Game 100: Ducks at Revolution

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The Ducks starting pitching has been good over the first four games of this road trip.

In fact, the starting pitching has been REAL good. So good, that all four starting pitchers have combined to allow just two runs (one earned) in a combined 29 innings of work. That equates to a 0.31 earned run average. The lone earned run that Ducks starters have allowed over this road trip came back on Thursday morning at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Md. when C.J. Ziegler lifted a solo home run off Shaun Garceau in the second inning. Since that point, four different pitchers (Garceau, Mitch Talbot, John Brownell and Bobby Blevins) have combined to toss 27 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. Talbot worked six scoreless innings against the Blue Crabs Thursday night, Brownell earned his first complete game shutout of the season by keeping Southern Maryland off the scoreboard over nine innings Friday, and then Blevins tossed a gem last night in the series opener against the York Revolution.

Blevins yielded just one unearned run over eight innings on five hits with two strikeouts at Santander Stadium last night. The lone run the third-year Duck allowed came on a combination of an infield single from Sean Smith and a run-scoring throwing error from Brendan Harris. That came in the bottom of the eighth inning, and broke up the shutout for Blevins. Long Island had been carrying a 1-0 to that point thanks to a RBI single from Dan Lyons in the top of the seventh, but the unearned run spelled the end of the day for Blevins, saddling the Briarcliffe, N.Y. native with yet another no-decision. York won the ballgame in the bottom of the ninth on a sacrifice fly from Ofilio Castro.

The right-handed starter has now worked seven consecutive quality starts, dating back to July 4 against Camden. In that span, Blevins has allowed no more than two runs and worked at least six and two-thirds innings in each start. Overall during that stretch, he owns a 2-0 record, having allowed 10 runs (nine earned) over 55 and one-third innings; good for a 1.46 ERA. In doing so, Blevins has lowered his season ERA from 4.44 down to 3.19, which now ranks fourth in the Atlantic League. In addition, Blevins is also currently second in the league in innings pitched (132.1).

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

Long Island will now turn to Jared Lansford tonight to turn the fortune around. Lansford will make his 18th start of the year for the Ducks when he takes the mound in York. This season, Lanford is 4-4 with a team-best 3.12 ERA and 30 walks against 84 strikeouts in 104 innings of work. The third-year Duck, similar to Blevins, has also been plagued with no-decisions this year. Over his last eight starts, Lansford is just 1-1 despite throwing five quality starts. The Atlantic League Pitcher of the Month for July led all starting pitchers in the month with a 1.88 ERA and 43 innings pitched. Now the owner of the third-lowest ERA in the league, Lansford will look to bounce back against a York team in which he struggled against his last time out. In three starts against the Revolution this year, the California native is 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA.

The Revolution will send southpaw Alain Quijano to the hill for his 21st start of the season. The first-year Revolution is currently 8-6 this season with a 3.58 ERA. Quijano currently ranks third in the Atlantic League in innings pitched (123.0), and has struck out 75 batters against 26 walks this year. The Iowa native is coming off an impressive performance against the Lancaster Barnstormers his last time out, limited them to one unearned run on five hits over seven innings. In two starts against Long Island this season, Quijano is 1-0, having allowed six runs on 10 hits over 10 and one-third innings (5.23 ERA). That includes limiting the Flock to one run on two hits on the Ducks home opener back on May 2.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Revolution: Tonight marks the 16th meeting of the season between the Ducks and Revolution and sixth of 10 games between them in York. The Revolution currently lead the series 10 games to five. Long Island and York have played 150 games against each other all-time, with the series knotted at 75-75, and the Revs holding a 43-29 advantage at Santander Stadium.

Starting Things Off Right: Ducks starting pitchers have been lights-out over the last week. In addition to a 2-0 record with a 0.31 earned run average (one earned run in 29 innings) over the current road trip, the success can be extended back to the last home series for Long Island. Over the last seven games, Ducks starters are 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA (six earned runs in 54 innings).

Have a Day, Harris: With another hit Saturday, Brendan Harris has now reached base safely in 31 of his last 32 games dating back to July 1, with the lone exception coming on August 4 against York. Of those 31 games, he has hit safely in 25 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 one double away from 100 for his career…Lew Ford is one game away from 1,000 in his minor league career…Dan Lyons is seven 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:

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

#21 Jared Lansford – RHP

#7   Justin Greene – RF
#21 Wilson Valdez – SS
#17 Travis Garcia – DH
#2   Chad Tracy – 1B
#37 Bryant Nelson – 3B
#11  Ofilio Castro – 2B
#9    Tim Battle – LF
#12 Sean Smith – CF
#15 Alberto Espinosa – C

#6    Alain Quijano – LHP

Keep it here for updates throughout the game at Santander Stadium as the Ducks look to bounce back against the Revolution!

UPDATE (5:15): TOP 1: GRAND SLAM!! Adam Bailey puts the Ducks in front 4-0 with his 13th homer of the year! Sixth grand slam for the Flock in 2014!

UPDATE (6:12): END 4: Ducks holding on to a 4-0 lead! Flock starting pitching has now gone 31 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run!

UPDATE (6:31): BOT 5: Revs get on the scoreboard with a sacrifice fly from Alberto Espinosa, but strand a pair on base. Ducks still lead 4-1.

UPDATE (7:06): BOT 7: York grabs the lead on a two-out two-run single from Travis Garcia and a two-out, two-run home run from Chad Tracy. 5-4 Revs.

UPDATE (7:26): FINAL: Rommie Lewis works a scoreless top of the ninth and the Revs take it 5-4. Recap to follow shortly.


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