughout the game at Santander Stadium as the Ducks look the take opener over the Revolution!

UPDATE (7:30): END 3: We remain scoreless at Santander Stadium. Ducks currently out-hitting the Revolution two hits to one

UPDATE (8:02): END 5: Pitchers duel taking form here at Santander Stadium. Still no score through five innings. Ducks out-hitting the Revs four hits to two

UPDATE (8:29): TOP 7: Ducks break the ice!! Dan Lyons with an RBI single to put the Flock in front 1-0!

UPDATE (8:59): BOT 8: Revs tie up the ballgame on an infield single from Sean Smith and a throwing error. All tied up at one

UPDATE (9:21): FINAL: Ofilio Castro wins it for the Revs in the ninth on a sacrifice fly. York takes the ballgame 2-1. Recap to follow shortly.

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