Game 133: Ducks at Revolution

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If you were in attendance at Friday night’s game between the Ducks and the Revolution in York, you certainly got your money’s worth! The Ducks and Revs played a thrilling 10-inning affair to kick off this weekend’s three-game series, and it was the Flock who came out on top. After late rallies galore by the Blue Crabs in their sweep of the Ducks at Bethpage Ballpark earlier this week, Long Island was able to put together a three-run 10th inning and then hang on for the victory.

Through the majority of the game, Ducks starter John Brownell and Revolution starter Alain Quijano worked with a “bend but don’t break” mentality. Brownell gave up 10 hits over seven innings of work, but he allowed just two runs in that span. The right-hander walked the first batter of the game, but he did not allow another walk from that point on. On the other side, Quijano gave up runs in the first and third inning on a pair of ground outs, and allowed six hits over his first four innings of work. However, he surrendered just those two runs (one earned), did not walk a batter, and struck out three.

Long Island’s offense was quieted from the fifth through the eighth, managing just one base runner on an error. Coupled with a single in the ninth by Cody Puckett, the Ducks went 1-for-16 from the fifth through the ninth inning. However, Brownell and the Ducks bullpen kept working out of jams. Kris Regas allowed a single and a walk in the eighth, but he struck out Omar Luna to end the frame. Sergio Perez then allowed a two-out triple to Justin Greene in the ninth, but he retired Wilson Valdez on a grounder to third to keep the game tied.

That set the stage for the 10th inning, when the Ducks staged a big-time rally. Facing Ian Durham, Joash Brodin drew a walk and stole second base, and Dan Lyons followed with a single to right. With runners at the corners, Fehlandt Lentini single through a drawn in infield to put the Ducks on top. Following a strikeout by Brendan Harris, Lew Ford reached on an infield single to third, Bill Hall plated a run when Garcia misplayed his ground ball, and C.J. Retherford reached on a dribbler up the third base line that scored another run. David Kopp came on to close out the game with the Ducks ahead 5-2, but he allowed the first three to reach on a walk to Eric Patterson, an infield single by Chad Tracy and a RBI single by Bryant Nelson. However, after a visit from manager Kevin Baez, Kopp struck out the next two hitters and induced a ground out to short from Salvador Paniagua to seal the victory.

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

With the six-game losing streak now in the rear-view mirror, the Ducks will look to guarantee themselves a series victory tonight amidst cloudy skies and light rain. Doug Arguello will take the mound on six days of rest, two more than the usual. He last pitched on Saturday in Sugar Land, and after tossing four scoreless innings to start the game, he came undone in the fifth. The southpaw allowed four hits and a walk among the first six batters of the inning before he was removed. Ultimately, he suffered the loss, his first as a Duck. Arguello is 1-1 on the year with a 2.94 ERA in seven games (three starts) this year. This will be the first time he has faced York since he was a member of the Skeeters in September of 2013.

He’ll be opposed by Jorge Martinez in the middle game of the series. The right-hander enters with a 9-8 record and a 3.42 ERA through 25 games (22 starts). He last pitched on Sunday in Somerset and earned the win, tossing seven innings and allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four. Martinez has won each of his past three starts and has given up just two runs over 18 and one-third innings in them (0.98 ERA). However, he has struggled in three starts against the Ducks this year, going 0-2 with a 6.40 ERA. He has allowed 16 hits and 15 runs (nine earned) over 12 and two-thirds innings against the Flock this season.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Revolution: Tonight marks the 19th meeting of the season between the Ducks and Revolution and ninth of 10 games between them in York. The Revolution currently lead the series 11-7, including a 5-3 advantage in York. Long Island and York have played 153 games against each other all-time. The Ducks lead the series 77-76 while the Revs have a 44-31 advantage at Santander Stadium.

Bonus Baseball: The Ducks earned their third consecutive extra-inning victory and fourth in their last five extra-inning games on Friday night. Two of those wins have come in the 10th inning and all of them have come on the road. In fact, Long Island’s past eight extra-inning games this season have all come away from Bethpage Ballpark. The Ducks are now 6-11 this season in extra innings.

Hot Start: C.J. Retherford collected two hits and a run batted in on Friday night. He has picked up a hit in nine of his 11 games with the Flock since being acquired on September 2. The infielder has 13 hits in his first 41 at-bats (.317 AVG) with six RBI, five runs and five walks. Three of his six RBI have come with two outs in an inning, and he now has four multi-hit games.

What Can Brown-ell Do For You? John Brownell tossed his fourth consecutive quality start on Friday night with seven innings of two-run ball. In those four starts, he is 1-0 with a 3.49 ERA, allowing 11 runs in 28 and two-thirds innings. In that span, he has given up 35 hits and four walks while striking out eight. Brownell is tied for the league-lead in wins (13) while leading the league in innings pitched (195.0), games started (28) and complete games (5). He is second in strikeouts with 124, six behind Sugar Land’s Matt Wright.

Hot Against the Revs: Fehlandt Lentini leads all active Ducks players (aside from C.J. Retherford, who has played one game against York) with a .320 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
#13 Adam Bailey – LF
#2   Cody Puckett – 2B
#22 Joash Brodin – 1B
#23 Jan Vazquez – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#35 Doug Arguello – LHP

Revolution
#7   Justin Greene – RF
#21 Wilson Valdez – SS
#4   Eric Patterson – 2B
#2   Chad Tracy – 1B
#14 Johan Limonta – LF
#17 Travis Garcia – 3B
#37 Bryant Nelson – DH
#20 Angel Flores – C
#12 Sean Smith – CF

#33 Jorge Martinez – RHP

Keep it here for updates throughout the game at Santander Stadium as the Ducks look to make it back-to-back wins over the Revolution to start the series!

UPDATE (7:07): END 2: No score here at Santander Stadium. Jorge Martinez has retired all six Ducks he has faced. Doug Arguello has stranded three on base.

UPDATE (7:26): TOP 3: Ducks plate the first run of the game on a two-out, two-strike RBI double off the wall in left by Fehlandt Lentini!

UPDATE (7:47): BOT 3: Revolution plate two on a run-scoring error and a RBI single by Johan Limonta.

UPDATE (9:08): MID 8: Still a 2-1 ballgame. Bob Zimmermann threw three scoreless innings, and Tommy Organ tossed a scoreless frame as well!

UPDATE (9:26): FINAL: Mark Hendrickson retires the Ducks in order in the ninth, and the Revolution hang on for a 2-1 win. Series finale Sunday at 2:00.

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