Game 25: Ducks at Revolution

The Long Island Ducks will continue their week-long road trip in Pennsylvania tonight after a brief 25 minute bus trip last night from Lancaster to York. Unfortunately for the Flock, they come to York after a long night at Clipper Magazine Stadium that ended with both teams unsure of how the four-game series ended. That became the case after Monday’s game was suspended in the bottom of the sixth inning with the score tied at three.

With Ian Marshall opposing Matt Packer for the series finale, both teams expected a good pitching matchup. After both sides had to wait out a two hour and 21 minute rain delay before the first pitch was thrown, neither side was able to push across a run until the third inning. Following back-to-back singles by Reegie Corona and Lew Ford, Cody Puckett, who got Sunday’s game off, launched a three-run home run way out to left field. It was the third baseman’s fifth homer of the season, the most on the Ducks roster. The Barnstormers would rally back though to close within one in the fourth inning. Marshall got a pair of outs after allowing a leadoff walk to Tyler Bortnick, but Kevin Rivers delivered a two-out RBI single and Keith Castillo followed with a run-scoring double.

Rain started to fall at a steady pace again in the top of the fifth inning, but the umpires let the game continue. Both sides sent the minimum three batters to the plate in the fifth, and the Ducks still held a 3-2 lead after five innings were complete, making it an official game. Still, the game was continued despite more rain falling and water collecting on the field. Long Island put runners at first and second with no outs in the sixth and then loaded the bases with two outs, but they could not extend the lead. In the bottom half, Marshall retired Bortnick before allowing a solo homer to right off the bat of Blake Gailen that tied the game at three. Then, after a walk to Brian Cavazos-Galvez, home plate umpire Tim McCaffrey elected to call for the tarp to be put on the field. After a delay of approximately 40 minutes, the game was suspended.

Rather than a rain-shortened victory for the Ducks, the two teams will have to continue the game from that point on (bottom of the sixth, tied at three, with a runner at first) at a future date. No date has been determined just yet, but both sides will certainly discuss an appropriate time in the near future. Long Island does not return to Lancaster in the first half though, which makes rescheduling a bit tougher. All the stats from Monday’s game remain on hold until the game is completed.

With the series shifting to York, the Ducks have also made two player signings. Left-handed pitcher Andrew Barbosa and right-handed pitcher Billy Buckner, both of whom are starters, were signed and activated on Tuesday and will start in this series. In case you were wondering, Buckner is not related at all to the infamous Bill Buckner, whose error helped the Mets win the 1986 World Series. He makes it clear on his Twitter (@NotthatBB) that the two have no relation.

Barbosa will take the mound for the Ducks tonight in the spot that Eric Niesen had previously held. The southpaw comes into tonight’s game with a career record of 21-17 and a 3.79 ERA in 64 games (62 starts). In his four-year career, he has struck out 372 batters in 301 and two-thirds innings while walking only 151 (11.1 strikeout-per-nine innings total). The 6-8 hurler has spent all four seasons in the Diamondbacks organization, reaching as high as Double-A Mobile, where he began the 2015 campaign. He was 0-1 though in three games (one start) there and gave up five runs in three and two-thirds innings. Barbosa earned midseason All-Star honors in 2014 and postseason All-Star honors in 2013 while with the Single-A Visalia Rawhide.

Opposing Barbosa will be former big leaguer Shawn Hill. The right-hander is making his fifth start of the year and enters with a 1-1 record and a 3.78 ERA. Hill took a no-decision in his last outing despite yielding just one run on three hits over seven innings at Camden last Wednesday. York won the game 2-1 and has won each of his last two starts. The Canada native faced the Ducks on Opening Day of the season and took the loss, allowing a run on two hits and one walk while striking out four in three innings, as the Ducks went on to win 5-2. He is the first-ever York Revolution alum to earn a big league victory, doing so in 2012 with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Revolution: Tonight’s game marks the 159th all-time meeting between the Ducks and Revolution. The series is currently tied at 79 apiece, but the Revolution have a 47-33 edge at Santander Stadium. It also marks the fourth of 16 scheduled games between the two in 2015. Long Island currently leads the season series two games to one. York won the 2014 series 13-7 and was 7-3 in their home ballpark.

Griffin’s Getting Hot: Jon Griffin earned his fourth consecutive multi-hit game with a pair of singles on Sunday. The first baseman has now collected nine hits in 16 at-bats during the four games (.563 average). He now has four two-hit games and five multi-hit contests in 2015. Griffin has now hit safely in seven consecutive games and in 10 of his last 11 contests, raising his batting average from .146 to .265 in that span. In the 11 games, Griffin is batting .381 (16-for-42) with three doubles, two home runs, five RBI and five runs scored.

Ford’s on Fire: Lew Ford collected two hits on Sunday and has now reached base safely in 11 consecutive games. During the streak, the former big leaguer is batting .422 (19-for-45) with six doubles, one triple, two homers, 16 RBI and eight runs scored. Ford has driven in at least one run in six consecutive games and has picked up a hit in nine of the 11 games. The franchise leader in batting average has raised his 2015 average from .255 to .348 in that span.

Reegie’s Raking: Reegie Corona picked up two more hits and three more RBI in Sunday’s win. The switch-hitter now has nine multi-hit games, one shy of Ford for the team lead. Sunday was his second multi-RBI game, as he also earned three runs batted in on Saturday night. Corona has now hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games and ranks second in the league with a .375 batting average.

On-Base Kings: Prentice Redman collected a walk and a single on Sunday to extend his team-leading on-base streak to 14 games. He has reached base safely in every game he has played as a Duck. In that span, he has drawn 12 walks as a Duck, including at least one in each of the seven games…Dan Lyons saw his hitting streak come to an end at 11 games but has now reached base safely in 12 consecutive contests after drawing two walks and getting hit by a pitch on Sunday. During the streak, Lyons is batting .395 (15-for-38) with two doubles, six RBI, seven runs and eight walks.

On the Air: Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Live streaming audio will also be available online by CLICKING HERE. Michael Polak will call the play-by-play. Fans can also follow a pitch-by-pitch account of the game via Pointstreak’s GameLive application by CLICKING HERE.

Finally, here are tonight’s starting lineups:

#44 Bryan Sabatella – RF
#11 Reegie Corona – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#28 Prentice Redman – LF
#26 Jose Morales – C
#25 Erik Komatsu – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#49 Andrew Barbosa – LHP

#2   Mikey Reynolds – DH
#21 Wilson Valdez – SS
#4   Eric Patterson – 2B
#7   Andres Perez – 1B
#33 Brandon Boggs – CF
#14 Johan Limonta – RF
#37 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#6   Luis De La Cruz – C
#31 Brandon Jones – LF

#20 Shawn Hill – RHP

We’ll have updates for you throughout the game from Santander Stadium, as the Ducks and Revolution kick off their three-game set. You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!

UPDATE (6:50): Strong first inning for Andrew Barbosa, as he retires the Revolution in order on two groundouts and a strikeout! No score after one.

UPDATE (7:26): Despite walking three in the third inning, Barbosa gets out of trouble without yielding a run! Three scoreless innings for the lefty!

UPDATE (7:39): Final line for Barbosa in his debut: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 41 pitches, 22 strikes. Eric Niesen now in the game.

UPDATE (7:55): TOP 5: The Ducks crack the scoreboard on a two-out, two-strike, two-run double to right off the bat of Lew Ford!

UPDATE (8:32): BOT 6: York has scored a run on a wild pitch from Bruce Kern after Niesen walked three in the frame. 2-1 Ducks.

UPDATE (8:37): END 6: Patrick Crider strikes out Johan Limonta looking to leave the bases loaded in the sixth! Ducks still ahead by one!

UPDATE (8:46): TOP 7: Ford does it again with two outs! He launches a two-run homer over the wall in right! His fourth dinger makes it 4-1 Flock!

UPDATE (9:23): END 8: A trio of Ducks relievers get through the eighth without allowing a run. We head to the ninth with the Ducks still leading 4-1!

UPDATE (9:47): FINAL: Amalio Diaz works a scoreless ninth inning for his first save, and the Ducks take the opener from the Revolution 4-1!


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