Game 132: Ducks at Revolution

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Baseball is, without a doubt, one sport that you simply cannot predict. From the outcomes of games to the statistics of players to streaks during the year, baseball almost always sees the unlikely become reality. When the Ducks beat the Skeeters at Bethpage Ballpark on July 8 for their seventh consecutive win, no one could have predicted that they would go on to drop their next 13 games. The same can be said for the sentiment after the Ducks swept a doubleheader in Sugar Land on September 4 to earn their season-best eighth straight victory. No one would have believed they would follow that up with six straight defeats. However, that’s exactly what has happened.

The bats of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs were at it once again on Thursday night at the Duck Pond, and for the second night in a row, a three-run seventh inning proved insurmountable for the Ducks in an 8-4 defeat. Long Island’s spirits were lifted in the second inning when Bill Hall, Adam Bailey and Cody Puckett all launched solo homers, including back-to-back blasts by Hall and Bailey. That gave the Ducks a 3-1 lead in the game. Both teams then exchanged runs in the fifth before Southern Maryland’s big inning in the seventh. The biggest play of the inning came on a sacrifice bunt by Jermaine Mitchell after a leadoff single. Mitchell bunted the ball in front of the plate, and Jan Vazquez threw the ball wide of first and down the right field line. A run scored on the play, and two more followed in the frame to put the Crabs up for good.

Jared Lansford didn’t have his best stuff on the mound for Long Island, but he kept the Ducks in the game. Despite allowing 10 hits over six innings, he gave up only four runs, walked two and struck out three. Jake Hale didn’t have his best for the Blue Crabs either (four runs on six hits in five innings), but he too kept the game close. Ultimately, the difference came in the bullpens last night:

Ducks Bullpen: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Blue Crabs Bullpen: 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K

CLICK HERE to view the full recap from Thursday’s game, complete with audio highlights and postgame interviews. CLICK HERE to check out the updated playoff scenarios for the Ducks following Thursday night’s Atlantic League games.

So, after the disappointing three-game sweep at home to the Blue Crabs, the Ducks will look to end their six-game losing skid tonight when they open up their final road trip of the regular season. The Ducks will take on the York Revolution at Santander Stadium in the opener of a three-game series.

Long Island will send right-hander John Brownell to the mound, who will make his league-leading 28th start of the season. In addition, he will look to earn his league-best 14th win of the season, as he is currently tied with Shaun Garceau, Chris Schwinden (Lancaster) and David Pauley (Sugar Land) at 13. Brownell has a 3.73 ERA in 2014, leads the league in innings pitched (188.0) and ranks second in strikeouts (120), just seven behind Sugar Land’s Matt Wright. He took a no-decision in Sunday’s series finale at Sugar Land, but tossed six and one-third innings of three-run ball. The third-year Duck has tossed three consecutive quality starts entering tonight, and has a 3.80 ERA in that span. In four starts against York this season, Brownell is 1-3 with a 4.94 ERA.

On the other side, the Revolution will go with left-hander Alain Quijano, who is second in the league behind Brownell with 26 starts and third in innings pitched (157.2). Overall, he is 10-9 with a 4.51 ERA and 86 strikeouts. The southpaw has lost each of his past three outings, combining to post an 8.64 ERA in them. In addition, he has allowed 29 hits and six walks while striking out eight batters in those three defeats. Quijano is 2-0 in three starts against the Ducks this season, but he has a 5.19 ERA against the Flock, allowing 10 runs and 15 hits in 17 and one-third innings.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Revolution: Tonight marks the 18th meeting of the season between the Ducks and Revolution and eighth of 10 games between them in York. The Revolution currently lead the series 11-6, including a 5-2 advantage in York. Long Island and York have played 152 games against each other all-time. The series is tied at 26 while the Revs have a 44-30 advantage at Santander Stadium.

Harris Remains Hot: Brendan Harris picked up a double on Thursday to extend his on-base streak to 26 consecutive games. He has earned hits in 23 of the 26 contests. Cody Puckett has the longest on-base streak by a Duck this year (29, 5/6-6/6). During the 26-game on-base streak, Harris is batting .350 (36-for-103) with seven doubles, three home runs, 16 RBI, 22 runs and 17 walks.

Homer Party: The Ducks launched three home runs in the second inning on Thursday, including back-to-back homers by Bill Hall and Adam Bailey. It marked the first time Long Island homered three times in one inning and the first time the Ducks hit back-to-back homers since July 7 against the Sugar Land Skeeters. In that game, Cody Puckett hit a solo homer before Randy Ruiz (two-run) and Brendan Harris (solo) hit back-to-back longballs in the seventh inning, all against Ben Kozlowski. The Ducks have now hit 98 homers as a team this year, leaving them two shy of meeting the Chapey’s Home Run Challenge with nine games remaining.

Hot Start: C.J. Retherford has picked up a hit in eight of his 10 games with the Flock since being acquired on September 2. The infielder has 11 hits in his first 36 at-bats (.306 AVG) with five RBI, five runs and five walks. Three of his five RBI have come with two outs in an inning.

Oh, What a Relief He Is: Tommy Organ tossed a scoreless two-thirds of an inning on Thursday. He now has appeared in eight straight games without allowing a run. In that span, the southpaw has given up three hits and two walks while striking out six over seven and two-thirds innings. In addition, Organ has allowed a run in just one of his 16 games thus far with Long Island (3, 8/24 against Somerset).

Hot Against the Revs: Fehlandt Lentini leads all active Ducks players with a .314 batting average against the Revolution this season. Adam Bailey leads the Flock with four homers, 22 RBI and six doubles against York in 2014. On the mound, Brett Lorin has a 1.13 ERA in nine games against York while Eric Niesen has a 1.93 ERA. Bobby Blevins has a 2.57 ERA in five starts against the Revolution.

On the Air: Tonight’s ballgame with be broadcast on Long Island’s home for news, traffic and weather 103.9 FM LI News Radio. Fans can also follow all of the action online by CLICKING HERE. Michael Polak 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
#11 C.J. Retherford – 1B
#2   Cody Puckett – 2B
#14 Brandon Bantz – C
#22 Joash Brodin – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Revolution
#7   Justin Greene – RF
#21 Wilson Valdez – SS
#4   Eric Patterson – LF
#2   Chad Tracy – 1B
#37 Bryant Nelson – DH
#17 Travis Garcia – 3B
#38 Omar Luna – 2B
#34 Salvador Paniagua – C
#12 Sean Smith – CF

#6 Alain Quijano – LHP

Keep it here for updates throughout the game at Santander Stadium as the Ducks look to begin their final road series of the season with a victory!

UPDATE (6:39): TOP 1: Ducks get a run to kick things off on a RBI ground out to second by Lew Ford!

UPDATE (7:20): TOP 3: Ducks plate another run on a ground out to short by Brendan Harris! 2-0 Flock!

UPDATE (7:47): BOT 4: Revolution close to within one on a RBI double to right from Bryant Nelson.

UPDATE (8:16): BOT 6: Revolution tie the game on a RBI single to center by Travis Garcia. However, Brownell induces his 3rd DP to end the inning!

UPDATE (8:53): END 8: Kris Regas strikes out Omar Luna to strand two on base and keep the game tied!

UPDATE (9:12): END 9: Sergio Perez strands the winning run at third base, and we will have bonus baseball here in York. 2-2 the score.

UPDATE (9:28): TOP 10: Ducks strike for three to take a 5-2 lead! RBI singles by Fehlandt Lentini and C.J. Retherford along with a run-scoring error!

UPDATE (9:50): FINAL: David Kopp allows a run in the 10th, but he strands the tying runs on base to preserve the win! Ducks take the opener 5-3!

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