Game 134: Ducks at Revolution

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49 and 32. Those are two numbers that have certainly not been kind to the Ducks this season. What do those numbers represent? 49 is the number of one-run games that the Ducks have played this season. Out of 133 games total, that means a total of nearly 37% of Long Island’s games this season have been decided by one run. Comparatively, Southern Maryland ranks second in the league with 43 one-run games. Of those 49, the Ducks have lost 32 of them, meaning they are now 17-32 in one-run contests after their 2-1 defeat in York on Saturday night. Bridgeport is second behind the Ducks with 27 one-run defeats.  It’s a number that, if the Ducks miss the postseason, will haunt them until 2015.

A look at the four teams who are currently in a playoff position shows just how important one-run games are:

Somerset Patriots: 24-15
York Revolution: 23-17
Lancaster Barnstormers: 25-16
Sugar Land Skeeters: 22-10

Saturday’s game was another good pitcher’s duel that turned into a battle of the bullpens. Doug Arguello started for the Ducks, battled out of jams in the first two innings, but ultimately surrendered two runs on three hits and three walks in the third inning to cut his night short. Jorge Martinez made the start for York, and he gave up a run in the third which gave the Ducks the lead. However, he was strong otherwise and finished with five innings of one-run ball. Ultimately, both bullpens did a magnificent job in the game, but the Revs were able to hold the Ducks off the scoreboard and preserve the victory. Here’s a look at how both bullpens did on Saturday night:

Ducks
Bob Zimmermann: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Tommy Organ: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Josh Lansford: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Total: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Revolution
Ricardo Gomez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
Joe Harris: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Mike DeMark: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Mark Hendrickson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Total: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Long Island had chances to tie the game in the sixth and seventh, getting a runner to third base with two outs in both innings. However, Bill Hall popped out to short to end the sixth, and Jan Vazquez struck out to end the seventh. The Ducks came close to tying the game and forcing extras for a second straight night, but they unfortunately could not tally the equalizer.
CLICK HERE to view the full recap from Saturday’s game, complete with audio highlights. CLICK HERE to check out the updated playoff scenarios for the Ducks following Saturday night’s Atlantic League games.

This afternoon, the Ducks will close out their road schedule for the 2014 regular season with the rubber game of the three-game set in York. On the mound today will be a pair of right-handers who have earned Atlantic League championships over the last four baseball seasons. The Ducks will send out right-hander Bobby Blevins, who won titles with the Ducks in 2012 and 2013. He enters with a 9-4 record and a 2.79 ERA in 25 starts. In his most recent start on Tuesday against the Blue Crabs, he lost for the first time since June 29 and ended a streak of 12 consecutive quality starts. Blevins allowed seven runs (three earned) over five and two-thirds innings in the 10-1 defeat. He’ll try and rebound today against a team he has been successful against this year. In five starts against York in 2014, Blevins is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA and one complete game, with 17 strikeouts in 35 innings of work.

He’ll be opposed by Revolution veteran Corey Thurman, who won titles with York in 2010 and 2011. The right-hander is having a nice bounce back season this year with an 8-6 record and a 3.95 ERA in 23 starts. In his last start on Tuesday, Thurman picked up his first win nearly a month, tossing five innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 victory over the Skeeters in York. He allowed four hits and four walk while striking out four in that start and broke a string of four straight starts in which he allowed at least four runs. Thurman has also been successful against the Flock this year, posting a 2-0 record and a 2.25 ERA in four starts.

Here are today’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Revolution: Today marks the final meeting of the season between the Ducks and Revolution and last of 10 games between them in York. The Revolution currently lead the series 12-7, including a 6-3 advantage in York. Long Island and York have played 154 games against each other all-time. The series is currently tied at 77 while the Revs have a 45-31 advantage at Santander Stadium.

Double the Fun: Fehlandt Lentini picked up his 35th double of the year in the third inning on Saturday night. That moved him into a tie for third place in the Atlantic League in doubles with Corey Smith of Somerset. Lew Ford leads the league with 38 two-baggers during the 2014 season.

Oh, What a Relief He Is: Tommy Organ continued his success out of the bullpen with a scoreless inning on Saturday night. He has now appeared in nine consecutive games without allowing a run. In that span, the southpaw has given up four hits and two walks while striking out seven over eight and two-thirds innings. In addition, Organ has allowed a run in just one of his 17 games thus far with Long Island (3, 8/24 against Somerset).

Multi-Hit Night: Jan Vazquez collected two hits on Saturday night to earn his sixth multi-hit game of the year, all of which have been two-hit contests. Lew Ford leads the Flock with 54 multi-hit games, while Lentini’s 35 two-hit games lead Long Island. Vazquez has now picked up hits in three consecutive games, going 5-for-11 (.455 AVG) in them.

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.

On the Air: Today’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 today’s starting lineups.

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

#18 Bobby Blevins – RHP

Revolution
#7   Justin Greene – RF
#12 Sean Smith – CF
#37 Bryant Nelson – 3B
#2   Chad Tracy – DH
#14 Johan Limonta – 1B
#17 Travis Garcia – SS
#38 Omar Luna – 2B
#34 Salvador Paniagua – C
#9   Tim Battle – LF

#35 Corey Thurman – RHP

Keep it here for updates throughout the game at Santander Stadium as the Ducks look to take the series from York in their final road trip of the regular season!

UPDATE (2:21): No score after one inning here in York. Bobby Blevins tosses a 1-2-3 bottom of the first to start things off!

UPDATE (2:32): TOP 2: Ducks plate a pair of runs on a one-out RBI double by Brandon Bantz and a two-out RBI single by Dan Lyons!

UPDATE (3:17): BOT 3: Revolution strike for four runs on four hits and three walks to take a 4-2 lead.

UPDATE (3:37): TOP 5: Lyons brings the Ducks to within a run on a solo homer over the Arch Nemesis in left! Fourth HR of the season for Lyons!

UPDATE (3:54): BOT 5: Revolution add two more runs on a sac fly from Travis Garcia and a RBI single by Omar Luna. York leads it 6-3.

UPDATE (4:47): END 8: Brett Lorin works around two errors and a walk to toss a scoreless inning! Ducks bullpen with 3.2 scoreless innings today.

UPDATE (5:18): FINAL: Ducks drop road trip finale 6-4 to the Revolution after Joash Brodin’s RBI single in the ninth. Homestand begins Tuesday at 6:35 p.m.

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