Game 101: Ducks at Revolution

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The Long Island Ducks end a tough stretch of road games tonight when the take on the York Revolution at Santander Stadium in York, Penn. Tonight marks the end of this current six-game road trip, and the end of a stretch in which the Ducks will have played 16-of-19 games on the road. So far, the Flock have gone 9-9 over this difficult part of the season, including 7-8 on the road. After tonight’s game, Long Island will have only one more road trip over the rest of the year that is longer than three games. That comes at the beginning of September, when the Ducks migrate south to Sugar Land, Texas for a seven-game series with the Skeeters. Overall, the Flock will play 23 of their final 39 games at the Duck Pond, where they own a 25-22 record this season.

Last night, the Ducks dropped another tough game to the Revs by a 5-4 final score. It was the third consecutive game – and fifth of seven meetings in the second half – between the two teams that was decided by just one run. Incredibly, of the 16 games that Long Island and York have played against each other this season, 11 have been one-run ballgames. While the Revs hold an 11-5 series lead, the first-half Freedom Division champs also hold a 7-4 edge in one-run games. While clearly every game is different over the course the season, the storyline in the last two at Santander Stadium has been the same – late leads blown by the Ducks.

Sunday, Long Island jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a grand slam from Adam Bailey off Revs starter Alain Quijano. It was a promising start for a Ducks offense which was held to six hits Saturday night. However, that would be all the damage the Flock would be able to muster against York, as Quijano, along with a pair of relief pitchers, shut Long Island down over the final eight innings of the game. After plating four runs on three hits and a walk in the first inning, the Ducks would record just two hits and one walk for the rest of the game, including the final 17 batters being retired in order. Meanwhile, the Revs scored five unanswered runs, highlighted by a four-run seventh, to jump in front and take the ballgame.

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

Shaun Garceau will the toe rubber for Long Island tonight in the final game of this road trip. Over 20 appearances (19 starts) this year, the second-year Duck is 9-3 with a 5.26 earned run average. The righty earned his first win since June 26, which coincidentally came against the Revolution, his last time out, limiting the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs to one run over six innings of work on Wednesday. In two starts against York this season, Garceau is 1-0 with a 6.52 ERA.

His counterpart tonight is Revolution righty Jorge Martinez, who makes 20th appearance (17th start) of the year. The first-year Rev enters tonight’s ballgame 5-6 on the year with a 3.57 ERA over 88 and one-third innings of work. Martinez was roughed up his last time out, yielding seven runs on seven hits in six and one-third innings against the Sugar Land Skeeters. Overall, Martinez has allowed more than three earned runs in an appearance just three times this year. In two starts against Long Island, he is 0-1 with a 4.32 ERA.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Revolution: Tonight marks the 17th meeting of the season between the Ducks and Revolution and seventh of 10 games between them in York. The Revolution currently lead the series 11 games to five. Long Island and York have played 151 games against each other all-time, with the Revs holding a slim 76-75 lead, and 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 1.26 earned run average (five earned runs in 35 and two-thirds innings) over the current road trip, the success can be extended back to the last home series for Long Island. Over the last eight games, Ducks starters are 4-0 with a 1.48 ERA (10 earned runs in 60 and two-thirds innings).

Blasting Off In Grand Fashion: Adam Bailey launched his first grand slam of the year and first as a Duck on Sunday. Long Island now has six grand slams in 2014, twice as may as they hit during the 2013 season. Lew Ford (2), Randy Ruiz (2) and Cody Puckett have the other five grand slams. Bailey’s four-RBI night was his third four-RBI contest and 16th multi-RBI game, both of which lead the Flock.

On-Base Machines: With a single on Sunday, Brendan Harris has now reached base safely in 32 of his last 33 games dating back to July 1, with the lone exception coming on August 4 against York. Of those 32 games, he has hit safely in 26 of them (including five straight games) and earned a walk in 21. The former big leaguer leads the Ducks with 48 walks in 2014. Bailey has now reached base safely in 13 of his last 15 games, earning a hit in 11 of them. In those 15 games, he is batting .387 (24-for-62) with five doubles, one triple, two homers, 14 RBI and five runs.

Off to the Races: Fehlandt Lentini stole a pair of bases on Sunday and became the first player in the Atlantic League this season to steal 40 bases. In addition, Lentini has still yet to be caught stealing during the 2014 season. The Ducks have now stolen nine bases in their last two games after swiping six on Saturday at York, which was the most by any Atlantic League team in a single game this year.

Splendid Start: On Sunday, Sergio Perez tossed his third consecutive scoreless appearance since joining the Ducks back on August 2. In those three appearances, the right-hander has allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out two over three innings.

Milestone Notes: Lew Ford played in his 1,000th career minor league game on Sunday… Joash Brodin earned his 100th career double with a two-bagger in the fourth inning on Sunday… Dan Lyons is seven hits away from 600 in his career… Cody Puckett is six RBI away from 400 in his career… Eric Niesen is three games away from 300 in his career.

On the Air: Tonight’s game will be broadcast with live streaming audio on the Ducks official YouTube channel. Fans can follow all the action by CLICKING HERE. Marc Schwartz will call the play-by-play.

Finally, here are tonight’s starting lineups:

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

#28 Shaun Garceau – RHP

#7   Justin Greene – RF
#21 Wilson Valdez – SS
#4   Eric Patterson – LF
#2   Chad Tracy – 1B
#17 Travis Garcia – 3B
#11  Ofilio Castro – 2B
#12 Sean Smith – CF
#39 Steve Sulcoski – DH
#15 Alberto Espinosa – C

#33 Jorge Martinez – RHP

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

UPDATE (7:01): TOP 2: BAILEY DOES IT AGAIN! Adam Bailey with an opposite field two-run homer, his team-leading 14th of the year, gives the Flock a 2-0 lead!

UPDATE (7:24): TOP 3: Ducks add two more! Fehlandt Lentini with a solo home run (4th of the year) and Lew Ford with a RBI single makes it a 4-0 game!

UPDATE (8:00): TOP 5: Long Island adds two more runs on a RBI double from Lew Ford and a sac fly from Adam Bailey! 6-0 Flock!

UPDATE (8:23): BOT 6: Revs get one back on a solo home run from Chad Tracy. Ducks still in front 6-1.

UPDATE (8:51): TOP 8: The Flock increase their lead to 7-1 on a RBI single from Jan Vazquez!

UPDATE (9:24): BALLGAME!! The Ducks salvage the series with a 7-1 victory over the Revolution. The Flock now return home for a six-game homestand!


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